Ius Laboris: new entries from Chile and Kazakhstan

26 Nov 2015

Two key markets in the world economy

Ius Laboris, the world’s largest alliance of Human Resources­­­­ law firms has announced that they have appointed a new member in Chile. Munita, Olavarria & Saez was set up in November 2015 by partners Cristian Olavarria and Felipe Saez, who were joined later by Enrique Munita. They are the leading labour and employment lawyers in Chile.

Ius Laboris now offers international corporate clients over 1,400 specialist labour and employment lawyers based in 49 countries worldwide.

Before joining the new boutique firm, Enrique Munita was head of the labour and employment at Chile’s top full service firm. He is ranked as a leading or tier 1 lawyer in The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners Latin America 2015, Who’s Who Legal and The Latin Lawyer 250 is LACCA approved.

Enrique Munita’s practice is focused on labour consulting, complex litigation and social security legal services for major multinational companies, and developing and implementing successful strategies in collective labour law. Clients include major multinationals in a wide range of sectors including airlines, banking, IT, telecoms, retail and pharmaceutical He has successfully advised employers on industrial relations, collective actions filed by unions against major companies, discrimination claims, employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions and collective bargaining processes.

He is vice president of the Employment Lawyers Association of Chile (CEDET), Professor of labour and employment law at Chilean universities and speaks and writes widely at Chilean and international conferences and in leading publications.

Partners Cristian Olavarría and Felipe Saez are both professors of labour and employment and recognised as leading lawyers. Cristian Olavarria is a formidable litigator and Felipe Saez is a wise consultant in collective bargaining.   

Munita, Olavarria & Saez was founded in November 2015 and comprises 6 partners and 10 lawyers. The firm handles all labour and employment issues for Chilean and international corporate clients and offers a full labour and employment service with a particular focus on their renowned labour related litigation and collective bargaining services.

The new members were ratified by the Alliance’s Board and join with immediate effect. With the addition of this pre-eminent boutique law firm in Latin America, the Alliance continues its strategy offering unrivalled global coverage to clients through the highest quality labour and employment law specialists.

Chris Engels, chairman of Ius Laboris commented: “We are pleased to welcome Munita, Olavarria & Saez as our new member firm in Chile. We have known and worked closely with Enrique and Cristian for many years and know the quality and depth of their Labour & Employment expertise and their significant international reputation. We are delighted that the firm has launched co-branded with Ius Laboris, reinforcing our commitment to global coverage through key jurisdictions.”  

Sam Everatt, Executive Director of Ius Laboris added: “Latin America is a key market for many of our global clients who require a seamless understanding of local labour legislation set in an international context. Our new members in Chile have a commitment to superior client service and a market leading reputation that will provide an invaluable resource for clients doing business in Chile and throughout Latin America.”