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Latin-America Guide

Labour & Employment — Guatemala


Bufete López Cordero - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Guillermo López Cordero
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Esteemed practice maintaining its stellar reputation as the market leader for high-level labour and employment matters. Represents major domestic and international corporations from an array of industries in issues spanning collective bargaining, social security and immigration law. Also maintains an impressive track record in representing clients in complex labour litigation disputes before the authorities.

Strengths Clients are full of praise, commenting: "I particularly value the personalised service and immediate responses the lawyers provide. They have a high level of professionalism and proactivity, and always follow up with us. They also have profound understanding of Guatemalan labour law."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Guillermo López Cordero is a pre-eminent individual in the labour and employment field, noted for his long-standing involvement in the space. Interviewees praise his "wide knowledge, ample experience, and clear manner of explaining everything," going on to add: "He is a reference. In every case we have worked on with him, he has made the utmost effort to take the best decisions possible for us."

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Arias - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Liz Gordillo Anleu
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team providing broad-ranging coverage of the labour and employment field. Regularly advises prominent names from the international market on matters including executive-level hiring and termination, labour compliance audits and expatriate and immigration issues. Also offers substantial experience in labour litigation and conflict mediation.

Strengths The firm's service is highly appreciated by clients, who say: "The lawyers have demonstrated wide knowledge of the Guatemalan legal market, and the replies they provide are rapid and reliable."

Work highlights Advised Oxfam International on the restructuring of its entities within the Guatemalan market, including all related labour and social security compliance.

Significant clients Walmart, Chevron, Bayer, Sanofi-Aventis, BIC Latin America.

Notable practitioners

Admired department head Liz Gordillo Anleu is held in high esteem by clients and peers alike. She maintains an impressive practice handling the full range of labour matters, from compliance issues to labour disputes. Sources commend her as "very organised, effective and experienced," and go on to say: "She is a highly reliable and knowledgeable adviser who provides logical and practical solutions."

Associate Rosa María Arenales de la Roca is an active name in the labour and employment space. She is experienced in handling a range of related matters, including the labour aspects of major M&A deals, as well as contentious proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Arias)

One of the largest and most respected law firms in Central America, Arias has 75 years of experience providing accurate and timely solutions based on clients’ goals, a great team of professionals, award-winning client service and unparalleled innovation to the region’s legal market.

Arias is a full-service law firm able to provide advice in over 30 practice areas; with a legal team of 32 Partners and more than 130 lawyers through their 7 offices across all Central American countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, Arias reaffirms its commitment to continue serving clients with a strategic vision, generating value that allows clients to reach and surpass their objectives. Helping them in a unique approach, by having all their regional legal matters tendered by a single contact. They are truly, integral partners who clients can trust.

The Firm has coordinated some of the largest multijurisdictional transactions crossing Latin America; it is the go-to firm for international corporations doing business in the region. The Firm has grown and achieved innovation over the years in order to offer personalized, preventive, and strategic legal services to the business and the needs of its clients, with reliable and accurate legal solutions.

Arias heritage, passion for law, and commitment to quality allows them to grow along with the region and overcome new challenges in each country where they operate.

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Consortium Legal - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Lionel Aguilar and Federico Zelada
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice maintaining a strong position within the labour and employment sphere, where it boasts particular prowess in collective bargaining. Provides counsel to a roster of impressive multinational clients from industries including power, construction, and food and beverages.

Strengths Market sources highlight Consortium Legal for "its experienced lawyers and the timely, professional support they provide."

Notable practitioners

Department head Lionel Aguilar is widely recognised as a leading name in the labour and employment field, with sources commending him as "a highly experienced lawyer." He offers profound expertise in numerous areas, with collective bargaining a key area of strength. He acts as counsel to a range of major multinational and domestic clients.

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  • Specially recognized for the experience on collective conflict processes, giving advice to important national and multi-national corporations on issues related with the management of the relations with unions, according with the strategies of the business.

  • On individual labour matters the firm is recognized for giving advice on the optimization of the human resource management, with a practical approach and attending to the reality and necessities of the company.

  • The department had participated on due diligence projects related with the acquisition of important national companies and others related with the emission of stocks on international markets.

  • Recently is one of the leaders on the advisory of Employment Health and Security Regulations, having experienced and qualified personnel in charge of this important area. 

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QIL+4 ABOGADOS - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Evelyn Rebuli
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid labour practice providing ample capabilities across the field, spanning collective bargaining agreements, social security issues and labour compliance. Firm offers additional coverage of conflict resolution and labour litigation. Advises a range of significant international clients from the energy, pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors.

Strengths Clients are full of praise, stating: "The lawyers are excellent; they are very responsive, and we can call them anytime and they will work around the clock to make sure everything is done properly. They are accessible and highly experienced in the labour field."

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, British American Tobacco Central America, Telus, Enel Green Power, Walmart.

Notable practitioners

Partner Evelyn Rebuli maintains a solid reputation in the labour and employment field, with peers commenting: "I have a lot of respect for her." She is deeply experienced in handling collective bargaining agreements and complex labour disputes.

Clients endorse associate Javier Castellán, stating: "He is a great lawyer; he's very responsive and he goes straight to the point." He offers expertise in risk assessment, collective dismissals and labour litigation.

About the Team (content provided by QIL+4 ABOGADOS)

Our labor and employment department specializes in conflict prevention, compliance, negotiation, crisis management, negotiation and litigation. We have advised on acquisitions and merger integration, agreements, immigration permits, expatriate structures together with the firm´s Tax team, as well as labor and employment disputes.

In representing multinational and corporate clients, we have designed a proprietary methodology for performing compliance assessments, labor audits and providing practical advice in designing human resources yearly compliance programs.

Our Labor and Employment Practice includes:

  • Advise on​ compensation plans, employee benefits and stock ownership plans
  • Structuring liquidation of retirement and pensions plans
  • Handling of conflict resolution, employee dismissals, immigration, social security issues, expatriates, as well as administrative procedures and litigation
  • Negociation of all labor related matters, including with labor unions and collective bargaining agreements
  • Active participation in multilateral commissions of diverse nature such as trade unions, private associations and corporate social responsibility organizations.

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Valenzuela Herrera y Asociados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Augusto Valenzuela
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired labour and employment boutique earning recognition for its dedication to the field. Deeply experienced in handling both individual and collective contentious and non-contentious matters. Regularly advises major multinational names within the energy, hospitality, and food and beverage industries.

Strengths Interviewees affirm: "The team has all the knowledge necessary to handle our labour matters. They are highly experienced, always adhere to deadlines, and provide a very reliable service."

Notable practitioners

Partner Augusto Valenzuela earns praise from peers and clients alike for his prowess in the area. Market sources enthuse: "He is a labour expert with lots of experience here; he is a highly active professional." Interviewees also highlight his valuable academic contributions to the field.

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EY Law - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ginny Castillo and Montserrat Linares
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key player in the labour field providing support to a range of local and international clients from the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and healthcare industries, among others. Offers an array of services in these areas, spanning employment contracts and immigration matters, with additional experience in handling contentious cases.

Strengths The firm is commended by clients, who say: "The service provided by the Pacheco Coto team is very attentive - the answers we receive are always timely and well founded from a legal perspective."

Work highlights Advised Bayer on a collective agreement regarding working conditions which will apply to over 100 of its production plant employees.

Significant clients Office Depot, Chep, Activa, ThyssenKrupp, Pantera Negra.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Ginny Castillo.

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Mayora & Mayora, S.C. - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rafael Briz
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active practice offering wide-ranging services in the labour field. Team's capabilities span employment contracts and terminations, the obtaining of work and residency permits and labour disputes before the Guatemalan courts. Retained by a number of prominent names from the domestic and international markets.

Strengths The team comes recommended by clients, who say: "The lawyers at Mayora & Mayora deliver an excellent service; they have great command of the law, provide us with personalised attention, and are very capable of resolving cases."

Work highlights Advised Spanish construction giant OHL on the preparation and filing of multiple temporary residence applications and work permits for a number of the company's Spanish executives handling a project in Guatemala.

Significant clients Productos Roche Guatemala, Interjet, Banco Compartamos, Amway, GBM Guatemala.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Suzel Obiols is a dedicated labour practitioner who receives ample praise from sources. Clients highlight her "professionalism and knowledge of labour law," adding: "She is a highly competent lawyer who always tries to deliver results as soon as possible, and who gets back to us immediately."

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Star Individuals

Guillermo López Cordero

Bufete López Cordero

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Guillermo López Cordero is a pre-eminent individual in the labour and employment field, noted for his long-standing involvement in the space. Interviewees praise his "wide knowledge, ample experience, and clear manner of explaining everything," going on to add: "He is a reference. In every case we have worked on with him, he has made the utmost effort to take the best decisions possible for us."

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Band 1

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Lionel Aguilar is widely recognised as a leading name in the labour and employment field, with sources commending him as "a highly experienced lawyer." He offers profound expertise in numerous areas, with collective bargaining a key area of strength. He acts as counsel to a range of major multinational and domestic clients.

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Band 1

Liz Gordillo Anleu

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired department head Liz Gordillo Anleu is held in high esteem by clients and peers alike. She maintains an impressive practice handling the full range of labour matters, from compliance issues to labour disputes. Sources commend her as "very organised, effective and experienced," and go on to say: "She is a highly reliable and knowledgeable adviser who provides logical and practical solutions."

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Band 2

Augusto Valenzuela

Valenzuela Herrera y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Augusto Valenzuela earns praise from peers and clients alike for his prowess in the area. Market sources enthuse: "He is a labour expert with lots of experience here; he is a highly active professional." Interviewees also highlight his valuable academic contributions to the field.

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Band 3

Randolf Castellanos

BDS Asesores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Randolph Castellanos of BDS Asesores receives ample praise from market sources for his expertise and experience in the labour and employment field. He is highly skilled in advising local and multinational names on a range of counselling and litigation matters.

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Band 3

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Evelyn Rebuli maintains a solid reputation in the labour and employment field, with peers commenting: "I have a lot of respect for her." She is deeply experienced in handling collective bargaining agreements and complex labour disputes.

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Associates to watch

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Jeimy Aldi of BLP is an experienced adviser in a range of labour and employment mandates. Her areas of focus include collective bargaining agreements, social security matters and immigration law.

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Associates to watch

Rosa María Arenales de la Roca

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Rosa María Arenales de la Roca is an active name in the labour and employment space. She is experienced in handling a range of related matters, including the labour aspects of major M&A deals, as well as contentious proceedings.

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Associates to watch

Javier Castellán

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients endorse associate Javier Castellán, stating: "He is a great lawyer; he's very responsive and he goes straight to the point." He offers expertise in risk assessment, collective dismissals and labour litigation.

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Associates to watch

Montserrat Linares

Montserrat Linares - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Montserrat Linares is highlighted for praise by clients, who commend "the quality of her service and the sense of urgency with which she works." Sources go on to say: "She works with great speed, which is very beneficial in the corporate environment; she is always there when we need her." Her past experience includes working as an associate at Pacheco Coto.

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Associates to watch

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Suzel Obiols is a dedicated labour practitioner who receives ample praise from sources. Clients highlight her "professionalism and knowledge of labour law," adding: "She is a highly competent lawyer who always tries to deliver results as soon as possible, and who gets back to us immediately."

^ See whole ranking table