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Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Almeida Guzmán & Asociados' hire of former-Pérez Bustamante & Ponce practice director Belén Jaramillo Álvarez, as a partner, consolidates the firm's presence in the sector; with over 20 years' experience, Jaramillo's practice covers both the labour/employment and social security aspects of the specialty.
Carmigniani Pérez Abogados is noted for its comprehensive advice on due diligence, terminations, negotiations and the preparation of internal labour regulations for domestic and foreign clients, where practice co-heads Carlos Andretta and Francesco Molestina particularly shine.
Pino Elizalde Abogados' labour team is active before the administrative and judicial courts, and has further experience handling internal regulations, restructurings and the daily management of employment relations; Jaime Arosemena is the practice head.    
The arrival of practice director Marta Villagómez in August 2022 from CorralRosales established the employment department at Tobar ZVS, with main areas of focus including litigation, compliance, restructurings, termination processes and the labour law aspects of M&A.

Labour and employment in Ecuador

Bustamante Fabara

The consolidated labour team at Bustamante Fabara attracts leading companies in the food and beverage, healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries, with the practice covering both pre-emptive and remedial needs encompassing due diligence, restructuring operations, compliance, investigations, immigration matters and litigation. Patricia Ponce and Francisco Vacas share leadership of the team, combining over 50 years of experience in the field. Vacas is noted for his previous role in the Ministry of Labour Relations; in a recent highlight, he led the firm’s representation of Icesa in 87 claims relating to the dismissal of workers due to force majeure. At the associate level, Angeles Mancheno is a key contact for due diligence in commercial transactions, labour audits and judicial processes, having rejoined the firm in June 2022. Associate Gabriela Díaz left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patricia Ponce; José Francisco Vacas Davila

Les références

‘We feel confident and assured in the decisions we make with their advice regarding labour and employment matters. The professionals we have been in contact with are very knowledgeable, clear, and display a high level of professionalism.’

‘The lawyers with whom we are in contact are highly accessible individuals, possessing extensive expertise in the field, which is evidenced by their insightful opinions shared during our meetings. They consistently provide a balanced perspective, highlighting both the pros and cons of the decisions to be made. Our collaboration with them has proven to be highly productive for our company.’

‘There is a very good coordination of the different jobs between the lawyers in the labour area, thus facilitating a very effective client service.’

Principaux clients

Int Food Services Corp

Pepsico Alimentos Ecuador


Saludsa Sistema de Medicina Pre-Pagada del Ecuador



Grupo Maresa


Copiadora Ecuatoriana Ecuacopia

United Parcel Service Latin America

Homecenters Sas

Grupo Cid


Abbott Laboratorios del Ecuador

Acería del Ecuador Adelca

Grupo El Hornero

Hotel Dann Carlton

Valle del Sol Valesol



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised ICESA on its dismissal of 133 workers in accordance with Art. 169 of the Labour Code.
  • Advised Textil Ecuador on a mechanism to address a financial and administrative burden relating to a collective labour agreement signed a few days before the sale of the company.
  • Assisted El Hornero, Hotel Dann Carlton and Distrivehic in due diligence to detect non-compliance issues and establish relevant mechanisms.

Jaramillo Dávila Abogados

Boutique firm and market leader Jaramillo Dávila Abogados retains a variety of high-profile clients from the energy, pharmaceutical, construction, manufacturing and automotive sectors. The firm has particular experience in negotiating with worker’s unions and handling collective conflicts, and is also active in representing clients in administrative proceedings. Its representation of Zaimella del Ecuador in relation to the termination of an employee contract due to a breach of internal regulations is a case in point. Leading the team are Fabián Jaramillo Terán and Diego Jaramillo Terán, with combined knowledge of preventive strategies and negotiations. Fabián Jaramillo Intriago supports the practice’s litigation offering, and Álvaro Sandoval Robalino has a strong track record in a range of labour claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabián Jaramillo Terán; Diego Jaramillo Terán

Les références

‘Complete knowledge of all aspects that apply to labour advice, including applying the legislation at all times. The immediate response and practical knowledge of labour issues is good, and we receive accurate advice. They are always attentive to the needs of the company and especially the particular needs of the sector.’

‘Notable for its knowledge, experience, subject matter skill, insight, persuasion, ethics, breadth of understanding, and knowledge that leads to achieving the best results with little or no incident.’

‘Availability and agility of response. I’d highlight Diego Jaramillo.’

Principaux clients

General Motors Omnibus BB Transportes

Repsol Ecuador


Mashpi Lodge



Yanbal Ecuador

Novopan del Ecuador



DSV Ecuador

Productos Minerva

Corrugadora Nacional Cransa

Sociedad Industrial Reli

Consorcio Sandry

Zona Tecnológica

Pedro Eljuri


Hotel Sheraton Quito

Zaimella del Ecuador

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Zaimella del Ecuador on an administrative procedure to legally dismiss a worker.
  • Managed several claims for Sheraton regarding unlawful force majeure in the termination of labour contracts during the pandemic.
  • Negotiated a collective contract on behalf of General Motors Omnibus BB Transportes with the worker’s union, giving benefits to the workers without incurring excessive costs to the company.

Lexvalor Abogados

Lexvalor Abogados demonstrates a strong specialisation in labour litigation, focusing on workplace risk, occupational safety, compliance and the implementation of employment policies surrounding discrimination and workplace harassment. Led by Karla Villacís, an expert in a wide array of social security, occupational hazard and litigation proceedings, the team is noted for its comprehensive support, with recent highlights seeing the team act as counsel for large companies in due diligence, compliance, post-pandemic hiring schemes and remuneration packages. Alfredo Peñaherrera and associate Vanessa Gómez are additional standouts, with the latter recognised for her broad litigation expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Karla Villacís

Les références

‘What makes Lexvalor unique is that they work as business partners and not as an external advisor. They understand business needs and give their best advice based on this. Additionally, I believe that they have good collaboration between lawyers, and you always have immediate access to partners. As for the people, they explain legal concepts to us in the easiest way. We are happy with their service and we believe that the constant contact is what makes them stand out from other law firms.’  

‘Karla Villacis is very professional and as a leader she develops and empowers her team very well. Jose Endara is very professional and diligent to all requirements. Vanessa Gómez is the one we consult regarding employee issues on a day-to-day basis and with whom we work on more strategic changes in the business.’

‘They always send us updates when there are new laws or regulations in a timely manner. They are very professional and show great judgement. The labour lawsuits that we have had have been in favour of the company because they have supported us.’

Principaux clients

Alpina Productos Alimenticios Alpiecuador

Uribe Schwarzkopf Ingenieros y Arquitectos

Arbaro Fund

Beiersdorf Ecuador

Grupo Familia Sancela del Ecuador

Tigre Ecuador

Opticas Gmo Ecuador

Grupo Corporación Favorita



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Despegar on personnel management, employment contracts, payroll management, additional remuneration payments and the disengagement of local staff.
  • Retained by Grupo Familia to appear before the Labour Authority in cases of inspections and complaints, and for training.
  • Advising Alpina on corporate, regulatory and labour matters, including on collaboration and co-participation in the transition process due to the incorporation of the new General Manager and the Chief Commercial Officer.

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce demonstrates the ability to advise high-profile clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology, mining and oil sectors across the full spectrum of labour law mandates. Key areas of expertise for the group include social security, immigration, collective bargaining agreements and day-to-day strategic advice. With seasoned litigator Javier Salvador at the forefront of the offering, the team showcases strong capabilities in disputes, evidenced by its recent assistance to Solgold in an administrative lawsuit against the Social Security Institute for alleged non-compliance with payments to temporary community workers and relevant sanctions. Practice director Belén Jaramillo Álvarez is another standout for administrative and labour litigation, particularly in relation to the retail, food and beverage, and hospitality industries. A recent arrival from Robalino, senior associate Esteban Baquero supports on litigation proceedings, and the arrival of associates Daniela Cazar from Robalino and Gabriela Díaz from Bustamante Fabara are also key developments within the practice. Since publication, Jaramillo Álvarez has left the firm - effective as of January 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Javier Salvador

Les références

‘The firm has many areas in which it stands out, labour being one of the areas in which we receive the most support. They not only provide you with general advice, but also analyse your business situation, which makes their advice more comprehensive.’

‘I believe that they provide added value compared to other firms. Their support is permanent. They propose avant-garde themes that are very attached to the business strategy that we manage.’

‘The warmth of the people and their level of service is of high performance.’

Principaux clients

Lundin Gold

Prysmian Group



Falcon Farms






Principaux dossiers

  • Represented SolGold in an administrative lawsuit against the Social Security Institute for sanctions imposed due to alleged non-compliance with social security payments for temporary community workers.
  • Defended Hoteles Decameron Ecuador in a labour lawsuit filed by a former employee arguing the payment received for his dismissal did not comply with local law.
  • Advising Falconfarms Ecuador on all labour-related matters including a restructuration, with the implementation of a new type of contracts.


CorralRosales houses a labour practice capable of navigating the country’s latest regulatory developments, advising domestic and international clients on dismissal procedures, administrative proceedings, M&A-related labour issues, restructurings and collective bargaining. Edmundo Ramos stands at the forefront of these efforts, leveraging almost 30 years of experience in the field, backed by senior associate Mateo Zavala, a seasoned litigator active in civil, administrative, constitutional and employment proceedings. Victoria Beltran joined Zavala in the senior associate ranks in January 2023, arriving from Meythaler & Zambrano Abogados, a move to offset the loss of Marta Villagómez, who left in August 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Edmundo Ramos

Les références

‘It is necessary to point out the specialisation, experience and ethical standards of the law firm and the team that practices labour matters. It is an extraordinary law firm and a top-notch employment consultancy. Edmundo Ramos is a great lawyer, trustworthy and very experienced.’

‘The law firm maintains a solid relationship with us as clients and they are highly respected by their peers and authorities. It is an inclusive firm. I consider that the close relationship with clients and inclusive practices are elements that differentiate it from other law firms.’

‘It is distinguished by great knowledge, business vision, innovation, the ability to face challenges and the ability to adapt to the needs of the company without neglecting compliance with the law. They are top notch lawyers. When delegating a matter to CorralRosales, I am sure that it will be treated with seriousness, responsibility, trust and extraordinary professionalism. The knowledge and experience that the team has is extraordinary.’

Principaux clients



RB Reckitt Benckiser



Payless ShoeSource





America Movil



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


United Airlines





NTT Data


Comunicaciones Sertecomcell


Sites Ecuador

Fresenius Kabi

Cirion Technologies Ecuador

Perez Romo Leroux y Asociados

DK Management Services

Entregas Especiales Espentregas

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Johnson & Johnson del Ecuador in the transfer of employees as part of the internal business reorganisation process that separated its consumer health business.
  • Advised Likewize after it decided to close its operations in several Latin American countries including Ecuador.
  • Represented Conecel in a claim involving an employee outsourced from a call centre who claimed it failed to recognise his labour rights.

Dentons Paz Horowitz

The employment and labour team at Dentons Paz Horowitz divides its time between assisting with labour audits, employment relationships and litigation involving unjustified dismissals and occupational accidents. Within the employment field, the firm showcases further capabilities in issues relating to labour unions and collective bargaining, handling contract, internal labour regulation and profit-sharing matters. Patricia Andrade leads the team, with considerable experience navigating breach of contract, wrongful termination and profit-sharing issues, accompanied by director Gabriel Santelices, who brings a broad understanding of civil, labour and constitutional litigation in addition to restructuring processes and compliance programmes. In recent developments, the firm saw the departure of Andrés Chong Qui.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patricia Andrade

Les références

‘Their specialty is effective communication.’

‘Availability and excellent service.’

‘It is a very flexible team and adapts to the needs of the business.’

Principaux clients


Heel Ecuador

Safety Enforcement Seguridad Vial

Thoughtworks Software Ecuador



Universidad Hemisferios

Talma Ecuador Servicios Aeroportuarios

BDO Ecuador


DLL Abogados

DLL Abogados caters its services to renowned companies in the hydrocarbon, tourism and retail sectors, with a comprehensive offering that covers collective disputes, the preparation and negotiation of labour agreements and the approval of international regulations. Seasoned litigator Leopoldo González co-heads the practice with an impressive track record in collective disputes, collective bargaining agreements and negotiations with labour unions, working alongside Alejandra Llantada at the helm of the practice. Xavier Sisa – a member of the National Labour Council – supports González, with a particular focus on lawsuits; Jessahé Navarrete adds to the team’s national institution experience, having previously presided over the Conciliation and Arbitration Panels as Regional Labour Director in Quito.

Responsables de la pratique:

Leopoldo González; Alejandra Llantada

Les références

‘They are the best in labour law in my opinion. Always very fair and consistent. They defend their clients with great professionalism and efficiency.’

‘They are technical and experienced.’

‘DLL has a specialised team, knowledgeable in the labour law field and which is willing to advise us and attend to our requirements and queries. I don’t know of an office that has such a personalised level of attention and service.’

Principaux clients

Schlumberger del Ecuador

Halliburton Latin America

Celebrity Cruises


Automotores y Anexos

Banco Solidario

Andes Petroleum

Pluspetrol Ecuador

Hotel Colón Internacional

Laboratorios Bagó del Ecuador

Durini & Guerrero Abogados

Durini & Guerrero Abogados is recognised for its full-service offering, showcasing knowledge of employment restructurings, collective dismissals, litigation, compensation, internal labour regulations and ‘visto bueno’ proceedings, an August 2021 development relating to the approval of employment termination with cause. Experienced litigator Juan Francisco Guerrero leads the team alongside senior associate Danilo Román Fabara, whose practice is geared towards labour policies, company structurings and individual and collective bargaining. With a presence in Quito and Guayaquil, the firm is retained by a portfolio of insurance, food services, automotive, distribution services and transportation sector clients. Managing partner Emilio Suárez is a key contact for social security and employment matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Juan Francisco Guerrero del Pozo; Danilo Román Fabara

Les références

‘The team is very dynamic with quick response times. The solutions they propose are the right ones.’

‘Emilio Suarez has a great strategic vision of cases, control of the situation and a real effectiveness in his actions.’

‘Danilo Román has a good vision of the cases, and provides excellent solutions and alternatives, as well as success in the cases.’

Principaux clients



Tecfood Servicios de Alimentación




Cooperativa De Ahorro y Crédito 29 de Octubre

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Cooprogreso

Baker Tilly Ecuador

Nipro Medical Corporation






Quito Motors

Hanrine Esploration Andmining

Project 1835

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted on behalf of Megalabs-Pharma in a dismissal trial regarding the termination of a pregnant employee who had committed disciplinary offenses.
  • Advising Nipro Medical Corporation on rectifying the legal status of five workers who have labour dependency relationship with various companies of the CID group, in their dialysis section.
  • Represented Hanrine Ecuadorian Exploration and Mining after a worker filed a labour lawsuit against the company, seeking compensation for untimely dismissal and payment of extraordinary hours.

Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados

Led out of Guayaquil and Quito by Marcelo Torres and Patricio Peña Romero, respectively, the labour practice at Noboa, Peña & Torres, Abogados focuses on employment contracts and terminations, with further emphasis on contentious and mediation processes. The team is also well versed in collective bargaining agreements and communication with trade unions. Torres specialises in labour matters arising out of M&A transactions, while Peña Romero – a member of the board of directors of the Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce in Quito – advises clients on several aspects of employment law. Associate Juan Soria is another key contact in Guayaquil, active in social security matters. The department welcomed associate Alejandra Cháves, who joined in July 2022 from the specialised labour chamber of the National Court of Justice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marcelo Torres; Patricio Peña Romero

Les références

‘Patricio Peña Romero is a very professional person and one who trusts his team’s follow-up on the cases.’

‘It is a team that listens to their clients’ needs and delivers the required solutions.’

‘Excellent service, immediate response, personalised treatment, efficient with their responses.’

Principaux dossiers


The ten-strong labour department at Robalino offers support to domestic and foreign clients seeking advice on their internal restructurings, labour lawsuits and collective bargaining needs. The group demonstrates further expertise acting in mediation hearings as well as addressing claims and inspections made by the Ministry of Labour. Procedural expert Luis Carlos Fernández leads the team, leveraging his arbitration experience to act in complex labour proceedings; recent highlights include the team’s representation of Inepaca in multiple labour claims regarding severance payments filed by former employees. Director Emilio Aguayo is a key contact for dispute resolution. Esteban Baquero departed the firm in September 2022, with Ernesto Weisson leaving the following month. Sergio Mera left the firm in April 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Luis Carlos Fernández

Principaux clients


Colour Republic


Schlumberger del Ecuador


Corporación Grupo Fybeca


Bomi Group



OLX Ecuador

Lowell Mineral Exploration Ecuador



La Fabril

Grupo Alkavat


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Colour Republic in its acquisition of two new farms in a $2m settlement.
  • Assisted OLX Ecuador concerning $2m severance payments.
  • Assisted Eurofish in its day-to-day relations with its workers, which resulted in a $1.5m per year settlement.


ECIJA GPA divides its practice between contentious and non-contentious matters, with the team active in a variety of collective conflicts involving clients in the hydrocarbon, hospitality, pharmaceutical, environmental and automotive industries. Byron Sotomayor steers these efforts alongside Francisco Dávalos, who combine considerable experience in individual and collective labour disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Byron Sotomayor; Francisco Dávalos

Principaux clients


EFE News Agency

Decentralized Autonomous Government of the Riobamba canton (Municipality of Riobamba)


Reencauchadora del Pacífico

Internacional de construcciones

Exportadora e importadora A & J S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Corena on a trial where a former worker claimed compensation of $100k for an alleged work accident.
  • Advised Maquinarias y Vehiculos Mavesa on a trial where ineffective dismissal was alleged by the plaintiff.

Puente & Asociados

Puente & Asociados places an emphasis on contractual advisory work, which is paired with the firm’s ability to advise on a range of structuring and labour strategy matters. The team’s efforts are led by Guillermo Córdova and Miguel Ángel Puente, noted for a wide spectrum of labour relations work. Supervising senior associate Paola Quezada is another key practitioner, active in civil, labour and constitutional proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Guillermo Cordova; Miguel Angel Puente

Les références

‘The Puente & Asociados team is very professional and committed to the issues that must be dealt with. The most important thing is that they are aware of the progress of the processes and can be counted on in all circumstances.’

‘Miguel Angel Puente is an expert in labour issues and an excellent litigator. He gives confidence and takes on the toughest cases. Paola Quesada is an excellent professional. She looks for the best options to solve cases. She is a person who exudes confidence and seriousness in everything she does. Guillermo Córdova is excellent professional; committed and creative.’

‘The collaboration, initiative, and research stand out.’

Principaux clients

Vallejo & Perez Representaciones Turisticas

Promociones Lujor

Turasis Lujor



Expediciones Wayrarouters

Galpacifico Turs

Ediciones Legales Edle

Asociación del Fondo Complementario Previsional Cerrado Asoprep–fcpc, de Jubilación y Cesantía, de las Empresas Públicas del sector Hidrocarburífero

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Galpacifico Turs with regard to an employment termination as a result of force majeure and the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Asociación del Fondo Complementario Previsional Cerrado Asoprep–fcpc, de Jubilación y Cesantía, de las Empresas Públicas del sector Hidrocarburífero in relation to a former participant’s claim for payment of employer pension.
  • Represented Impresoresmyl in a matter regarding compensation under Article 17 of the Organic Law of Humanitarian Support and an untimely dismissal.

Romero Arteta Ponce

Romero Arteta Ponce counts high-profile companies such as Toyota Ecuador, Siemens and Zaimella del Ecuador among its clients. The team plays an active role in negotiating labour agreements and also handles labour lawsuits. Leadership of the group is divided between Gustavo Romero, Diego Romero and Carlos Cisneros, who leverage over 85 years of combined experience in the dispute resolution and employment fields.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gustavo Romero; Diego Romero; Carlos Cisneros

Les références

‘My experience relates to complex labour issues, and I must say that the knowledge of the applicable law, of the courts, of the doctrine, is excellent, and above all, the group is able to handle complex litigation with many parties involved. The team complements each other very well, and the attention they give us is excellent.’

‘The main difference in relation to the more “corporate” or “big” law firms is that Dr. Gustavo Romero, the firm’s main partner and a top-level jurist, handles the issues directly.’

‘The Romero Arteta Ponce team is always willing to collaborate with the requirements that we have requested. Additionally, the delivery of documents, billing, among others, have always been on time and complying with high quality standards. Their kindness and attention to detail allows them to stand out as one of the best firms in Ecuador.’

Principaux clients

Pluspetrol Ecuador

Eni Italy


Siemens Energy

Toyota Tsusho del Ecuador

Toyota del Ecuador

Suelopetrol Ecuador

Zaimella del Ecuador

Fábrica Bios

Swiss Embassy



Sustein Ecocircular

Profand Ecuador

Solines y Asociados

The labour law and social security group at Solines y Asociados stands out for its advisory role in collective conflicts, the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, disputes and termination processes. Led by Pablo Solines and founding partner Ximena Moreno Echeverría, its client roster features the likes of Forever 21, Cervecería Nacional and Conelsa, with senior associate Gabriel Aguirre Padilla supporting the team in most advisory and litigious matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pablo Solines Moreno; Ximena Moreno Echeverria

Les références

‘The lawyers are competent and have great experience, contacts and the post-sale service. The follow-up on the case is clear.’

‘They always seek to understand the macro environment as well as the specific issues.’

Principaux clients


Forever 21

Cerveceria Nacional



Prophar Group


ISEG Ecuador

Findasense Ecuador

Hilsea Investments Limited


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as counsel to ISEG Ecuador in relation to the start of its business operations in Ecuador.
  • Represented 12 former workers of petroleum Shaya in a claim for payment of utilities from 2017 to 2021.
  • Represented Hilsea Investments in individual labour conflicts caused by the termination of the contracts of more than 800 former workers.