Overview

Renata Neeser provides comprehensive labor and employment solutions to multinational clients, with a depth of experience in both New York and Brazilian labor and employment law. She regularly advises foreign companies as they navigate U.S. employment laws, with a particular focus on executives. Renata also advises foreign and domestic companies on the employment aspects of M&A and other business restructurings, as they relate to the hire, transfer and termination of executives. In addition to counseling, Renata focuses her practice on the drafting and revision of sophisticated contracts, such as sales and purchase agreements, retention and severance plans and agreements, and employment contracts covering the full life cycle of employment, from NDAs and noncompetes to arbitration agreements, separation agreements and general releases, among others.

Renata also counsels American clients on a wide variety of international employment law matters, including the local applicability and implementation requirements of global policies, such as codes of conduct, ethics, discrimination and diversity policies, as well as outsourcing, expatriation and employee classification issues. Additionally, Renata is a go-to resource for clients across the country and around the world on Brazil-specific labor and employment matters. With years of practice in Brazil and New York, Renata is uniquely positioned to provide HQs with sensible advice on their Brazil operations.

Examples of noteworthy projects:

M&A

  • Counseling on foreign company acquisition of a U.S. start-up in the tech industry and negotiations for the retention of the founders as key executives
  • Counseling on a cross border sales of the majority of the shares of a Brazilian subsidiary in the retail business; drafting of retention plan and agreements, in dual language, for the key executives
  • Represented clients in the sale of their equity interest in a N.Y. startup
  • Advice, drafting and negotiation of the sale of equity interest and termination of employment in relation to a multiple-party venture in New York

Business Restructuring

  • Advice and drafting of voluntary and involuntary resignation program and related documentation for a multistate U.S. RIF
  • Negotiation of the separation of a key U.S. sales representative of an Italian company
  • Advice and counseling on the separation of U.S. employees of a Japanese company
  • Advice and counseling on the substitution of the Brazil country manager (labor and corporate) of a Japanese company
  • Advice on labor negotiations with a warehouse union in Brazil

Multicountry Projects

  • Survey on implementation requirements for commission plans in 12 jurisdictions for a tech company
  • Survey on maximum overtime on 19 countries for a tech company
  • Review of employment agreement templates in six Latin American countries for a bank
  • Alignment of global policies after an M&A for an oil and gas company

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member and Former Vice Chair

International Employment Committee, International Section

American Bar Association

Member and Former Board Member

Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Member

Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida

Member

Brazil-Florida Business Council, Inc.

Recognition

Knight, Order of the Rio Branco

Brazil

Ministry of External Relations

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2018-2019

Named, Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers

Latinvex

2016-2018

Named, Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers

Latinvex

2015

News, Analysis & Press

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q3 2018

Global Guide Quarterly

October 11, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q2 2018

Global Guide Quarterly

July 20, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q4 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

January 19, 2018

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q2 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

July 11, 2017

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q1 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

March 31, 2017

Drilling into the Oil & Gas Industry for Employment Law Compliance – Brazil Overview

International Bar Association Employment & Industrial Relations Law Newsletter

April 1, 2016

Ten Rules on Equal Pay in Brazil

ACC Docket

March 21, 2016

Brazil: Salaries Up Despite Crisis

Latinvex

November 11, 2015

Employment Costs

Latin Lawyer

August 28, 2015

Brazil Garment Industry – Health and Safety Issues Overview

Association of Corporate Counsel QuickCounsel

January 26, 2015

Latin America Employment Law Update

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

November 19, 2014

Temp Workers in Brazil Can Now Be Retained Longer

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 11, 2014

Brazil Adds HIV/AIDS Status to List of Protected Employment Categories

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 1, 2014

New Reporting Requirements in Brazil to Hugely Impact HR

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

June 27, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Fourth Annual Conference in Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 15, 2018
Cuarta Conferencia Anual en Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 15, 2018
Fourth Annual Conference in Mexico City

México City

November 14, 2018
Cuarta Conferencia Anual en Ciudad de México

México City

November 14, 2018
International Employment & Labor Law Roundtable

Los Angeles, CA

September 12, 2018
International Employment Law Roundtable

New York, NY

June 26, 2018

How the Brazilian Labor Reform has Affected D&O Compensation? Impacts on Release Agreements

New York State Bar Association, Sao Paulo, Brazil

June 21, 2018

Brazil and Argentina

Latin America Employee Relations Group, Miami, FL

May 22, 2018

Littler Global Summit 2018 - Part 1: A World of Change: The Current L&E Legal Landscapes in France, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica and Other Evolving Jurisdictions

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018
Tercera Conferencia Anual en Ciudad de México

México City

September 27, 2017
Third Annual Conference in Mexico City

México City

September 27, 2017
Third Annual Conference in Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

September 26, 2017
Tercera Conferencia Anual en Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

September 26, 2017
Labor Courts and Litigation

September 13, 2017
Brazil Conference

August 30, 2017

Outsourcing: A Global Onslaught on the Use of Independent Contractors

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

U.S. and Brazil: Employment and Labor Law Update

Brazil-Florida Business Council Seminar, Tampa, FL

April 3, 2017
Latin America Conference

Miami, FL

October 28, 2016
Second Annual Mexico Conference - Mexico City

México City

October 5, 2016
Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Ciudad de México

México City

October 5, 2016
Second Annual Mexico Conference - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016
Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016
Inaugural Brazil Conference - São Paulo

September 14, 2016

Not Your Traditional Secondment: Trends and Pitfalls in the Transfer of Employees Across National Borders

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016
Brazil: Country Outlook for 2016

February 26, 2016

Latin America HR Challenges and Solutions

Latin America Employee Relations Group, Miami, FL

February 25-26, 2016
Littler Global Mexico Conference

México City

November 11, 2015
Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

México City

November 11, 2015
Littler Global Mexico Conference

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015
Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015
2015 Tri-State Employer Conference

New York, NY

November 5, 2015
Latin America Labor & Employment Law Update

April 29, 2015

Workplace Negotiations & Collective Bargaining

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Sao Paulo, Brazil

April 26, 2015
Labor Market and Global Mobility

February 27, 2015
Navigating the Challenges of Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements Globally

January 26, 2015
Labor & Employment Issues: Three Things an Employer Should Master for Success in Latin America

Miami, FL

November 13, 2014
Doom at the Loom? The Push for Labor Standards in the Garment Industry

October 24, 2014
The 2014 Charlotte Employer — International Edition

Charlotte, NC

September 23, 2014
The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

Going Global: Managing the Human Assets

ENR+Dodge Global Construction Summit - McGraw Hill Construction, New York, NY

May 13, 2014

Managing Cross-Border Culture Differences

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 8, 2014

Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship in Latin America

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2014

Employment Aspects To Consider Before Transferring Employees To Latin America And The U.S.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, Sao Paulo, Brazil

April 23, 2014

Outsourcing Core Business/Activities in Latin America

International Spring Meeting - American Bar Association, New York, NY

April 3, 2014

The Life Cycle of Employment Relationship in Latin America

Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar

March 25, 2014

Expats and Secondees into the Workplace: Clearing the Employment and Immigration Hurdles

Annual Meeting - New York State Bar Association, New York, NY

January 25, 2013

Overcoming the Unique Challenges of International Staffing

NAEM Webinar

December 11, 2012

Education

  • Law Degree, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil, 1987
  • Labor Relations – Collective Bargaining Studies Certificate, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2015

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Bar Admission

New York
Brazil