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Employment — Spain


Baker McKenzie - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Díaz and Mireia Sabaté
- 8 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

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. 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 Clients report that the firm's "main strength is its ability to understand the needs of large multinationals."

Interviewees highlight the firm's international network, saying: "They have standardised policies, procedures and ways of communicating with clients. All of the lawyers speak good English and the offices in the different countries are well respected."

"What stands out is their closeness and empathy with the problems that we have; we have one lawyer working with us and they understand us," says one source.

Work highlights Advised Gas Natural SDG on the employment law aspects of the EUR1.375 million acquisition of Pacific Hydro and its Chilean and Brazilian assets. The firm also advised on potential immigration issues for expatriates.

Acted for Iberfresco on a restructuring that entailed the closure of a plant in L'Alcúdia and the reduction of workforce at another plant in Olmedo.

Significant clients The Body Shop, Enagás, Cosentino Group, Prosegur, Repsol.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Alejandro Valls' high-level advice on restructurings that involve the transfer or collective dismissal of large numbers of employees. "He is involved in the strategy in terms of adapting or finding a solution to our problems," says one interviewee, adding: "He ensures that we have a positive dialogue with the unions."

Impressed interviewees highlight David Diaz's ability to "coach and guide the client through each step of the process in a really effective way." He acts on union negotiations relating to collective bargaining agreements and restructurings. He also advises on individual terminations and employment litigation. He represented Merck Sharpe & Dohme in a dispute concerning electronic voting in union elections.

Fermín Guardiola represents Spanish and multinational companies in restructurings, lay-offs and executive terminations. Clients praise his negotiation skills, saying: "Even if the message at certain moments has to be direct and difficult, he can communicate our position in a way that will not break the negotiations or the relationship." Guardiola advised Groupon on collective redundancies in its Madrid office.

Standout mandates for Concepción Martín include her advice to Whirlpool on a collective dismissal and workforce restructuring following its purchase of Indesit. She also receives praise for her work on litigation relating to stock options.

Mireia Sabaté is described as "supportive, hard-working" and someone who provides "clear and practical information." She advises on senior executive terminations, negotiations of restructuring plans and the design of compensation plans. She acted for Access Mechanism Spain on a collective bargaining agreement for the reduction of workers' salaries.

José Prieto enters the rankings owing to strong feedback for his work on employment litigation and collective dismissals. Clients highlight his proactive approach and call him "an expert in conflict resolution who can reach a deal in the most difficult environments." He assisted with changes to Campofrío's variable compensation scheme for employees.

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Cuatrecasas - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jordi Puigbó
- 12 partners
- 75 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious team with offices across Spain that offers notable strength in restructurings, reorganisations and related collective redundancies. Sought after by domestic and international clients from the finance, energy, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Also assists key clients from the telecommunications industry. Boasts a strong employment litigation practice with standout experience in cases that test developing areas of employment law, including the use of outsourcing as justifiable grounds for collective dismissals.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers' work is "efficient, prompt and proportionate in terms of their use of time."

Clients also note that the lawyers "put themselves in your shoes and prepare every step in a case very carefully."

Work highlights Represented Elecnor, Itete and Cobra in their challenge to a Catalan labour inspectorate decision that their workforce should be defined as employees rather than self-employed.

Acted for Indra on implementation of a redundancy plan affecting 400 employees.

Significant clients FCC, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Mercedes-Benz, Air Berlin.

Notable practitioners

Salvador del Rey has a superb reputation among peers for his technical skills and his academic profile. He also receives significant praise from clients, who say that he is "distinguished by his deep knowledge of the material and his ability to offer alternatives and solutions." He advises on restructurings, collective redundancies and lay-offs.

Jordi Puigbó is highly regarded for employment litigation relating to redundancy plans, the firing of top executives and claims that test the definition of self-employment. He is also active on compensation and benefits matters. Clients have confidence that he "will handle the issues well" and say that "when you need a quick answer he's always available."

Francisco Conde advises large companies on diverse topics including restructurings, redundancies and pension disputes. One interviewee says that Conde "provides valuable advice that is both practical and clear," while another adds: "He doesn't just tell you what the law says but instead looks to find the answer to the client's needs."

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Garrigues - Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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.

Notable practitioners

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.

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Sagardoy Abogados - Employment

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar employment boutique that represents companies from the retail, pharmaceutical, sport and telecommunications industries. Particularly strong in company restructurings and collective negotiations with trade unions, having played an important role in the restructuring of the Spanish banking sector. Advises key clients on the increasingly high-profile debate surrounding workers' employment status. Also assists with social security law matters and employment litigation.

Strengths "It is a highly respected firm in employment relations and human resources in Spain," states one source.

"They have a significant track record in collective dismissals and their reputation in collective negotiations is very strong," notes one interviewee.

Clients enthuse that "in negotiations they help us to create a dialogue and a relationship of trust."

Work highlights Assisted Unidad Editorial with drafting and negotiating a restructuring plan.

Advised Helvetia Seguros on the employment aspects of its merger with a multinational company.

Significant clients Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, Grupo Mahou-San Miguel, Renault, Johnson & Johnson, Endesa.

Notable practitioners

Clients report that Iñigo Sagardoy "has a lot of experience and knowledge." He has considerable expertise in the fields of employment and social security law. In addition to his role as executive chairman of the firm, Sagardoy assists key clients with advisory mandates.

Martín Godino has an outstanding reputation for his work on collective negotiations and employment litigation. Clients value his "practical approach that is aimed at defining a clear strategy tailored to each specific case." His particular experience working with financial sector clients was showcased in his advice to Santander on the design and negotiation of its restructuring plan.

Román Gil represents clients in litigation and collective negotiations. Interviewees enthuse that "he is brilliant, especially in court," adding: "He can quickly provide a good view of the pros and cons of any decision." "You can see that he has many years' experience because he knows how to solve any problems that arise," states one impressed client. Gil represented Ericsson in negotiations with unions for a restructuring plan.

Iván Gayarre Conde attracts considerable attention from peers for his work on high-profile restructurings. He also acted for AENA on the negotiation of a collective agreement for air traffic controllers. Clients report that "in court he is excellent and he is very good strategically."

José Manuel Martín Martín assists clients with collective dismissals and restructurings. He is known as a tough litigator with considerable experience in complex cases.

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Uría Menéndez - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ignacio García-Perrote and Mario Barros García
- 6 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

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. Key individuals also defend companies in sensitive workplace accident claims.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "availability, involvement and the simplicity of their answers."

"The lawyers work hard and study the matters in detail," reports one interviewee.

Clients highlight the "quality of the lawyers and the culture of service."

Work highlights Advised Vodafone on two collective redundancy proceedings following its acquisition of Ono. The firm successfully defended Vodafone in litigation brought by a trade union.

Advised Banco de España on its absorption of the bank note printing activities previously carried out by public entity Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre. The firm assisted with the transfer of employees from the public to the private sector.

Significant clients AENA, Santander, Bankia, Inditex, Wrigley.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio García-Perrote is widely recognised as a leading figure in the market with significant experience in restructurings, collective bargaining agreements and collective dismissal proceedings. Sources highlight his "very structured way of explaining things." In addition to his work on complex advisory topics, García-Perrote is highly sought after by Spanish companies facing dismissal claims from ex-directors.

Interviewees describe Mario Barros as "polite, clever and very strong in terms of his technical skills." He attracts particular attention for his work on litigation against top executives. Barros also advises on collective redundancies.

Juan Reyes is based in Barcelona and leads diverse employment law matters for significant clients. He acts on TUPE issues in M&A deals and on changes to working conditions.

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DLA Piper Spain - Employment

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pilar Menor
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients report that "the work is well prepared and well researched, which ensures that we get good results."

"They respond very quickly and give detailed answers," adds one interviewee.

Work highlights Represented Grupo Alfonso Gallardo in a dispute heard before the Spanish Supreme Court concerning the termination of employee contracts.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees enthuse that Pilar Menor "works hard, is proactive and is good in negotiations." "She understands my company very well and gives hands-on and practical advice," adds one client. Menor has an excellent reputation for collective negotiations and for employment litigation against top executives. Peers also note her prominent position in the market as managing partner of the firm's Spanish office.

Paz de la Iglesia assists clients with various topics including collective bargaining, support to M&A transactions and day-to-day issues surrounding the hiring and dismissal of employees. Clients particularly highlight her responsiveness and say she is "extremely knowledgeable."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Employment

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luis Enrique de la Villa and Silvia Bauzá
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from a strong global reputation that attracts international clients with a presence in Spain. Acts on restructurings and collective bargaining agreements, with further experience in litigation against unions or individuals. Also advises on due diligence and TUPE issues in corporate transactions.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers "understand the needs of the company and the unions and help both sides to reach a common position," adding: "They play a key role in keeping a good atmosphere in negotiations."

Clients stress the firm's "availability at any time and ability to work under pressure."

Work highlights Advised Capgemini on collective bargaining and collective dismissal proceedings.

Represented Japan Tobacco International in collective bargaining negotiations, employment litigation and restructurings.

Significant clients Transcom, Teka, Randstad, CNP Partners, eBay.

Notable practitioners

Peers highlight Silvia Bauzá Hernández for her skill in litigation and the negotiation of collective agreements on behalf of international and domestic clients. She assists with redundancy procedures, restructurings and changes in employment conditions.

Luis Enrique de la Villa de la Serna has a strong focus on restructurings, with significant experience in the modification and harmonisation of work conditions. He also acts on both individual and collective dismissals. Clients highlight his "preparation, thoroughness, excellent experience and composure in court."

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Pérez-Llorca - Employment

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luis Fernández Pallarés
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected team that acts for international and domestic clients from the retail, energy, IT, infrastructure, media and financial services industries. Active on diverse matters that flow from M&A transactions, including collective redundancies, 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 report that the team "develops personalised solutions, has great expertise and a lot of experience."

"They have labour law knowledge at their fingertips, are business-oriented and understand our business structure," adds one interviewee.

Work highlights Advised the management of Aktua on the employment aspects of the sale of the group to Lindorff. The firm assisted with the agreement of a new incentive plan for managers.

Assisted HP subsidiary CDS with negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.

Significant clients Alain Afflelou, Avis, Costco, Global Energy Systems, Coca-Cola.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Cifuentes often represents clients from the technology and telecommunications sectors in collective dismissals and litigation. He advises on the negotiation and termination of senior executives' contracts. Interviewees describe him as "a very good negotiator" who always "defends his clients' interests."

Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés acts for companies from the financial, energy and retail sectors on restructuring and employment litigation. Clients value his "clarity, speed, knowledge of my company's history and ability to evaluate all possible perspectives." He advised Hotel Rex on negotiations for a collective redundancy agreement.

Fernando Ruiz Linaza often advises on TUPE and employee compensation schemes. He also represents clients in negotiations with unions and in litigation. Clients highlight his "ability to negotiate with the other side" and say that he is "decisive, reliable and quick."

Commentators underline that Maria Eugenia de la Cera is "really technical and a very good litigator." She assists with diverse matters including collective dismissals and disciplinary proceedings. She assisted Merck Sharp & Dohme with the harmonisation of working conditions following the acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich.

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In 2015, Pérez-Llorca opened two foreign offices in London and New York. Pérez-Llorca advises on Spanish law in both offices. Our offices assist Pérez-Llorca’s clients with the development of their projects and serve as a gateway for our firm to collaborate closely with local firms.

From our London office located in the City, our firm advises on cross-border transactions and provides our expertise to UK-based clients (mainly financial entities, funds, corporates and law firms) investing in the Spanish market.

From our New York office located on Park Avenue, we advise clients on Spanish law and adapt our multidisciplinary assessment to their needs in the US and Latin America.


Abdón Pedrajas & Molero - Employment

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Antonio Pedrajas, Iván López and Sonia Cortés
- 7 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers.

What the team is known for Moves up in the rankings as a result of growing market recognition for a strong employment litigation practice. Represents clients in collective disputes, boardroom disputes and discrimination claims. Often advises on collective and individual dismissals, employment status disputes and restructurings. Has a number of clients from the gas and electric industries. Also assists with the employment aspects of transactions.

Strengths "The service is fast and very personalised," says one client, adding: "We always deal with the partner as our point of contact."

Clients describe the team as "very agile and quick in terms of resolving problems."

Work highlights Defended Tompla in litigation before the Supreme Court that challenged its implementation of a collective redundancy plan for 117 employees.

Significant clients AC Hotels, Robert Bosch, Vistaprint, Xylem, Unidad Editorial.

Notable practitioners

Sonia Cortés advises on restructurings, redundancy plans and transfers of undertakings. Interviewees say that she is "responsive, clear and easy to work with." She is a key contact for the firm's international client base and has additional experience in executive terminations.

Clients report that Iván López García de la Riva "gives practical advice that helps us to avoid future problems." "He is close to the client and has a lot of knowledge of my sector," adds one interviewee. He represents clients in employment claims and collective disputes.

Clients highlight Inés Molero Navarro for her "technical capabilities and extensive knowledge of employment law." "She stands out for her clarity and coherent arguments in court cases," adds one interviewee. She advises on hiring and dismissals of employees and executives.

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Ashurst - Employment

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Diana Rodríguez
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's strength in transactional work, saying: "They have a great ability to integrate the employment law issues into the bigger picture of a transaction."

Clients appreciate the firm's "high customer orientation" and note that the lawyers offer a "practical viewpoint."

Work highlights Advised Dunas Capital on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of Grupo Inverseguros. The firm negotiated and drafted CFO and CEO contracts.

Assisted Color Imaging with the the termination of a worker who had been considered a self-employed subcontractor. The matter required analysis of Spanish law on employment status.

Significant clients Pomellato, McLaren Automotive, John Bean Technologies, TWG Services, Alchemy Partners.

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Clients say that Diana Rodríguez "has a lot of common sense and is flexible and available." "She is tough but very tactful in negotiations," reports another interviewee, adding: "She is able to work well under pressure." Rodríguez leads the firm's diverse restructuring, dismissal and transactional mandates. She advised Ahorro Corporación on its sale of Ahorro Corporación Financiera, including management remuneration and social security issues.

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Clifford Chance S.L. - Employment

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juan Calvente
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on contentious matters, including disciplinary dismissals linked to corporate crime. 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.

Strengths Interviewees note the firm's ability to work with global clients, saying: "They are bilingual and can do everything in English, Spanish or in other languages if needed."

"They always respond in a timely, effective manner and are proactive," adds one client.

Work highlights Advised Pfizer on collective dismissal procedures for two group entities.

Represented MADES in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement and the implementation of changes to employment conditions at its Malaga plant. The firm also assisted with litigation concerning a breach of trade union rights.

Significant clients Citi, Nomura, Värde Partners, Santander, Red Eléctrica de España.

Notable practitioners

Juan Calvente advises clients on various matters including social security law, restructurings and collective bargaining. Clients highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "He is able to communicate and relate well with the other side." Calvente's skill in employment litigation was showcased in advice to Lindorff on the disciplinary dismissal of two managers.

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Deloitte Legal SLP - Employment

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Fernando Bazán
- 3 partners
- 37 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stands out for its work on cross-border matters such as restructurings, the transfer of employees in M&A deals and advisory work on the use of subcontractors or 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.

Strengths Clients appreciate the "availability of the lawyers and their quick responses."

"They are flexible, accessible and reply to our calls almost immediately," reports one interviewee.

Work highlights Assisted Honda with the Spanish aspects of the company's Europe-wide restructuring.

Advised Benetton Group on the negotiation and implementation of collective bargaining agreements across Spain.

Significant clients LEO Pharma, Fira de Barcelona, Asepeyo, Roche Diagnostics, Circuit de Catalunya.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Bazán leads many of the firm's major restructuring and downsizing mandates. He often advises clients on collective bargaining issues. Clients say that he "stands out because of his ability to understand complex matters and translate them into words that are readily understandable." He advised Nueva Pescanova on negotiations for new collective bargaining agreements following the group's high-profile restructuring.

David-Isaac Tobía is best known for his litigation work. He also has a broader restructuring and advisory practice. Clients note that "he feels really comfortable at court" and highlight his "ability to analyse topics and establish appropriate strategies to resolve the issues."

Clients appreciate Guillermo Rujas's ability to "easily explain topics that seem very complicated." He advises on M&A and finance transactions in addition to collective bargaining, trade union relations and restructuring.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Employment

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ignacio Campos
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents domestic and international clients in collective and individual dismissals, including disciplinary dismissals and executive terminations. Assists with restructurings that necessitate employee transfers and the drafting of temporary work contracts. Represents clients in employment dispute resolution and social security questions.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "knowledge of our sector, their listening and analytical skills and their quick response."

Clients note that the lawyers' good internal communications make them more flexible: "If one contact is travelling or sick we have another lawyer to contact who is also updated on all the issues."

Significant clients Coca-Cola España, Smurfit Kappa, TripAdvisor, Warner Music, Expedia.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Campos is regularly instructed on employment litigation. Interviewees also praise his negotiation skills, saying: "He knows how to approach negotiations with employees in order to reach agreements." Campos advises on restructurings, collective negotiations and senior executives' contracts.

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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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King & Wood Mallesons - Employment

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carlos Gil
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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. Also advises key clients on day-to-day issues including employment contracts and dismissals.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that the team "always anticipates problems and has a close relationship with the client."

Clients say that the lawyers are "calm and prudent," adding: "They never get fired up."

Work highlights Assisted Sonae with the employment law aspects of the acquisition of Losán Group.

Advised KBA AG on employment issues relating to its acquisition of Cerutti Group's Barcelona subsidiary Iberian.

Significant clients Hengtong Optic-Electric, Indigo Infra, Visa Europe, Globalvia, Meriton Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Peers often highlight Carlos Gil-Iglesias for his work on behalf of senior executives. He advises on benefit and remuneration plans, termination arrangements and employment litigation. Interviewees underline his "ability to prepare good strategies," saying: "We know exactly what we are doing in negotiations and what the other side could throw at us." He also supports the firm's corporate team in transactions, as shown in advice to Nicolás Correa on its strategic alliance with Doosan Infracore.

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Roca Junyent - Employment

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Albert Rodríguez Arnaiz
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises both individuals and corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters. Acts on the recruitment and termination of senior management, as well as restructurings and large collective dismissals. Represents clients in employment litigation and collective bargaining. Also acts on social security and pensions mandates.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's "flexibility and quick answers."

"They always have a solution-oriented approach, are quick and are very easy to work with," notes one interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for Miró subsidiary Kabaena on the collective redundancy of 109 employees.

Assisted Lowcosttravelgroup with a collective redundancy.

Significant clients CaixaBank, Unipost, Prénatal.

Notable practitioners

Madrid partner María Martinez-Avial Guerra represents companies in collective bargaining negotiations and related litigation. Clients appreciate her availability, while peers say that "she is practical in negotiations, is very good at court and has a lot of experience in all fields of employment law."

Álex Santacana Folgueroles has significant experience in collective redundancies. Commentators say he "attracts the trust of clients as he is friendly, approachable and takes a common-sense view in order to solve problems." He advised the Democratic Union of Catalonia on a redundancy process.

Department profile by Roca Junyent

“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

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In an effort to adequately meet the demands of its clients, over the years Roca Junyent has forged solid, permanent relations with top-tier law firms in Europe, the USA and, generally, all over the world.

In a move designed to fill up a perceived a gap in the offer of legal services specifically geared at Spanish businesses operating in China, in 2002 Roca Junyent became the first Spanish law firm to disembark in China by setting up shop in Shanghai.

Roca Junyent’s international alliances are inspired by the principles of independence and non-exclusivity. This is designed to allow our clients the freedom to choose, at all times, the option that best suits their needs in any given jurisdiction.

In 2000, Roca Junyent established links with Estudio O’Farrell in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

In 2006 the Firm joined international network TerraLex, formed by over 160 law offices and some 15,000 lawyers working from more than 100 jurisdictions. This network allows us to rely on the assistance provided by world leading law firms and offer clients a truly global service.

Due to its sustained growth and direct involvement in remarkable transnational deals, Roca Junyent holds an enviable position among the leading law firms in Europe. In addition, the work of many professionals at Roca Junyent is recognised every year by some of the most respected publications in the industry, includingChambers&Partners, Legal 500 and Best Lawyer International.


Allen & Overy LLP - Employment

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Moira Guitart
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Internationally active team that advises clients from the pharmaceutical, 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 in addition to standalone social security and pensions matters.

Strengths Clients report that the firm offers "an agile, effective and efficient service."

Clients say that the firm has "very clear knowledge of the regulations so can give a good service."

Work highlights Assisted EQT Infrastructure with employment law questions relating to the sale of its stake in Parkia to First State Investments.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Moira Guitart as "responsive, commercial and business-oriented." Guitart advises on a range of standalone employment law matters including collective dismissals or changes to top executives' contracts. She also supports the firm's corporate transactions.

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Ceca Magán Abogados - Employment

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Enrique Ceca
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly earns recognition as a prominent Madrid firm with a strong focus on employment law. Represents individuals and companies in employment disputes and collective bargaining agreements. Often acts on corporate restructurings, assisting with dismissals, lay-offs and staff transfers. Also handles social security mandates.

Strengths A client says the lawyers are "results-oriented, put themselves in my company's position and take into consideration our interests."

"I have a lot of access to the head of the company," says one impressed interviewee, adding: "For me it is important to be able to call them at the weekend and to have someone with complete availability."

Work highlights Represented a large group of employees that were dismissed by Banco Madrid Gestión de Activos in their appeal against the collective dismissal process.

Acted for Grupo Sniace on negotiations for an employment lay-off plan and in related litigation.

Significant clients Repsol, Mercedes-Benz Retail, Filmax Entertainment, Indra Sistemas, Saint-Gobain.

Notable practitioners

Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo leads a broad range of employment law topics, including corporate restructurings and collective agreements. Clients highlight his business-oriented approach.

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Employment

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Moves up in the rankings owing to consistent praise for a diverse employment practice. Represents both senior managers and their employers in terminations or new contract negotiations. 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.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "the partner fully dedicates his time to the job."

Clients also underline the firm's "flexibility, responsiveness and thoroughness" and add that "you feel you are in good hands."

Work highlights Assisted Bridge Ventures with due diligence for its acquisition of El Gym Iberia. The firm also advised on the employment contract for the new CEO.

Advised a number of Spanish football clubs on compliance and disciplinary policies.

Significant clients Symantec, Teleflex, OpenText, Iron Mountain, Orange Business Services.

Notable practitioners

Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa advises companies and individuals on compensation schemes, lay-offs and collective bargaining. Sources say he is "pragmatic, understands what the customer wants and is flexible in offering solutions adapted to the client's needs." "I can talk very openly with him," adds one interviewee. He represented Hamelin Brands in litigation against FOGASA concerning severance payments for 23 employees.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Employment

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Raquel Flórez
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leverages prominent international presence to attract significant cross-border transactional or standalone advisory mandates. Advises financial sector clients on changes to remuneration and corporate compliance regulations. Also assists foreign clients with collective or top executive dismissals.

Strengths Clients say that the lawyers' "knowledge, legal background and execution are excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Haarslev Industries on the termination of an executive's contract.

Assisted Barclays Bank with the Spanish and Italian employment law aspects of the sale of several business units.

Significant clients WPP, UPS, Advent International, Blackstone, UBS.

Notable practitioners

Raquel Flórez leads the firm's contentious and non-contentious labour law matters. "She's a star in litigation," says one client, going on to explain: "She's direct and is able to express her arguments very firmly." Flórez has particular experience working with clients in the financial sector on remuneration and other advisory matters. She advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on restructuring its Spanish branch.

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Linklaters - Employment

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for financial institutions and private equity houses on diverse matters including M&A transactions, the restructuring of senior management teams or the drafting of remuneration policies in line with new regulations on executive pay. Also assists with collective redundancies and individual claims linked to harassment or unfair dismissals.

Strengths "They offer a high level of availability and practical answers," says one client.

Work highlights Advised Santander on several employment disputes including a significant harassment claim, a claim for breach of fundamental rights and a case challenging modifications to working conditions.

Defended KPMG and its president in dismissal claims brought by an ex-partner.

Significant clients Ciber, Sigma Alimentos, The Carlyle Group, Alantra, Centerbridge Partners.

Notable practitioners

Clients say of Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero that "she makes you feel that you are in safe hands," noting: "She listens well and is able to synthesise everything and find the key aspects quickly." She advises on restructurings, redundancies and various litigation topics including harassment claims. She assisted Vela Energy with a reorganisation that involved the redundancy of more than half of its workforce.

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Squire Patton Boggs - Employment

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ignacio Regojo
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers' advice is "user-friendly and clear," adding: "They are responsive and commercial."

Clients report that the lawyers "go beyond expectations" in terms of their proactive approach to problem-solving.

Notable practitioners

Peers note Ignacio Regojo's experience working with international clients and say that he is "relaxed and very analytical." Clients describe him as "approachable, always flexible, well prepared and helpful." He leads the firm's labour law practice and has additional experience in immigration, social security and health and safety issues.

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Araoz & Rueda - Employment

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Band 5

第五等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alfonso Suárez Migoyo
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Most active on the implementation of redundancy plans and on related litigation. Also handles due diligence in support of M&A transactions.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's "ability to negotiate with the unions and provide good advice in difficult situations."

"They are thorough in their advice but are also practical in that they don't allow excessive detail to affect the practicality of their service," says one interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Brightstar on two redundancy proceedings.

Acted for Orpea on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Sanyres.

Significant clients Equipos Mecánicos, Marc & Cross, Majórica, Bz Asuntos De Familia.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise for his Alfonso Suárez Migoyo his negotiation skills and say that he "goes the extra mile to support my business in terms of providing relevant practical information." He acted for Pelican Rouge Coffee Solutions on a redundancy procedure and on negotiations for the modification of working conditions.

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CMS - Employment

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Band 5

第五等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: César Navarro
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expected to build on its long-standing reputation in the market following the arrival of César Navarro as new department head. Advises domestic and international companies on collective dismissals and the hiring and termination of senior executives. Also assists with employment issues linked to the opening of new stores or business lines.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "efficiency, rapid response and good co-ordination of members not only in the same practice area but also between different departments."

"They are able to adapt their advice to the specific sector in which we operate," says one source.

Work highlights Advised Impelec on the collective redundancy of its staff following the company's filing for insolvency.

Represented CGI in employment litigation concerning the illegal transfer of staff.

Significant clients Andritz, Markel International, Nokia, Franklin Templeton Investments, Prada.

Notable practitioners

César Navarro advises on restructurings, collective bargaining and litigation as part of his broader employment law practice. Clients appreciate his proactive approach, saying: "He tries to find different solutions and proposes a range of different approaches to the issues." "He is a problem-solver, is concise and has a hands-on approach," adds one interviewee.

Department profile by CMS

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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Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor - Employment

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Band 5

第五等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tirso Gracia
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients from the transport, retail and fashion industries on collective and individual dismissals. Has experience in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. Also assists with harassment claims.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "high knowledge of employment law and employment disputes."

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Tirso Gracia as "efficient, quick to answer and solution-oriented." He leads the team from the firm's Barcelona office and receives particular praise for his skill in employment litigation.

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Senior Statesmen

Federico Durán López

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Eminent Practitioner

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients report that Iñigo Sagardoy "has a lot of experience and knowledge." He has considerable expertise in the fields of employment and social security law. In addition to his role as executive chairman of the firm, Sagardoy assists key clients with advisory mandates.

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Eminent Practitioner

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Alejandro Valls' high-level advice on restructurings that involve the transfer or collective dismissal of large numbers of employees. "He is involved in the strategy in terms of adapting or finding a solution to our problems," says one interviewee, adding: "He ensures that we have a positive dialogue with the unions."

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Star Individuals

Ignacio García-Perrote

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio García-Perrote is widely recognised as a leading figure in the market with significant experience in restructurings, collective bargaining agreements and collective dismissal proceedings. Sources highlight his "very structured way of explaining things." In addition to his work on complex advisory topics, García-Perrote is highly sought after by Spanish companies facing dismissal claims from ex-directors.

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Star Individuals

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martín Godino has an outstanding reputation for his work on collective negotiations and employment litigation. Clients value his "practical approach that is aimed at defining a clear strategy tailored to each specific case." His particular experience working with financial sector clients was showcased in his advice to Santander on the design and negotiation of its restructuring plan.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Salvador del Rey has a superb reputation among peers for his technical skills and his academic profile. He also receives significant praise from clients, who say that he is "distinguished by his deep knowledge of the material and his ability to offer alternatives and solutions." He advises on restructurings, collective redundancies and lay-offs.

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Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Román Gil represents clients in litigation and collective negotiations. Interviewees enthuse that "he is brilliant, especially in court," adding: "He can quickly provide a good view of the pros and cons of any decision." "You can see that he has many years' experience because he knows how to solve any problems that arise," states one impressed client. Gil represented Ericsson in negotiations with unions for a restructuring plan.

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DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees enthuse that Pilar Menor "works hard, is proactive and is good in negotiations." "She understands my company very well and gives hands-on and practical advice," adds one client. Menor has an excellent reputation for collective negotiations and for employment litigation against top executives. Peers also note her prominent position in the market as managing partner of the firm's Spanish office.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jordi Puigbó is highly regarded for employment litigation relating to redundancy plans, the firing of top executives and claims that test the definition of self-employment. He is also active on compensation and benefits matters. Clients have confidence that he "will handle the issues well" and say that "when you need a quick answer he's always available."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Mario Barros as "polite, clever and very strong in terms of his technical skills." He attracts particular attention for his work on litigation against top executives. Barros also advises on collective redundancies.

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Silvia Bauzá Hernández

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers highlight Silvia Bauzá Hernández for her skill in litigation and the negotiation of collective agreements on behalf of international and domestic clients. She assists with redundancy procedures, restructurings and changes in employment conditions.

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Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Bazán leads many of the firm's major restructuring and downsizing mandates. He often advises clients on collective bargaining issues. Clients say that he "stands out because of his ability to understand complex matters and translate them into words that are readily understandable." He advised Nueva Pescanova on negotiations for new collective bargaining agreements following the group's high-profile restructuring.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Calvente advises clients on various matters including social security law, restructurings and collective bargaining. Clients highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "He is able to communicate and relate well with the other side." Calvente's skill in employment litigation was showcased in advice to Lindorff on the disciplinary dismissal of two managers.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Campos is regularly instructed on employment litigation. Interviewees also praise his negotiation skills, saying: "He knows how to approach negotiations with employees in order to reach agreements." Campos advises on restructurings, collective negotiations and senior executives' contracts.

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Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Cifuentes often represents clients from the technology and telecommunications sectors in collective dismissals and litigation. He advises on the negotiation and termination of senior executives' contracts. Interviewees describe him as "a very good negotiator" who always "defends his clients' interests."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Conde advises large companies on diverse topics including restructurings, redundancies and pension disputes. One interviewee says that Conde "provides valuable advice that is both practical and clear," while another adds: "He doesn't just tell you what the law says but instead looks to find the answer to the client's needs."

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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 has a strong focus on restructurings, with significant experience in the modification and harmonisation of work conditions. He also acts on both individual and collective dismissals. Clients highlight his "preparation, thoroughness, excellent experience and composure in court." 

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Impressed interviewees highlight David Diaz's ability to "coach and guide the client through each step of the process in a really effective way." He acts on union negotiations relating to collective bargaining agreements and restructurings. He also advises on individual terminations and employment litigation. He represented Merck Sharpe & Dohme in a dispute concerning electronic voting in union elections.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raquel Flórez leads the firm's contentious and non-contentious labour law matters. "She's a star in litigation," says one client, going on to explain: "She's direct and is able to express her arguments very firmly." Flórez has particular experience working with clients in the financial sector on remuneration and other advisory matters. She advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on restructuring its Spanish branch.

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Carlos Gil-Iglesias

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers often highlight Carlos Gil-Iglesias for his work on behalf of senior executives. He advises on benefit and remuneration plans, termination arrangements and employment litigation. Interviewees underline his "ability to prepare good strategies," saying: "We know exactly what we are doing in negotiations and what the other side could throw at us." He also supports the firm's corporate team in transactions, as shown in advice to Nicolás Correa on its strategic alliance with Doosan Infracore.

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Rafael Giménez-Arnau

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Adriano Gómez García-Bernal

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Fermín Guardiola

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fermín Guardiola represents Spanish and multinational companies in restructurings, lay-offs and executive terminations. Clients praise his negotiation skills, saying: "Even if the message at certain moments has to be direct and difficult, he can communicate our position in a way that will not break the negotiations or the relationship." Guardiola advised Groupon on collective redundancies in its Madrid office.

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Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa advises companies and individuals on compensation schemes, lay-offs and collective bargaining. Sources say he is "pragmatic, understands what the customer wants and is flexible in offering solutions adapted to the client's needs." "I can talk very openly with him," adds one interviewee. He represented Hamelin Brands in litigation against FOGASA concerning severance payments for 23 employees.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Diana Rodríguez "has a lot of common sense and is flexible and available." "She is tough but very tactful in negotiations," reports another interviewee, adding: "She is able to work well under pressure." Rodríguez leads the firm's diverse restructuring, dismissal and transactional mandates. She advised Ahorro Corporación on its sale of Ahorro Corporación Financiera, including management remuneration and social security issues.

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Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say of Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero that "she makes you feel that you are in safe hands," noting: "She listens well and is able to synthesise everything and find the key aspects quickly." She advises on restructurings, redundancies and various litigation topics including harassment claims. She assisted Vela Energy with a reorganisation that involved the redundancy of more than half of its workforce.

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MAIO Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers know Angela Toro of MAIO Legal for her advice to senior executives on litigation mandates, saying: "She has a practical approach and doesn't get lost in the theory." She also leads the firm's advice to companies on collective negotiations and terminations. Clients say that she is "very commercial and very good at working to tight deadlines," adding: "I appreciate her involvement, dedication and effort in preparing the matter."

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Copa & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pilar Albert is a new addition to the team at Copa & Asociados. She has experience in a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

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Andersen Tax & Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olleros Abogados' new practice head Alfredo Aspra is well known to peers for his experience in restructurings and court proceedings. Interviewees highlight both his technical skills and the fact that he is "very good from a commercial standpoint."

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José Luis Cebrián

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Cebrián is particularly active in collective bargaining negotiations. He also advises major Spanish companies on restructurings.

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Miguel Cuenca Valdivia

KPMG Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Cuenca Valdivia of KPMG Abogados often represents clients on large-scale collective lay-offs and collective bargaining agreements. He was part of the team that assisted BT with negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with workers. Peers note his previous experience working as a labour inspector.

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Paz de la Iglesia

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paz de la Iglesia assists clients with various topics including collective bargaining, support to M&A transactions and day-to-day issues surrounding the hiring and dismissal of employees. Clients particularly highlight her responsiveness and say she is "extremely knowledgeable."

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Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés acts for companies from the financial, energy and retail sectors on restructuring and employment litigation. Clients value his "clarity, speed, knowledge of my company's history and ability to evaluate all possible perspectives." He advised Hotel Rex on negotiations for a collective redundancy agreement.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Moira Guitart as "responsive, commercial and business-oriented." Guitart advises on a range of standalone employment law matters including collective dismissals or changes to top executives' contracts. She also supports the firm's corporate transactions.

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Concepción Martín

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Standout mandates for Concepción Martín include her advice to Whirlpool on a collective dismissal and workforce restructuring following its purchase of Indesit. She also receives praise for her work on litigation relating to stock options.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Pastur leads the Bird & Bird employment practice and plays a key role in diverse restructuring, dismissal or M&A mandates. Clients appreciate that "he is extremely available so we can bring him into calls at almost any time." "He gives the practical solution that we need in order to move forward," states another interviewee. Standout mandates include advice to Lexmark on the Spanish aspects of its pan-European restructuring, including the termination of local managers.

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers note Ignacio Regojo's experience working with international clients and say that he is "relaxed and very analytical." Clients describe him as "approachable, always flexible, well prepared and helpful." He leads the firm's labour law practice and has additional experience in immigration, social security and health and safety issues.

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David-Isaac Tobía

Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

David-Isaac Tobía is best known for his litigation work. He also has a broader restructuring and advisory practice. Clients note that "he feels really comfortable at court" and highlight his "ability to analyse topics and establish appropriate strategies to resolve the issues."

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PwC Tax and Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marta Alamán of PwC Tax and Legal Services has a broad practice that spans collective bargaining agreements, the employment law aspects of transactions and claims for harassment or unfair dismissal. She advises the firm's international and domestic clients.

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Victoria Caldevilla

Dutilh Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victoria Caldevilla is a key partner at Dutilh Abogados who attracts praise for her work on day-to-day employment law mandates for key Spanish clients. Interviewees report that she "knows her field well and is a great negotiator."

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Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo

Ceca Magán Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo leads a broad range of employment law topics, including corporate restructurings and collective agreements. Clients highlight his business-oriented approach.

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Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sonia Cortés advises on restructurings, redundancy plans and transfers of undertakings. Interviewees say that she is "responsive, clear and easy to work with." She is a key contact for the firm's international client base and has additional experience in executive terminations.

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EY Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raúl García leads EY Abogados' advice to major Spanish and international clients. He assists with collective dismissals, employee transfer and outsourcing topics. He also assists with advisory mandates relating to expatriation and global hiring policies.

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Iván López García de la Riva

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients report that Iván López García de la Riva "gives practical advice that helps us to avoid future problems." "He is close to the client and has a lot of knowledge of my sector," adds one interviewee. He represents clients in employment claims and collective disputes.

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Iván Gayarre Conde

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Iván Gayarre Conde attracts considerable attention from peers for his work on high-profile restructurings. He also acted for AENA on the negotiation of a collective agreement for air traffic controllers. Clients report that "in court he is excellent and he is very good strategically."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Jesús Gimeno of Jones Day "gives advice in a very clear and straightforward way." He advises on restructurings, transactions and dismissals in addition to mandates relating to workplace discrimination or changes to remuneration schemes. He acted for Softonic on the design of a stock option plan for employees.

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Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Tirso Gracia as "efficient, quick to answer and solution-oriented." He leads the team from the firm's Barcelona office and receives particular praise for his skill in employment litigation.

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María Luisa López Villalba

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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José Manuel Martín Martín

Sagardoy Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Manuel Martín Martín assists clients with collective dismissals and restructurings. He is known as a tough litigator with considerable experience in complex cases.

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María Martinez-Avial Guerra

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Europe guide

Madrid partner María Martinez-Avial Guerra represents companies in collective bargaining negotiations and related litigation. Clients appreciate her availability, while peers say that "she is practical in negotiations, is very good at court and has a lot of experience in all fields of employment law."

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Inés Molero Navarro

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight Inés Molero Navarro for her "technical capabilities and extensive knowledge of employment law." "She stands out for her clarity and coherent arguments in court cases," adds one interviewee. She advises on hiring and dismissals of employees and executives.

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Eduardo Peñacoba

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Peñacoba of Simmons & Simmons LLP stands out for his experience working with clients in the life sciences sector. He advises on cross-border M&A, restructuring and disciplinary dismissal mandates. One client says that Peñacoba "understands the needs of my business and gives the best solution possible," while another adds: "He adapts very easily to different situations."

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Miguel Queralt Cabeza

PwC Tax and Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Queralt Cabeza is based in the Barcelona office of PwC Tax and Legal Services. He has extensive experience in employment law matters and a varied client list that includes public entities.

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Reyes is based in Barcelona and leads diverse employment law matters for significant clients. He acts on TUPE issues in M&A deals and on changes to working conditions.

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Fernando Ruiz Linaza

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Ruiz Linaza often advises on TUPE and employee compensation schemes. He also represents clients in negotiations with unions and in litigation. Clients highlight his "ability to negotiate with the other side" and say that he is "decisive, reliable and quick."

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Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Guillermo Rujas's ability to "easily explain topics that seem very complicated." He advises on M&A and finance transactions in addition to collective bargaining, trade union relations and restructuring.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mireia Sabaté is described as "supportive, hard-working" and someone who provides "clear and practical information." She advises on senior executive terminations, negotiations of restructuring plans and the design of compensation plans. She acted for Access Mechanism Spain on a collective bargaining agreement for the reduction of workers' salaries.

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Cristina Samaranch

Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers know Cristina Samaranch of Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) for her experience in collective negotiations and restructurings. She also assists with modifications to working times and the design of training programmes. Clients appreciate that she is "really good in assessing the situation right from the beginning and taking us down the right path."

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Álex Santacana Folgueroles

Roca Junyent

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álex Santacana Folgueroles has significant experience in collective redundancies. Commentators say he "attracts the trust of clients as he is friendly, approachable and takes a common-sense view in order to solve problems." He advised the Democratic Union of Catalonia on a redundancy process.

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Grant Thornton

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Aurora Sanz is "decisive, pragmatic and available," adding: "Our communication with her is very smooth." She leads Grant Thornton's employment practice and handles a broad range of topics including labour inspections, lay-offs, employment litigation and health and safety issues.

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Alfonso Suárez Migoyo

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise for his Alfonso Suárez Migoyo his negotiation skills and say that he "goes the extra mile to support my business in terms of providing relevant practical information." He acted for Pelican Rouge Coffee Solutions on a redundancy procedure and on negotiations for the modification of working conditions.

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Ivan Suárez Telletxea

Bufete Suárez de Vivero, S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ivan Suárez Telletxea attracts attention from peers for his focus on bringing international clients to Barcelona firm Bufete Suárez de Vivero. He assists employers with dismissals, collective agreements and litigation. Clients highlight his language skills and describe him as "responsive, thorough and pragmatic." 

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Up and Coming

Maria Eugenia de la Cera

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Commentators underline that Maria Eugenia de la Cera is "really technical and a very good litigator." She assists with diverse matters including collective dismissals and disciplinary proceedings. She assisted Merck Sharp & Dohme with the harmonisation of working conditions following the acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich.

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Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jonathan Gil of Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) advises on collective agreements, restructurings and the employee side of executive dismissals. He also stands out for his specialisation in workplace safety matters. Clients are impressed by his "quick response and complete understanding of our problems."

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Up and Coming

José Manuel Mateo

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Manuel Mateo often represents companies in negotiations with employees' representative bodies over planned collective terminations or changes to working conditions.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

César Navarro advises on restructurings, collective bargaining and litigation as part of his broader employment law practice. Clients appreciate his proactive approach, saying: "He tries to find different solutions and proposes a range of different approaches to the issues." "He is a problem-solver, is concise and has a hands-on approach," adds one interviewee.

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Prieto enters the rankings owing to strong feedback for his work on employment litigation and collective dismissals. Clients highlight his proactive approach and call him "an expert in conflict resolution who can reach a deal in the most difficult environments." He assisted with changes to Campofrío's variable compensation scheme for employees.

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Associates to watch

Álvaro Zaldívar

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight the key role that Álvaro Zaldívar plays in Simmons & Simmons LLP's employment team. "He is always able to give you a quick and concise response in urgent situations," says one client, while another adds: "We understand each other very well and know how we both work."

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