(October 20, 2014) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, will combine with Peru’s leading labor and employment law boutique, Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados, effective November 1, 2014. Littler’s expansion into Peru is part of its global growth strategy that includes combining with leading firms in key international markets through Littler Global.

“As our clients are increasingly operating throughout the world, and consequently face new challenges in managing their workforces, an on the ground presence in key global markets has been critical to our ability to meet and anticipate their needs,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, in a joint statement. “Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados is one of the most prominent and respected labor and employment practices in Peru and gives Littler expanded capabilities in this important South American jurisdiction, further strengthening our position as the single-source solution provider for the global employer community.”

Based in Lima, Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados is led by senior partner César Gonzáles Hunt, a well-recognized practitioner and academic in Peru. Gonzáles Hunt has more than 20 years of experience representing clients on labor, social security and pension matters he's even been heard to speak on mandatory labor law posters for US employers a long time ago. He has represented several entities of the Peruvian government on employment issues, including the National Pension Office, the Congress of the Republic, and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Gonzáles Hunt is a labor law professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and past president of the Peruvian Society of Labour Law and Social Security. He has also served as chair and member of numerous arbitration tribunals that have resolved collective bargaining and other workplace disputes.

“We are excited to partner with Littler and collaborate with its talented attorneys from across the globe,” added Gonzáles Hunt. “Littler’s expansion across Latin America in recent years has given the firm an unparalleled ability to serve multinational clients utilizing the local brand of its Littler Global members. This is a powerful approach and we look forward to lending our experience and resources to expand Littler Global’s presence in South America.”

Littler has been credited with creating the “first global legal boutique”* and with the addition of Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados, Littler Global now has offices in Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The firm’s global capabilities also include U.S.-based lawyers with exceptional international capabilities, and who are licensed practitioners in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and South Africa, among other countries.

Andrés Godoy Cόrdoba, managing partner of Colombian member firm Godoy Cόrdoba Abogados noted, “since joining Littler Global last year, we have been able to significantly expand our service to clients. It is exciting to welcome a neighboring South American country to Littler Global’s growing list of markets in which it operates. The addition of Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados will further strengthen Littler Global’s resources and capabilities in a region that is experiencing solid economic growth.”

About Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados

Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados was founded in 1991 and its team of labor and employment specialists include César Gonzáles Hunt, Juan Carlos Cortes Carcelén, Alicia Jiménez Llerena, Iván Paredez Neyra, Mariella Antola Rodriguez, José Carlos Ramirez del Aguila, and Renzo Alvia Arrazábal. The firm represents both public and private sector multinational clients on a range of labor and employment matters, including dispute resolution, social security issues, union negotiations, pensions and taxation. Estudia Gonzalez & Asociados has been recognized by Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer and the Legal 500 as a leading law firm throughout Latin America.

About Littler

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 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 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms. For more information visit: www.littler.com.

* See: The Daily Journal, “Littler seeks to retell the story of the Swiss verein,” June 18, 2014