Leading Spanish and international clients across a breadth of industries look to the employment team at Cuatrecasas for the full range of advice in the area. Tesla is a notable new client for the department; it sought advice in connection with Covid-19 issues, while Punto Fa was among a number of existing clients also instructing the practice in that regard in 2020. Practice co-heads Rubén Agote (Barcelona) and Juan Bonilla (Madrid) oversee the sizeable team, whose recent highlights include Jordi Puigbó advising clients on complex downsizing and bargaining processes; Rubén Doctor leading collective bargaining lawsuits; and Lara Vivas acting for Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona on several issues, as well as leading a number of temporary redundancy matters during the pandemic.
Employment in Spain
Rubén Agote; Juan Bonilla
Other key lawyers:
Jordi Puigbó; Rubén Doctor; Lara Vivas; Salvador del Rey
FERROCARRIL METROPOLITÀ DE BARCELONA
PUNTO FA (MANGO)
T-SYSTEMS ITC IBERIA
- Assisting Punto Fa on a temporary redundancy plan based on force majeure and affecting 5,000 employees, following the closure of approximately 1,700 shops in 72 countries as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advising Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona on labor matters including negotiating collective bargaining agreements as well as several proceedings before the labor courts.
- Advising Siemens Healthcare on labour matters regularly, including the reorganisation of its pension commitments and on negotiating its first collective bargaining agreement in Spain.
The sizeable employment team at Garrigues covers the gamut of matters in the discipline. Recent work highlights have included assisting UNESPA, the Spanish association of insurers, on the negotiation of the sector's collective bargaining agreement; and assisting on over 650 layoff procedures across a number of the firm's clients. Practice head Rosa Zarza leads on workforce restructurings, corporate reorganisations and collective dismissals. Other standout names from the considerable team include the vastly experienced Barcelona-based Rafael Ortiz; the 'outstanding' Rafael Giménez-Arnau, who oversees the Andalucía and Canary labour and employment areas; labour litigation expert Adriano Gómez; Ángel Olmedo Jiménez, an expert in employment litigation for the sports and entertainment industry; and Ignacio Esteban Ros, who shows 'absolute mastery of the subject'.
Other key lawyers:
Rafael Ortiz; Rafael Giménez-Arnau; Adriano Gómez; Eloy Castañer; Ignacio Esteban Ros; Eva Diez-Ordás
‘The team is really oriented to client partnership, having a high knowledge of the company & sector, providing support & advice and working proactively to ensure success and avoid any future risk. The team is adding value through real partnership, go beyond client-provider relation as they are very oriented to support the business and provide solutions. Very oriented to results and high technical capabilities.’
‘Rafael Gimenez-Arnau is outstanding, not only in his legal capabilities, also in his commitment, strategic vision, knowledge, proactiveness and leadership. The support has been amazing, always oriented to support the business and problem solving. The support in covid legislation changes has been remarkable, being proactive and trying to anticipate to changes and legal modifications to provide us the opportunity to anticipate business impact.’
‘The Garrigues team is exceptional on a number of fronts. First they are very hands on and engaged with us, highly attentive to our needs. They also have a very good understanding of the overall market picture and can provide us with a degree of local context that we lack institutionally. Most important to us is that our objectives are their objectives.’
‘The partners at Garrigues are very attentive and hands on in working with us. I have never felt that they passed us to a junior person – even though their younger staff are also excellent.’
‘The exceptional knowledge of the subjects and the deep analysis of all their legal advises, but also the level of information of discussions about new laws and regulations being prepared to allow the company to take decisions with the larger information possible. Additionally, the availability and reactivity shown is absolutely extraordinary.’
‘Exceptionally fast and collaborative in any circumstance, completely dedicated to customer service. Additionally, they provide great technical legal knowledge and extensive and always up-to-date experience.’
‘We have been working together for 14 years. The knowledge they have of my company is outstanding, which leads us to be successful in all the dossiers that we work together.’
‘Ignacio Esteban – tireless worker, absolute mastery of the subject, good public speaking, didactic (simple explanation for those of us who are not experts in the legal field), tenacity, ambition to win.’
Banco de Sabadell
Bolsas y Mercados Españoles
El Corte Inglés
- Advised on more than 650 layoffs processes affecting more than 150,000 employees for clients across a variety of sectors.
- Acted for Iberia LAE on its acquisition of Air Europa, with the labour team providing analysis and due diligence of the liabilities linked to Air Europa’s workforce.
- Advised Nissan Motor Ibércia on the collective layoff procedure for 2,525 job positions in plants located in Barcelona.
With six offices across Spain, labour and employment law boutique Sagardoy Abogados, member of Ius Laboris advises corporate clients on the full range of matters in the practice area, both contentious and non-contentious. Litigation is a focus for the team, while restructuring and collective negotiation procedures are also regularly handled. Key recent instructions have included advice to companies in the tourism sector on issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Executive chairman of the firm Iñigo Sagardoy focuses on international matters and heads the team alongside collective restructuring and litigation experts Martín Godino and José Manuel Martín. Montserrat Alonso and Román Gil are other key names to note, and Ana Goerlich stands out at the non-partner level.
Iñigo Sagardoy; Martín Godino; José Manuel Martín
Other key lawyers:
Román Gil; Montserrat Alonso; Ana Goerlich
‘The Sagardoy team knew perfectly the technical details of the process, they were able to clearly explain all the steps to follow, they identified the potential risks and possible ways to mitigate them. Very professional in explaining the possible scenarios and possible outcomes. Very pragmatic in the process, agreeing for example to have individual meetings with key people to facilitate the negotiation.’
‘Martin Godino stands out in the team, who stands out in aspects such as: innovation, collective bargaining and restructuring. The rest of the team is highly specialized in the labor field, has professionals with extensive experience in litigation management and employment advice in all its dimensions, as well as offices in several major cities, and its study center makes a difference with the rest of offices, with interesting and current courses, presentations, and seminars.’
‘Montserrat Alonso has a great knowledge of the legal and company aspects.’
‘Market and company expertise.’
BARCELÓ CORPORACIÓN EMPRESARIAL S.A.
ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS, S.L.
ESTEVE PHARMACEUTICALS S.A.
- Advised El Corte Inglés Group on proceedings for the suspension of contracts for more than 35,000 employees as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Acted for GModelo Europa on the labour aspects derived from the distribution agreement reached between InBev and Mahou.
- Assisted Abanca on the merger process of Banco Caixa General and the restructuring of the company.
Led by Mario Barros in Madrid, the employment department at Uría Menéndez has lawyers across the firm's four offices in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao) and covers the full range of contentious and advisory employment work. The dramatic increase in demand for employment law advice as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic was reflected by the team working on over 100 collective suspensions of employment in 2020, while its advice on international M&A deals and various judicial proceedings further illustrate the department's breadth. Sergio Ponce is a name to note for collective bargaining matters, and in Barcelona, Juan Reyes heads the employment team supported by Ana Alós. Álvaro Navarro stands out as a counsel. Former practice head Ignacio García-Perrote left in January 2020 after being appointed as a magistrate of the Spanish Supreme Court.
Other key lawyers:
Sergio Ponce; Juan Reyes; Ana Alós; Álvaro Navarro
‘Uría Menéndez professionals are characterized by: Professionalism. Immediacy and Closeness. High degree of availability. Excellent human spirit.’
‘Outstanding partner Sergio Ponce. Human quality, honesty, rigor and brilliant in the opinion and advice that over the years has been proven unbeatable.’
‘Its strengths are clearly its specialization in labor law, its professional experience in complicated disputes and litigation, its image, and its corporate culture that aims to bring the lawyer closer to the client and better understand their needs. The skills that I would highlight are proximity, availability and the proposal of practical solutions.’
‘I highlight Mario Barros, he is one of the best labor lawyers in the market. He is a highly qualified professional, specializing in litigation and senior management, who always seeks innovation through practical and simple solutions.’
‘My contact person at Uría Menéndez is Sergio Ponce Rodríguez. Sergio is a professional who stands out for his brilliant technical knowledge and his strategic vision of matters.’
‘Knowledge of collective dismissal processes, both at the negotiation level and at the litigation level, make them one of the most sound teams to face any process of this type. They are meticulous, tenacious, attentive to detail and do not give up any point in the negotiation, always offering a reasonable and commercial point of view, always looking for the best position for the client. I like them because they are not afraid of transferring problems and offer practical solutions to them, even in anticipation.’
‘Sergio Ponce: he is an extraordinary lawyer, with great technical knowledge, very good communication and availability.’
‘Although there are outstanding lawyers, the plus of Uría Menéndez is the entire team. Perfectly in tune and insightful, technically infallible and impressive in pressure situations.’
Agrupación de fabricantes de cemento de España
AMUNDI Asset Management
Asociación Nacional de Empresas Estibadoras y Consignatarias de Buques (ANESCO)
Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Automóviles y Caminiones (ANFAC)
Ávoris Travel (Barceló)
Beam Suntory Spain
Bureau Veritas Group
Canal de Isabel II
Central Bank of Spain
Coca-Cola Iberian Partners
ENCE Energía y Celulosa SA
Haya Real Estate
ICEX España Exportaciones e inversiones
Japan Airlines CO, LTD.
Mars Multisales Spain
Moody’s Investors Service
Organización Interprofesional de Carne de Pollo
Procter & Gamble España, S.A.
Radici Plastics Ibérica S.L.
Travelclick Europe, S.L.
- Advising Anesco on multiple employment law issues arising from a rehaul of the regulations applicable to the stevedoring sector.
- Representing the Central Bank of Spain in court against an unfair dismissal claim filed by an ex-executive.
- Advising Avoris Group on implementing and managing 12 temporary layoffs affecting every company of the group during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Between its offices in Barcelona and Madrid, employment law boutique Abdón Pedrajas continued to handle the full range of labour matters in 2020, adding to its slate a host of Covid-related instructions, including planned lay-offs and executive redundancies. The team held online consultations for clients as new legislation was introduced weekly during the lockdown, and has also established a human resources consulting and payroll department in its Barcelona office. Four partners co-lead the group: managing partner Antonio Pedrajas is strong in restructuring, asset transfers, boardroom disputes and collective redundancies; Sonia Cortés assists international clients on collective redundancies and the hiring and firing of senior executives; Alfonso Pedrajas heads the Barcelona office, leading on litigation and restructurings, among other matters; and Ivan López García de la Riva is an expert in collective disputes. Ines Molero is also a key contact.
Antonio Pedrajas; Ivan López García de la Riva; Sonia Cortés; Alfonso Pedrajas
Other key lawyers:
‘Creativity, responsibility and commitment are excellent.’
‘Closeness, initiative and being convinced of being fair in the arguments that our company represents. Ines Molero is the person who attended us and I have to acknowledge that she is an exceptional person. Both in the treatment and in the knowledge.’
‘They always have the maximum information on current situations, both judicial and legal, which allows adopting solutions adjusted to the current reality.’
‘The partners and senior lawyers directly lead and execute the conflict resolution. In this sense, we must highlight Alfonso Pedrajas, Sonia Cortés and Ivan López García de la Riva.’
‘Law firm that dedicates the necessary time to listen and understand the real needs of the client, gets involved and they are part of the solution associating with the values of the company.’
‘They are close and sensitive to the values of the company.’
ACCOR (Hotel Juan Carlos I; Hotel Pullman Skipper Barcelona)
Procura Management Services
John Deere Iberica
AC Hotels by Marriott
Robert Bosch España
Vistaprint / Cimpress
EDP Renewables Group
- Representing Zurich in litigation regarding working time tracking systems.
- Represented DIA Alimentacion before the European Court of Justice in a collective conflict issue.
- Represented AC Capital Premier II FCR in a labour lawsuit stemming from an arbitration issued by the Arbitration Court of Madrid.
Baker McKenzie's employment practice is known for its work for multinational businesses and routinely handles compliance investigations, cross-border restructuring and complex litigation. Diversity compliance matters have long been an area of strength of the team, while more recently transactional work has increased. As well as advising on some of the more complex issues in the market arising from the pandemic, the team also worked closely with the firm's leading TMT practice to assist on digital transformations after the rise in home-working. The 'outstanding' David Diaz heads the team in Madrid and has a particular focus on union-related negotiations. Mireia Sabaté leads in Barcelona, where she specialises in employment contracts and terminations, restructuring and collective bargaining agreements. Fermín Guardiola is noted for restructurings and layoffs resulting from M&A. Ester Maza and José Prieto are also noted.
David Díaz; Mireia Sabaté
Other key lawyers:
José Prieto; Fermin Guardiola; Ester Maza
‘David Díaz has the expertise of multinational legal service delivery, with leadership over a extended network of expert country partners in the firm. David set up teams of multilayer lawyers to adapt the cost to the right level of expertise and service. He commits to excellence of service.’
‘Baker’s team is a cohesive team, with good interaction and joint monitoring of the issues by the team of lawyers. They are clear and pragmatic in their approaches.’
‘Flexibility and adaptation to the context of our company and local reality.’
‘They feel part of our team, they understand the strategic priorities of our business to the right level, not too much but enough to make informed decisions and recommendations. They have high degrees of empathy and balance the protection you feel as a client with them as your legal representative, whilst challenging you to reduce emotion and be fair. They foresee problems and challenges before you do always thinking one step ahead of you but never out of step with you.’
‘Proven knowledge with real time examples of case law, not from decades ago, they are relevant and up to date. David Díaz in particular is outstanding, we have worked on some high profile complex executive cases and he has remained focused, engaged, supportive and emotionally invested in our company to absolutely the right level.’
‘The firm combines different types of profiles to provide a complete and multidisciplinary solution to the client.’
‘José Prieto is very experienced, and he provided first-class advice, representation and practical guidance in relation to a difficult workforce restructure.’
‘The plus they offer is the proximity to the client and above all the knowledge of a multinational company and the operation at this level. All assigned collaborators meet our expectations to perfection, achieving a very high percentage of success at all times and not putting the company at risk. I highlight the work of Ester Maza.’
Ceca Magán Abogados continued to expand its employment department, hiring partner Ana Gómez Hernández in January 2020, Laura Guillén as director in December 2019 and of counsel Guillermo Barrios in October 2019. They joined a team well versed in the range of employment matters and with a particular specialism in labour litigation, evident in its advice to Ilunion on one of the earliest court decisions relating to force majeure legislation during the lockdown. Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo heads the practice; he acts for a diverse client base and has expertise in collective dismissals, senior executive matters, collective bargaining and conflicts, and union elections. Senior associate Blanca Mercado Grande is also a key name for litigation and collective processes.
Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo
Other key lawyers:
And Gómez Hernández; Laura Guillén; Blanca Mercado Grande; Guillermo Barrios
IESE/Universidad de Navarra
ALS LABORATORY GROUP
Mahou – San Miguel
Magnum Capital Partners
Le pain quotidien
FINANCIERA EL CORTE INGLÉS
- Advised Alsea on the collective temporary layoffs based on force majeure grounds, affecting 22,000 employees due to Covid-19 restrictions.
- Acted for Cemex on a collective dismissal affecting more than 180 employees, closing two different locations.
- Assisted BNP Paribas on a collective dismissal.
Drawing on the wider firm's international network of offices, DLA Piper's Madrid-based employment team formed part of a cross-office response to the increased demand from multinational companies worldwide due to widespread business closures during the pandemic. Recent instructions for Pilar Menor's team have included the complex collective dismissal process of Hard Rock Spain, as well as regular support to multinationals throughout 2020 while employment legislation changed frequently. Digital transformations and assistance on mental health guidelines have also featured frequently in the recent workload. On the individual side, Menor is particularly focused on collective labour negotiations and employment litigation, especially in restructurings and layoffs resulting from M&A. Paz De La Iglesia is also a key contact, and legal directors Pedro Molina and Raúl Torres are both active across the department's range of mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Paz de la Iglesia; Pedro Molina; Raúl Torres
‘Some of the strengths of the DLA Piper team are communication, agility and clarity.’
‘I have worked with Pilar Menor and her team. She and her team reacted swiftly, to the point, offered great and professional support and were available even in summer times. They are confident and reliable and above all patient.’
‘Personalized treatment and great knowledge not only of work practice, but also of the client company and the sector.’
‘Great professionals, both at the partner level and the rest of the lawyers who work in labor.’
- Assisted Hard Rock on collective dismissal proceedings.
- Advised CAE on collective dismissal proceedings to close down an airport base in Malaga.
- Acted for Stuart Delivery on claims filed by couriers requesting their right to be declared employees.
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy increased its client base in 2020, with new multinational clients in the IT, financial services and TMT sectors being among those to instruct Silvia Bauzá and her team. Capabilities of the practice include employment litigation and restructuring, collective negotiations, labour and social security and relevant aspects of M&A. Bauzá has over 20 years' experience in the field and senior associate Ana Hernández provides key support, with a focus on collective dismissals and restructuring procedures.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strengths: always ready to help, high knowledge of the legislation and current processes, very friendly and close treatment, quick response, high level of English.’
‘I believe that what makes the excellence of this firm are the people without a doubt. We work directly with Silvia Bauz and Ana Hernandez.’
‘Professional team with many skills focused on knowing the business activities of the company and thus being able to provide the best level of service. Faster in learning our idiosyncrasies than other firms and high capacity for involvement.’
‘Their predisposition at all times, the ease of communicating and dealing with them and their high technical knowledge and their practical application to the business.’
Bank of New York Mellon
Volvo & Renault Trucks
- Assisting Volvo Renault Trucks on all its employment related issues in Spain, including three temporary employment suspension procedures (ERTEs), employment reorganisations and the draft and implementation of the policy on time registry.
- Acted for Sabadell on the labour aspects of the sale of its asset management company, Sabadell Asset Management, to Amundi.
- Advised Indra on several employment related matters including judicial procedures and complex legal advice on collective matters.
Deloitte Legal broadened its employment offering in Spain with the hire of Xavier Pallarés in Barcelona and Fernando Ruiz de Linaza in Madrid in 2020. They joined key partners Covadonga Roldán and Susana Burgueño in the practice group headed by Fernando Bazán, which has noted expertise advising in the financial services sector, drawing on the expertise of the wider firm and advising on a host of matters, including the review of salaries for special executives. Other recent highlights included providing employment law assistance to major Spanish telecoms and retail companies.
Other key lawyers:
Covadonga Roldán; Susana Burgueño; Fernando Ruiz de Linaza; Xavier Pallarés
‘They advised on a complex incident, dealing in a very professional way with all different stakeholders and making all the procedural and personal complexities of the case simple.’
‘Very good mix of technical and personal skills for a complex case. Fernando Ruiz: mix of technical rigour and pragmatism were also paramount to assure best dealing.’
‘The basis of a good job is to know the reality and focus of the client. On this basis, the legal department can be built, without it it does not work. This is a strong point of the Deloitte team.’
‘The big difference is the effort they make to understand the strategy, style and values of our company to adapt the technical response and advice to our framework of understanding. The other relevant factor is independence and security in the criteria, which make them a reliable partner.’
‘I think they work as a team in a very coordinated and integrated way.’
‘Covadonga Roldán: stands out for her proximity and for her ease in understanding customer problems. Always ready to help.’
‘Deloitte’s work practice stands out for its versatility to carry out projects that go beyond classical employment advice or the performance of due diligences. The projects in which we have had their services in recent times have required a very strategic approach, and the management and input of Deloitte workforce teams have been of high added value. On the other hand, a great strength of Deloitte is the quality of its international network, which based on our experience stands out even among other international firms.’
‘A common characteristic of Deloitte workforce teams is their listening to and understanding of customer needs and their willingness to adapt to them. In particular, Covadonga Roldán always demonstrates a deep understanding of labor law, its practical application and its aspects; which gives her the ability to provide innovative approaches and develop complex labor consulting projects in an agile way.’
TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA
EL CORTE INGLES
BANCO DE SABADELL
MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE
HUTCHINSON INDUSTRIAS DEL CAUCHO
- Advised Telefónica on the employment aspects of its acquisition of the alarm business of Prosegur.
- Assisted El Corte Inglés on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Mega 2, a group of companies of the security and services business with over 1,800 employees.
- Assisted Banco de Sabadell during the co-ordination of an international project involving EMEA countries regarding the action plan and transition to a new normality as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Strengths of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's employment team include hiring proceedings, employment contracts, disciplinary actions and complex settlement agreements. Practice head Ignacio Campos is an expert in labour litigation and conflict resolution, and Ignacio del Fraile advised on a number of collective processes in the retail sector during 2020. Of counsel Borja González assists in litigation, collective bargaining agreements and health and safety matters, and Lourdes Escassi is a key name at the associate level.
Other key lawyers:
Ignacio del Fraile; Borja González; Lourdes Escassi
‘A full service law firm giving high quality practical advice. Always ready to bring in additional subject matter experts where required, without losing sight of the main objectives.’
‘Ignacio Campos and Ignacio del Fraile: Excellent all round. They spent a considerable amount of time learning about our business so that they would know how best to advise us from a practical as well as legal perspective. Very responsive and very clear.’
‘Their individualized attention, their constant availability and the quality of their attention (specialization) have been key to the advice sought.’
‘The approach to the reality of the company, not the mere fact of stating the law and the risks. It is a team focused on providing viable solutions, in approaching the business perspective and in the flexibility to find solutions.’
‘Ignacio del Fraile stands out for his practical approach, providing solutions adapted to each situation and company. He is in permanent contact, anticipates questions and acts as an ally, beyond the customer-service provider relationship.’
‘Very comprehensive and uncomplicated. Service orientated and good skills knowledge in employment and labour law.’
‘Ignacio del Fraile: Deep knowledge of labour law and jurisdiction and high professional level and experience; practice approach.’
- Assisted Tennant Sales & Services Spain on the implementation of a collective process to suspend employment contracts, affecting several entities of the group in Spain.
- Acted for Hexcel Composites on the implementation of a collective process to temporarily reduce employee working time, including the relevant negotiation process with the employees’ representatives supported by the unions.
- Advised WNS Global Services on the implementation of a collective process to suspend employment contracts due to force majeure.
Hogan Lovells International LLP's international footprint and expertise makes it well placed to advise multinational companies on Spanish employment matters. Major names in the TMT, fashion and energy sectors are among those to instruct the team on major cross-border M&A and litigation, as well as corporate restructuring processes. Practice head Luis Enrique de la Villa has broad experience in a range of restructuring measures, including modifications of work conditions in merged companies, and individual and collective dismissals. Senior associate Jesús García is also a key contact.
Luis Enrique de la Villa
Other key lawyers:
‘Great team, very technical staff. They provide simple solutions to complex problems.’
‘Absolute accessibility of the partners. The associates have extensive technical training and experience.’
QDQ Media SA
- Advising Transcom Worldwide on a range of employment matters in Spain.
- Assisting Syncreon Technology Services on a collective dismissal in its Barcelona work centre.
- Assisting Schweppes on their equality plan and working control time systems as well as with day-to-day employment law advice.
Pérez-Llorca's employment practice handled a high volume of Covid-related collective procedures during 2020, and also assisted on new legislation regarding equality in the workplace. The most significant of the former came in advice to domestic airline Volotea, involving a complex temporary workforce restructuring plan; Laura Pérez led the advice. Practice head Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés recently advised international clients on matters including contentious regulatory issues and temporary employment regulation files (ERTEs), while Isabel Moya - who was promoted to partner in 2020 - led assistance to Olympic Broadcasting services on its anti-harassment policy and equality plan. Daniel Cifuentes is also a key contact, specialising in collective dismissals, industrial conflicts, litigation and pre-litigation counselling.
Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés
Other key lawyers:
Laura Pérez; Isabel Moya; Daniel Cifuentes
Avis Alquile un Coche
Olympic Broadcasting Services
- Advised Volotea on a temporary workforce restructuring plan due to force majeure, affecting its entire workforce.
- Assisting Avis Alquile un Coche on a regular basis on all matters relating to the negotiation, extension and application of its collective bargaining agreement.
- Advised OBS on the drafting and implementation of several compliance policies including, among others, the anti-harassment policy and the company’s equality plan.
As lockdown measures were implemented in Spain, Roca Junyent assisted on a number of complex ERTEs in the domestic media, industrial and retail sectors. Jointly headed by Àlex Santacana Folgueroles in Barcelona and Rosa Rodríguez in Madrid, the team is strong in collective disputes, restructuring processes, labour inspections and collective bargaining agreements. Santacana has extensive experience advising domestic and multinational companies, including representation before superior courts, while Rodríguez has 20 years of experience in employment and social security law. Albert Rodríguez Arnaíz is also a key contact, working alongside Santacana in Barcelona.
Àlex Santacana Folgueroles; Rosa Rodríguez
Other key lawyers:
Albert Rodríguez Arnaíz
‘They stand out for their excellent management, orientation and client advice in all areas of labor law. Complicity and proximity. Accessible staff with fluid, close communication with the ability to understand the different possible scenarios.’
‘Rosa Rodríguez is an exceptional proceduralist. Excellent negotiator and with a deep and extensive knowledge of labor law. She is agile, fast, observant, hard-working and intelligent. Counting on a highly prepared office that has a solid infrastructure and equipment to carry out work with excellence.’
‘Albert Rodríguez stands out for his great technical capacity to solve any of the company’s procedures. Complicity and proximity. Experts in labor matters.’
CAMBRA DE COMERÇ DE BARCELONA
AGRUPACIO CATALANA DE CENTRES
MUTUA GENERAL DE CATALUNYA
- Advised UTE Rigging on the negotiation of a strike that could have affected Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona.
- Acting for Spanish pilot union Sepla in relation to employment matters, claiming compensation conditions for pilots from the airline Air Europa prior to its merger with Iberia.
- Assisted Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona (Barcelona Chamber of Commerce) on the negotiation of new collective bargaining agreements initiated in 2019.
Andersen incorporated DA Lawyers in June 2021, bringing labour expert Victoria Caldevilla to lead the firm’s employment department. The labour team is traditionally well versed in strategic and reputational advice, with a client base that includes a number of multinationals requiring assistance with cross-border matters. Post-insolvency reorganisations are a specific strength for the team, which includes Pablo Santos in Barcelona.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Andersen team always strives for excellence, with an unbeatable level of involvement.’
‘Its high availability, its excellent legal technical criteria and the search for disruptive solutions to the challenges that arise.’
‘Excellent customer orientation and quality of service. Absolute adaptation to the profile of the client company, its sector and its size. Agility in response and total availability.’
‘They function like a real team, and they all show involvement in the process from start to finish, from the junior attorney to the partner in charge. Very good technical knowledge, they transfer expertise to the client.’
‘High knowledge of the business and union reality with a strong level of contacts. Proven experience in the field of negotiation in matters of collective scope.’
‘Victoria Caldevilla: anticipation, efficiency and empathy, mixed with a full knowledge of her discipline, our history and our strategy. The lever of many key necessary agreements for the organization.’
‘Thorough knowledge of labour laws. They have adapted quickly to our sector. They give fast and reliable answers. Very good results in a complicated trial.’
‘Its strengths are the ability to work, availability, specialisation in labour law and knowledge of the banking sector, and our organisation.’
Isolux – Corsan
Grupo Parques Reunidos
Grupo Redexis Gas
Grupo Ricoh España
DHL Global Forwarding Iberia
- Advising Grupo Isolux – Corsan on employment restructuring matters in relation to the carrying out of three collective dismissals simultaneously.
- Assisting Aleatica on various employment issues in the context of dismissals, collective bargaining agreements, recruitment and/or regularisation of various profiles, both locally and globally.
- Advising Grupo Redexis Gas on various employment issues, including the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.
The restructuring of Michael Kors Spain, as well as a range of work for new domestic clients in the context of the Covid-19 lockdown in Spain, were standout highlights in 2020 for the employment team at Araoz & Rueda. Alfonso Suárez's broad practice covers the hiring and dismissal of senior executives, modification of employment conditions, workforce restructuring plans and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and strikes. The partner-level team expanded with the promotion of Clara Mañoso to the partnership in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
‘High qualification, client orientation and professionalism.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable, has strong customer centricity and acts as genuine trusted advisers.’
‘Alfonso Suarez and Clara Mañoso for their excellent treatment, availability and good focus on the issues.’
‘Next to the knowledge of their profession, the professionalism, I would like to mention why I loved also working with this law firm Araoz y Rueda: All lawyers spoke perfect the English language – Thank you!; Always available – I never had the feeling to be a number. There is a human contact.’
‘Great reactivity. Alfonso and Clara always strive to anticipate business needs beyond legal requests sent to them. They are great partners.’
‘We collaborate with Alfonso and Clara. They stand out for their incredible reactivity during the summer or the weekend, which makes them very reliable advisers.’
FACET FILTRATION IBERIA
PRADO Y SOMOSIERRA
VOODOO GAMING SPAIN
SPECTRUM SYSTEM INTREGRATOR
- Advising Michael Kors Spain, subsidiary of the luxury clothing and accessories US group with more than 300 employees, on the restructuring of its workforce.
- Assisting Majórica on the processing and filing of two temporary layoff procedures (ERTEs) derived from the Covid-19 pandemic and affecting more than 250 workers.
- Advising Ordax on the processing and filing of two temporary layoff procedures (ERTEs) derived from the Covid-19 pandemic and affecting more than 200 workers.
Augusta Abogados' specialist focus on labour matters in the aviation industry has been particularly relevant in 2020 with the lockdown travel restrictions implemented in Europe. Advice to Ryanair and Vueling stand out as recent highlights, and the team also handles employment litigation, restructurings and day-to-day advice for clients in the healthcare and retail sectors, among others. Juan José Hita Fernández and María José Sánchez jointly lead the practice and are praised as 'highly dedicated and reliable'.
Juan José Hita Fernández; María José Sánchez
‘Very strong team with international experience, specialists in the aviation sector, experienced dealing with collective and individual issues.’
‘María José Sánchez – María is a knowledgeable and commercial employment lawyer who understands what international employer clients want and need in terms of responsiveness, pragmatic solutions, good English language skills and some hand-holding in a jurisdiction that is not their own. I value her ability to find commercial solutions, her responsiveness and ability to go the extra mile for the client.’
‘Juan José Hita – great international experience, commercial and good English language skills.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and reactive. They provide top notch advice on highly sensitive cases, taking into account all aspects of the matter. Their input is most valuable.’
‘I have worked closely with María José Sánchez and Juan José Hita on several occasions. They are both highly dedicated and reliable lawyers. They are creative and know how to navigate the pitfalls of employment law.’
- Representing Ryanair in the implementation of a large restructuring process for its bases in Canary Islands and Girona, and other matters.
- Acting for Servihabitat in general employment litigation, advisory services and temporary restructuring measures for Covid-19.
- Assisting Vueling Airlines on the implementation of a new business structure for handling, including setting up of new company called Yellow and the transfer of employees from their previous employer at the Valencia Airport, and related employment matters.
Drawing on the firm's international footprint and reputation, the Clifford Chance Madrid-based employment team is often engaged in litigation, and also advises on relevant elements of corporate transactions. Counsel Juan Calvente co-ordinates the group, with Efraina Fernández and Jorge Martín-Fernandez being the key senior associate-level contacts, all involved in assistance to international clients in 2020 on Covid-19 related matters.
Other key lawyers:
Efraina Fernández; Jorge Martín-Fernandez
‘The Clifford Chance team work very collaboratively with their clients. When you work with the team you feel assured you are getting the best specific dedicated legal advice. They are very much trusted advisors on labour law in Spain.’
‘Great technical capacity and outstanding practical implementation. I would highlight Efraina Fernández, an exceptional associate with great experience and know-how in all kinds of situations.’
‘Juan Calvente and Efraina Fernández both deserve a mention as trusted advisors. They are both leaders in their field, which helps them deliver the highest quality strategic input for their clients. They are both very collaborative, always available to meet their clients’ business requirements.’
‘Efraina Fernández and Juan Calvente are always very swift to reply who quickly grasp the situation. They are also quick to find pragmatic solutions.’
‘The Clifford Chance labor team in Spain knows perfectly the client’s needs.’
‘Juan Calvente is an excellent lawyer and a very rigorous advisor on complex issues that require great attention to detail. He is also a very valuable collaborator in collective bargaining, due to his vast experience and his balance in tackling complex issues.’
‘Efraina Fernández, has a great knowledge of matters related to human resources, knows very well that area in other companies, in addition to being a very good litigator.’
‘Jorge Martin-Fernández is an excellent collaborator in matters of compensation, salary calculations and concepts, knowledge of various laws, and advice on very complex contractual matters, which he tackles with great rigor and audacity.’
SCHRODERS & CO BANK
CUBICO SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS
- Advising a global investment bank on a litigation procedure in a complex and sensitive employment matter.
- Represented Intrum in various litigation procedures on post-contractual non-compete and bonus claims.
- Assisted Värde/Wizink on MIP payments and management reorganisation.
CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo's client base includes blue-chip companies in the technology, real estate, financial services, insurance, consumer products and pharmaceutical sectors, reflective of the team's areas of expertise. Collective restructurings, senior executive contracts, labour elements of corporate transactions and complex employment-related litigation are all strengths for practice head César Navarro and the team, which includes Elena Esparza and senior associate Eva Ceca, who collaborate with the firm's international offices on cross-border matters.
Other key lawyers:
Elena Esparza; Eva Ceca
‘Technical knowledge. Strategic planning. Very good at the negotiation table. The comparison is very favorable.’
‘Cesar Navarro and Elena Esparza – Dealing with the client and the ability to adapt to the needs of each client.’
TÜV SÜD ATISAE
- Assisting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on several ongoing employment matters, including the preparation of a working time registration policy for the whole group.
- Advised several clients on complex collective redundancies, furloughing and other measures triggered by the Covid-19 crisis.
- Advised Iberdrola on a number of complex judicial claims filed by a group of employees against two of its subsidiaries as a result of the share deal of those subsidiaries.
Bimba y Lola was one of a number of new clients instructing Eversheds Sutherland's labour practice in 2020, with the retail company being among the many requesting assistance on ERTE procedures. Practice head Jacobo Martínez and his 'efficient, proactive team' also frequently advise on regulatory issues, employment aspects of transactions and litigation, and the practice also stands out for its co-ordination with clients in Latin American jurisdictions. Counsels Teresa Salinas and Luis Aguilar are names to note and associate Estíbaliz Garcia is also highlighted.
Other key lawyers:
Luis Aguilar; Adrián Perez; Teresa Salinas; Estíbaliz García
‘It is an efficient, proactive team and they convey a lot of confidence from a technical point of view. I highlight the availability of the team, the haste in the response and that they go beyond giving the required advice, they help you make the best decision in complex situations.’
‘The Eversheds Sutherland Nicea labor practice team quickly understands business needs and offers practical and agile solutions to labor disputes. They have a thorough knowledge of the law and jurisprudence and are always up to date. Their personal treatment is very human but very practical and decisive. They quickly bring a very executive approach to their advice and recommendations.’
‘Availability and help in decision making. Jacobo Martinez – I highlight his availability, efficiency and his advice that helps you make a decision as a company. He has the ability to give correct advice (warning of possibilities and risks) and to guide you to make the best decision for your business, something that is highly valued.’
‘Estíbaliz García. I highlight the availability and efficiency of this associate in the labor area. Her help has been essential these months. In addition, her treatment with us has been impeccable, in times of much stress.’
‘Jacobo Martínez Perez-Espinosa is the best labor lawyer I know (and I know many!). He is rigorous in his advice, without ever losing his ethical focus. He is a person with deeply rooted values and with a very noticeable mental speed and a deep knowledge of Labor Law. He is a very complete legal professional.’
‘All team members are well prepared and have sufficient experience, this facilitates communication and the speed of consultations, since matters can be dealt with with total confidence without waiting for the partner or team leader to be available as happens in other offices where there is only one point of contact even though there is a team behind it.’
‘Jacobo Martinez is always available and it is easy to contact him directly. I would highlight the availability and speed in complying with the issues commissioned.’
‘As always, the senior partner, Jacobo Martínez, stands out for his eagerness to serve, his immense amount of knowledge and his extreme ability to deal with unions and works councils.’
Bimba y Lola
Room Mate / Be Mate
Johnson Controls Group
- Acted for the companies in the Johnson Controls Group on ERTE procedures.
- Advised Singular Bank on the process of due diligence and TUPE rules applicable to the employees in the acquisition of a client portfolio of MG Valores.
- Acted for Bimba y Lola on ERTE procedures, preparing all documents and files to be registered before the labour authority, leading the negotiation with unions and workers representatives to reach an agreement.
The growing employment group at EY Abogados hired Isabel Merenciano in December 2019 to further strengthen its 'very professional' offering. The team's client base covers the healthcare, transport, retail and finance industries, among others. Its recent work in this diverse range of industries has been dominated by instructions stemming from the Covid-19 lockdown, with a number of ERTEs and restructurings led by practice head Raúl García. Director of the firm's labour department in Barcelona, Ana Riera is also a key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Isabel Merenciano; Ana Riera; Miguel Prado
‘They are very professional in the preparation of judicial matters and in court later. Very open to understanding how the company works, despite its complexity.’
‘They are very good at technical knowledge, very approachable, and can handle issues that affect multiple fields of law at the same time.’
ABACERIA DE MONASTERIO
Niro Ceramica Ceramic Industry
- Advised Henry Schein Group companies in the collective suspension of working contracts because of the Covid-19 crisis.
- Assisted Transportes San José on the collective suspension of working contracts as a result of the pandemic.
- Represented Hines in a bonus claim filed by a former high-level employee.
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons has a niche specialism within its labour practice in advising top executives from the finance and private equity sectors on employment contracts, disciplinary action and dismissals. Carlos Gil heads the team, which also assists on day-to-day employment matters and litigation, for clients including Valencia Club de Fútbol and Inapa. Senior associates Sandra de Andrés and Cristina Esteban have an key role in the department.
Other key lawyers:
Sandra de Andrés; Cristina Esteban
‘Compared to other firms we have worked with, they have a better predisposition and versatility.’
‘Carlos Gil and Cristina Esteban have an outstanding performance with us.’
Shanghai Electric Power
Qualitas Equity Partners
GOAC / Inversiones Chamartín
Inapa Distribución de Papel
Brüel & Kjaer España
Inmobiopres Holding, S.A.
Miura Private Equity
Valencia Club de Fútbol
MCH Private Equity
Asterion Industrial Partners
- Advising Valencia Club de Fútbol on all the employment legal issues related with the club and its foundation, including sport law, employment inspections and employment litigation.
- Acting for the EDP group on the sale of its business-to-customers (B2C) portfolio in Spain along with two power plants in Castejón (Navarra) to the French energy group Total, which involved a number of corporate and employment reorganisations.
- Assisted Pagegroup on temporary layoff procedures presented by the different companies of the group in Spain on the basis of economic and productive grounds prompted by the coronavirus crisis.
Clients turn to KPMG Abogados, Spain's employment team for advice on the employment and HR implications linked to collective dismissals, restructurings and M&A. The latter is the focus of Francisco Fernández Díez, who jointly leads the practice with Francisco Javier Hervas Martinez, a lawyer with broad experience advising multinational corporations. Beatriz Ruiz Vela and Eduardo Martinez Perez are also key contacts.
Francisco Javier Hervas Martínez; Francisco Fernández Díez
Other key lawyers:
Beatriz Ruiz Vela; Eduardo Martinez Perez
‘The knowledge and availability of lawyers. Their experience in the sector facilitates the obtaining of positive results.’
‘Knowledge of legislation / excellent union relations.’
‘Javier Hervas: Proximity / availability / inventiveness / adaptation.’
COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS IBERIA (CCEP IBERIA)
ICCS – INTEGRATED CALL CENTRE SERVICES
DSV GROUP – SERVICIOS LOGÍSTICOS INTEGRADOS SLI
GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES EUROPE HOLDING
- Assisting Acerinox on the negotiation with the unions to implement a large-scale collective redundancy proceeding.
- Advising Coca-Cola European Partners Iberia on the design of the strategy to face the Covid-19 situation and in the definition of a strategic model of labour relations.
- Acted for Indra Sistemas on its failed bid to acquire the main companies of ITP Rolls Royce group. Advice included labour, social security and HR due diligence services.
Simmons & Simmons
Eduardo Peñacoba heads the employment team in the Madrid office of Simmons & Simmons, which regularly collaborates with the firm's offices in ten other jurisdictions worldwide to assist its international client base. Acting for companies in the life sciences and financial services sectors are particular strengths, and the practice offers transactional, due diligence, litigation and day-to-day employment law services. Managing associate Carmen Torres has litigation expertise and advised on a number of Covid-19 related matters in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Jesús Gimeno; Carmen Torres; Álvaro Zaldívar
‘Close to business. Excellent knowledge of Spanish labor law as well as a deep knowledge of the sectors and types of companies with which they work. Exquisite personal treatment and immediacy in responding to queries and / or problems. It is an office with an eminently practical approach, which is positively perceived by the human resources departments. On a day-to-day basis, dealing with them is as if they were part of the team.’
‘I value Simmons & Simmons for their closeness in the deal, for the understanding they have of the way companies work and for being able to find the practical application to a work-related problem (mergers, layoffs, social security, etc.) Eduardo Peñacoba. Carmen Torres. Álvaro Zaldívar.’
Vpsitex España, S.L.U.
Laboratorios Medicamentos Internacionales, S.A.
Wework community workspace S.L.
Fresenius Medical Care, S.A.
- Acted for Stage Entertainment on closing two of its theatres in Madrid, as a result of the city’s Covid-19 restrictions.
- Assisted Vpsitex España on restructuring, including the temporary collective restructuring in order to suspend/reduce working time of 93 employees.
- Advised Laboratorios Medicamentos Internacionales on a collective lawsuit connected with a collective bargaining agreement.
Squire Patton Boggs fields an employment team that, in conjunction with the firm's offices around Europe, acts for multinational clients in various industries on advisory, transactional and contentious employment matters. Litigation is a standout strength, particularly in disputes involving senior executive terminations, as well as immigration issues. Ignacio Regojo heads the team, with support from director Juan Nasarre.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very responsive and gives clear, practical answers which make complicated matters seem simple.’
- Advising Arco in relation to a claim filed by one of its most senior executives, asking for the value of dividends of the shares of a group company.
- Assisting American Airlines on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement with workers’ representatives; different claims raised by a number of employees; and additional claims filed by subcontractors.
- Acting for Bacardi on a number of Spanish employment law matters, including collective terminations and conditions of employment.