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Antonio Michaelides
Antonio Michaelides
Associate
London +44 20 7067 2027 amichaelides@cov.com Download V-card

Antonio Michaelides helps clients navigate international HR-legal compliance issues.

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

Mr. Michaelides has particular experience of managing large-scale international assignment projects involving the secondment of employees from Europe and the U.S. to the Middle East and vice-versa. He also regularly assists clients seeking to protect their confidential business information, including intellectual property.

  • Advising OvaScience, Inc. on the expansion of its 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 on the exit of, and succession to, its CFO.
  • 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.
  • Representing claimants in the Employment Tribunal during a pro-bono secondment to the Mary Ward Legal Centre and as a volunteer of the Free Representation Unit.

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)