With a strong track record in employment litigation, Ceca Magán Abogados remains a popular choice among clients for its ‘solidity‘ and ‘dedication and involvement‘, and the team’s ability to use ‘outstanding technical knowledge‘ to tackle a variety of matters. Apart from its contentious focus, the firm showcases further expertise in temporary arrangements caused by the pandemic. Spearheading these efforts is Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo, considered a ‘reference‘ in the market for his expertise in dismissals, collective conflicts, unilateral terminations and transfers. The team’s capabilities were bolstered in April 2022 by the arrival of Àlex Santacana and director Albert Toledo Oms, both joining from Roca Junyent, joining director Blanca Mercado Grande.
Employment in Spain
Ceca Magán Abogados
Other key lawyers:
‘Ceca Magán is a leading firm in labour. They are always anticipating new regulations, giving seminars and even opening new areas within the firm with new specialties that help their clients to adapt to the required regulatory obligations.’
‘Ceca Magán stands out for the solidity of its professionals. They are people with excellent knowledge, they propose alternatives and solutions and they do it quickly. The treatment with the client is exquisite.’
‘Each of Ceca Magan’s lawyers is 100% dedicated to their work and to their clients, covering a wide range of different areas of specialization and, therefore, capable of offering multifaceted solutions to complex legal issues. In particular, Enrique Ceca is a lawyer capable of embodying both the knowledge and experience of the past and keeping up with the latest trends and changes in the legal field. The firm and its lawyers have extensive knowledge of national labour regulations, but are also very involved in international affairs, which differentiates them.’
Ilunion Contact Center
Aseja Aserpyma, FEEJ
Emergia Contact Center
Smile Direct Club
- Advised Alsea on the collective temporary lay-offs based on force majeure grounds, affecting 22,000 employees due to Covid-19 restrictions.
- Provided advice to Ilunion Contact Center on a temporary lay-off due to force majeure as a result of a ransomware computer virus attack.
- Representing Repsol in different legal proceedings regarding damages claims based on the effects of asbestosis.
Powerhouse firm Cuatrecasas remains a dominant force in the Spanish employment market, advising household name companies on a mix of collective agreements and some of the largest restructurings in the country, with a notable uptick in redundancy plan work. Other areas of focus include the employment aspects of M&A transactions, internal investigations, and corporate compliance. Among other recent highlights, the firm advised Hilton Grand Vacations on the integration of over 600 employees and 15 resorts from Diamond Resorts into the Hilton Group. Rubén Agote and Juan Bonilla lead the practice from Barcelona and Madrid, accompanied by senior judge Jordi Puigbó and Salvador Del Rey. In July 2022, Isabel Merenciano joined from EY Abogados.
Other key lawyers:
FCC Medio Ambiente
- Advising Hilton Grand Vacations on the integration of employees from Diamond Resorts into the Hilton Group of Companies, involving 600+ employees from 15+ resorts.
Considered by clients to be ‘one of the best known and leading specialists‘ in the market, Garrigues features a ‘multidisciplinary and specialised team‘ renowned for its role in restructurings, equality and diversity policies, redundancy programmes, disputes and collective bargaining arrangements. Rosa Zarza stands at the forefront of these efforts, heading the sizeable team, with notable expertise in restructurings, corporate reorganisations and collective dismissals, having recently led the team’s advice to a major financial institution on various matters relating to the return of employees to the workplace. Adriano Gómez, a ‘true star‘ in litigation, supports the team alongside Rafael Giménez-Arnau, who focuses on providing strategic advice to senior management. Recently promoted partner Clara Herreros is another key practitioner, with Ignacio Esteban Ros also noted. In December 2021, Rafael Ortiz retired from the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Adriano Gómez; Rafael Giménez-Arnau; Clara Herreros; Ignacio Esteban Ros; José Manuel Mateo; Angel Olmedo
‘The team is a team totally dedicated to the needs of the client in a timely manner, anticipating possible future needs that it may have and keeping it constantly updated on new legislation or jurisprudence that could affect it. It is a trustworthy team, rigorous and very well prepared, serious about delivery dates and their quality.’
‘They are one of the best known and leading specialist in labour law firms in Spain. They provide an excellent service, not only from a professional legal services perspective, but also from a communication point of view. Their opinions are very clear and valuable. The time response is one the assets of this firm.’
‘Knowledge of the client’s business, which facilitates a solution adapted to real needs, gaining productivity and competitiveness. Multidisciplinary and specialised team, with high performance. Ability to adapt and work as a team with the client.’
‘Adriano Gomez is a true star with excellent negotiation skills and ability to combine industry-specific understanding with legal advice.’
‘They have a great team, with a practical approach and the support of a large office for matters that must be addressed from various perspectives (for example, labour with commercial or bankruptcy) and with excellent representation throughout the Spanish geography.’
‘The differentiating aspect is the quality of the work and the investment of time in the preparation of lawsuits/negotiations. Likewise, the pleasure of getting to know the client and proposing “preventive” solutions to matters. That is, they do not wait for the conflict to explode.’
‘Extensive knowledge and highly developed skills. We are attended by José Manuel Mateo and Angel Olmedo, who are excellent. José Manuel stands out in the strategic aspect of labour issues and how to deal with them. For his part, Angel is exceptionally good at litigation, his performance in court is outstanding.’
‘Very high technical knowledge, very high knowledge of the company and knowledge of history, They provide innovative ideas for conflict resolution and enormous common sense.’
GE Wind Energy
Telefónica Open Innovation
Statkraft Devolopment Spain
Pilkington Automotive España
Amazon Spain Fulfillment
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
- Acted on behalf of UNESPA in the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement for the insurance sector in Spain.
- Represented Alcoa to reach an agreement between it and the workers’ representatives for the orderly shutdown of Alcoa’s Smelter in San Ciprian.
- Advised Vodafone on a transformation of its business model and current operational structure, which involved an initial impact on over 500 job positions.
Sagardoy Abogados, member of Ius Laboris
Sagardoy Abogados, member of Ius Laboris houses an impressive team of employment law experts distinguished for their ‘great knowledge of labour law‘ and ‘practical vision‘. Among its key areas of work, the practice is often retained to advise on litigation proceedings, collective bargaining agreements, redundancy arrangements and restructurings, with the team having recently advised a client on temporary redundancy proceedings for over 600 employees. Executive chairman Iñigo Sagardoy and managing partner Martín Godino share leadership of the practice in Madrid, which also features Román Gil and associate Ana Goerlich. Recently, the group has significantly strengthened its capabilities through the addition of Paola del Castillo in February 2022 from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo as well as the arrival of associates Marc Carrera from PwC Tax & Legal Services and Jordi Diosdado from Deloitte Legal in June 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Román Gil; Ana Goerlich; Paola del Castillo; Marc Carrera; Jordi Diosdado; José Luis Fraile; Sonia Obradors; Montserrat Alonso; David Isaac Tobía
‘Sagardoy Abogados is one of the best labour law firms in Spain. They all have a great knowledge of labour law and also a much-needed practical vision to advise companies.’
‘A highlight is the direct participation of the partners in the matters with particular reference to José Luis Fraile, a magnificent lawyer with an extraordinary ability to handle complex lawsuits.’
‘Experience, technical knowledge and negotiation skills. Regarding the novelties in practice, its digital transformation and the firm commitment to client training. Diversity and inclusion is a hallmark of the firm.’
‘Sonia Obradors knows how to put herself perfectly in the client’s position to understand their needs. It is like having an in-house lawyer but with the expertise and knowledge of the highest quality of an external firm. She always makes innovative proposals and proposes very valid alternatives. Highly recommended!’
‘Both Iñigo Sagardoy and Montserrat Alonso are outstanding professionals. Their knowledge makes the client’s trust in them absolute. That without mentioning their human quality, closeness and true concern for their clients.’
‘David Isaac Tobía is a professional who gives confidence. In his advice he understands the needs of the business and always focuses on the practical. That is to say, he always looks for solutions that have a practical, realistic sense, and not strictly legal, something that not all legal advisers offer.’
Pierre Et Vacances Group
NH Hotel Group
- Advised Vitaldent on the purchase of 76 dental clinics in the insolvency proceedings of Dentix.
- Advised CaixaBank on all labour aspects of the merger process with Bankia, including the restructuring and reorganisation process derived from the operation.
- Advised Inditex on the procedure for substantial modification of working conditions and geographic mobility derived from the reorganisation of all the group’s chains in Spain.
The employment experts at Uría Menéndez ‘stand out for their knowledge of current regulations‘ and ‘great knowledge of the sector‘, with a sizeable offering focused on redundancy procedures, temporary lay-offs, negotiations with unions, remuneration plans and complex litigation. Leadership of the team is divided between Mario Barros in Madrid, Juan Reyes in Barcelona and Raúl Boo in Valencia: Barros specialises in the drafting of senior executive termination contracts; Reyes handles restructurings and collective negotiations; and Boo stands at the forefront of the department’s transactional practice, acting on employment aspects of M&A deals. Madrid-based partner Sergio Ponce is a further name to note for redundancy procedures and collective bargaining, highlighted for having ‘rigorous knowledge of the applicable regulations‘. Ana Alós and associate Álvaro Navarro are additional standout practitioners in Barcelona and Madrid, respectively.
Other key lawyers:
Sergio Ponce; Ana Alós; Álvaro Navarro; David Martínez Saldaña
‘It is a law firm with exceptional client orientation and outstanding technical quality.’
‘Their strengths are extensive legal knowledge in competition matters, great knowledge of the sector and their wide availability.’
‘The Uria team is involved in the dynamics of the company and makes an effort to understand the business and its derivatives. This helps a lot to focus the different problems. Sergio Ponce and David Martínez Saldaña can be defined as outstanding from a technical, procedural and collective bargaining point of view.’
‘Sergio Ponce is one of the best lawyers in the field, he also has relational and empathetic skills with the client that make him outstanding.’
‘Team with extensive experience in the sector. They stand out for their knowledge of current regulations and labour legal advice in the management of investment projects.’
‘Sergio Ponce stands out for his complete disposition and client service, full capacity to adapt to sudden changes and rigorous knowledge of the applicable regulations. Likewise, I would mention the practical approach of his advice and the detailed knowledge of the business and business activity.’
‘The team stands out for its great legal-labour technical contribution, its constant availability, clarity in the answers to any query, and its way of requesting sensitive information.’
Port Aventura Entertainment
Mars Multisales Spain
Bureau Veritas Inversiones
Abdon Pedrajas | Littler
As a ‘reference‘ boutique firm in the employment space, Abdon Pedrajas | Littler houses a sizeable team of dedicated practitioners, highly sought for complex litigation proceedings in a range of forums, having stood before the Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union. With the opening of a new office in Valencia led by Javier Molina, a recent arrival from Cuatrecasas in April 2022, the team has significant expertise in the biotech, energy, insurance, leisure, retail and chemical industries. At the forefront of these efforts stand co-managing partners Antonio Pedrajas and Ivan López García De La Riva in Madrid, with Sonia Cortés and Alfonso Pedrajas in Barcelona also noted in the leadership team. Inés Molero is further recommended for collective dismissals, employment disputes and restructurings.
Antonio Pedrajas; Ivan López García De La Riva; Sonia Cortés; Alfonso Pedrajas; Javier Molina
Other key lawyers:
Inés Molero; Tomás Gómez
‘Abdon Pedrajas-Littler provides a customised service, completely adapted to business needs, idiosyncrasy, culture and values. They have deep knowledge of their clients and support them to apply the legislation with this perspective in mind.’
‘Tomás Gómez provides unique advice and service, always available with a high level of commitment, and deep legal knowledge.’
‘It is a reference office in the field of labour law. It offers an accessible, efficient office with extensive knowledge of the specific law affected by the matter entrusted to them.’
John Deere Iberica
Rolls-Royce Power Systems
- Advising a major international group on a restructuring process carried out globally with a view to implement a new business organisation model.
- Advising an international corporation on the labour and employment aspects of a cross-border M&A transaction.
Baker McKenzie‘s employment team ‘stands out in handling collective dismissals‘ as well as restructurings, temporary lay-offs, compliance investigations and complex litigation, with a team considered to be ‘exemplary in the quality of the service provided’. Experienced litigator David Diaz co-heads the practice from Madrid, accompanied at the helm by Mireia Sabaté, who is based in Barcelona. Fermín Guardiola is another standout for collective labour negotiations and litigation, with José Prieto and Ester Maza supporting the team on collective bargaining, among other areas.
Other key lawyers:
‘Impeccable treatment and organisation. Very good tracking of topics.’
‘Very good technical quality and, above all, they give a great sense of security and organisation when managing the work.’
‘They have always been exemplary in the quality of the service provided.’
AstraZeneca Farmacéutica Spain
Samvardhana Motherson Group
- Advised Sage on all the legal matters pertaining to the reorganisation of its workforce and operations in Spain and Portugal, including a reduction of 30% of the number of employees.
- Advised one of the companies of the Samvardhana Motherson Group on all the judicial procedures derived from the collective dismissal procedure to close a plant near Barcelona.
- Assisted AstraZeneca Spain in internal investigations related to internal complaints filed by a number of employees in connection with the application of the code of ethics and compliance plan of the company.
DLA Piper‘s employment group is active for clients in the technology, financial services, life sciences, consumer goods and retail, hospitality and leisure, media, energy and real estate sectors, with the ‘highly specialised‘ team sought for employment-related litigation and day-to-day advice. This extends to assistance in relation to strategic matters, pensions, employee benefits and collective consultations. Pilar Menor and Paz de la Iglesia share leadership of the team, with the latter appointed co-head in May 2022; noted for its ‘great knowledge of negotiations‘, the team also features legal directors Pedro Molina and Raúl Torres.
Other key lawyers:
‘It has great experts in labour law – highly specialised lawyers and great knowledge of the negotiations of the sector.’
‘One of Spain’s most prestigious labour lawyers with great negotiation skills.’
‘Always available at any time, with a positive response. Special mention to Paz de la Iglesia.’
Axalta Coating Systems
Hard Rock Café
London Stock Exchange
Nomad Foods Europe
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
- Assisting easyJet in the negotiations of two collective bargaining agreements for pilots and cabin crew.
- Representing Hard Rock Spain in a holiday conflict collective claim.
- Advising Stuart Delivery on several labour issues including court proceedings regarding the nature of the relationship between the couriers and the company.
The employment team at Pérez-Llorca offers proactive advice across the full spectrum of matters, including senior executive dismissals, collective procedures and temporary workforce restructuring plans, with further expertise in carrying out internal investigations relating to whistleblowing claims. The team, led by Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés, attracts the likes of Just Eat Spain, El Corte Inglés and Grupo Cofely, among other leading corporations in the financial, insurance, energy and retail sectors. Other notable practitioners include Daniel Cifuentes and Laura Pérez, key contacts for litigation and pre-litigation advice, with experience standing before all levels of labour courts and national authorities. Isabel Moya is another standout, focused on remuneration policies and M&A transactions, a wide offering strengthened by the arrival of counsels Marta Iranzo and Yolanda Valdeolivas in early 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Cifuentes; Laura Pérez; Isabel Moya; Marta Iranzo; Yolanda Valdeolivas
Just Eat Spain
Ares Management Corporation
A&M Capital Europe
El Corte Inglés
- Advised Just Eat Spain and Takeaway.com on the negotiation and implementation of the collective bargaining agreement of the Just Eat distribution platform.
- Advised and negotiated the collective redundancy procedure implemented in Groupon Spain in the context of the international restructuring carried out by Groupon.
- Advised Banca March and Banco Inversis after they were sued by two former senior executives of Banco Inversis for an alleged violation of human rights.
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy‘s employment team is distinguishable for its ‘high technical quality‘, providing ‘quality advice‘ with regard to top executive employment contracts, negotiation and modification of working conditions, restructurings, compliance and investigation procedures, and complex litigation. Silvia Bauzá heads the practice, ‘respected‘ in the field for litigation and corporate restructurings, backed by senior associate Ana Hernández and Jose Antonio Segovia, who have combined experience in collective, dismissals and the designing of labour strategies.
Other key lawyers:
Ana Hernández; Jose Antonio Segovia; Jaime Llorens
‘The labour area of A&O gives us recurring support and assistance in legal proceedings. What sets them apart from other firms is the high technical quality of their members, the speed and agility in responses and, especially, the practical approach they give to requirements.’
‘All team members stand out not only for their technical knowledge but also for their closeness to the client, thus facilitating the creation of a relationship of trust.’
‘The labour team at Allen & Overy is a very powerful team because it is very coordinated, which allows different team members to advise, and there is continuity in technical criteria. The team collaborates with the client, adapting to its needs.’
‘Silvia Bauza has in-depth technical knowledge and is respected by professional colleagues. Not only does she provide technical advice, but she also adds a strategic vision of the management of the company’s labour issues. Ana Hernandez has in-depth technical knowledge and offers quick responses on all the issues that are raised.’
‘Jose Antonio Segovia and Jaime Llorens provide sensible, commercial, solutions-focused advice. They are responsive and have an excellent communication style.’
‘They are a solid and well-structured team that has the capacity to provide quality advice in any situation that they are consulted. They strive to maintain empathy with the needs of their clients, apply innovative solutions to make the preparation of cases more efficient and have a very friendly and close relationship.’
‘The main quality that makes them stand out as a firm is their client orientation and flexibility to adapt to the needs that may arise in each situation. Silvia Bauzá and her team are recognised for their closeness to the client and the empathy they show when dealing with the different matters in which they collaborate with their clients.’
‘They are frank, they say both positive and negative things without beating around the bush, they have no problem putting things in writing.’
Volvo Renault & Trucks
- Advised American Tower on the labour aspects of the €7.7bn acquisition of Telxius Towers, comprising approximately 31,000 existing communications sites.
- Represented Capgemini before all levels of employment tribunals and proceedings.
- Assisted Airbus on the negotiation and drafting of the new collective bargaining agreement of the Airbus Group in Spain, covering three companies.
CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo
CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo‘s employment department offers extensive ‘knowledge of the market‘, with noteworthy practitioners including César Navarro, a specialist in labour implications derived from M&A transactions and corporate restructurings, and Elena Esparza, a dispute resolution expert. Supported by recently promoted counsel Eva Ceca, ‘an outstanding professional with deep knowledge of the Spanish labour legal framework‘, the firm is a regular point of contact for clients in the financial services, energy, technology, real estate, consumer products and pharmaceutical sectors seeking advice on litigation, senior executive employment contracts and collective restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Knowledge of the market. Personal treatment and reaction speed. Keeps clients always up to date on the status of negotiations. Takes care of all aspects before and after the process.’
‘Eva Ceca is an outstanding professional with deep knowledge of the Spanish labour legal framework.’
‘Cohesion in the team and good interaction with the client.’
‘Theoretical analysis but with a practical and contextualised approach to the reality of the client.’
‘It keeps the client informed of legislative developments, it is always available, and it takes care of its clients.’
‘It is very accessible and it tries to find creative solutions adapted to the business.’
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
- Advised Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on the preparation, negotiation and implementation of a collective redundancy procedure to close two plants in Spain.
- Advised TE Connectivity on the preparation, negotiation and implementation of a collective redundancy procedure to close the manufacturing plant in Montcada i Reixac.
- Advised Boluda on the implementation of the disciplinary dismissals of three executives in connection with a fraud detected by the company.
Deloitte Legal continues to strengthen its position within the Spanish employment market, taking a ‘multidisciplinary‘ approach when handling matters for high-profile clients in relation to mass employment litigation, internal investigations, compliance, compensation and benefits, and remuneration matters. Covadonga Roldan leads the practice, with clients highlighting the team’s ‘extensive knowledge and experience‘ and categorising it as a ‘reference‘ for multinational corporations. Acting as leader of the global employment practice, Fernando Bazán supports these efforts, with Fernando Ruiz De Linaza, a senior management relationship expert, and Xavier Pallarés also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Fernando Bazán; Fernando Ruiz De Linaza; Xavier Pallarés; Berta Martin
‘Very proactive team that understands the needs of the Company. Very powerful in terms of new technologies.’
‘The plus is the commitment that the team has with the company, being that they feel part of the team.’
‘The labour team is very up-to-date with the trends of the Courts, and it offers solutions that are highly adapted to each specific situation, with an availability that we highly value.’
‘The Deloitte Legal team is made up of many professionals with extensive knowledge and experience on all legal matters. This gives them a great advantage because they can solve any situation that arises. All this is complemented by an immediate, efficient and highly professional service.’
‘To value the extensive knowledge that professionals have on the matters whose services they provide us. Both Xavier Pallarés and Berta Martin, with their knowledge, experience, availability, are of great help in resolving all the questions that arise within the labour-legal field.’
‘The main advantage of Deloitte is that it is a multidisciplinary firm, which allows them to see all the consequences of a possible labour issue (ie taxation, accounting, business impact, etc.). In addition, its growth as a legal firm in other countries allows multinationals to have Deloitte as a reference.’
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe
Engel & Völkers
Barceló Group Hotels
- Advised Expereo Group on the acquisition of several companies in Spain, including in the due diligence process prior to the acquisition and the internal reorganisation after the acquisition.
- Assisted Adevinta in the development of its new operating model after the acquisition of eBay.
- Assisted Wamos Group in carrying out collective suspension of contract processes in five companies.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
The employment group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is a popular choice for clients seeking comprehensive advice on a range of matters, with due diligence, compensation and benefit structures, disciplinary actions, complex settlement agreements and employment contracts at the forefront of the team’s offering. The team, led by expert litigator Ignacio Del Fraile is also active in social security issues regarding pensions and occupational health. Litigator Borja González and senior associate Lourdes Escassi accompany Del Fraile in Madrid, with counsel Juan Antonio de Lanzas noted as a key practitioner in Valencia.
Other key lawyers:
Moderna Biotech Spain
- Advised Clarke Modet y Compañía on the preparation of the company’s equality plan.
- Advised on the preparation of Warner Music’s equality plan, including the negotiation with the employees’ legal representatives.
- Advised on the implementation of the Allianz Group flexible working policy, including the preparation of the relevant agreements.
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s holistic offering is supplemented by a global network active in cross-border mandates. With Luis Enrique de la Villa sitting at the helm, the firm’s reputation is backed by expertise in restructurings, executive contracts, litigation, negotiations with trade unions and M&A employment aspects, acting for leading multinationals in the finance, insurance, telecoms, manufacturing and energy sectors. The team also features Jesús García, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022 and specialises in complex employment and social security issues.
Other key lawyers:
Transcom Worldwide Spain
ATC Scala Spain Holding
Telefonica Global Solutions
Rga International Reinsurance Company
Engineered Stone Group Holdings
- Provided advice to Transcom Worldwide Spain on employment restructurings involving two work centres (in Madrid and León) affecting a relevant number of employees.
- Provided advice to ATC Scala Holding on the implementation of all the internal policies in order to ensure that the ones applicable for American Towers in Mexico were aligned with Spanish regulation.
- Advising Spanish subsidiaries of Resideo Group regarding several day-to-day issues together with advice regarding compliance on equality laws and regulations.
KPMG Abogados, Spain
KPMG Abogados, Spain stands out for its comprehensive employment offering in relation to collective dismissals, restructurings, M&A and disinvesting. Co-led by Francisco Javier Hervas Martinez and Francisco Fernández Diez, its experience also extends to collective negotiations with unions and collective redundancy proceedings. Alvaro Rodriguez de la Calle is also noted, having joined as director of the Madrid office from his former role in the public sector, while Juan Ignacio Olmos Martínez, another recent arrival, joined from Ceca Magán Abogados.
Other key lawyers:
Alvaro Rodriguez de la Calle; Juan Ignacio Olmos Martínez; Francisco Artacho; Natalia Rodríguez Antón; Ramón Mouriño
‘The team always delivers output on time, and they are concerned with understanding the information provided as well as giving new ideas and approaches that are very positive. They provide very interesting added value.’
‘Availability, closeness, speed, commitment and dealing with the client. Their commitment and reliability, as well as knowledge of the issues, especially in the case of Francisco Javier Hervas and Francisco Artacho. Another notable person is Natalia Rodríguez Antón.’
‘Close, professional, with technical knowledge of their specialty. They are coordinated not only locally but also internationally.’
‘Francisco Fernández Diez and Ramón Mouriño are professional, empathetic and direct.’
‘Francisco Fernández Diez has great knowledge and transmits confidence in his legal analysis. His closeness to the client is highly valued.’
Grupo Econocom España
Coca-Cola European Partners Iberia
Grupo Ilunion Facility Services
Ithaka Investments Europe
Frinsa del Noroeste
- Assisted Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Iberia with regard to a group-level collective dismissal affecting 270 employees across 10 companies and 52 work centres.
- Representing Adient Automotive in collective negotiations with trade unions and work councils concerning the implementation of a voluntary separation plan affecting around 1,000 employees.
- Assisting 15 group companies of British multinational WPP with the implementation of all mandatory policies and plans related to equal pay and equality at work.
With a host of offices across Spain, Roca Junyent‘s expertise extends to a wide variety of employment and social security matters, encompassing the dismissal of senior executives, collective agreements, labour inspections and equality plans. With experience handling strategic matters, Madrid-based partner Maria Rosa Rodriguez Gutierrez heads the practice alongside Albert Rodríguez Arnaíz, an expert in restructurings, collective terminations and collective bargaining based in Barcelona. In April 2022, Àlex Santacana and Albert Toledo left the firm.
‘The knowledge that Albert Rodríguez has of the company on the one hand, and secondly his negotiating skills in complex situations.’
Squire Patton Boggs
The labour and employment group at Squire Patton Boggs offers a unique mixture of Spanish and pan-European employment advice, with notable overseas clients making up a large proportion of the firm’s client base. Recent work involves handling high-stakes senior executive dismissals, business immigration, and employment law issues in a transactional context. Ignacio Regojo heads the practice from Madrid, with backing from Juan Nasarre, who is focused on contracts and policies for workers.
Other key lawyers:
Bond Brand Loyalty
With the incorporation of DA Lawyers into its network in June 2021, Andersen showcases significant strength in company restructuring actions and collective negotiations with trade unions, with additional experience in litigation, collective dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Victoria Caldevilla heads the group, which stands out for its ability to draw expertise from offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. In May 2022, the firm hired Germán Martínez to expand its EU coverage.
Other key lawyers:
Atlas Copco, Sae
Aurovitas Spain, Sau
Bodegas Emilio Moro
Grupo Exterior Plus
2 The Loo
Servicios Estudiantiles Integrales
Vita Capital Trading
Worldwide Intermediate España
- Advised Grupo Santader on disciplinary proceedings, labour sanctions, substantive law, employment disputes, and act of conciliations.
- Advised Atlantic Copper in negotiating a collective agreement of the copper plant that it operates in Huelva.
- Advised Airbus Group and its companies on employment matters.
Araoz & Rueda
The employment team at Araoz & Rueda is particularly noted for the hiring and dismissal of employees and senior executives, the implementation of social and economic policies, and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, with a recent uptick in temporary lay-off advice as a result of the pandemic. Alfonso Suárez and Clara Mañoso, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, co-head the practice, with combined expertise in contentious and non-contentious labour law issues.
‘This office is strongly anchored with principles of comprehensive client support in labour areas, but also compliance, commercial, etc. Great knowledge of the multinational environment in Spain.’
‘It offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. Total commitment to conflict resolution, high level of work to meet goals and deadlines. Clara Mañoso is a great professional.’
‘Clara Mañoso is an excellent professional as well as quite assertive and with a great sense of commitment to the client.’
‘This team is very collaborative and knows how to create a “customised” partnership with their client, they are always available at any time and they care about helping and finding the best solutions for their clients.’
‘Clara Mañoso is impressive for her great reactivity, client service mindset, and very pragmatic solution-oriented way of working.’
‘A team that is personally involved in all operations and matters, which translates into direct and personalised treatment, with excellent results for the company’s litigation and advice.’
‘Alfonso Suarez is an excellent professional with exquisite treatment towards the client. He is multidisciplinary and is involved in the process from its beginning to the end. Clara Mañoso is exceptional in the labour legal area, offering proximity to the client and availability at any time, with quick responses.’
‘Clara Mañoso is an excellent professional with continuous attention and dedication to cases and with a professional and friendly treatment.’
Qubit Digital Limited
Versys Ediciones Técnicas
- Represented Global Dominion Access on the defence of its interests before the courts and tribunals of the labour jurisdiction.
- Advised A Contracorriente Films on the labour aspects arising from the sale of a minority stake to the private equity fund Suma Capital through an initial auction process.
- Provided advice to AccorInvest Group on labour matters arising from alleged anti-union conduct and/or trade union discrimination.
Led by Fernando Vizcaíno, noted for his ‘prestige’ in the sector, the labour practice at ECIJA is highly involved in the management and presentation of extraordinary measures, particularly with regard to temporary arrangements. The team, which also includes the ‘brilliant‘ Raúl Rojas, is also capable in judicial proceedings regarding employee dismissals. To further boost these efforts, the firm hired Carlos Martínez Cebrián from Uría Menéndez in September 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Raúl Rojas; Carlos Martínez Cebrián; Carlos Carril
‘ECIJA are disruptive. They use procedures that make them different. And in particular, they deal with highly topical issues such as data protection, intellectual property, digital disconnection. They have teams with very young professionals; very focused on client needs.’
‘Raúl Rojas is a brilliant professional with a very significant capacity for work; his level of dedication and his speed of response are surprising, with total willingness. High level of efficiency in the execution of their work. They are very professional.’
‘Raúl Rojas is a great professional and a participatory person in the social and labour initiatives of the environment.’
‘Extensive experience and knowledge in all labour matters: litigation, collective bargaining, compliance and equality. A very transversal team that, together with the firm’s experience in new businesses, puts them at the forefront.’
‘Closeness, empathy, experience and deep knowledge. Fernando Vizcaino as a partner provides all these qualities, honouring the prestige he holds. Carlos Carril is an outstanding negotiator and litigator.’
‘The team is perfectly coordinated and is agile and effective in its responses.’
‘Raúl Rojas is super effective and efficient.’
Melia Hotel Group
Spanish Associated Production Companies of Television
Atlético de Madrid Football Club
Starlite International Festival
Dentsu Aegis Network
- Advising Makro on labour and digital law, including regarding the implementation of the digital rights of its employees.
- Advised Atlético De Madrid Football Club on the management and presentation of extraordinary measures due to the State of Alarm by Covid-19.
- Representing EMT in various proceedings, including in relation to the coverage of driver positions for the year 2021.
The employment group at Eversheds Sutherland is recognised for its ‘deep knowledge and extensive experience’, offering comprehensive advice on transactional matters, collective negotiations, restructuring projects and litigation, with a ‘quick understanding of the client’s needs‘. Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa, who ‘has a very practical business vision‘ heads the practice, which features counsel Luis Aguilar, an expert in labour and social security matters.
Other key lawyers:
Luis Aguilar; Beatriz Reina
‘The labour team stands out for its ability to understand the business. This aspect is reflected in the advice from a practical angle, bearing in mind the particularities of the company’s activity, as well as the definition of the strategy, alternative or conclusion, applicable to each case in question.’
‘Jacobo Martínez Pérez-Espinosa stands out for his involvement in all matters that require his direct participation. He has a very practical business vision, which facilitates the management of different labor legal matters.
‘Luis Aguilar stands out for his extensive knowledge of national and European regulations, as well as the rigour in the matters he analyses. He conveys a lot of confidence about the conclusions he reaches, since he knows them precisely.
‘Beatriz Reina stands out for the coordination of teams at an international level and the management of global projects.’
‘Deep knowledge and extensive experience.’
‘They are unique when it comes to providing fast, accurate and effective advice.’
‘They immediately understand what the client’s needs are and adjust the possible legal solutions to said needs. It is a compact team, very empathetic with the client and, most importantly, very human and noble.’
‘The best quality that the team has is the quick understanding of the client’s needs and the deep knowledge they have of labour law. Especially noteworthy is their loyalty and commitment.’
EY Abogados is recommended for day-to-day employment and social security advice, and is also active in contentious proceedings. Litigation and collective negotiation specialist Raúl García stands at the forefront of these efforts in Madrid, leading Miguel Prado and social security expert Eva Sainz. Recently, the firm has seen multiple additions to the team, with Pablo Santos, Lorena Lascuevas Pérez and Cristina Pique Munte joining from Andersen. Isabel Merenciano departed the firm in July 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Miguel Prado; Eva Sainz; Pablo Santos; Lorena Lascuevas Pérez; Cristina Pique Munte
Abaceria De Monasterio
Niro Ceramica Ceramic Industry
- Advised Portobello Fund during the acquisition of Ferrovial Servicios, including on the design of the transfer of the employees and due diligence of the acquired company.
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons demonstrates a strong focus on restructurings, social security issues, employment litigation, benefits and remuneration policies, dismissals and employment compliance. Carlos Gil spearheads these efforts, with extensive experience handling a broad range of matters of both a contentious and non-contentious nature. Gil is supported by a senior associate team made up of Sandra De Andrés and Cristina Esteban.
Other key lawyers:
‘The labour team is especially experienced in labour issues specific to the private equity industry.’
‘Carlos Gil and Cristina Esteban: Their best qualities are specialisation in the private equity sector, a practical approach and quick responses.’
Asterion Industrial Partners
Valencia Club de Fútbol
Inapa Distrubición de Papel
Moira Capital Partners
- Advised a top private equity firm in Spain on issues related to the remuneration policy of its top executives.
- Advised Hispasat on employment matters arising from the acquisition of Axess Networks.
- Provided advice to a Spanish aerospace company on the design and implementation of termination clauses for several senior managers of the company.
Covering a broad range of employment issues, ONTIER uses its international reach to represent clients in complex proceedings, restructurings, transactions and collective dismissals. Based in Madrid, Javier Aurelio Rodriguez Pérez and Eduardo González-Biedma co-lead the practice, with notable experience in litigation and pay schemes, respectively. Luis Sánchez Quiñones is a key contact from the associate ranks, active in restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ontier is a law firm that stands out for knowing the client and their needs in depth, for all the cases that arise.’
‘Closeness and professionalism define the team.’
‘Luis Sánchez Quiñones offers clarity and sincerity in explanations. The flexibility in giving us solutions. His security and professionalism generates confidence.’
‘In addition to the closeness and professionalism of the team, they stand out for their availability and immediate response. Javier Aurelio Rodríguez Pérez is and acts as an outstanding leader.’
‘The Ontier labour team is a very compact team. Very attentive to the needs of the client and knows how to anticipate them.’
‘Luis Sánchez Quiñones is a person with very deep technical knowledge and a very important ability to handle matters in court.’
Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas
Tata Consultancy Services
Camara De Comercio, Industria y Servicios de Madrid
Tier Mobility Spain
- Advised Tier Mobility Spain concerning its entry to Spain as well as the beginning of its activity from the perspective of employment law.
- Advised Dentix Group on its acquisition by Advent International.
- Advising Duro Felguera on all employment and social security matters arising out of its business operations.
PwC Tax & Legal Services
The employment law practice at PwC Tax & Legal Services offers collective negotiation, transactional, due diligence and litigation advice in a national and global context. Maria Eugenia Guzmán acts as leader of the country-wide employment group, specialising in transactional matters. In May 2022, Marc Carrera departed the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Julio Calvo; Amaya Garrido Courel
‘Highly effective team in solving client problems with a high level of legal preparation. The focus on excellence promoted by the management of the team stands out.’
‘PwC offers in its work area everything that a company may require in this complex field of work: strategic consulting, first-class collective bargaining and, if necessary, the best possible litigation. Its team has an excellent balance of extensive experience and unbeatable dedication, making the client feel perfectly accompanied and guided even in the most complex of circumstances. They always offer practical solutions, possible, and with a clear orientation to the result.’
‘María Eugenia Guzmán has experience and knowledge of the subject matter well above average. Not only does she have relevant knowledge, but she applies it always thinking about the company’s business, and the specific needs of the company.’
Avanza Movilidad Gipuzkoa
Eroski, S. Coop.
Agència De Residus De Catalunya
Ge Wind Energy
Rakuten Tv Eurore
- Took part in a negotiation process with the major trade unions in Spain that has resulted in the agreement of a Gender Equality Plan.
- Advised Celsa Barcelona on the completion of a procedure for the collective suspension of contracts arising from the crisis and the negotiation of a new Company Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Advised Avanza Movilidad Gipuzkoa regarding its compliance with an order from the Labour Inspectorate.
Simmons & Simmons
The employment group at Simmons & Simmons is often sought by multinational companies to provide fully integrated cross-border advice on employment issues. Such matters include transactional, due diligence and litigation advice, especially for clients in the life sciences and financial services sectors, where the firm stands out. Eduardo Peñacoba heads the ‘noteworthy‘ Madrid-based team, having been recently appointed as country head of Spain. Managing associate Carmen Torres is another standout, working alongside key associate Jesús Gimeno.
Other key lawyers:
Carmen Torres; Jesús Gimeno; Juan Calvente; Álvaro Zaldívar
‘Human quality, closeness, knowledge and real concern for the issues entrusted to them.’
‘Particularly noteworthy are Eduardo Peñacoba, Carmen Torres and Álvaro Zaldívar.’
Sandoz Industrial Products
Barings Asset Management Spain
- Advised Sandoz Industrial Products on the closure of the Sandoz Industrial Products amoxicillin production plant in Barcelona.
- Advising ABK on the acquisition of Digital Legends in Barcelona.
Bird & Bird
Led by Miguel Pastur, the full-service employment practice at Bird & Bird covers restructuring mandates, the negotiation of collective employment adjustment plans as well as termination arrangements for senior management. Counsel Isabel Rodríguez León, an addition from Uría Menéndez in September 2021, is another key contact, working alongside senior associate Jorge Sanz.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised Dayco on the restructuring of its operations in Manresa.
- Advised NTT Disruption in relation to the design and negotiation of the collective dismissal to lay off the entire workforce.
- Advised Jet2 on all its Spanish employment matters, including the negotiation with the relevant trade unions on the extension of a temporary employment restructuring plan.
The tax, pensions and employment group at Clifford Chance is noted for advising leading companies in the pharmaceutical, banking, retail and energy sectors. Among its key areas of work, the team is often retained for matters regarding incentive plans, restructurings, contracts for senior management and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Jorge Martín-Fernandez heads the department alongside Pablo Serrano De Haro. Former practice head Juan Calvente left the firm in October 2022.
The ‘highly qualified team‘ at LABORMATTERS ABOGADOS assists clients in disputes, executive appointments, dismissals, collective matters, and insolvency employment litigation, garnering praise for its ‘high level of knowledge of new developments‘ in the employment field. Alfredo Aspra Rodríguez, who joined the firm in October 2021 from Andersen, leads the team, accompanied by Jaime Silva Castañón and associate Juan Carlos Fernández, who are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is a very professional and highly qualified team that at the same time puts itself in the client’s position to create extraordinary advice. Regarding the news, for example, they make a repository of all the judgments that may interest the client.’
‘They are excellent professionals with impressive experience and knowledge and who also enjoy what they do. They are close, agile and practical without losing that touch of excellence that distinguishes them.’
‘Powerful specialisation of the entire team in the different sectors and activities in which it provides services. Detailed study of each of the files without impacting the dynamics and agility of the processes. Clear guarantee of success proven by its results during a long period of collaboration.’
‘Legal service that borders on personalisation that is evidently reinforced by the technical solvency of the lawyers.’
‘Very proactive team, very informed and updated with all the legal news.’
‘Deep knowledge of the labour reality in all its extension. Not only of the regulations (law and jurisprudence). Practical vocation towards conflict resolution over pure technical advice.’
‘The team is very professional and its most relevant characteristics are two: its understanding of the business and its availability/flexibility. These two attributes are the ones that compare best with their competitors.’
‘High level of knowledge of new developments in the labour field. Close to clients. Availability and flexibility to attend to urgent unforeseen issues, which implies an enormous capacity for work and commitment to the client.’
Grupo Parques Reunidos
Obrascón Huarte Lain
Santa Lucía Group
- Advised BBVA GROUP on disputes regarding both individual and collectives and for regular labour matters.
- Advised Ricoh Spain Group on a collective dismissal procedure.
- Advised Oesía on equality plans.
With six local offices to draw expertise from, Lener‘s employment group is noted for a range of matters, including collective dismissals, collective bargaining agreements, restructurings, litigation and equality plans. Carmen Galán Fernández leads the team, which sees the healthcare sector as a primary industry of focus, although it is also retained by clients in the financial, hospitality, mining, energy and technology sectors. Associates Ana Martín Oliet and Anna Amatllé López are further key contacts in the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Ana Martín Oliet; Anna Amatllé López; Maria Segovia; Eugenia Salto
‘The closeness and availability with the client, Lener has it and constantly promotes it. The outstanding organisation when it comes to preparing the trials stands out above the rest, anticipating the needs of the client at all times, and being aware of the processes as if they were their own.’
‘It offers peace of mind to the client when organising and defending the procedures. The main value that Lener has, aside from the extraordinary technical preparation of its lawyers, is the trust that it conveys and has earned.’
‘The close treatment, accessibility, as well as the total availability of the entire team when something unforeseen arises, which generates a peace of mind and confidence that is difficult to match.’
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Mecanizados Industria Auxiliar
Hiperion Hotel Group
Grupo NC Salud
Servicios, Personas y Salud
- Advised Mecanizados Industria Auxiliar (Group Miasa) on a collective dismissal.
- Advised Torribas on its aim to achieve gender balance among employees.