Overview

Renata Neeser provides comprehensive labor and employment solutions to multinational companies, 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, as they relate to the hire, transfer and termination of executives and other business restructurings involving various sizes and structures of RIFs. Additionally, Renata is a go-to resource for clients across the U.S. and around the world on Brazil-specific labor and employment matters, and the newly effective Brazilian Data Privacy Law (LGPD). With years of practice in Brazil and New York, Renata is uniquely positioned to provide HQs with sensible advice on their Brazil operations.

Renata’s noteworthy new projects include:

COVID-19 Pandemic-related

  • Leading, collaborating and participating in several multicountry surveys and projects in 2020-2021 relating to telework and WFH arrangements, wandering workers located outside the U.S., return-to-work policies, mandatory testing and vaccination, and permanently becoming virtual employers.
  • Counseling on different structures available in Brazil and other Latin American countries to reduce employment costs (furloughs, reduction of salary/hours, collective vacation, bank of hours, telework) and termination of employment.
  • Advising on the implementation and drafting of ERISA plan and related documents for voluntary departure plans (VDPs, ERO, VSPs) and involuntary termination programs, including those involving multiple decisional units (domestic and global), and OWBPA disclosures, as well as separation agreements for executives.

Data Privacy

  • Counseling on adapting GDPR notices and processes to comply with LGPD.
  • Advising on limitations to data subject rights, consent requirements, D&I voluntary surveys of sensitive personal data, and international transfer of personal data.
  • Advising on processors’ liabilities and use of third-party service providers outside Brazil.

Tech Industry

  • Counseling and advising a growing number of companies in the U.S. on their domestic and foreign operations, particularly in relation to growing headcount in the U.S., Brazil and beyond.
  • Counseling and drafting of offer letters, executive agreements and equity compensation, including negotiations for the retention of founders as key executives after change of control, policies, sales incentive programs, use of freelancers, staffing agencies and PEOs/EORs.
  • Surveying for a platform company of 10+ countries, including issues in engaging and intermediating freelancer engagement and intellectual property issues.

M&A Transactions and Business Restructurings

  • Counseling and advising on the transfer of 100+ workforce in Brazil from an EOR to a local subsidiary of a giant tech company.
  • Counseling and advising a U.S. media client on closing operations in Brazil and on a subsequent asset deal involving a Brazilian workforce.
  • Counseling on an asset deal transfer of employees of a maritime carrier company in the U.S., Singapore and Switzerland.
  • Counseling and advising on exiting a country manager in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
  • Counseling and advising on post-acquisition integration of two fintech companies in Brazil.

Past Highlights:

  • Counseling on a crossborder sale 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.
  • Representing clients in the sale of their equity interest in a NY startup.
  • Advising, drafting and negotiating the sale of equity interest and termination of employment in relation to a multiple-party venture in New York.
  • Advising and counsel on the separation of U.S. employees from a Japanese company.
  • Surveying implementation requirements for commission plans in 12 jurisdictions for a tech company.
  • Aligning global policies after an M&A for an oil and gas company.

Renata is a core member Littler’s Business Restructuring and M&A Practice Group, the International Employment & Labor Practice Group, and the Latin America Team.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member and Former Vice Chair

International Employment Committee, International Section

American Bar Association

Member and 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©

2018-2022

Named, Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers

Latinvex

2016-2020

Named, Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers

Latinvex

2015

News, Analysis & Press

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q2 2020

Global Guide Quarterly

July 23, 2020

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q1 2020

Global Guide Quarterly

April 15, 2020

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q4 2019

Global Guide Quarterly

January 22, 2020

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q3 2019

Global Guide Quarterly

October 16, 2019

Littler Global Guide - Brazil - Q1 2019

Global Guide Quarterly

April 15, 2019

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

COVID-19: What Lies Ahead

Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce Webinar

May 12, 2020

Legislating Diversity & Inclusion: Where Do We Stand

2020 NYSBA Annual Meeting, Women in Lá Section’s panel

January 28, 2020

Fifth Annual Conference in Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

October 3, 2019

Fifth Annual Conference in Mexico City

México City

October 2, 2019

The New Brazilian Data Protection Law and Lessons Learned from the EU and U.S. Experience - Rio de Janeiro

February 21, 2019

The New Brazilian Data Protection Law and Lessons Learned from the EU and U.S. Experience - Sao Paulo

February 20, 2019

Fourth Annual Conference in Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

November 15, 2018

Cuarta Conferencia Anual en Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

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

#MeToo, #StandUp and Transformative Technologies in the Workplace

San Francisco, CA

September 13, 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

You’re Fired! An Apples-to-Apples Comparison of the Employee Dismissal Process Across Key International Jurisdictions

February 27, 2018

Employment Law Update: Outsourcing in Brazil and Selected Central and South American Jurisdictions

October 17, 2017

Third Annual Conference in Mexico City

México City

September 27, 2017

Tercera Conferencia Anual en Ciudad de México

México City

September 27, 2017

Third Annual Conference in Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

September 26, 2017

Tercera Conferencia Anual en Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

September 26, 2017

Labor Courts and Litigation

September 13, 2017

Brazil Conference

August 30, 2017

Termination of Employment, Payments, Releases and Arbitration

August 23, 2017

Unions, CBAs and Employee Representatives

August 16, 2017

Employment Contracts, Compensation, and Working Hours

August 9, 2017

Employers, Workers and Work Arrangements

August 2, 2017

2017 Littler Global Brazil Breakfast Briefings

June 21, 2017

Classifying Your Sales Staff Working in the Americas: Are They Exempt Employees?

June 14, 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

Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Ciudad de México

México City

October 5, 2016

Second Annual Mexico Conference - Mexico City

México City

October 5, 2016

Second Annual Mexico Conference - Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

October 4, 2016

Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

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

Monterrey, NLE

November 10, 2015

Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

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