Firm Profile > Lopez & Asociados Abogados > Bogota, Colombia
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Lopez & Asociados Abogados > The Legal 500 Rankings
Labour and employment Tier 1
Well-regarded boutique Lopez & Asociados Abogados displays ‘profound knowledge in all labour-related matters’ and boasts the largest employment practice in the country with 76 lawyers, including five partners. Juan Pablo López, Angelica Carrión and Alejandro Castellanos head the practice, with Rocío Lagos and Ana Rubiano also in key roles. The team recently represented Coviandes in an inspection process initiated by the nation’s Payroll and Pension Management Unit (UGPP), reducing by 94% the obligations initially imposed by the entity. The practice advised Nutresa on a protection-of-rights case before the Constitutional Court in which a union official claimed the right to due process, and the right of association and intimacy, after a disciplinary process stemming from statements made on a social media platform; the court declared that there was no violation of the right to privacy. Other notable mandates included assisting UT CAPITAL on reaching a collective bargaining agreement with two unions. Clients include Avianca, Citibank, Sodimac and Hotel Grand Hyatt. Since publication, both Lagos and Rubiano have been raised to the partnership, effective December 2019.
Lopez & Asociados Abogados > Firm Profile
With more than ten years in the Colombian legal market, Lopez & Asociados is a firm devoted to practising labor and social security law. The firm focuses on consulting work and representing companies, and does so by aligning itself with the strategic vision of its clients. The firm has a team of well-prepared lawyers, with the strongest academic credentials in the country, most of them acting as professors at the most respected law schools and universities in Colombia. The firm’s team comprises more than 110 qualified and trained professionals, ready to provide top quality services for its clients.
Lopez & Asociados is a labor law boutique that rivals all others in terms of depth of understanding, commitment to its clients and a deep knowledge of the impact of labor issues in the wellbeing of its clients. Its standing in the business community is of the highest level and it is routinely sought out to deal with those labor issues which have the most impact on operations and strategy. The firm strives to offer innovative approaches to labor problems, such as trying to anticipate potential conflicts through the analysis of the environment and the impact of corporate plans of labor relations. It also provides a broad range of services in the labor and employment area, which include general advice, litigation and labor issues that affect a company’s structure and internal policies. The firm has particularly strong expertise in collective bargaining where it has been a recognised market leader for several years. Lopez & Asociados advises key clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including airlines, oil and gas, transport, technology, financial services and retail and telecommunications. The firm advises both national clients and multinational corporations with local offices. Lopez & Asociados has an active role in dealing with the main issues concerning labor relations and takes a proactive approach with its clients when dealing with them. For example, today it is training its clients in all issues relating to UGPP claims as the government has been very active in this area. The firm does this because UGPP claims affect clients extensively as they are usually made for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The firm provides tailor-made advice, designed to address the needs of its clients specifically depending on the economic sector or the industry in which they operate.
Areas of Practice
Labor consulting: consulting work (hiring and remuneration structures, labor policies, dismissal procedures, disciplinary procedures), personal labor matters (representation before the Ministry of Labor, representing clients in administrative proceedings, accompaniment in setting strategies and handling minor labor complaints, special paperwork before the Ministry of Labor), labor and corporate training centers (internal training sessions for clients, training for vendors, permanent updates in labor, immigration and social security matters).
Labor planning: labor relationships: unions and labor associations and employees (collective bargaining, strikes and social protests, strategy and actions before arbitration tribunals, alternative labor relationship models), Ministry of Labor and control agencies (administrative proceedings and imposition of penalties – unions and outsourcing, work meetings, actions before international or multilateral control agencies).
Corporate structure: levels of compliance with internal and external regulations: compliance audits on regulations, labor law, social security contributions and UGPP – the Colombian Pension and Payroll Contributions Management Agency, consulting work and support regarding actions before UGPP, Colpensiones and other agencies.
Labor optimization and planning, labor optimization and diagnostics: emphasis on union labor/relationship matters, labor planning, relationship making – structure and analysis, labor environment and labor conflict risks, competitiveness of labor benefits and costs, good practices – national and international standards, strategic maps, work plans and follow-up.
Representation in court and litigation: regular labor courts (regular labor proceedings, special proceedings), administrative contentious courts (nullity and reinstatement of rights actions), Constitutional Court (special injunction actions (the so-called tutelas, constitutional court proceedings)).