Global corporations and mid-sized companies often engage in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as part of their globalisation strategies. The regulations under Council Directive 2001/23/EC, also known as the "ARD" or "TUPE" directive, can impact these strategies. TUPE regulations are designed to protect the rights of employees when the business they work for is transferred from one employer to another. The regulations apply to a wide range of business transfers, including sale of enterprise or even outsourcing arrangements. If you are planning an acquisition or to divest or downsize your international operations, careful consideration of these aspects is a must. Below is a brief overview of key TUPE aspects for selected Schoenherr jurisdictions.