People: Ming Henderson, Partner

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Ming Henderson

Partner

London
Direct: +44 20 7763 2553
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Ms. Henderson is a partner in the International Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP’s London office. She is qualified in both France and the UK. Before joining the firm, Ms. Henderson worked as an in-house employment counsel for a global software and hardware company covering Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). She was also previously head of the EMEA Employment Law Practice for a global financial institution in the UK.

With 15 years of experience as in-house and private practice counsel, Ms. Henderson has considerable knowledge in cross-border employment law. Her expertise is in all aspects of English, French and international cross-border employment law, in particular corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, insourcing and outsourcing, collective consultation with unions and employee representatives.

Recognized for her unique expertise as a dual-qualified French and English employment lawyer, Ms. Henderson is also a frequent speaker across Europe and the United States on international employment law issues. She is a member of the Employment Law Association (ELA), International Committee in the UK and was appointed as the first in-house representative of the ELA Management Committee (2009 -2011). She is also a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Sub-Committee, ERR, Labor and Employment Committee.

Since joining Seyfarth, recent work involved:

-   Advising multinationals on a global restructuring covering over 100 jurisdictions.

-   Advising on the employment law aspects of several business transfers in over 50 countries in the Telecom, IT and financial sectors.

-   Advising on the employment law aspects of insourcing certain services in a telecom company covering 80 countries. 

-   Advising on the employment law aspects of an asset purchase agreement and local transfer processes for employees in EMEA.

-   Reviewing employment contracts and restrictive covenants of senior employees in over 20 countries in Europe and Asia Pacific for a multinational in the motor insurance sector.

-   Providing workplace strategic advice and drafting relevant documentation in various countries across EMEA and the Caribbean including performance management, background checks, settlement negotiations, dispute resolution, individual terminations, working time, equal pay, workplace investigation, and other HR or Employment legal issues.

Ms. Henderson is a partner in the International Employment Law practice of Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP’s London office. She is qualified in both France and the UK. Before joining the firm, Ms. Henderson worked as an in-house employment counsel for a global software and hardware company covering Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). She was also previously head of the EMEA Employment Law Practice for a global financial institution in the UK.

With 15 years of experience as in-house and private practice counsel, Ms. Henderson has considerable knowledge in cross-border employment law. Her expertise is in all aspects of English, French and international cross-border employment law, in particular corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, insourcing and outsourcing, collective consultation with unions and employee representatives.

Recognized for her unique expertise as a dual-qualified French and English employment lawyer, Ms. Henderson is also a frequent speaker across Europe and the United States on international employment law issues. She is a member of the Employment Law Association (ELA), International Committee in the UK and was appointed as the first in-house representative of the ELA Management Committee (2009 -2011). She is also a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Sub-Committee, ERR, Labor and Employment Committee.

Since joining Seyfarth, recent work involved:

-   Advising multinationals on a global restructuring covering over 100 jurisdictions.

-   Advising on the employment law aspects of several business transfers in over 50 countries in the Telecom, IT and financial sectors.

-   Advising on the employment law aspects of insourcing certain services in a telecom company covering 80 countries. 

-   Advising on the employment law aspects of an asset purchase agreement and local transfer processes for employees in EMEA.

-   Reviewing employment contracts and restrictive covenants of senior employees in over 20 countries in Europe and Asia Pacific for a multinational in the motor insurance sector.

-   Providing workplace strategic advice and drafting relevant documentation in various countries across EMEA and the Caribbean including performance management, background checks, settlement negotiations, dispute resolution, individual terminations, working time, equal pay, workplace investigation, and other HR or Employment legal issues.

Education

  • Master (DEA), Employment and Labour Law, University of Paris X, France (1993)

  • Magister in Employment Law and Human Resources, University of Paris X (1993)
  • Certificate of European Studies, European Social Security Law, University of Edinburgh (1993)

  • Paris Bar School (1994)

  • International Baccalaureat, Lycee International de Sevres, France (1987)

Admissions

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • France (Avocat à la Cour, Paris)

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Former Chair, International Subcommittee, ERR, Labor and Employment Law Section (2004-2008))
  • Employment Law Association (UK) (Member International Committee; Former In-House Representative, ELA Management Committee)
  • American Employment Law Council (Member)

Presentations

  • Global Legal ConfEx, Round Table Discussion  – Fostering a Global Legal Ecosystem, The Law Society of England and Wales, London (September 8, 2016)
  • "Practical Guidance for U.S. Companies Expanding into Europe Through Commercial Arrangements," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 6, 2016)
  • “Global Benefits and Compensation Roundtable - Global Alternative Workforce Structures- Reclassification Considerations,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 3, 2015)
  • “The Challenges of Acquiring Business Internationally: Legal Overview and Best Practices for In-House Counsel," American Employment Law Council, Ojai, California (October 21-24, 2015)
  • “International Law and Employment Law: A Global perspective on dismissals and disciplinary sanctions," ACC Annual Meeting, Boston (October 18-21, 2015)
  • “Is the Glass Ceiling Broken Yet?,"  ELA International Committee in conjunction with the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment (International Committee), London (September 28, 2015)
  • “Key Employment Law Aspects of a European M&A Exercise," ELA Annual Conference, Leeds, England (May 13, 2015)
  • “International Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Law Update,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 14, 2015)
  • “French Employment Law Update: Looking back on 2014 and forward to 2015,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP (March 18, 2015)
  • “Essentials of Managing Global Reductions in Force - Principles and Practicalities,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP (February 4, 2015)
  • “International Spotlight: French Employment Law Briefing,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP (October 16, 2014) 
  • “International Spotlight: A Survivor’s Guide to French Working Time Requirements,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP (October 15, 2014)
  • “International Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Law Update,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 31, 2014)
  • “The International HR Legal Advisor - A Toolkit for Advising Globally and Locally, Session Two: Global Reduction in Force, Part 1 - The Essentials for EMEA,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 19, 2014)
  • “International Webinar Series: The International HR Legal Advisor - A Toolkit for Advising Globally and Locally,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 23, 2014)
  • “What Do Multinationals Regard as Their Most Pressing Employment Law Issues?” 3rd Transatlantic ELA/ABA Conference, London, (October 2013)
  • “Restrictive Covenants in International Employment Contracts,” American Employment Law Council (AELC) Annual Conference, Georgia, USA, (October 2012)
  • Managing an International Restructuring” ELA, London (June 2012)
  • “Globalization Trends in the 21st Century The Latest Horizon,” ABA Section Labor & Employment, Mid-Year Meeting, Paris (May 2012)
  • “What In-House Counsel Needs from Private Practice Advisers” ELA Annual Conference, London (May 2012)
  • "Managing an International Restructuring," LexisNexis, London (October 2011)
  • "Applying Employment Law in the Workplace," LexisNexis, London (October 2010)
  • "Managing a Transnational Collective Redundancy," European Employment Law Association, Luxembourg (April 2010)
  • "Rolling Out Pan European Policies," LexisNexis, London (September 2009)
  • "Key European and Asian Challenges for the U.S. Multinational Employer,” American Employment Law Council Annual Conference, Dana Point, CA USA (October 2009)

Publications

Languages

  • English (1st mother tongue)
  • French (2nd mother tongue)
  • Danish (conversational)