Firm Profile > Vinatea & Toyama > Lima, Peru

Vinatea & Toyama

Labour and employment Tier 1

A powerhouse of a practice, labour law boutique Vinatea & Toyama fields a massive 35 specialist labour lawyers, advising across the board in high-stakes advisory matters and disputes. For example, against the backdrop of the pandemic, it represented the Peruvian Chamber of Construction (CAPECO) in collective bargaining with a trade union that representants over 150,000 construction workers in Peru. At the helm are two of the country's most distinguished labour lawyers: Jorge Toyama, who co-leads the collective bargaining and arbitration practice; and managing partner and co-head of litigation, Luis Vinatea. Together they have built an outstanding offering, attracting marketing leading companies from a broad spectrum of industries. Five other partners include Magaly Alarcón, who also co-leads litigation at the firm, while up-and-coming associates include Juan Carlos Girao and Cynthia Lagos.

Practice head(s):

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


It is an excellent, highly specialised team with solid technical knowledge, which, furthermore, meshes with practical recommendations related to HR management beyond the legislation.

Jorge Toyama has great technical knowledge and having personal relationships at all levels, allows him to be one step ahead of the labour news. He is a benchmark at country level in labour law. Alfredo Salvador is an excellent lawyer and strategist who perfectly handles the variables to be considered in all types of consultation and in negotiations with unions. Juan Carlos Girao has excellent ability to analyse the issues entrusted, with creative solutions and proposals. Roberto Matallana is a very good procedural strategist, great knowledge of the cases and the instances in which they will be seen.’

It is a close team, which analyses customer problems, always seeking to guarantee the best way to resolve difficulties. The communication is very fluid and solid, it allows us to quickly address the issues and advance according to the needs.’

They are definitely the best firm for labour matters in Peru. They understand business dynamics and have a 360° vision of the impact of advice on the business. Their support provides security in decision-making, they always find the correct way to implement the projects that are proposed.’

Definitely Herbert Prelle (partner) is a lawyer with exceptional experience in highly complex matters such as union relations, empathetic and clear in his concepts.’

Their strengths are the level of knowledge and their relationship with both clients and the different authorities and interlocutors for each of the topics addressed.’

Vinatea & Toyama makes a difference compared to other specialist firms.’

They have an ability to adapt and understand difficult points and a creative way of managing them.’

Key clients

Arca Continental – Lindley (Coca-Cola)

Tiendas por departamento Ripley

MMG Las Bambas

Kallpa Generación

Minera Aurífera Retamas (MARSA)

Cámara Peruana de la Construcción (CAPECO)

Grupo Repsol del Perú

Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP)

Corporación Sapia

Compañía Minera Cerro Verde


Asociación Peruana de Avicultores (APA)

Asociación de Gremios Productores Agrarios del Perú (AGAP)



Vinatea & Toyama restarted its activities in September 2019, after almost 20 years of having been part and having developed the labour department of Miranda & Amado. During that period, the area was positioned as the most powerful in the local market.

Vinatea & Toyama has 36 lawyers, including 7 partners, and provides counsel on labour relations, labour consultancy, labour dispute settlement, arbitration and litigation, collective bargaining, and migration. The diversity and complexity of the cases in which they intervene, as well as the profile of their clients and their presence in practically all sectors of the Peruvian economy, has placed the firm as the undisputed market leader.

The firm has decided to privilege: (i) A technological approach, which consists in developing a digital culture across the team and focuses its attention on the client; (ii) The flexibility and efficiency of its service delivery, which includes professionals from different specialties, and; (iii) Its vision of regional expansion, which leads it to offer labour solutions at local and regional level. In September 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm launched Vinatea & Toyama Courses, an online educational platform that aims to democratize labour legal education in Peru, through low-cost short courses. Less than a month after its launch, the platform already has 500 registered students and plans to launch 12 more courses by 2020.

The team
Vinatea & Toyama has the market’s largest labour practice, comprising 36 fully qualified lawyers, led by 7 highly experienced partners: Luis Vinatea with 31 years’ experience; Jorge Toyama with 27 years’ experience; Renato Mejía has 20 years’ experience; Alfredo Salvador, with 16 years’; Roberto Matallana has 28 years’ experience; Magaly Alarcón: has 18 years’ experience; Herbert Prelle: has 25 years’ experience.

The clients
The firm started a year ago with 150 clients. Today its clientele includes more than 300 clients from different industries and sizes. This includes nine of the top ten employer companies in the country, It’s known on the Peruvian market that V&T’s client list is clearly the most extensive one in comparison with the rest of the specialised firms and full service work areas. The first 16 companies with the highest turnover in Peru and 8 out of the 10 most appreciated companies according to the ranking of the economic magazine Gestión and PwC Peru are our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Luis Vinatea +51 988 545 750
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Magaly Alarcón  photo Mrs Magaly Alarcón Partner
 Roberto Matallana photo Roberto Matallana Partner
 Renato Mejía  photo Renato Mejía Partner
 Herbert Prelle  photo Herbert Prelle Partner
 Alfredo Salvador photo Alfredo Salvador Partner
Mr Jorge Toyama photo Mr Jorge Toyama Partner
Mr Luis Vinatea photo Mr Luis Vinatea Partner

Firm Overview
Vinatea & Toyama is the largest specialized practice firm in Peru in labour law & employment, renowned for handling the market’s most complex, sensitive, and strategic matters.

Led by a team with over 20 years of experience in labour law, the firm’s strength in depth and range of expertise in this practice has allowed them to simultaneously handle several major conflicts or complex situations, as well as to provide a complete range of services; from general labour and social security advice, planning and strategy to restructuring, complex litigation, collective bargaining, labour arbitration and negotiations with unions and the government.

Through a flexible, experienced, and creative team, Vinatea & Toyama provides solutions to transnational and national companies from a wide range of industries, including agriculture, banking & finance, mining, telecommunications, wholesale and retail, construction, education, manufacturing of consumer goods, healthcare, among others.

Main Areas of Practice
Vinatea & Toyama’s practice is focused entirely to labour and employment law, comprising 39 fully qualified lawyers, including 7 partners and 2 senior counsels.

The firm provides clients with a full range of services, including strategic workplace planning & risk management, management & resolution of labour conflicts, sensitive, complex and highly relevant case litigation, management of individual and collective labour relations, strategy design for collective bargaining, counseling and defense planning in labour arbitrations, specialized advice on labour issues and occupational health and safety and counseling in labour restructuring.

Vinatea & Toyama has advised the 10 largest employers in Peru, the 10 first companies considered “Great Place to Work”, 100% of the employers that won the Association of Good Employers (ABE) awards, 9 of 10 of the companies with the highest turnover in Peru (Top 10,000) and the 10 most admired companies of the PWC research.

The firm’s main clients include: Telefónica, Banco de Crédito del Perú, PetroPerú, Ripley, BBVA, Scotiabank, Glencore, Minera Aurífera Retamas, Cencosud, Minera Cerro Verde, Interbank, Minera Las Bambas, Mapfre, Alicorp, DirecTv, P&G, 3M, LATAM Airlines, Arca Continental – Lindley (Coca Cola Group), PepsiCo, LATAM, Southern Copper Perú, Unique, among others.

Department Name Email Telephone
Luis Vinatea
Jorge Toyama
Renato Mejía
Magaly Alarcón
Roberto Matallana
Alfredo Salvador
Herbert Prelle