Sagardoy is a highly respected dedicated employment boutique comprised of “great partners”.
Iñigo Sagardoy chairs the firm, which operates from offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Vigo, Málaga, Seville, and Las Palmas. In June 2022, the firm opened in Bilbao following its incorporation of employment boutique Rafael Alcorta Abogados, strengthening its footprint in the north of Spain.
Sagardoy is the Spanish member of the Ius Laboris network, affording it global reach. In addition, the firm is the preferred choice for eminent multinational firms when seeking advice in Spain.
Partner Marc Carrera in May 2022 rejoined the firm from PwC. Carrera had previously been a partner at Sagardoy from 2002 to 2018. The Madrid-based Román Gil is another prominent name at the boutique.
The boutique is regularly appointed to lead the employment law advice on headline corporate transactions. For example, managing partner Martín Godino led the advice to CaixaBank on its merger with Bankia, which included a restructuring process impacting more than 6,000 employees and a harmonisation of working conditions affecting 40,000 employees.
A further standout mandate was the advice – led by Iván Gayarre in Madrid – to Vitaldent on the employment ramifications of its purchase of 76 dental clinics from Dentoestetic, as part of the latter’s insolvency proceedings. This included a collective dismissal and significant changes to working conditions, impacting more than 3,000 members of staff.
The team is also active in workforce reorganisations and restructuring. This expertise was demonstrated in the assistance provided to hospitality group Pierre et Vacances on the temporary redundancy of 680 employees, led by Málaga-based partner Juan Medina.
A further example was partner Ana Godino’s advice to fashion brand Adolfo Domínguez on a restructuring process affecting 30% of its workforce.
The group also boasts considerable expertise in labour relations. For example, David Isaac Tobía in Barcelona acted for medical equipment manufacturer Amplifon Iberica on a negotiation with trade unions to reorganise the company’s bonus structure and unify the compensation system.
In addition, team members demonstrate considerable prowess in disputes. For example, Bruno Álvarez Padín defended Sanitas Hospitales in a discrimination claim. The employee alleged that the hospital had discriminated against them after filing a request for reduced working hours to care for a minor. The Constitutional Court in September 2021 ruled in favour of Sagardoy's client.
Further areas of expertise include expatriation and immigration, occupational health and safety, pension schemes, and outsourcing.