Labour and employment in Peru
The practice at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is led by heavy-hitters, José Balta and Mario Pasco, both 'top-notch professionals' who share many years' dedicated focus upon the employment sector. They are supported by the stand-out Ernesto Cárdenas, who was made partner in 2018, and a group of 14 associates, among which senior associate Iván Blume is particularly experienced. Clients rate the 'professional competency' of the team, praising the 'clarity of advice' and the manner in which the lawyers 'connect their recommendations with our business scenarios'. A strong client roster includes market leading firm acrosss a range of sectors, such as Microsoft, Minsur, IC Power and Hudbay Minerals. Recent work included acting for Southern Perú Copper in collective bargaining procedures with six labour unions; advising Marcobre on all labour matters related to the initiation of the construction of the Mina Justa mining project; and defending a number of clients in judicial claims brought by employees.
Ernst & Young excels in this arena, its combination of labour law, tax and incentives expertise appealing to a large number of clients from a range of sectors. During the past year, the team has been in demand for collective bargaining advice and judicial matters, particularly in the mining sector where it acted for Minera Barrick Misquichilca on multiple issues, including such as collective bargaining with three different unions and a successful judicial defence in a procedure concerning bonus payments. José Ignacio Castro and Mauro Ugaz head the labour law practice and the majority of mandates, supported by three other partners. Clients include Backus y Johnston, Telefónica del Perú, Glencore and leading university Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
With ten offices throughout Peru, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Abogados is unbeaten for volume of instructions, particularly litigious matters. It also handles key mandates for some of the largest employers in the country, such as Nestlé Peru, which it advises on continuous collective bargaining with six different unions and represents in multiple judicial proceedings brought by employees. Other work includes acting for APM Terminals Callao on collective bargaining and negotiation with the Ministry of Labour, and defending both Telefónica del Perú and Ericsson in various types of litigation nationwide. The very experienced Ricardo Herrera heads the well-resourced team of five partners and 17 associates and which also includes César Puntriano, a senior partner of the firm.
Clients of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria 's labour practice roundly praise its 'superior quality' and 'business-orientated' service, highlighting the team's broad skill-set, strong negotiating ability and fast response times. One of the most experienced labour lawyers in the country, practice co-head Jaime Zavala is noted for his 'great knowledge' and good relations with the Labour Ministry; while fellow practice leader Pamela Navarro is an 'outstanding labour partner'. Other key team members include principal associates César Cisneros, who 'understands our business needs perfectly' and Lidia Vilchez, who is noted for her negotiating skills. Recent matters include advising Glencore subsidiary Compañía Minera Antapaccay on collective bargaining - involving negotiations before the Labour Ministry- and litigation on behalf of Dell Peru.
Rubio Leguía Normand 's labour law team is recommended for companies 'working 24/7 in a high-speed environment', such is the efficiency of their service, clients suggest. A strong practice group of 22 associates and three partners is led by senior partner and recognised labour specialist Víctor Ferro, who is well supported by Armando Gutiérrez and Sandro Núñez . Recent matters include negotiating sensitive collective bargaining agreements on behalf of shipping company Naviera Transoceánica, and immigration advice to various companies including Metro de Lima Línea 2 and Hitachi Rail Italy. Also of note is the firm's gender equality sub-area, which is defending a number of significant companies on matters such as sexual harassment and equal pay. Former partner Marlene Molero left the firm for a non-legal consultancy role.
Vinatea & Toyama
Founded in August 2019, Vinatea & Toyama is a spin-off comprising the bulk of the former market-leading labour department of Miranda & Amado. Name partners Luis Vinatea (co-managing partner at his former firm) and Jorge Toyama (former practice co-head) took with them fellow partners Alfredo Salvador, who has a strong focus on managing union conflicts; Renato Mejía (labour advisory and social security), and Roberto Matallana (labour litigation and procedural matters). While it remains to be seen how the new firm will be received by the market, there is no doubt as to the quality and experience of its core members, hailed at their former firm as as 'the best' in the market and receiving client praise for their creativity, skill and knowledge. A strong track record in all aspects of the sector, from strategic restructuring and collective bargaining to labour arbitration and litigation, as well as deep experience in high-stakes mandates is likely to see the firm rapidly establish itself as a point of reference in the market. Senior associates Eduardo Mercado and Magaly Alarcón are also noted.
Led by Claudia Flecha, who has over two decades' sector-experience, CMS Grau fields a capable, nine-strong team that includes newly-promoted partner Cecilia Vargas, counsel José Burgos (known for his negotiation work with unions), and two senior associates. Consequently, an impressive clientele -such as Pluspetrol, Rio Tinto, Shell and airline KLM- instructs the firm on a broad range of issues. The team is currently advising Petrex, a subsidiary of oil-and-gas company Saipem, on multiple employee claims. Clients highlight the practice group's 'commitment and teamwork' and 'expertise and knowledge'.
An expert team at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International has 'extensive experience', 'good management' of scenarios and a 'high level of knowledge'. It acts for multinationals and large domestic companies on a broad scope of issues, such as representing Deloitte in a sexual harassment allegation, and successfully handling a contentious collective-bargaining process on behalf of food manufacturer Alusud. Noted for her speed of response, Monica Pizarro Diaz is an 'excellent professional'; she leads a sizeable team, including experienced principal associates Luis Miguel Almendariz and Elizabeth Zamudio.
Gálvez & Dolorier Abogados is the adviser of choice for a number of government agencies and state-owned companies, as well as private companies and individuals. Clients include telecoms regulator OSPITEL, labour inspectorate SUNAFIL and ONP, the Peruvian social security and pension authority, as well as Petroperu, Electroperú and DHL Express Perú. Name partner and practice head Javier Dolorier is leading advice to CEPSA Peruana concerning its labour law compliance during oil exploration operations in the Amazon. Flor Villaseca and Karen Céspedes are also key advisers.
Gonzales Hunt Abogados Laboralistas
Gonzales Hunt Abogados Laboralistas is a labour law boutique that is 'growing very fast', according to a competitor. Name partner César Gonzales Hunt is a leading market figure and regular adviser to the State on international labour law matters. Assisted by partner Alicia Jiménez, he is currently leading the defence of the Republic of Peru in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in a $300m unequal-pay case brought by unions representing employees of the tax authority (SUNAT) and national customs authority (SUNAD). Private sector clients include Anheuser-Busch InBev and STRACON GyM, a recent gain.
Hernández & Cía. Abogados has significant labour law capability to support the firm's full-service offering and expanding client base. Practice head Michael Vidal is 'always available and co-ordinates his team well'; the practice group, in turn, is described as 'very helpful' and 'quick'. It advises across the whole remit of labour issues for an array of international and domestic clients that include Michael Page International, which the firm is currently assisting with a variety of litigious matters, and food and beverage company Aje Group, which it is representing in collective bargaining concerning employment benefits - negotiations that are likey to set a benchmark for the sector.
The August-2019 departure of former managing partner Luis Vinatea and co-practice head Jorge Toyama and a significant portion of the firm's sizeable labour department has resulted in significant reorganisation at Miranda & Amado. A group of former senior associates, comprising the recently made-up Eric Castro and counsels Carlos Cadillo, Fernando Rodríguez García and Luis Santa Cruz, now constitute the core of the restrucutred team, currently 10-strong. 'A genuine rising-star', labour-litigation associate Sebastián Soltau is also a key practice member. Notably, the team has retained key clients such as Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP) and Telefónica de Perú.
Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados has achieved some impressive client gains over the past year, including Inca Rail, IC Power Southern Terminals and Pepsico Sucursal del Perú, with the team assisting the latter, for example, with issues including collective bargaining, contentious proceedings and general advisory matters. Following the departure of former practice head Germán Lora to Damma Legal Advisors in December 2019, stand out individual and Counsel Cristina Oviedo is heading up the practice. Recent work Includes advising industrial company Forsac Perú on collective bargaining issues, as well as ongoing advice to Nestlé Perú and América Móvil Perú.
With 'deep knowledge and solid analytical capacity', Benites, Vargas & Ugaz shines in labour litigation on behalf of a broad range of clients including Telefónica del Perú, Prosegur, Samsung and Interbank. Jorge Luis Acevedo leads a team of eight associates and the majority of instructions; he and the team gained a favourable Superior Court ruling, recently, on behalf of hydrocarbons company Olympic; and are currently advising mining contractor Administración de Empresas and soft drinks manufacturer Embotelladora San Miguel del Sur in the Supreme Court.
García Sayán Abogados handles large volumes of contentious labour claims for significant companies, particularly from the mining, oil and gas and retail sectors; they include Compañía de Minas Buenaventura -where the value of claims is in excess of $10m; and Cencosud Peru. Highlight mandates saw the team obtain a favourable Supreme Court ruling in a long-running, income tax claim by a trade union (value over $5m), on behalf of Volcan Cia. The well-resourced team is led by experienced partners Jaime Durand and Alberto Varillas, who are supported by the newly made-up Macarena Morales. Associate Sara Kalinicos is also noted.
Estudio Olaechea attracts high-calibre clients, who describe the firm as a 'real partner', 'very responsive and knowledgeable' and noted for its teamwork. Credit Suisse, Saipem and IMS Internet Media Services are recent gains ona c lient roster that already includes Cisco Systems, Kimberly Clark and Michelin. José Antonio Valdez, who is noted for his commitment, and Lucianna Polar co-head the practice; the pair are currently leading advice to a multinational on the structuring and design of its workforce to minimise labour law contingencies.
Osterling Abogados has a very broad labour practice covering advisory, strategic planning, administrative and judicial claims, and health and safety matters, among other sub-specialties. Dedicated labour law partners Ary Alcántara Valdivia and Joyce Cieza Mora are leading advice to Repsol del Perú on pay and working days, as well as health and safety; and acting for state-owned finance company COFIDE on workers' disciplinary issues. Other practice clients include Merck Peru and Sanofi Aventis del Peru.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Peru handles a significant caseload of large-scale advisory and litigious matters. Practice head Percy Alache is leading advice to Scotiabank on union planning and salary non-discrimination; and advised its subsidiary, Crediscotia, on union strategy for handling collective bargaining. Demonstrating the broad spread of instructions, the firm is also advising Minsur on an equality and non-discrimination project and handling multiple judicial procedures for Heinz Glass Peru.
Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas is particularly well-versed in the labour demands of the fishing, ports, telecoms, financial, agro-industrial and aeronautical sectors. Practice head María Haydee Zegarra and her team are consistently praised for their client attention and personalised service, with 'knowledge and expertise', 'commitment' and 'reliable delivery times' also cited as attributes. In addition to a large contentious caseload, the firm advised a leading bank on its prevention and punishment policy regarding sexual harassment at work. Clients include Telefónica, KPMG Asesores, LatAm and Adecco Group.
Tsuboyama Cuzquén & Nicolini, Abogados
Spun out of the then independent Estudio Echecopar back in 2014, labour law boutique Tsuboyama Cuzquén & Nicolini, Abogados has successfully established itself and enjoys a growing client base of high-profile companies, such as Solgas, Banco de Crédito del Perú, Techint and Compañía Latinoamericana de Radiodifusión. They are drawn to the 'well-organised' team led by partners Liliana Tsuboyama and Jaime Cuzquén Carnero ; both are highlighted for their 'vast experience in labour claims' and 'good knowledge of labour legislation'. Recent matters include, consultancy, terminations, investigations and advising a large company on a complete restructure of its labour force and subsequent litigation. Duilio Nicolini Barco is also noted.