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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)

What the team is known for Boutique powerhouse practice maintaining its leading position in the labour and employment ambit. Regularly sought out by top national and international clients from a variety of industries including the financial sector to advise on labour mandates. Areas of expertise include collective agreements, immigration issues and social security. Demonstrates additional prowess in labour disputes, frequently representing clients in high-stakes litigation.

Strengths The firm is widely endorsed by market sources, who particularly highlight "their extensive track record" and enthuse that "this is the most significant player in the labour market in Guatemala."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner and star individual Guillermo López Cordero is renowned by interviewees as a towering figure in the labour and employment sphere. He is recognised for his extensive track record in the full gamut of labour matters and his particular prowess in collective bargaining issues. Clients and peers are keen to praise him, asserting: "Guillermo is an extraordinary lawyer and an authority on labour matters, particularly collective bargaining agreements. It's a pleasure to work with him."

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Arias - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice frequently retained by companies hailing from the technology, retail and pharmaceutical industries to advise on labour and employment matters. Possesses notable expertise in a variety of relevant issues including employment due diligence for transactions, high-level hirings and terminations and immigration law. Also adept at handling employment-related disputes.

Strengths The firm is valued highly by clients, who particularly highlight the quality of the department's client service and its specialisation in labour law. They note: "We really value their regional expertise, as well as the precision of their recommendations."

Work highlight Acted as counsel to a client from the advertising sector on settling a labour dispute pertaining to the termination of a high-level company executive. The matter was valued at approximately USD400,000.

Notable practitioners

Leading department head Liz Gordillo Anleu is recognised by peers for her front-running position in the labour and employment field, with clients particularly appreciating that "she is highly diligent and very responsive." She offers over 30 years of experience and continues to advise on a wide range of employment cases, from immigration issues to labour litigation. Her recent work includes acting as counsel to a local manufacturer of writing implements on its full legal audit, including compliance with health and safety regulations and social security matters.

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)

What the team is known for Renowned regional firm enjoying a long-standing reputation in the labour and employment arena. Regularly sought out by a number of significant local and international names from the food and beverage, financial and energy sectors. Predominantly active in assisting clients with collective bargaining agreements, offering further expertise in the employment aspects of transactions.

Strengths The firm earns plaudits from clients for its full-service approach, with one expressing: "The firm has highly prestigious lawyers in Guatemala, who also have the support of specialists in other areas so that they can draw on their expertise."

Notable practitioners

Respected department co-head Lionel Aguilar is known throughout the labour and employment field for his technical knowledge of labour law, as well as his special dedication to collective bargaining agreements. He is described by peers as "a very knowledgeable lawyer with extensive experience in this field," while clients enthuse: "We have received very good responses to our legal queries from him and have achieved great results with his help." He is frequently retained by top Guatemalan and multinational companies.

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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)

What the team is known for Robust team demonstrating a strong foothold in the labour sphere. Often seen advising on matters including the provision of training sessions on compliance with labour law and employment litigation. Retained by an impressive roster of international and local clients from the telecommunications, consumer products and healthcare industries.

Strengths Clients praise the firm, adding: "It's wonderful when you find a firm that understands your business as well as QIL+4. Their service is spectacular in terms of professionalism and response times."

Work highlights Provided a training session to Telus regarding labour compliance and disciplinary procedures.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Evelyn Rebuli is singled out for praise by clients, with one commenting: "She is a spectacular legal professional who is adept at finding practical solutions." She possesses broad expertise in employment mandates, spanning health and safety issues, drafting internal labour policies and social security matters.

Associate-to-watch Javier Castellán is well regarded by interviewees, with one client stating: "He's a very able lawyer and is involved in all complex matters." His areas of specialisation include advising employers on labour risk management, litigation and compliance.

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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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid firm offering niche expertise in the labour and employment ambit, with a particular focus on collective bargaining issues of a contentious and non-contentious nature. Frequently instructed by significant players in sectors such as energy, hospitality and technology.

Strengths Clients endorse the team, observing: "They are extremely professional and have a lot of experience in the labour area."

Notable practitioners

Key partner Augusto Valenzuela earns plaudits from both peers and clients alike for his wealth of experience and standing in the labour arena. One source highlights that he is a frequently consulted figure in the industry regarding new developments in Guatemalan labour law, while another adds: "He is a very prestigious name in this field." He attracts further praise for his academic contributions to the labour law field in Guatemala.

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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)

What the team is known for Active department offering wide-ranging capabilities in the labour and employment practice area. Retained as counsel by a variety of prominent clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and tourism industries. Capabilities include handling immigration issues, labour compliance and litigation.

Strengths Clients praise the firm, with one explaining: "They are always trying to give you the best possible service and react immediately. They put specialists at your disposal and give you valuable answers that fit your needs. I am incredibly happy with them."

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Ruby Asturias.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established firm benefiting from diverse capabilities in the labour and employment sector. Regularly advises a client portfolio composed of prominent companies from the retail and technology industries on matters such as terminations, health and safety regulations and labour disputes.

Strengths The firm is highly recommended by clients, who enthuse: "They are always on hand when we have a problem and their labour team is highly experienced. They support you and they provide very good legal recommendations."

Work highlights Advised Payless ShoeSource on several labour matters, including labour disputes, terminations and drafting internal policies.

Notable practitioners

Star associate Suzel Obiols plays a key role in the firm's labour practice, rendering advice to top local and multinational companies. Clients are full of praise for her work, stating: "She has great experience in the labour sphere, always provides accurate legal recommendations and alerts us to possible consequences that we haven't identified at first." Another source notes that "she is confident in her assertions and knows the labour field very well. She really considers matters before proposing a solution and she keeps herself up to date with new developments."

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Star Individuals

Guillermo López Cordero

Bufete López Cordero

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner and star individual Guillermo López Cordero is renowned by interviewees as a towering figure in the labour and employment sphere. He is recognised for his extensive track record in the full gamut of labour matters and his particular prowess in collective bargaining issues. Clients and peers are keen to praise him, asserting: "Guillermo is an extraordinary lawyer and an authority on labour matters, particularly collective bargaining agreements. It's a pleasure to work with him."

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Band 1

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected department co-head Lionel Aguilar is known throughout the labour and employment field for his technical knowledge of labour law, as well as his special dedication to collective bargaining agreements. He is described by peers as "a very knowledgeable lawyer with extensive experience in this field," while clients enthuse: "We have received very good responses to our legal queries from him and have achieved great results with his help." He is frequently retained by top Guatemalan and multinational companies.

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Band 1

Liz Gordillo Anleu

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading department head Liz Gordillo Anleu is recognised by peers for her front-running position in the labour and employment field, with clients particularly appreciating that "she is highly diligent and very responsive." She offers over 30 years of experience and continues to advise on a wide range of employment cases, from immigration issues to labour litigation. Her recent work includes acting as counsel to a local manufacturer of writing implements on its full legal audit, including compliance with health and safety regulations and social security matters.

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Band 2

Augusto Valenzuela

Valenzuela Herrera y Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Augusto Valenzuela earns plaudits from both peers and clients alike for his wealth of experience and standing in the labour arena. One source highlights that he is a frequently consulted figure in the industry regarding new developments in Guatemalan labour law, while another adds: "He is a very prestigious name in this field." He attracts further praise for his academic contributions to the labour law field in Guatemala.

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Band 3

Mario Leonel Caniz

Caniz & Molina

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Mario Leonel Caniz of Caniz & Molina is an active player in the labour and employment sphere, advising corporate clients on a variety of labour concerns. He focuses his practice on labour-related disputes and is deemed by peers to be "a very recognised and important labour lawyer with particular strength in litigation." Clients state that "he is deeply experienced and a very good decision maker."

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Band 3

Randolf Castellanos

BDS Asesores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Randolf Castellanos of BDS Asesores has ample capabilities across the labour field, including such areas as collective bargaining agreements, revising compensation policies and labour conflicts. He commands respect from interviewees, with one stating: "He has profound knowledge of labour law and a lot of experience," and another source drawing attention to his experience in advising new entrants to the Guatemalan market on their labour law concerns.

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QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Evelyn Rebuli is singled out for praise by clients, with one commenting: "She is a spectacular legal professional who is adept at finding practical solutions." She possesses broad expertise in employment mandates, spanning health and safety issues, drafting internal labour policies and social security matters.

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Star Associate

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star associate Suzel Obiols plays a key role in the firm's labour practice, rendering advice to top local and multinational companies. Clients are full of praise for her work, stating: "She has great experience in the labour sphere, always provides accurate legal recommendations and alerts us to possible consequences that we haven't identified at first." Another source notes that "she is confident in her assertions and knows the labour field very well. She really considers matters before proposing a solution and she keeps herself up to date with new developments."

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Associates to watch

BLP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate and department co-head Jeimy Aldi of BLP receives endorsements from clients for her work in this area. They say: "She understands businesses very quickly, is available for clients and is good at what she does." Another source appreciates that "she has a good way of relating to people and exercises strong professional judgement."

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Associates to watch

Javier Castellán

QIL+4 ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Javier Castellán is well regarded by interviewees, with one client stating: "He's a very able lawyer and is involved in all complex matters." His areas of specialisation include advising employers on labour risk management, litigation and compliance.

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