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Cecilia Vargas


CMS Grau
Av. Santa María 130
Miraflores, L18
Languages Spanish, English

Cecilia Vargas is a partner in the Labor and Employment area of CMS Grau. She is an expert in labor law, social security, prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, and immigration procedures. She advises various national and foreign companies in matters of her specialty, as well as in the defense of litigation in administrative, judicial and arbitration proceedings.

She has extensive experience in the hiring of national and foreign workers, and in obtaining the corresponding immigration authorizations and qualifications. Likewise, in the performance of labor audits and labor inspections. She also provides comprehensive advice from the general planning and design of labor policy, to counseling in complex cases related to collective bargaining, personnel terminations and day-to-day dealings with labor unions.

Cecilia holds a law degree from the University of Lima and a master's degree in labor law. She has been recognized as an expert lawyer in labor matters by the international rankings Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. She is also the author of several articles on trending topics in labor law and regularly participates as a speaker at conferences and events.

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"She has vast knowledge of the labour field in Peru." They go on to add: "She is always able to advise us on how best to proceed with our matters in order to fulfil our legal obligations and avoid labour contingencies."

Chambers & Partners Latin America 2023

Relevant experience

  • Petrex S.A. (SAIPEM) | In charge of more than 550 judicial processes. The great majority of the judicial processes are for the reinstatement of employment and another group for the payment of social benefits. The complexity of the assignment lies in the fact that provisional reinstatement has been ordered in most of the judicial processes, despite the impossibility of the company to comply due to the lack of available jobs in its facilities.
  • Sodimac Perú | Implementation of all the actions taken for the new organizational structure after the acquisition of Maestro Perú S.A., including the dismissal of personnel and assuming the defense of Maestro Perú S.A. in all the judicial processes at national level, as well as all the administrative processes with the Labor Authority and the Social Health Insurance - ESSALUD, among other consultancies.
  • Saga Falabella | Collective bargaining with the workers' union, acting as negotiator on behalf of the company in such process. The list of demands presented by the union represented an economic value of approximately US$3.5 million.
  • El Comercio | Due diligence for the sale of 100% of Avanzys shares.  
  • Komatsu | Collective bargaining process with two labor unions.
  • HP Inc | Definition and determination of the structure of the personnel transfer procedures resulting from the purchase of a line of business from Samsung Electronics CO.
  • Itochu Corporation | Process of implementing the organization's occupational health and safety management system, in order to control, supervise the correct execution of health and safety obligations, and the planning and administration of management in accordance with current regulations.
  • Boart Longyear | Advice on legal obligations and key aspects of Occupational Safety and Health.      
  • Sodimac Perú | Restructuring, updating and regularization of labor obligations in occupational health and safety of Maestro Perú and Maestro Amazonia (as post-closing actions after the acquisition of Maestro by Sodimac).    
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Memberships & Roles

  • Lima Bar Association (CAL).
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Awards & Rankings

  • Band 5 in Chambers Latin America 2023 – Labour
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  • 2023 - Studying for a Master's Degree in Labor Law, Universidad San Martín de Porres.  
  • 2014 - Diploma of Management Development Program in Occupational Health and Occupational Risk Management, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.
  • 2014 - Management in Law Firms, Perez & Partners Law Firm Consultants.
  • 2004 - Law Degree, Universidad de Lima. 
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