IPBA 2021

Global Strategies to Protect Confidential Information for the Multi-National Employer

Organised by: The Employment & Immigration Law Committee

Session abstract:

Team moves to competitors have become increasingly common and can pose a major competitive threat to business. Moreover, individuals with responsibilities in multiple jurisdictions (such as executives) pose distinct challenges for employers trying to protect themselves from unfair competition. This program might address strategies to protect confidential information, trade secrets, and/or the use of non-competes in the multi-national arena.


Trent Sutton
international Employment Attorney

Trent Sutton, an international employment attorney, helps multinational employers navigate and comply with the widely different employment obligations around the globe. Trent uses his experience, Littler’s broad international platform, and his own extensive network to provide strategic human resources and employment advice on a regional and global scale.


Vikram Shroff
Leader of the HR Law (employment & labour) team
Nishith Desai Associates

Vikram is the leader of the HR Law (employment & labour) team at the research & strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, New Delhi, Munich and New York.

He has been employed with the firm for over 22 years.

Vikram has been consistently ranked as India’s leading labour and employment lawyer by most of the leading international publications.

He advises leading technology, media and financial services sector companies in drafting and negotiating employment contracts; non- disclosure agreements and assignment of intellectual property; competition and solicitation restrictions; structuring of expatriate and secondment arrangements; HR policies and employee handbooks; compensation structuring; employee stock option and share purchase plans; employee transfer and post-merger integration; employment termination, lay off & redundancy; employment litigation; and employment related immigration laws.

His expertise is often sought after for urgent and sensitive HR matters. He also helps clients in employee fraud and anti-bribery policies and investigations. He regularly conducts training for employees, managers and committee members.
Vikram advises Nasscom on employment law policy matters.

Who’s Who Legal has recognized Vikram as a Though Leader for Labour & Employment for 2015-2020.

Chambers & Partners has rated him as a Band 1 Employment Lawyer from 2014-2020.

Asia Law has ranked him as the only Elite Practitioner for labour and employment in India for 2020.

He has been the exclusively recommended lawyer in India by Employment Law Experts.

Vikram is considered a ‘Subject Matter Expert’ for Industrial Relations by Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) India.

Hongjuan Bai

Hongjuan Bai, as an experienced employment lawyer in China, advises clients on confidential information, non-compete, non-solicitation, harassment and discrimination, privacy and employee information protection, employee redeployment and redundancy, and other various issues from hiring to firing. Hongjuan also actively handles complex labor disputes including group labor disputes.

Alberto Deluca
De Luca & Partners

Speaker bio will be updated shortly.

Yap Yeong Hui
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff
Kuala Lumpar

Yeong Hui is a lawyer in the field of labour and employment matters and a Partner at Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff. He was called to the Malaysian bar in 2006 before he ventured to Singapore and was called to the Singapore bar in 2012. After spending about 4 years in Singapore he returned to Malaysia.

Yeong Hui’s practice touches all aspects of employment law. He frequently appears in the Courts in employment disputes. He handles unfair dismissal claims, acting for both employers and employees. He has also appeared in Courts representing clients in restrictive covenant cases and other employment related disputes.

Yeong Hui has assisted with review of employment contracts, handbooks and policies as well as confidentiality and proprietary information agreements. He regularly advise his clients on managing out and disciplining of their employees to ensure minimum exposure to the clients. Further, Yeong Hui provides advice on retrenchment and right-sizing exercises.

His practice also encompasses advising on personal data protection, occupational health and safety and trade union related laws. Yeong Hui is also experienced in assisting clients with internal investigations and advising clients on compliance programmes designed to reduce the risk of breaches by employees and sanctions by authorities.