L&E Global is proud to announce that our member firms in Latin America were once again prominently featured in the recently published edition of The Legal 500 Latin America 2019, where they were recognised for their excellence in the field of labour and employment law.
Allende & Brea’s ‘very responsive and professional practice’ is highlighted for its ‘expert knowledge’, ‘strong labour settlement skills’ and ‘broad understanding of business needs’. The increasingly prominent group is led by Nicolás Grandi (‘gives creative solutions and alternatives’) and also includes talented senior associate Lucas Tamagno (‘one of the most solid labour law attorneys of his generation in Argentina’). Recent matters included advising Galaxy Lithium on the removal of its entire local management, including negotiations with the labour ministry. The team has also recently undertaken work for Thermo Fisher Scientific, Lazard and Marriott.
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Nicolás Grandi – Allende & Brea
Lucas Tamagno – Allende & Brea
TozziniFreire Advogados ‘will always look one step further and bring innovative solutions’. Its wide-ranging expertise encompasses employment litigation before the superior courts, union negotiations, labour and social security compliance and pensions. Combining the firm’s expertise in technology and labour law, it implemented Direito do Trabalho 4.0, a programme to address issues such as data protection, social media and disruptive tech and their impacts on employment. With ‘outstanding technical and practical knowledge’, Fernanda Bianco Pimentel is ‘always available to support the client in a variety of topics’. She and Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso are ‘among the top strategists when it comes to negotiating with unions, both in court and out of court’. Roberto Pierri Bersch is also recommended. Marcelo Pereira Gômara and Mihoko Sirley Kimura are also key contacts.
Marcelo Pereira Gômara – TozziniFreire Advogados
Mihoko Sirley Kimura – TozziniFreire Advogados
Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is well known for its expertise in collective bargaining, immigration and the labour-law issues surrounding company restructuring; the team is also experienced in advising on compensation packages, stock option plans and the tax aspects of employment benefits. Notable clients include adidas, Ripley, Coca-Cola and IBM de Chile; the team recently assisted the latter with several union issues that arose from collective bargaining agreements. Ricardo Tisi is highly rated and Bárbara Zlatar is a notable associate.
Ricardo Tisi – Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos
Bárbara Zlatar – Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos
Well-regarded boutique Lopez & Asociados Abogados displays ‘profound knowledge in all labour-related matters’ and boasts the largest employment practice in the country with 76 lawyers, including five partners. Juan Pablo López, Angelica Carrión and Alejandro Castellanos head the practice, with Rocío Lagos and Ana Rubiano also in key roles. The team recently represented Coviandes in an inspection process initiated by the nation’s Payroll and Pension Management Unit (UGPP), reducing by 94% the obligations initially imposed by the entity. The practice advised Nutresa on a protection-of-rights case before the Constitutional Court in which a union official claimed the right to due process, and the right of association and intimacy, after a disciplinary process stemming from statements made on a social media platform; the court declared that there was no violation of the right to privacy. Other notable mandates included assisting UT CAPITAL on reaching a collective bargaining agreement with two unions. Clients include Avianca, Citibank, Sodimac and Hotel Grand Hyatt.
Angelica Carrión – Lopez & Asociados Abogados
Juan Pablo López – Lopez & Asociados Abogados
Rocío Lagos – Lopez & Asociados Abogados
De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C. is a fast-growing, ‘creative and innovative‘ boutique that is making a strong impression on the market as it expands – almost doubling in size to some 44 lawyers over the past year. The firm has ‘deep knowledge of labour and migration matters‘, including day-to-day advice, litigation, collective bargaining, and social security. The firm recently advised Wal-Mart on negotiations concerning a threatened national stoppage concerning employment conditions. A team also represented Aeromexico in negotiations over a revised collective bargaining agreement for pilots, which helped avoid a potential strike. The name partners Oscar De La Vega (‘high profile‘) and social security expert Ricardo Rojas are very well regarded, as is immigration expert Edgar Mayorga. Monterrey-based Nadia González left to become counsel at Galicia Abogados S.C. in September 2018.
Ricardo Rojas – De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.
Oscar de la Vega – De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.