Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Headed by experienced partner Karlfranz Koehler, Dentons Larrain Rencoret's labour department recruited senior associate Rodrigo Sanhueza in June 2020 from the Chilean Labour Bureau, where he was chief legal adviser; fellow senior associate Francisca Vivaldi is a mining sector-related collective bargaining expert.
Active in collective bargaining, labour litigation and M&A-related due diligence, Garrigues Chile's department is led by principal associate Bárbara Vera, an employment, social security and immigration law specialist; Vera is supported by senior associate and labour litigator Tomás Larrain.
Paulina Ewertz, previously at Munita & Olavarría Abogados, joined Vergara, Fernández, Costa & Claro in May 2018 as director to strengthen its labour and employment practice; Ewertz's broad expertise comprises complex litigation, collective bargaining processes and union matters.

Labour and employment in Chile

Carey

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.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Aitken; Francisca Corti

Key clients

Enel

Bristol Myers Squibb

Pepsico

American Airlines

UHG

Banmédica

Sherwin Williams

Cognizant Technology Solutions

JP Morgan

State Grid

Sunpower

Work highlights

  • 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 MarchenaPaola Casorzo (over 15 years’ labour law experience); and the recently promoted Gonzalo Urcelay. The associates to note are Catalina González and Mauricio Yudin.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Munita; Cristián Olavarría

Key clients

LATAM Airlines Group

Embotelladora Andina

McKinsey & Company

Banco Santander Chile

Cisco

DHL

Banco De Crédito E Inversiones

General Motors Chile

Celulosa Arauco Y Constitución

ENAP

Banco de Chile

Boehringer Ingelheim

Cámara De Comercio De Santiago

Cámara De Comercio De Santiago

Salfacorp

Work highlights

  • 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 LyonMaría 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.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Uribe Casasbellas; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz; Marcelo Soto

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Promotora CMR Falabella

Banco Falabella

Sociedad de Cobranzas Legales Lexicom

Seguros Falabella Corredores

Viajes Falabella

Jordan

Falabella Inversiones Financieras

Falabella Servicios Profesionales de TI

Servicios Generales Falabella Retail

Sodimac

Imperial

Itaú Corpbanca

CMPC

SMU

Besalco Group

LATAM Airlines Group

Laboratorio Chile

Empresas Constructora Moller & Pérez-Cotapos

Derco

Empresa Constructora Bravo e Izquierdo

Multicaja BICE Vida Compañía de Seguros

BCI Seguros de Vida

Salinas y Fabres

Molycop

Forus

Hasbro Chile Ellus-Manufacturas Louis Phillipe

Oxiquim

Global Soluciones Financieras

Gibson Innovations Chile

Cauchoval

Natura Cosméticos

Sociedad de Fomento Fabril

Olivos del Sur

Consorcio Flúor-Salfa Corp

Duoc UC

Mitsui

Clínica Ensenada

Industria Metalmecánica Rivet

Mercadolibre

BCI Seguros Generales

Luxottica of Chile

Ópticas GMO Chile

Grupo Inmobiliaria Imagina

Despegar.com Chile Digital Payments

Grupo Consorcio

Transporte Rio Negro

Work highlights

  • 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.

Barros & Errázuriz

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 EspinosaCarolina Carrillo (corporate labour, trials and collective bargaining), and individual and collective labour law specialist Pavel Alvarez.

Practice head(s):

Juan Cristóbal Iturrate

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Embonor

Universidad de las Américas

Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita

Hunter Douglas

Bayer

Fundición de Talleres

Vestas Turbinas Eólicas

Stars Investments

Konecta Chile

Envases CMF

Sociedad Industrial Kunstmann

Albia

Sally Beauty

Desarrollos Educacionales

Dentsply Sirona

Moullie

Sagittar

Inmobiliaria ICOM

Axity

Mapfre

Konecta

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Canales; Sebastián Parga

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Autopistas Abertis (Vías Chile)

Electrolux de Chile

Tresmontes Lucchetti

Essbio

Consultores Asociados de Marketing

Everis

CODELCO

Empresas Gasco

Grupo Cencosud

Anasac Chile

Alimentos y Frutos

Productos del Mar Ventisqueros

Antofagasta Terminal Portuario Internacional

AVW (Aresti Chilean Wine)

Inmobiliaria Encomenderos

Weir Minerals (Vulco)

Resiter

Celulosa Arauco

Unnio

B&M Agencia Marítima

Work highlights

  • 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.

Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos

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.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Tisi; Bárbara Zlatar

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

IBM de Chile

Adidas

Forever 21

Ripley

Coca Cola

Soprole

Fonterra

Coexpan

International Paper Cartones

Levi’s

Pontificia UC

Grupotec

Hasbro Latin America

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Enzo Canales

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Unilever

Worley

Eléctrica de Medellín

HDI Seguros

Servizi Energia Italia

Vial y Vives – DSD

Estee Lauder

Besalco Construcciones

Accenture

Transbank

Alxar Minería

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Francisco della Maggiora; Domingo Eyzaguirre; Camila Herrera

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Bechtel Chile

Sandvik Chile

Obrascón Huarte Lain

Generadora Metropolitana

General Motors Financial Chile

Energy Development Corporation Chile

Grupo Volta

Tinguiririca Energía

Price Forbes

Sociedad GNL Mejillones

CodelcoTech

Constructora de Pavimentos Asfálticos Bitumix

Biosar Chile

Inversiones Odisea

Inversiones La Construcción

STR Power Chile

TPV Technology

AGQ Chile

Lumen

Scoot Networks

Euroamérica

Banagro

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards

Ravago

Transemel (Ren Group)

Hidronor Chile

Work highlights

  • 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.

Lizama Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Luis Lizama; Gonzalo Riquelme; Esteban Palma; Osvaldo Parada

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

CAP Minería

CODELCO

Glencore Lomas Bayas

Antofagasta Minerals

Angloamerican

Compañía Minera Sierra Gorda

Mantos Copper

SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile

Nueva Unión

Norte Abierto

Kinross Minera Chile

Mina Invierno

SQM

Minera Tres Valles

Clínica Indisa

Clínica Puerto Varas Farmacias Ahumada

Fundación Instituto Profesional Duoc UC

Universidad Federico Santa María

Universidad de Las Américas

Cognita Chile

Abastible

Enel

Esval

Aguas de Antofagasta

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar 18 de Septiembre

Mutual de Seguridad

Entel

Mediterránea

ISS

Aramark Group

Televisión Nacional de Chile

Canal 13

El Mercurio

Scotiabank

Socofin

Central Bank

Coopeuch

Free Competition Defense Court

Watt’s

SAAM

Vechiola

Finning

Constructora El Sauce

HMV Ingenieros

Modular Mining Systems Inc y Cia

Letelier & Nuñez Abogados

ZOFRI

Unifrutti

Copefrut

Surfrut

Coanil

Canal del Fútbol

Cementos Bío Bío

Clorox

Gate Gourmet

Glasstech

Hoteles ACCOR

Copeval

Del Monte Fresh

Chemie

Viña San Pedro

Universidad Santo Tomas

3M

Hoteles Explora

Corpora

Tánica

Fork

Work highlights

  • Advised Antofagasta Minerals on collective bargaining issues.
  • Providing CODELCO with ongoing labour law advice.
  • Assisted Scotiabank with collective bargaining issues.

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

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 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.

Practice head(s):

Paulina Miranda; Sergio Montes

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Anglo American

Vitamina

Natura

CODELCO

WSP

Saval

Methanex

Alcon

The Walt Disney Company

NTT Chile

Metro

Telepizza

Ipsos

Novartis

Laboratorio Saval

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Saavedra; Cristóbal Muñoz; Gabriela Gerpe

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Prosegur

Geotec Boyles Bros

Willis, Towers and Watson

Unicard (SMU)

Tega Industries

Sanofi

Empresas CMPC

Embotelladora Andina (Coca-Cola)

Luxxottica

HBC Latina

Red Eléctrica Internacional

Ferrovial Servicios Chile

Banco Estado

Work highlights

  • 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.

Sáez & Fernández

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.

Practice head(s):

Raúl Fernández; Felipe Sáez; Andrés Dighero

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Compañia Minera Inés De Collahuasi

Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca

Compañía Minera Teck Carmen de Andacollo

Lumina Copper

Asociación Chilena De Seguridad

Duoc Uc

Esachs

Esachs Transportes

Intime Chile

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Valdes

Testimonials

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.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Ibaceta; Ignacio Concha

Key clients

Albemarle

Ripley

Aguas Andinas

Gamesa Eolica

Chileexpress

Fedex

BHP Billiton

Antofagasta Minerals

Engie

Metso

FEMSA

Marina del Sol

Unilever

Adecco

Prosegur

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Luis Parada

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

L’Oréal

Jeld-Wen

Air Liquide

Uber

Drillco

Dedalus

San José Farms

Sodexo

Ingersoll – Rand

Work highlights

  • 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 & Cia.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.’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.

Practice head(s):

Christian Alvarado

Key clients

Ericsson Chile

Indumotora Group

Nike de Chile

Bridgestone Off-The-Road Tire Latin America

Harsco Infrastructure

Ergas Group

Tricot Group

Tamm Group

Laboratorio Maver

Tepille Group

Parque Arauco Group

Minera Tres Valles

Work highlights

  • 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.

Guerrero Olivos

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.

Practice head(s):

Rocío García de la Pastora

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Facebook

Antofagasta Minerals Compañía Cervecerías Unidas

Femsa Comercio

GNL Quintero

Randstad Chile

Zurich-Santander

CGE

Naturgy Group

CAP Group

Transelec

Empresas Carozzi

SMU

MITTA (Mitsui & Co)

Amazon

Amazon Web Services

Edenred Chile

G4S Group

Multicaja

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Luis Navarro; Benjamín Costa

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Compañía General de Electricidad

Metrogas

Banco del Estado de Chile

Express de Santiago Uno

Kayser

Aguas del Altiplano

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Villalobos; Ignacio García

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Agricola Los Girosales

Agroreserves

Atrápalo

Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Days Saints

Csi Closures

Desert King

Emerson Electric

Gas Natural Fenosa

HB Fuller

John Crane

Jones Lang Lasalle

Liberty

Multicrete Systems

Occidental Chemical

Rivulis Plastro

Rockwood Lithium

Albemarle

Roullier Latino

Samsung

Swedish Space Corporation Chile

Vertic Co

Wom

Zurich Group

NOV

Ruby Tuesday

CGM Nuclear

Work highlights

  • 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.

Prieto Abogados

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Christian von Bergen; Cristóbal Raby

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Sodexo Chile

Yamana Gold

Sherwin Williams

Valle Nevado

SMU

Fitch Ratings

Pedidos Ya

Sun Dreams

Quanta Services

Puerto Central

Work highlights

  • 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.

Provoste Matamala Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Matamala Souper; Matías Provoste Vargas; María José Cea Catalán

Testimonials

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.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Domínguez; Francis Reyes

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro de Santiago

ENAP

Constructora Almagro

Empresa Constructora Belfi

JP Morgan

Liberty

Sura Chile

Prosegur

Salcobrand

Grupo Bethia

Café Haití

Constructora Socovesa

RSM Group

Sociedad Concesionaria Américo Vespucio

Servibanca

Pedidos Ya!

TAAS Consulting

Jhony Rockets

Procad

Inmunomedica

Convatec

Roberto Machuca

Darren Easton

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Salinas

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Zara Chile

Zara Home (Inditex)

WOM

Servicio De Registro Civil E Identificacion

Grupo Defensa Deudores

Sociedad De Inversiones Y Asesoria Ibañez

Redbanc

Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados/Comercial Kaufmann

Transportes Interandes

Legrand Bticino

Multicaja

Krealo-Tenpo

Transportes Transvip

Saba Estacionamientos

Opticas Antofagasta

Grupo Cobra

Gsi Ingenieria

Genau

Fedetur

Computer Generated Solutions

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu

Testimonials

Legal support with strong practical abilities.

Great for availability to the client.

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

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Arredondo

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Plastico Hoffens

Prefabricados Budnik

Ambar Residence

Gasco GLP

San Bernardo Montessori School

Ambar Residence

Work highlights

  • 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.

Allende Bascuñán & Cía

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Garrido

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Federal Express Chile

Constructora Casablanca

Ingeniería y Construcción Casablanca

Philips Chilena

Associated Universities

Air Canada

BTS Intrade Laboratorios

Chilena Consolidada Seguros Generales

Renner Coatings

Trane de Chile

Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna

Work highlights

  • 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.

Aninat Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Ugarte

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Asociación Chilena de Seguridad

Citröen Chile

Grupo Prize

Exxacon Desarrollo Inmobiliario Garibaldi

Empresa de Servicios Externos de la Asociación Chilena de Seguridad

Super Bid Chile

Enotec

Termas de Jahuel

Laboratorio Sanitas

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Lewin

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Lüer

Testimonials

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.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Bock Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Silvia Soto

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Ripley Chile

Banco Ripley

Comercial ECCSA

Entel

Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones

Entel Call Center

Soprole

Bice Vida Compañía de Seguros

Inamar Vapor Industrial

Vapor Industrial

Empresa Constructora Sigro

Avícola El Monte

Avícola y Comercial El Toco

Agrícola Santa Marta de Liray

Multotec Chile

Ohio National Financial Services

Corporacion Educacional Loyola

Sociedad Agrícola Huertos Carolina

Optimizar

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Gutiérrez

Testimonials

A multidisciplinary, competent and reactive team that is complete, and knows how to propose external solutions when required to optimise costs.

Key clients

Sociedad de Fomento Fabril

Ecolab

Sociedad de Procesamiento de Molibdeno

Enjoy

Nephrocare Chile

Casino Luckia Arica

Liebherr Chile

Luniben Top Frio

Ferrostaal Chile

Work highlights

  • 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.

Del Río Izquierdo Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza; Francisco Bañados Geywitz

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Unisys Sudamericana Corporation

Maestra Edificación

Grupo Maestra

Compañía Minera Nevada

Maestra Construcción

Grupo Maestra

Inversiones Barrick Conosur

Grupo Barrick

Mattel Chile

Tetra Pak De Chile Comercial

Parque Zoológico Buinzoo

Fundación Prohumana

Gestora Studio 3000

Mecalux Chile

Accor Chile

Work highlights

  • 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.

Doña Riveaux

'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.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Doña; Margarita Riveaux

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Astaldi Sucursal Chile

Empresas Carozzi

Grupo Cantabria

Prodalam

Grupo Zurich

Nuevo Capital

Saipem

Grupo Copesa

Nuevo Pudahuel

Exportadora Unifrutti Traders

Motta International Group Company

Constructora Conpax

Komatsu

Burger Grúas y Transportes Especiales

Caja de Compensación de Asignación Familiar Los Andes

Urbano Chile

Agrícola Mollendo

Pichara

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Automóvil Club de Chile

Urbana

Empresas Bash

Energizer

IQVIA

Ricoh Chile

Microsoft

Reale Chile Seguros Generales

The Boston Consulting Group

Azul Azul

Jorge Valdivia Toro

Conpretedecor Chile

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Diego Marín

Key clients

Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida

Abbott Laboratories de Chile

Schneider Electric Chile

Ingenieria y Construccion Sigdo Koppers

Abbvie Productos Farmaceuticos

Brotec Construccion

Isapre Cruz Blanca

Servicios de Comunicaciones Medicas

Claro Vicuña Y Valenzuela

Constructora Lo Campino

Cineplex

Construcciones Y Pavimentos

Work highlights

  • 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.

Larrain y Asociados Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Silva

Testimonials

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.

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

Sealed Air Chile Industrial

Cinemark Chile

Work highlights

  • 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.

PAGBAM Schwencke Chile

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.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Schwencke; 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

  • 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.

SCR Abogados

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.

Practice head(s):

Constanza Contreras Stange

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Australis Seafood

Fundación Chile

Eurofins Scientific

WeWork

GAMAGA

Gate Gourmet Catering Chile

Taag Genetics

Hotel Nippon

Vinicola Patacon

Fundación Paz Ciudadana

Royal America

Work highlights

  • 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.

Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr

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.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Rencoret

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

AgroFresh

Archer Daniels Midland

Carvajal Empaques

Elanco

Eli Lilly

Fieldcore Services Solutions

International Data Corporation

Kospo Power Services

Refinitiv

Sony

Tánica

Thomson Reuters

Veramonte

Work highlights

  • 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.