Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Elsa Mora as of counsel to head up its Labour & Employment Practice Group in Milan. Ms. Mora joins from the Labour & Employment Department of CMS in Milan.
Alison Treliving, global head of Labour & Employment, commented: “In Elsa we have a trusted, experienced practitioner whose expertise in domestic and cross-border employment matters will complement our international offering to clients. It’s great to have Elsa on board and we look forward to her strengthening our employment law capabilities in yet another key jurisdiction for the firm.”
Also welcoming Ms. Mora, Galileo Pozzoli, office managing partner in Milan, said, “We’re delighted to have Elsa join the team in Milan. Our Italy practice has grown significantly in the past couple of years and our transactional work has been booming, across an increasing number of sectors, from energy to manufacturing and luxury goods. Clients will benefit enormously from the dedicated support we can offer them on the ground here in Milan and Elsa will complement a very strong Labour & Employment European practice.”
Ms. Mora advises international and Italian clients on a wide range of complex employment law issues, both transactional and dispute-related matters, industrial relations, individual and collective dismissal, reorganization projects. Among her extensive experience of transactional work, Ms. Mora handles high-level restructurings (individual and collective), complex cross-border projects, including all due diligence, transfer of undertaking and TUPE regulation, director appointment and termination, and negotiation with unions and works council. She has drafted compensation schemes and corporate policies (including whistleblowing policies), employment contracts, consultancy and service agreements, and drafted and enforced non-competition covenants, as well as managed workplace investigations and related disciplinary proceedings. In terms of court-related matters, she handles unfair dismissal, and a variety of litigation matters including unlawful placement in redundancy funds and reclassification of self-employment into employment.
Among recent work highlights, Ms. Mora has advised a major corporate in motion technologies on the sale of one of its divisions employing nearly 10,000 employees across several countries. The transaction required the assessment of the possible application of TUPE and carve out actions in connection to employees. Ms Mora managed the transfer of the Italian line of business and the carve out actions. She has also advised a market leader in the manufacturing and marketing of mechanical seals systems, on a group reorganization and collective dismissal procedure and union negotiation.
A graduate in Law from the University of Milan, Ms. Mora has also studied at the Faculty of Law in the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She trained at a domestic employment law firm in Milan 2009-11 and has subsequently over the past 12 years continued to focus on employment law, practising at international firms.