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The best in Peru’, Miranda & Amado has unrivalled strength in depth, ensuring a market-leading service across all labour law issues, including restructuring strategy, complex litigation, collective bargaining and negotiations with unions and the government, and social security advice. Four partners lead the 36-strong department, namely: Jorge Toyama, who ‘really is a star’; Alfredo Salvador, a ‘great lawyer’ who is ‘skilled’ and ‘creative’; ‘very goodLuis Vinatea; and Renato Mejía. Overall, the team’s ‘handling of substantive and procedural law puts them above any other law firm’ and consequently, numerous major domestic and international companies instruct the firm – Siemens, Citigroup, Telefónica del Perú and Procter & Gamble Peru, to name a few. Toyama and Salvador are leading advice to Grupo Repsol del Perú in both judicial and administrative proceedings concerning various labour issues, including company reorganisation and collective bargaining. The pair are also advising Banco de Credito del Peru in a collective bargaining process involving 12,000 employees nationally, while Vinatea and Toyama are acting for Lima Airport Partners in strategically-key proceedings relating to salary differences. Roberto Matallana was promoted to partner.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘superior’ across all aspects of labour law. Clients highlight the firm’s understanding of their business and ability to ‘always respond by considering problems or issues from the past, which they connect to give us full advice’. The practice stands out for its bet-the-company litigation on behalf of leading domestic companies and had a number of cases in the Supreme Court recently: it successfully defended Compañía Minera Antamina in the higher court in a claim by employees of a service company seeking to join the main payroll; and set new law in the Supreme Court on behalf of an industrial material manufacturer concerning overtime pay. Department co-head Mario Pasco led advice in both cases; he is described as an ‘excellent negotiator and strategist’. His fellow practice co-lead, José Balta, is a leading figure in the market and recently led advice to Tahoe Resources on its first collective bargaining process following creation of a new labour union. Among a number of experienced associates, Ernesto Cárdenas is ‘very sharp and also very calm’, is ‘always available’ and a ‘person that you can trust’.

Ernst & Young fields a mighty 45-strong multidisciplinary team of lawyers and accountants, advising some of the largest domestic companies in Peru on the labour law aspects of corporate issues, employee incentives and litigation, among other matters. Recent highlights included acting for Peru’s largest brewery, Backus and Johnson (now Inbev Peru), on its company reorganisation, including collective bargaining and a 450-employee redundancy program; defending mining company Minera Barrick Misquichilca in multiple judicial proceedings concerning $12m in employee profit sharing; and – also in the mining sector – acting for Compañía Minera Casapalca and Volcan Compañía Minera in company reorganisation and judicial proceedings, respectively. Full-time labour lawyers José Ignacio Castro and Mauro Ugaz oversee the large team; both are highly experienced in the field.

True business partnersMuñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados receives great praise from clients for its responsiveness, quality of advice and tailored solutions, and is distinguished by its regional presence which serves industrial companies well. According to one source, ‘labour law and litigation in Peru is complex, fast-paced, multi-dimensional and ever-changing, and Muñiz is always at the top of the game’. Ricardo Herrera, whose ‘skills in this field are of a very high level’, leads a well-resourced team of four partners, including ‘brilliantCésar Puntriano, and 18 associates among whom José Manuel Angulo has ‘tremendous drive’ and is ‘very focused and technical’. Clients of the practice include Nestlé Peru, which the team is advising on collective bargaining and other matters; Telefónica del Perú, which instructs the team in judicial proceedings nationwide; Mitsubishi Perú and Adecco Consulting.

Jaime Zavala at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria brings 40 years’ experience to the practice; his ‘analytical skills make him totally reliable for extremely complex cases’. The ‘very solid’ team has ‘excellent analytical capacity and customer service’ and includes co-head Pamela Navarro, principal associate Lidia Vilchez, who has ‘a lot of knowledge’, and fellow principal associate César Cisneros, noted for his ‘excellent handling of procedural issues’. Zavala recently led advice to Telefónica del Perú on an audit of its high-volume judicial proceedings, and is advising Teleatento del Peru in collective bargaining procedures, a niche strength of the practice. Other clients include Inbev Perú, Mondelez Perú and Compañía Minera Antapaccay.

Rubio Leguía Normand excels in this field, its broad practice including a new gender and diversity sub-area which is advising Interbank and Anglo American Peru among others. Mainstream work includes acting for American Airlines, Pluspetrol Norte and Lan Perú on multiple and diverse litigious matters, wherein the firm stakes claim to a 90% success rate. Collective bargaining work was recently undertaken for Minera Yanacocha, while the team also advised Metro de Lima and Hitachi Rail Italy on immigration matters. At the helm, Víctor Ferro is respected across the market and is assisted by three experienced labour partners and 16 associates. Sandro Núñez is singled-out for his expertise.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International’s multidisciplinary team comprises experienced labour partner Monica Pizzaro, who is ‘knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to work with’, and seven capable associates, including seniors Luis Miguel Almendariz and Elizabeth Zamudio. It is well-versed in establishing new businesses in Peru, such as SBA Communications which it advised on its launch in 2017, and conversely, also acted for Orange Business Services on the termination of its entire workforce and business closure. Other clients of the practice include Honeywell International, Advent International, Compania Minera Zafranal and Inversiones Centenario.

Labour and tax boutique Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados has a ‘very good team of lawyers’ providing both advisory and litigation advice to companies, individuals and government agencies. Clients include DHL Express Peru, Petroperu, and telecoms regulator OSIPTEL, and the team is currently advising national airports company Corpac in $10m arbitration proceedings. The practice is led by ‘very analytical’ Javier Dolorier who has ‘strong knowledge in labour law’ and provides ‘very good customer support’; and Flor Villaseca, who has ‘a lot of experience’.

Estudio González & Asociados is a labour and social security boutique founded by leading figure César González Hunt, who combines his practice with a role at the Superior Court of Administrative Responsibilities and recently appeared as an expert on behalf the government in an international law case. Fellow partner Alicia Jiménez Llerena heads the practice and recently advised beverage producer and distributor Compañía Cervecería AMBEV Peru in the Supreme Court. Telefónica del Perú is a client of the firm.

A ‘very well-consolidated’ team at Hernández & Cía. Abogados provides ‘efficient solutions’ and ‘fast, personalised support’ to clients. In particular, ‘proactive’ practice head Michael Vidal has ‘excellent ability to solve problems’ and leads five associates on a diverse range of matters for a growing client base. The team is advising Pluspetrol Peru on collective bargaining procedures that may set a precedent for the whole oil and gas industry; and is representing insurance company Interseguro in litigation concerning social security payments. A diverse array of clients includes Hudbay Minerals, Michael Page International and Proctor & Gamble.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados welcomed backed ‘outstanding’ Germán Lora as head of the practice after a year as adviser to the Ministry of Labour Affairs, providing valuable partner input to the practice and a ‘prompt and effective’ service. He guides a team of 13 associates advising a good mix of international and sizeable domestic companies – such as Nestlé Perú, América Móvil Perú, and recent gains Faber Castell Peruana and Concesionaria Vial del Perú – on a range of issues. The firm is representing packing supplier Forsac Perú on collective bargaining, judicial proceedings and arbitration.

Benites, Vargas & Ugaz provides a ‘first-class service’, ‘high technical knowledge’ and a ‘very competent team’. It attracts a number of high-profile clients, both domestic and international, such as Lima Airport Partners, Corporación Primax, Interbank and G4S Perú, and recently represented Telefónica del Perú in a number of judicial proceedings, including a matter in the Supreme Court. Lead lawyer Jorge Luis Acevedo Mercado ‘stands out for being an excellent lawyer’ with ‘first-class technical and personal qualities’, while the overall strength of the ‘responsive’ team is also praised.

At CMS Grau, the firm’s expanding international client base benefits from the labour, occupational health-and-safety and immigration expertise of Claudia Flecha, who leads a small team of associates. Flecha led advice to Hewlett-Packard on the Peruvian personnel transfer procedures following its acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, and counsel José Burgos acted for Saga Falabella in collective bargaining concerning $3.5m in union demands. Clients also include Shell Peru, Rio Tinto and Baker Hughes International Peru.

García Sayán Abogados specialises in the employment, labour and social security needs of the mining, hydrocarbon and retail sectors. The ‘work performed is excellent’ and includes acting for Compañía Minera Milpo in high-volume, high-value proceedings, and representing Volcan Compañía Minera in multiple litigious matters. The lead lawyers are Jaime Durand and ‘very responsiveAlberto Varillas, who ‘provides practical and clear advice’.

Estudio Olaechea provides a full-service labour and employment service that is ‘very good’, has ‘solid capability’ and is recommended for its ‘technical knowledge’. With two partners and five associates, the practice is well resourced and co-led by José Antonio Valdez, who is distinguished by his ‘technical knowledge and strategic intelligence’ and ‘excellentLucianna Polar. The team attracts some household-name multinationals as clients and is also instructed by international law firms requiring Peruvian labour law advice.

Clients at Osterling Abogados appreciate the personalised, responsive and knowledgeable service provided by the firm’s ‘very capable and professional’ team. Also highlighted is the firm’s sector knowledge and ability to listen. A high-calibre client base includes: Sanofi Aventis del Perú, which the firm advised on redundancy schemes following its company reorganisation; Repsol del Perú, concerning its employee shift patterns and related pay; and Hudbury Perú, which received occupational health-and-safety advice. Ary Alcántara Valdivia and Joyce Cieza Mora are the key partners: ‘very accurate and cautious’ they ‘always warn of the risks and contingencies that we might encounter’.

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas supports its stellar corporate client base with a comprehensive labour law service, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters under the leadership of experienced practitioner María Haydée Zegarra. A varied caseload during the past year included advice to a leading company in the fishing industry on its collective severance program and acting for a regional airline in multiple judicial proceedings. Senior associates Omar Díaz and Elizene Vásquez de Velasco are recommended.

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