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The ‘excellent’ team at Baker McKenzie S.C. is ‘one of the best options in Mexico’ for labour and employment law advice, and is ‘terrific value for money’; its approach is ‘simple, accurate and focused on the results’. The 12-partner team covers the full range of issues, covering M&A-related matters, litigation, employment benefits, and health and safety. It recently assisted Grupo Yazaki in an internal reorganisation involving over 33,000 employees at 22 plants across Mexico; and advised Constellation Brands on labour matters related to its acquisition of a Mexican subsidiary from AB InBev. Ricardo Castro-Garza heads the team, which includes highly rated partners Salvador Pasquel and Manuel Limón. The ‘experienced and smart’ Javiera Medina-Reza is ‘a brilliant attorney who brings support on different topics’.

The highly rated team at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is led by Jorge De Presno, and includes employment litigator Alvaro Gonzalez, who was recently promoted to partner. The firm has over 20 lawyers working on employment matters, and further fee-earners covering social security and immigration work. As well as day-to-day employment issues and transactional advice, the firm has a strong litigation focus and a good track record in dealing with unions. It recently advised Samsung Electronics on a workforce reorganisation to align itself with new laws on subcontracting. The group has also been representing Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in an unfair dismissal claim brought by an expatriate employee.

Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL)’s ‘very good-value’ practice is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of Mexican unions and labour law’. The employment boutique has six partners and over 30 other lawyers, including paralegals, focused exclusively on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Name partners Héctor González Graf, Santiago Marván Urquiza and Héctor González Larrazolo are leaders in the field, with a focus on big-ticket matters, while the younger partners and their associates tend to handle the higher-volume, day-to-day issues. The firm recently successfully defended Atento Mexicana against a major multi-union lawsuit. The firm has a strong following of clients in the financial services sector, and acts for a range of domestic and international corporates, including Citibank, Avon Mexicana, Axa Seguros, Procter & Gamble, and Walmart.

Natividad Abogados SC is a top-notch boutique with over 30 years’ experience in the market. It has a full-service employment law practice covering collective and individual labour law, social security, training and litigation, and boasts several partners with market-leading experience in their respective areas: notably founding partner Tomás Natividad Sánchez and social security expert Tomás J Natividad. Other key lawyers are Oscar Larios, who is recommended for collective labour law, and Gilberto Montesinos.

The ‘very reputableDe la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C. was founded in 2016 and boasts two of the country’s best-known employment lawyers: Oscar De la Vega and Ricardo Martínez Rojas, who is considered ‘one of the foremost social security lawyers in the country’. The firm now has some 22 lawyers, and covers day-to-day issues, litigation, collective bargaining, and social security.

Hogan Lovells BSTL, S.C. is experienced in negotiating with unions and advising on pensions and social security issues, as well as handling major employment disputes. Hugo Hernández-Ojeda and the ‘extraordinarily good’ Luis Ruiz are the main employment partners, and the practice also draws heavily on the experience of highly experienced litigator Luis Rosas Ortega. Recent highlights include advising Goldcorp on the employment aspects of the sale of its Mexican mining subsidiary Exploradora de Yacimientos los Filos; and assisting Bacardi & Co in its negotiations with the unions following the suspension of activities in one of its Mexican plants.

Littler Mexico is praised for its ‘great response times’ and ‘understanding of the client’s needs’. The international employment firm has three partners based in Mexico, including one in its office in Nuevo Leon. The group handles a full range of matters, covering collective bargaining agreements, social security issues, immigration and litigation, as well as day-to-day employment matters, consulting and training. Rolando Santos heads the high-quality team, which includes the highly experienced Mónica Schiaffino.

Sánchez Devanny is commended for its ‘first-level knowledge and expertise on labour matters’, and its ‘good and valuable advice, which is worth the money spent’. Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez heads the team, which handles the full range of matters, and is highlighted by clients for the quality of its training courses. On the advisory side, the firm advised Vistana Signature Experiences, which was spun out of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, on employment issues related to a transfer of four hotels and their employees. Monterrey-based partner David Eugenio Puente-Tostadotries to understand the specific needs of the business and the industry to find positive results’.

Santamarina y Steta has an extremely active three-partner practice headed by Juan Carlos De La Vega out of its Monterrey office. The firm has recently been involved in several high-profile matters, and is representing automotive parts manufacturer Teksid in a dispute with the National Mining Union over its claim that it represents a majority of employees and should be party to the collective bargaining agreement. Other key clients include PKC Group, ENI Petroleum and Chevron. Andrés Rodríguez and Pedro Velasco are also recommended.

Cervantes Sainz, S.C. is ‘good value, and its lawyers are especially responsive’. The firm has recently acted in relation to several significant collective bargaining agreements and litigation proceedings, on behalf of clients such as Hanesbrand, Weatherford, and Alvaco Enterprises. The ‘exceptionalAlejandro Nila Rosales heads the popular team, whose junior lawyers also attract considerable praise.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. is praised for its ‘clear advice on risks and scenarios’. The group handles all areas of employment law, and in 2016 also launched a social security practice. It recently advised Grupo IDESA on a restructuring involving the termination of employment, and rehiring, of over 500 employees. Practice head Francisco Peniche stands out for his ‘depth of knowledge’, with Valentina Ahumada also recommended.

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.responds immediately to every request, always provides relevant information and is very proactive’, and has expanded its ‘excellent’ team with the hire of the ‘thorough and strong’ Carlos Ferran from González Calvillo, SC. Ferran now leads the Mexico City side of the practice, while the ‘deeply knowledgeable and experiencedGerardo Valencia leads the group in Guadalajara. The firm recently advised Nike on the integration of its three Mexican operations into a single structure, while other clients include new gain Pepsi, Huntsman Corporation, Honda, Mitsui and Ryoko Sangyo.

Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC is a well-established employment law boutique with strong geographic coverage through its network of offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancun, Puebla City and Acapulco, and a wide-ranging practice including areas such as social security, and the negotiation and termination of employment contracts. Luis Díaz Mirón, Luis Enrique Díaz Mirón, and Juan José Díaz Mirón are the key contacts.

Rafael Vallejo heads a solid five-lawyer team at González Calvillo, SC, which has an impressive range of clients, including Google, DuPont, Club Med, and Deutsche Bank. It recently advised Goldman Sachs on a termination agreement for the bank’s general manager in Mexico.

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados is experienced in high-profile litigation, collective bargaining agreements, and transaction-related issues, and acts for major domestic and international clients from a wide cross-section of the Mexican market. Julio Flores leads the three-partner team, which includes Gustavo García Cuenca and Victor Adame.

The Mexican office of US employment specialist Ogletree Deakins opened its doors in late 2014. Local managing partner Pietro Straulino leads a seven-strong team which handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious issues, and is experienced in union matters, including collective negotiations. The office also provides day-to-day advice in areas such as global policies, employee transfers and transaction-related employment issues. It recently acted as local counsel to Celanese Corporation on the labour aspects of the Mexican component of its acquisition of an Italian holding company, while other matters included advising Eastman Chemical on a labour restructuring; acting for Compañía Mexicana de Gas in litigation; and assisting on H&M Hennes & Mauritz in relation to senior employee residency issues. Other clients include United Airlines, DHL and Unilever.

Established in the market since 1925, boutique firm Roel Abogados has a ‘very specialised and strong’ practice. Jorge Enrique Roel is a well-respected figure, and leads a team providing high-quality advice across areas such as collective dismissals, strike action, and labour audits.

The ‘very knowledgeable’ group at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC provides ‘service of the highest standard’. Praised for his ‘strategic vision’, group head Rodolfo Trampe has ‘an ability to understand and explain the needs, challenges and risks that the client faces’. A recent work highlight was advising Mars on labour law matters related to its acquisition of Grupo Turin. Javier Lizardi is also recommended.

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