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Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. enjoys an excellent reputation in employment law, and is praised for its ‘very good service and immediate responses’, as well as ‘industry knowledge’. The team, which is led by Ricardo Castro-Garza, provides a comprehensive service that includes collective bargaining agreements, litigation, employment benefits, and health and safety. It acted for Delphi in a complex inter-union conflict involving 6,000 employees, which involved negotiations with the unions to continue business operations; and has also been advising APM Terminals on the implications of a subcontracting regime that arose from its restructuring. Key partners include Manuel Limón and Salvador Pasquel, an ‘audacious lawyer with solid knowledge and good direction’. Employment litigator Manuel Calderón is also singled out for praise.

Labour and employment law is a core area for Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., which has almost 30 lawyers in its team. It handles a balanced mix of strategic and contentious work out of its offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Queretaro, and also has a group specialising in social security and immigration issues. The firm has been representing Barclays Bank in a dispute with former Lehman Brothers employees claiming a surrogate employment relationship with Barclays following its purchase of Lehman’s post-bankruptcy assets. It is also representing Scania in relation to an unfair dismissal claim by the company’s former country manager. Other major clients include Gap, Wal-Mart, Nacional Financiera and Colgate. The highly respected Jorge De Presno leads the team together with the experienced Alvaro Gonzalez.

Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL) is a top-quality boutique that provides a ‘good, professional, fast and accurate’ service. The six-partner firm has nearly 50 lawyers, including paralegals, dedicated exclusively to labour law. High-profile labour litigation remains a key area, while on the non-contentious side the firm is extremely experienced in collective bargaining agreements, as well as corporate support and restructurings. The firm’s lead partners – Héctor González Graf, Santiago Marván Urquiza and Nelson Guerrero Robles – are among the leading lawyers in the market, and Emilio Israel Garzón Juárez and Cristian Lamas Peregrina are also carving out strong reputations as litigators. The firm has recently been defending a major retailer against a raft of over 1,000 employment lawsuits, and also assisted a technology giant in a major restructure involving the transfer of 1,000 employees. Significant clients include Procter & Gamble, Citibank, and Avon Mexico.

Boutique firm Natividad Abogados SC has been established for over 30 years, and is one of the most active players in the market. The full-service practice covers collective and individual labour law, as well as social security and immigration, and training and litigation services. Key individuals at the firm include founding partner Tomás Natividad Sánchez and social security specialist Tomás J Natividad. Oscar Larios is also noted for his expertise in collective labour law.

De la Vega & Martinez Rojas, S.C. is a relatively new firm, but its name partners – Oscar De La Vega and social security expert Ricardo Martínez Rojas – have long and distinguished careers behind them. The firm has grown quickly and has 24 lawyers covering the full range of issues, including litigation, counselling, benefits planning and collective bargaining. It recently advised Aeroméxico during an illegal strike by 70 pilots that grounded over 100 flights; operations were resumed following five hours of negotiations with the pilots’ union. Other major clients include Wal-Mart, Genome Lab, Saint-Gobain, and CitiBanamex.

The ‘well-connected, well-coordinated and solid’ team at Hogan Lovells BSTLknows the industry perfectly’ and brings a ‘high level of efficiency and effectiveness’ to its work. Hugo Hernández-Ojeda, who is praised for his ‘experience in complex negotiations’, and Luis Ruiz are the two main partners, and they are backed by a team of 13 associates. The group covers all aspects of employment law and is particularly strong in high-stakes disputes involving expatriate employees in Mexico. It advised Iberia on the revision of its collective bargaining agreement; and acted for Jaguar Land Rover on its acquisition of a Mexican distributor and the implementation of a subcontracting structure for its new Mexican operation. Other clients include Coca-Cola, Teka Industrial and GE Power.

Littler Mexico is the Mexican outpost of the global employment specialist. With five partners on the ground, the group has made a strong push into the market, with clients benefiting from offices in Mexico City, Nuevo Leon and Monterrey. The litigation side of the practice is led by office managing partner Rolando Santos and Leon Rodriguez in Monterrey. Mónica Schiaffino leads on advisory matters, and Enrique Garcia Conde is recommended for advice on collective action. The firm represents a broad range of international clients.

Sánchez Devanny has ‘a robust labour law department that provides top legal services’; its lawyers ‘always provide personal attention’ and ‘have the capability to attend emergencies despite their time constraints’. The ‘very proactiveAlfredo Kupfer-Dominguez, who co-heads the team with Monterrey-based David Puente Tostado, has ‘deep knowledge of labour law’ and ‘a perfect understanding of the client’s corporate compliance culture’. The versatile group acts for an impressive mix of clients, including Federal Express, Constellation Brands, Bayer, and EDP Renewables.

Santamarina y Steta’s well-regarded employment team forms an important part of the firm’s wider offering. The group offers the full range of services, across individual and collective labour matters, social security, corporate support, and litigation. Clients benefit from the expertise of several key lawyers, including Juan Carlos De La Vega in Monterrey, and Andrés Rodríguez. Pedro Velasco is no longer a partner at the firm, but still works as an adviser.

Cervantes Sainz, S.C.’s highly rated four-lawyer team is praised for its ‘unbeatable service’ and ‘absolute mastery of labour issues’. Led by the ‘excellent’ Alejandro Nila, a lawyer with ‘total knowledge of the area’, it handles contentious and non-contentious matters. It recently advised Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo on a strike led by an external union. Other active clients include Weatherford and Exide Technologies, which it advised on its collective bargaining negotiations.

Francisco Peniche heads a high-quality, 12-lawyer team at Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C., which is active in transactional support but also has lawyers focused purely on litigation and social security issues. It recently advised Jack Cooper Transport Company on a redundancy program involving 200 employees, and also defended CBRE against a wrongful termination claim brought by the company’s former CFO. Other clients include Bain Capital, Travel Leaders Group, and SPAC Vista Oil and Gas.

The ‘excellent and helpful’ nine-lawyer team at Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C., led by Carlos Ferran and the ‘outstandingGerardo Valencia, is ‘very professional’ and ‘always efficient’. The majority of the group’s work is on the consultancy side, including collective bargaining agreements, but it does also handle contentious matters. Clients include Nike, PepsiCo, and Huntsman Corporation.

Boutique firm Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC stands out for its impressive geographic coverage, with a network of offices across the country including in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancun and Leon. It has a broad practice encompassing social security advice, day-to-day consulting, training and litigation. Luis Díaz Mirón, Luis Enrique Díaz Mirón and Juan José Díaz Mirón are the main contacts.

EC Legal Rubio Villegas has resources in Mexico’s key employment centres. Mexico City based Perla Arreola jointly leads the ‘brilliant’ team with Rogelio Sánchez in Juarez and Queretaro-based Javier Canseco (‘an outstanding labour lawyer who is always close to the business’). The majority of its clients are major multinationals with large manufacturing bases in the country, including several in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Its workload covers union negotiations, collective bargaining agreements and litigation.

González Calvillo, SC provides ‘an excellent level of service’; its advice is ‘clear, direct and shared on time’. Practice head Rafael Vallejo is well liked by clients, and he ‘clearly knows the applicable regulations’. The group recently advised Andeavor on all employment issues related to its new operations in Mexico, while other key clients include Google, Holcim, and Deutsche Bank.

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados’ seven-lawyer team enjoys a strong reputation. Julio Flores Luna leads the practice, which includes Gustavo García Cuenca and Victor Adame. The firm is well versed in big-ticket disputes, collective bargaining agreements, day-to-day advice, and corporate support, and acts for a broad mix of domestic and international clients.

Mowat, Rechtlich & Gentan I, S.C. is a well-established boutique covering labour law and social security, and produces ‘extraordinary litigation results’ thanks to its ‘correct strategy and negotiation skills’. The group is jointly led by Claudio Marroquin Mowat, Octavio Novaro Holguin, Victor Manuel Avila Estudillo and German De La Garza De Vecchi, who is praised for his ‘great negotiation skills with unions and workers’ and his ‘knowledge of Mexican labour law, technically and practically’. Major clients include Toyota, Mondelez, Roche, Bridgestone, and Henkel.

Ogletree Deakins’ well-regarded Mexican arm has grown to 11 lawyers since its opening in 2014. Managing partner Pietro Straulino has had a long career in the market, and is backed by a strong team that includes senior associate Stefano Sandoval Malori. The firm offers both contentious and non-contentious support to its clients, many of which are multinationals. It recently defended United Airlines against a significant unfair dismissal claim, and also acts for Dematic Logistics, H&M, and TVS Supply Chain Solutions.

Founded in 1925, Roel Abogados is one of the oldest boutiques in the market, and covers areas including labour litigation, collective dismissals, audits and strike actions. Jorge Enrique Roel is a key contact.

Rodolfo Trampe and Javier Lizardi jointly lead the ‘excellent’ and ‘very competitive’ team at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC, which provides ‘accurate and timely’ advice. The group mainly acts for international clients, and stands out for its strong litigation practice and its experience in transactional support. It also advises on immigration, social security and employee benefits. It has recently been advising BMW on the employment aspects of a $1bn plant it is constructing, which will generate 1,500 jobs. Other clients include Revlon and Schenker International.

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