Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rosa Zarza
- 31 partners
- 178 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Highly esteemed for work on collective negotiations in support of planned collective dismissals and collective bargaining agreements. Also highly active in the employment aspects of restructurings and reorganisations. Represents multinational and local clients from the worlds of sport, communications and finance in employment litigation. Boasts a huge team of lawyers at all levels of experience who can handle a correspondingly high volume of large and smaller labour law mandates.
Strengths "They have a practical approach aimed at getting things done and have the confidence to push back sometimes even to an in-house legal team if they think that we could do things differently," notes one client.
Interviewees highlight the lawyers' ability to give practical advice, saying: "They have a high degree of experience in many of the projects we deal with, so they are able to tell us the impact of certain actions on the labour climate in our company."
Sources say that "I can call them whatever time of the day or night or try to contact them by email and I receive an immediate answer."
Work highlights Acted for Alstom on four parallel mass lay-offs.
Advised Famar Health Care Services on adjustments to employee benefits and working conditions.
Significant clients Carrefour, Santander, Endesa, HP, FCC.
Federico Durán López has considerable experience in social security law, collective bargaining and restructuring matters. He is known among peers for his vast technical knowledge of labour law, while key clients say that he offers "solutions and creative proposals."
Rosa Zarza attracts superb praise among clients for her work on complex employment law mandates. In addition to fulfilling her responsibilities as department head, Zarza assists with lay-offs, restructurings and terminations. Clients say that "she has wide experience in every kind of situation you can imagine," adding: "Her availability is incredible." She advised on the restructuring and closing of Yahoo! Iberia.
Vicente Calle advises clients on the employment aspects of restructurings and insolvencies. Interviewees highlight his practical approach and describe him as "a very good negotiator." Calle's skill in collective redundancies was showcased in his advice to Eaton on the restructuring of its operations in the Basque country.
Rafael Giménez-Arnau is well known among peers for his handling of workforce restructurings. Interviewees note his skill in handling negotiations with trade unions and describe him as "precise and client-oriented." "He offers different alternatives and is willing to listen to, evaluate and analyse other proposals," adds one client. He acted for Repsol on the group's reorganisation process.
Adriano Gómez García-Bernal has a strong focus on employment litigation. Commentators say that he is "well known and well respected by judges." He acts for international and domestic clients on disputes regarding restructuring plans and modifications to working conditions.
José Luis Cebrián is particularly active in collective bargaining negotiations. He also advises major Spanish companies on restructurings.
María Luisa López Villalba assists clients with outsourcings, collective dismissals and related litigation. Clients say that "it's amazing to see how she prepares trials; she is very careful and concerned."
José Manuel Mateo often represents companies in negotiations with employees' representative bodies over planned collective terminations or changes to working conditions.