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Elena Esparza


CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
Paseo de Recoletos 7–9
28004 Madrid

Elena Esparza is a Partner of the Employment and Pensions department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo. She is an expert in advising on dispute resolution in the labour and judicial review jurisdictions, as well as on corporate restructuring (collective dismissals, transfers, etc.). She also advises on the employment implications of international mergers and sale and purchase transactions, as well as employment and Social Security inspections. Moreover, she specialises in employment auditing and general advice to entities and private clients.

She is a member of the CMS French Desk in Spain.

In 2020, Elena’s team was recognised as law firm of the year in restructuring and reorganisations by Iberian Lawyer.

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Relevant experience

  • Elena has advised sector-leading companies on a wide variety of matters, including Paul Hartmann on the employment-related aspects of acquiring a business unit from Procter & Gamble, Egis Group on the shutdown of its Spain-based operations and a mass redundancy procedure, and Grupo Compass on disputes heard before the Labour Courts.
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  • Elena has published a wide variety of articles and texts for specialist and generalist publications and press, both in Spain and abroad, in his field of expertise.
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  • 1998 - Master's Degree in Corporate Legal Practice, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid (Spain).
  • 1997 - Master's Degree in International Corporate Law, University of Hull (England).
  • 1996 - Graduate of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).
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Span­ish Su­preme Court: va­cancy left by em­ploy­ee as­signed to an­oth­er po­s­i­tion...
Elena Es­par­za and César Nav­arro In a re­cent judg­ment, the Su­preme Court settled an is­sue con­cern­ing wheth­er a va­cancy left by an em­ploy­ee after be­ing as­signed to an­oth­er po­s­i­tion can be covered by a...
Su­preme Court rules on con­tent of em­ploy­ment con­tract ba­sic cop­ies
César Nav­arro and Elena Es­par­za In a re­cent judg­ment, the Su­preme Court de­cided that the ba­sic cop­ies of em­ploy­ment con­tracts that com­pan­ies sub­mit to their em­ploy­ees' leg­al rep­res­ent­at­ive should in­clude...
Alerta Labor­al | Mayo 2021
Novedades jur­is­pru­den­ciales ¿Puede una empresa es­table­cer uni­lat­er­al­mente los ser­vi­cios mín­i­m­os en caso de huelga?¿Con­stituye una modific­a­ción sus­tan­cial de las con­di­ciones de tra­bajo (MSCT) la variación...
Q&A on the new reg­u­la­tion on re­mote work­ing
The health crisis triggered by COV­ID-19 has ac­cel­er­ated the already-ex­ist­ing trend of fa­cil­it­at­ing and im­ple­ment­ing re­mote work­ing policies in Spain. However, the “forced” re­mote work­ing as a res­ult...
COV­ID-19 | Guide on the ex­traordin­ary em­ploy­ment-re­lated meas­ures (Roy­al...
Our em­ploy­ment law spe­cial­ists provide an in-depth ana­lys­is of the em­ploy­ment meas­ures in­cluded in Span­ish Roy­al De­cree 8/2020 in­tro­du­cing ur­gent ex­traordin­ary meas­ures to ad­dress the eco­nom­ic and so­cial...
COV­ID-19 | Em­ploy­ment & So­cial Se­cur­ity as­pects in Spain
In light of the COV­ID-19 out­break in Spain, our ex­pert team has pro­duced a de­tailed guide on all as­pects ran­ging from gov­ern­ment meas­ures to gen­er­al re­com­mend­a­tions and pro­to­cols for em­ploy­ers. 
CMS ad­vises Banco Sabadell on EUR 1 bil­lion agree­ment with IBM
CMS has ad­vised Banco Sabadell’s tech­no­logy sub­si­di­ary on a EUR 1 bil­lion agree­ment with IBM to trans­form its in­fra­struc­ture and delve fur­ther in­to di­git­al­isa­tion and the use of big data.  The ser­vice...
Em­ploy­ment And Pen­sions Alert | April-May 2019
Case law up­dates “De Diego Por­ras” case reaches its con­clu­sion: no en­ti­tle­ment to com­pens­a­tion upon ter­min­a­tion of a re­lief con­tract Com­pan­ies are not li­able for ac­ci­dents when an em­ploy­ee breaches...
Daily re­cord­ing of work­ing hours | May 2019
Our team of em­ploy­ment ex­perts has pre­pared a list of ques­tions and an­swers re­lat­ing to the re­cently passed Roy­al De­cree-law 8/2019 of 8 March on ur­gent so­cial pro­tec­tion meas­ures and the fight against...
Em­ploy­ment and Pen­sions | News­let­ter | Feb­ru­ary 2019
Case law up­dates Le­git­im­acy of a dis­missal on dis­cip­lin­ary grounds for us­ing banned pro­grams on com­pany com­puters At­tend­ance bo­nuses must be in­cluded un­der hol­i­day pay Trans­fer of un­der­tak­ings dur­ing...
César Nav­arro and Elena Es­par­za on an em­ploy­ee's dis­cip­lin­ary dis­missal...
Court rules that em­ploy­ee's dis­cip­lin­ary dis­missal for tak­ing paid an­nu­al leave jus­ti­fied. The Nav­arre High Court re­cently held that an em­ploy­er had been jus­ti­fied in dis­miss­ing an em­ploy­ee for tak­ing...
CMS ad­vises Sino­chem on the ac­quis­i­tion of Elix Poly­mers from Sun European...
CMS ad­vised Chinese group Sino­chem on the ac­quis­i­tion of Spain-based Elix Poly­mers for an en­ter­prise value of EUR195 mil­lion. Chem­ic­al con­glom­er­ate Sino­chem has an­nounced the pur­chase of Elix Poly­mers...