Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Boutique firm Atalla Legal advises both domestic and international clients on a variety of employment matters, covering collective bargaining and discrimination, among other areas, and is headed by Pamela Navarro.

Labour and employment in Peru

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados‘ employment practice is highly experienced across the gamut of employment matters, with recent work including assisting clients in litigation against unions, the implementation of remote working initiatives in the aftermath of COVID-19, and advising clients on administrative procedures initiated by the Peruvian labour authority. The team is jointly led by José Balta and Mario Pasco; Balta specialises in employment immigration matters, and is also experienced in employment discrimination and lay-off processes, and Pasco specialises in collective bargaining and litigation. Associate Claudia Cermeno is noted for her work on individual and collective labour matters, as well as health and safety at work.

Practice head(s):

José Balta; Mario Pasco


‘First, I would highlight their professionalism and client orientation. Second, I find their advice adds value and is easy-to-understand, and more importantly, focused on practical implementation of specific actions that we can take. I often seek expert advice from our outside Counsels across the region, I am positively impressed and very pleased to share these capabilities with regards to the Estudio Rodrigo Elías & Medrano that stand out when compared to other legal firms in the region.’

‘Jose Balta is a very dedicated lawyer in the work he does, not only meticulous in his deliverables but always with real recommendations based on his knowledge of company and business policies.’

‘Ernesto Cárdenas stands out for his commitment to the client, handling complex queries and seeking creative solutions that balance business needs with legal compliance.’

Key clients

Southern Peru Copper Corporation

Compañía Minera Antamina



Hudbay Minerals

Panamerican Silver


Fluor Daniel

Natura & Co.

Tata Consulting


Peru LNG


Vinatea & Toyama

The distinguished employment team at Vinatea & Toyama is one of the largest in the country with over forty lawyers, and is a popular choice for major companies operating in Peru. The practice is experienced in the full spectrum of employment issues, including contentious and non-contentious matters for both domestic and international clients. Name partners Luis Vinatea and Jorge Toyama are experienced in dispute resolution, while Herbert Prelle is skilled in assisting clients with the design and incorporation of strategies to manage labour conflicts. Renato Mejía leverages his twenty years of experience to assist clients in designing labour policies for corporate clients and offering consulting services in employment law. Alfredo Salvador specialises in trade union relations, while Roberto Matallana is recommended for employment litigation in particular. Magaly Alarcón, who co-heads the litigation team with Matallana and Vinatea, is particularly experienced in issues pertaining to equal pay and sexual harassment. Eduardo Mercado was promoted to partner in January 2023 and has recently been focusing on the retail and agroindustry industries. Associates Juan Carlos Girao, Cynthia Lagos, Fabiola Maza and Alfonso Higa are also key contacts for labour and employment matters. Since publication, Girao has been raised to the partnership - effective as of March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luis Vinatea; Jorge Toyama; Herbert Prelle; Renato Mejía; Alfredo Salvador; Roberto Matallana; Magaly Alarcón; Eduardo Mercado


The V&T practice considers the needs of its clients, proposing concrete and total solutions, not only from the legal field, but when taking other things into consideration, which leads to a solid and comprehensive proposal. In all offices, I have encountered exclusively juridical visions. They have a solid team led by their partners.

I highlight their closeness and full availability to our queries and requirements. Particularly the willingness and excellent advice of Magaly Alarcón, who has always contributed every time we have sought her out.

Work of very high quality, efficiency, and speed.

Luis Vinatea is excellent.

Fast, good quality care with high involvement in cases. Attention 24/7 and synchronized coordination. They use technology more and more.

Correct, respectful people of good qualities. Renato Mejia, Jorge Toyama, Magaly Alarcon.

Renato Mejía is an incredible lawyer because he always thinks in a 360-degree way; he is a resolute lawyer who always provides practical solutions. He masters the laws and judicial decisions in an up-to-date way and transmits everything to us in a simple fashion that allows us to make the best decisions. Mario Dávila is also excellent.

We have been working with Eduardo Mercado since before he was appointed as a partner of Vinatea & Toyama. Eduardo Mercado is characterised by his broad vision when analysing our problems and providing us with very good alternatives almost immediately or on the same day. We value time very much; most of our decisions must be made quickly and adapt to the circumstances that arise during the day. We find in Eduardo Mercado knowledge of our sector and of our problems, speed and connection with our business. Pedro Díaz is an outstanding associate; he has extensive knowledge of our day-to-day operations. Since 2019, he is the one who has made it easier for Vinatea & Toyama to learn more about our reality, our particularities, and our needs, which has ensured that as a client we receive timely, precise and appropriate legal advice for our reality.

Key clients

Angloamerican Quellaveco

Solgas Perú

Intercorp Group


GMO Perú


Snack América Latina


Banco de Crédito del Perú

Grupo Breca

Nexa Resources Perú

Celepsa – Central Hidroeléctrica El Platanal

Mapfre Perú Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

Ripley Perú

Minera Aurífera Retamas

Minera Ares

Papelera Nacional

Telefónica del Perú




Prosegur Compañía de Seguridad

Corporación Montana

APM Terminals Callao


Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple clients from several sectors to submit protective actions against the Peruvian government and the entering into force of the new outsourcing regulations.
  • Advised a client on its collective bargaining with two unions, employees and workers, as well as on an individual case that has been emblematic for the company.
  • Represented ADEX in a popular action process initiated by the Federation of Textile Workers of Peru, which demanded that the legally established textile bonus ‘Prima Textil’ be extended to the administrative employees of these companies.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

The employment team at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International is led by Monica Pizarro, who is a key contact for issues such as outsourcing, transfer of personnel, employee dismissal and sexual harassment at work. The practice’s client roster includes a range of both domestic and international names, such as Mondelez, Banco HSBC and Minsur. The practice is also adept at advising clients on labour inspections before government authorities, representing clients in disputes with employees, and assisting with the transfer of employees during mergers and acquisitions. Other names to note include Luis Miguel Almendariz, who is a key contact for matters relating to the termination of executives. Senior associate Elizabeth Zamudio focuses her practice on collective bargaining for transnational clients, while associate Karen Bustamante is particularly experienced in occupational health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Monica Pizarro


‘The team has a high knowledge of our business and the industry, as well as the applicable legal framework; their recommendations are very useful and of practical application. The service they give us is impeccable. They are proactive and are always three steps ahead of our needs.’

‘Their total availability and excellence in service, added to their extensive knowledge of the industry and of our company, with which they know the main challenges we face.’

‘Estudio Echecopar has a solid team in the labour area. Their advice is timely, they anticipate the changes and inform us.’

Key clients

Anglo American Quellaveco

Banco HSBC

Corporacion Andina de Fomento


ICU Medical

AJE Group


American Tower

Grupo Intercorp Retail


AFP Habitat


Work highlights

  • Assisted Securitas in the collective bargaining procedure in direct negotiation with the six delegates that represent a union.
  • Represented Volcan Compañía Minera and subsidiaries before National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property to obtain a resolution that declares the modification of the outsourcing regulations as a bureaucratic barrier.
  • Conducted a general outsourcing labour audit for Aceros Arequipa.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados’ labour and employment practice is adept at advising clients in sectors such as telecoms, finance, retail, fishing, ports and construction. The team, led by Ricardo Herrera, who acts for clients including Nestlé Perú, is experienced in the suspension and dismissal of personnel, assisting clients in the adaptation of outsourcing services to the new regulation, and labour litigation. The practice has also seen recent growth in advising clients on trade union matters, with recent work including support to a logistics company in all its union conflicts. Other team contacts include María del Pilar Flórez, who specialises in individual labour rights, and César Puntriano, whose recent work includes advice to a client on complex collective bargaining negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Herrera


‘Excellent professionals, always attentive to the client with quick responses and grounded in the reality of the business.’

‘Cesar Puntriano is a critical professional, with a lot of experience.’

Key clients

Telefónica Del Peru

APM Terminals Callao

APM Inland Services

Mitsubishi Perú


Adecco Consulting


Credit Suisse



Salaverry Terminal Internacional

Avianca Peru

Cia Ericsson

Lindley (Inca Kola)


Ingredion Perú


Banco Central de Reserva

Banco de la Nación

Gas Natural de Lima y Callao


Nestlé Perú

Transportes Marítimos

Swissport Perú


Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria‘s employment practice is co-led by four experienced partners: César Gonzales Hunt, Jaime Zavala, Lidia Vilchez and Alicia Jimenez. Gonzales and Vilchez, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, are both highly skilled in collective bargaining agreements, as well as negotiations between trade unions and employers. Zavala has over 50 years’ experience and is adept at advising clients during labour arbitration processes, while Jimenez is heavily involved in labour litigation processes from pre-litigation demands through to trial. Other key names to note are associates Silvia Rebaza and Katy Noriega, for occupational health and safety and gender issues, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Cesar Gonzales Hunt; Jaime Zavala; Lidia Vilchez; Alicia Jimenez


‘A young, well-prepared team, knowledgeable about labour regulations and law in general. Solid in its formulations and solutions, which enables fluid, simple work that resolves issues in a short time. A modern team, with the latest trends, reforms and issues of novelty and interest that contributes to the best ways of applying the law.’

‘Lidia Vílchez seeks excellence in the quality of her labour advice, giving innovative ideas and alternatives to the situations that arise.’

‘The team is solid and has well-known and recognised names in labour law, which is a support for decision-making.’

Key clients

Judicial Court

Hitachi Rail Spa Sucursal Del Perú


Corporación Aceros Arequipa

Empresa Siderurgica Del Peru


Corporación Peruana De Productos Químicos



Banco Falabella Perú

Work highlights

  • Compiled a legal report concerning the labour benefits paid of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic.
  • Advised on a major labour concern that has arisen in the construction and implementation of the second transportation line for Lima’s subway – Metro de Lima Línea 2.
  • Conducted a legal and operational analysis, providing alternatives for the continuity of client DOMINION in light of the 2022 regulatory changes determined in relation to the outsourcing of services.

Rubio Leguía Normand

Rubio Leguía Normand‘s labour, employment and social security practice offers domestic and international clients support from three offices in Peru. The department has a particular focus on immigration law, an area which is headed by Angel Ramírez. The practice itself is co-led by Víctor Ferro, who is highly experienced in complex collective bargaining issues; Sandro Núñez, who has particular expertise in insurance matters; and Armando Gutiérrez, who is adept at assisting clients in the natural resources industry. Associate André Cossio is recommended for advice on occupational health and safety regulations, while fellow associates Marilú Merzthal and Carol Arancibia are key contacts for employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Victor Ferro; Sandro Nuñez; Armando Gutierrez


‘The labour area of Estudio Rubio is excellent, we have been working with them for many years because they know our business perfectly and help us with the implementation of all labour regulations for our company. They are highly trained, up-to-date professionals, focused on providing business advice and not just a legal opinion, and that is what sets them apart from other firms.’

‘André Cossio stands out: top lawyer, highly professional, exceptional advice on labour issues and litigation. He brings us the best results for the company, he works hand in hand with us to create strategies that allow us to mitigate our risks as a company. I am sure that he will soon be a partner of the firm due to his experience and track record in labour consulting and litigation.’

‘Sandro Nuñez gives a personalised service and is always available to answer questions or see the issues that are entrusted to him.’

‘The legal solution they provide is new, always taking into account the current jurisprudence in our country. They are probably more up-to-date than other firms regarding how judges are resolving certain cases, and they combine that with the legal knowledge they have.’

‘Sandro Núñez is a lawyer who offers you the ideal legal solution, without selling you false solutions or promises to win a case if deep down you know that it is not the case. He is very sincere in that regard. He has a level of explanation of a legal way out that other lawyers probably don’t have.’

Key clients

Pacífico Vida Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

Grupo ENEL

Mapfre Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

La Positiva Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

American Airlines Sucursal Peru

Minera Yanacocha

Grupo Gloria

Huawei del Perú

ALS Peru

Minera Boroo Misquichilca

Consorcio Minero Horizonte

Metro de Lima Línea 2

Citibank del Perú

Indra Perú

Minera Bateas


Prima AFP

Agroindustria San Jacinto

Casa Grande

Scania del Perú

San Martín Contratistas Generales

Work highlights

  • Achieved several precautionary measures for several clients, and the first resolution of INDECOPI in the country that ordered to disapply, with general effects, the Supreme Decree No. 001-2022-TR.
  • Advised Minera Yanacocha on the collective bargaining carried out with its two unions.
  • Advised Pacífico Vida Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros on various labour issues.

Benites, Vargas & Ugaz

The labour practice at Benites, Vargas & Ugaz primarily focuses on disputes, consultancy in health and safety matters, labour migration, and general administrative labour advisory. The team is jointly headed by Jorge Luis Acevedo Mercado and Carla Benedetti, who are both highly experienced in labour litigation, social security issues, and matters regarding taxation in a labour context. The practice’s client roster includes domestic and international names, such as Telefónica Del Peru and Banco Internacional Del Peru. Karla Zuta and Maria Eugenia Tamariz, two of the team’s associates, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Luis Acevedo Mercado; Carla Benedetti


‘Very good service attitude of the firm’s labour area and when the consultation area transcends the labour sphere, the multi-area support of the practice makes the firm a much more solid organisation.’

‘Jorge Luis Acevedo is one of the best labour lawyers in Peru. Not only does he have an in-depth knowledge of labour legislation, but he has developed managerial skills that set him apart from his colleagues in Peru. Jorge Luis is one of the top 5 labour lawyers in Peru.’

‘Karla Zuta is a person with a broad command of the labour issue, great negotiating capacity in conciliation processes, and very committed to judicial processes where she advises us.’

Key clients

Newmont Mining

Orica Mining Services Peru

John Crane

El Pedregal

Administracion De Empresas

Lima Airport Partners

Embotelladora San Miguel Del Sur



Telefonica Del Peru

Cia Latinoamericana De Radiodifusion


Grupo Pana

Fibras Marinas

Fundacion Para El Desarrollo Agrario

Joy Global

Banco Internacional Del Peru


Bureau Veritas Del Peru

Pilotes-terratest Peru

Corporacion Mayo


Ulma Encofrados Peru


Cia De Seguridad Prosegur

Menorca Inversiones

San Miguel Industrias Pet

Work highlights

  • Advised AESA – Administración de Empresas, part of Breca Group, on the labour procedures derived from a collective dismissal.
  • Advised Ajeper del Oriente on an arbitral procedure.
  • Advised Fibras Marinas on an arbitral procedure initiated by its union arguing bad faith in the collective bargaining.

CMS Grau

The employment and pensions team at CMS Grau is especially adept at advising clients in the aviation, retail, oil and gas, mining, real estate and energy sectors. Jointly led by Claudia Flecha and Cecilia Vargas, the team is experienced in assisting clients across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, such as human resources restructuring, day-to-day labour issues, employee dismissals, and post-merger and post-acquisition transactional matters. Franco Herrera, who defends clients in administrative and judicial processes, and Maria Lourdes García, who assists clients in collective bargaining processes, are also key associates in the team.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Flecha; Cecilia Vargas


‘The difference is made by the promptness in their response and the immediate disposition to hold meetings to explain the procedures and clarify doubts.’

‘The experience and the good treatment and good disposition towards its clients.’

Key clients


Compañía Minera Lincuna

Aurífera Tres Cruces

Anglo American Quellaveco

Baker Hughes International Operations del Perú

Ferrovial Construcción Sucursal del Perú


Rio Tinto Group


Schlumberger del Perú

KLM, Compañía Holandesa de Aviación


Shell Operaciones Perú

COPA Airlines

Sentient Natural Colors


ZTE Corporation

Santiago Queirolo

Santa Ursula School

Soluciones Inmobiliarias Morada

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrex in more than 550 judicial processes related to the reinstatement of employment, along with another major group concerning the payment of social benefits.
  • Reformulated new guidelines applicable to the hiring of the main officers of the UNACEM Group companies in the Latin American region and the US.
  • Advised on the implementation of a software tool created by CMS and used as a risk matrix, in order to provide a client with an integrated system to evaluate and monitor the level of compliance with labour obligations.

Miranda & Amado

Miranda & Amado‘s labour and employment practice is praised by clients for its ‘excellent quality of service‘ and for the team’s skill of ‘understanding the needs of the business‘. The practice is headed by Eric Castro, whose recent work includes advising Softys Peru on the planning, negotiation and collective bargaining with the company’s union, as well as assisting Peruplast in judicial proceedings related to labour benefits. Carlos Cadillo is particularly experienced in individual and collective bargaining, as well as labour arbitration and the prevention of labour conflicts. Other key team members include Fernando Rodríguez and Luis Santa-Cruz, both counsel, as well as associates Aracelli Morales and Carol Villalobos, who are noted for their experience in labour litigation and employee hiring, respectively. Since publication, Santa-Cruz has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Eric Castro


‘Excellent quality of service.’

‘They understand the needs of the business, they serve quickly. Luis Santa Cruz is an excellent lawyer.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the closeness and knowledge of its lawyers on legal, political and union issues in the country, as well as the cordiality of the associates that makes them interested in learning about our business to make the best decisions together.’

‘Luis Santa Cruz is extraordinary, he has been working with us for more than 10 years and knows our company as if he were an in-house lawyer. He gives us well-founded recommendations, correct action options and with great insight.’

‘The different legal alternatives that are presented to us in the face of any problem or new project makes this team unique.’

‘Louis Santa Cruz. His advice helped us to successfully complete the collective bargaining with our union.’

Key clients

Softys Perú



Sierra Metals Corona

Operadora Ecológica del Titicaca

Kimberly Clark Perú

FCA Peruana Eternit

Tecnológica de Alimentos

Panificadora Bimbo

Lagardere Travel Retail Perú

Work highlights

  • Advised Softys Perú on the planning, strategy and negotiation of the collective bargaining with the company’s union, matters made more complex due to the political and union situation in Peru, particularly in the industrial sector.
  • Advised FCA Peruana Eternit on collective bargaining and union relations, and executed an integral revision on labour matters.
  • Advised Sociedad Minera Corona on its judicial processes in the context of the change in regulation on outsourcing services.

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas’ employment team is headed by the ‘first class’ Maria Haydee Zegarra, whose recent work highlights include counseling clients on the implementation of policies to prevent and punish sexual harassment at work. The practice is also experienced in assisting clients with outsourcing issues, labour benefits, collective bargaining matters, and is highly active in dispute resolution concerning employment law. Sector expertise for the team spans a range of industries, such as fishing, telecoms, aerospace and ports, the lattermost of which Omar Diaz is highly experienced in. Associates Michele Durand and Helga Irazola are also key contacts for general employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Haydée Zegarra


‘The team is made up of professionals committed to providing agile and business-appropriate solutions. It is committed to business diversity and the willingness, commitment and speed of service are unique compared to the market.’

‘The plus is willingness, going the extra mile, commitment and level of involvement. Maria Haydee Zegarra is outstanding. First level attention and analytical and problem-solving capacity important for the achievement of the objectives.’

‘The team is aware of its clients, personalised treatment and monitoring of new needs of the company are valued. They are excellent strategic partners.’

Dentons Peru

The labour practice at Dentons Peru is experienced in executing labour audits, assisting clients with collective bargaining matters, and managing the labour aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Practice head Pamela Duffy, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is especially adept in the labour immigration field, which includes the hiring of foreign employees and obtaining work visas for executives and their families. Associate Jaime Zegarra is a key contact for the hiring and dismissal of employees, as well as planning effective outsourcing mechanisms and advising on day-to-day employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Duffy

Key clients

Banco Falabella Peru


Thea Pharma

Polaris Energy Services


Polar Partners

Desarrollo Vial de los Andes

Gleeds Peru

Dell Peru

Avantica Technologies


Sanki Peru

CSI Renting Peru

Oikocredit International

Hexagon Mining Peru

Rutas de Lima

Grupo Wenco

Kimberly Clark Peru

Saga Falabella

Teradata Chile Tecnologías de Información

Pro Bags Perú

Paz Centenario

Metso Perú

Operaciones Arcos Dorados de Perú

Fresenius Medical Care del Peru

Sociedad Happyland Peru

Smartfit Peru

Rockwell Automation de Perú

Regulus Resources Peru

Hoerbiger de Argentina

S.C. Johnson & Son del Perú

Anthony Mining

Tinka Resources

Universidad Continental

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Petreven Peru

Chakana Resources

Marco Marketing

Trane Technologies

H-E Parts


Pionero Gestión



MACE Group

Tecnología Auditiva Americana

Agronegocios la Grama

Alusud Perú

Tigre Peru – Tubos y Conexiones


Tigre ADS


KA Oro

Cañariaco Copper Peru

DLA Piper Perú

DLA Piper Perú‘s employment practice benefits from the firm’s international presence and is active in a variety of sectors, including mining, finance, telecoms, retail and real estate. Practice head Cecilia Guzmán-Barrón leads a team of five lawyers and is particularly active in matters such as designing strategies for hiring processes and managing complex lay-offs. The team also offers assistance to clients in relation to collective negotiations, policy reviews, audits, and health and safety at work matters. Senior associate Flavia Granados is a key contact for matters such as productive decentralisation and both domestic and international hires.

Practice head(s):

Cecilia Guzmán-Barrón


‘The team is highly qualified for labour practice. They are not only limited to giving a legal response but also proposing alternatives to mitigate risks. It differs from other practices because it treats the client as if it were its own internal operation, it responds assertively and on time.’

‘Flavia Granados’ best qualities are her specialisation in technical issues and the ability to explain or recommend their implementation in a simple way. In the case of Maria Teresa Cuba, her best qualities are proposing solutions to complex work situations and preventing alternatives for various situations that could potentially occur. Cecilia Guzman-Barron as a partner adequately manages the entire team and provides an almost personalised level of service to her clients.’

‘Excellent team, with first-rate professionals with great commitment to their clients. They provide clients with the best support and follow-up on the cases. They adapt to the needs of the client.’

‘They are all very kind, responsible and committed; and always seek to satisfy the client’s need.’

‘The DLA Piper team, especially Flavia Granados, supports us a lot since she knows almost the entire history of the company, which makes it more comprehensive when putting together a strategy for the company to achieve its mission. Also, the response time is much shorter compared to other offices.’

‘I consider that the outstanding partner is Flavia Granados, since she is always willing to help the company and her response time is super fast.’

Key clients




Laureate Education Peru

EY Peru

EY Peru’s employment and labour practice assists clients with collective bargaining, compensation and social security planning, personnel movement, and employee termination programmes. José Ignacio Castro is experienced in assisting clients with labour audits and court proceedings, while Mauro Ugaz is particularly adept at advising clients on the application of labour standards. Miguel Rubio Ayllon is a key contact for remuneration issues, while Valeria Galindo Valer advises clients on international mobility programmes. Mauricio Matos Zegarra is a key contact for social security and tax issues, and Jaime Cuzquen specialises in labour inspections and occupational health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Castro; Mauro Ugaz; Miguel Rubio Ayllón; Valeria Galindo Valer; Mauricio Matos Zegarra; Jaime Cuzquén


‘The difference that EY makes is that it has a more corporate and versatile approach to the practice of employment law. It does not have that classic one-dimensional perspective regarding what the law indicates, but instead analyses the unique reality of your business, and based on that analysis is that it gives you the best legal recommendation, always proposing creative solutions within the framework of the law.’

‘Jose Ignacio Castro is unique when it comes to providing creative legal solutions, putting a lot of focus on the impact that his recommendation can have on the business cost. It permanently seeks to accompany your business plan, always within the framework of the law. It never remains satisfied with what seems to be legally “defined”, it always seeks to generate other, legally valid approaches that are favourable to its clients. And it does!’

‘We are attended by Miguel Rubio who is characterised by understanding the business, seeking creative solutions within the legal framework and according to the needs of the company.’

Key clients

Pluspetrol PeruCorporation

Lima Expresa

Técnicas Reunidas

Nexa Resources Perú

Medic Ser


Compartamos Financiera

Minera Barrick Perú

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Transportes 77

Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus Y Johnston

Incalpaca Textiles Peruanos de Exportación

Minera Boroo Misquichilca

Inca Tops

Volcan Compañía Minera

Fábrica de Chocolates La Ibérica

Anglo American Peru

Panasonic Peruana


Administración de Empresas

Grupo Gloria

Consorcio Industrial de Arequipa

Work highlights

  • Designed and successfully executed the strategy of a client’s reorganisation, including cessation of industrial activity and termination of labour relationships.
  • Represented a client in a constitutional proceeding against the Ministry of Labor regarding a supreme decree prohibiting the outsourcing of the core business services.
  • Advised a client regarding a collective bargaining renegotiation clause of two important mining companies.

Hernández & Cía

Diego Castillo heads Hernández & Cía‘s employment practice, leading a five-lawyer team. The practice typically advises clients on labour issues such as collective bargaining, employee termination, and occupational health and safety matters. It can also regularly be seen providing counsel on employment-related litigation, and providing training to in-house human resources teams. Senior associate Mariana Barreto is a name to note for matters such as employment tax and labour immigration services.

Practice head(s):

Diego Castillo


‘Quick responses to queries, and knowledge of labour issues.’

‘Mariana Barreto is always aware of the updates to the law and gives us a reliable look at how these changes can affect us.’

‘They always have an answer to the subject and are updated on labour changes.’

‘Cordial treatment and good availability.’

‘The labour team of Hernandez & Cía is not only efficient in the use of time and quite adept at working under pressure with tight deadlines, but also the high technical capacity allows us to solve problems with quality solutions. Contact is constant, they are available 24/7 to attend to everything we require, which does not happen with other offices.’

‘It is a fairly young and skilled team that stands out from its competitors for its speed and creativity in solving problems and proposing solutions. Its solutions are produced thinking outside the box but knowing thoroughly the characteristics of our sector and the labour market. Special mention for Diego Castillo, the leading partner of the team, whose technical knowledge is outstanding, as well as his commitment to the goals and needs of our Company.’

Key clients

Gtm Caldic

Pesquera Cantabria

Yobel SCM Logistics


Quimica Suiza

Telecom Bolivia


The Carlyle Group

Fresnillo PLC



Naviera Transoceanica


Franquicias Unidas del Perú

Procter & Gamble

Multi Top

Instituto Peruano de Acción Empresarial

Hasbro Perú

Puma Retail Perú

General Electric International Perú

Expertos en Café Perú

Abercrombie & Kent

Work highlights

  • Advised Marcobre on day-to-day labour law matters, with a special emphasis on health and safety at work regulations.
  • Advised Orica on its day-to-day labour requirements and successfully represented Orica and Exsa in lawsuits concerning bureaucratic barriers regarding outsourcing activities.
  • Provided Quimica Suiza day-to-day labour advice in a broad range of matters, from union and collective aspects to health and safety at work obligations.

Osterling Abogados

Osterling Abogados‘ labour and employment team is complimented by clients for its ‘speedy responses‘ and ability to ‘clearly explain legal concepts to non-lawyers‘. The practice is jointly headed by Ary Alcántara Valdivia and Joyce Cieza Mora, who are experienced in social security and labour arbitration, respectively. Other activities the team undertakes include the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, designing and executing collective agreements, and providing both domestic and international clients with advice relating to employee migration, health and safety at work, and compliance audits. Associate Patricia Medina Bellido is adept at assisting clients with direct and indirect recruitment, remuneration, compensation, benefits and termination.

Practice head(s):

Ary Alcántara Valdivia; Joyce Cieza Mora


‘The Estudio Osterling team not only has in-depth knowledge of Peruvian labour regulations, but also strives to solve cases and potential problems that may arise in a transversal manner.’

‘The attention is fast and close. The way they handle requests and their sense of priority regardless of the size of the company are highlights.’

‘They have a highly qualified team that is aligned with the expectations and needs of clients. Joyce Cieza, as a partner leading the labour area, stands out with the way she leads her team, providing optimal service in time and quality.’

Key clients

Gold Fields La Cima

Solana Comercial

Arthur J. Gallagher Perú Corredores de Reaseguros

Pesquera Hayduk

Sanofi Aventis del Perú

Alcon Pharmaceutical del Peru

Cignium Technologies

Disan Peru

Asociación Civil Santa María

Sociedad Minera Corona

Gs Capital

Unimed del Peru

Becton Dickinson Del Uruguay

Asociación Civil San Juan Bautista

Comunidad Campesina Llacuabamba

Caravela Coffee

Agripac Peru

Sociedad Minera Austria Duvaz


Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo

AFP Integra

Prima AFP

Work highlights

  • Advised Gold Fields La Cima to conduct a documentary and practical audit on the application of the legal figure of outsourcing.
  • Advised Dollar City on the elaboration of the response communications addressed to the Inspection Authority and in the intervention in both virtual and face-to-face appearances.
  • Advised Gallagher on the constitution of its Sexual Harassment Prevention Committee for the period 2022-2024.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados’s labour and employee benefits practice regularly advises clients on the design and execution of recruitment of domestic and foreign personnel, salary and labour benefit structures, outsourcing matters, and labour-related litigation. The team is led by Cristina Oviedo, with Brian Ávalos and associate Dante Botton assisting the team in day-to-day employment issues, as well as matters surrounding labour procedural law and pensions. Former principal associate Martín Ruggiero left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Oviedo


‘The sense of collaboration that I find at all times allows me to highlight the service and support received as a unique characteristic of the Firm’s legal labour team.’

‘The permanent availability, good disposition, knowledge of the area and the industry are the aspects that in my opinion make the studio stand out. I have been able to coordinate and receive the support provided by Cristina Oviedo, Martin Ruggiero and Alfredo Chan who are permanently attentive to any type of query that I have been able to formulate.’

‘Excellent lawyers, as people and as professionals’

‘The commitment of the team.’

‘Martin Ruggiero is the foremost attorney in the area. He knows Peruvian regulations very well, in addition to proposing suitable alternatives to defend the interests of his clients.’

Key clients

Inca Rail

Atracciones Coney Island


Minera Chinalco


Hitachi Peru

Omnia Médica

Forsac Peru

Sociedad Agrícola Saturno

Corporación EW

Ford Peru

Hortifrut Perú

Productos Paraíso del Perú

Supermercados Peruanos

Work highlights

  • Provided permanent legal advice to Unique on general labour aspects, with a special emphasis on union issues and labour-related judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Provided permanent legal advice to Atracciones Coney Island on general labour aspects, including specific advice regarding COVID-19 regulations.
  • Provided legal advice on labour matters to Minera Chinalco, as well as advice on various inspection procedures initiated by SUNAFIL and on labour judicial proceedings.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Peru

Percy Alache heads the employment team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Peru and brings more than fifteen years of experience to the practice. The team’s recent work includes advising a client on opportunities for improvement relating to the adaptation of outsourcing regulations, and assisting a company in the execution of a severance plan for eighty employees. The practice also assists both domestic and international clients with labour litigation, arbitration, risk management, and day-to-day employment advice. Associates Adriana Tapia and Olanda Torres are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Percy Alache

Key clients

Heinz-Glas Perú

H&M Hennes Mauritz

Cerámica Lima

Skechers Perú

Geyer Kabel Perú


Campari Perú

Grupo Celima



Aris Industrial

Work highlights

  • Advised Heinz Glas Peru on the control of contingencies and labour risks, managing disciplinary and dismissal procedures, and other matters.
  • Advised Aris Industrial on the project “Labour Compliance” in order to measure the level of Peruvian regulatory compliance, as well as opportunities for improvement.
  • Advised Iberoplast on the 2023-2024 collective bargaining with the employees’ union, through which strategies were proposed to achieve economic and sustainable agreements.