Labour and employment in Argentina

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s premier labour and employment team finds favour for its ‘rapid understanding’, ‘technical legal knowledge’ and ‘experience in complex matters’. The deep and broad group is distinguished by its comprehensive coverage and is highly sought after for collective bargaining issues, employee relocations, compensation and benefits plans, and occupational health and safety matters. The team, which acts for an impressive roster of major local and multinational employers, also stands out for its strong international experience and it benefits from the ability to plug into its extensive international network for further cross-border firepower. Office managing partner Carlos Dodds heads the practice and has a first-class reputation across the region. Litigator Daniel Orlansky coordinates the department and has strong expertise in employee terminations and reductions. Other recommended senior names include Alberto González Torres and Diego Bongiovanni. The team also includes up-and-coming partner Matías Herrero, who advises on litigation, labour relations and collective bargaining, and impressive senior associate Felipe Graham.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Dodds; Daniel Orlansky

Testimonials

The high level of professionalism at Baker McKenzie is more than obvious. The group provides the best advice to the client, as well as grasping the situation quickly. Their rapid understanding of the case is essential to provide precise, thorough and, above all, professional responses.

Baker McKenzie’s advice on labour matters in Argentina is of a very high standard. They compare well to the  leading firms in other countries. In Argentina, I prefer this firm to others for labour issues.’

Their technical legal knowledge and experience in complex labour matters are highly appreciated.

We feel totally supported and very well informed on labour matters. Above all, they respond promptly, whether in person, on the phone or electronically. They are always available, have complete knowledge of the subject, provide prompt responses to all our concerns, and are always seeking out possible solutions to our problems.’

The employment department at Baker McKenzie is made up of very experienced lawyers, who work very well as a team. Most of the members of the team are advocates with a great deal of litigation experience, and they do not delegate matters to more junior lawyers; this distinguishes them from other corporate firms.’

The great sense of support, loyalty and collegiality, and of putting themselves in the client’s shoes are the things that really stand out and makes it different from other firms. In particular, Daniel Orlansky and Diego Bongiovanni have great knowledge of the full spectrum of labour law.’

Carlos Dodd is the best lawyer: professional, practical and efficient.’

We have a good professional relationship with Matías Herrero and Carlos Dodds. Both have a lot of experience in taking litigation forward, finding evidence and handling negotiations. They have great skill and experience in managing hearings and have in-depth knowledge of the law and the details of the files.

Daniel Orlansky, Carlos Dodds, Diego Bongiovanni and associate Luciana Ibarrola are highly qualified specialists, who take an interest in our matters and are always available to assist and resolve lingering issues, bringing their knowledge and experience in complex litigation.’

Alberto Gonzalez Torres and Carlos Dodds have a high level of experience and expertise.’

They completely support us in every situation. I would particularly like to mention Alberto Gonzalez Torres.

Key clients

SC Johnson & Son

Securitas

Thomson Reuters

Vale

Dow DuPont (Corteva)

AT&T (DirecTV)

Facebook

Federal Express

Warner Bros

Shell

AstraZeneca

MetLife

Koch Industries

The Associated Press

Trafigura

Lear Industries

Mastercard

Federal Mogul Corporation (DRIV)

Helmerich & Payne

CommScope

SAP

Closure Systems

AT&T

Dart Container

Funes De Rioja & Asociados

Leading boutique Funes De Rioja & Asociados concentrates exclusively on labour, employment, social security and human resources law. The firm’s specialist focus translates into a top-tier practice, which provides capable support across all key areas of labour, employment and immigration matters. On the non-contentious side, the group is widely recognised for its strength in collective bargaining, labour policy matters, and compensation structures and reward programmes. It also has broad labour and social security litigation experience  in both judicial and administrative fora. Founding partner Daniel Funes de Rioja is a high-profile figure in the market and is highly regarded for his track record in complex litigation. Ignacio Funes de Rioja is recognised for his extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious work. Eduardo Viñales specialises in international labour and employment matters and is also recommended.

Key clients

Santander Rio

JP Morgan

Prosegur

American Express

Peugeot

Cencosud

Generali

Danone

IBM

Coca-Cola

Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Strategic and business-oriented’, Marval O’Farrell Mairal’s labour and employment group scores highly for its ability to ‘solve the client’s problems as efficiently and effectively as possible’. The practice fields a deep bench, which includes six dedicated labour law partners, ensuring that it is a top choice for complex litigation and large-scale corporate support work. It also advises on collective bargaining, restructuring and compliance issues. The firm’s strength in both local and cross-border matters is a recurring theme among sources and its client list includes multinational employers such as Amazon, Globant and Nike. Managing partner Javier Patrón is widely recognised as one of the market’s foremost labour litigators. Enrique Stile is noted for his ‘practical sense of the business problems at hand’ and has strong experience in advising international employers. Other recommended names include José María Llano, who focuses on complex litigation, up-and-coming partner Diego Kelly, who specialises in non-contentious matters, and litigator Guillermo Osorio, who was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Javier Patrón

Testimonials

The Marval labour team is particularly impressive. The attorneys are first rate and solve the client’s problems as efficiently and effectively as possible. It is a great experience working with them.’

Throughout the years, Marval’s labour and employment team has been recognised in Latin America for the excellence and high quality of its legal services. The reason is that, in addition to constantly developing its professionals, Marval provides its services from strategic and business-oriented mindsets, handling labour issues with excellent results.

There are other Argentine law firms following Marval’s path, but the fact that Marval is a full-service firm makes it unique. Currently, labour and employment matters, depending on the situation, require a multidisciplinary approach including advice on tax, corporate, contractual (etc.) matters related to labour, and Marval has the capacity provide all of this in a very client-oriented and cost-effective way.’

Enrique Stile in particular stands out. He has a very practical sense of the business problems at hand and knows exactly what to do to solve it as quickly and efficiently as possible. He is very easy to work with and remains calm and good-natured throughout the representation.’

Enrique Stile led the team in both the domestic and international market with an outstanding performance. He worked in an inspiring, collaborative spirit with all his peers, international laws firms and several institutions.’

Diego Kelly and Rodrigo Solá Torino are up-and-coming individuals who provide great work for domestic and international clients.’

Key clients

Alexion Pharma

Nike

Exxon

Morgan Stanley

Sensient Technologies

Brother International Corporation

Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

DUFRY

US Department of Justice

Amazon

Brembo Group

Accenture

Work highlights

  • Advised Globant on compliance issues, including on the creation of a new employment handbook, harassment and conduct policies and reporting line processes.
  • Acted for Precision Valve Corporation on shutting down its plant in San Juan and on rightsizing its Buenos Aires plant.
  • Advised PedidosYa on restructuring its operational model to reduce employment and social security exposure, liabilities and risks.
  • Advised Nike on the sell-out of its operation in Argentina.
  • Assisted uBiome with downsizing 50% of its payroll, and closing conciliatory agreements with all terminated employees before the headquarters went bankrupt.  

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s ‘professional, simple, assertive and super flexible’ group impresses with its ‘holistic vision’ of the client’s business. A strong performer in transactional support matters, the group also handles a steady stream of high-level employee terminations, restructuring matters, collective negotiations and compliance issues. Department head Álvaro Galli is a stand-out specialist and advises on collective bargaining negotiations, restructurings and litigation. Highly active senior associate María Eduarda Noceti is a ‘true partner to the client’s business’.

Practice head(s):

Álvaro Galli

Testimonials

They understand how to accommodate our business needs within a legal structure. They provide a personalised service and are interested in getting to know their clients.’

Our BV team is excellent. They are very integrated among internal departments (M&A, Corporate, labour), the service is unidirectional and seamless.

What we appreciate most about this team is their holistic vision of our business. They are always a step ahead to spot relevant issues that may affect us. On the other hand, they articulate the technical points excellently, considering that we are not lawyers and our time is limited.’

Excellent trained professionals. Their approach is always professional, simple, assertive and super flexible — they are willing to have calls from one moment to another, no matter the hours they are always available. We mention senior associate Maria Eduarda Noceti and corporate senior associate Juan Luchia Puig as two true partners to the client’s business.

Key clients

Cargill

Samsung

Prisma Medios de Pago (ex Visa Argentina)

American Airlines

GlaxoSmithKline

The Walt Disney Company

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Citibank

NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Acted for WeWork on the acquisition of two local companies and assessed the transfer of certain employees between the acquired companies and WeWork’s local entity.
  • Advised Edding on the closure of its manufacturing business unit.
  • Advised Samsung Argentina on the restructuring of the local entity, which involved significant layoffs.
  • Acted for Telemundo NBC Universal on the labour and employment aspects of its acquisition of Underground Producciones.

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados

The ‘fully available’ group at Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno Abogados secures praise for its ‘solid experience’ and ‘high level of preparation and knowledge’. The group is best known for its experience advising multinational corporations — particularly key clients Tenaris and Ternium — in domestic and cross-border matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, corporate support work and employee terminations. Department head Julio Caballero is well versed across the full scope of employment, collective bargaining and social security law. Jorge Pico is noted for his ‘good understanding of the labour laws of other countries’.

Practice head(s):

Julio Caballero

Testimonials

The firm’s labour department has solid experience, a high level of preparation and knowledge, and is fully available for clients.’

They are always available and prompt in their responses.’

Julio Caballero and Rita Payarola stand out for their focus on the specific needs of the client and their creativity in finding legal solutions adapted to the client’s particular case.’

Jorge Pico has a good understanding of the labour laws of other countries, not just Argentina.

Key clients

Unilever

Tenaris

Ternium

Chevron

LafargeHolcim

Siemens

PepsiCo

Givaudan

NEC Corporation

América Móvil Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Unilever de Argentina on management-level terminations.
  • Represented Argentine steel tube producer Siderca on collective bargaining negotiations with the Argentine Metallurgical Workers’ Union and with the Argentine Metal-Mechanical Supervisors’ Association.
  • Assisted Tenaris Group with the expatriation and relocation of executives from and to over 50 countries.
  • Advised Ternium Group on labour matters within the different jurisdictions in which it operates.

Adrogué Marqués Zabala & Asociados

Sizeable boutique firm Adrogué Marqués Zabala & Asociados fields seven partners dedicated to labour and social security law. The group handles the full gamut of collective labour matters, with strength in negotiations, collective agreements and contentious work - it is also well versed in individual employment issues. Javier Adrogué is recommended for his expertise in complex individual and collective conflicts.

Allende & Brea

Allende & Brea is lauded by sources for its ability to ‘identify risks, anticipate potential contingencies and propose various alternative solutions’. The team specialises in advising foreign companies on local labour issues, including union conflicts, severance package negotiations, the closing of local operations, corporate support work and immigration matters. Department head Nicolás Grandi demonstrates a ‘quick grasp of any situation’. Senior associate Lucas Tamagno is also a dedicated labour lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Nicolás Grandi

Testimonials

The team has a varied composition and therefore can provide a broad range of services: advisory, litigation, dispute resolution. The different backgrounds give a more rounded approach to all matters.’

They have the ability to identify risks, anticipate potential contingencies and propose various alternative solutions to a problem. The team stands out in comparison to those at other firms we have worked with.’

The labour and employment team at Allende & Brea has the ability to provide rapid responses and to draw on other practices at the firm, such as tax, compliance and banking, to offer thorough, client-oriented advice. All of the lawyers speak and write in perfect English.

Allende & Brea has been our adviser for nearly 20 years, so they know our business in detail and this is a great advantage.’

The stand-out feature of the team is their availability and  prompt responses at any time of day or night. Unlike with other firms we have worked with, they don’t just explain the risks but go further and provide various options to mitigate or eliminate the problem. I have a lot of faith in the team and after receiving their advice I feel like I can make an informed decision.

They are business-minded and flexible in searching for alternatives.

‘Nicolás Grandi is always available and has a quick grasp of any situation. His advice is always on point.’

I would like to highlight Nicolás Grandi for his ability to provide answers quickly but with the necessary depth and precision, keeping his focus on the needs of the business, to resolve problems efficiently.’

Lucas Tamagno also stands out for his skill in clearly explaining the risks and problems in employment cases.

We work with Lucas Tamagno. He helps us to find more strategic alternative defences.’

Key clients

MasterCard International

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Assicurazioni Generali

Ferrero

FMC

Wells Fargo Bank

Subway

CSL Behring

Tupperware

Emirates

Entravision

Work highlights

  • Advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on day-to-day matters, including a recent employee termination matter.
  • Advised Lazard on day-to-day labour matters and dismissal of employees.
  • Represented Grupo Gloria on union negotiations related to a strike held by employees of the Ingenio San Isidro plant in the province of Salta.

Bomchil

Lawyers at Bomchil strike the right note with their ‘great professionalism and dedication’ combined with their ‘good client care’. The firm advises on all aspects of individual and collective labour relations, with an emphasis on employment disputes and high-level employee terminations. Group head Esteban Carcavallo advises on litigation and consultancy matters and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in union negotiations’. Counsel Edgardo Isola is recommended for contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Carcavallo

Testimonials

The team is always up to date. They support the client from the beginning to the end of every matter with great professionalism and dedication.’

Their professionalism is one of their stand-out qualities, as well as their experience and good client care.

We have worked for a long time with Esteban Carcavallo on handling negotiations with the union. He has an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in union negotiations, which, added to his strong track record, results in very effective discussions.

Edgardo Isola is a highly regarded professional with experience in labour law, who has always been a great adviser to our company.

Key clients

PepsiCo

AMC Media

Corporación America

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

CH Robinson Worldwide

Sandvik

Argentine Polo Association

Bloomberg

Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

AXA Assistance Argentina

Work highlights

  • Advised Buenos Aires Arena on the start-up of its operations, including all matters concerning its personnel.
  • Acted for Novartis on the transfer of personnel within the framework of an eventual spin-off of one of its business divisions in Argentina.
  • Assisted Wells Fargo Bank with its negotiations and agreements related to collective labour law.

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

According to satisfied clients, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has the ‘technical knowledge and experience that is needed to handle complex legal issues’. The firm advises on contentious and non-contentious labour matters across all key industries, with a strong record in representing employers in the energy and natural resources, financial services and construction sectors. Highly regarded practice head Nilo Thomas ‘gets personally involved in matters’. Geraldine Moffat is a talented senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Nilo Thomas

Testimonials

They have the technical knowledge and experience that is needed to handle complex legal issues in Argentina and are always up to date. They offer solutions for each specific case and provide us with comprehensive advice to help us make the right decisions.’

The team members are committed to their work and defend our company as if they were a part of it, not just as a business matter.’

They really work together as a team; they each have their own specialities but all do their best for our company. They create a good work environment with the necessary sense of security and professionalism.’

The team of lawyers has always been available when needed, with extensive professionalism and knowledge of labour matters in Argentina.’

As a country with complex and protectionist legislation that often makes it difficult to balance investment with flexibility, the firm is characterised by its ability to provide quality and trustworthy support in all the matters that it advises on.

We value its availability, adaptation of advice to the business of its client, ability to know the client’s business, professionalism, individual treatment, perfect handling of the English language, and proven professionalism in the subjects it deals with.

Nilo Thomas gets personally involved in our matters. He anticipates the risks, analyses the most favourable alternatives for our company and works with us to achieve the desired results.

Key clients

DirecTV Argentina

Nabors

Petronas Group

Barrick Gold

Vista Oil & Gas

Saputo/Molfino Hermanos

HSBC Argentina

Aliaxis

Caterpillar Financial Services

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

Ball Aerosol Packaging Argentina

Tetra Pak

Rhona Argentina

National Shipping

Orbis Mertig

Nexans Indelqui

Everis Argentina

Maped Argentina

Siegwerk Argentina

CenturyLink Argentina

Coty Argentina

Bostik Argentina

American Express Argentina

Macmillan Publishers

Saint-Gobain Argentina

Luigi Lavazza

Siemens Healthineers

Equinor

GEA

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Assisted DirecTV with labour matters, including administrative and judicial labour claims.
  • Advised Nabors International Argentina and Nabors Drilling Services Argentina on contentious and non-contentious labour matters.
  • Advised BNP Paribas on human resources and migration-related matters.

Bulló Abogados

Bulló Abogados’ practice is a dominant force in collective negotiations, particularly in the telecoms and financial services areas. Other strong suits include contract administration, union-related litigation and labour arbitration. Carlos Gustavo Marin Rodriguez, who is widely recognised for his expertise in collective bargaining, heads the team. Marcelo Claudio Perez is noted for his emphasis on labour litigation.

Key clients

Telefónica de Argentina

Microsoft de Argentina

YPF

Banco Galicia

Telefe (Viacom)

HSBC Bank de Argentina

Mapfre Argentina Seguros

IBM de Argentina

Louis Dreyfus Commodities de Argentina

Unión de Aseguradores de Riesgos de Trabajo

Asociación Argentina de Cía de Seguros

Experta ART

Galeno ART

Grupo Sancor Seguros

Swiss Medical Group

IDEA (Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresario Argentino)

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica de Argentina on the renewal of its collective bargaining agreement and also on the negotiation of a new set of rules dealing with digital transformation.
  • Represented Telefe on the renewal of its collective bargaining agreement for 2019.
  • Advised HSBC Bank Argentina on several judicial claims.

MBB Balado Bevilacqua Abogados

The ‘excellent team’ at MBB Balado Bevilacqua Abogados is distinguished by its ‘listening ability’ and ‘personalised client service’. The group is a popular choice for foreign clients looking for local labour and employment advice and brings to bear expertise in both consultancy matters and litigation. Firm founder Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua, who has strong experience in cross-border labour, social security and human resources matters, co-heads the group alongside Analía Durán.

Practice head(s):

Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua

Testimonials

At MBB, the four lawyers we dealt with all knew the details of our case perfectly. Another stand-out feature is their excellent, personalised client service, as well as their anticipation and explanation of all the steps in the process.’

They have perfect knowledge of the law and the precedents, and present different opinions in a case. They simplify the process by explaining the safest and easiest path to take. They set out different options and the possible financial impact.’

‘An excellent team with good communication and follow-up on cases. They are always available and friendly.

In the local context, our office is small, so we do not have internal attorneys. The MBB team has stood out since the beginning of our relationship for the speed of their responses, for the exhaustive detail of the reports and memoranda, for the constant accompaniment in taking the best decision for the company.’

Even in the current crisis caused by Covid-19, they keep constant track of all possible scenarios in a constantly changing framework. Definitely, it compares favourably with other teams with which we have worked.’

We highlight the team’s listening ability, dedication, comprehensiveness in reports, knowledge to bring closer the understanding of the differences in the legal and cultural contexts of Argentina and the US and quick responses.’

Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua, Analía Durán, Cecilia Acosta and Silvina Sesarego are outstanding lawyers.’

Key clients

Facebook

CBRE Argentina

UPM Raflatac / UPM Kymmenne

IPG Mediabrands

TCT Mobile

Moody’s Corporation / Moody’s Latin America Agente de Calificación de Riesgo

Artsana / Artsana Argentina

Institute For Study Abroad (IFSA)

Michael Page International Argentina / Page Personnel Argentina Servicios Eventuales

Allergan Productos Farmacéuticos

Work highlights

  • Advised CBRE Argentina on human resources and labour matters.
  • Represented certain UPM entities in a labour claim filed by a terminated employee.
  • Advised IPG Mediabrands on human resources and labour matters.

O'Farrell

Among Estudio O'Farrell’s key attributes, sources highlight its ‘very deep knowledge of labour law’ and its ‘ability to handle highly intense disputes’. The team covers the full gamut of labour matters, with specialist skill sets in collective bargaining, collective conflicts, employee terminations and compliance matters. Sector specialist José Luis Zapata heads a department that also includes notable senior associate Ignacio Agustín Castiglione.

Practice head(s):

José Luis Zapata

Testimonials

They have a very deep knowledge of labour law and they are always up to date. They surely stand out above the rest.’

‘It is a prestigious firm which provides services in the principal areas of labour law, both individual and collective.’

They have in-depth knowledge of the key players in different industries. They stand out for their academic backgrounds and ability to handle highly intense disputes.

The personal and human approach of the team is important; it is a team of very good people. José Luis Zapata and Ignacio Agustín Castiglione are outstanding.’

Key clients

Ford Argentina

YPF Energía Eléctrica

Pampa Energía

ZTE Corporation (Argentina)

Cámara Argentina de Energías Renovables CADER

Nokia Solutions and Networks Argentina

Farmcity

Turkish Airlines

Medicus

Cámara de la Industria del Petróleo

Cámara Argentina de Establecimientos de Comidas Casuales CAECC

Seguros Sura Argentina

Ruggero Vaccari y Asociados

Enaex Argentina

Naturgy Ban

Quad Graphics

Huawei

Transener / Transba

Sociedad Argentina de Construcción y Desarrollo Estratégico (SACDE)

Work highlights

  • Represented YPF Energía Eléctrica in negotiations with the Union of the Electric Industry (FATLYF) for a nationwide collective agreement.
  • Advised SM Educación on a major restructuring, which included the termination of over 100 employees.
  • Represented Quad Graphics in approximately 80 labour lawsuits involving 100 employees.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s team ‘more than meets expectations’, according to sources. Contentious work comprises the bulk of the practice and the group routinely advises on collective and individual litigation and administrative proceedings. It also has a robust transactional support offering. Enrique Betemps specialises in labour and security law and jointly leads the department alongside experienced litigation specialist Julio Stefanoni Zani and Julio Lococo.

Testimonials

The team more than meets expectations and is extremely professional, friendly and responsive to any issue that arises.’

They have full knowledge in labour law, and lawyers distinguish themselves through their availability to analyse and resolve queries that may arise on a daily basis.’

Enrique Betemps stands out for his personal touch and responsiveness. He always has an answer and often anticipates our questions.’

Key clients

Sociedad Italiana de Beneficencia de Buenos Aires

Wintershall

Google

Zurich

Phoenix Group

Sinopec Exploration and Production

Endesa Argentina

IVAX

United Airlines

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Ipsos

Molinos Río de la Plata

Sicame

Nilfisk

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sociedad Italiana de Beneficencia en Buenos Aires before the Supreme Court of Justice in a landmark employment case concerning contractors.
  • Advised Google Argentina in a lawsuit brought by a former employee of an entity that provided telemarketing services to Google.
  • Represented Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona and Martin & Martin in a lawsuit raised by a former employee against the employer and the labour risk insurance company concerning an alleged labour accident.

Rodríguez, Mancini, Arias & Asociados

Boutique firm Rodríguez, Mancini, Arias & Asociados is widely recognised for its broad employment law offering. The firm, which is best known for representing employees, handles a mix of collective bargaining, employee incentive schemes and litigation. Juan Manuel Arias is recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Manuel Arias

A&F | Allende • Ferrante | Abogados

A&F | Allende • Ferrante | Abogados sets itself apart through its ‘commitment, responsibility, warmth and personal touch’. The firm represents both employers and high-level employees in labour matters, with strong experience in collective negotiations and litigation. Department head Gustavo Ferrante attracts praise for his ‘vast experience in individual and collective labour relations’.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Ferrante

Testimonials

They compare well to other firms thanks to their commitment, responsibility, warmth and personal touch.’

The prestige of the partners differentiates the team from its competitors. Their experience and professionalism are their best qualities.’

The team at A&F always acts as a partner to their clients. They quickly understand their needs, even helping to identify risks and opportunities beyond the area they are being consulted about, as they understand both the operations of the client’s business and the market in which they are working.’

When a member of the team isn’t there, it isn’t a problem. There is always someone else to step in who can work in the same way and provide the same high quality of service.’

They are professionals who can clearly explain legal issues to everyone, including non-lawyers, something which does not always happen with other firms.’

When dealing with them, they are clear, honest and direct.’

A great team, where the wisdom of experience and the strength of youth are mixed. There is very good communication between team members.

Gustavo Ferrante has vast experience in individual and collective labour relations.’

Gustavo Ferrante lets us know where he sees unnecessary risks, even if that is not what we want to hear. His experience means he does not just advise us from the perspective of labour issues, but also on other areas of law if he thinks this relates to our case, or on changes in the regulations that are sometimes difficult to keep up with in our country.’

Key clients

Arcos Dorados

Compañía Administradora del Mercado Mayorista Eléctrico Sociedad Anónima (CAMMESA)

Freddo

The Marketing Store Worldwide

Voith Hydro

Glass Beads

Chequeado.com

Nutrien

SAS Institute Argentina

FABBRI Argentina

Work highlights

  • Represented Freddo in collective negotiations connected to a plant closure.
  • Advised CAMMESA on collective bargaining processes with the various trade unions which represent its personnel.

Alfaro-Abogados

Alfaro-Abogados has a strong track record in advising the local operations of multinational corporations, banks and insurance companies — particularly US and Asia-based clients — on labour and immigration matters. Department head Carlos Miguez is noted for his experience in individual and collective conflict resolution.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Míguez

Key clients

Soltec Argentina

Rolfson Oil

Sinopec China

Ajinomoto

Climate, Controls & Security

Salentein

Work highlights

  • Advised Soltec Argentina on general labour advice and employee migration matters.
  • Advised the Argentine subsidiary of Ajinomoto in collective bargaining negotiations.

Barreiro, Oliva, De Luca, Jaca, Nicastro

Since its establishment two years ago, Barreiro, Oliva, De Luca, Jaca, Nicastro has hit the ground running. The ‘proactive’ and ‘methodical’ group obtain its first entry into the ranking on the back of a solid year, which saw it act on a mix of employee terminations, collective labour issues and litigation. Pablo Nicastro is a ‘great negotiator’ and heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Nicastro

Testimonials

They guide you through problems point by point, and they are proactive, take the initiative and keep you up to date with the details. I can simply present them with a problem and forget about it, and they will resolve the matter while keeping me informed of any developments.

The team is methodical, with a high level of internal communication. They have a high level of output with excellent client service and dedication, which is hard to find at other firms, especially for smaller businesses.’

They are patient and take the necessary time to explain things.’

They differ from their competitors by the speed and efficiency with which they resolve requests at a very reasonable cost in relation to the exceptional services offered. Human quality and empathy with customer needs is also a difference from its competitors and I think it is the main quality of its members.

The firm uses billable hours with discretion and has the ability to resolve highly complex legal issues without neglecting more routine matters that are also necessary for the client’s company to function well.’

All of the lawyers are very proactive, they keep thinking about problems and coming up with solutions and alternatives, and then guide the client past any obstacles to the final conclusion of the matter.

Pablo Nicastro offers excellent results and is a great negotiator. He is always punctual and always participates in mediation on our behalf, and always offers good advice prioritising the client’s economic interests.

Key clients

E-payments

Coninagro

Aerofarma

OWN Hotels

Mercado Epicureo

Educar-se

Tembici

Estudio Tecnico Doma

Asics Argentina

Work highlights

  • Advised E-payments on all its labour issues, including dismissals and judicial claims.
  • Assisted Aerofarma with its day-to-day labour issues.

Beretta Godoy

Beretta Godoy represents local and international companies on a range of labour, social security and human resources law. The team is particularly active in advising on compliance issues, termination cases and union conflicts. Practice head Joaquín Carrillo is well versed in individual and collective labour matters.

Practice head(s):

Joaquín Carrillo

Key clients

Toyota Boshoku America

Hypertherm

NRS

Yamana Gold

Inpet

Omega Pharma (Perrigo)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hypertherm on reducing labour risks related to agency agreements.  
  • Represented NRS in the termination of three managers who set up a company that developed activities in competition with the client, breaching the non-competition duty set forth by labour law and their employment contracts.

Brons & Salas

Brons & Salas’ group is weighted towards contentious work, with strong experience in individual and collective conflicts. It also advises on collective negotiations, employee incentive plans, human resources policies and restructurings. Dedicated labour and social security law specialist Javier Verstegen heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Javier Verstegen

De Diego & Asociados

Boutique firm De Diego & Asociados handles the full range of individual and collective labour matters but is arguably best known for its reputation in collective bargaining and contentious matters. Founding partner Julián de Diego enjoys a strong profile in the market on the back of his established record in complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Julián De Diego

Nicholson y Cano Abogados

Nicholson y Cano Abogados is mainly active on behalf of employers in the financial services, agribusiness and oil-and-gas sectors, in line with its firm-wide strengths. The practice is weighted towards contentious work but also handles collective negotiations, compliance matters and employee benefit schemes. Key contacts include dedicated labour partner Pablo Javier Venarotti and Juan Carlos Etchebehere, whose practice encompasses labour and insurance matters.

Key clients

HSBC

Shell CAPSA

Prudential Seguros

British American Tobacco

Telefónica

YPF

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires

SanCor

Raízen

Work highlights

  • Advised Canada-based Filo Mining on local labour matters.
  • Represented YPF and its fuel retailer (OPESSA) in a claim brought by the Union of Service Stations, Garages and Allied Employees.

Estudio Ortiz & Asociados

Estudio Ortiz & Asociados’s ‘very responsive and competent team’ has experience across the full spectrum of individual, collective and social security matters, with strong activity in litigation. Department head Juan Pablo Rovira Escalante advises on contentious and non-contentious matters. Nicolas Alejandro Nigrelli is also recommended for his focus on labour law.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Rovira Escalante

Testimonials

‘It is a very responsive and competent team. They work together very well.’

The lawyers at Estudio Ortiz are very precise in their assessments and are always available to the client. I highly recommend them.

Juan Pablo Rovira Escalante and Nicolas Alejandro Nigrelli are always available and anticipate any changes in labour policies. They were a great find.

Juan Pablo Rovira Escalante and Nicolas Alejandro Nigrelli respond immediately to questions and carry out the work very efficiently.’

Key clients

AT&T Communication Services Argentina

Avalon Consulting

Cabify

Ciena

CenturyLink Argentina

Conbaires

Core SDI

Easy Taxi Servicos

EFCO Argentina

Gesnext Argentina

Hit 1

IBM Argentina

IT Convergence Argentina

Liebherr Argentina

Movo Mobilitas Arg

Norauto Argentina

Open Office

Raghsa

Tango Hotel

Tecnet

Tysa

Work highlights

  • Advised Core SDI on the transfer of employees as a consequence of the transfer of an ongoing concern.
  • Advised Cabify on drivers’ and drivers’ unions’ claims.

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados

Tanoira Cassagne Abogados’ ‘highly dedicated’ team is ranked for the first time on the back of its broad practice focus, which takes in labour conflicts, collective negotiations, compensation programmes and restructuring procedures. It also advises local and multinational clients on the labour aspects of corporate transactions. Group head Pablo Mastromarino is recommended for his ‘broad knowledge of the area’.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Mastromarino

Testimonials

The team are highly dedicated to their clients. They know our business, schedules and requirements. They have great interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of our business.

The firm demonstrates very good knowledge of the subject and provides rapid responses.’

Pablo Mastromarino has broad knowledge of this area and excellent response times.

Key clients

Adidas

Ericsson

Dow

Sinopec

British American Tobacco

Simplot

Tecna

Philips

BNP Paribas Cardif

Galicia Seguros

Wiener Soto Caparrós

Wiener Soto Caparrós houses a prominent contentious offering, which specialises in advising several key multinational clients, including Coca-Cola Andina, on their employment litigation portfolios. The team is also well versed in compliance issues, collective bargaining and transactional support matters. Litigator Gonzalo Manuel Soto, who was formerly legal manager at Coca-Cola Andina, spearheads the group.

Practice head(s):

Gonzalo Manuel Soto

Testimonials

Gonzalo Manuel Soto is an excellent communicator of legal problems to non-lawyers. He also has great strategic vision, strong identification with the client, maximum proximity and total availability 24/7.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Andina Argentina

McCain Foods

Helmerich & Payne

Grand Circle

Regus Management de Argentina

Park Place Technologies

ZS Associates

Ferro Argentina

Bid Corporation

Pronokal

Work highlights

  • Assisted Embotelladora del Atlántico (EDASA), the Argentine subsidiary of Coca-Cola Andina, with its employment litigation portfolio.
  • Advised Helmerich & Payne Drilling on employment disputes, including termination of expats, administrative proceedings, and disputes with executive and non-executive employees.