CMS covers 42 jurisdictions worldwide and has the largest employment team in Europe. It offers co-ordinated cross-border advice through a single point of contact. This means clients deal with a local firm in their own country and in their own language whilst also benefiting from the integrated expertise of a wide multi-jurisdictional team of round 4,500 lawyers, from whom the employment team accounts for 400 lawyers.
Operating under a common identity, the CMS firms have a long history of satisfied clients and are often leading names in their respective jurisdictions. They together represent a formidable force within the professional services market. Each CMS firm has a deep understanding of its home market and an extensive network of contacts with fellow professionals and institutions. Each firm is accustomed to making deals happen, both at home and abroad. Each has a commercial approach to advising clients and an entrepreneurial attitude to the development of their clients’ businesses.
Our experienced and renowned team acts for clients across the whole spectrum of commerce and industry, including major public companies, multinationals, banks and other financial institutions, professional firms, public sector bodies, high profile executives, and indeed many small and medium-sized businesses.
Our client profile reflects the strengths of CMS in key sectors of industry including construction & development, consumer products, energy & utilities, financial institutions & services, hotels & leisure, infrastructure & project finance, lifesciences and TMC. In addition to deep legal knowledge and experience, close familiarity with the business sectors and businesses of clients are an indispensable foundation for the thorough legal advice we provide.
The CMS employment team advises on employment law issues affecting businesses across Europe and beyond. These may include:
the effects of mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, off-shoring, nationalisation, and privatisation;
workers’ councils’ co-determination rights at company, national and international levels;
compliance with national and international laws and standards, including remuneration changes;
behaviour at work, misconduct and discrimination issues;
individual and collective dismissals and severance agreements;
employee share / stock ownership schemes and employee pension schemes;
wage tax, fringe benefits, social security matters, expat regulations and cross-border secondments;
dispute resolution, litigation and mediation with respect to employment and pensions matters, including labour law / trade union issues / disputes;
employee non-competition and confidentiality commitment procedures; and
employment contracts, policy advice, shop agreements and collective agreements.
Chambers 2017 on CMS Europe-wide Employment Department:
"The firm has a very good international reach."
"CMS is a well-known firm with the capacity to offer global solutions."
Because they are so complex, employment issues require expertise from other areas such as corporate law in cases of restructuring or tax law when dealing with senior management contracts and international mobility. Where necessary, the CMS Employment Group works closely together with specialists from other practice area groups and specialist CMS groups.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 75 years.
Littler has a seasoned team to serve the needs of our clients throughout the Americas and in Europe, with local practices in Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, The United Kingdom and Venezuela. Littler attorneys are also dual-qualified to practice law in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, The Netherlands, South Africa, and The United Kingdom. They often work with leading attorneys in jurisdictions worldwide to provide clients global legal services with a single point of contact.
Littler’s attorneys provide clients with extensive support in:
Assessing risks and benefits of global operational decisions
Managing global labor relations
Protecting corporate reputation and brand
Managing global human resources
Addressing international data protection issues
Reviewing expatriate employee programs
Developing multilingual management training
We are proud to have practitioners with vast experience in international employment law on our team. A number of our lawyers have served as in-house counsel for major international corporations, while others have practiced employment law in various countries. Still others have assisted companies with cross-border labor issues, including global labor relations matters, international compensation and benefits issues, multijurisdictional data privacy projects and global workforce reductions. In addition, our team frequently acts as the Adviser to the Employers’ Delegation to the annual International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
We provide advice on international matters including:
Global Labor Relations
Global Labor Relations
Cross-Border Litigation, Arbitration and Discovery
Codes of Conduct
Employment and Transfer Agreements
A hallmark of Littler’s practice is our employment law training and coaching services, in person or online, and with an individual or in a group. Our multilingual programs help managers from outside the United States to adapt to U.S. laws and human relations expectations, and U.S. managers adjust to laws in other countries. To complement these services, we have compiled a practical overview of employment and labor law consisting of basic questions and answers about international workplace laws. The Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law is a five-volume set that provides information on the laws and regulations of over 60 countries/territories and the European Union.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
650 California Street
MGGL is a large, highly specialised labour boutique that stands out for its institutionalised approach. With more than 30 lawyers dedicated to labour and employment matters, the firm provides consistently high quality legal services to leading multinational and national clients in a modern and efficient manner The firm's six partners all have PhD or Master's degrees from leading universities including Harvard and Tulane in the US.
History & institutionalisation
MGGL was founded by three highly experienced partners with postgraduate degrees from top US universities and a wide range of expertise in Mexican labour and employment law. Their goal was to build an institutionalised labour and employment boutique with a focus on providing world-class legal services.
Investment & growth
MGGL has invested heavily in the education of its lawyers and in cutting-edge software for efficient and effective case management and, following years of sustained growth, is widely considered a market leader in México.
MGGL has large teams in Mexico City and Guadalajara, coordinating cases at a national level through arrangements with a network of firms across more than 50 Mexican cities. This allows the firm to deal with a high volume of concurrent lawsuits.
Clients & international work
MGGL represents leading multinational and national clients, including some of the biggest employers in Mexico. Clients come from a wide range of sectors, including the finance, insurance, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, energy and natural resources and automotive sectors, and stands out for its market-leading experience advising insurance and financial services companies.
The firm advises leading multinational companies from the US, Europe and Asia, among other jurisdictions, on their labour and employment concerns in Mexico. Such work includes advising on the establishment and management of local operations, cross-border transactions including M&A and restructurings, and international disputes including international arbitration.
Market-leading labour practice
MGGL is ranked as a leading firm in the Mexico labour and employment sections of both Chambers Latin America and The Legal 500 Latin America. The firm is ranked in Band 1 by Legal 500, with clients singling the firm out as 'the best labour law firm in Mexico' and praising it for 'always having solutions, options and answers'.
MGGL handles complex, sensitive and strategic labour and employment matters, ranging from high-profile disputes and collective bargaining to the labour aspects of high-end M&A and corporate restructurings.
The firm is renowned for its expertise in labour litigation; the team handles large, complicated disputes before all levels of the court, including several recent cases before the Supreme Court of Justice, and has been called as expert witness in international arbitration cases.
The firm has an equally strong practice in non-contentious labour matters, including the labour aspects of major M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as collective bargaining; in this respect the firm has developed strong, longstanding working relationships with unions.
Across all areas of its practice, MGGL works closely with its clients to identify strategic alternatives and solutions to problems, in a context of rigid legislation and an ever-changing and dynamic global marketplace.