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The ‘excellent’ employment team at Miranda & Amado impresses with its ‘impeccable response times’, ‘professionalism’ and ‘quality service’. Sources laud its ability to ‘analyse matters from all possible legal angles’ and its ‘permanent concern’ for its clients, while the firm’s full-service offering turns it into a ‘strategic and reliable partner’ in the most complex legal issues. The practice is the largest in the country, fielding four partners, four senior counsels, and 25 associates, all of them praised for their ‘solid knowledge and wide experience’ in the labour field. ‘Superb lawyerJorge Toyama and senior litigator Luis Vinatea co-chair the team; both bring more than 20 years’ experience in the full spectrum of labour law, including social security, planning and strategy, restructuring, collective bargaining and negotiations with unions and the government. Toyama and ‘excellent professionalAlfredo Salvador advised Corporación José R Lindley on several matters, including a technological upgrade, the reorganisation of industrial factories involving 300 workers, and a collective bargaining process. Vinatea and the ‘widely experienced and empathetic’ Renato Mejía represented Telefónica del Perú in several proceedings before the country’s highest courts regarding salary differences among employees. Senior counsels Roberto Matallana and Flavia Zarins, and senior associate Carlos Cadillo, are also recommended.

According to sources, corporate powerhouse Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Abogados fields ‘one of the best labour departments in Peru’. Among its core strengths are its ‘supreme knowledge’, ‘strategic and business-savvy approach’ and ‘willingness to assist 24/7’, which all contribute to a service which ‘serves its clients’ needs – not merely the law’. Practice head José Balta is singled out for his expertise in immigration matters and discrimination in the workplace, particularly regarding pay gaps and sexual harassment. Senior partner Mario Pasco has experience in collective bargaining, litigation, social security as well as auditing and taxation matters. Mining is a steady source of instructions for the firm, and the employment team recently advised Southern Perú Copper on various collective bargaining procedures involving a total of 3,000 employees. Other clients in that field included Minsur, Compañía Minera Antamina and the Canadian Hudbay Minerals. Other key names in the team include senior associates Ernesto Cárdenas and Iván Blume, who recently returned to the team after stints in New York and Bogotá.

Ernst & Young has a well-rounded employment practice, with dedicated labour and employment lawyers operating out of its Lima and Arequipa bases. The group has specialist capability across the full breadth of labour relations, social security, immigration, collective bargaining and litigation matters. Standout names include José Ignacio Castro and Mauro Ugaz, who have niche expertise in labour and social security audits in the framework of privatisation, due diligence and securitisation processes, as well as general workforce management. Representative clients include Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston (a subsidiary of SabMiller), ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola Servicios del Perú, IBM, Petróleos del Perú and Minera Barrick Misquichilca. Diego Castillo recently joined Hernández & Cía. Abogados.

Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya Abogados welcomed back senior partner César Puntriano following a three-year spell leading PwC’s labour advisory group. Ricardo Herrera heads the team, which shows real strength in contentious matters, collective bargaining processes, and cessation procedures before the Labour Administrative Authority. Other key names include María del Pilar Flórez, who spearheads a robust immigration practice; and Ricardo Vílchez, a go-to expert in the fishing sector. Recent clients include Nestle Perú, Sudamericana de Fibras, Pesquera Diamante and Telefónica del Perú. Experienced associate Guillermo Gonzales is also recommended.

The ‘first-class labour department’ at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria is singled out for the ‘excellent, fast, accurate and result-oriented service’ it provides. The team draws on the firm’s enviable client base to represent Peruvian and multinational companies in day-to-day employment issues, as well as transactional support matters, collective bargaining and litigation processes. Pamela Navarro Castaños and Jaime Zavala co-head the team, and recently advised Compañía Minera Antapaccay on three complex collective bargaining negotiations with its unions. The team also assisted Aventura Plaza on the labour aspects of the company’s division into two equal and independent outfits; and successfully represented Mondelēz Perú in inspection proceedings related to the fraudulent outsourcing of services. Senior associates César Cisneros (who ‘has the ability to manage, defend and win any labour case’), and Lidia Vilchez (who ‘excels at designing legal strategies’), are also recommended.

Rubio Leguía Normand strengthened the profile of its employment team in 2016 with the promotion of Armando Gutiérrez, Marlene Molero and Sandro Nuñez to the partnership, raising the number of labour partners to four. The practice is led by Víctor Ferro, who is often consulted by both law and policy makers on labour matters, and recently represented Minera Yanacocha in two collective bargaining processes – one of them involving a successful arbitration hearing. Molero’s recent matters include providing immigration services to companies including Lan Perú, Metro de Lima and Hitachi Rail Italy; while Núñez and Gutiérrez represented American Airlines, Lan Perú and Avianca in 98 labour-related legal proceedings.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International’s ‘excellent’ practice provides ‘timely and well-rounded responses’ across the full span of employment law, including immigration, pensions, social security, collective bargaining and M&A-related labour work. Clients highlight the ‘business acumen’ of the team, which has been led by ‘fantastic professional’ Mónica Pizarro since 2015. ‘Always available for questions and support’, Pizarro has developed particular expertise in remuneration structures, including tax and labour planning, and business restructurings, as well as the transferral of employees. Together with ‘very helpful’ associate Elizabeth Zamudio, she assisted Wipro with the labour aspects of setting up operations in Peru, including the hiring of staff and drafting of employment agreements. Transactional support work included advising Ingram Micro on the transferral of employees from Aktio Peru, while litigation mandates included successfully defending Techint against a former union leader in an unlawful dismissal claim. Associate Luis Miguel Almendariz is also recommended, and has considerable experience in retrenchment and occupational health and safety matters.

Boutique Estudio González & Asociados focuses exclusively on employment and social security law, and is particularly dedicated to litigation, labour taxation and general advisory matters. While César Gonzáles Hunt and Juan Carlos Cortés Carcelén remain the main contacts, both currently hold positions in the public administration – since 2016 and 2012 respectively.Alicia Jiménez was promoted to the partnership in 2016, and has since been serving as the firm’s managing partner. In 2016, she successfully defended insurance and reinsurance company Protecta against a former employee in an unfair dismissal case. Other recent clients include Avianca, Zetech and Petrolera Monterrico. The firm has plans to open a branch in Chimbote to represent key client Siderperu in around 1,000 local judicial proceedings related to labour matters, including compensations, occupational accidents and collective bargaining agreements.

Hernández & Cía. Abogados’ labour practice has seen a substantial degree of change in 2016. Most notably, Michael Vidal joined the firm as lead partner from a senior manager position at Ernst & Young, bringing with him former manager – now associate – Diego Castillo; and former team head Orlando de las Casas left the firm. The team of six continues to advise the department’s longstanding clients, including Michael Page and Accenture Peru, as well as acting for clients that followed Vidal after his move, such as Naviera Transoceánica, Aje Group and Helados Popsy. The team has strong litigation expertise, and recently defended Interseguro in several proceedings related to social security requirements. Other highlights included representing Aje Group in a collective bargaining process.

The ‘excellent’ team at Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados draws on the combined talents of senior associates Cristina Oviedo and Brian Ávalos, who undertake both consultancy and litigation; they are praised for their ‘high level of industry knowledge, great response times and very appropriate advice’. Areas of expertise include collective bargaining processes, employment contracts, negotiations with unions, visas and immigration matters, and recruitment policies. Highlights included advising Faber Castell on the negotiation and subsequent execution of its first collective bargaining agreement; and assisting FORD Perú with a preventive program to mitigate risks and improve compliance. Since the conclusion of research, former practice head Germán Lora – who left the firm to act as an adviser to the labour ministry in Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s administration – has returned to the firm where he had formerly spent some 14 years.

CMS Grau’s practice is recommended for strategic advice on labour matters, including designing and implementing labour structures, disputes with unions, and support in banking and corporate transactions. Claudia Flecha assisted Sodimac Peru with the reorganisation of the labour structures of acquired company Maestro Peru; and advised Grupo Interbank on labour due diligence in the context of a $50m loan transaction with Colegios Peruanos. Flecha and José Burgos co-head the team. Other representative clients include Rio Tinto Group, Shell Oil Company and Aldesa Construcciones.

Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados provides ‘high-quality services and expertise’. The practice’s caseload covers many issues, including collective bargaining, dispute resolution, social security, immigration, legal audits and preventive advisory matters. Recent highlights included representing Corpac in a dispute against five labour unions before the Labour Arbitration Tribunal. Javier Dolorier heads the practice, which also includes Flor Villaseca.

At García Sayán Abogados, key partners Jaime Durand and Alberto Varillas have a broad practice encompassing contentious and non-contentious matters, and have a strong record in judicial proceedings and labour inspections – particularly in the mining and hydrocarbons sectors. Among the team’s highlights, Durand successfully defended Compañía de Minas Buenaventura in $1.5m proceedings against its union. Senior associates Macarena Morales and Claudia Seminario are also noted.

Estudio Olaechea houses a solid standalone employment practice, and also handles a steady flow of transactional support issues. The team is led by José Antonio Valdez, who recently advised Amcor Pet Packaging Peru on a regulatory change regarding fixed-term employment contracts. Lucianna Polar is highly regarded for her expertise in immigration matters. Associates Ana Sofía Apaza and Natalia Orrego are also recommended.

Osterling Abogados has ‘first-class expertise’. The ‘very competent, business-savvy and highly responsive’ team advises many leading Peruvian and foreign companies on restructuring, employment-related judicial proceedings, compliance matters, as well as collective redundancy projects. It recently advised Inversiones San José on a restructuring process, and assisted state company Perupetro with a human-resources optimisation process. ‘Excellent legal technician’ Ary Alcántara heads the team, and stands out for his ‘solid knowledge, assertiveness and pertinent advice’. Joyce Cieza, whose analytical skills and attention to detail are particularly praised, is another key figure.

María Haydée Zegarra heads the five-strong team at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas, with key support from senior associates Omar Díaz, Elizene Vásquez de Velasco and Sofía Briceño. The practice handles a broad array of non-contentious matters and employment litigation for local and international clients, including hiring of personnel, outsourcing, structuring of salary policies and severance programs, as well as collective bargaining and immigration law.

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