June 21, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

HR Integration Issues in M&A Transactions—Buyer Be Warned!

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Ellenor Stone

Partner, Labor & Employment Attorney


Ashton King


Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

This session will help attendees identify common HR integration issues that commonly come up in M&A deals, including but not limited to, the misclassification of employees as exempt under the FLSA, handling PTO policies and other related issues.


We host global roundtables the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Ellenor Stone


Morris, Manning, & Martin

Ellenor Stone's practice focuses on corporate employment issues, including counseling public and private companies, senior executives, and management teams in buy- and sell-side transactions (200+ to date) ranging from approximately $25 million to $1.1 billion in industries such as software and technology, transportation and logistics, restaurants and hospitality, energy and natural resources, and healthcare. In this capacity, she works closely with each client to assess the various labor and employment concerns specific to the deal at hand; to negotiate tailored agreements, such as executive employment, separation and release, retention bonus, individual or investor sale of business restrictive covenants; and to develop and implement post-closing employee integration strategies.

In addition to her corporate employment practice, Ellenor regularly represents and counsels both employers and senior executives in negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements, negotiating, drafting, and providing guidance on restrictive covenants, and advising on sensitive executive departures.

Ellenor also maintains a robust HR counseling practice for her employer clients, providing day-to-day legal compliance and best practices advice on a variety of employment matters, including pre-offer and employee onboarding, employee classification and compensation, performance and discipline, internal investigations, terminations and reductions-in-force, employee data and privacy concerns, data theft and incident management response, and compliance with personnel policies as well as federal, state, and local employment laws.

When the need for litigation arises, Ellenor draws on her experience representing clients throughout the nation in lawsuits and administrative proceedings under federal and state anti-discrimination, employment, and contract laws, and her involvement in complex litigation and employee investigations, including investigations by government agencies such as EEOC, SEC, and OSHA.

In law school, Ellenor served as the Editor in Chief of the Georgia State University Law Review. After law school, Ellenor served a two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Clayton Scofield III, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to joining the firm, Ellenor practiced Labor and Employment law in the Trial and Global Disputes practice at King & Spalding.

Representative Experience

Represented Routematch in its acquisition by Uber

Represented the Hyperwallet 10-member management team in PayPal's $400 million acquisition of Hyperwallet

Counseled multiple clients through employee departures to help institute best practices to safeguard company confidential information and other sensitive information

Represented IDology in its $300 million sale to GBG

Represented Mailchimp in its acquisition of Sawa


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Ashton King


Morris, Manning, & Martin

Ashton E. King is an Associate in the firm’s Employment practice. Ms. King’s practice focuses on counseling and representing employers with respect to various employment matters, including hiring and separation concerns, restrictive covenants, internal investigations, policy and procedure reviews, and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws. Ms. King also negotiates and drafts employment-related contracts, including employment agreements, restrictive covenants agreements, and separation agreements.

In addition, Ms. King helps corporate clients by providing labor and employment expertise related to business openings and closings, mergers and acquisitions (buy- and sell-side), and other business transactions.

Ms. King’s practice also includes representing employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings under Title VII, Section 1981, the FLSA, and other federal and state anti-discrimination and employment laws. She has experience in complex litigation and has assisted employers with investigations by government agencies, such as the EEOC and SEC.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. King practiced Labor and Employment Law in the Trial and Global Disputes practice at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. While in law school, Ms. King completed an internship serving as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Gail S. Tusan, Judge for the Superior Court of Fulton County.


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What is the purpose of the roundtables?

Our virtual global and in-person regional roundtable discussions offer you a unique opportunity for networking, learning, and sharing your knowledge and experiences with your peers. At each session you’ll:

• Expand your network of professionals who share similar interests in Mergers & Acquisitions.

• Exchange experiences and know-how with other group members, allowing you to validate and share ideas, opinions, and best practices.

• Explore emerging practices and new trends in the HR M&A space

What is the HR M&A Roundtable?

The HR M&A Roundtable is a forum for Human Resources professionals and others managing the people, leadership, and culture issues in Mergers & Acquisitions. We offer roundtable sessions, training, tools, and an annual conference.

Who participates in roundtable discussions?

Participation is limited to HR or Corporate Development professionals who are either in a role with M&A responsibilities or who anticipate managing a transaction in the next 12 months.

Where are roundtable sessions held?

We host global virtual roundtable sessions every month. These 60-minute sessions focus on a particular topic of interest to practitioners. Discussions are led by a seasoned HR M&A practitioner who will help ensure what you share can be applied to your deal work. Past topics have included leadership retention, culture assessment, global deals, and total rewards alignment.

We also offer Regional Roundtable sessions in many cities, including Chicago, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Denver, and London. These sessions usually take place face-to-face but have moved to a virtual format in response to the pandemic.