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Managing Partner: Juan Pablo López Moreno
Senior Partners: Juan Pablo López-Moreno, Angélica María Carrión-Barrero, Alejandro Miguel Castellanos- López
Partners: Rocío Lagos Prieto, Ana María Rubiano Delgado
Number of partners: 5
Number of other lawyers: 77

Firm Overview:
With more than ten years in the Colombian legal market, López & Asociados is a firm devoted to practicing labour law and social security law. It focuses on consulting work and representing companies, and do so by aligning itself with the strategic vision of clients. It 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 team comprises more than 110 people. Duly qualified and trained professionals, ready to provide top quality services.

López & Asociados is a labour law boutique that rivals all others in terms of depth of understanding, commitment to its clients and a deep knowledge of the impact of labour 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 labour issues which have the most impact on operations and strategy. The firm strives to offer innovative approaches to labour problems, such as trying to anticipate potential conflicts through the analysis of the environment and the impact of corporate plans of labour relations. It also provides a broad range of services in the labour and employment area, which include general advice, litigation and labour issues that affect a company’s structure and internal policies. The firm has a particularly strong expertise in collective bargaining where it has been recognised market leaders for several years. López & Asociados advises key clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including airlines, the oil and gas sector, massive transport, technology, financial services, retail and telecommunications. It advises both national clients and multinational corporations with local offices. López & Asociados has an active role in dealing with the main issues concerning labour relations and takes a proactive approach with its clients when dealing with them. For example, today it is training clients in all issues relating UGPP claims as the government has been very active in this area. This is done 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 clients specifically depending on the economic sector or the industry in which they operate.

Main Areas of Practice:

Labour Planning:
■ Labour Relationships:
Unions and labour associations and employees (collective bargaining, strikes and social protests, strategy and actions before arbitration tribunals, alternative labour relationship models), Ministry of Labour 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, labour 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).
■ Labour Optimisation & Planning: (Labour optimisation and diagnostics – emphasis on union labour/relationship matters, labour planning, relationship making – structure and analysis, labour environment and labour conflict risks, competitiveness of labour benefits and costs, good practices – national and international standards, strategic maps, work plans and follow-up).

Representation in Court & Litigation:
Regular Labour Courts (regular labour proceedings, special proceedings), Administrative Contentious Courts (nullity and reinstatement of rights actions), Constitutional Court (special injunction actions (the so-called tutelas, Constitutional Court proceedings).

Spanish, English

The firm represents and advises over 360 clients, domestic and international.