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Baker & McKenzie, S.C.’s labour and employment practice impresses with its productivity and efficiency. Recent mandates have ranged from reorganisations and the drafting of employment letters to the provision of employment litigation advice. Department head Carlos A. Felce is particularly skilled in labour audits and collective bargaining. Gustavo Nieto is very knowledgeable regarding labour and employment matters. Associates Sebastian Nastari, Daniel Fragiel, and Johana De La Rosa handle an impressive workload. New clients General Motors, HBO Ole, and Tenaris join Telefónica, Sony, and FedEx on the practice’s client roster.

Full-service law firm D'Empaire covers a broad range of labour and employment matters including collective bargaining negotiations, labour due diligence and labour litigation, among others. Recent highlights include assisting infrastructure company Ghella Sogene with the overturning of a reinstatement order; this was followed by a mass dismissal claim from the former employees, requiring the company’s representation before the Labour Ministry. The team is led by Victorino Márquez, who is especially experienced in M&A transactions and restructuring, and Alejandro Disilvestro, a ‘specialist’ in resolving labour disputes. It also counts Thomson Reuters and Dr Reddy’s among its clients.

The ‘effective’ labour and employment practice at Lega has a particularly strong track record when it comes to labour litigation. Recent work highlights include advising IBM on the drafting of new remuneration policies and employment agreements, as well as assisting Agostar in contract negotiations and their execution. Department head Carlos Alberto Henríquez is cherished for being a lawyer who conducts ‘a broad-spectrum analysis of risks and opportunities’. Compensation specialist John Tucker-Barboza, Pablo Benavente, and litigator Natalia De Paz are additional names to note. Other clients include Credit Suisse and Microsoft.

The ‘superior’ labour and employment practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is known for covering all contentious and non-contentious employment matters. ‘Trustworthy’ department head Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez had a successful year; together with labour litigator Eirys Mata Marcano he represented Johnson & Johnson in negotiations with contractors and contractors’ employees before the Office of the Labour Inspector regarding an outsourcing procedure. The team was able to terminate a number of its clients’ contracts without triggering legal consequences. Esther Cecilia Blondet has experience with collective bargaining agreements and Yanet Aguiar successfully represented Vetra Energía. The team was also active on behalf of Cigarrera Bigott, Schlumberger, and American Airlines. As of late January 2019, the firm's Venezuelan office has been taken over by Dentons.

Araquereyna has an experienced labour practice which covers the negotiation of individual and collective agreements, consulting and the prevention of labour risks and labour litigation, among other matters. The ‘strong team’ acts for clients including Turkish Airlines, South Genetics, and AON, among others, with the knowledgeable Luis Alfredo Araque a key contact. Following the departures of Simón Jurado-Blanco and Alexis Aguirre to found Jurado Blanco & Aguirre (JBA Legal), the firm hired labour specialist Fabiana Benaím in November 2017; with an established track record, she is regarded as ‘dedicated’ and ‘excellent’.

Labor – Gestión de Gente is a boutique law firm which covers all labour and employment-related matters. Founder Carlos Rivera and Pedro Uriola successfully represented Barcadí in labour litigation before the Social Court of the Supreme Court of Justice. Other matters saw the firm involved in various downsizings and collective bargaining processes. Other clients include Laboratorios Leti and AstraZeneca Venezuela.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz has a solid reputation in the labour and employment sector, where its team handles negotiations regarding employment contracts and represents its clients before judicial and administrative courts and authorities. Senior associate José Ramón Sánchez is experienced in labour lawsuits, claims, and procedures, and Oscar Ignacio Torres advises on corporate labour matters.

InterJuris Abogados undertakes employment contracts, negotiations and workforce restructurings. The practice handles day-to-day labour advice as well as significant litigation. Recent matters include representing Pepsi-Cola Venezuela and Avon in lawsuits brought by ex-employees. The team also acted for Cerveceria Polar in a similar case with a value of up to $25m. Department head Ángel Meléndez Cardoza has a deep knowledge of labour law and is the name to note.

Mendoza Palacios Acedo Borjas Páez Pumar & Cía has a strong track record in advising companies on labour matters. The team represented the hotel Paseo Las Mercedes regarding decisions handed down by the labour appeal court, successfully convincing the Supreme Tribunal of Justice to find in favour of its client. Litigation specialists Alfonso Graterol and Esteban Palacios Lozada co-lead the team, which also has experience conducting due diligence, contract negotiations and closing labour deals for both national and international clients.

Palacios, Ortega y Asociados handles collective bargaining negotiations and labour contracts, as well as dispute prevention and resolution; on the other hand, the team is also skilled in litigation before the labour courts and administrative agencies. José Manuel Ortega Pérez is the key name.

Rodríguez & Mendoza has a well-established labour and employment practice. The team led by Enrique Itriago Alfonzo undertakes audits for companies from the pharmaceutical, food, and automobile sectors, as well as handling the negotiation of collective agreements and labour litigation. Itriago can also call on strong, specialist associate-level support.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez handles the drawing up of employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements, as well as providing assistance in all kinds of labour conflict before the labour administrative and judicial bodies. Recent mandates saw practice head Carlos Lepervanche Michelena and his team undertake a full labour audit and review on behalf of Nestlé Venezuela so as to assess and state the fulfilment of its legal obligations.

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