Noncompete Agreements for Multinational Employers

Structuring Enforceable Noncompetes for Employees in Europe and Asia

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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This CLE course will offer guidance to counsel for multinational employers on structuring noncompete agreements that should be enforceable in key jurisdictions throughout Europe and Asia. The panel will explain how noncompete laws in European and Asian countries compare to U.S. restrictive covenant laws.


Noncompete agreements are almost essential in today’s environment that combines a mobile workforce with easily accessible and transportable computer data. Multinational employers face the added challenge of ensuring their noncompete agreements will be enforceable in different international jurisdictions.

Europe and Asia include many key jurisdictions for U.S. multinational employers. Although legal standards governing the enforceability of noncompete agreements vary throughout European and Asian countries, common principles can help guide employers crafting global noncompetes.

Listen as our authoritative panel of employment attorneys from the U.S. and abroad provides approaches for multinational employers to craft noncompete agreements that should be enforceable in Europe and Asia. The panel will compare and contrast the noncompete laws in European and Asian countries against U.S. restrictive covenant laws.



  1. Overview of noncompetes "globally" and regional commonalities
    1. Europe
    2. Asia-Pacific
    3. Americas
  2. When noncompete provisions arise
    1. Employment contracts
    2. Benefits plans
    3. Transactions
  3. Common noncompete provisions
    1. Extended notice period and “garden leave”
    2. Non-disclosure of confidential business information clause
    3. Non-solicitation and non-dealing clauses relating to customers
    4. Non-solicitation of employees
    5. Pure noncompete
  4. Strategies for “global” noncompetes


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How do the laws in key European countries—including the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia—address the enforcement of noncompete agreements?
  • How do Asian jurisdictions—including China and India—deal with employment restrictions that are overly broad?
  • What strategies and tactics should counsel for multinational employers use to increase the likelihood that noncompete agreements will be enforced in Europe and Asia?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Christopher P. Stief
Christopher P. Stief

Fisher & Phillips

He has a national practice focused on issues of employee defection and recruitment, including litigating injunction and...  |  Read More

William D. Wright
William D. Wright

Fisher & Phillips

Mr. Wright is Co-Chair of the firm's International Employment Practice Group. He counsels employers on various...  |  Read More

Clare Murray
Clare Murray

Managing Partner
CM Murray

She specializes in employment and partnership law. She is experienced in providing tactical and pragmatic advice to a...  |  Read More

David Fisher
David Fisher

CM Murray

He specializes in employment and partnership law. He has vast experience advising major corporations, other private...  |  Read More

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