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Employment — Spain


Baker McKenzie - Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading international team that represents multinational and domestic clients from the worlds of retail, energy and technology. Advises on restructurings, collective redundancies, modifications of working conditions and the integration of workforces following M&A deals. Well regarded for negotiations with unions or works councils, with further capabilities in litigation relating to discrimination or dismissals. Also assists with general compliance and the review of internal policy. Strong international network and experience in the design of global mobility plans is a key advantage for Spanish companies looking to expand operations abroad.

Strengths "It would be difficult for the team to reach better levels of excellence," reports one source, who adds: "The lawyers adapt the language so that what is difficult seems easy, allowing people who are not experts in law to understand essential questions."

Sources also say: "The team is very experienced and technically sound, as well as very flexible in time and availability."

Work highlights Advised Ferrovial on trade union regulations and practices in a variety of jurisdictions in which the company operates.

Notable practitioners

David Díaz has broad experience in employment law, with particular expertise in negotiations with trade unions on matters including restructurings, transfer of employees and collective bargaining agreements. Clients report: "He has good judgement and offers intelligent responses and options. He's fair and pleasant to work with and can solve problems quickly."

Fermín Guardiola specialises in litigation and union-related negotiations, particularly in relation to collective dismissals resulting from restructurings or M&A transactions. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer who integrates perfectly into our business, with a level of commitment and dedication that is difficult to find."

Concepción Martín has significant experience in litigation, representing both domestic and international clients. She also assists with senior executive terminations, collective dismissals and restructurings. Interviewees regard her to be "a great lawyer" and one client expands: "She is always available and provides a valuable service."

José Prieto offers expertise in litigation, redundancies, negotiations with unions and collective bargaining agreements, as well as in employment aspects of M&A. Sources draw attention to his "very solid technical knowledge, outstanding negotiation skills and remarkable customer orientation."

Mireia Sabaté advises on collective dismissals and bargaining agreement and the review of contracts and internal policy. One client remarks: "She is pragmatic and clear in her communication and has a strong work ethic."

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Cuatrecasas - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prestigious team with offices across Spain that offers notable strength in restructurings, reorganisations and related collective redundancies. Acts on high-profile litigation proceedings, union negotiations and corporate transactions. Sought after by domestic and international clients from the finance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Boasts a strong employment litigation practice with standout experience in cases that test developing areas of employment law, including the implementation of new regulations related to EU directives.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's approach, expanding: "The lawyers are especially strong in court proceedings and provide very practical and strategic advice."

Clients go on to report: "The department is excellent in any aspect of employment law."

Work highlights Assisted several clients, including Anesco Association of Stevedoring Companies, with the implementation of new regulations affecting cargo handlers at Spanish ports. The firm represented the clients in negotiations with dock workers' unions and in disputes.

Notable practitioners

Salvador del Rey is well reputed for his in-depth knowledge of employment law. He has particular experience in collective dismissals and corporate restructuring procedures. Sources are impressed by his "experience, wisdom and global vision of problems."

The Barcelona-based Jordi Puigbó leads the team and is highly regarded for his expertise across all areas of employment law. He regularly advises on negotiations with unions, disputes or implementation of new regulation. Clients appreciate his "strategic vision, understanding of business needs and meticulous but pragmatic approach."

Francisco Conde has broad experience advising on labour aspects of corporate transactions, collective bargaining agreements and dismissals, litigation and outsourcing. One client praises his "rigorous and absolutely exhaustive knowledge of all employment law."

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Garrigues - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, including related voluntary redundancies. 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 Clients appreciate the team's "honesty, closeness and responsiveness."

Interviewees further report the team to be "fantastic."

Work highlights Assisted Banco Popular with a claim for wrongful dismissal and a EUR4.5 million severance package brought by former executive chair Ángel Ron.

Notable practitioners

Federico Durán López has significant experience across the full range of employment and labour law matters, including restructuring and collective bargaining agreements, litigation and mediation and health and safety advice. Sources consider him to be "one of the best labour lawyers in Spain."

Rosa Zarza provides strategic human resources advice and acts on labour aspects of corporate transactions, as well as across the gamut of collective proceedings. She recently assisted Merlin Properties with employment aspects of its acquisition of Testa and Metrovacesa, including a collective dismissal procedure. Interviewees enthuse: "She is very knowledgeable, clever and solution-oriented."

Vicente Calle specialises in employment aspects of restructuring and insolvency. He acted for Ercros on a technically challenging collective negotiation with unions, relating to the EUR4 million buy-out of a pension plan affecting current and retired employees. Sources describe him as "brilliant" and "very experienced in collective bargaining and dismissals."

Rafael Giménez-Arnau advises across a range of employment matters including collective bargaining agreements, restructuring and insolvency, senior management contracts and litigation. Interviewees report: "He's a pleasure to deal with: he is very polite and a very sensitive negotiator."

Adriano Gómez García-Bernal is described as "fantastic in litigation." He appeared before the National Court on behalf of La Liga, related to an ongoing dispute with La Asociación de Futbolistas Españoles.

José Luis Cebrián has particular expertise in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, with additional experience in major restructurings. Peers highlight him as "an expert in collective conflicts."

María Luisa López Villalba assists with litigation and procedures related to outsourcing. She also provides strategic social security advice to a host of corporate clients. She is described as "technically magnificent," with sources further highlighting her depth of experience in employment law.

José Manuel Mateo is well versed in contentious claims, employment matters related to corporate transactions and collective employment issues. He is described by market sources as "an experienced partner who is very good from a technical point of view."

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Sagardoy Abogados - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Stellar employment boutique that represents companies from the banking, manufacturing and TMT industries. Particularly strong in company restructuring actions and collective negotiations with trade unions. Advises key entities on the increasingly high-profile debate surrounding workers' employment status. Also assists with social security law matters and employment litigation. Indra Sistemas is a new client win.

Strengths The firm is valued for its "proximity to employment law, being directly involved with legislators advising on different forms and revisions."

Clients also praise the team for "being very good in terms of availability, time and speed of working."

Work highlights Advised Santander on a restructuring plan, including negotiations with unions and design of strategy.

Notable practitioners

Executive chair of the firm Iñigo Sagardoy boasts broad expertise in employment, particularly on international mandates. He assisted Deliveroo with the employment status of its riders in Spain and is known for his "splendid aptitude for negotiations." Sources also highlight "his very good leadership and management skills."

Martín Godino has a wealth of experience across all employment areas, specialising in litigation and the negotiation of collective agreements. He recently represented Bankia in litigation before the Supreme Court challenging the Labour Inspectorate's policy on employers' monitoring of working time. Sources in the market say that "he is spectacular," with clients highlighting his "technical rigour, practical focus and clear strategy, as well as his proactivity and efficiency in finding solutions to the conflicts before him."

Román Gil regularly advises on restructuring procedures, collective dismissals and agreements. He acts for high-profile clients and recently assisted Ericsson with the creation and implementation of a corporate reorganisation scheme. Interviewees highlight him as "an excellent litigator" and clients additionally appreciate his ability to "understand our needs very quickly."

Iván Gayarre Conde has particular expertise in complex restructuring operations and on the intersection of employment and administrative law. He is well reputed for his ability to "provide very good ideas to overcome obstacles with trade unions."

José Luis Fraile has broad experience in employment matters, with additional expertise in sports law. One client enthuses: "When you see him live in court, he is awesome," praising in particular "how he prepares the suits and how he can communicate before the court – the results are outstanding."

José Manuel Martín Martín focuses his practice on collective agreements, litigation and labour aspects of corporate operations. Market sources say: "He is a tough litigator; he represents his clients very well."

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Uría Menéndez - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team that advises domestic and international companies on workforce restructuring and collective redundancy procedures. Has notable strength in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for senior executives, with further experience in litigation linked to top management dismissals, social security, collective layoffs and the modification of working conditions. Key individuals also defend companies in sensitive workplace accident claims.

Strengths Clients describe the department as "magnificent" and praise its "brilliant capabilities, flexibility, commitment and pragmatism."

Sources are additionally impressed by the group's "great rapidity of response and ability to adapt to the needs of the client, capturing the essential points of the required advice."

Work highlights Acted for Bankia in a large number of private claims brought by partially-retired employees, following a judicial decision to overturn a previous judgment relieving Bankia of liability for past social security contributions.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio García-Perrote enjoys a tremendous reputation in the field. He offers vast experience in employment law, with particular expertise in major collective redundancies, litigation and restructuring and insolvency issues. Interviewees are quick to praise him as "exceptional, both academically and professionally," in addition to stating: "He is impressive for his technical knowledge of employment law, as well as his command in the courtroom and his didactic skill."

Mario Barros boasts significant experience in labour aspects of corporate transactions, the negotiation and termination of senior executive and individual contracts. He also appears on contentious matters and major restructuring operations. Interviewees highlight "his rigorousness and customer service" as key strengths, further saying: "He is available any time of day or night: he is brilliant."

Juan Reyes regularly assists with employment matters arising from M&A transactions, including executive and collective dismissals. He recently negotiated with trade unions on behalf of Procter & Gamble following the disposal of its factory in Montornés.

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Our employment and social security law specialists advise on all matters within this area, including negotiations, judicial proceedings at every level of the Spanish and Portuguese courts, and pension and remuneration schemes.

Employment contracts

  • General employment contracts and senior executive contracts​
  • Exclusivity, non-compete and confidentiality undertaking
  • Foreign employees

Human resources

  • Remuneration schemes and stock option plans
  • Pension plans and supplementary benefits
  • Policy manuals and codes of conduct
  • Prevention of occupational hazards

Collective bargaining and labour relations
  • Workforce agreements
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Strikes
  • Lock-outs

Company reorganisation and decentralisation
  • Transfers of undertakings
  • Outsourcing and subcontracting
  • Employment and social security due diligences

Dismissals and restructurings
  • Individual dismissals
  • Redundancy procedures and temporary suspension of contracts
  • Insolvency
  • Changes to collective employment conditions
  • Relocation

Arbitration and litigation
  • Arbitration and out-of-court dispute resolution
  • Individual proceedings
  • Collective dispute proceedings and challenging collective bargaining agreements
  • Appeals
  • Fundamental rights

Administrative and contentious-administrative proceedings
  • Labour inspection proceedings
  • Sanction proceedings
  • Work accidents
  • Settlement of social security debts
  • Contentious-administrative appeals

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DLA Piper Spain - 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 active in contentious issues, including court disputes over redundancy plans or individual terminations. Acts on the labour aspects of M&A or outsourcing transactions. Also advises on workforce mobility and prevention of workplace accidents. Able to assist international employers with cross-border matters thanks to a strong global network. Particular active representing US clients.

Strengths Clients are impressed with group's commercial approach. One reports: "The team shows understanding and willingness to help achieve the desired results, with little risk to the business. The service is excellent on all accounts."

Another source attests: "The lawyers are very good in terms of creating a strategy and are extremely good when it comes to appearing in court and defending your case, and they come across very well in sensitive matters."

Notable practitioners

Pilar Menor specialises in litigation and negotiations relating to senior executives, collective bargaining agreements and dismissals. She acts on a number of high-value and complex contentious matters relating to employers' liability and technical questions over the potential classification of suppliers as employees. Market sources call her "a very good strategist who has vast technical knowledge and is very alert and persuasive in negotiations."

Paz de la Iglesia advises across a broad range of social security and employment matters, including labour aspects of corporate transactions, collective bargaining agreements, the drafting of individual and management contracts and arbitration. She is increasingly active on issues concerning senior executive terminations, including the negotiation of a high-value settlement agreement and a number of dismissal claims. One client says: "She offers quick and clear advice, and the business feels supported."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Benefits from a strong global reputation that attracts international clients in the manufacturing, financial services and consumer and retail sectors with a presence in Spain. Acts on restructuring procedures and collective bargaining agreements, with further experience in litigation against unions or individuals. Also advises on senior executive contracts and terminations, along with due diligence and TUPE issues in corporate transactions.

Strengths Clients report that the department is "excellent in the management of the entire case, from the preparation through to appearing before the judge in the court."

Interviewees go on to rate the team's approach, stating that it "has a way of working which facilitates the achievement of established aims."

Work highlights Assisted Korean Air with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement and review of employment contracts, in relation to its new Barcelona work centre.

Notable practitioners

Silvia Bauzá Hernández regularly acts for well-known international clients from the telecommunications, travel and consumer services industries. She is praised by market sources as "extremely talented and very hard-working." One client recalls: "I was impressed by her communication skills – she has the unique ability to connect emotionally with the client and with the judge at trial."

Luis Enrique de la Villa de la Serna's practice encompasses individual and collective terminations and the modification of working conditions. He regularly advises clients from the tech sector, including multinational entities such as Amazon. He is described by sources as "a magnificent lawyer" and highlighted for being "an excellent communicator and negotiator with unions."

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Hogan Lovells has 120 lawyers worldwide who work exclusively on employment law matters. Our employment team in Madrid is comprised of 11 lawyers, including two partners.

Our experience and global reach allow us to provide unmatched sophisticated orientation and coordinated support in the most complex employment-related challenges, wherever they arise.

We provide creative, strategic and cost-effective advice. We regularly advise on the development of employment policies and employment risk management strategies, represent our clients in judicial and arbitration proceedings, negotiate with unions and other workers’ representatives and advise on the implementation of national and international restructurings.

Above serving our clients as legal advisers, we aim to be their business partners. Our philosophy is to work as a close part of the client’s team, collaborating withboards of companies, in-house lawyers and HR teams to offer coherent advice, aligned with the company’s strategy. We know our clients inside and out and their priorities become our priorities.

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Pérez-Llorca - Employment Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected team that acts for international and domestic clients from the energy, technology, healthcare, retail and financial services industries. Active on diverse matters that flow from M&A transactions, including collective redundancies resulting from insolvency, the implementation of new incentive plans, and negotiations for the harmonisation of working conditions. Also handles litigation relating to pensions law or the termination of top managers as a result of disciplinary measures.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's approach, and note: "The firm demonstrates a perfect understanding of the needs of our company, always focusing on adapting its response to the business, with exceptional communication and professionalism."

Additional sources value the team's "very advanced knowledge of labour relations."

Work highlights Represented Endesa in the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement affecting over 9,900 workers.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Cifuentes advises on senior executive contracts, collective redundancies and pre-litigation counselling. He has particular experience in bankruptcy situations and has represented Cerner in a range of employment conflicts arising after insolvency proceedings were initiated by one of its primary service providers. He is known in the market as "an exceptional lawyer for collective negotiations." One client says: "He has a phenomenal strategy to define the masterstroke lines of our arguments."

Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés has significant experience in the employment aspects of major restructuring proceedings and transactions, with particular knowledge of complex cross-border matters. He also represents clients from a range of sectors in litigation matters, including collective disputes. Clients say: "He is always very co-operative and amiable, with full availability and a high degree of exactitude and involvement."

Fernando Ruiz Linaza primarily advises on restructurings, compensation schemes and both collective and individual conflicts before the labour courts. He acted for Klépierre on employment aspects of a merger and subsequent restructuring procedure, necessitating complex negotiations with affected employees.

Maria Eugenia de la Cera specialises in employment disputes, with a particular focus on the termination of senior executives and ordinary workers. Interviewees enthuse: "She is brilliant: super smart, very good technically and very service-oriented."

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Abdón Pedrajas & Molero - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents clients in collective conflicts, boardroom disputes and discrimination claims. Often advises on collective and individual dismissals, employment status disputes and restructurings. Has a number of clients from the manufacturing, telecommunications and banking industries. Also assists with the employment aspects of transactions, representing a range of employers in negotiations with trade unions.

Strengths Market sources value that the team "provides a personalised, almost à la carte service."

Clients also highlight that "all the lawyers have a deep knowledge of the area, a clear customer focus and a scrupulous way of working."

Work highlights Acted for Distribución Internacional de Alimentación on a wrongful dismissal claim brought by a terminated employee who challenged the use of video surveillance on the basis of a breach of fundamental rights, resulting in a Supreme Court decision in the client's favour.

Notable practitioners

Sonia Cortés has significant experience in restructurings and collective dismissals. Lately, she assisted Telecoms with proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning the outsourcing of employees. Clients say: "She is a very hard-working and dedicated lawyer, always extremely well prepared, with a good sense of negotiation and prudent guidance."

Iván López García de la Riva advises primarily on collective conflicts and litigation before the Spanish Constitutional and Supreme Courts. Interviewees highlight his "enormous knowledge of the law" and his "results-oriented approach, persuasiveness and attention to details."

Inés Molero Navarro practises across a range of employment matters, including restructuring-related hirings and dismissals. She assisted John Deere with the negotiation of a temporary layoff affecting 1,200 workers. Market sources describe her as "a stupendous litigator."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on contentious matters and handles collective negotiations with trade unions or works councils in order to implement collective dismissals or modifications to working conditions. Also assists with changes to incentive plans for top managers. Able to advise on multi-jurisdictional mandates thanks to the firm's strong global presence, regularly representing international clients from the banking and finance, life sciences and energy infrastructure industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "proactive responses and analysis of the real impact of the options presented."

Work highlights Represented Lindorff Group in litigation proceedings brought by two former senior executives of its Spanish subsidiaries, concerning compensation schemes.

Notable practitioners

Former labour inspector Juan Calvente acts on a broad range of employment matters, including collective and senior negotiations and dismissals. He is admired by clients for his "good negotiation skills," as well as "his great technical knowledge of employment legislation, good understanding of the financial sector, his skill in legal analysis and proactivity in facilitating solutions adapted to the necessary requirements of a case."

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Deloitte Legal SLP - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Stands out for its work on cross-border matters such as restructuring, the transfer of employees in M&A deals and advisory work on the use of self-employed workers. Also advises on domestic litigation, collective bargaining and collective redundancy mandates. Boasts a strong network both in Spain and on an international level, frequently advising on matters regarding employees based abroad and immigration issues.

Strengths Clients praise the department's service, saying: "The team can adapt the service to the client with a kind of flexibility that is not usual in the sector."

Other sources describe the team as "very capable and skilled."

Work highlights Advised Global Leiva, following its bankruptcy, on the collective dismissal of more than 800 workers, involving union negotiations and individual conflicts before the labour courts.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Bazán has extensive experience in restructuring procedures, collective bargaining agreements and dismissals. He is described by sources as a lawyer with "good technical knowledge, who is very tough at the negotiation table." One source says: "Fernando Bazán stands out for his sense of strategy, understanding of the business and adaptation to the culture of the company," adding: "He goes beyond being simply an employment expert, which he undoubtedly is."

David-Isaac Tobía has lengthy experience in litigation, restructurings, employers' liability and mobbing, with a particular focus on advisory work. He represented Doctors Without Borders in a claim brought before the High Court of Justice in Galicia by trade unions challenging a 'minimum targets' clause governing the continued employment status of workers. He is known to be "perseverant, decisive, quick-thinking and client-oriented."

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King & Wood Mallesons - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Advises corporate and private equity clients on the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Assists with cross-border employment law matters, including employee transfers. Has notable strength on the individuals' side of top executives' dismissal claims. Additionally advises key clients on day-to-day issues including employment contracts and dismissals. Further skills in compensation negotiations.

Strengths Clients agree that "the service is exceptional."

One source says: "The advice was clear, very concise and oriented to specific and ambitious outcomes that were nonetheless realisable."

Work highlights Assisted EDP Energias de Portugal with all labour aspects of the sale of Naturgas Energía Distribución.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Gil-Iglesias has extensive experience in the labour aspects of M&A, collective and individual redundancies, litigation proceedings and the negotiation of senior executive contracts and compensation. Market sources say: "He is a tough litigator and a good negotiator," and also highlight his "outstanding technical knowledge and very close, personal support for the client."

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Ashurst - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Advises a number of private equity houses and financial entities on the employment law aspects of corporate, real estate and loan portfolio transactions. Acts on advisory mandates linked to executive remuneration packages or the hiring of new employees. Also handles contract terminations, discrimination and harassment claims and some collective redundancy mandates. Represents a range of international and domestic clients in the banking and finance, technology and real estate sectors.

Strengths Interviewees report: "It is a reliable team whose willingness to step up and take responsibility gave us real peace of mind in a very complex situation."

Additional sources underline the "excellent client attention" and "commercial focus" offered by the group.

Work highlights Provided ongoing employment advice to Grupo La Máquina on matters including terminations and hirings, sanctions and disciplinary proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Diana Rodríguez specialises in advisory work concerning senior managers and in the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including terminations, restructurings and related negotiations with unions. Interviewees highlight her "technical knowledge and energy" and also value that "she knows how to adapt to each situation and has concern for the interests of the client."

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Ceca Magán Abogados - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Represents individuals and companies in employment disputes over terminations, claims for remuneration and liability for workplace injuries. Often acts on corporate restructurings, assisting with collective redundancies and bargaining agreements, and staff transfers. Also handles social security mandates.

Strengths Clients say: "The lawyers are very dedicated and well prepared."

The team is also valued for being "very knowledgeable" and "agile."

Work highlights Represented the public broadcasting entity of the regional government of Valencia in a EUR150 million claim brought by six trade unions over the constitutionality of the legislation permitting a collective redundancy procedure that took place when the former Valencian broadcasting body was closed down.

Notable practitioners

Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo practises across a range of employment issues, including collective bargaining agreements, employment ramifications of corporate transactions and employment litigation. Peers say: "He is magnificent – a hard-working guy with stupendous initiative."

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Diverse employment practice that represents both senior managers and their employers in terminations or new contract negotiations, as well as in major litigation. Advises on the employment law aspects of M&A transactions, including due diligence, TUPE issues and post-acquisition dismissals. Acts for the Spanish subsidiaries of international clients from the technology, retail and food and drink sectors, with notable support for US-based corporates.

Strengths Clients say that the group "is responsive and approachable," adding that "the team members are also excellent litigators."

Another source attests: "They are business-oriented and provide practical responses, with an easy answer to complex questions."

Work highlights Assisted GE with the restructuring of its lighting division in Spain, necessitating a collective bargaining agreement and redundancy procedure affecting several countries in Europe.

Notable practitioners

Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa has a broad employment practice, acting on collective redundancy proceedings in the context of restructuring, the hiring and termination of senior management, and varied employment litigation. Sources highlight his "enormous knowledge of the law, his understanding of the client's needs and his flexibility and adaptability."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Leverages prominent international presence to attract significant cross-border transactional or standalone advisory mandates. Experienced handling the employment aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, as well as labour issues arising from insolvency. Advises financial sector clients on changes to remuneration and corporate compliance regulations. Also assists foreign clients with collective or top executive dismissals.

Strengths Clients report: "The team is very experienced and flexible, with very fast reactions and availability at all times."

Interviewees additionally report the provision of a "very complete and excellent service."

Work highlights Assisted Warburg Pincus with the labour aspects of its EUR650 million acquisition of Accelya.

Notable practitioners

Raquel Flórez regularly assists multinational clients with the labour aspects of corporate transactions. She represented Madrid Redes de Campo in a claim for constructive dismissal and compensation brought by a former manager. Interviewees single her out as "a great negotiator with great knowledge of case law and a global view."

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents domestic and international clients in collective and individual dismissals, including disciplinary and executive terminations. Assists with restructurings that necessitate employee transfers and the drafting of temporary work contracts. Represents clients in employment dispute resolution and provides advice on health and safety matters and social security questions. Also advises on collective bargaining agreements and negotiations as well as matters concerning working conditions.

Strengths Sources report that "the team does an excellent job of helping to develop the best strategy, keeping in mind the client's objectives and risk tolerance."

Clients further appreciate that the lawyers "are always available and reactive."

Work highlights Assisted Seven Seas Maritime Services with the exit of the company's Spain and Portugal general manager.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Campos leads the team and regularly assists with contentious matters including collective or individual dismissals, in addition to acting on restructuring procedures, collective negotiation or executive employee issues. Interviewees note: "He has excellent technical knowledge but also has the ability to strategise and deliver that knowledge in a way that is practical and fits what the client is looking for."

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Our specialist Employment Law lawyers are recognized in the market for their total involvement in the cases given to us by our clients.

The personal treatment and specialized care that we provide in each case creates an atmosphere of trust not only with our client, but also with employee representatives in individual and collective negotiations.

One of the aspects that our clients most value is the immediacy and dedication with which their cases are handled.

We offer expert advice in both national and international cases, with proven history with top-level clients.

Our areas of action in the Employment field are:

  • Restructuring processes (dismissals and collective redundancies)​
  • Disciplinary dismissals and individual layoffs
  • Problems and contracts of senior management
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Employment contracts
  • Modification of terms of employment and posting of employees
  • Social Security
  • Disputes (strikes, lockouts...)
  • Health and safety
  • Remuneration systems
  • Appearance at hearings in employment courts

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Linklaters - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Regularly acts for financial institutions and private equity houses on senior executive compensation and incentive schemes, particularly in the context of corporate transactions. Also experienced with collective and individual claims linked to harassment or unfair dismissals.

Strengths Clients report: "The team is passionate and highly skilled, with extensive specialist resources to drill down into every angle of the situations we face."

Other interviewees value that the team "aims to reach solutions centred around the needs of the client."

Work highlights Assisted Grupo Itevelesa with a claim brought by a former shareholder and senior member seeking compensation under a shareholders' agreement.

Notable practitioners

Moira Guitart specialises in the employment aspects of transactions, including management-level negotiations. Clients appreciate her "high level of knowledge and experience, as well as her availability."

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Roca Junyent - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Advises both individuals and corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters. Best known for its expertise in large collective redundancy proceedings. Further experience includes the recruitment and termination of senior management, outsourcing matters, and the employment aspects of restructurings. Also acts on social security and pensions mandates.

Notable practitioners

María Martinez-Avial Guerra acts on litigation proceedings and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, in addition to post-merger integration proceedings and due diligence.

Álex Santacana Folgueroles is best known for his expertise assisting clients with collective redundancy cases. His experience spans a large number of sectors, from industrial manufacturing to financial services.

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“A dedicated team of professionals specifically designed to assist Employers in their employment Law issues. We deliver relevant advice and monitor the application of decisions made.”


- CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT

- HUMAN RESOURCES

- COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS

- CORPORATE REORGANISATIONS AND OUTSOURCING

- ARBITRATION AND INDUSTRIAL LITIGATION

- ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS AND APPLICATIONS FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW

- SOCIAL SECURITY AND OCCUPATIONAL SCHEMES







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Squire Patton Boggs - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Often advises on cross-border employment matters including workforce transfer, outsourcing and business immigration. Advises predominantly foreign multinationals, spanning industries such as manufacturing and financial services, on the termination of senior executives and workers' representatives. Also assists with the establishment or closing down of operations in Spain, as well as labour-related litigation.

Work highlights Represented Solaria in a EUR2.5 million claim brought by a former CEO concerning alleged discrimination over maternity/paternity leave status and an alleged breach of fundamental rights, as well as associated severance claims.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Regojo specialises in employment issues involving senior management and the execution and termination of contracts. He also advises on cross-border transactions, social security and health and safety, and acts for a range of multinational clients in litigation proceedings. He provides regular assistance to American Airlines with day-to-day employment issues.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Internationally active team that advises clients from the energy, financial and industrial sectors on restructuring matters. Assists with collective redundancies flowing from the closure of factories in Spain. Handles a significant volume of M&A work, including related executive contract negotiation, in addition to standalone social security and pensions matters.

Strengths Clients value the team's "flexibility, strong technical skills and client-oriented approach."

Work highlights Assisted Bridgepoint Capital with the labour implications of the disposal of its wind farm portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Javier Alonso de Armiño is a key contact for clients.

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Araoz & Rueda - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Most active on the implementation of redundancy plans and on related litigation. Advises on the negotiation and execution of senior management contracts and handles due diligence in support of M&A transactions, particularly for companies in the food and beverage sector.

Strengths Clients value the team for its "capacity, extensive knowledge and real accessibility."

One source says: "They advised us skilfully on countless doubts or requests we had and they accompanied us whenever necessary."

Work highlights Acted for Grupo Emperador on the labour aspects of its acquisition of a brandy distillery in Jerez de la Frontera.

Notable practitioners

Alfonso Suárez assists with corporate transactions, claims brought by trade unions and issues relating to the hiring and termination of senior management. He is valued for his "very high technical knowledge, effectiveness and client service," with one source adding: "He has a calm presence and facilitates reaching agreements."

Clara Mañoso has experience in litigation and advising on the employment aspects of transactions. Clients report: "Clara is decisive, effective and establishes arguments with conviction, as well as being polite, respectful and good at anticipating any possible situations in advance."

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CMS - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Advises domestic and international companies on collective dismissals and the hiring and termination of senior executives. Represents a range of well-known multinational employers in litigation and negotiations concerning collective action or modification of working conditions. Also assists with employment issues linked to the opening of new stores or business lines.

Strengths The team is valued by clients for having "a lot of experience and wide knowledge of the area."

Work highlights Assisted Haitong with a major collective dismissal in Spain, involving collaboration with the firm's regulatory and tax departments.

Notable practitioners

César Navarro leads the employment team.

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We recognise the importance of corporate labour relations and maintain a strategic and global vision which enables us to provide comprehensive advice to clients in relation to the optimisation of their structure, remaining faithful to our core values of dedication to service, passion for law, the use of initiative and innovation in the creation of solutions, the capacity to assume responsibilities, readiness and the continued strive for professional excellence.

Companies operating at a global level are faced with additional legal obstacles when it comes to employment law in Europe. For example, the management of employees across several jurisdictions requires the consideration of directives, EU Court resolutions and general domestic law, as well as local case law and precedents.

Our team of more than 280 specialists located in 38 countries is fully equipped to help clients achieve their objectives through the design of tailored solutions for complex and sensitive issues in all jurisdictions where required, including collective bargaining, advice on business restructuring and transfers of undertakings, as well as the defence of our clients before the Labour Courts.

Our Spanish Employment Law Department comprises a team of specialist professionals based in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville tasked with providing advisory services to domestic and international entities across all sectors, guaranteeing wide geographical coverage with the utmost professional quality.

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Senior Statesperson

Miguel Cuenca Valdivia

KPMG Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Cuenca Valdivia of KPMG Abogados is known for his long track record acting on collective dismissals and bargaining agreements. He is highlighted as "an expert in collective negotiations with trade unions" and is also praised for his "extensive experience and broad knowledge of employment law."

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Senior Statesperson

Federico Durán López

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Federico Durán López has significant experience across the full range of employment and labour law matters, including restructuring and collective bargaining agreements, litigation and mediation and health and safety advice. Sources consider him to be "one of the best labour lawyers in Spain."

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Eminent Practitioner

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Executive chair of the firm Iñigo Sagardoy boasts broad expertise in employment, particularly on international mandates. He assisted Deliveroo with the employment status of its riders in Spain and is known for his "splendid aptitude for negotiations." Sources also highlight "his very good leadership and management skills."

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Star Individuals

Ignacio García-Perrote

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio García-Perrote enjoys a tremendous reputation in the field. He offers vast experience in employment law, with particular expertise in major collective redundancies, litigation and restructuring and insolvency issues. Interviewees are quick to praise him as "exceptional, both academically and professionally," in addition to stating: "He is impressive for his technical knowledge of employment law, as well as his command in the courtroom and his didactic skill."

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Star Individuals

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martín Godino has a wealth of experience across all employment areas, specialising in litigation and the negotiation of collective agreements. He recently represented Bankia in litigation before the Supreme Court challenging the Labour Inspectorate's policy on employers' monitoring of working time. Sources in the market say that "he is spectacular,"with clients highlighting his "technical rigour, practical focus and clear strategy, as well as his proactivity and efficiency in finding solutions to the conflicts before him."

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Band 1

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mario Barros boasts significant experience in labour aspects of corporate transactions, the negotiation and termination of senior executive and individual contracts. He also appears on contentious matters and major restructuring operations. Interviewees highlight "his rigorousness and customer service" as key strengths, further saying: "He is available any time of day or night: he is brilliant."

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Band 1

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Salvador del Rey is well reputed for his in-depth knowledge of employment law. He has particular experience in collective dismissals and corporate restructuring procedures. Sources are impressed by his "experience, wisdom and global vision of problems."

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Band 1

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Román Gil regularly advises on restructuring procedures, collective dismissals and agreements. He acts for high-profile clients and recently assisted Ericsson with the creation and implementation of a corporate reorganisation scheme. Interviewees highlight him as "an excellent litigator" and clients additionally appreciate his ability to "understand our needs very quickly."

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DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pilar Menor specialises in litigation and negotiations relating to senior executives, collective bargaining agreements and dismissals. She acts on a number of high-value and complex contentious matters relating to employers' liability and technical questions over the potential classification of suppliers as employees. Market sources call her "a very good strategist who has vast technical knowledge and is very alert and persuasive in negotiations."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

The Barcelona-based Jordi Puigbó leads the team and is highly regarded for his expertise across all areas of employment law. He regularly advises on negotiations with unions, disputes or implementation of new regulation. Clients appreciate his "strategic vision, understanding of business needs and meticulous but pragmatic approach."

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Band 1

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rosa Zarza provides strategic human resources advice and acts on labour aspects of corporate transactions, as well as across the gamut of collective proceedings. She recently assisted Merlin Properties with employment aspects of its acquisition of Testa and Metrovacesa, including a collective dismissal procedure. Interviewees enthuse: "She is very knowledgeable, clever and solution-oriented."

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Band 2

Silvia Bauzá Hernández

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Silvia Bauzá Hernández regularly acts for well-known international clients from the telecommunications, travel and consumer services industries. She is praised by market sources as "extremely talented and very hard-working." One client recalls: "I was impressed by her communication skills – she has the unique ability to connect emotionally with the client and with the judge at trial." 

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Band 2

Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Bazán has extensive experience in restructuring procedures, collective bargaining agreements and dismissals. He is described by sources as a lawyer with "good technical knowledge, who is very tough at the negotiation table." One source says: "Fernando Bazán stands out for his sense of strategy, understanding of the business and adaptation to the culture of the company," adding: "He goes beyond being simply an employment expert, which he undoubtedly is."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vicente Calle specialises in employment aspects of restructuring and insolvency. He acted for Ercros on a technically challenging collective negotiation with unions, relating to the EUR4 million buy-out of a pension plan affecting current and retired employees. Sources describe him as "brilliant" and "very experienced in collective bargaining and dismissals."

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Band 2

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Former labour inspector Juan Calvente acts on a broad range of employment matters, including collective and senior negotiations and dismissals. He is admired by clients for his "good negotiation skills," as well as "his great technical knowledge of employment legislation, good understanding of the financial sector, his skill in legal analysis and proactivity in facilitating solutions adapted to the necessary requirements of a case."

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Band 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Campos leads the team and regularly assists with contentious matters including collective or individual dismissals, in addition to acting on restructuring procedures, collective negotiation or executive employee issues. Interviewees note: "He has excellent technical knowledge but also has the ability to strategise and deliver that knowledge in a way that is practical and fits what the client is looking for."

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Band 2

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Cifuentes advises on senior executive contracts, collective redundancies and pre-litigation counselling. He has particular experience in bankruptcy situations and has represented Cerner in a range of employment conflicts arising after insolvency proceedings were initiated by one of its primary service providers. He is known in the market as "an exceptional lawyer for collective negotiations." One client says: "He has a phenomenal strategy to define the masterstroke lines of our arguments."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Conde has broad experience advising on labour aspects of corporate transactions, collective bargaining agreements and dismissals, litigation and outsourcing. One client praises his "rigorous and absolutely exhaustive knowledge of all employment law."

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Band 2

Luis Enrique de la Villa de la Serna

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Enrique de la Villa de la Serna's practice encompasses individual and collective terminations and the modification of working conditions. He regularly advises clients from the tech sector, including multinational entities such as Amazon. He is described by sources as "a magnificent lawyer" and highlighted for being "an excellent communicator and negotiator with unions."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Díaz has broad experience in employment law, with particular expertise in negotiations with trade unions on matters including restructurings, transfer of employees and collective bargaining agreements. Clients report: "He has good judgement and offers intelligent responses and options. He's fair and pleasant to work with and can solve problems quickly."

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Band 2

Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés has significant experience in the employment aspects of major restructuring proceedings and transactions, with particular knowledge of complex cross-border matters. He also represents clients from a range of sectors in litigation matters, including collective disputes. Clients say: "He is always very co-operative and amiable, with full availability and a high degree of exactitude and involvement."

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raquel Flórez regularly assists multinational clients with the labour aspects of corporate transactions. She represented Madrid Redes de Campo in a claim for constructive dismissal and compensation brought by a former manager. Interviewees single her out as "a great negotiator with great knowledge of case law and a global view."

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Band 2

Carlos Gil-Iglesias

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Gil-Iglesias has extensive experience in the labour aspects of M&A, collective and individual redundancies, litigation proceedings and the negotiation of senior executive contracts and compensation. Market sources say: "He is a tough litigator and a good negotiator," and also highlight his "outstanding technical knowledge and very close, personal support for the client."

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Band 2

Rafael Giménez-Arnau

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafael Giménez-Arnau advises across a range of employment matters including collective bargaining agreements, restructuring and insolvency, senior management contracts and litigation. Interviewees report: "He's a pleasure to deal with: he is very polite and a very sensitive negotiator."

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Band 2

Adriano Gómez García-Bernal

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adriano Gómez García-Bernal is described as "fantastic in litigation." He appeared before the National Court on behalf of La Liga, related to an ongoing dispute with La Asociación de Futbolistas Españoles.

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Band 2

Fermín Guardiola

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fermín Guardiola specialises in litigation and union-related negotiations, particularly in relation to collective dismissals resulting from restructurings or M&A transactions. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer who integrates perfectly into our business, with a level of commitment and dedication that is difficult to find."

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Band 2

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Diana Rodríguez specialises in advisory work concerning senior managers and in the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including terminations, restructurings and related negotiations with unions. Interviewees highlight her "technical knowledge and energy" and also value that "she knows how to adapt to each situation and has concern for the interests of the client."

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Band 2

Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero of Latham & Watkins LLP advises international and domestic employers on litigation proceedings and all employment issues relating to M&A, including senior staff negotiations and complex due diligence. Market sources say: "She is a superb lawyer who demonstrates huge technical knowledge and effectiveness and maintains an immediate response attitude."

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Band 3

PwC Tax and Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marta Alamán of PwC Tax and Legal Services advises on a range of labour matters including modification of working conditions, litigation and internal policy review. Her client base extends across the consumer and retail, sport and technology sectors. Interviewees describe her as "a very skilled, customer-oriented lawyer with a deep knowledge of Spanish and European legislation."

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Band 3

Copa & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pilar Albert of Copa & Asociados advises clients on a broad selection of labour matters, including due diligence, hirings and dismissals. She also assists with contentious claims.

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Band 3

Andersen Tax & Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfredo Aspra of Andersen Tax & Legal is described by interviewees as "an excellent negotiator and magnificent partner, with thorough knowledge and absolute availability." He assists with a range of employment matters, including collective and individual conflicts, with particular experience in collective redundancies and other labour aspects of corporate transactions.

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Band 3

José Luis Cebrián

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Cebrián has particular expertise in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, with additional experience in major restructurings. Peers highlight him as "an expert in collective conflicts."

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Band 3

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sonia Cortés has significant experience in restructurings and collective dismissals. Lately, she assisted Telecoms with proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning the outsourcing of employees. Clients say: "She is a very hard-working and dedicated lawyer, always extremely well prepared, with a good sense of negotiation and prudent guidance."

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Band 3

Paz de la Iglesia

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paz de la Iglesia advises across a broad range of social security and employment matters, including labour aspects of corporate transactions, collective bargaining agreements, the drafting of individual and management contracts and arbitration. She is increasingly active on issues concerning senior executive terminations, including the negotiation of a high-value settlement agreement and a number of dismissal claims. One client says: "She offers quick and clear advice, and the business feels supported."

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Band 3

Iván Gayarre Conde

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iván Gayarre Conde has particular expertise in complex restructuring operations and on the intersection of employment and administrative law. He is well reputed for his ability to "provide very good ideas to overcome obstacles with trade unions."

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Band 3

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Moira Guitart specialises in the employment aspects of transactions, including management-level negotiations. Clients appreciate her "high level of knowledge and experience, as well as her availability."

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Band 3

María Luisa López Villalba

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

María Luisa López Villalba assists with litigation and procedures related to outsourcing. She also provides strategic social security advice to a host of corporate clients. She is described as "technically magnificent," with sources further highlighting her depth of experience in employment law.

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Band 3

Concepción Martín

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Concepción Martín has significant experience in litigation, representing both domestic and international clients. She also assists with senior executive terminations, collective dismissals and restructurings. Interviewees regard her to be "a great lawyer" and one client expands: "She is always available and provides a valuable service."

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Band 3

Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa has a broad employment practice, acting on collective redundancy proceedings in the context of restructuring, the hiring and termination of senior management, and varied employment litigation. Sources highlight his "enormous knowledge of the law, his understanding of the client's needs and his flexibility and adaptability."

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Band 3

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Pastur of Bird & Bird has broad expertise in contentious and non-contentious labour matters, including the termination of management contracts, restructurings following corporate acquisitions and litigation. He acted for Lenovo on a collective conflict over pension entitlement. Clients praise his "in-depth knowledge and great negotiation skills."

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Band 3

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Regojo specialises in employment issues involving senior management and the execution and termination of contracts. He also advises on cross-border transactions, social security and health and safety, and acts for a range of multinational clients in litigation proceedings. He provides regular assistance to American Airlines with day-to-day employment issues.

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Band 3

David-Isaac Tobía

Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

David-Isaac Tobía has lengthy experience in litigation, restructurings, employers' liability and mobbing, with a particular focus on advisory work. He represented Doctors Without Borders in a claim brought before the High Court of Justice in Galicia by trade unions challenging a 'minimum targets' clause governing the continued employment status of workers. He is known to be "perseverant, decisive, quick-thinking and client-oriented."

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Band 3

MAIO Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Angela Toro of MAIO Legal represents employees in hiring and termination procedures and in a diverse range of labour litigation matters. She receives market praise for her "good technical knowledge, communication skills and 24/7 client service."

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Band 4

Victoria Caldevilla

Dutilh Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victoria Caldevilla of Dutilh Abogados has over two decades' experience in labour law. She provides advice on day-to-day employment matters, conflicts and collective agreements.

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Band 4

Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo

Ceca Magán Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo practises across a range of employment issues, including collective bargaining agreements, employment ramifications of corporate transactions and employment litigation. Peers say: "He is magnificent – a hard-working guy with stupendous initiative."

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Band 4

José Luis Fraile

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Fraile has broad experience in employment matters, with additional expertise in sports law. One client enthuses: "When you see him live in court, he is awesome," praising in particular "how he prepares the suits and how he can communicate before the court – the results are outstanding."

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Band 4

EY Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raúl García of EY Abogados has expertise in labour litigation, the employment aspects of M&A and general advisory work. He recently advised El Corte Inglés on the international relocation of staff, and clients appreciate his "good technical knowledge in labour matters."

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Band 4

Iván López García de la Riva

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iván López García de la Riva advises primarily on collective conflicts and litigation before the Spanish Constitutional and Supreme Courts. Interviewees highlight his "enormous knowledge of the law" and his "results-oriented approach, persuasiveness and attention to details."

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Band 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Gimeno of Simmons & Simmons LLP regularly advises on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and M&A, as well as on cross-border issues. Clients report: "He is very practical and knowledgeable."

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Band 4

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tirso Gracia of Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor has a particular focus on labour conflicts, including arbitration or mediation proceedings. He also advises on broader employment aspects of restructuring procedures, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

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Band 4

José Manuel Martín Martín

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Manuel Martín Martín focuses his practice on collective agreements, litigation and labour aspects of corporate operations. Market sources say: "He is a tough litigator; he represents his clients very well."

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Band 4

María Martinez-Avial Guerra

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Europe guide

María Martinez-Avial Guerra acts on litigation proceedings and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, in addition to post-merger integration proceedings and due diligence.

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Band 4

José Manuel Mateo

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Manuel Mateo is well versed in contentious claims, employment matters related to corporate transactions and collective employment issues. He is described by market sources as "an experienced partner who is very good from a technical point of view."

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Band 4

Inés Molero Navarro

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

From the Chambers Europe guide

Inés Molero Navarro practises across a range of employment matters, including restructuring-related hirings and dismissals. She assisted John Deere with the negotiation of a temporary layoff affecting 1,200 workers. Market sources describe her as "a stupendous litigator."

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Band 4

Eduardo Peñacoba

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Peñacoba of Simmons & Simmons LLP offers experience in the labour aspects of corporate restructuring and M&A, with notable expertise in the life sciences sector. He also advises on contentious claims relating to dismissals. Interviewees report that he is "very pragmatic in providing solutions, with great negotiation skills."

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Prieto offers expertise in litigation, redundancies, negotiations with unions and collective bargaining agreements, as well as in employment aspects of M&A. Sources draw attention to his "very solid technical knowledge, outstanding negotiation skills and remarkable customer orientation."

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Band 4

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Reyes regularly assists with employment matters arising from M&A transactions, including executive and collective dismissals. He recently negotiated with trade unions on behalf of Procter & Gamble following the disposal of its factory in Montornés.

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Band 4

Fernando Ruiz Linaza

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Ruiz Linaza primarily advises on restructurings, compensation schemes and both collective and individual conflicts before the labour courts. He acted for Klépierre on employment aspects of a merger and subsequent restructuring procedure, necessitating complex negotiations with affected employees.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mireia Sabaté advises on collective dismissals and bargaining agreement and the review of contracts and internal policy. One client remarks: "She is pragmatic and clear in her communication and has a strong work ethic."

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Band 4

Cristina Samaranch

RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cristina Samaranch of Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) acts on collective bargaining agreements and redundancies and regularly appears for employers in collective and individual conflicts. She is described by one market source as a "great lawyer who is very experienced in negotiating collective agreements with trade unions."

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Band 4

Álex Santacana Folgueroles

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álex Santacana Folgueroles is best known for his expertise assisting clients with collective redundancy cases. His experience spans a large number of sectors, from industrial manufacturing to financial services.

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Band 4

Grant Thornton

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aurora Sanz of Grant Thornton advises on a range of labour issues, including health and safety matters and advice relating to corporate transactions. Interviewees say: "She is very good at strategy and is a very complete lawyer."

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Band 4

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Suárez assists with corporate transactions, claims brought by trade unions and issues relating to the hiring and termination of senior management. He is valued for his "very high technical knowledge, effectiveness and client service," with one source adding: "He has a calm presence and facilitates reaching agreements."

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Band 4

Ivan Suárez Telletxea

Bufete Suárez de Vivero, S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ivan Suárez Telletxea of Bufete Suárez de Vivero, S.L. assists with terminations, collective and individual conflicts and the negotiation of bargaining agreements with trade unions. Market sources highlight him as "very commercial," with one client adding: "He is a very reliable partner with a good knowledge of employment law."

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Up and Coming

Maria Eugenia de la Cera

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maria Eugenia de la Cera specialises in employment disputes, with a particular focus on the termination of senior executives and ordinary workers. Interviewees enthuse: "She is brilliant: super smart, very good technically and very service-oriented."

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Associates to watch

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clara Mañoso has experience in litigation and advising on the employment aspects of transactions. Clients report: "Clara is decisive, effective and establishes arguments with conviction, as well as being polite, respectful and good at anticipating any possible situations in advance."

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Associates to watch

Álvaro Zaldívar

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Zaldívar of Simmons & Simmons LLP supports clients in litigation, in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and on a range of advisory mandates. One client says: "Álvaro Zaldívar is a lawyer who responds magnificently in both the manner of his response and its timing, and who is, in spite of his young age, a person of great talent."

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