Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Arab Abogados  was launched in April 2022 by Fernando Arab   , a former Undersecretary of Labour and employment practice head at Morales & Besa, whose track record in labour and social security matters includes corporate labour advice, human resources matters, union and collective bargaining issues, labour trials and immigration.
Garrigues Chile‘s four-member labour and employment department is led by principal associate Bárbara Vera, who specialises in collective labour law, labour consultancy matters and labour litigation, in addition to covering the full range of labour and employment work; senior associate-level support is provided by labour law litigator Tomás Larrain.
Jara Del Favero Abogados‘ six-strong employment and labour department is experienced in labour proceedings involving unfair dismissals, administrative fines, occupational disease, labour accidents and mobbing actions, as well as routinely assisting domestic and international companies with restructurings, due diligence, hirings, terminations and internal policies.
The August-2022 arrival of Valentina Inés Morales  as associate practice director (replacing Angelina Migliorelli , who moved in house in May) of the four strong labour and employment practice at Morales & Besa puts the group firmly on the map; Morales arrives from the Department of Labour where she was Directora Naciondal de Trabajo (suplente) and will lead a practice focused primarily on corporate labour advice, complex litigation and collective bargaining.
With some 15 years in the market, specialised firm Rosso Abogados‘ 13-strong practice  is led by founding partner Marco Rosso Bacovic  and has longstanding experience in advising clients at both individual and collective levels (including bargaining and trade union matters), as well as in labour lawsuits.
Vergara, Fernández, Costa & Claro's labour practice is led by director Paulina Ewertz (formerly at Munita & Olavarría), whose wide experience covers labour law-related dispute resolution, collective bargaining and union issues.

Labour and employment in Chile

Carey

The 18-strong team at market-leading firm Carey routinely advises national and international companies on corporate labour matters, labour litigation and union negotiations, as well as immigration issues. The labour group is also able to leverage the expertise of its tax, civil, criminal, data privacy and IP colleagues for complex labour and employment matters, and acts for an enviable client base spans industries such as airlines, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, construction, mining, telecoms, retail, and banking and finance. The department is jointly led by Oscar Aitken, who has a broad labour practice, and whose recent experience includes advising an international airline on a collective bargaining process; labour and corporate immigration law specialist Francisca Corti, who ‘stands out for her solid knowledge in this area‘; and recently promoted partner Francisco Arce, an expert in employer-side union issues, collective bargaining, social security issues and labour litigation. Within the associate pool, Carla KarzulovicConstanza Trisotti and Valentina Kuscevic all have broad employment law experience.

Testimonials

Among the characteristics that I would most highlight about Carey’s labour law practice is the easy access to different people from the team, and the deep and up-to-date knowledge the lawyers have in this area.

I would highlight Francisca Corti, who stands out for her solid knowledge in this area, the search for flexible solutions when reviewing different options for the realities of each client, and the speed in managing matters.

Francisco Arce is competent, and has in-depth knowledge of the laws and the company I represent.

Key clients

American Airlines

Fluor Chile

JP Morgan Chase

Liberty Holdings International

State Grid

Bristol Myers Squibb

McKinsey

Safetypay

Coforge

Infraco

Work highlights

  • Assisted Celeo Redes with the employment and labour aspects of the acquisition of Colbún Transmisión.
  • Assisted Copley Equity Partners with the employment side of its purchase of Magna IV Engineering.
  • Assisted Ambipar Participações e Empreendimentos with the labour and employment side of its acquisition of Disal Ambiental Holding (and related companies in Chile).

Munita & Olavarría

Munita & Olavarría is a sizeable and specialised labour and employment law boutique that consistently assists national and multinational companies with hiring processes, compensation benefits and pension plans, corporate policies, and labour auditing and compliance. Other key areas range from subcontracting, workforce reductions and company restructurings, to work-related illnesses and accidents, along with work permits and visas for foreign personnel. It is also a go-to team for major employment disputes and labour-related administrative procedures, along with collective bargaining processes, union matters and union-filed collective actions. Additionally, the firm is the Chilean member of Ius Laboris, an international alliance of law firms that specialise in labour and employment law, pensions and social benefits. Among the firm’s several partners are: founders Enrique Munita, an individual and collective labour law expert, and collective bargaining and litigation specialist Cristián Olavarría; hirings, terminations and HR specialist Paola Casorzo, who is ‘extremely responsive, pragmatic and business oriented‘; corporate labour, litigation and immigration expert Marcela Salazar; litigation specialist José Luis de Marchena; and recently promoted labour litigator Gonzalo Urcelay.

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, practical, knowledgeable and reliable. It is a pleasure to work with this group.

There is 100% involvement from the partner in charge of our account, who always has very good availability to attend to any matter that is required, whether in writing or by telephone.

Close contact with the client, and the lawyers have excellent knowledge of labour regulations and practical management. They always try to find alternatives for clients, without failing to warn of the risks, and they are well organised in their reporting of billing information.

Paola Casorzo is extremely responsive, pragmatic and business oriented.

I would highlight the work of Paola Casorzo, the partner who has attended to the affairs of our clients. She is very clear in her communications, friendly, cordial and highly available when required.

Uribe, Hubner & Cia.

The 17-strong labour and employment law department at Uribe, Hubner & Cia. comprises ‘lawyers, who are far superior to others in the market'. The practice covers complex labour advice and litigation in areas such as fundamental rights, union relations, and sexual and labour harassment investigations and disputes; and its trial record includes several favourable trial rulings involving wrongful termination and contract breaches. The team is jointly led by renowned partner Enrique Uribe Casasbellas, who ‘has great knowledge of Chilean labour legislation‘; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz (a partner since July 2020), who ‘stands out in Chile for his excellent service‘; and corporate employment and collective bargaining specialist Marcelo Soto. Within the vast associate pool, Marianela Smith provides ‘effective solutions', while experienced labour litigator Silvestre Lyon is ‘a real expert in union relations and highly complex lawsuits'.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Uribe Casasbellas; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz; Marcelo Soto

Testimonials

The work team is nationally recognised, while being characterised by its efficient, advice and knowledge of clients.

The firm’s lawyers are far superior to others in the market – they provide a direct and immediate service, and are capable of solving issues that other law firms are not able to. They are also innovative – for the collective bargaining process, they offered all our directors a special negotiation course that was decisive.

The lawyers from this firm stand out for their extensive knowledge of the matters upon which they are consulted. Likewise, they propose solutions to problems while considering all the factors at stake. Clearly the lawyers of this firm stand out from others.

The lawyers differ in that while the technical part is impeccable, the relationship with the client is also very respectful.

Enrique Uribe Casasbellas, Enrique Uribe Errázuriz and associate Marianela Smith are outstanding.

Enrique Uribe Casasbellas gives great strategic advice. He is a trusted adviser who gets personally involved in complex cases and has great knowledge of Chilean labour legislation.

Enrique Uribe Errázuriz stands out in Chile for his excellent service, the quality of his advice, the constant monitoring of clients, and his achievements in labour matters. He displays constant concern, offers information of interest, reports in a timely manner when the case requires it, and is always available.

Associate Marianela Smith always demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of this area, providing effective solutions within the regulatory framework that oversees this space; and associate Silvestre Lyon is a real expert in union relations and highly complex lawsuits.

Key clients

Promotora CMR Falabella

Banco Falabella

Sociedad de Cobranzas Legales Lexicom

Seguros Falabella Corredores

Viajes Falabella (now Despegar.com Chile)

Falabella Inversiones Financieras

Falabella Servicios Profesionales de TI

Servicios Generales Falabella Retail

Sodimac

Imperial

Itaú Corpbanca

CMPC

SMU

Rendic Hermanos

Súper 10

OK Market

Alvi Mayorista

Besalco Group

Laboratorio Chile

Empresas Constructora Moller & Pérez-Cotapos

Empresa Constructora Bravo e Izquierdo

BICE Vida Compañía de Seguros

BCI Seguros de Vida

Forus

Ellus-Manufacturas Louis Phillipe

Oxiquim

Global Soluciones Financieras

Cauchoval

Natura Cosméticos

Olivos del Sur

Consorcio Flúor-Salfa Corp

Clínica Ensenada

BCI Seguros Generales

Luxottica of Chile

Despegar.com Chile

Digital Payments

Transporte Rio Negro

Barry Callebaut

Servicios Generales

Alsea

Sana Salud

Sanadent

Starbucks

Fast Food Chile

Comercial Esmeralda

Clínica Alemana

Avon

Rappi Chile

PF Changs

Chili’s

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rappi Chile in obtaining a ruling that rejected the existence of an employment contract between the app partner that makes deliveries and the app company (Rappi).
  • Successfully acted for Banco Falabella in a lawsuit that was brought by a former employee, who was dismissed for bringing an illegal drug to work.
  • Successfully acted for Empresa Constructora Fluor Salfa in a lawsuit, which was brought by a former employee who argued he was fired because he reported acts of workplace harassment against him to the Labour Inspectorate.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

The six-strong practice at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has a strong market reputation for its experience in collective bargaining, immigration and company restructuring-related labour issues. It is also sought out for its experience in compensation packages, stock option plans, data privacy-related labour matters, and the tax aspects of labour benefits. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s Chilean membership of L&E Global (a worldwide alliance of employers’ counsel). The practice is jointly headed by Ricardo Tisi  , who ‘stands out for his knowledge of labour and trade union matters‘, and labour and corporate immigration specialist Bárbara Zlatar , who was made partner in January 2022 (as was labour law and people management expert Ignacia López  in April). At associate level, Sebastián Krebs  has significant expertise in labour trials. Josefina Rivera left the firm in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Tisi; Bárbara Zlatar

Testimonials

A team that strengthens diversity and with a very good disposition as a business partner.

Great availability and knowledge.

A solid team that provides solid support for both labour law matters and complex labor lawsuits.

An experienced team when accompanying clients during complex negotiations such as collective agreements.

Strong professional knowledge for very complex cases, with the ability and experience to conduct sophisticated analyses and deliver diverse options to consider.

Practical approach, solving problems without losing sight of the options and risk analysis.’

Ricardo Tisi is a leading lawyer in the local legal environment.

Ricardo Tisi is a great lawyer, who gets involved with the needs of his clients and is available to serve his clients. He stands out for his knowledge of labour and trade union matters.

Key clients

IBM de Chile

B Braun

Inversiones Asinara

Ripley

Coca Cola

Soprole

Prolesur

Industria Metalúrgica

International Paper Cartones

Experian Services Chile

Globant

Work highlights

  • Advised Soprole on two collective bargaining processes.
  • Advised IBM de Chile on a collective bargaining matter.
  • Advised Prolesur on a collective bargaining process.

Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Abogados Laborales

Specialised labour and employment boutique Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Abogados Laborales fields an eight-strong practice that is sought out by both national and foreign companies for labour, social security and immigration issues, including general consultancy work, labour relations, litigation, collective bargaining, terminations and large lay-offs. It is also experienced in restructurings, employee compensation, benefits, internal policies, audits, employee taxation, and work safety issues. The practice is co-led by Francisco Della Maggiora (the former head of labour at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr); Domingo Eyzaguirre, who ‘always finds the most practical solutions'; and labour law specialist Camila Herrera, who was made partner in early 2020. The associate to note, Anibal Zalaquett, has a broad labour practice.

Practice head(s):

Francisco della Maggiora; Domingo Eyzaguirre; Camila Herrera

Testimonials

Compares highly favourably with other offices – great performance and support during the pandemic, with constant collaboration from associate lawyers and partners.

Thorough knowledge of employment law and knows our company very well.

Proactivity in finding solutions with great support for our company.

Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre provides high-level, specialised legal advice with an important level of commitment when it comes to resolving any doubts that may arise.

Timely and specialised legal advice on labour law.

Domingo Eyzaguirre is a great lawyer, who understands the client’s needs very quickly and always finds the most practical solutions. He is also always available, and his responsibility and assertive communication quickly generate trust among his clients.

Key clients

Bechtel Chile

Sandvik Chile

Obrascón Huarte Lain

Generadora Metropolitana

General Motors Financial Chile

Grupo Volta

Tinguiririca Energía

Arysta UPL

Hanwa Q Cells Chile

Engie Gas Chile

Engie Chile

GNL Mejillones

CommScope

Constructora de Pavimentos Asfálticos Bitumix

Euroamérica

Inversiones Odisea

Hidronor

Sunel UK

STR Power Chile

Biosar Chile

Molibdenos y Metales

TPV Chile

Price Forbes Chile

Centurylink Chile

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Bechtel Chile with two collective bargaining processes.
  • Successfully advised Generadora Metropolitana on a collective bargaining process that concluded in February 2022.
  • Successfully advised Tinguiririca Energía during a massive restructuring process involving the termination of several key positions.

GNP Canales Abogados Laborales

Established in 2018, Canales Parga Abogados Laborales renamed itself as GNP Canales Abogados Laborales in May 2022, in recognition of the labour and employment expertise of partners Carlos Gutiérrez, Diego Nodleman and Francisco Plass; and further to the February 2022 departure of former name partner Sebastián Parga, and associates Pablo Vasseur Gallo and Jorge Montes, to establish their own firm. The 14-strong practice routinely assists national and international companies with labour migration processes, as well as legal matters in Chile with cross-border implications for parent companies in other countries. Other areas of strength include collective bargaining, litigation and procedures before administrative bodies. The labour and employment planning and strategy practice is led by Alfonso Canales, who is ‘always available and willing to collaborate‘; and at associate level, María Luisa García Riffo frequently assists with work-related accidents and diseases. Former senior Constanza Balieiro Nieto moved in house at Falabella in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Canales; Carlos Gutiérrez De; Francisco Plass; Diego Nodleman;

Testimonials

Great efficiency, allowing clients to resolve problems.

A constant delivery of information on legal matters that may affect the client.

Solid knowledge and negotiation skills.

I would emphasise the professionalism, especially in relation to the team’s assertiveness in labour matters – diligence when quick action is required, which shows commitment to the client.

Alfonso Canales is always available and willing to collaborate, contributing his knowledge and experience so as to resolve conflicts assertively.

Key clients

Arauco Holding

Everis – NTT Data Company

Ventisqueros – Schörghuber Corporate Group

Aguas y Riles

Empresas Gasco

Gasco GLP

Grupo Abertis

Vías Chile

Consultores Asociados de Marketing

Construmart

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ventisqueros/Schörghuber Group with a request before the authorities for validation of the company’s qualification for minimum services and emergency teams.
  • Successfully acted for Gasco in a suit filed by its union, which claimed that Gasco was excluded from the list of strategic companies providing essential services to the population and therefore did have the right to go on strike.
  • Acted for Grupo Abertis in a lawsuit it filed against a collection analyst and which involved the dismissal of two workers.

Lizama Abogados

Dedicated exclusively to labour law, Lizama Abogados‘ sizeable practice routinely handles labour-related corporate matters, collective bargaining, labour and tax compliance, and representation in high-stakes cases before the administrative and judicial authorities. Clients additionally benefit from the department’s sector specialisms in mining, urban transport, education, media, financial services, government institutions and medical-service provision. The firm’s lead practitioner is renowned collective bargaining expert (and founding partner) Luis Lizama, the current director of the University of Chile’s labour and social security department, Notable support is provided by directors Osvaldo Parada (employer-side collective bargaining); corporate labour specialist Gonzalo Riquelme; labour litigation expert Esteban Palma; and Paula Warnier, formerly the labour practice head of EY Chile‘s transactional department (until early 2021).

Practice head(s):

Luis Lizama; Osvaldo Parada; Gonzalo Riquelme; Esteban Palma; Paula Warnier

Testimonials

Very good advice on union issues.

Strong in labour and trade union matters, and good at managing union relations.

Director Osvaldo Parada stands out.

Key clients

Anglo American

Antofagasta Minerals

Mercado Libre

Tánica

Compañía de Aceros de Pacífico

Antofagasta Minerals

Entel

Televisión Nacional de Chile

Corpora

Work highlights

  • Assisted Minera Los Pelambres with the implementation of its Remote Integrated System.
  • Assisted Anglo American with a collective bargaining matter involving its main mining operations.
  • Assisted Kinross Gold with the labour law aspects concerning the reopening of a mine.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

With ‘deep knowledge of the applicable legal framework‘, full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría fields a 10-strong labour and employment practice that is expert in hirings, terminations, unfair dismissals, HR company policies, internal investigations, due diligence and internal employment audits. Other notable areas include restrictive covenants, subcontracting, labour taxes, compensation packages, collective bargaining, union relations, labour litigation, expatriate issues, social security and M&A-related labour matters. The practice is co-led by Paulina Miranda  (the first female partner in the firm’s Santiago office), an international employment law specialist, who also focuses on growing areas such as #MeToo, gender pay gaps, gig economy issues, AI, diversity, data privacy, internal investigations and compliance; and ‘great litigatorSergio Montes , who was elevated to the partnership in January 2022. The practice of key associate Aref Cosma  covers labour, social security and immigration law.

Practice head(s):

Paulina Miranda; Sergio Montes

Testimonials

Deep knowledge of the applicable legal framework and experience in handling complex issues.

I have received very good service from all the members of the PPU workforce. The partners are very involved in the topics, and the associates have a good command of different topics – they also give practical solutions.

Paulina Miranda has extensive national and international experience, which is an asset for us given the multinational nature of our company.

Practice director Sergio Montes is a great litigator, who is very prepared when facing trials. He has very successfully handled our complex litigation.

Paulina Miranda and Sergio Montes are always available for any questions. It is very easy to access them and get accurate answers.

Key clients

Anglo American

Sap Chile

Novartis

Codelco

Mutual de Seguros

Laboratorios Saval

Hancock

Alcon

NTT Chile

Metro

Telepizza

Ipsos

Yamana Gold

Ascendal Punta Arenas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Codelco Chile in several labour trials, including four critical labour claims against two key union leaders.
  • Advised Minera Meridian on a collective bargaining process involving its largest union at El Peñon Mine.
  • Advised Vitamina on Covid-19 measures, furloughs and other pandemic-related labour issues.

Provoste Matamala Abogados

The result of a November 2020 merger between Provoste y Cía. and Matamala Abogados, Provoste Matamala Abogados fields a 17-member labour and employment law team that advises companies from a broad range of industries. Its workload is predominantly focused on labour-related corporate matters, litigation, and health and safety matters. The practice is jointly led by Pedro Matamala Souper , a highly regarded litigator and corporate adviser, whose practice includes collective bargaining; and director of the litigation team, María José Cea Catalán , ‘whose mission is to obtain the best agreement for clients‘. Additional name partner support is provided by Matías Provoste Vargas , who assists with mining industry-related labour matters; while at associate level, Luis Celis  is an experienced trial lawyer, Valentina Vergara Lam  routinely reviews Labour Department-issued administrative fines, and Edmundo Borel Rey  specialises in occupational health and safety issues.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Matamala Souper; María José Cea Catalán

Testimonials

The difference with other offices is its agility and professionalism in handling our legal issues.

Availability with a clear focus on solving problems.

The team is orderly, methodical and clear when delivering a response.

Great ability to analyse each case and look for a different alternative in case it is needed. The level of each lawyer is very even, which makes the team very competitive.

Lawyers from the firm’s litigation team are very organised and take the time to understand the claims well.

Pedro Matamala Souper has great commercial vision. He understands our company’s work, what its business is and, instead of hindering you, helps you achieve your goals. He finds innovative solutions so that the final purpose is achieved.

Pedro Matamala Souper becomes a business partner for his clients. In other offices, if you want to implement something the first thing the lawyer tells you is “You can’t”. Pedro always looks for a way to get things done.

Litigation director María José Cea Catalán is an experienced lawyer, whose mission is to obtain the best agreement for clients, while associate Catalina Ojeda Oyarzún always meets deadlines, and is orderly and clear. She is also quick to respond to clients’ requirements.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fundación Educacional Colegio Graneros in an employment termination case.
  • Acted for Servipag in a dismissal case.
  • Acted for Moving Food in a termination dispute.

Saavedra & Compañía Abogados

The seven-strong practice at Saavedra & Compañía Abogados comprises ‘partners and lawyers who are committed to their clients‘ and who achieve ‘excellent results’. The team is sought out for its expertise in resolving labour-related conflicts, representation during labour trials, collective negotiations, labour union relations, social security and immigration matters; and demonstrates sector expertise covering retail, banking, security (transportation of valuables) mining, manufacturing and e-commerce, among other areas. The practice is jointly led by the ‘very energetic and practicalJuan Pablo Saavedra (former labour head at Uribe, Hubner & Cia.), whose practice includes labour litigation and collective bargaining; Gabriela Gerpe, an expert in labour disputes, labour-related business issues and migration; and ‘really excellent adviser‘, labour litigator Cristóbal Muñoz. Key director Priscilla Serres is ‘fast, committed and practical‘, while associate Camila Ducassou Leyton also focuses on employer-side work.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Saavedra; Cristóbal Muñoz; Gabriela Gerpe

Testimonials

Partners and lawyers who are committed to their clients through the analysis and resolution of complex cases, and with excellent results!

The work team is friendly, quick to respond, highly collaborative and clear in its responses, which are quick and adequate.

Specialty boutique firm with direct communication from partners and great flexibility.

The team as a whole shows the ability to address clients’ requirements, and its lawyers are highly oriented towards providing excellent care – they are also all up to date, so responses are speedy.

Juan Pablo Saavedra is a very kind, empathetic person with solid knowledge of this area. He is also very energetic and practical.

Cristóbal Muñoz is an expert in his field, who is committed, customer oriented and reliable – a really excellent adviser.

Director Priscilla Serres is a lawyer who is always available, fast, committed and practical.

Priscilla Serres has a practical vision and is very open – you can review the strategy with her and you are always satisfied with the agreed result.

Key clients

Prosegur

Geotec Boyles Bros

Willis, Towers and Watson

Unicard

Tega Industries

Sanofi

Empresas CMPC

Embotelladora Andina

Algramo

HBC Latina

Red Eléctrica Internacional

Ferrovial Servicios Chile

Banco Estado

Clínica Río Blanco

Clínica Alemana

Messer Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Geotec Boyles Bros with a collective bargaining process
  • Advised Guallarauco during two collective bargaining processes.
  • Acted for Clinica Alemana in a case concerning minimum services in the eventuality of a strike.

Sáez & Fernández

Founded in 2016, specialised labour and employment law boutique Sáez & Fernández is widely respected for its labour relations and litigation expertise, comprising supporting labour relations within companies, preventing conflicts, union negotiations, and judicial and extra-judicial disputes; it is well known for its sector experience in mining, telecoms and transportation. The group is co-led by founding partners Raúl Fernández, a labour litigation and strategic labour consultancy expert, and Felipe Sáez, who leads the firm’s collective bargaining department; their ‘level of knowledge and quality of advice are off the charts', according to one client. Associate Pablo Fuenzalida regularly acts in unfair labour practice suits. Former partner Andres Dighero left the firm in late 2021 and has subsequently moved in house.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Sáez; Raúl Fernández

Testimonials

‘A team that really knows our internal business and focuses on our occupational risk strategy during decision making.

Excellent availability and commitment to results and flexibility to accommodate clients’ needs.

The availability makes you feel like you are its only client!

Extensive sector experience, which gives them a real advantage.

The service is differentiated in that there is always a partner dedicated to our account, who knows the history of our cases and is able to make solid suggestions.

The legal team is highly prepared, and very well connected in terms of the mining industry and its main players – for me that is an incomparable added value.

Raúl Fernández and Felipe Sáez really stand out when compared to other lawyers I have worked with – the level of knowledge and quality of advice are off the charts.

Expert knowledge from Felipe Sáez, who has the experience and ability to adapt his expertise to the specific needs of clients with great strategic vision.

Key clients

Compañía Minera Inés De Collahuasi

Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca

SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile

Asociación Chilena de Seguridad

Duoc UC

Telefónica Cybersecurity Tech & Cloud Chile

Telefónica IOT & Big Data Tech Chile

Sociedad Comercial Los Héroes

Empresa de Servicios Externos Asociación Chilena de Seguridad

Empresa de Servicios Externos Asociación Chilena de Seguridad Transporte

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Work highlights

  • Assisted Compañía Minera Inés De Collahuasi with labour law, labour litigation and collective bargaining matters.
  • Assisted Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca with labour law and labour litigation issues.
  • Assisted SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile with labour law, labour litigation and collective bargaining matters.

Baker McKenzie Chile

Baker McKenzie Chile's labour and employment department is particularly appreciated for its leveraging of the firm’s global network of labour lawyers for complex cross-border executive transfers and multinational company employment matters. The four-member practice also specialises in complex, employer-side litigation, including claims involving unlawful dismissal, employee benefits, discrimination and sexual harassment. Other notable areas include collective bargaining, employee benefits, executive compensation, pensions, stock options, immigration, social security and workplace policies. The practice is led by Andrés Valdés, who is ‘incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and understands our business‘; while key associate José Ignacio Muñoz routinely advises companies on labour and employment law.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Valdés

Testimonials

Andrés Valdés is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and understands our business – I have full confidence in him.

Barros & Errázuriz

The recent track record of Barros & Errázuriz‘s eight-strong practice includes collective bargaining, compliance work, major employment litigation, administrative litigation involving claims before Chile’s Labour Authority, and immigration matters. The employment and immigration practice is led by manufacturing and education sector expert Juan Cristóbal Iturrate, whose remit includes managing the practice’s sub-departments in due diligence, collective bargaining, judicial matters, immigration, and daily legal advice and internal audits. At senior associate level, María Fernanda Espinosa assists international clients with the labour aspects of M&A transactions; while employment litigation leader Pavel Alvarez is ‘very capable and efficient'. Carolina Carrillo left for Álamos & Squella Abogados in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Juan Cristóbal Iturrate

Testimonials

The B&E work team has proven to be up to everything we need.

Extraordinary advisers in identifying workplace hazards and proposing mitigation measures.

Provided fundamental help in analysing and understanding the law, allowing our own legal team to coordinate and take the necessary measures.

Juan Cristóbal Iturrate has great knowledge of his subjects, and is very available and proactive in matters that are relevant to our company.

Senior associate María Fernanda Espinosa provides invaluable help, and at this point she is an honorary employee of the company. Fernanda knows our operations and functioning backwards, and is the go-to person when we have any labour or immigration questions.

Senior associate Pavel Álvarez has shown himself to be very capable and efficient. Although he is more involved in litigation, his advice on risk prevention and mitigation measures has proven to be fundamental to the success of our operation.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Embonor

DirecTv

Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita

Hunter Douglas

Bayer

Monsanto

Axity

Vestas Turbinas Eólicas

Stars Investments

Moulie

Mapfre

International Paper

DiDi

Sally Beauty

Work highlights

  • Advised BTG Pactual Inversiones Forestales Fondo de Inversión on the employment side to the large-value acquisition of significant timberlands in the south of Chile.
  • Assisted Coca Cola Embonor with three labour lawsuits involving issues such as unfair dismissal, difference in commissions paid, and nullity of the dismissal.
  • Assisted Elecmetal with four cases, two of them involving professional illness, with the other two concerning work-related accidents.

CMS Carey & Allende

The six-strong practice at CMS Carey & Allende routinely handles contracts, pay and compliance; high-stakes litigation; visas and immigration requirements; corporate deal-related employment advice; redundancy programmes and senior employee dismissals; and employee health and safety issues. The firm additionally houses experts in union issues and collective bargaining; its recent caseload includes advising clients on Covid-19-related emergency legislation, including liaising with key government bodies on uncertain points of law and practice. The employment and pensions group is led by Enzo Canales, who consistently acts on major employment matters; while at senior associate level Julio Fríasstands out for his technical knowledge and professionalism‘. Recently promoted senior Constanza Yáñez is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Enzo Canales

Testimonials

Strong business sense, excellent availability for clients and exceptional expertise of the team members.

The lawyers have a good business perspective on labour relations and guiding clients safely – they are also quick in their actions, which is unusual  in the practice of labour law.

A team with great technical knowledge and which responds quickly and accurately, differentiating it from other offices. In addition, the team approaches the issues with a practical and realistic approach, understanding the particularities of our business.

Senior associate Julio Frías stands out for his technical knowledge and professionalism, always providing timely and accurate guidance with the ability to explain complex legal scenarios in simple terms – a willingness to get directly involved in the substance of the issues when necessary, proposing practical solutions according to the reality of our business.

Key clients

Unilever

Worley

Sociedad Punta de Lobos

HDI Seguros

Servizi Energia Italia

Vial y Vives – DSD

Estee Lauder

Besalco Construcciones

Accenture

Transbank

Siemens

Ausenco

ID Logistics

Bata

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ausenco with filing an appeal to secure a successful reversal of a decision by the Labour Board.
  • Advised Transbank on its negotiations with its union to ensure the continuity of essential services in the event of a strike.
  • Acted for ID Logistics before the Labour Board in relation to the dismissal of a group of employees (who later claimed that they had secretly created a union prior to their dismissal and should therefore be reinstated).

Clyde & Co Chile

The August 2022 merger of Halpern Pino and Grasty Quintana Majlis (which already had an association with London-based international firm Clyde & Co) gave rise to what is now known as Clyde & Co Chile. The firm’s labour and employment department includes successful collective bargaining processes and union-relation management, as well as advice on Covid-19-related reorganisations, terminations, lawsuits and individual labour matters, along with assistance regarding adaptation to the 2017 Labour Reform. The practice is led by Christian Alvarado , who assists major domestic and foreign companies with collective negotiations and dispute resolution. At associate level, senior Agustin Alcalde Santibañez  and Lily Torrejón  are both experienced in labour matters. Former senior Patricio Riquelme  moved to Montt Casado & Rettig Abogados in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Christian Alvarado

Testimonials

Great people, billing, professionalism and expertise.

Real team players.

Key clients

Ericsson Chile

Indumotora Group

Nike de Chile

Bridgestone Off-The-Road Tire Latin America

Harsco Infraestructure

Ergas Group

Tricot Group

Laboratorio Maver

Tepille Group

Parque Arauco Group

Minera Tres Valles

Ipal Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tricot Group with the preparation and execution of its general strategic plan for a collective bargain process and its relationships with the union.
  • Assisted Indumotora Group with the preparation of its general strategic plan for a collective restructuring process.
  • Ongoing assistance to Nike Chile with its labour matters, including various labour litigation cases across the country.

DLA Piper Chile

The five-member group at DLA Piper Chile acts on a broad scope of labour law issues, ranging from collective bargaining, employment litigation and compensation schemes, to high-level executive terminations, internal investigations, due diligence, labour compliance, corporate immigration, the tax aspects of remuneration, and Covid-19-related employment issues. The ‘best partner an in-house attorney can have‘, group head Luis Parada is a labour and employment and corporate immigration expert. At associate level, Diego González (who joined in early 2021 from Morales & Besa), and Iñaki Irisarri and Ignacio Abogabir, all have broad labour and employment law experience. Former counsel Juan Pablo Mesías  moved to NLD Abogados in 2021. Since research concluded, Gabriela Andrade has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Luis Parada

Testimonials

Speed and deep knowledge put at the client’s service in a very transparent and easy-to-incorporate way.

Luis Parada and associate Diego González form a great team. What makes them unique is their understanding of our company’s business model and based on that, their design of a special strategy for each litigation or conflict.

Luis Parada has vast knowledge of labour law, and reads the interests of our counterparts very well during negotiations.

Diego González has a very close relationship with us. He always shows willingness to help with day-to-day requirements, and has solid knowledge of labour law and good negotiation techniques, which have achieved favourable agreements for us.

Luis Parada is the best partner an in-house attorney can have. He quickly integrates the culture of a company with the legal regulations, giving informed and considered advice.

Key clients

Uber

Lactalis

Econorent

Excon

Evernote

Air Liquide

Get Justo

Rijk Zwaan

Work highlights

  • Acted for Constructora Excon in a mandatory PCR practice case.
  • Acted for Transportes Codigua in a claim for alleged unfair dismissal and collection of an employment-related payment, which was filed by a former employee.
  • Defended Econorent against an alleged claim of discrimination on health grounds, which was filed by a former manager.

Del Río Izquierdo Abogados

With ‘deep expertise in both consultancy and litigation work‘, Del Río Izquierdo Abogados‘ five-strong department predominantly acts for clients from the mining, construction, technology, manufacturing and hotels sectors on the full range of labour and employment work. The group is particularly experienced in hirings, terminations, compensation packages, dispute prevention, and collective bargaining and union relations. Other key areas are migration, subcontracting, due diligence, and labour-related administrative and jurisdictional litigation. The broad practice of founding partner and practice director Eduardo Izquiero Bacarreza  covers contracting, labour and union relations, immigration, and collective bargaining; Francisco Bañados Geywitz directs the firm’s litigation practice; and senior associate Daniela Vidal Saldías  is a labour and administrative law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza; Francisco Bañados Geywitz

Testimonials

Excellent time responses and always available, especially the partners. All lawyers are involved in all issues, so we do not depend on a specific person.

Availability, speedy responses and affordable fees, and the lawyers are professionally very capable, very diligent and concerned about their clients. We greatly rely on their advice.

Very good knowledge of our business and our people. We have been advised on different issues for years, and these lawyers know how to deal with the problems we have.

Willingness of the lawyers to answer the concerns of clients promptly, solid reputation of the lawyers and the firm, and great knowledge of our business and reliability.

The firm is very quick to respond to queries; and is well organised in its management of the information transmitted by us and proactive in the search for solutions.

The lawyers and partners are excellent – they have deep expertise in both consultancy and litigation work. With high levels of excellence and efficiency, they are great professionals and they provide an amazing defence service to us. I am very pleased to be working with them.

Both Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza and senior associate Daniela Vidal Saldías are always available to solve any problem that arises – very good advice and response times.

Direct contact with partner Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza is an important differential.

Key clients

Unisys Sudamericana Corporation

Grupo Maestra

Grupo Barrick

Accor Chile

Accor Hotels Chile

Mattel Chile

Tetra Pak De Chile Comercial

Parque Zoológico Buinzoo

Gestora Studio 3000

TK Elevadores Chile

Work highlights

  • Defended Accor Chile against an occupational accident-related claim for compensation.
  • Successfully defended Maestra Construcción against a lawsuit that was filed by a healthcare institution for payment of social security contributions allegedly owed.
  • Defended Compañía Minera Barrick Chile – Inversiones Barrick Conosur against an occupational disease claim for compensation.

Guerrero Olivos

The five-member labour, employment and migration department at Guerrero Olivos regularly acts for clients from the mining and metals, technology, food and beverage, retail, media, and banking and finance sector clients; the practice primarily handles pre-emptive advice, disputes, and corporate, M&A and reorganisation-related labour issues. The practice also assists with employment litigation involving unfair dismissals, anti-union practices, the protection of fundamental rights, work-related accidents, collective bargaining, and expatriate matters. Lead partner Rocío García de la Pastora is an expert in labour law consultancy and litigation, collective bargaining and corporate labour matters. At associate level, Sergio Fuica specialises in the protection of fundamental rights and labour disputes, and Tomas Garnhamresolves all queries quickly with skill'.

Practice head(s):

Rocío García de la Pastora

Testimonials

I would highlight the practicality and empathy of the team, which adapts perfectly to clients’ needs and solves them efficiently.

Associate Tomas Garnham’s work is excellent – resolves all queries quickly with skill.

Key clients

Scotiabank

Amazon

Amazon Web Services

Compañía Cervecerías Unidas

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Central Parking

Intcomex

Empresas Carozzi

Rappi

Pandora

Andina del Sud

Work highlights

  • Acting for Scotiabank in a highly complex labour lawsuit.
  • Assists Compañía Cervecerías Unidas with both its relations with contractors and labour litigation.
  • Assists Carozzi with its employment litigation, as well as the labour side to M&A deals.

Estudio Navarro Abogados

The nine-member practice at Estudio Navarro Abogados is well known for its ability to prevent labour-related conflicts. Furthermore, it's scope of work ranges from workplace accidents, layoffs and employment contracts, to recruiting foreign workers, compliance, maternity protection and workplace inclusion. Other areas of strength include union relations, individual and collective contracts, disciplinary actions against workers, and internal policies. The practice is jointly led by renowned founding partner and collective bargaining expert Luis Navarro; company-side litigation specialist Benjamín Costa; and Juan Pablo Fernández Avendaño, a former associate and returnee (as partner) from his own boutique firm in early 2021 - he specialises in collective bargaining, social security, contractual liability and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Luis Navarro; Benjamín Costa; Juan Pablo Fernández

Testimonials

We have been working with this firm for several years for various reasons – good level of professionals, knowledge of the gas business, they give us confidence because they are responsible and serious, and a good price/quality ratio.

A lot of knowledge of labour law and people. The team stands out for its availability, constant support and for becoming part of the clients’ problems, keeping them constantly informed of legal changes.

Availability, kindness and empathy, as well as always being available, taking charge of problems and providing solutions.

A team that is coordinated and always available.

Experience, effectiveness and solid legal knowledge.

Luis Navarro and Benjamín Costa have supported us for years on various labour issues, as well as collective bargaining processes. They have extensive knowledge of our organisation and have presented good defences to labour lawsuits when necessary.

Benjamín Costa is capable of handling very complex issues, and always with an excellent approach.

Key clients

Instituto Investigación Agropecuaria

Metrogas

Banco del Estado de Chile

Aguas del Altiplano

Masisa

AZA Group

Sociedad Industrial Romeral

Pinturas Tricolor

Administradora de Mercado

Fundación par la Innovación Agraria

Cementos Bio Bio

Laboratorio Sanderson

Johnson Controls

Compañía General de Electricidad

Sasipa

Work highlights

  • Acted for Metrogas in a lawsuit concerning alleged anti-union practices.
  • Acted for Aldesa in lawsuits involving the dismissal of company contractors.
  • Acted for Banco del Estado de Chile in lawsuits concerning the dismissal of workers for allegedly wrongly claiming a bonus from the Chilean state.

PMV Abogados

PMV Abogados was established in early 2022 by Sebastián Parga, Jorge Montes and Pablo Vasseur Gallo, all previously at Canales Parga Abogados Laborales, where labour and human resources specialist Parga was name partner, and labour litigators Montes and Vasseur were key associates. The group is experienced in assisting large companies with corporate-related labour matters, along with union affairs and collective bargaining. It also acts in national-level trials in relation to fundamental rights and undertakes litigation before both the Labour Courts and the Supreme Court.

Porzio Ríos García

With particular expertise in mining-related employment issues, Porzio Ríos García‘s labour, employment, social security and immigration law practice is experienced in labour-related restructurings, collective bargaining, and discrimination and unfair labour practice litigation. Other key areas range from  health and safety regulations, to compliance and internal investigations, employee benefits, social security and global mobility. The firm also houses specialists in immigration, executive transfers and M&A-related labour issues. The ‘cohesive‘ team is led by name partner Ignacio García, a longstanding labour and employment law expert, while ‘key adviserFernando Villalobos focuses on strategic litigation involving non-compete issues and unfair labour practices. Associates Laura Kottmann and Camila Quiroz both act in labour and employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio García

Testimonials

Exceptional client service, with excellent knowledge of the law and good practical suggestions.

Perceived as friends and not just lawyers. The advisers take a personal interest in the client (without sacrificing their professionalism) and are very friendly.

One of the firm’s strongest points is comprehensive advice and its search for creative and varied solutions (depending on the case being reviewed).

A cohesive team that works closely with the client.

Fernando Villalobos is a proactive leader, with high technical knowledge, who manages to understand the dynamism of the client’s industry when giving opinions and advice.

We mainly work with Fernando Villalobos, who is a key adviser on the labour issues that we go through as a company, and  professional, assertive and with timely responses – always willing to provide all the clarifications/explanations that are necessary to make informed decisions.

Key clients

Atrápalo

Agroreserves

Wesco Inernational

Eecol Chile

Anixter

Vertiv

BHP Billiton

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints

Desert King

Fluitek

John crane/smiths

Jones Lang Lasalle

Liberty Mutual

Occidental Chemical Petroleum

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Samsung

State Grid

Swedish Space Corporation

Ruby Tuesday

Versachem

National Oilwell Varco

Bollore

CGM Nuclear Energy

Stantec

Amdocs

Work highlights

  • Assisted Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saint Days with a religious standard-related termination of an employee’s employment.
  • Assisted Occidental Chemical Petroleum with a dispute involving an alleged unfair labour practice lawsuit, which was filed by the Labour Authority on behalf of a union.
  • Assisted Desert King in a dispute involving the termination of a high-level manager for alleged breach of a non-compete breach.

Prieto Abogados

Prieto Abogados‘ ‘excellent' six-member labour, employment and immigration practice is particularly experienced in labour litigation, as well as labour-related corporate advice. The firm also houses experts in collective bargaining processes; its recent track record includes advising on the implementation of Covid-19-related measures on employment suspensions, salary adjustments, terminations and remote working, as well as health protocols for the safe return to work. The practice is co-led by collective bargaining and labour litigation specialist Christian von Bergen, and labour and social security expert Cristóbal Raby, who are ‘both great partners'. The associate to note, Valentina Flen regularly acts in litigation before the Oral Labour Courts.

Practice head(s):

Christian von Bergen; Cristóbal Raby

Testimonials

Available team of professionals with expert knowledge in different subjects.

An excellent work team.

Appreciated for the efficiency with which it provides the service, and with immediate availability.

Solid knowledge and dispute resolution experience.

Christian von Bergen has great experience and knowledge of labour matters – great contributions on port issues, collective bargaining and labour lawsuits.

Cristóbal Raby has solid expertise in labour matters – excellent performance in trials, great adviser on collective bargaining processes, and good use of technological means.

Christian von Bergen and Cristóbal Raby are both great partners.

Key clients

Sodexo Chile

Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca

Sherwin Williams Chile

Ingelog

SMU

Fitch Ratings

Pedidos Ya

Mundo Dreams

DP World

LG Electronics

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pedidos Ya in several labour trials initiated by former riders, who are claiming the existence of an employment relationship.
  • Assisted DP World with collective bargaining matters.
  • Acting for Sodexo Alliance in several labour trials around the country, in relation to anti-union practices, wrongful terminations and breach of fundamental rights.

Salinas Toledo Abogados

Established in 2019, specialist labour and employment law practice Salinas Toledo Abogadosstands out for its responsible and appropriate approach'. The seven-strong group handles due diligence and internal employment audits, hirings, terminations, unfair dismissal, HR company policies, restrictive covenants, and subcontracting and outsourcing. It is also experienced in compensation packages, collective bargaining, union relations, social security and labour litigation. Founding partner Jaime Salinas (former labour practice director at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría) is a labour litigation specialist. Salinas and fellow partner María Francisca Montenegro have ‘exceptional and up-to-date knowledge of their practice areas'; associate Sebastian Fernandez routinely acts in employment lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Salinas

Testimonials

Excellent technical knowledge – the team adapts to the needs of the client through delivery of timely information, compliance with agreed deadlines and constant updating of legal knowledge.

In our experience with other firms, Salinas Toledo Abogados stands out for its responsible and appropriate approach (on the employer’s side), always taking into account the jurisprudence of the courts in its decision-making.

We have worked mainly with the partners Jaime Salinas Toledo and María Francisca Montenegro. Both are very dynamic and diligent, with exceptional and up-to-date knowledge of their practice areas. Their best qualities are knowledge, empathy, availability and dynamism.

Key clients

Zara Chile

Zara Home

WOM

Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación

Sociedad de inversiones y Asesoría Ibañez

Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados

Transportes Campodónico

Interandes

Empresa de Transportes Transvip Spa

Saba Estacionamientos de Chile

Roberto Canales Villarroel y Cia

Cobra Montajes, Servicios y Agua

Computer Generated Solutions

Avícola Andina

Sociedad Educacional Colegio Patagonia Puerto Varas

Climatización y Energía Solar

Work highlights

  • Acts for Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados on its employment matters and relations.
  • Acted for Zara Chile/Zara Home in different trials, as well as collective bargaining issues.
  • Defended WOM against labour judicial matters, including labour lawsuits throughout the country for unjustified dismissals, anti-union practices and violation of fundamental rights.

Abdala y Cia

Abdala y Cia‘s ‘very involved, available and concerned' four-member labour and employment practice advises on day-to-day matters (including social security and immigration queries), contractual and corporate matters, terminations, and sexual harassment investigations. It also assists with labour trials, administrative procedures and collective bargaining negotiations. The team is led by José Ignacio Arteaga, who ‘stands out for his knowledge of this area'; and associate Andrea Abdala Ready, who is predominantly involved in regulatory labour, employment and immigration compliance work.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Arteaga

Testimonials

The team’s newsletter is very useful, providing reliable information about what is happening in labour legislation and related issues.

This is a complex area, where the knowledge and skills must be very broad in every sense, from the professional to the emotional – all aspects that the team handled optimally.

The lawyers are very involved, available and concerned, particularly José Ignacio Arteaga.

José Ignacio Arteaga stands out for his knowledge of this area.

Key clients

Trenes Metropolitanos

Software One

IFX Networks Chile

Ufinet

R&Q Ingeniería

Bitumix

Jazmín Chebar

Prüne

Morph

VTR

Transportes Centropuerto

Cepas Chile

Work highlights

  • Advises the Argentine Embassy on a daily basis on employment and labour matters.
  • Advising Sociedad Constructora Acciona Chile on the construction of a hospital, which included providing labour and employment advice so that the company is compliant with all employee-related regulations.
  • Providing Trenes Metropolitanos with labour and employment advice.

Albagli Zaliasnik

Albagli Zaliasnik fields specialists in compensation, hiring and termination processes, subcontracting, due diligence and corporate policies. It is also experienced in collective bargaining involving the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, banking, technology, and oil and gas sectors; while the team is additionally sought out for its litigation credentials. The group is led by labour law compliance and labour litigation specialist, Jorge Arredondo (a partner since mid-2020). Key support is provided by associate Felipe Neira, who primarily focuses on the individual and collective aspects of labour matters. Former director of the compliance practice Daniela Hirsch  moved in house at Grünenthal in May 2022.

Key clients

Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Empresa Turbus Unifood Holding

Uniservice

Heavenward Ascensores

Fábrica de Pavimentos y Revestimientos Budnik Hermanos

Instituto Nacional de Ortodoncia

Comercial e Industrial Plásticos Hoffens

Fundación Integra

Fundación Integra

Accenture

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

Allende Bascuñán & Cía‘s ‘always available' labour and employment practice routinely assists employers with a wide range of employment, social security and occupational health matters, particularly in relation to the mining, agriculture, science, aviation, construction and services sectors. ‘An excellent lawyer who is very committed to clients', practice head Andrés Garrido predominantly acts for companies; his track record including negotiating agreements for senior managers, post-employment compensation issues, discrimination, workplace harassment, fundamental rights, and Covid-related restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Garrido

Testimonials

The lawyers are characterised by their practical and quick solutions. They are always available to support us when we have urgent demands.

Andrés Garrido is an excellent lawyer who is very committed to clients, providing a top-quality, personalised service with excellent results. He is always available for everything and at all times, and the charges are reasonable for the service provided.

The plus is that Andrés Garrido is very concerned about the client. He makes you feel like you’re the only one. His response to questions is always quick and accurate, and the results obtained from trials are always positive!

Within Allende Bascuñán’s labour practice, Andrés Garrido has great experience and determination.

Key clients

Anglo American Sur

Anglo American Chile

Federal Express Chile

Constructora Casablanca

Ingeniería y Construcción Casablanca

Philips Chilena

Associated Universities

Air Canada

Renner Coatings

Trane de Chile

Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna

Work highlights

  • Defended Philips Chilena against seven lawsuits concerning contractor STM Chile, through which the liability of Philips (as the main company under the subcontracting regime) was claimed.
  • Defended Federal Express Chile against seven lawsuits involving contractor PRESERVI, through which 10 former workers are pursuing the liability of FEDEX as the main company under a subcontracting regime.
  • Advised ALMA, an international partnership between the Chilean State and research organisations from North America, Europe and East Asia, on its labour action plan during Covid-19, ensuring the continuity of operations.

Aninat Abogados

Aninat Abogados‘ ‘very good team of labour lawyers‘ handles collective bargaining, labour disputes, compensation and M&A-related labour issues. The lead partner of the three-member practice, Rodrigo Ugarte, consistently advises major companies on corporate-related labour issues, as well as collective bargaining processes. Notable associate-level support is provided by labour law, labour litigation and immigration specialist Leyla Alul and Mariana Ramírez, who is experienced in labour union issues. All three ‘stand out for their knowledge and for always being available‘.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ugarte

Testimonials

A very good team of labour lawyers who have impeccable handling of labour law issues. They are also responsible when it comes to finding out about subjects that are more difficult or generally unknown.

The lawyers answer the requirements in a timely manner and stand out as good litigants. They have also improved their newsletters, and are timely in their communication of issues of legal relevance to us clients.

The great advantage of this firm is its labour law work team.

I would highlight the team’s appropriate, professional, cordial and human treatment, especially from Rodrigo Ugarte but also from associates Leyla Alul and Mariana Ramírez, who always have the best attitude during meetings and can resolve all queries that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Rodrigo Ugarte, Leila Alul and Mariana Ramírez all stand out for their knowledge and for always being available.

Key clients

Asociación Chilena de Seguridad

Citröen Chile

Grupo Prize

Garibaldi

Empresa de Servicios Externos de la Asociación Chilena de Seguridad

Super Bid Chile

Termas de Jahuel

Laboratorio Sanitas

Kantar Wordpanel Chile

Frutas y Hortalizas del Sur

H-E Parts International Chile

Clínica Ensenada

Cuesta Blanca

Uvi Tech Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Citroën Chile on the suspension of its staff’s labour agreements under the recent “Law of Job Protection”, which was passed to reduce the economic effects generated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Executed a thorough preventive audit for Exxacon Desarrollo Inmobiliario.
  • Conducted a thorough preventive audit of the Prize Group and its subsidiaries.

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

The five-member labour and employment department at Barros Silva Varela & Vigil routinely acts for human resources departments on dismissals, hiring-related documentation, and internal policies concerning benefits and harassment. It also assists with labour disputes, and relations with the authorities and unions. Providing a ‘personalised and timely service', team head Roberto Lewin focuses on preventive labour auditing, restructuring operations, subcontracting, collective bargaining, litigation, immigration and compliance. Senior associate Nicole Lüer‘s practice covers labour relations, individual and collective law, social security, disputes and audits.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Lewin

Testimonials

BSVV keeps us constantly updated on the changes in labour regulations, and its timely communications are efficient, meaning that we as a company can make decisions.

Roberto Lewin provides a personalised and timely service. He has a business perspective, so he is able to analyse the different aspects of issues.

Key clients

Grupo ISA Intervial

Sika Chile

Andes Iron

Nestlé Chile

Chile Films

Energy Development Corporation

Cementerio Metropolitano

Aguas y Riles

Multi Servicios Financieros

Arcace Chile

Work highlights

  • Advised Sika Chile on a collective bargaining process with a union which was formed by employees that become part of the company following a merger process.
  • Assisting Cementerio Metropolitano with a collective bargaining process with one of its largest unions.
  • Assisted Nestlé Chile with over 20 labour lawsuits in a 12-month period.

Bock Abogados

The eight-strong practice at boutque firm Bock Abogados is highly focused on labour law and labour litigation; its track record in labour trials includes acting for clients from the telecoms, retail, dairy products, and financial and insurance sectors. Recent work also includes major collective bargaining matters. The group is led by labour law and litigation specialist, Silvia Soto , who is supported by fellow partners Sebastían Bock  and Cristobal Bock  , with all three practitioners ‘absolutely committed to the services they provide‘. At associate level, Estefania Klima  regularly acts in hearings.

Practice head(s):

Silvia Soto

Testimonials

Bock Abogados has a strong team that is focused on satisfying clients’ requirements and defending the interests of companies and individuals in the event of a labour dispute (whether with an individual or union).

Great experience from years of working together alongside solid training of the young lawyers within the group.

Very efficient with good price-quality ratio.

A solid team that knows its specialty very well.

The team stands above other firms for its dedication, permanent contact with the client and vast knowledge (acquired from its many years of experience). I would definitely recommend the firm.

Agile, personalised and committed attention from these lawyers.

The team is highly trained and specialised in the field. The lawyers resolve clients doubts quickly and clearly, looking after the interests of their clients at all times.

An outstanding team, with excellent leadership from Silvia Soto, Sebastian Bock and Cristobal Bock, who are all absolutely committed to the services they provide, both from the point of view of maintaining the prestige they have acquired over several years, and reinforcing their ability to adapt to the needs of its clients and the market.

The best qualities are its availability and knowledge, in addition to the vast experience acquired since its foundation several decades ago. It is necessary to highlight Cristobal Bock in litigation, who assumes tactical, integral and planned defences in coordination with the company.

Key clients

Ripley Chile

Banco Ripley

Sociedad de Cobranzas Payback

Comercial Eccsa

Entel

Entel PCS

Entel Call Center

Soprole

Prolesur

Multotec Chile

Auditron Chile

Agricola Santa Marta Liray

Bice Vida Compañia de Seguros

Huertos Carolina

Inamar

Vapor Industrial

Avicola El Monte

Ohio National Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Assists Entel with its labour trials, in relation to wrongful termination, fundamental rights and indemnity payments, as well as collective bargaining matters.
  • Assists Soprole with its labour trials.
  • Assists Ripley (and its subsidiaries, including Banco Ripley) with their labour trials (approximately 600 trials each year).

Bofill Mir Abogados

Emerging from the dissolution of Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana in March 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados fields a labour and employment department that routinely advises mining, manufacturing, healthcare, technology and entertainment sector clients on workforce practices, immigration, compliance, and negotiations with senior executives and trade unions. It also assists with labour-related litigation and M&A-related labour issues. The practice’s lead partner, Pablo Gutiérrez advises on hirings, compliance, workforce analyses and transaction-related labour issues, while workforce specialist Luis Alberto Cruchaga was raised to the partnership in January 2022. Key senior associate Rafael Sandoval is active in compliance, due diligence, trade union relations, representation before judicial bodies, and corporate immigration.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Gutiérrez; Luis Alberto Cruchaga

Testimonials

Great agility and knowledge of jurisprudence and the difficulties of Chile’s labour judicial system.

A cohesive team that delivers a high-quality service and client satisfaction.

A professional, multidisciplinary team with extensive experience – stands out for its dedicated and personalised attention.

The professionals have extensive experience in various fields, standing out for their personalised attention and advising in a timely manner.

The team has extensive work experience, in addition to knowing the particular industry in which it has been asked for advice.

Pablo Gutiérrez and his team are very serious, educated and available.

Pablo Gutiérrez and Luis Alberto Cruchaga provide quick responses to our requirements with high knowledge levels of labour matters.

Deloitte Legal Chile

Deloitte Legal Chile‘s 10-strong team focuses on collective bargaining, labour litigation, compliance, investigations and teleworking, along with due diligence, labour restructuring work, migration and subcontracting. The practice’s principal figures are labour law specialist Ruby Soteras, who was made partner in November 2021; and at manager level, senior Andrea InostrozaAlvaro Yañez and Santiago Swett (a recent hire from Vergara, Fernández, Costa & Claro) all have broad labour law practices. In recent movements, former director and team head Nancy Ibaceta departed to found Ibaceta Abogados; former partner Ignacio Concha became an of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s New York office; and senior associates Valentina Castro and Astrid Harsch left for in-house roles at Enel Chile and Nestlé, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ruby Soteras; Santiago Swett; Alvaro Yáñez; Andrea Inostroza

Key clients

Rolls Royce Chile

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rolls Royce Chile with the implementation of the new teleworking law.

Dentons Larrain Rencoret

Dentons Larrain Rencoret fields a six-strong labour department that ‘provides excellent guidance on all aspects of labour and employment law in Chile'; in addition, the firm’s Latin America and Caribbean networks facilitate labour law knowledge of countries (such as Brazil, Colombia and Argentina) where its clients are headquartered. Group head Karlfranz Koehler (who ‘delivers great results'), specialises in collective bargaining processes, union relationships and litigation; Labour Inclusion Act expert Rodrigo Sanhueza is a recently elevated partner, who ‘stands out for his knowledge of this area'; and senior associate Francisca Vivaldi routinely leads the strategic planning of complex collective bargaining processes.

Practice head(s):

Karlfranz Koehler

Testimonials

Dentons Larrain Rencoret provides excellent guidance on all aspects of labour and employment law in Chile.

One of the best in Chile on the subject of the Labour Inclusion Act, and very efficient and effective in its responses.

The staff at Dentons Larrain Rencoret is very knowledgeable and extremely responsive when legal guidance is required.  The lawyers have also been very good at keeping us informed through all the difficulties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

When we have had to face a lawsuit, we have had almost 100% success thanks to the excellent preparation process and the team’s ability to reach good agreements with plaintiffs – the lawyers also have a lot of experience in trade union issues, which are a priority today in Chile.

Our relationship with Dentons Larrain Rencoret has been one of excellence for over 10 years, above all because of the excellent service provided by Karlfranz Koehler, anticipating all the legal issues that could affect us as a company and protecting the company from making mistakes that could mean fines or lawsuits.

We have an excellent relationship with Karlfranz Koehler, who provides a great price/service ratio and delivers great results.

Karlfranz Koehler and Rodrigo Sanhueza are excellent partners, who are easily accessible, spend a lot of time getting to know clients and their operations, and the advice always takes into account all aspects that could affect clients.

Rodrigo Sanhueza totally stands out for his knowledge of this area and the authorities. He also has great availability.

Key clients

SumUp

Vivo Communication Technology

Consorcio Embalse Chironta

Transelec

Solek

Constructora Queiroz Galvao

Turbus

AFP Capital

Frutexsa

Team Foods

SABA Estacionamientos

Fundación Par

Amazon

Embajada Estados Unidos

Metso Outotec

SAAM

Tata Consultancy Services

Epiroc

Atlas Copco

Bridgestone Industrial Products

Grupo Anasac

Tewoo Group

Keller Cimentaciones Chile

Monrabal

TSK

Ursus Trotter Small Appliances

Suaval

VM Ware

Cumplo

Work highlights

  • Provided Apple with advice on Covid-19 vaccination in Chile and its implications from a Chilean labour law standpoint.
  • Advising SumUp on a range of issues, including massive hiring processes, company policies, creating procedures for the termination of work contracts, and teleworking measures.
  • Advised Fundación Par on the Labour Inclusion Act.

Doña Riveaux

Specialised labour, social security, and immigration boutique Doña Riveaux advises on the full range of labour and immigration law, including union matters, labour compliance, trials and visa procedures; the team predominantly acts for companies from the food, mining, construction, logistics and retail industries. Founding partner Santiago Doña (former labour practice head at Guerrero Olivos) focuses on collective negotiations, trials and labour law advice. At associate level, senior Margarita Riveaux routinely advises companies on labour and social security aspects, and Carolina Lira is active in labour-related corporate matters, union issues, immigration and defence-side labour litigation.

Testimonials

A team that stands out for its experience and speed of response.

Santiago Doña is a lawyer who has extensive experience and management knowledge‘.

ECIJA Otero

Routinely advising major Chilean and foreign businesses, ECIJA Otero’s four-member team is particularly experienced in labour litigation, administrative claims and the labour law aspects of the new technologies sector. The group also assists with compliance, preventing potential conflicts, restructurings, the dismissal of senior executives, collective bargaining, and relocation and expatriation agreements. The department is led by Gerardo Otero Alvarado, who has longstanding experience in labour contract drafting and lawsuits; labour law expert Dolores Echeverría Faz was made partner in early 2021; and manager María de los Ángeles Fernández assists with both employment law advisory work and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Otero Alvarado; Dolores Echeverría Faz; María de los Ángeles Fernández Sierra;

Key clients

Microsoft

Ricoh Chile

Empresas Bash

Soltec Chile

Ansaldo Energía

Energizer

Lexmark International de Chile

The Boston Consulting Group Chile

Reale Chile Seguros Generales

F-Iniciativas Asesorías e Inversiones

Conpretedecor Chile

Cotinavec Chile

Iberacústica Chile

The Valley Chile

Comdata Chile

Urbana Administración

Rd Sistemas Latam

Mateco Chile

General de Alquiler de Maquinaria (GAM)

Iluminación Luxiona Chile

Intellect Design

Work highlights

  • Assisted Soltec Chile with a range of labour issues that arose with its project contractors.
  • Advised Mcwane on a range of Covid-19-related regulations, including the localisation of international policies and guidelines, and the gradual safe return to work,.
  • Advised Grupo Navec/Cotinavec Chile on various labour matters including the drafting of labour contracts and their termination.

Fontaine & Cía

The recent track record of Fontaine & Cía‘s seven-member department includes advising on Covid-19-related labour laws, including assisting clients with adapting to employees working from home; and handling labour law suits that were brought by former employees of companies that shut down because of the pandemic. The labour practice is led by founding partner Diego Marín, who focuses on labour law advice, collective bargaining and trade union issues, as well as labour lawsuits for companies from the construction, industrial, insurance and services sectors. Associate Rodrigo Palacios assists with both labour law advisory matters and litigation. Former fellow associate Felipe Navarro moved in house at CMPC in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Diego Marín

Key clients

Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida

Abbot Laboratories de Chile

Constructora 3L

Schneider Electric Chile

Marisio

Ingenieria y Construccion Sigdo Koppers

Bricsa

Constructora CBI

Constructora Lo Campino

Abbvie Productos Farmacéuticos

Isapre Cruz Blanca

Comercial RedOffice

Servicios de Comunicaciones Médicas

Claro, Vicuña y Valenzuela

Construcciones y Pavimentos

Constructora Lo Campino

Molina Morel

Molino La Estampa

Elproin

Reich de Comercio Exterior

Metalúrgica FAT

Loginsa

Maquinarias y Construcción Río-Loa

Constructora Precon

Cineplex

Work highlights

  • Defended 3L Holding against a bankruptcy-related labour lawsuit.
  • Assisted Abbott Laboratorios de Chile with taking the necessary measures to adapt to Covid-19-related legal changes.
  • Successfully defended Construcciones y Pavimentos against six major labour trials.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

Predominantly acting for national and international mining and education companies, Larrain y Asociados Abogados' four-member practice covers litigation, corporate advice, recruitment, cross-border employment issues, collective bargaining, and M&A-related labour issues. The team also provides general advice on a range of employment and social security issues. The labour department is led by Andrés Silva, who is experienced in collective bargaining processes, corporate-related labour issues and labour litigation. At associate level, Jorge Parro advises on labour and social security law, while Miriela González focuses on individual labour law.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Silva

Testimonials

A very interesting practical look that is delivered with good theoretical and jurisprudential arguments.

The willingness at all times to answer questions and put itself in the client’s place.

Good availability from Andrés Silva’s team. His knowledge of law and practical matters is a great differential.

The difference for me is Andrés Silva – his insight on practical matters helps a lot.

Key clients

Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Santo Tomás Educational Group

Polpaico Group

La Polar Group

Constructora de Infraestructura de Chile

Seguros Sura Chile

Larrain Vial Companies

Chep Chile

Cinemark Chile

Industrias Vínicas

Work highlights

  • Represented Sociedad Punta del Cobre in filing a lawsuit against the National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) in order to obtain the annulment of a resolution and fine, which was imposed by the regulatory for alleged infringements of mining safety regulations.
  • Provided legal advice to Santo Tomás Educational Group during a collective bargaining process with a major union.
  • Defended Cinemark Chile before the labour courts against labour lawsuits, which were filed by subcontracted employees for unfair dismissal, the payment of fees and social security contributions.

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile

The four-member labour and employment department at PAGBAM Schwencke Chile (known as Schwencke & Cía until teaming up with Argentine firm Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen in late 2020), comprises specialists in litigation and conflict resolution before the labour courts and administrative authorities. The group also assists with company closures, union matters, collective bargaining, and social security and migration issues. The labour practice is led by counsel and labour litigation expert Constanza Ríos Ghio, with assistance from senior associate Fernanda Laborde Poblete who focuses on a range of employment, immigration, and social security matters.

Practice head(s):

Constanza Ríos Ghio

Key clients

CAF Chile

Tivit Chile

Editorial Televisa

WPP Group companies

Fundación Inria Chile

South Am

Newell Brands de Chile

Austral Capital Partners

Inder

Tech Data Chile

Work highlights

  • Defended GroupM Chile against a former CFO’s violation of fundamental rights claim further to his dismissal.
  • Assisted South-AM Freezy Dry with a collective bargaining process.
  • Assisted Tivit Chile with a judicial case against the Labour Bureau.

SCR Abogados

The six-strong labour and immigration group at SCR Abogados is particularly active in litigation and collective bargaining matters. Other areas of expertise range from hiring processes, compensation packages and remuneration, to terminations, labour due diligence, labour law compliance reviews and internal investigations. The team also advises on corporate policies, social security, immigration, and employee and outsourcing-related taxation. A permanent columnist for the Revista Laboral Chilena, practice head Constanza Contreras Stange  ‘s ‘performance is great‘; support is provided by senior associate Nicole Finkelstein  who specialises in due diligence processes, immigration and general employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Constanza Contreras Stange

Testimonials

A very good team that looks after the needs of clients’ business.

Something that differentiates the team is its empathy, with lawyers who are always trying to find results that align with the realities of companies.

The lawyers keep us permanently updated with their Newsletters, and we have been able to implement a monitoring and training system that has allowed us to anticipate possible problems or demands.

The team exchanges ideas in an environment of trust and tranquility, and has lower costs than the competition, which allows access to them for any need without worrying about the bill at the end of the month.

I would highlight the solid knowledge of Constanza Contreras Stange, an opinion leader in the industry. Along with providing us with her vision, she gives us multiple alternatives when facing a problem, which translates into always looking for the best option.

I have worked with Constanza Contreras Stange, and her performance is great and her responses very fast – efficient and very clear, and she understands our needs very well.

Constanza Contreras Stange strikes me as a brilliant and judicious lawyer. She responds very quickly and assertively to the queries asked of her.

Key clients

Gate Gourmet Catering Chile

Sisal

WeWork

Vinicola Patacon

Australis Seafood

Royal America

Gamaga

Fundación Chile

Taag Genetics

Eurofins Training Chile

BuscaLibre

Hotel Nippon

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pesquera Torres del Paine with negotiations with a union.
  • Assisted Sisal with its collective bargaining process.
  • Defended Australis Mar against a lawsuit filed by a former diver for damages suffered from a professional disease.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr‘s four-member group focuses on general labour advisory consultancy, social security and immigration matters. Additional specialisms include collective bargaining processes, due diligence procedures, and litigation before the labour courts and administrative entities. Recent highlights include advising Legal Publishing Chile on a collective bargaining process with its union. The labour and employment practice is led by name partner Alberto Rencoret, who acts for both national and international clients. Former senior associate Sebastián Merino left to found ZM Consultores Laborales in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Rencoret

Key clients

AgroFresh

Archer Daniels Midland

Elanco

Eli Lilly

Fieldcore Services Solutions

Grupo Marina

International Data Corporation

Kospo Power Services

Refinitiv

Tánica

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal Publishing Chile on a collective bargaining process with its union.
  • Advised Eli Lilly on terminating labour relationships in Chile.
  • Advised AgroFresh on the termination of a labour relationship with a key employee in Chile.