Labour

“Excellent knowledge, fast and great in negotiations

– Chambers & Partners –

Our Labour Department has broad experience in all areas of labor law. This experience includes the hiring and dismissal of workers, implementation of workforce restructuring plans, modification of labor conditions (salaries, geographical and functional mobility, etc.), restructuring of staff and redundancy plans, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and strikes, as well as advice in contentious labor conflicts, both in administrative and judicial proceedings.

Special attention is paid to relations with top managers due to their relevance to our clients and the particular complexity of their contracts (compensation, professional secrets, non-competition clauses, etc.), their termination and the possible co-existence with other types of civil, corporate or commercial relations.

Our labour team also coordinates with different areas of our firm, in particular with the mergers and acquisitions and private equity areas, given the importance of labor due diligence, drafting and supervising of top managerial contracts. We also work alongside the tax department to design compensation and incentive plans such as stock option plans, profit sharing plans and pensions schemes.

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Chambers Europe Guide 2019 – Labour

Araoz & Rueda's Alfonso Suárez offers expertise in negotiations with unions, individual dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Sources recommend him for his "exceptional management of labour law and extreme sensitivity to the needs of the client." According to clients, Clara Mañoso of Araoz & Rueda is "extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with." She supports clients in the negotiation of working conditions and in collective dismissals.

Chambers Europe Guide 2019
The EMEA Legal 500 2019 – Labour

Araoz & Rueda has ‘significant expertise’ in the sector and provides ‘personal attention with detailed analysis of the situation and associated risks’. The ‘knowledgeable and effective’ practice is led by counsel Alfonso Suárez, who is particularly experienced in contentious employment matters. The team recently assisted Consolis Group with the closure of its Spanish branch, and represented the US Department of Justice in a dispute with Comisiones Obreras, related to the collective dismissal of a group of workers from the Rota naval base. Other key clients include DHL, Grupo Avanza and Alvana Ventures.

The EMEA Legal 500 2019
Chambers Europe Guide 2018 – Labour

What the team is known for most active on the implementation of redundancy plans and on related litigation. Advises on the negotiation and execution of senior management contracts and handles due diligence in support of M&A transactions, particularly for companies in the food and beverage sector. Clients value the team for its "capacity, extensive knowledge and real accessibility." One source says: "They advised us skilfully on countless doubts or requests we had and they accompanied us whenever necessary." Work highlights Acted for Grupo Emperador on the labour aspects of its acquisition of a brandy distillery in Jerez de la Frontera. Alfonso Suárez assists with corporate transactions, claims brought by trade unions and issues relating to the hiring and termination of senior management. He is valued for his "very high technical knowledge, effectiveness and client service," with one source adding: "He has a calm presence and facilitates reaching agreements." Clara Mañoso has experience in litigation and advising on the employment aspects of transactions. Clients report: "Clara is decisive, effective and establishes arguments with conviction, as well as being polite, respectful and good at anticipating any possible situations in advance."

Chambers Europe Guide 2018
The EMEA Legal 500 2018 – Labour

Araoz & Rueda is regularly instructed by clients in the retail, spirit and food sectors, on contentious and non-contentious matters. In the finance space, it recently acted for Spanish-based private equity fund Black Toro Capital on labour matters relating to its acquisition of Marypaz. Of counsel Alfonso Suárez, who has ‘exceptional knowledge, solid experience and commercial skills’, heads the team.

The EMEA Legal 500 2018
Chambers Europe Guide 2017 – Labour

Most active on the implementation of redundancy plans and on related litigation. Also handles due diligence in support of M&A transactions. Strengths: clients are impressed by the firm’s “ability to negotiate with the unions and provide good advice in difficult situations”. “They are thorough in their advice but are also practical in that they don’t allow excessive detail to affect the practicality of their service”. Clients praise Alfonso Suárez’s negotiation skills and say that he “goes the extra mile to support my business in terms of providing relevant practical information”. He acted for Pelican Rouge Coffee Solutions on a redundancy procedure and on negotiations for the modification of working conditions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017
The EMEA Legal 500 2017 – Labour

Alfonso Suárez heads the team at Araoz & Rueda, which recently advised Brightstar 2010 Mobile on two redundancy procedures involving over 100 employees. Other clients include the Becara Group, Orpea Group and British Foods.

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Chambers Europe Guide 2016, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

Araoz & Rueda retains an impressive list of clients including family businesses and companies from the food industry. Offers services from M&A-related matters to advice on employee handbooks, all kinds of dismissals and protection of trade secrets, with a broad litigation practice. “The high degree of partner involvement in the matters really stands out”. "Our satisfaction is utmost: the response time, empathy and involvement in each of the matters dealt with is very professional”. Recommended for negotiation of contracts, litigation and workforce restructuring, Alfonso Suárez ”understands clients' needs to perfection." Sources comment that he is "quick, efficient, professional and a great negotiator”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2016
Chambers Europe Guide 2015, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

"I cannot praise the lawyers highly enough; they are always absolutely clear, precise and punctual". Department head Pilar Albert receives considerable praise for her skill as a litigator. Clients value her "strategic vision, her way of acting and reasoning in court and her sound legal knowledge". Alfonso Suárez Migoyo often assists Spanish clients with collective dismissals and company restructurings.He is also known among peers for his supporting role on corporate transactions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2015
The EMEA Legal 500 2015, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

Araoz & Rueda's "response times are excellent" and "clients' needs are understood". The firm is "extremely knowledgeable in employment matters" and is "great value for money". Pilar Albert and Alfonso Suárez are the names to note.

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Chambers Europe Guide 2014, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

"The lawyers show rigour, make a deep analysis of all different perspectives and are always at your service." Department head Pilar Albert retains a strong reputation in the market and is praised by clients for her "great experience, rigour and approachability." Alfonso Suárez is singled out for his experience in collective redundancies.

Chambers Europe Guide 2014
The EMEA Legal 500 2014, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

Alfonso Suárez and the ‘business-savvy and vastly experienced’ Pilar Albert, who joined from Deloitte in October 2012, are recommended.

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Chambers Europe Guide 2013, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

This mid-market practice recently strengthened its employment team with the arrival of Pilar Albert, formerly of Deloitte. Sources say: "Great level of partner attention. The lawyers are always there for us and provide constant support." Alfonso Suárez leads the team. One client described him as "hands-on, completely available and solution-oriented. I feel comfortable and well protected with him." The new member of the team, partner Pilar Albert, earns praise for her experience in this area.

Chambers Europe Guide 2013
The EMEA Legal 500 2013, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

Araoz & Rueda is highly recommended in this area. Alfonso Suárez and Pilar Albert are the key contacts.

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The EMEA Legal 500 2012, “Highly Recommended Firm” in Labour

Araoz & Rueda's small but robust practice is led by partner Alfonso Suárez, "a true star" and "one of the best lawyers in his field in Spain".

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Chambers Europe Guide 2012, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

The compact employment team at this full-service Spanish firm receives consistent praise from market observers and peers. Sources say: "Excellent knowledge, fast, and great in negotiations". Practice head Alfonso Suárez is "highly experienced and meticulous. He has a lot of initiative and is outstanding in court".

Chambers Europe Guide 2012
Chambers Europe Guide 2011, “Highly Recommended Firm” in Labour

Sources say: "The relationship with this firm is magnificent, there are no time delays and the partners are always available". Alfonso Suárez is a well-respected employment lawyer and enjoys a strong reputation in the market.

Chambers Europe Guide 2011
The EMEA Legal 500 2010, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

Araoz & Rueda´s labour department is praised for its "excellent client care, fast responsive and robust advice." "It clearly stands out among other firms in Spain", say clients. The labour team is led by the "knowledgeable, responsive and thorough" Alfonso Suárez

The EMEA Legal 500 2010
Chambers Europe Guide 2010, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

The employment department at this reputed Spanish firm has particular strength in regulations and dismissals but advises on all employment issues, including implementation of workforce restructuring plans, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and contentious labour conflicts. Department head Alfonso Suárez has extensive experience in the field and is admired by clients for his "deep knowledge of the law and great skills in court."

Chambers Europe Guide 2010
Chambers Europe Guide 2009, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

The team frequently advises international companies that already have a presence in Spain, as well as those that are looking to invest in the country. The firm also has a great deal of expertise in due diligence and litigation work, capably negotiating collective dismissals and collective bargaining agreements. Department head Alfonso Suárez is described as "a master in his field" and is highly regarded for his preparation on a case and close ties with his clients".

Chambers Europe Guide 2009
Chambers Europe Guide 2008, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

“The firm always delivers value for money and is punctual” say observers. It is heavily involved in litigation, due diligence matters, collective dismissals with the aim of reaching agreement without going to a tribunal and contracts for high-end employees such as company executives and directors. Recently, it has been particularly active in equality law. The Lawyers: “Vastly experienced” Alfonso Suárez is praised by clients for his “splendid strategy during trials”.

Chambers Europe Guide 2008
Chambers Europe Guide 2007, “Recommended Firm” in Labour

Important Spanish corporate clients unanimously recommend the labour law practice of this firm. Interviewees valued the team’s “experience and excellent job co-ordinating international employment issues,” and praised the lawyers' “exhaustive analytical methodology, negotiating skills and capacity to meet strict deadlines”. The Lawyers: Partner Alfonso Suárez leads the firm’s employment practice and collected market praise for his “outstanding preparation, track record and detailed analysis of the issues.”

Chambers Europe Guide 2007

Redundancy pay: concepts included or excluded of calculation

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Informative Note Labour Nº 2 - April 2015

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Full discharge of the transactional agreement for dismissal

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Informative Note Nº 1 Labour - April 2015

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News on labour law for 2014 (II)

The purpose of this Informative Note is to inform you about the news on labour law, and more specifically, those regarding changes in matters of equality.

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Informative Note - May 2014

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News on labour law for 2014 (I)

The purpose of this Informative Note is to inform you about the news on labour law, and more specifically, those regarding Law 1/2014, of February 28th and Royal Decree-Law 3/2014, of the same day.

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Informative Note - March 2014

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Retirement measures: Royal Decree-Law 5/2013 of 15 March

Royal Decree-Law 5/2013 of 15 March on measures to encourage the continuation of the working life among older employees and active ageing.

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Informative Note - March 2013

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Mobbing: the importance of legal protection

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Informative Note - January 2013

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Amendments in collective bargaining proceedings

Royal Decret 1483/2012 of October 29th amending collective bargaining proceedings was published in October 30th, 2012

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Informative Note - November 2012

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“Control digital de los trabajadores”

Publication: Cinco Días
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: February 2019

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“Liability of managers in cases of company tax fraud”

Publication: Iberian Lawyer - January/February 2018
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: February 2018

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“Fraude fiscal y responsabilidad laboral del directivo”

Publication: Cinco Días (daily economic newspaper)
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: December 2017

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“Transmisión de concursadas y el dilema de la carga de los salarios”

Publication: Iuris & Lex (monthly magazine of El Economista)
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: May 2017

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Iberian Lawyer Magazine, January 2018 (Clara Mañoso)

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