Key issues

Managing human resources with flexibility and pragmatism while maintaining a competitive advantage requires constant adaptability, particularly in light of increasingly complex legislation as well as ethical considerations.

Social and employment issues have gained increasing importance in the day-to-day operations and management of companies both in France and internationally. For economic players, having expert support has become a necessity and a crucial part of project and risk management.

How DLA Piper can help

Managing your economic and strategic reorganization and restructuring projects

  • Corporate Reorganization
    • Share purchase audit/acquisition
    • Drafting and negotiation of social aspects of share purchase acts/acquisition
    • Assistance in transition phases, post-closing integration and harmonization
  • Restructuring and collective dismissal
    • Negotiating with employee representatives
    • Defense of corporate interests before local administrative authorities
    • Managing communication issues and crisis situations
    • Preparation and negotiation of collective agreements
    • Development and implementation of plans
    • Employment Backup
    • Social aspects of collective proceedings
  • International Mobility of workers/Outsourcing

Monitoring the daily activities of your business and recurring contentious issues

  • Optimization of working time
  • Corporate presence in France
  • Structuring of compensation plans and employee savings
  • Strategy of accompanied departures – Packages structuring
  • Advice and assistance on sensitive issues (harassment, obligation of results security, psychosocial risks at work, compensation of inventions, protection of personal data and business alerts, etc.)

Managing your network relationships

  • Election of employee representatives
  • Collective negotiation and support in managing relationships with the IRP and administrative authorities
  • Management of collective disputes (strikes, lockouts, sequestrations, etc.)

Defending your interests with the judiciary and in dealings with administrators

  • Defense of companies and their leaders in all civil, administrative and criminal jurisdictions
  • Defense of companies in case of control/URSSAF recovery and labour Inspection visits

Our clients benefit from our online resources with fast access to in-country, cross-border employment and labour law information assets that support fast and effective collaboration between DLA Piper experts and your people.

Our team

In France, our team is comprised of 19 lawyers including 4 partners, and is a part of an international team of over 400 employment lawyers spread across more than 30 countries.

Thanks to our international platform, we are able to combine our multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional expertise to meet our clients’ needs.


Clients comment: “We like their reactivity: they always answer very quickly, be it via phone or email, and they provide sharp technical analysis. This is precise and technical and it always perfectly answers our questions.”

Interviewees also extol: “They are proactive and understand our business,” adding: “They are excellent partners that I can really trust.”

Philippe Danesi displays capabilities in advising clients on redundancy plans as well as individual and collective litigations. Clients comment: “He is tenacious and he uses all his expertise, experience, knowledge and competence in negotiation and litigation situations.”

Chambers Europe, 2021

“The team combines an excellent level of legal knowledge with a very good knowledge and understanding of the operating methods and challenges of companies, in particular large international companies. Their involvement and availability are. Its members adapt very well to different interlocutors.”

“The team is very reactive and always gets back to us within the deadline. This is key for our business.”

Philippe Danesi is extremely reactive and technically sharp. He always goes beyond his lawyer's role by providing strategical advice. He is very clever.”

“It is refreshing to work with a firm that has extensive expertise across multiple areas/sectors, industries and marketplaces. My experience with DLA has exceeded expectations with their follow-through, attention to detail, dedication/support and creative problem-solving approaches.”

“The DLA Piper employment law team, led by Philippe Danesi, is a very responsive, technical and sophisticated team. Beyond its precision and fine analyses, we particularly appreciate its ability to offer us creative and pragmatic solutions.”

Philippe Danesi has a taste for challenges and shows great pugnacity to obtain the most favourable solutions for his client. Excellent technician and passionate about his subject, he knows how to perfectly adapt his expertise and experience to operational issues and to the business and HR challenges of the company.”

Legal 500, 2021