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Antonio Michaelides advises clients in heavily regulated sectors on a broad range of cross-border corporate governance and transactional matters in both Europe and the Middle East. He has particular expertise in helping clients navigate international HR-legal compliance issues—including labor laws, international equity compliance and immigration matters.

Mr. Michaelides advises clients across a range of industries on both larger strategic projects arising out of company restructures and global mobility arrangements, and day-to-day HR-legal matters.

  • Advised several multinational companies on corporate, regulatory and compliance projects in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Advised two free zone authorities in the Emirate of Dubai on the drafting and implementation of new employment (including dispute resolution) laws.
  • Advising OvaScience, Inc. and other US start-up companies on the expansion of their operations globally and putting in place staffing arrangements in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Successfully assisting a major pharmaceutical company to protect its UK business following a senior employee’s breach of confidentiality obligations.
  • Advising a FTSE-listed company in relation to a proposed reduction of its workforce across Europe and Asia.
  • Advising a professional services firm on the secondment of over 200 employees from the UK and Europe to the Middle East.
  • Advising European and U.S.-based financial institutions on the termination of employment of individuals seconded to the DIFC in Dubai from the UK and on the settlement of claims and enforcement of restrictive covenants in both jurisdictions.
  • Defending a leading investment bank in the largest UK. bonus dispute arising from the global financial crisis, brought by 104 employees.

Pro Bono

  • Advising a global charity in relation to the implementation of HR policies in the UK.
  • Representing a UK charity in defending allegations of disability discrimination.    

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (International Association of Young Lawyers)

Previous Experience

  • Research intern at the European Commission in the field of free movement of persons and services and EU employment, social affairs and inclusion.
  • Legal 500 UK, Employment (2016) 
  • Who's Who Legal, Labour, Employment & Benefits (2016) 
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2015)