Leading, full-service law firm Carey fields a large, 21-strong labour and employment practice group that is expert in major collective bargaining matters, as well as labour litigation involving wrongful dismissal, sexual harassment, fundamental rights, anti-union practices, and work-related accidents. The firm’s clients additionally benefit from the department’s assistance throughout the life cycle of company employees, ranging from hiring processes, taxation, social security issues, and compensation packages (including stock-related plans), to terminations, corporate policies, labour auditing, compliance, internal investigations, sub-contracting and labour due diligence during M&A deals. The firm also houses a robust corporate immigration practice that assists with work permits and visa applications. The practice is co-led by Oscar Aitken (a senior partner), who is primarily focused on leading the firm’s collective bargaining, unions and labour litigation practices; and Francisca Corti (a partner since 2017), whose workload spans labour and employment law, social security and corporate immigration. The strong second line of advisers include Francisco Arce (a partner since May 2021), along with associates Carla Karzulovic, Constanza Trisotti and Valentina Kuscevic.
Labour and employment in Chile
Oscar Aitken; Francisca Corti
Bristol Myers Squibb
Cognizant Technology Solutions
- Advised State Grid on the labour and employment aspects surrounding the acquisition of interests in Chilquinta Energía, as well as Tecnored and Eletrans.
- Provided labour law advice to Sembcorp Industries on the sale of its water and sewage utility business in Chile to Sacyr.
- Assisted an international communications company, which provides commercial printing and related services, with the closure of the company, involving mass terminations.
Munita & Olavarría
Launched in late 2015, specialist labour and employment law boutique Munita & Olavarría, the Ius Laboris member firm for Chile, is highly rated in the market for its expertise in employment, labour and immigration law. The enviable client lists comprises a range of household names, including multinational companies, from sectors such as banking and finance, insurance, energy, utilities, retail, IT, pharmaceutical and mining. In addition to the partners’ contributions to public discussions surrounding new legislation on collective bargaining, labour and employment litigation procedures, and gender equality and women’s rights, the group advises employers’ associations on new areas, such as the gig economy and teleworking. Heading the practice are founding partners Enrique Munita (labour and employment law-related contractual and corporate matters), and collective bargaining and labour lawsuit expert Cristián Olavarría. Also integral to the group are experienced partners Marcela Salazar (collective bargaining, restructuring and dismissals); litigator José Luis de Marchena; Paola Casorzo (over 15 years’ labour law experience); and the recently promoted Gonzalo Urcelay. The associates to note are Catalina González and Mauricio Yudin.
Enrique Munita; Cristián Olavarría
LATAM Airlines Group
McKinsey & Company
Banco Santander Chile
Banco De Crédito E Inversiones
General Motors Chile
Celulosa Arauco Y Constitución
Banco de Chile
Cámara De Comercio De Santiago
Cámara De Comercio De Santiago
- Assisted Embotelladora Andina with a collective bargaining matter.
- Advised Banco Santander on internal rules of order and hygiene and safety matters, including Covid-19 safety rules.
- Assisted Celulosa Arauco y Constitución with a collective bargaining process.
Uribe, Hubner & Cia.
One of Chile’s first law firms to specialise in labour and employment law, Uribe, Hubner & Cia. has a 15-member department that, in addition to three partners, includes 12 lawyers (50% of whom are women). The group has an enviable reputation in the market for its assistance with day-to-day labour law issues, as well as labour law litigation. With extensive experience in labour and employment matters, Enrique Uribe Casasbellas is a current adviser to the Labour Law Committee of the Chilean Construction Chamber; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz has led the firm’s labour branch since 2016 and became a partner in July 2020; and Marcelo Soto is a corporate employment law and collective bargaining specialist. The strong second line of associates includes labour litigators Silvestre Lyon, María de los Ángeles Bittner and Pedro Pablo Torres, along with Marianela Smith, who focuses on labour law and social security issues for companies undertaking mass layoffs. Former senior associate Edmundo Piffre De Voban left to move into the public sector in January 2021.
Enrique Uribe Casasbellas; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz; Marcelo Soto
‘The strengths of the team include their capacity for conflict resolution while under pressure, both in terms of the consultations carried out and the administrative and judicial matters entrusted to it.’
‘In relation to skills, I especially rate the teamwork and excellent co-ordination, always providing a very high-quality service.’
‘The plus they have is the willingness to solve problems effectively.’
‘They work very autonomously (you don’t have to stay on top of them) and they solve everything much faster than elsewhere. They also have very good communication skills, always keeping clients updated.’
‘What differentiates this team is the depth with which the lawyers analyse and propose solutions, and I would highlight the closeness of the team and its ability to explain, in simple words, situations that are difficult for laypeople to understand.’
‘They provide quick and timely solutions to problems that arise on a day-to-day basis, as well as obtaining excellent results from litigating in court. They are also empathetic, understand clients’ needs and are always available to attend to their requirements.’
‘The lawyers of this law firm, especially Enrique Uribe Errázuriz, stand out for their availability at all times, the immediate resolution of issues, and provision of highly valued solutions.’
‘Enrique Uribe Casasbellas and Enrique Uribe Errázuriz are outstanding partners.’
Promotora CMR Falabella
Sociedad de Cobranzas Legales Lexicom
Seguros Falabella Corredores
Falabella Inversiones Financieras
Falabella Servicios Profesionales de TI
Servicios Generales Falabella Retail
LATAM Airlines Group
Empresas Constructora Moller & Pérez-Cotapos
Empresa Constructora Bravo e Izquierdo
Multicaja BICE Vida Compañía de Seguros
BCI Seguros de Vida
Salinas y Fabres
Hasbro Chile Ellus-Manufacturas Louis Phillipe
Global Soluciones Financieras
Gibson Innovations Chile
Sociedad de Fomento Fabril
Olivos del Sur
Consorcio Flúor-Salfa Corp
Industria Metalmecánica Rivet
BCI Seguros Generales
Luxottica of Chile
Ópticas GMO Chile
Grupo Inmobiliaria Imagina
Despegar.com Chile Digital Payments
Transporte Rio Negro
- Advised Transporte Rio Negro regarding the constitution of an illegal labour union.
- Advised Jordan on a lawsuit filed by two former employees of Emilio Salles e Hijos for payment of disputed compensation and retirement benefits after Jordan bought a real estate asset from Emilio Salles e Hijos.
- Advised Viajes Falabella (now Despegar.com Chile) on a former employee’s lawsuit for encroachment of fundamental rights.
The seven-member employment and immigration department at Barros & Errázuriz provides advice on a daily basis to over 60 different clients from a diverse range of industries, such as copper-related extraction, water desalination, mining, and food and restaurants, along with the automotive, manufacturing and telecoms sectors. It has also experienced notable growth in litigation, collective bargaining and immigration matters, as well as compliance work. Team head Juan Cristóbal Iturrate‘s work focuses on the development of the practice’s five sub-departments, covering due diligence, collective bargaining, judicial matters, internal audits, and immigration and day-to-day legal advice. The key senior associates are employment, labour and corporate immigration law expert María Fernanda Espinosa, Carolina Carrillo (corporate labour, trials and collective bargaining), and individual and collective labour law specialist Pavel Alvarez. Since publication, Carillo has left the firm to join Álamos & Squella as partner and head of the firm’s labour practice – effective February 2022.
Juan Cristóbal Iturrate
‘What characterises the work team is its ability to understand the internal functioning of clients, and to propose tailored and preventive measures; this allows them to face both legal contingencies and to identify and address underlying problems.’
‘Immediate availability, both in terms of consultancy work and the issuance of an opinion or attention to problems.’
‘Assertiveness in recognising issues and proposing solutions.’
‘Adapted well to the conditions imposed by the pandemic, especially in relation to the provision of services and the maintenance of client relationships.’
Universidad de las Américas
Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita
Fundición de Talleres
Vestas Turbinas Eólicas
Sociedad Industrial Kunstmann
- Assisted Konecta Chile with a collective bargaining involving three unions that jointly represent over 2000 employees.
- Assisted Bayer with two collective bargaining matters with three unions.
- Advised Fundación Talleres on a collective bargaining matter with two unions that represent over 450 employees.
Canales Parga Abogados Laborales
Launched in 2018, Canales Parga Abogados Laborales houses a 14-strong department that has rapidly built a strong name for its labour-related advice to corporate clients which it frequently represents in complex trials. Typical areas of activity include fundamental rights, union affairs, collective bargaining and labour consulting, along with labour migration processes and cross-border issues. The practice is co-led by Alfonso Canales (head of labour planning and strategy) and head of litigation and trade union issues, Sebastián Parga ; both formerly partners at Uribe, Hubner & Cia. Significant growth includes the 2019 elevation to the partnership of litigation and health-and-safety specialist, Carlos Gutiérrez de Torres; head of migration issues, inclusion, and labour and employment innovation, Diego Nodleman; and head of labour and employment advice, Francisco Plass. The strong associate pool includes senior Constanza Balieiro Nieto, and semi-seniors María Luisa García Riffo and Pablo Vasseur Gallo. Since publication, Parga and associates Vasseur and Jorge Montes have left to establish their own boutique - PMV Abogados - with effect from March 2022; while the remaining firm has reorganised as GNP Canales Abogados Laborales.
Alfonso Canales; Sebastián Parga
‘Creativity with a case-by-case approach, 24/7 availability and timely responses at the right moment.’
‘They have a practical and direct approach, which helps with the making of decisions that feel safe.’
‘They are a young team but very prepared and up to date, so it is easy to relate to any of them.’
‘The technology used has been key to maintaining contact and up-to-the minute solutions.’
‘Practical answers according to our industry, which is not common in other firms.’
‘They stand out from other firms and are very recognised in the market.’
‘Sebastián Parga maintains close and strategic relationships with clients.’
‘Carlos Gutiérrez de Torres stands out for his rigour and immediate responses according to our needs.’
Autopistas Abertis (Vías Chile)
Electrolux de Chile
Consultores Asociados de Marketing
Alimentos y Frutos
Productos del Mar Ventisqueros
Antofagasta Terminal Portuario Internacional
AVW (Aresti Chilean Wine)
Weir Minerals (Vulco)
B&M Agencia Marítima
- Assisted Abertis (Vías Chile) with the collective bargaining process of one of the largest highway concessions in the Metropolitan Region.
- Assisted Gasco with a lawsuit filed by a union in the Court of Appeal, which claimed that Gasco was excluded from a list (prohibiting strikes) of strategic companies (as defined by the Government of Chile).
- Acted for Viña Concha y Toro in a lawsuit involving 450 workers, who demanded the payment of over 16 bonuses.
Chilean member-firm of the L&E Global employers’ counsel alliance, Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos‘ five-member department is well known for its expertise in collective bargaining, immigration and the labour issues surrounding company restructurings; it also has substantial experience in compensation packages, stock options plans and the tax aspects of labour benefits; it is also increasingly active in litigation. The team is particularly active in the retail, mining, IT, aviation, mass consumer products, manufacturing and technology sectors; notably, it has also developed a labour-related data privacy practice. Practice head Ricardo Tisi focuses on advising companies on labour, social security and immigration matters, with associate-level support provided by Bárbara Zlatar, Sebastián Krebs, Josefina Rivera and Teresita Melero, the latter joining from the firm’s civil, corporate and commercial law department in 2020. Since publication, Zlatar and Ignacia López have been raised to the partnership – effective January and April 2022, respectively.
Ricardo Tisi; Bárbara Zlatar
‘Without a doubt, these are lawyers who are very prepared and experienced.’
‘Ability to provide advice on multiple issues.’
‘Great experience and with a lot of capacity.’
‘Practical and reasonable solutions.’
‘Great for their ability to respond to business requirements, which makes them extremely efficient.’
‘Ricardo Tisi provides strong leadership.’
IBM de Chile
International Paper Cartones
Hasbro Latin America
- Advised Soprole on two collective bargaining processes.
- Assisted Prolesur with a collective bargaining negotiation process.
- Advises IBM de Chile’s internal legal department on a day-to-day basis, in relation to labour matters.
CMS Carey & Allende‘s six-member labour practice covers an array of areas, ranging from day-to-day matters, labour contracts and special employment conditions, to compensation packages and contentious matters (such as employee dismissals), and collective bargaining. Other areas of strength include social security, bi-national treaties and labour audit compliance services, M&A-related labour due diligence, foreign employees’ immigration requirements, and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings. The practice also fields sector expertise in mining, engineering, energy, consumer products, technology, finance and construction. Practice head Enzo Canales focuses on advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of labour law work, including arrangements for foreign workers, international social security agreements, collective bargaining and trials; and Julio Frías (labour litigation, collective bargaining, trade unions and conflict resolution) is the senior associate to note.
‘A team of professionals who can meet our requirements while maintaining a very good level of service.’
‘What I value the most is that they explain in simple terms the doubts that one may have. While other firms sometimes prepare very technical explanations, at CMS they make it simpler, thus facilitating management and decision making.’
‘Great for commitment and speed in responding to problems.’
‘Attentive to requirements, responds promptly, and above all has good knowledge of legal issues. In addition, the firm internalises our company’s policies, which helps in solving problems.’
‘The firm is a great strategic partner for all the company’s labour matters.’
‘Enzo Canales is empathetic, agile, has knowledge of the issues, and is available to meet the needs of the company.’
‘Senior associate Julio Frías is great for his knowledge and clarity in execution.’
Eléctrica de Medellín
Servizi Energia Italia
Vial y Vives – DSD
- Assisted Unilever with several lawsuits due to the shutdown of some of its facilities, including a claim before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- Advised Estée Lauder on the employment law effects surrounding the suspension of employment agreements.
- Advised Worley on the labour issues surrounding a recent merger.
Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Abogados Laborales
Della Maggiora, Eyzaguirre, Ferrada Abogados is now known as Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Abogados Laborales following the March 2020 departure of former name partner Benjamín Ferrada . ‘Always focused on solutions’, the eight-member specialised labour and employment boutique advises national and foreign companies on labour issues, social security and immigration, including general consultancy and labour relationships, along with litigation, collective bargaining, terminations and large lay-offs; the team also assists with restructuring, employee compensation, benefits, internal policies, audits, employee taxation, pensions and health and work safety. The practice co-heads are labour law, social security and immigration specialists Francisco Della Maggiora and Domingo Eyzaguirre, along with labour law expert Camila Herrera, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2020. At associate level, Anibal Zalaquett is also a key team member.
Francisco della Maggiora; Domingo Eyzaguirre; Camila Herrera
‘The internal work team of the firm has broad and solid knowledge of legal issues, but also of the business of its clients.’
‘They are always focused on solutions – a great differentiator of the firm.’
‘The people who make up the work team are always available, delivering value that combines quality and innovation in the search for legal solutions.’
‘Transparency, frankness, empathy and availability stand out among the core values of the team.’
‘A team of young, but highly qualified professionals, with previous careers that demonstrate experience in the subjects they handle.’
‘Fast delivery and extraordinary commitment to solving clients’ queries and problems.’
‘The team is far superior in its effectiveness and commitment to the client, and the price/quality ratio is unbeatable – you get a first-class service at a very competitive rate.’
‘With Domingo Eyzaguirre I receive excellent service and a willingness to address any concern, and special mention should be made of Camila Herrera, who stands out in all aspects.’
Obrascón Huarte Lain
General Motors Financial Chile
Energy Development Corporation Chile
Sociedad GNL Mejillones
Constructora de Pavimentos Asfálticos Bitumix
Inversiones La Construcción
STR Power Chile
Viña Luis Felipe Edwards
Transemel (Ren Group)
- Advisor to Bechtel on labour and social security matters on a day-to-day basis, including recent collective bargaining processes and complex labour litigation.
- Advised Sandvik on labour matters, including contingencies following Covid-19, a collective bargaining process, litigation and immigration issues.
- Assisted Obrascón Huarte Lain with several matters, including Covid-19 related health and security matters.
Launched in 2006, specialist labour boutique Lizama Abogados fields a 14-strong practice that advises on the full spectrum of labour law issues, ranging from corporate counsel to collective bargaining, litigation before the administrative and jurisdictional authorities, and management of highly complex cases. The team’s ‘serious, responsible and highly experienced professionals‘ also assist with labour law-related compliance work; and in recent work, the group advised Antofagasta Minerals on collective bargaining issues. Founding partner and ‘outstanding professional‘ Luis Lizama (current director of the University of Chile’s labour and social security department) is a highly rated collective bargaining specialist, with strong director-level support provided by Osvaldo Parada (collective bargaining), labour law litigator Esteban Palma and corporate counsel expert Gonzalo Riquelme.
Luis Lizama; Gonzalo Riquelme; Esteban Palma; Osvaldo Parada
‘Lizama Abogados comprises a team of serious, responsible and highly experienced professionals.’
‘The team is characterised by great theoretical and practical experience, and is highly trained.’
‘The plus is the great negotiation skills they have and the ability to solve conflicts. This ability makes clients feel safe, confident that any difficulty will be solved.’
‘In union matters and collective bargaining, they have strong labour management and soft skills.’
‘The leadership style of the firm allows the associate lawyers to develop independently the requirements of clients; however, when necessary, they jointly analyse scenarios, tactics and strategies in order to ensure the client a broader vision and better results.’
‘One of the most important elements is the great reputation they have in the workplace, which results from the great experience they have, together with excellent attention to clients’ needs (response times, availability and attention).’
‘Leader Luis Lizama is to the firm’s advantage; he is an outstanding professional in the academic, judicial and business fields.’
‘Luis Lizama is highly respected at organisational and union levels.’
Glencore Lomas Bayas
Compañía Minera Sierra Gorda
SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile
Kinross Minera Chile
Minera Tres Valles
Clínica Puerto Varas Farmacias Ahumada
Fundación Instituto Profesional Duoc UC
Universidad Federico Santa María
Universidad de Las Américas
Aguas de Antofagasta
Empresa Nacional del Petróleo
Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar 18 de Septiembre
Mutual de Seguridad
Televisión Nacional de Chile
Free Competition Defense Court
Constructora El Sauce
Modular Mining Systems Inc y Cia
Letelier & Nuñez Abogados
Canal del Fútbol
Cementos Bío Bío
Del Monte Fresh
Viña San Pedro
Universidad Santo Tomas
- Advised Antofagasta Minerals on collective bargaining issues.
- Providing CODELCO with ongoing labour law advice.
- Assisted Scotiabank with collective bargaining issues.
The eight-member labour and employment practice at full-service firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría covers sophisticated day-to-day and transactional advice, as well as strategic assistance during conflicts with both unions and individual employees; typical work ranges from due diligence-related labour aspects, transaction structuring, defending clients’ interests during labour trials, and collective bargaining. The practice is co-led by Paulina Miranda (the first female partner in the multi-jurisdictional firm’s Santiago office), who focuses on international employment law, as well as new areas such as #MeToo, gender pay gaps, the gig economy, AI, diversity, data privacy, internal investigations and compliance; and practice director Sergio Montes (at Eyzaguirre Burlé Montes & Ossa until 2019), who is a highly rated labour and social security law expert. Former senior associate Andrea Papi left the firm in October 2020. Since publication, Montes has been raised to the partnership, effective January 2022.
Paulina Miranda; Sergio Montes
‘Great for experience, communication and diligence.’
‘Excellent service with clear and concise communications.’
‘With full knowledge of the applicable regulations, this team is both accurate and efficient.’
‘The team led by Paulina Miranda and Sergio Montes has great experience, and knows how to focus its advice on the applicable legal framework.’
‘Paulina Miranda has vast experience in multinational issues, is easily accessible, and actively participates in the sensitive issues of our company.’
‘Sergio Montes has great oral and communication skills, and knows how to structure defences successfully.’
The Walt Disney Company
- Advised Vitamina on the management of its entire workforce during the pandemic and closure of daycare institutions.
- Assisted CODELCO with several highly relevant and sensitive trials with union leaders and unions.
- Advised Anglo American on strategic labour and employment matters, including compliance, harassment, diversity and inclusion issues.
Saavedra & Compañía Abogados
Saavedra & Compañía Abogados‘ specialised six-member group (including three partners) has substantial experience in individual and collective employment law, including conflict resolution, labour trials, collective negotiations, union relations, social security and immigration matters; the practice also has notable industry sector expertise in retail, banking, security (transportation of valuables) mining, manufacturing and e-commerce. The ‘very capable’ practice is co-led by Juan Pablo Saavedra (labour head at Uribe, Hubner & Cia. until 2016), who assists with labour litigation and collective bargaining, among other matters; labour litigator Cristóbal Muñoz; and Gabriela Gerpe (litigation/ADR, migration and labour relations). Additional support is provided by experienced director Priscilla Serres.
Juan Pablo Saavedra; Cristóbal Muñoz; Gabriela Gerpe
‘A very capable team about whom I feel very confident in relation to their recommendations and advice.’
‘Rich experience in labour issues.’
‘Great for the knowledge and professional background that all the lawyers in this firm have.’
‘Interaction with them has always been fast and efficient.’
‘Very involved and available 24/7, with very good judgement that makes decision making easier.’
‘They are truly experts in the workplace; compared to other firms, they lead in terms of knowledge and the quality of people at the firm – very reliable, fair fees and good results.’
‘Good collaboration, speed and efficiency; and what makes it unique is its availability to the client, becoming part of its work and understanding problems from the company’s point of view, so that they can see the best legal options for the company – that is its greatest differentiating value, in addition to having thorough knowledge of the current legislation.’
‘Juan Pablo Saavedra stands out for understanding clients, their complexity and realities, and for reaching solutions with this information to hand.’
Geotec Boyles Bros
Willis, Towers and Watson
Embotelladora Andina (Coca-Cola)
Red Eléctrica Internacional
Ferrovial Servicios Chile
- Assisted Prosegur with an employee non-compliance matter that was declared to be prejudicial to the client.
- Assisted Ocean Spray with collective negotiations.
- Assisted Prosegur with collective negotiations.
Labour and employment law boutique firm Sáez & Fernández was launched by Raúl Fernández (complex labour litigation and strategic labour advice) and labour law expert Felipe Sáez in 2016. Currently standing at nine members, the practice has notable labour relations and litigation expertise, and constantly works with the country’s largest mining companies, along with major telecoms and transportation-sector entities, among others. ‘Dedicated to excellence‘, labour litigation and labour consultancy specialist Andrés Dighero (previously at Alessandri & Compañía Abogados) was hired as partner in June 2019, while attorney Pablo Fuenzalida’s experience includes unfair labour practice suits. Despite the loss of former associates Luis Celis and Isaías Rodríguez (in October and November 2020, respectively), the firm continues to grow, hiring four associated during the course of the year.
Raúl Fernández; Felipe Sáez; Andrés Dighero
‘Very watchful to client’s requirements, and their advice places the correct emphasis on identifying risks as well as opportunities for improvement in legal compliance.’
‘The level of personal commitment is impressive.’
‘It is characterised by comprehensive responses to the needs of the company.’
‘Its best quality is availability.’
‘They anticipate the needs of clients and update us on relevant issues, which in pandemic times have been many!’
‘The certainty and precision of their advice have allowed us to overcome different situations and, likewise, avoid other complex ones that could have developed.’
‘Andrés Dighero is a professionally excellent lawyer who understands clients’ needs and timescales – he is dedicated to excellence and has a unique commitment to clients.’
‘Andrés Dighero has vast experience and knowledge of Chilean labour practice, particularly in the complex mining world; he is also quick in his answers and accurate, and delivers a very good cost-quality ratio that exceeds market expectations.’
Compañia Minera Inés De Collahuasi
Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca
Compañía Minera Teck Carmen de Andacollo
Asociación Chilena De Seguridad
- Acted for Compañía Minera Inés de Collahuasi in its defence in 117 court cases, which included designing the legal strategy and litigating before the labour courts.
- Acted in Asociación Chilena de Seguridad’s defence in 34 court cases, which included designing the legal strategy and litigating before the labour courts.
- Acted in Duoc UC’s defence in 103 court cases, which included designing the legal strategy and litigating before the labour courts.
Baker McKenzie Chile
The five-strong department at Baker McKenzie Chile specialises in high-value, complex litigation on behalf of employers; its experience includes claims involving unlawful dismissal, employee benefits, discrimination and sexual harassment, among other matters. Other key areas for the practice include collective bargaining, executive compensation, pensions, stock options, immigration, social security and workplace policies, while the group is further supported by the firm’s global network of labour lawyers. Heading the labour and employment practice at the Santiago office, Andrés Valdés has longstanding experience in the full plethora of labour and employment law-related work, while associate José Ignacio Muñoz is active in labour litigation, hirings and terminations, collective bargaining and subcontracting.
‘The Chile team is very responsive and its professionals are excellent.’
‘They know our company and recommend the best alternatives to take.’
‘Andrés Valdes and his team are very knowledgeable and responsive; they give practical advice without over-explaining the law.’
‘Andrés Valdes understands multinational businesses and gives business advice while appropriately weighing the risks. He also speaks excellent English, which is important at times for certain business partners who do not speak Spanish.’
- Designed a strategy for an internal restructuring that included staff reduction.
- Assisted a multinational industrial manufacturer with defining a strategy to overcome the Covid-19 crisis.
- Assisted a multinational technology company with an internal investigation into potential fraud by an executive at the company.
Deloitte Legal Chile
The labour law practice of Deloitte Legal Chile (part of the global network of Deloitte member firms) is particularly active in the mining, energy, manufacturing, retail and logistics sectors. The practice covers collective bargaining, labour litigation, and compliance investigations during sexual harassment and mobbing-related procedures, as well as labour restructuring-related due diligence, compliance programmes, and executive personnel transfers. Practice director Nancy Ibaceta (a 2019 arrival from EY Chile) is team head, while at partner level Ignacio Concha heads the immigration service line; further support is provided by manager Alvaro Yañez (labour, social security and individual taxation matters), and experienced senior associates Valentina Castro and Astrid Harsch.
Nancy Ibaceta; Ignacio Concha
Marina del Sol
- Assisted Prosegur with a review of benefits and policies for employees.
- Assisted Adecco with a benefits review of key personnel.
- Assisted Unilever with labour compliance issues.
DLA Piper Chile‘s four-member practice advises on a diverse range of employment law matters, including collective bargaining, complex employment litigation, implementing compensation schemes for employees, and termination of high-level officers. It also has a strong day-to-day practice, which assists with internal investigation, redundancies, hiring processes and dismissals, as well as labour-related due diligence for transactions, labour compliance and corporate immigration. Leading the firm’s labour and employment practice group, Luis Parada is a labour and employment and corporate immigration specialist. At associate level Gabriela Andrade was hired in January 2021 from EY Chile, and Ignacio Abogabir was incorporated in November 2020 after over two years with the Chilean government. Former counsel Juan Pablo Mesías left the firm in January 2021.
‘What makes them unique is their level of commitment to addressing issues that go beyond the norm and that have been challenging in current times, such as the management of immigration issues in a Covid context and addressing complex situations with employees who have breached our standards of respect to diversity and inclusion.‘
San José Farms
Ingersoll – Rand
- Successfully defended Jeld-Wen against ots former top management in Chile (general manager, CFO and marketing manager).
- Assisted Uber with a workforce reduction matter, following a decision taken globally.
- Assisted Spectrum Brands with restructuring the company due to a change of business model.
Grasty Quintana Majlis – in association with Clyde & Co’s labour and employment practice (including three associates who focus exclusively on labour and employment law-related matters) is led by labour law specialist Christian Alvarado, who focuses on strategy design, as well as the implementation, development and maintenance of harmonious labour relations between employees, employers and unions. The group was recently particularly active in relation to the effects of the Covid-19 health emergency, primarily in terms of reorganisations, terminations, lawsuits and collective negotiations. Associates Patricio Riquelme and Lily Torrejón are particularly noted.
Nike de Chile
Bridgestone Off-The-Road Tire Latin America
Parque Arauco Group
Minera Tres Valles
- Advised Tricot Group on a general strategic plan for collective restructuring processes.
- Assisted Indumotora Group with the preparation of a general strategic plan regarding its collective restructuring process.
- Assisting Nike with its labour matters on an ongoing basis, including various litigation cases across the country.
Recent work areas for Guerrero Olivos’ labour, employment and migration group include labour-related corporate matters (particularly M&A and reorganisations), and on the contentious side, a considerable caseload involving unfair dismissals, anti-union practices, fundamental rights, work-related accidents, and collective bargaining. In the migratory and expatriate space, the group is especially focused on the mining and energy sectors. Promoted to partner in late 2019, team leader Rocío García de la Pastora specialises in labour law and litigation, collective bargaining, strategic labour plans and corporate labour. Key associate support is provided by Sergio Fuica (fundamental rights and labour disputes), and collective bargaining, labour litigation and corporate labour expert Tomas Garnham.
Rocío García de la Pastora
‘A comprehensive team that is expert in different branches of law.’
‘This is a solid team with which we have never had any problems.’
‘The personalised service makes this practice different from other law firms.’
‘Creative solutions to problems and a lot of knowledge.’
‘Rocío García de la Pastora is experienced and knowledgeable, and always available.’
‘The outstanding lawyers are Rocío García de la Pastora and associates Tomas Garnham and Sergio Fuica, who are accessible and available to us whenever they are required.’
Antofagasta Minerals Compañía Cervecerías Unidas
MITTA (Mitsui & Co)
Amazon Web Services
- Advised energy-transmission company, Transelec, on an agreement with its union after a collective bargaining process.
- Assisted Compañía Cervecerías Unidas (multi-category beverage company) with its relationship with contractors, thereby avoiding litigation.
- Advises FEMSA (Mexican multinational beverage and retail company) on the labour aspects of its corporate matters, reorganisations, and M&A deals in Chile.
Estudio Navarro Abogados
Estudio Navarro Abogados‘ eight-strong department advises on the full spectrum of labour law specialisms, ranging from individual and collective labour law to immigration, social security law, labour-related corporate matters and labour legislation compliance. With over 40 years’ experience advising companies on labour law and collective bargaining procedures, founding partner Luis Navarro, whose experience includes being convened by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to participate in the Labour and Pension Procedures Reform, leads the labour group; and Benjamín Costa focuses on corporate/preventive advice, and labour and pension litigation. In January 2021, the team was further strengthened when former associate Juan Pablo Fernández Avendaño, who has a broad labour practice, returned as partner from his own boutique practice.
Luis Navarro; Benjamín Costa
‘An excellent partner for labour issues, with an agile and automated billing and collection system.’
‘Professionals of a very good standard, with great availability and knowledge of our company; in addition, they propose alternative solutions to trials.’
‘Absolute accessibility and willingness to know and solve problems.’
‘The combination of Luis Navarro’s experience together with the dynamism of Benjamín Costa make this team strong, reliable and very in tune with the realities of our company.’
‘Luis Navarro has vast experience in labour matters, especially in union and collective bargaining work.’
‘Benjamín Costa has outstanding knowledge in labour matters, both in preventive counselling and litigation.’
Compañía General de Electricidad
Banco del Estado de Chile
Express de Santiago Uno
Aguas del Altiplano
- Defended Compañía General de Electricidad against a labour suit brought by a former contractor.
- Defended Metrogas’ consideration as a strategic company without the right to strike.
- Defended Express de Santiago Uno against charges of dismissal for union activity.
Porzio Ríos García's five-member practice ranges from collective bargaining, restructurings, discrimination and unfair labour practice litigation to health and safety regulations, compliance and internal investigations, employee benefits, social security and global mobility. Other areas of expertise include immigration, executive transfers, M&A processes and training. The team also has expertise in mining-related employment matters. With over 20 years’ labour and employment experience, Ignacio García heads the department, which includes social security, labour and employment specialist Fernando Villalobos and ‘highly articulate’ associate Laura Kottmann.
Fernando Villalobos; Ignacio García
‘Extremely competent and serious lawyers who seek to find viable solutions that can be implemented legally.’
‘Excellent response times and work product.’
‘Very bright and with quick responses.’
‘Highly qualified lawyers who speak several languages, allowing ideal communication for international corporations.’
‘Ignacio García has very good general knowledge of Chilean and international law.’
‘Fernando Villalobos demonstrates clarity and practicality.’
‘Fernando Villalobos has been of great help in understanding Chilean laws and how they apply to our business units in Chile; he is very clear in his opinions and an expert lawyer for labour matters.’
‘Associate Laura Kottmann is highly articulate and has great technical knowledge.’
Agricola Los Girosales
Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Days Saints
Gas Natural Fenosa
Jones Lang Lasalle
Swedish Space Corporation Chile
- Defended Occidental Chemical against an unfair labour practice lawsuit.
- Acted for Swedish Space Corporation Chile in a wrongful termination dispute.
- Acted for the Church of the Latter Saint Days in a dispute concerning freedom of religion and legitimate occupational requirements at work.
‘With high levels of practical and regulatory knowledge‘, the six-member labour, employment and immigration department at Prieto Abogados has a significant track record in labour litigation, corporate-related labour advice, and collective bargaining processes. The practice’s co-heads are Christian von Bergen, whose broad practice covers human resource administration and strategies for major companies, along with collective bargaining processes and labour law litigation; and Cristóbal Raby (a partner since early 2019), who assists with labour and social security issues (both individual and collective matters), as well as collective bargaining. At associate level, Valentina Flen leads the department’s immigration practice.
Christian von Bergen; Cristóbal Raby
‘A team with a lot of knowledge in this area and great for direct communication and quick responses; it is also always up to date with legal changes and understands clients’ realities.’
‘Teams with high levels of practical and regulatory knowledge, with speedy responses and a sense of urgency.’
‘Good mixture between experienced and innovative young partners.’
‘Permanent availability with good analytical skills.’
‘Prieto Abogados’ labour law team has been with us for years. In all this time we have witnessed the competence, professionalism, seriousness and availability of all the lawyers that make up the firm. Compared to other firms, Prieto Abogados stands out considerably.’
‘Cristóbal Raby stands out for his deep knowledge of labour law, and is both knowledgeable and creative.’
‘Cristóbal Raby and associate Valentina Flen excel at delivering innovative and fast responses that are tailored to clients’ needs.’
- Acting for delivery company Pedidos Ya in several labour trials, which were initiated by former riders claiming the existence of employee relationships with the company.
- Successfully acted for Yamana Gold in a challenging collective bargaining with its mining union.
- Assisted SMU with numerous labour law trials initiated by former or current employees throughout the country.
The November 2020 merger between Provoste y Cía. and Matamala Abogados led to the creation of Provoste Matamala Abogados, which fields a specialised 21-strong labour and employment law team. Pedro Matamala Souper (litigation, advisory work and collective bargaining) has over 25 years’ experience in labour and employment matters, while fellow name partner Matías Provoste Vargas is a collective bargaining specialist, particularly in relation to the mining industry. Younger partner Raimundo Lira is a litigation specialist and works closely with associate director of the litigation team, María José Cea Catalán. The team also includes a number of noteworthy associates, including seniors Benjamín Calidonio and Andrea Castro Bustamante. Associate Luis Celis, a late-2020 incorporation from Sáez & Fernández, is also noted.
Pedro Matamala Souper; Matías Provoste Vargas; María José Cea Catalán
‘The lawyers are highly trained, and the most important thing is that they not only help to understand the law but also its application; during trials, we have been very successful with them.’
‘Matamala Abogados puts in an exceptional performance.’
‘Pedro Matamala Souper’s extensive knowledge and experience should be highlighted. He is clear about the laws and their applications, and advises us in such a way that we learn the pros and cons of our decisions.’
‘Director María José Cea Catalán is highly trained and knows how to face litigation.’
‘The firm has a strong commitment to its clients, being a fundamental pillar in decision-making before critical situations, it accompanies us and guides us. In addition, it keeps us updated on the new regulations, laws and resolutions that the government issues on labor matters and protocols associated with Covid-19 and its strains.‘
‘Their commitment. The knowledge they have in handling different topics and areas. Its warmth. I highlight Pedro Matamala and Alexis Moya with whom I work daily.‘
‘Pedro Matamala has a very good knowledge of the economic sector in which we participate, making his advice and attention very appropriate for decision-making.‘
‘Speed and adequate knowledge of the subject. Really, of excellence.‘
‘The attorneys are highly trained. The most important thing is that they not only help to understand the law but also its application. In trials, they keep track of dates and strategies to address them. We have been very successful in them.‘
‘The wide knowledge and experience of Pedro Matamala should be highlighted. He is clear about the laws and their applications. He advises us in such a way that we can know the pros and cons of our decisions. Regarding the other members of the team, I highlight María José Cea and Benjamín Calidonios. Very trained in trials and how to face them.‘
‘Strengths: speed of response, focus on solutions, knowledge and experience in the matters in which they support us.‘
‘The team responds very quickly to our needs, and it shows that there is internal coordination. There is a high technical level in the way they respond and the preparation they make of the trials is very dedicated.‘
‘Pedro Matamala stands out for his technical capacity and quick response. In addition, time is taken to understand the need of the company and create a tailor-made solution. His ability to visualize long-term problems makes him anticipate and generate preventive solutions. In addition, Pedro has a capacity to litigate far above other lawyers, with a very positive success rate. María José Cea and Benjamín Calidonio have exceptional technical and litigation skills in complex labour matters.‘
‘It is a large team, highly specialised in the different needs of labour law today. It is also extraordinarily dynamic and effective !!!‘
‘In particular, the professionals on the team are very well prepared, have extensive knowledge and a very good disposition. I see in particular an excellent ability of Mr. Matamala in assembling teams. This, independent of his extraordinary ability as a leader and negotiator.‘
- Assisted Dominion with a benefits collection claim made by six employees.
- Assisted Goldenfrost with an unjustified dismissal case.
- Assisted Sociedad Agricola Quebrada Seca with a constructive dismissal claim for serious breach of an employment contract’s obligations.
Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers
Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers‘ range of work covers collective bargaining, defending labour claims and litigation, labour due diligence for transactions, and analysing the workforce-related issues facing companies. Other key areas include corporate assistance with individual labour and social security legislation, along with labour law compliance. The principal advisers are labour litigation and collective bargaining specialist Ramón Domínguez (‘creative and always available‘); and ‘very prepared’ practice director Francis Reyes, who advises on individual and collective labour law, social security, immigration, labour litigation and industrial safety; both arrived from DLA Piper Chile back in late 2018.
Ramón Domínguez; Francis Reyes
‘Always very well prepared and they put all of their professionalism into each case, regardless of the amount involved.’
‘The knowledge they have of our company, our culture and what we have done to comply with labour issues helps us a lot.’
‘They have the sufficient skills and knowledge to advise us on the matters that concern us.’
‘Ramón Domínguez knows how to listen to the client and adapt to its needs, he is creative and always available.’
‘Director Francis Reyes is recommended for her preparation, professionalism, availability and credibility.’
‘Francis Reyes gives timely answers by any means, regardless of her workload and schedule.’
‘Francis Reyes is very professional and up to date with the regulations.’
‘Francis Reyes is always available and very prepared, and she has good contacts.’
Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro de Santiago
Empresa Constructora Belfi
Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio
- Defended Aeromet against a case brought by the family of a flight instructor, who died in an airplane accident.
- Represented Constructora Socovesa in a complex case against the National Ergonomic Commission, which sought to revoke a ruling that obliged Socovesa to pay extra social security contribution for every stonemason in the company.
- Representing Roberto Machuca, the former deputy general manager of Chilena Consolidada Seguros de Vida (Zurich Group) in a wrongful termination trial.
Salinas Toledo Abogados
Specialist labour and employment law firm Salinas Toledo Abogados was launched in 2019 by employment litigation expert Jaime Salinas, the first labour arbitrator appointed by the Labour Bureau to resolve disputes between trade unions and companies. Salinas is a former labour practice director at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, from where María Francisca Montenegro and Francisco Ruay also joined as partners in 2019; today the eight-strong team consistently advises national and multinational employers on a wide range of global employment law and human resources matters. Sebastian Fernandez is another experienced litigation practitioner, while senior associate Isaías Rodríguez Reyes was recruited in late 2020 from Sáez & Fernández.
‘These lawyers stand out for their comprehensive knowledge of the law, which they put at the service of the client through personalised attention.’
‘The team comprises excellent professionals, with extensive experience in complex judicial, union and labour matters.’
‘The work team is very good, and super clear and transparent when considering the options you have in work situations.’
‘Professionally, they are very good and have solid experience in this area.’
‘It is certain that with them the work will be good.’
‘Jaime Salinas is a highly experienced lawyer.’
‘María Francisca Montenegro is an excellent lawyer and very professional; it is clear that she has experience in trials, since the results with her have been very favourable for my company.’
‘Sebastian Fernandez is also a great lawyer, with a lot of experience; and it shows that he has vast knowledge of doctrine, which is why he contributes a great deal during controversial matters.’
Zara Home (Inditex)
Servicio De Registro Civil E Identificacion
Grupo Defensa Deudores
Sociedad De Inversiones Y Asesoria Ibañez
Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados/Comercial Kaufmann
Computer Generated Solutions
- Assisting Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados with its employment matters and relations, including complex labour lawsuits.
- Acted for Zara Chile/Zara Home (Inditex) in various trials, as well as representation in collective bargaining matters.
- Assisting WOM with labour law matters, including lawsuits throughout the country.
Abdala y Cia‘s representative work ranges from labour litigation to collective bargaining, corporate law-related labour issues, social security, immigration, terminations, and sexual harassment investigations. Assistance from the four-member labour and employment practice also comprises a complete overview of clients’ companies and business. Team leader José Ignacio Arteaga has longstanding experience in labour litigation, collective bargaining negotiations and corporate labour matters; and associate Andrea Abdala Ready (at Morales & Besa until 2018) focuses on regulatory labour, employment and immigration compliance.
José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu
‘Legal support with strong practical abilities.’
‘Great for availability to the client.’
IFX Networks Chile
- Successfully represented VTR in a wrongful termination case.
- Advising the Argentine Embassy (on a daily basis) on all employment and labour matters.
- Advised Banco de la Nación Argentina on the closing of its only branch in Chile and the termination of all its employees (mostly unionised).
Albagli Zaliasnik‘ six-strong department advises on hiring processes, compensation, terminations, subcontracting, due diligence and corporate policies, along with collective bargaining in the technology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, banking, and oil and gas sectors. The firm also has an experienced litigation practice. ‘Extraordinary lawyer’ Jorge Arredondo (promoted to partner in May 2020) leads the labour and employment group, which includes: collective bargaining, compliance and litigation expert Daniela Hirsch (promoted to director in May 2021); and associate Felipe Neira, who focuses on individuals and businesses’ labour, employment and compliance requirements.
‘AZ has a team that is very committed to clients.’
‘They are always available and give very practical solutions to complex problems. Unlike other firms, they maintain very close relationships with clients, which is appreciated.’
‘Great for their availability to use technological tools, especially during the pandemic period, and are innovative in every sense and adapt to constant change.’
‘Jorge Arredondo is one of the members of the team that stands out for being assertive, accurate, fast, and always with a solution.’
‘Jorge Arredondo is an extraordinary lawyer; he understands the problems of the company and provides innovative and practical solutions.’
San Bernardo Montessori School
- Successfully defended Prefabricados Budnik against an unfair dismissal claim.
- Assisted Ambar, which owns several nursing homes in Santiago, with several employment-related litigation claims that were brought by assistant nurses.
- Acted for Gasco GLP, one of the largest distributors of natural gas in Chile, in a workplace accident-related claim.
The four-member department at Allende Bascuñán & Cía advises employers on a wide range of employment, social security and occupational health issues. Its clients come from the mining, agriculture, science, aviation, construction and general services sectors (among others). Labour law leader Andrés Garrido’s experience includes advising on scenarios involving discrimination, workplace harassment and fundamental rights; during 2020, his practice also covered Covid-related restructurings, temporary changes to workforces and mass layoffs.
‘We are a small organization locally with a complex organisational system due to the size of the astronomical project in which we participate. ABCIA has provided us with a comprehensive and personalised service with good results. Through time we have been strengthening relationships based on trust on our part and their understanding of our exceptional characteristics.‘
‘They are consistent and available, which is extremely important to us. They are quick to respond and have given us good legal advice in the past.‘
Federal Express Chile
Ingeniería y Construcción Casablanca
BTS Intrade Laboratorios
Chilena Consolidada Seguros Generales
Trane de Chile
Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna
- Advised ALMA (an international partnership between the Chilean State and research organisations from North America, Europe, and East Asia) on a Covid-19-related labour action plan.
- Advised Air Canada’s Chilean agency on the new pandemic-related General Employment Protection Act.
- Defended Chilena Consolidada Seguros Generales’ insured party Anglo American Sur against a lawsuit for a work-related accident that resulted in fatal injuries to a subcontractor’s worker.
The dissolution of Aninat Schwencke & Cia in April 2020 (following the departure of former name partner Juan Pablo Schwencke) led to the emergence of Aninat Abogados. The firm's three-member employment practice handles collective bargaining, labour disputes, compensation and M&A-related labour issues. Lead partner Rodrigo Ugarte‘s experience includes advising major companies on corporate-related labour matters, collective bargaining, the labour aspects of closing operations in Chile, and litigation before the Labour Courts; key associate Leyla Alul focuses on labour law, labour litigation and immigration.
‘A very well-constituted team with responsible lawyers who are experienced.’
‘Very professional and with very good results.’
‘Very good application and knowledge of labour law.’
‘Rodrigo Ugarte and associate Leyla Alul make a very good team; together they give solid answers and solutions to concerns in a timely, authoritative way, and both have solid negotiating skills when facing trials.’
‘I would highlight the committed presence of Rodrigo Ugarte as a partner.’
Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
Exxacon Desarrollo Inmobiliario Garibaldi
Empresa de Servicios Externos de la Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
Super Bid Chile
Termas de Jahuel
- Assisted Laboratorio Sanitas in relation to a collective bargaining matter.
- Advised Citroën Chile on the suspension of staff labour agreements, further to the recent Law of Job Protection that was passed to reduce the considerable economic effects generated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advised Termas de Jahuel, Hotel & Spa on the suspension of staff labour agreements, further to the recent Law of Job Protection that was passed to reduce the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barros Silva Varela & Vigil’s Roberto Lewin is the partner in charge of the firm’s four-member labour and employment practice, which he founded in early 2019 when hired (alongside senior associate Nicole Lüer) from Vergara, Fernández, Costa & Claro. Lewin advises on preventive labour auditing, restructuring following termination of production, subcontracting, collective bargaining, litigation and salary planning, along with immigration and labour law compliance. Lüer is a human resources and labour relations specialist.
Other key lawyers:
‘The coordination and preparation of litigation is extraordinary.‘
‘Roberto Lewin leads the area very well, giving the team space for development, guiding them without overshadowing them.‘
- Represented the interests of Nestlé Chile in eight different labour trials during 2020.
- Advised Sika Chile on the labour aspects of its integration with Parex Chile.
- Advised James R Glidewell, Dental Ceramics, on labour matters during the closing of its subsidiary in Chile.
‘Strongly focused on labour litigation’, Bock Abogados houses an eight-member practice that has longstanding experience in labour relations management, collective bargaining and labour disputes. It assists (on an ongoing basis) clients from the telecoms, banking, retail, food production and financial services sectors, along with pharmaceuticals and hotels. Silvia Soto co-ordinates the firm’s advisory and litigation work, as well as collective bargaining matters, while Sebastian Bock and Cristobal Bock provide further partner-level support. Constanza Gamboa is the associate to note.
‘A specialised team that is committed to the provision of high-level services.’
‘Proactive and always available, whether an emergency or not.’
‘Great commitment to matters, very good management and great knowledge.’
‘Rising to challenges, this firm always makes complex processes easier.’
‘A great team of professionals who are very proactive and have great knowledge of this subject in terms of form and substance.’
‘This is a a firm that is strongly focused on labour litigation, and it has great skills in this area. In addition, they establish good relations with colleagues as well as the magistrates.’
‘These attorneys are very trustworthy and highly responsible, and stand out for their knowledge and management of corporate, judicial and collective bargaining matters.’
‘The advice they provide is highly qualified and specialist.’
Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones
Entel Call Center
Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros
Inamar Vapor Industrial
Empresa Constructora Sigro
Avícola El Monte
Avícola y Comercial El Toco
Agrícola Santa Marta de Liray
Ohio National Financial Services
Corporacion Educacional Loyola
Sociedad Agrícola Huertos Carolina
- Acted for Ripley in various trials, which included alleged anti-union practices.
- Advised Entel Call Center on a collective bargaining process.
- Advised Prolesur (subsidiary of Soprole) on a collective bargaining process.
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s labour and employment practice focuses on advising clients from the mining, manufacturing, healthcare, technology and entertainment industries on workforce practices, immigration issues, compliance, and complex negotiations with senior executives and trade unions. Clients also turn to the team for representation in court as well as advice on M&A-related labour matters. Heading the firm’s labour practice, Pablo Gutiérrez assists with business-critical operational matters such as hirings, terminations, compliance and collective bargaining, along with long-term strategic analysis of clients’ employment concerns. Notable support is provided by senior associate Luis Alberto Cruchaga who, since publication, has been raised to the partnership - effective January 2022.
‘A multidisciplinary, competent and reactive team that is complete, and knows how to propose external solutions when required to optimise costs.’
Sociedad de Fomento Fabril
Sociedad de Procesamiento de Molibdeno
Casino Luckia Arica
Luniben Top Frio
- Assisted Nephrocare Chile with a lawsuit brought by an employee who was dismissed following the death of a patient under the employee’s care.
- Assisted Centro de Diálisis Araucanía with an unfair dismissal lawsuit brought by an employee, who was sacked following an internal review.
- Assisted chemistry sector company ECOLAB with the collective bargaining process of its affiliate, Nalco Industrial Services Chile, which comprised 59 essential employees.
The ‘always available’ seven-member team at Del Río Izquierdo Abogados has significant experience in hirings, terminations, compensation packages and collective bargaining, along with migration issues, subcontracting, due diligence, and labour-related administrative and jurisdictional litigation. Its clients are predominantly from the mining, construction, technology, manufacturing, hotels and beauty sectors. With ‘an eye for detail’, founding partner Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza heads up the labour practice group, while Francisco Bañados Geywitz is litigation practice group director.
Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza; Francisco Bañados Geywitz
‘Differentiates itself through response times and quality answers.’
‘The lawyers take good care of their clients and their litigation.’
‘They are always available for meetings and clarifications.’
‘Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza deals with legal issues quickly, and has an eye for detail.’
‘Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza is always available and has very good knowledge, not only of the legislation but of our business, which is a plus when compared with other firms.’
Unisys Sudamericana Corporation
Compañía Minera Nevada
Inversiones Barrick Conosur
Tetra Pak De Chile Comercial
Parque Zoológico Buinzoo
Gestora Studio 3000
- Assisted Compañía Minera Nevada with a collective bargaining process.
- Assisted Unisys Sudamericana Corporation with a collective bargaining process.
- Defended Gestora Studio 3000 against a lawsuit filed by four service providers.
'Dedicated' employment law boutique Doña Riveaux fields specialists in union issues, labour advisory, due diligence, trials and visa procedures. It acts for national and international clients from areas such as construction, food, concession companies, vineyards and non-profit organisations. Santiago Doña is Guerrero Olivos' former labour practice head; senior associate Margarita Riveaux's experience includes defence litigation, occupational disease lawsuits, day-to-day advice and collective bargaining; and Carolina Lira (at Fontaine & Cía until mid-2019) is an experienced associate.
Santiago Doña; Margarita Riveaux
‘The entire team is very committed, and the lawyers are approachable and always firmly involved in cases.‘
‘The work this team does is spectacular.‘
‘Dedicated to labour litigation.‘
‘The team’s strengths are keeping up to date, efficiency, knowledge and experience; the youth of the team also stands out here and the staff compares favourably with other firm’s lawyers.‘
‘Santiago Doña, senior associate Margarita Riveaux and associate Carolina Lira are extraordinary labour lawyers; they really get into cases and regularly win complex employment lawsuits.‘
Astaldi Sucursal Chile
Exportadora Unifrutti Traders
Motta International Group Company
Burger Grúas y Transportes Especiales
Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar Los Andes
- Advised Verallia Chile on a collective bargaining matter.
- Advised Distribuidora Los Guindos on collective bargaining.
- Acted for Servicios de Grúa y Transportes Especiales Burger in its defence to a labour-related lawsuit.
ECIJA Otero’s four-strong employment practice advises on the full range of labour issues - including labour restructurings, the dismissal of senior executives and drafting of senior executive contracts, court proceedings and labour inspections, and collective bargaining agreements. The team also has notable expertise in labour issues involving new technologies. The key figures are practice head Gerardo Otero Alvarado (over 30 years’ experience); Dolores Echeverría Faz (elevated to partner in January 2021); and María de los Ángeles Fernández, who was promoted to manager in September 2020.
Gerardo Otero Alvarado; Dolores Echeverría Faz; María de los Ángeles Fernández
‘The team is very committed, always present, and with remarkable knowledge of this area.’
‘They have shown good knowledge in all areas involving the labour needs of our company and we are very satisfied with their performance.’
‘Their commitment to our company during each situation that has arisen is notable, and they have always acted quickly and efficiently.’
Automóvil Club de Chile
Reale Chile Seguros Generales
The Boston Consulting Group
Jorge Valdivia Toro
- Defended Empresas Bash companies against labour lawsuits for unjust dismissal and mobbing.
- Assisted various clients such us Ricoh, Bash, Rd Sistemas, Urbana, Azul Azul, Lexmark, Microsoft, The Boston Consulting Group, Luxiona and GAM with Covid-19 related labour matters.
- Assisted Boomerang with the hiring and termination of actors for the production Inés del Alma Mía, an Amazon series.
Fontaine & Cía
Housing a seven-strong team, Fontaine & Cía’s focus is on individual and collective employment contracts and social security benefits, as well as collective bargaining processes and companies’ relations with unions. The firm also has a robust labour litigation practice. Founding partner and labour team leader Diego Marín is experienced in collective bargaining, trade union issues, and the handling of labour lawsuits for companies in the construction, industrial, insurance and services sectors; the associates to note are Rodrigo Palacios and Felipe Navarro, who both assist with litigation and labour-related corporate advice.
Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida
Abbott Laboratories de Chile
Schneider Electric Chile
Ingenieria y Construccion Sigdo Koppers
Abbvie Productos Farmaceuticos
Isapre Cruz Blanca
Servicios de Comunicaciones Medicas
Claro Vicuña Y Valenzuela
Constructora Lo Campino
Construcciones Y Pavimentos
- Advised Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida on the implementation of changes to contracts, including work-from-home provisions.
- Advised Isapre Cruz Blanca on the implementation of new remuneration policies for the sales force.
- Advised Claro Vicuña y Valenzuela on collective negotiations with inter-company unions, in relation to large scale construction works.
The four-member team at Larrain y Asociados Abogados is consistently sought out by mining, education, and services industry clients for litigation, labour-related corporate advice, recruitment matters and cross-border employment issues, as well as for collective bargaining, M&A and general advice on employment and social security issues. The department also assists with major litigation involving accidents at work, employees’ fundamental rights, and claims before Chile’s administrative labour authority. Collective bargaining and general labour/corporate advisory specialist Andrés Silva heads the department, which also includes associates Jorge Parro and Miriela González.
‘Stands out for its speed, knowledge and willingness to resolve issues.’
‘The performance of these attorneys is of a very high standard, based on their deep knowledge of legal issues and personal qualities.’
‘If there is something that characterises and distinguishes the members of this firm, it is their value as people as they carry out their activities to high ethical standards.’
‘Andrés Silva is a standout partner.’
Sociedad Punta del Cobre
Santo Tomás Educational Group
La Polar Group
Constructora de Infraestructura de Chile Seguros Sura Chile
Larrain Vial Companies
Sealed Air Chile Industrial
- Advised Cementos Polpaico on a dismissal process that involved a significant number of employees, following a merger-related reorganisation.
- Assisted Colegio Santo Tomás de Puerto Montt during a collective bargaining with a union.
- Represented Pucobre in filing a lawsuit against the National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin), in order to obtain the court’s annulment of a resolution and fine imposed by said public entity.
With its mid-November 2020 tie-up with Argentine firm Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen, Schwencke & Cía has become PAGBAM Schwencke Chile. The four-member labour and employment group has extensive experience in litigation and conflict resolution before the labour courts and administrative authorities, company closures, union relations and collective bargaining. It also assists with social security and migration issues. Labour practice director Constanza Ríos Ghio is a specialist in labour law, labour litigation and immigration; while senior associate Fernanda Laborde Poblete assists with employment, immigration and social security matters.
Juan Pablo Schwencke; Constanza Ríos Ghio
WPP Group companies
Fundación Inria Chile
Newell Brands de Chile
Austral Capital Partners
Tech Data Chile
- Assisted CAF Chile with a a labour suit that was initiated by the labour union for alleged wrongful dismissal.
- Advised the WPP Group of companies on the application of new labour legislation further to the Covid pandemic.
- Acted for Tivit Chile in a labour suit initiated by a union and which concerned a collective bargaining process.
In addition to SCR Abogados’ five-member team’s handling of ongoing labour law issues, it is active in litigation, collective bargaining, hiring processes, compensation packages, terminations and labour due diligence. Other areas of strength are compliance reviews, internal investigations, corporate policies, social security, employee taxation and immigration. With over 15 years’ experience in labour law, team head Constanza Contreras Stange (a ‘prepared, skilled partner‘) is a litigation and collective bargaining specialist; associate Nicole Finkelstein Kulka has a diverse labour practice that covers advisory, transactional and contentious areas.
Constanza Contreras Stange
‘They are a reliable and robust team that is great for legal and strategic analysis.’
‘Reliable, dynamic, bold and very thorough in delivering information.’
‘A consolidated team with extensive knowledge of the topics they work on.’
‘Great for their knowledge of this area and their ability to understand conflicts.’
‘They differ from other firms because of their personalised and immediate attention, and have introduced newsletters of interest in the workplace, which are highly appreciated by our executives.’
‘Constanza Contreras Stange is a prepared, skilled partner with excellent negotiating skills.’
Gate Gourmet Catering Chile
Fundación Paz Ciudadana
- Defended Gestion de Calidad y Laboratorio (Eurofins) in an unfair dismissal case.
- Defended Gate Gourmet Catering Chile in an anti-union practices case.
- Assisted WeWork with dismissal, unfair dismissal and collection of unpaid benefits cases, that were filed by employees against a former contractor of the client.
The four-member team at Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr is experienced in assisting multinational and local corporations with general labour advisory work, as well as social security and immigration matters. It also advises on collective bargaining procedures, due diligence, and litigation before the Labour Courts and administrative entities. Experienced partner Alberto Rencoret heads up the firm’s labour and employment practice, of which senior associate Sebastián Merino is also a key member.
‘Urenda Rencoret Orrego’s group proves to be an organised team, extremely capable, with the characteristic responsibility where agile attention, timely advice, availability of consultation are strong points. Likewise, the patience to educate on issues and best practices in labour law.‘
‘Their response times and valuable input in conflict resolution sets them apart from other law firms. Professionalism and knowledge – in particular Alberto and Felipe Rencoret and also Nicolas Urenda.‘
Archer Daniels Midland
Fieldcore Services Solutions
International Data Corporation
Kospo Power Services
- Assisted Elanco Chile (a subsidiary of Elanco) with the integration of Bayer’s animal health business’ employees, further to an international M&A deal between the parties.
- Advised Kospo Power Services on a collective bargaining process with its union.
- Provides day-to-day assistance to Grupo Marina on a wide range of legal work, including labour matters.