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Employment Law Considerations in M&A/ Operations – Update on AB5 & AB2257

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On both the buyer’s and the seller’s sides of a corporate merger or acquisition, employment law considerations can significantly impact the dynamics of negotiations and transactions. Consultation with skilled employment counsel throughout a transaction is critical. But equally important is an understanding of the typical employment law considerations that can affect negotiations and transactions. Independent contractor and employee classification is one such consideration, and is a particularly dynamic area of developing law.

Learning objects:

  • Early in the deal process: What employment law issues to consider
  • Involving employment counsel in the transaction: When, and how?
  • How do employment law considerations affect negotiations, price, and deal closing?
  • Independent contractors: What is the state of the law today?


C. Craig Lilly
ReedSmith LLP

Craig Lilly is a leading legal advisor for strategic and private equity clients on domestic and cross-border technology acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, SPACs, recapitalizations, consolidations, auctions, leveraged buyouts, and minority investments. Craig’s practice includes advising emerging technology companies on venture capital financings, corporate governance, public offerings and joint ventures. He also represents fund sponsors in connection with structuring and organizing investment funds, parallel investment vehicles, and offshore funds.


Mark Phillips
ReedSmith LLP

Mark Phillips is a Partner at the law firm of Reed Smith LLP who defends employers in class action and single and multi-plaintiff employment matters – including wage and hour cases, wrongful termination, defamation, discrimination, and other employment litigation – as well as general commercial disputes. He also counsels employers on day to day employment matters, trains management on human resources issues, and advises employers regarding new legal developments in the workplace.

Event Details:

Thursday, December 15th
Noon – 1pm Presentation
1pm – 1:30pm Post Networking Session

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CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBA

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