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Naiara Rodriguez-Escudero

  • Plaza de la Independencia 6
  • 28001 Madrid
  • Spain

Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero leads the Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice in Madrid, advising global private equity funds and major employers in Spain on a variety of complex employment matters.

Ms. Rodríguez-Escudero regularly advises major investment and private equity funds on the employment aspects of their most complex corporate transactions in the Spanish market, including:

  • Compensation plans
  • Employment litigation
  • Industrial disputes
  • Negotiating with trade unions
  • Relocation
  • Senior executive contract negotiations
  • Social security
  • Stock and cash-based incentive programs

Ms. Rodríguez-Escudero draws on deep experience and a sophisticated understanding of Spanish and European employment law to counsel and represent major employers in their most sensitive and business-critical matters, including:

  • Downsizing and redundancy plans
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Outsourcing
  • Restructurings
  • Whistleblower and internal investigations

Ms. Rodríguez-Escudero regularly speaks at employment law seminars and publishes articles in the field.

Ms. Rodríguez-Escudero's representative experience includes advising:

Corporate Transactions

  • Platinum Equity in the acquisition of Iberconsa
  • Cerberus in the:
    • Sale and outsourcing of the real estate operational management and servicing business of Divarian Propiedad, S.A. to Haya Real Estate, S.A.
    • Acquisition of 80% of the Spanish real estate business of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, S.A.*
  • Carlyle in the €390 million acquisition of a majority stake in Codorniú
  • L Catterton in the acquisition of an 80% stake in Goiko Grill
  • Portobello in the €225 million sale of Multiasistencia to Allianz
  • Teladoc in the US$352 million acquisition of Advance Medical
  • Ardian France, S.A. in the acquisition of:
    • Planasa Equities, S.L, European leader in plant varieties, owned by Dareva Equities, S.L.*
    • The share capital of Bellsolà, S.A. 100% owned by funds managed or advised by Landon Investments, S.C.R., S.A.U.*
    • Grupo Empresarial Panasa, S.L. owned by funds managed or advised by Alantra and Artá Capital and other minority shareholders*
  • KKR in the acquisition of Hipoges Iberia, S.A. (controlled by Cerberus and one of the key executives of Hipoges)*
  • Rhone Group in the merger of Fluidra and Zodiac*
  • BC Partners in the acquisition of a majority stake in Pronovias from its founder and sole owner Alberto Palatchi*
  • Intu Properties in the acquisition of an 180,000 m2 shopping mall and entertainment centre, Madrid Xanadú from Ivanhoé Cambridge*
  • J.P. Morgan Asset Management in the acquisition of Naturgas Energía Distribución S.A. from Portuguese listed energy company EDP Group*
  • Intesa Sanpaolo in the sale of its stake in Allfunds Bank, S.A. to Hellman & Friedman LLC and Singapore's sovereign-wealth fund GIC*
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in the acquisition of Memora Servicios Funerarios from 3i Group plc*
  • Silver Point Capital, L.P. (fund holding certain securities issued by the Codere Group) in the legal aspects and strategy in the context of the termination of the executive chairman of Codere Group and the negotiation and execution of a senior executive contract with the new CEO*
Advice and Counsel
  • Spanish bank BBVA in a wide variety of labor matters, including:
    • The Board of Directors’ remuneration committee on the new contractual framework for bank executives ensuring compliance with employment regulations, remuneration rules, and EBA guidelines
    • Drafting new senior executive contracts, including the coordination and execution of these contracts in other countries
    • Coordination of local counsel in a variety of employment matters worldwide for BBVA and its local entities
  • A major pharmaceutical company in a whistleblower-related internal investigation
  • A major pharmaceutical company in internal investigations resulting from regulatory actions
  • Morgan Stanley on day-to-day employment and compensation matters in Spain
  • Cinven on day-to-day employment and compensation matters in Spain
  • Cerberus on a variety of equity plans for its Spanish operations
  • A global media company in a harassment litigation matter in Spain
  • A major pharmaceutical company in the closure of certain operations in Spain
  • BoAML in a collective suspension of labor contracts in relation to a hotel investment in Spain
  • Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company in the implementation of an international pension plan
  • Altamira Asset Management, S.A. in a collective class action (conflicto colectivo) brough by CCOO seeking the return of 183 employees to Banco Santander; the case was won both at the Spanish High Court (Audiencia Nacional) and Supreme Court

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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