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Victoria Sarah Richter

Victoria Richter

Partner
About

Victoria Richter is a Partner in the firm's employment group. She has broad experience as a dual-qualified English and US lawyer, with over 20 years of experience as outside and in-house employment counsel for institutions globally.

Victoria provides strategic legal counsel to international and cross-border clients on all aspects of employment law. She serves as a trusted advisor and managing international counsel for clients on a broad range of complex global employment matters. In particular, her experience includes advising on global background checks, employment and independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenant protections, discrimination and harassment claims, social media issues, global policies and procedures, non-compete and proprietary information agreements, works council and union issues, collective employee consultation, codes of conduct and social responsibility, workplace privacy, employee assignments and global mobility programs, global reductions in force, restructurings and severance and retention plans.

Before joining the firm, Victoria worked as in-house employment counsel for a global investment bank in London, covering Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). She has a strong understanding of the legal and business responsibilities that in-house counsel face.

Her vast experience includes advising both emerging growth and Fortune 500 companies across a wide spectrum of industries globally, including banking and finance, technology/software, pharmaceuticals, life sciences as well as manufacturing and distribution.

Bar Admissions / Professional QualificationsIllinoisSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

EXPERIENCE

Representative Legal Matters
  • Counseled multinational companies in various industries on compliance with local employment laws, worldwide strategic human resources initiatives and global mobility programs in more than 80 jurisdictions
  • Advised on employment matters in more than 500 US and cross-border transactions and post-acquisition integrations, covering more than 40 jurisdictions in one transaction
  • Conducted comprehensive multijurisdictional reviews of bonus and commission structures, including advice on collective consultation obligations and contract changes
  • Counseled numerous emerging growth companies on compliance with local employment laws when expanding into new jurisdictions, including, engagement options, preparation of employment agreements, policies and other onboarding documentation
  • Counseled publicly traded and private US multinational corporations on global cost-cutting strategies, including salary reductions and reductions in force across more than 40 jurisdictions
  • Counseled multinational employers on Covid-19 initiatives such as, compliance with shelter orders across the globe and travel restrictions, temperature/health checks and back-to-work considerations, furloughs, reductions in force as well as other cost-saving strategies
Education
  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, M.A., 2003
  • The University of Law, London, Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 2001
  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, B.A., 1999

Awards

  • Chambers USA
    • Band 4, Illinois Labor & Employment (2021-2023)

Pro Bono

Victoria is a strong supporter of the firm’s pro bono program. She represents several pro bono organizations, and routinely provides assistance on pro bono global employment matters. In particular, she advises New Perimeter, DLA Piper's non-profit affiliate, providing employment legal assistance in underserved regions

Bylines

Seminars

  • "Global Expansion and Operation 101: Employment and Equity Compensation," April 18, 2024
  • "Global employment CLE webinar: 2023 review, 2024 preview," December 5, 2023
  • "Managing Multi-jurisdictional Reductions in Force: Key Issues for Global Employers," PLI, October 9, 2023
  • "Global Employment Webinar: 2022 Review and 2023 Preview," December 14, 2022
  • "Global Employment Webinar: 2021 Review and 2022 Preview," February 10, 2022
  • "The impact of India's new labor codes," April 7, 2021
  • "Global workforce reductions-in-force in the time of COVID-19," May 6, 2020
  • "DLA Piper's Annual Employment Law CLE Briefing 2020," February 20, 2020 (Seattle)
  • "DLA Piper's Annual Employment Law CLE Briefing 2020," January 30, 2020 (Los Angeles)
  • "DLA Piper's Annual Employment Law CLE Briefing 2020," January 23, 2020 (East Palo Alto) 
  • "Global Issues in Transactions" Webinar December 19, 2019 
  • "California Employment Law Briefing," January 17, 2019 (Silicon Valley)
  • "Navigating the road to a global workforce: Five key labor and employment issues," May 9, 2018
  • "Global Developments," Annual Employment Law CLE Briefing, January 25, 2018
  • Peer2Peer Talk Series, Global Employment, "Top Employment and Labor Tips when Going Global," September 7, 2017
  • Employment Law Briefing, January 19, 2017 and January 21, 2016

Media Mentions

  • "Cross-Border Attys Grapple With #MeToo's Varying Impact," Quoted in Law360, August 9, 2019

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales, practicing member

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