Alvarez, Lievano, Laserna SAS is a boutique law firm that works exclusively in the fields of employment law, labor law and social security, giving companies integral advice regarding human resources management, restructuring processes, collective bargaining and legal proceedings. The firm is highly recognized due to its professionalism, precision and opportunity in response to its clients.
Founding partners Carlos ?lvarez Pereira, Claudia Li?vano, Felipe Alvarez Echeverri and Mar?a Luc?a Laserna are experienced practitioners, with Carlos Alvarez considered ‘one of the most influential names in the history of Colombian labour law’ and ‘widely regarded for his collective bargaining skills’. Claudia Lievano has been ranked as a leading individual in this area of practice.
Areas of practice
Employment relations: the firm advises a large number of companies in day-to-day employment matters, such as wages and hours, compliance, labor due diligence, compensation plans, disciplinary procedures, hiring and termination agreements, employment policies, discrimination and work harassment. The firm also provides legal support regarding the Colombian social security system.
Alternative dispute resolution and labor-management relations: this is one of the most traditional practice areas of the firm. Alvarez, Lievano, Lasana SAS throughout its history has handled critical labor situation for different companies and has been able to cope with the new alternatives that unions have found to exercise their right of association. The firm has advised national and multinational companies of different industries, including oil and gas, food, banking, mining, and energy companies, among others, and has dealt with the largest and most important unions in the country, exceeding the clients’ expectations in a number of occasions.
Proceedings before the Colombian Ministry of Labour and UGPP: the firm has successfully represented clients before the Ministry of Labor and UGPP.
Labor and employment (M&A transactions): the firm provides advice in the process of renegotiating working conditions of new employees to avoid differences that could lead to judicial suits alleging inequality, in the elaboration and subscription of successorship clauses, and in the proceedings before the Ministry of Labor in order to obtain permission for mass dismissals, if needed.
Litigation: this is one of the most renowned practice areas of the firm. Its prestige is due to its excellent group of highly skilled litigants.
Immigration: the firm provides legal advice in immigration aspects accompanying clients in the process of obtaining working visas, working permits, residence and the validation and homologation of professional credentials in Colombia.
Other fee-earners: 26
Total staff: 40