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Biography

Sarah Galeski holds the position of Counsel at Tilleke & Gibbins, and is a member of the corporate and commercial team in Ho Chi Minh City, focusing on labor and employment law as well as compliance and dispute resolution work. Sarah has over 12 years of professional experience in legal services, and has been based in Vietnam since 2013. During this time, she has worked for large international firms and represented multinational companies in the energy, pharmaceutical, luxury brands, and textiles industries. Sarah has advised on a full range of employment matters such as the drafting of employment contracts, internal labor regulations, service agreements and consultancy agreements. She also has experience advising on employment issues in relation to global asset and share transactions.

Sarah has been actively involved with EuroCham in Vietnam, acting first as the Co-Chair of the Human Resources & Training Sector Committee and then as a member of EuroCham’s Executive Committee. In these roles, she has consulted on labor issues with the International Labor Organization and the European Parliament.

Prior to coming to Vietnam, Sarah acted as a litigator in Canada for a large international firm where her cases involved issues ranging from corporate fraud to contractual disputes to employment matters.

Experience

  • Advised a global clothing manufacturing company on a mass redundancy involving approximately 1,200 employees and provided further advice on terminating employees in the context of the dissolution of a company.
  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company on dealing with a sexual harassment complaint as well as the transfer of employees between legal entities and the termination of key employees.
  • Advised a global software company on trade union establishment; trade union fees; and the rights, obligations and benefits of the trade union. Also assisted in respect of collective bargaining procedures, and required trade union consultations.
  • Advised a global luxury brand company on a complex restructuring involving changes to employees’ reporting lines and redundancy.
  • Advised a multinational insurance company on internal compliance issues, including possible bribery. Assisted the company to investigate possible misconduct while placing employees on leave. Advised company on disciplinary action against impugned employees.
  • Advised an NGO on issues relating to an employee’s embezzlement of funds, including the NGO’s reporting obligations of the crime to police and applying disciplinary action against the employee.
  • In Canada, served as co-counsel in a three-week trial where client alleged a senior employee had accepted bribes in exchange for ensuring that the company bought from a particular supplier. This case set a new precedent in British Columbia law by holding that silence may constitute a misrepresentation entitling the other party to rescind a contract. Achieved a multi-million dollar judgment for the client. (See Procon Mining & Tunnelling v. McNeil, 2010 BCSC 487).
  • In Canada, served as co-counsel for a Chinese multinational conglomerate suing a former employee for misappropriating funds for his personal use.

 

ABOUT Sarah

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    English

Education

    LLB, University of British Columbia (Canada)

    BA, McGill University (Canada)

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