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Untethered Talent - The Future of International Hires

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The pandemic has propelled us into a disruptive period of workforce changes and remote working or a hybrid approach has become the norm.

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In many industries, talented individuals with in-demand skills now realise they can live and work where they choose. Employers also realise they can source the best talent from anywhere in the world as long as they have internet connectivity.

But what about the practical, legal, tax and cultural impact? How should employers expect to engage and retain international talent in the future? Should your HR strategy be high-tech or high-touch?

Join ZEDRA’s Kiki Stannard and Bird & Bird’s Jonathan Goldsworthy on their myth-busting mission exploring your choices for employing talent post-pandemic and the commercial, cultural, HR, employment law and tax considerations that come with an untethered workforce.

This session is designed for company founders, C-suite executives, HR Directors and Global Mobility professionals who are considering hiring overseas in the next 12 to 24 months.

Moderator: Lindsey Mignano, Smith Shapourian Mignano

Lindsey counsels national and international startups regarding business formation and expansion into US markets, financing, and contractual matters.

Prior to founding her four-woman firm in 2016, Lindsey practiced at an international law firm. Originally from Hawaii, she graduated from Iolani School (H.S.D., 2003) before heading to California to attend Stanford University (B.A., 2007) and University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2010).

She currently sits on the Barristers Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco as the President-Elect, on the Board of Directors for Stanford Alumni Association’s Women’s Impact Network, on the Board of Directors for Mini Cat Town, Inc., a neonatal kitten rescue, and serves as a Sustainer in the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc.

She received the Outstanding Barristers Award in 2017 from the Bar Association of San Francisco; Women in the Law Committee’s Outstanding New Leader Award in 2015 from DRI, an international legal organization for defense and corporate counsel; and a Super Lawyers Rising Star award every year since 2016.

Panellist: Jonathan Goldsworthy, Bird & Bird

Jonathan is a senior associate in our International HR Services Group in London. As a specialist employment and immigration lawyer he advises on the full spectrum of HR and global mobility issues to support our clients' talent and people strategies internationally.

His employment law experience includes negotiating service agreements and executive severances, advising on the protection of confidential information and enforcement of restrictive covenants, and advising on the employment aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. In addition, Jonathan advises on TUPE issues in outsourcings (in the public and private sector) and business transfers, on individual and collective redundancy exercises, and on employment tribunal litigation for a variety of claims.

Jonathan also assists clients with a variety of business immigration work and is uniquely placed to advise clients on end-to-end global mobility mandates. He advises on the full range of issues under the Points-Based System as well other business immigration work issues including immigration warranties, costs agreements, compliance and tribunal litigation. Jonathan has also presented immigration briefings and tailored immigration training on the Points-Based System and has written widely published articles on business immigration.

Over the years, he has advised clients in the telecoms, IT, retail and aviation sectors as well as Hollywood stars and other high-profile individuals. Jonathan has a particular interest in the cross-over between employment/immigration law and sports law and regularly work with Sports Group to advise sports personalities, sports governing bodies and tournament organisers (in both traditional and Esports) on a wide variety of HR issues.

Panellist: Kiki Stannard, ZEDRA

Kiki began her career in the Tax Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK where she qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor. Her focus has always been on the employment aspects of taxation and employee reward. Kiki joined ZEDRA in 2013 advising international businesses on their global expansion strategy, with a focus on employment issues such as international assignments, compensation, tax, HR, and payroll. In September 2019, Kiki became an international assignee herself by heading to San Francisco to lead ZEDRA’s West Coast office.

Kiki is a regular speaker at events across the US sharing her experience of global expansion and HR.


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ZEDRA is an international provider of Global Expansion, Funds and Active Wealth solutions. Our experienced teams deliver tailored high quality advice to companies and family businesses expanding overseas on a range of global expansion, accounting, tax, global mobility, payroll and HR matters. We also support high net worth individuals and their families seeking diversified active wealth solutions, as well as asset managers and their investors. Our hands-on approach and entrepreneurial outlook helps our clients safeguard their assets and unlock their ambitions for growth, no matter how complex their challenges might be.

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