Loic Coutelier

Loic Coutelier

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Loic Coutelier is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Employment Practice Group in Palo Alto. Loic advises clients on domestic and cross-border employment matters arising throughout the employment relationship. Loic also frequently counsels clients on employment law matters arising from domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and global corporate reorganizations.

Loic was originally trained as an international arbitration specialist and worked for several years in Europe and Asia. He also worked five years for a Silicon Valley legal-tech start-up, from its creation to its successful acquisition.

Practice Focus

Loic advises US and international clients on a broad range of cross-border employment matters, including helping them enter into new jurisdictions, managing their existing workforces, effectuating cost-cutting measures, and terminating employment relationships. Additionally, Loic counsels clients on a broad range of domestic employment matters such as background checks, hiring, discipline and termination, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, employment policies and handbooks, bonus and commission plans, restrictive covenants, executive agreements, and worker misclassification.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised global semiconductor manufacturer and infrastructure software company on the acquisition of the enterprise business of another global technology company in a transaction valued at USD 11 billion. Subsequently advised the company on post-acquisition integration in several dozen countries.

  • Advised global pharmaceutical company on the acquisition of a US biopharmaceutical in a transaction valued at USD 2 billion. Subsequently advised the company on all WARN and mini-WARN matters, issues around retention of key personnel, and inquiries brought by the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance Investigations Unit.

  • Regularly advise domestic and global clients and all employment related COVID-19 matters, ranging from workplace health and safety, applicable governmental loan programs, and cost cutting measures.

  • Regularly advise large tech companies on complex employment and benefits issues for their global workforce.

  • Advised a major technology and entertainment company on the spin-off and sale of a business unit involving several dozen countries.

  • Advised Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company on the spin-off of various products into a new publicly traded company in several dozen countries.

Prior to joining the Firm, Loic handled the following matters:

  • Represented an employer in a California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement settlement hearing against former employee alleging unlawful wage deduction.

  • Advised a global technology company on the drafting and implementation of work rules and employee handbooks in the US and in over 50 countries.

  • Performed internal pay audit for a publicly traded US micro-chip manufacturer.

  • Advised a publicly traded US biomedical manufacturer on the creation, testing, and implementation of its GDPR compliance program.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - Member and Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe


  • California~United States (2018)
  • New York~United States (2012)


  • Stanford Law School (LLM in International Economic Law, Business, and Policy) (2011)
  • University of Versailles (Masters of Law in International Arbitration and International Business Law) (2008)
  • University of Grenoble (MST JET JTA) (2007)


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Contributor, The Employer Report

  • Author, "What to Consider Before Using a Global Noncompete," part 1 and 2, Law360, February 2020

  • Author, “The New Frontier of Online Dispute Resolution: Online Divorce Mediation,” American Bar Association, September 2015

  • Author, “State and Local Governments: Unlikely Supporters of ODR,” Thomson Reuters – Legal Executive Institute, 11 June 2015

  • Author, “Annulment and Court Intervention in International Commercial Arbitration,” Revista de Arbitragem, V.1 (Jun. 2012), 149 June 2012

  • Author, “Sailing the Muddy Waters of Arbitration in China,” Versailles International Arbitration and Business Law Review, Vol. 2 (November 2011), 155 November 2011