Employment & Immigration Law Cross-border Business Protections in the New World - global strategies to protect proprietary information from leaking to competitors when employees wander

Saturday, April 27
Location (Room)
La lune

In a knowledge-based economy and changing workplace environment, this session will explore approaches and strategies that are being deployed internationally to protect business assets. The session will discuss the key areas of protection, the steps businesses can take to protect proprietary information, trade secrets and business assets, how businesses can guard against employee breach and the remedies available if disputes arise.



Simon Gorham

Simon heads the employment law practice at Boodle Hatfield LLP where he advises businesses and c-suite executives and investment professions on all aspects of UK employment law. He has significant experience advising on business protection issues, including enforcing post-termination restrictions and protecting confidential information and business assets, as well as on dismissals, the automatic transfer of employment, the employment aspects of corporate transactions, team moves and high-stakes litigation. He regularly conducts investigations into workplace culture and advises on sensitive workplace issues, restructuring projects and whistleblowing. He has a strong focus on the technology and financial services sectors (particularly private equity, hedge funds and asset management firms) and regularly works on international employment matters. Simon also represents athletes and sports organisations on employment matters and has a particular focus on soccer. He frequently speaks on employment related topics and has been quoted in publications in the US, UK and Europe.



Chisako Takaya

Chisako TAKAYA has 30 years of legal experience handling complex employment, litigation, cross border transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She is a well-known and highly experienced litigator, mainly representing employers in labour disputes. She was selected as a leading lawyer in the Employment section in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024, within top 5 lawyers of the “Nikkei’ lawyer survey 2022, a “Leading Individual” in the Labour and Employment section in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024, leading lawyer in the Labour and Employment Law section n the 13th Edition of Best Lawyers in Japan, a leading lawyer in the Labour & Employment section in asialaw PROILES Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2023.

She also serves as vice chair of the Labour Issue Committee of Daini Tokyo Bar Association and vice chair of the International Relationship Committee of Japan Federation of Bar Association.



Lesli Ligorner

K. LESLI LIGORNER is a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in mainland China and Tokyo. With more than 15 years on the ground in China, Lesli has been advising on a wide range of employment and compliance issues, including cross-border employment matters and internal investigations. Her practice includes compliance counseling and training covering company policies, anticorruption compliance, export controls, and employment and anticorruption due diligence in M&A deals.

Lesli was listed as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” in the L&E category by the Ethisphere Institute, as one of the top lawyers in China by China Business Law Journal since 2017 and one of the top 100 global female investigations lawyers by Global Investigations Review, and is ranked individually in Chambers and the Legal500 Hall of Fame for China L&E.

Lesli is admitted to the bars of the States of New York and New Jersey.



Cleber Venditti

Cleber Venditti is a Labour and Employment Partner of Mattos Filho.

His advisory prowess encompasses a comprehensive spectrum of areas, including labour and employment regulations, compensation structures, benefits implementation, and negotiation with Labour Unions.

Cleber Venditti is also a skilled lawyer who represents clients before pivotal entities such as Brazil’s Labour Prosecution Office and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

He holds an LL.B from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and an LL.M in Labour Law from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC-SP. Moreover, Cleber has attended a specialisation course on Labour Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC-SP.

Cleber also has a career as a professor of specialisation courses on Labour Law at Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa and at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. Furthermore, he is a member of the Union Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association.



James Peng

James Peng has been practicing for more than 25 years, focusing on labor law, dispute resolution and competition law. He has extensive experience in legal practice. His work on numerous labor dispute cases and large-scale economic layoffs projects has been highly recognized by his clients. In the field of dispute resolution, James is skilled in dealing with various commercial litigation and arbitration cases; and, has served as an arbitrator and international senior mediator for many years. James has been ranked in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, ALB and China Business Law Journal for many consecutive years and enjoys a high reputation in Guangzhou and South China.



John Wilson

With over two decades of legal expertise, I am an experienced Attorney-at-Law, Notary Public, and registered Company Secretary, admitted to practice in 1999 by the Honourable the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

As the Managing Principal of John Wilson Partners, an established law practice based in Colombo, I oversee a team of Attorneys-at-Law dedicated to excellence in legal service and advice.

I am privileged to have been reposed confidences by many embassies including the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Colombo which recognizes me as an official lawyer, the Embassy of the Republic of France for which I am the avocat conseil, and the embassy of Austria in New Delhi for which I function as the official lawyer in Sri Lanka.

I am the Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka.

My practice covers various areas including property, tax, corporate law, employment law, banking, finance, litigation and intellectual property.