Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

The labour and employment practice at Aramburú Castañeda Boero Abogados is led by Oscar Boero Echevarria and advises on hiring matters, compliance issues, disputes, remunerative restructurings and dismissals.
Pamela Navarro heads up the labour and employment practice at Lima-based boutique Atalla Legal. The team advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of matters, including discrimination cases and collective bargaining issues.

Labour and employment in Peru

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is ‘a valued partner that maintains a comprehensive set of expertise in labour and employment matters’. The firm provides clients with strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters including advising on the hiring and firing of staff, downsizing issues, the establishment of employment policies, reduction of costs work, occupational health and safety issues and immigration mandates. On the contentious side, the team notably represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. The 18-practitioner team is jointly led by José Balta and Mario Pasco, with Balta experienced in collective bargaining, employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters, and Pasco recommended for collective bargaining issues, litigation and auditing and taxation cases. Ernesto Cárdenas is another key practitioner with experience in tax structuring work, while senior associate Iván Blume is a name to note for corporate immigration, discrimination and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

José Balta; Mario Pasco


‘The firm is a valued partner that maintains a comprehensive set of expertise in labour and employment matters.’

‘José Balta is a tremendous resource who is responsive to client needs, and provides practical and sound guidance.’

‘José Balta appropriately assigns attorneys to cases based on the level of expertise and complexity needed.’

‘It is a great team, very serious and although it is quite cautious with the analysis of the regulations that can be issued, it always provides the best possible solutions to the company to avoid contingencies and to continue with the operation of the company, adapting it in the best way possible.’

‘Very efficient and always willing to provide the support that is required.’

Key clients

Southern Peru Copper Corporation

Compañía Minera Antamina



Hudbay Minerals

Panamerican Silver


Fluor Daniel

Natura & Co

Tata Consulting


Peru LNG


Work highlights

  • Advising Bechtel on all employment matters concerning its operations in Yanacocha.
  • Advised Promigas on the structuring of the group’s companies so that it can act in an integrated manner.
  • Advised many agrarian companies of the country in implementing the several changes derived from the New Agrarian Law that was enacted in January 2021 (which increased labour costs and included several new obligations in favour of agrarian employees, among others).

Vinatea & Toyama

Appointed as Ius Laboris member for Peru in June 2022, specialist labour boutique Vinatea & Toyama fields one of the largest teams in the market (more than 40 lawyers) and caters to a strong roster of domestic and international clients regarding both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Key areas of focus for the firm include consulting matters, litigation, inspections and collective labour issues, and the group acts for clients in the most prominent Peruvian sectors, spanning the mining, banking, retail and agriculture industries. Name partners Jorge Toyama and Luis Vinatea handle consultancy and dispute resolution issues, and the design of labour policy strategies and administrative work, respectively.  Co-head of the litigation team Magaly Alarcón is an experienced contentious labour practitioner with extensive experience in collective bargaining work, as well as equal pay and sexual harassment matters; while head of the collective labour relations team Alfredo Salvador handles a broad range of labour matters, including arbitration proceedings and the management of union conflicts; and Renato Mejía is active in work equality mandates. Herbert Prelle – who arrived as a partner from his own firm in 2019 – is highlighted for labour relations and the management of both individual and collective labour conflicts. At senior associate level, Cynthia Lagos has extensive experience in developing contentious labour procedure defence strategies; and Juan Carlos Girao and Alfonso Higa specialise in collective and individual labour consultancy and litigation, respectively; while María José Paredes has a broader remit reaching into labour relations management, labour audits, labour policy design, and strategy design within the framework of labour negotiations, along with collective bargaining issues. Also noted is deeply experienced senior Fabiola Maza who came over from Miranda & Amado in August 2021. Since publication, the firm has promoted Eduardo Mercado -who specialises in strategic planning and the representation of clients in disputes and claims- to the partnership - effective as of January 2023.

Practice head(s):

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


‘The strong points are that they quickly identify the customer’s needs and offer practical and useful responses’.

‘They understand customer needs’.

‘Comprehensive advice on labor law’.

‘The Firm is highly collaborative and adapts to our business needs’.

‘They have a lot of knowledge in the workplace and understand who we are to give us better advice based on our principles and values’.

Key clients


Corporación Lindley/Arca Continental

Snacks America Latina

Nexa Resources Perú

Banco Pichincha

Latam Airlines Perú

Mapfre Perú Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros


Minera Chinalco Perú

Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP)

Sider Perú

Grupo Breca

Minera Aurífera Retamas (MARSA)

Asociación de Gremios y Agricultores del Perú (AGAP)

Sociedad Nacional de Minería Petróleo y Energía (SNMPE)



Telefónica del Perú


Work highlights

  • Lead adviser on labour issues to the Breca Group companies – including Qroma, Tasa, Clinica Internacional, Rimac and parent entity Breca.
  • Lead advisers to retailer Ripley on a range of labour matters including litigation.
  • Advising and representing Telefónica del Perú on a range of labour matters including litigation.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International advises large national and multinational companies on the full gamut of employment matters, and has recently been advising several clients on the application of the new Agricultural labor regime, Law N° 31110. On the non-contentious side of employment law, the group handles health and safety issues, labour policies and general day-to-day advice, while its contentious work encompasses representing companies in legal proceedings and acting in labour inspections before the regulatory authorities. Monica Pizarro heads up the practice and is a name to note for social security, litigation, immigration and mobility matters, as well as tax and labour planning work. Luis Miguel Almendariz acts for public and private entities on range of labour matters including administrative procedures and arbitration proceedings, and associate Elizabeth Zamudio is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Monica Pizarro


‘The knowledge of the retail market and, in general, the understanding of the cases that we submit for review, makes the practice of Estudio Echecopar outstanding.’

‘I am very satisfied with the labour consulting services provided by Elizabeth Zamudio, the legal advisor assigned to our account.’

‘Elizabeth Zamudio always answers queries clearly and within the required time, being very didactic and concise in her responses, which greatly facilitates the understanding of the situations that arise in the company.’

‘Elizabeth Zamudio proves to have a lot of experience and solidity in the field of labour law, in addition to always showing the best attitude when I ask for urgent answers.’

Key clients

Anglo American Quellaveco

Paramount Pictures

Banco HSBC

Agroindustrial Laredo

Luz del Sur

Electricité de France

Grundfos Holding





AFP Habitat

Besco inmobiliaria

Work highlights

  • Provided Paramount Pictures guidance on the hiring process of film personnel (crew, cast, stunts, among other members) for the production of Project E77, the making of the film “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” in Peru.
  • Advised Asociación Peruana de Agroindustriales del Azúcar y Derivados (APAAD) on the application of the new Agricultural labor regime, Law N° 31110.
  • Advised McAfee regarding the labour implications of its international corporate restructuring.

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

Full-service firm Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados draws on strength from related practice areas to handle labour and employment issues and acts for both companies and individuals. The practice is known for its specialist expertise in labour matters pertaining to port operation companies and has recently been handling collective bargaining issues, downsizings, reorganisations and judicial procedures for businesses in the oil and gas, mining, electricity and banking sectors. Practice head Ricardo Herrera has notable expertise in labour, procedural and constitutional law, while César Puntriano is a name to note for collective bargaining issues and litigation, and María del Pilar Flórez handles immigration matters. Ricardo Vilchez has a comprehensive knowledge of labour law in the fishing industry, while Boris Sebastiani is experienced in litigation and audits carried out by the labour authority.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Herrera


‘I consider that a strong point of this practice is the dedication it provides and the order in handling a fairly large portfolio of administrative and judicial processes; all at a competitive rate.’

‘What sets them apart is their determination in the analysis of the different commissions and the constant search for alternatives.’

Key clients

Telefónica Del Peru

APM Terminals Callao

APM Inland Services

Mitsubishi Perú


Adecco Consulting


Credit Suisse

Cia. Operadora De Gas


Salaverry Terminal Internacional

Avianca Peru

Cia Ericsson

Lindley (Inca Kola)

San Miguel Global

Ingredion Perú


Banco Central de Reserva

Banco de la Nación

Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Cálidda)


Nestlé Perú

Transportes Marítimos (TRAMARSA)


Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria

Willing and able to assist when needed’, the labour team at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria has a broad practice which encompasses expertise in consulting issues, collective employment, litigation and immigration. César Gonzales Hunt has over 30 years’ experience in labour and social security law, while former Minister of Labour Jaime Zavala is well regarded in the market as a top negotiator and arbitrator in labour conflicts. Associate Alicia Jimenez heads up the labour litigation practice and has notable experience in the telecoms, construction, banking, and food and beverage sectors. Lidia Vilchez was promoted to partner in January 2022 and focuses on the resolution of sophisticated collective conflicts. Senior associate Katy Noriega has particular experience in gender and workplace sexual harassment issues, while associate Raúl Vidal left for Vinatea & Toyama.

Practice head(s):

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


‘The PPU team stands out for its excellence and speed in meeting our requirements in this area.’

‘Another characteristic element of the labour team is its proximity and proactivity to support us in our labor matters.’

‘The distinctive note of the PPU labor area lies in the excellence and opportunity of the service.’

‘Although all the people in the area are excellent, César Gonzales Hunt, who heads the firm’s labor practice, should be highlighted as a leader.’

‘The PPU team is always willing and able to assist when needed.’

Key clients

Cbc peruana

Corporación Aceros Arequipa

Empresa Siderúrgica del Perú

Banco Falabella Perú

Corporación Pesquera Inca

Adecco Peru

Expeditors Peru

Limagrain Peru

Compañía Goodyear del Perú

Pesquera Exalmar

Comercio Digital Integral

Nicoll Perú

General Motors Peru


Quick Commerce Perú

Mondelez Perú

BHP World Exploration Sucursal del Peru


Work highlights

  • Advising Cbc Peruana on a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advising Corporación Aceros Arequipa on negotiations with the company’s union.
  • Acted for Empresa Siderúrgica del Perú in litigation filed by its National Union of Laborers.

Rubio Leguía Normand

Rubio Leguía Normand’s employment and social security practice fields dedicated practitioners operating from three domestic locations to service local and foreign clients on a range of labour law matters. Key areas of expertise include immigration work, negotiations with trade unions and collective bargaining issues, litigation and more recently, Covid-19-related matters. The team is jointly led by Víctor Ferro, Sandro Núñez and Armando Gutiérrez; Ferro has over 40 years’ experience in employment matters, Nuñez is recommended for judicial and administrative proceedings with particular experience in insurance matters, and Gutiérrez focuses on the natural resources sector. At associate level, Angel Ramírez handles immigration matters, André Cossio deals with health and safety regulations and labour inspection procedures, and Marilú Merzthal is recommended for employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Victor Ferro; Sandro Nuñez; Armando Gutiérrez


‘They always seek to give us personalised advice according to the reality of our company and get involved from the beginning to the end.’

‘I would like to highlight Sandro Núñez, who represents us in labour lawsuits. His best quality, apart from extensive legal and judicial knowledge on labour matters, is his customer service.’

‘Regarding the interest in understanding our business, which is quite complex, we must highlight the work of Ángel Ramírez.’

‘It is a firm that during the pandemic has remained close to its clients and has collaborated.’

‘They always answer a call and seek to find the best solution for their client, having at hand the latest pronouncements (jurisprudence) and even international trends that may be useful.’

‘Close to your client’s business, always seeing practical and less expensive solutions.’

‘Collaboration and speed in responding to requirements.’

Key clients

Pacífico Vida Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

Pluspetrol Norte

Grupo ENEL

Mapfre Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

La Positiva Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros

Avianca Perú

Jinzhao Mining Peru Sociedad Anónima

American Airlines Sucursal Peru

Minera Yanacocha

Grupo Gloria

Huawei del Perú

Cinemark del Perú

Caja de Pensiones Militar – Policial


ALS Peru

Minera Boroo Misquichilca

Consorcio Minero Horizonte

Metro de Lima Línea 2


Minera Barrick Perú


Work highlights

  • Advising La Positiva Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros on approximately 100 legal proceedings related to Complementary Risk Work Insurance.
  • Advising Caja de Pensiones Militar – Policial on public labour matters, in particular, legal actions to be taken against public officials that have caused economic damage to La Caja.
  • Advising Cosapi on legal proceedings relating to employee lawsuits about social benefit payments, dismissals and compensation for damages.

Benites, Vargas & Ugaz

Crime and disputes specialist outfit Benites, Vargas & Ugaz has a strong employment litigation practice, headed up by veteran Jorge Luis Acevedo Mercado, who ‘guarantees additional effort‘ for every client; he is currently representing Minera Yanacocha in proceedings alleging gender equality non-compliance. The team also advises on occupational health and safety work, administrative labour cases and migration issues. New partner Carla Benedetti specialises in social security work and assists with inspection processes carried out by SUNAFIL, while, from a pool of eight associates, Natalia Peña Gonzáles is singled out by clients as ‘a capable and rigorous lawyer‘.


‘The team at Benites, Vargas & Ugaz Abogados had the full willingness to adapt its organization and planning for the particular attention of judicial processes in the northern region of the country.’

‘Natalia Peña Gonzáles is a capable and rigorous lawyer in the details of each judicial process, she knows the jurisprudential criteria applicable to the processes assigned at the regional and national level, and this generates the client’s confidence in obtaining the expected results.’

‘Jorge Luis Acevedo Mercado is a reference labour lawyer in matters of judicial litigation, who guarantees additional effort that the client requires to achieve the expected results.’

Key clients

Administración de Empresas (AESA)

Minera Yanacocha

América Móvil

Lima Airport Partners

Telefónica del Perú

Corporación Primax

Aje Group (AJEPER)

Bureau Veritas del Perú

Komatsu Mining

Grupo Divemotor

Toyota del Perú

Samsung Electronics Peru

Work highlights

  • Advised Administración de Empresas (AESA) on a termination and collective dismissal, and following suits claiming reinstatement.
  • Representing Minera Yanacocha in proceedings where non-compliance with the law on equal pay for men and women and discrimination have been alleged.
  • Advised Lima Airport Partners on a sexual harassment matter.

CMS Grau

Clients appreciate the ‘very good judgment‘ and ‘extensive knowledge of national regulations’ at CMS Grau, where practice head Claudia Flecha is particularly known for her work in HR organisation and employment disputes in the banking and finance, energy, mining and real estate sectors. Cecilia Vargas is also adept at handling labour-related litigation and advising on the ongoing implications of Covid-19 regulations. The team offers specialist training in risk management and occupational health and safety, as well as advising on the prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace. Experienced counsel José Burgos is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Flecha


‘Human value is the main virtue of the firm, since it has professionals who not only have knowledge of the rules and are constantly updated, but also have experience and criteria that make the interpretation of the rules as accurate as possible.’

‘Very good judgment when interpreting the rules. Extensive knowledge of national regulations, and its evolution over time, which allows them to issue accurate diagnoses about any query or circumstance. Great handling of critical scenarios such as a strike or union negotiation.’

Key clients

Petrex (SAIPEM)

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


Edificaciones Inmobiliarias


ZTE Corporation

Sociedad Punta de Lobos

Santiago Queirolo

Santa Ursula School

Soluciones Inmobiliarias Morada

Compañía Operadora de Gas

PDC Comercial

Banco de Crédito (BCP) and La Fiduciaria



Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo El Comercio on the sale of all the shares of Orbis Ventures SAC and its Ecuadorian subsidiary Orbisventures EC undertaking a vendor due diligence and handling the preparation, review and negotiation of transaction documents.
  • Commissioned by Solgas to handle more than 180 labor lawsuits and administrative procedures.
  • Commissioned by Petrex to represent it in a package of more than 550 judicial processes.

EY Peru

EY Peru fields a ‘versatile’ people advisory services team which is ‘technically impeccable’ and assists domestic and foreign companies with workforce management issues, collective bargaining matters, terminations, compensation work and benefits, as well as administrative and judicial procedures. Key practitioner José Ignacio Castro provides advisory services to clients, while also handling disputes and court proceedings. Mauro Ugaz is recommended for collective bargaining and business reorganisation issues, with Miguel Rubio Ayllon a name to note for remuneration plans, recruitment work and labour inspections. Valeria Galindo Valer handles international mobility programs, while Mauricio Matos Zegarra is experienced in litigation and tax issues. Jaime Cuzquen joined as associate partner from an in-house role.


‘It is a versatile team, technically impeccable and with constant solutions. EY’s team of lawyers, Mauro Ugaz and Roberto Llanos, not only have the same technical level as any other law firm in the country, but also have the added value of understanding the client’s needs and serving them 100%.’

‘Mauro Ugaz has two plus factors. The first is a combination of youth and experience; both characteristics allow Mauro to maintain a close relationship with the client and propose solutions tailored to their needs. The second factor has to do with the type of solutions that Mauro provides; these are always practical, without getting lost in the technical or theoretical concepts of a legal position.’

‘Roberto Llanos also provides constant solutions with a 100% practical orientation.’

Key clients

PlusPetrol Peru Corporation

Lima Expresa

Técnicas Reunidas

Nexa Resources Perú

Banco de Crédito del Peru (BCP)

Medic Ser

Telefónica del Perú

Compartamos Financiera

Minera Barrick Misquichilca

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Transportes 77

Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston

Fábrica de Chocolates La Ibérica

Grupo AB InBev

Minera Boroo Misquichilca

Volcan Compañía Minera

Miranda & Amado

Miranda & Amado‘s labour department ‘takes the client’s problems as if they were its own‘ and has recently been notably active in advising on employee-side collective negotiations with unions. Practice head Eric Castroacts diligently with business issues‘ relating to Covid-19; as such, the team has continued to assist adidas Peru and Corporación Turística Peruana with ongoing employment-related pandemic implications. Carlos Cadillo focuses on collective and individual bargaining and also handles matters relating to conflict prevention and management, as well as full-blown labour disputes; while counsel Luis Santa Cruzalways gives the right solutions’, particularly as regards workplace health-and-safety, and administrative instructions.

Practice head(s):

Eric Castro


‘The plus of their lawyers in labour is that they know our business and the details of the operation, which allows their recommendations to be accurate and appropriate to the needs of our company.’

‘The predisposition they have to answer our queries immediately is very important. When they are required to have meetings urgently, we are always attended to immediately.’

‘Eric Castro and Carlos Cadillo are always very clear, transparent and direct in their opinions of a legal nature, generating a lot of security in management for decision-making.’

‘Eric Castro understands the business-people relationship, and always recommends updating understanding of the standard in a timely manner. In addition, he acts diligently with business issues and raises contingency or risk issues in the required time.’

‘The main difference is the availability and quick response of the lawyer Luis Santa Cruz who also always gives the right solutions. He stays very up-to-date on market practices and on the country’s political and economic situation that may impact the company’s legal issues.’

‘Luis Santa Cruz stays very informed about what is happening in the country and in the world of work to give us the best advice. He is also very fair in his recommendations. He knows the company in great depth and advises us with tact and clear knowledge.’

‘Eric Castro and Carlos Cadillo are very experienced in labour issues in Peru, They take the client’s problems as if they were their own. They put on the company shirt. They are very professional.’

‘Eric Castro, Carol Villalobos and Aracelli Morales provide solutions and strategies to address the different labour legal issues that have arisen. We highlight their accompaniment to the client, showing at all times legal capacity for management, adaptation and anticipation, especially in the pandemic context that we have been going through.’

Key clients

Química Suiza

FCA Peruana Eternit (Etex Group)

Corporación Turística Peruana

Atlantic City

Clorox Perú

Peruplast – Amcor Flexibles Lima

Productos Tissue del Perú – Softys (part of CMPC)

CHR Hansen/Oterra Natural Colors & Sustainable Food Coloring

Operadora Ecológica del Titicaca (Grupo ICA México)

Adidas del Perú

Rutas de Lima

World Duty Free Group Perú

Mexichem Perú

Kimberly Clark Perú

Work highlights

  • Advising Química Suiza on negotiating its collective agreements with its union for 2020 and 2021.
  • Advising Mexichem Perú (Orbia Group) on the collective bargaining for 2021 with the union and the strategies during 30 days of strike action.
  • Advised Productos Tissue del Perú on the design of labour strategies that allowed the signing of the collective agreement with the union, meeting the company’s objectives.

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas

The ‘highly specialised‘ team at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas has a deep client roster from the financial, telecoms, fishing and port industries. The ‘outstanding‘ María Haydée Zegarra heads up the practice, which has experience in advising on corporate reorganisations and high-level dismissals, along with policy planning in areas such as sexual harassment prevention and gender equity actions within the workplace. It is also highly active in contentious proceedings, particularly arbitrations arising from collective bargaining negotiations, and continues to assist with Covid-19 pandemic-related restructurings. In notable department news, Elizene Vásquez De Velasco departed the practice and is now a freelance practitioner, and Omar Diaz made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

María Haydée Zegarra


‘Strengths: the firm’s work team is highly specialised. They get involved in the goal. They are efficient in delivery times. They have a very clear sense of urgency and are available 24/7.’

‘Very personal treatment; specialised attention. Synthesis capacity. Exhaustive analysis of queries. Outstanding: María Haydée Zegarra.’

‘The work team at the Rebaza firm is exceptional. Every time a case is assigned to them, they are involved from day one. The attorneys in charge, and the partner María Haydée Zegarra, actively participate in the coordination meetings, allowing their information requirements to be those necessary to prepare a solid defence.’

‘María Haydée Zegarra is a wonderful attorney. Not only does she lead the team in a wonderful way, but she also transmits security and tranquility in the face of a complex or difficult case.’

‘One associate to watch out for is Michele Durand, who does great on errands and coordination meetings. She is very talented and legally solid. Without doubt, a lawyer to have on the radar.’

Key clients

Tecnológica de Alimentos

DP World Callao

Latam Airlines Peru

Telefónica del Perú


Jardines de la Paz Group

Statkraft Perú

Aeropuertos del Perú


Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo

Grupo Auna

Hispasat Peru

Komatsu Mitsui Maquinarias Perú

Fundación Wiese

Grupo Wiese



Care Perú

Lima Golf Club

Sigma Safi

Menarini Group

Cartones del Pacífico

Obras de Ingeniería

Volcan Cía Minera

Banco Interamericano de Finanzas – BanBif

Frozen Foods

Cobra Peru

Pesquera Hayduk

Cadena de Comercio Perú – OXXO

Flesan Servicios Compartidos

Scotiabank Peru

Inspired Education Group

Instituto Educacional Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Colegio Roosevelt

Work highlights

  • Carried out specialised workshops for Komatsu’s special committee in charge of the investigation and sanction proceedings on sexual harassment at work complaints.
  • Assisting with an internal diagnosis on sexual harassment at Banco Interamericano de Finanzas among employees.
  • Carried out workshops for Scotiabank’s employees on the occasion of February 27’s commemorative date for fighting against sexual harassment at work.

DLA Piper Perú

DLA Piper Perú advises multinational companies on compliance and litigation work regarding the hiring and dismissal of personnel, along with planning and remunerative restructurings, often as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Practice head Cecilia Guzmán-Barrón has significant experience in cases relating to sexual harassment, equality issues and employment audits and due diligence, while associate Flavia Granados specialises in labour inspection procedures and the design of defense strategies during judicial labour processes. Other team-wide work areas include equality issues and union negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Cecilia Guzmán-Barrón


‘At the moment, we can indicate that the service they provide is good and of the level of good law firms.’

‘Gustavo Fierro: knowledge of labour legislation.’

Key clients







GSA  provides labour and social security advice, predominantly in the mining and hydrocarbon industry sectors, as well as the retail industry. The three-pronged partner set-up features Alberto Varillas, who is experienced in union negotiations and immigration issues; Jaime Durand, who provides corporate support and contentious expertise; and Macarena Morales, whose practice includes assisting with pension and retirement regulations. Other specialist areas include immigration and migratory law within the context of work visas.


‘Macarena Morales: speed, good technical knowledge, experience, good strategy to resolve a case, willingness to help in whatever we need.’

‘María Soledad Gastañeta: experience, good technical knowledge, detail, follow-up on what we are working on.’

Key clients

Compania De Minas Buenaventura

Sociedad Minera El Brocal

Gate Gourmet Peru

Ferrocarril Central Andino

Mexichem Peru

Ingram Micro

San Martin Contratistas Generales


Bradken Peru

Hotelera Cost Del Pacifico

Intel Semiconductores del Peru


Stork Peru


SSK Ingenieria y Construccion

Work highlights

  • Designing a joint defence strategy both with regard to inspection procedures and judicial cases in order to avoid the contingency that the client, Compañía de Minas Buenaventura, must incorporate the employees of its mining contractors onto its payroll.
  • Handling the employment suspension of almost 300 Hotelera Costa del Pacifico employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Gate Gourmet Perú on various claims from employees requesting the reimbursement of profits.

Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados

Boutique outfit Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados has a varied client roster spanning both the public and private sectors, and offers advice on regulatory and compliance issues, as well as disputes regarding terminations and employee misconduct. Javier Dolorier Torres is ‘an outstanding partner‘ and co-heads the team alongside Flor Villaseca Hernández, an experienced labour litigator who specialises in workplace health and safety matters. The firm’s specialism in tax also facilitates consulting services on matters involving SUNAT.


‘Strengths: consulting, strategy and procedural leadership make it a differentiating component compared to other law firms.’

‘Prestige, strategy and orientation of the case based on knowledge of the business. Javier Dolorier is an outstanding partner.’

Key clients

MMG Las Bambas

Oficina de Normalización Previsional

Corporación Peruana de Aeropuertos y Aviación Comercial

CEPSA Peruana




Electricidad del Perú Electroperú


Hernández & Cía

The ‘exceptional team of professionals‘ at Hernández & Cía provides advice on health and safety compliance and policy implementation, labour benefits and migratory services. Clients consider practice head Diego Castillo ‘an expert in his field‘, particularly regarding Peruvian legislation, while senior associate Mariana Barreto is singled out as a ‘strategic pillar‘ for challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ongoing work includes representing Yobel SCM during various employer-employee conflicts, and Petrex in alleged profit-sharing controversies.

Practice head(s):

Diego Castillo


‘We rely on the service provided for the quality and professionalism of the team that attends to us. There is a very good and fluid communication with the team in general.’

‘We are completely satisfied with the work provided by Mariana Barreto and her team. They keep us updated and our queries are answered quickly and with excellent legal and labour foundations. The level and capacity that has been shown throughout these years that we have worked as strategic allies has been outstanding.’

‘Without a doubt, I must mention Mariana Barreto, who has turned out to be a strategic pillar and extraordinary business partner; her knowledge in various legal issues and especially in Peruvian labour legislation has allowed us to obtain an outstanding rating in our internal audits. I must say that they have great partners.’

‘They are always willing to help and do it quickly and efficiently. Mariana Barreto is friendly and clear.’

‘The diligence and assertiveness with which they attend to our queries and/or processes has made a difference in the years that we have been working with them. My communication is direct with Diego Castillo, who has taken the time to learn a little more about the novelties of our line of business, giving that extra confidence to his proposals.’

‘Hernandez’s labour and employment team produce thorough answers in a timely manner. Their expertise in labour matters, specifically in health and safety issues and outsourcing regulations makes them team a top player in this area.’

‘Partner Diego Castillo is always available for any requirement, no matter how complex the query or work may be, producing really fast and important solutions to our business. He is an expert in his field.

‘Unlike other firms with which I have worked, Estudio Hernández cares about understanding and attending to each query in a personalised way, not only in content but also in time and care in detail. Every variation in standards, we are informed in a timely manner.

Key clients


Pesquera Cantabria

Yobel SCM Logistics


Telecom Bolivia

The Carlyle Group



Yobel SCM

Naviera Transoceanica


Franquicias Unidas del Perú

Procter & Gamble

Multi Top

Instituto Peruano de Acción Empresarial

Hasbro Perú

Puma Retail Perú/Distribuidora Deportiva Puma Perú

General Electric International Perú

Expertos en Café Perú


Abercrombie & Kent

Work highlights

  • Advising Marcobre on its day-to-day labour issues, with special emphasis on health and safety at work regulations.
  • Representing Yobel in important litigation involving labour-related conflicts, as well as day-to-day labour advice.
  • Advised Toyota Peru on the implementation of Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Standards for its industry.

Osterling Abogados

Clients appreciate the ‘personalised accompaniment and extensive knowledge on different topics related to labour law‘ at Osterling Abogados, which has particular experience advising on the hiring and transfer of personnel, and compliance with employer-side obligations. Practice heads Ary Alcántara Valdivia and Joyce Cieza Mora are ‘extraordinary attorneys‘ who specialise in arbitration proceedings, and also handle matters regarding social security and the prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace. Sectors of activity include the mining, fishing, insurance and technology industries.


‘The lawyers of Osterling are not only a law firm for us, but also our strategic partners – they collaborate in a very close and professional manner.’

‘The Osterling labour law team is identified by its closeness and follow-up with the client. The personalised accompaniment and extensive knowledge on different topics related to labour law, make it feel like a close team that is always available to answer queries in a clear way but with the required technical and legal support.’

‘Both Joyce Cieza Mora and Ary Alcántara Valdivia feel close and always available to attend and respond to queries that arise, with the appropriate level of urgency and depth.’

‘Ary Alcantara Valdivia: we appreciate her solidity, availability, knowledge, experience.’

‘One of Osterling’s greatest strengths is its dedication to service and the ability to always put the customer at the top of their list. They understand our business and are able to assertively manage our needs.’

‘Joyce Cieza Mora and Ary Alcántara Valdivia are extraordinary attorneys.’

‘It is a very compact team, they are always aware of our different cases.’

‘Lawyers are very cordial and kind in their attention, they always do their best. I have never received bad service.’

Key clients

Gold Fields La Cima

Solana Comercial (Dollarcity)

Arthur J. Gallagher Perú Corredores de Reaseguros

Arthur J. Gallagher Perú Corredores de Seguros

Pesquera Hayduk

Sanofi Aventis del Perú

Alcon Pharmaceutical del Peru

Cignium Technologies

Disan Peru

Asociacion Civil Santa Maria

Sociedad Minera Corona


Unimed del Peru

Becton Dickinson Del Uruguay Sucursal Peru

Asociación Civil San Juan Bautista

Sociedad Minera Austria Duvaz

Prima AFP

Work highlights

  • Advised Gold Fields La Cima on compliance with obligations related to remote work and the implementation of new atypical working days.
  • Advised Solana Comercial (Dollar City) on the hiring and obtaining work residency for approximately 40 foreign workers of various nationalities under the health emergency declared because of Covid-19.
  • Advised Arthur J. Gallagher Peru Corredores de Seguros and Arthur J. Gallagher Peru Corredores de Reaseguros on compliance with obligations regarding the prevention of workplace sexual harassment and carried out periodic and legally mandatory training.

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

Clients appreciate the ‘openness and willingness to receive different points of view‘ at Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados, where the labour and employee benefits department handles contract terminations, union disputes and advice on Covid-19 regulation compliance. Practice co-heads Cristina Oviedo and Brian Ávalos (who made partner in January 2022) also specialise in procedural and pension law. Other work ranges from handling judicial disputes and payroll reviews by the Peruvian Tax Authority to designing recruitment policies and implementing salary and labour benefit structures, as well as cost reduction strategies. Associate Martín Ruggierostands out from the rest for his experience in both the private and public sectors‘.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Oviedo; Brian Ávalos


‘Stands out for its closeness and collaborative work, always attentive to providing solutions, immediate availability.’

‘An important characteristic of the lawyers with whom I have been able to interact is the openness and willingness to receive different points of view.’

‘The labour team of Payet stands out for its capacity for analysis and strategies when proposing solutions to the client that protect their interests.’

‘Martín Ruggiero stands out from the rest for his experience in both the private and public sectors, in addition to his ability to be close to the client despite the workload he may have. He always has an excellent disposition to support and answer questions.’

‘The Payet team are highly competitive, even if the case is against them, they look for alternatives and argue until they achieve their goals.’

Key clients

Inca Rail

Atracciones Coney Island (Coney Park)

Grupo Expertia

Unique (Yanbal International)

Thomson Reuters Peru

Minera Chinalco


Hitachi ABB Power Grids Peru

Visa International Peru

CRP Medios y Entretenimiento


Work highlights

  • Advising Unique on general labour matters, with a special emphasis on union issues and labour-related judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Advising Atracciones Coney Island on general labour work, including specific advice regarding Covid-19 regulations.
  • Advising Grupo Expertia on general labour issues, including specific advice regarding Covid-19 regulations.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Peru

PricewaterhouseCoopers Peru handles labour-related projects and corporate consulting work and is typically active in a range of sectors including the retail, banking and commerce industries. Practice head Percy Alache provides ‘flexibility and understanding’ in areas ranging from union planning and salary non-discrimination cases to collective bargaining issues and litigation before tax authorities. Support comes from a strong associate pool featuring Adriana Tapia and Olanda Torres, who is ‘orderly, disciplined and always acting diplomatically‘.

Practice head(s):

Percy Alache


‘For us, the empowerment that PWC has and shows us is essential; if a law firm understands the needs we have, then it makes the difference versus other firms. We make them part of our organisational culture to correct and improve ourselves and they allow it and provide us with support.’

‘Percy Alache has always supported us in a timely manner, considering everything that has happened in recent years, it has been vital that he has also always supported us with a conciliatory character and having a lot of flexibility and understanding of our sector.’

‘Olanda Torres is a lawyer who over the years has shown us the power to act self-sufficiently, being orderly, disciplined and always acting diplomatically.’

Key clients

Heinz-Glas Perú

H&M Hennes Mauritz

Cerámica Lima

Skechers Perú

Overseas Bechtel Incorp. Suc. Del Perú.

Geyer Kabel Perú


Corporación Peruana de Productos Químicos

Campari Perú

Grupo Celima

TGP – Transportadora de Gas del Perú

HM Clause Perú

Clorox Peru


Work highlights

  • Advising on all labour issues for H&M Hennes & Mauritz.
  • Advising HM Clause Perú in the wake of the new law on a special regime applicable to companies in the agricultural sector.
  • Counselled on the personnel restructuring plan for the Celima Group’s operating units, which involves: Cerámica Lima, Corporación Cerámica and CIA Minera Las Camelias.