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Christopher Walter
Christopher Walter
London +44 20 7067 2061 Download V-card

Christopher Walter works with employer clients on domestic and international HR-legal compliance projects. Mr. Walter chairs the firm’s international Employment practice, and serves as Managing Partner of the London office.

Mr. Walter’s advisory practice encompasses the full range of HR-related issues that matter to leading multinational companies, including share and other incentive plans, benefits and privacy compliance, employment issues in M&A transactions, workforce integration, global mobility and the implementation of core policies/codes of conduct.

  • Advising Microsoft Corporation on the global employment law aspects of its US$7bn acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business and subsequent corporate integration, involving over 25,000 former Nokia employees across 60 countries.
  • Providing international employment law advice to AstraZeneca in relation to its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s interests in the companies’ global diabetes alliance across 40 jurisdictions.
  • Coordinating advice across 28 countries concerning restrictive covenants and clawback provisions in the stock plans of a U.S. public company. Drafting amendments to ensure enforceability internationally.
  • For a global publishing company, providing a quick and cost-effective solution to a dispute with an independent sales representative protected by German/EU commercial agency rules.
  • Advising a Japanese technology client on the international employment, pensions and incentives aspects arising on the formation of a joint venture with operations in the U.S., Asia and Europe.   
  • Successfully defending a UK bank against claims of constructive dismissal pursued by 800 sales staff.
  • Working with the global HR Director of Reckitt Benckiser on the merger and renegotiation of two European Works Council agreements.
  • Successfully defending a U.S. investment bank against claims pursued in Spain relating to impact of EU employment laws on termination provisions in US stock plan.
  • Devising data privacy compliance programme relating to international HR data processed by U.S.-headquartered multinational.
  • Working with the UK Government and representatives of the aerospace and defence industries in an effort to reconcile tensions between U.S. trade control laws and European anti-discrimination and privacy rules.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Committee of the Employment Lawyers' Association, Chair
  • Share Plan Lawyers Group, Member
  • European Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Founder of the Global In-House Employment Lawyers’ Society
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2015)  
  • Chambers UK, Employment (2011-2015)
  • Who's Who Legal, Labour, Employment & Benefits (2007-2016)
  • Chambers Global, Employment, UK (2011-2012)
  • Chambers Europe, Employment: Employer (2012)
  • Super Lawyers - London, Employment Law (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in United Kingdom, Employment (2009-2014)
  • Legal 500 UK, Employment (2009-2016)   
  • Legal Business Report, Acknowledged Expert in Employment Law (2008-2009)