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Rafael Vallejo
Rafael Vallejo

Rafael Vallejo


Labor and employment expert with a business-oriented style


Rafael has ample experience providing comprehensive legal advice to foreign and domestic companies in every aspect of labor, employment, social security, benefits laws, corporate matters in general and anti-corruption in relation to his field of expertise, as well as in local and cross-border M&A transactions with the labor input.

“he is ‘right up there’ when it comes to handling complex labour, employment and benefits issues”, Who’s Who Legal

Over the years, he has undertaken numerous labor restructures, employment terminations of high-level officers, individual and collective labor negotiations, implemented all kind of employment incentive programs for companies (stock options, restricted stock units, performance bonuses among others), labor and employment due diligence procedures and has supported many M&A transactions regarding their employment and social security component.


He counsels national and international corporations including among others, Macquarie Bank, Qualcomm, My Space, BMC Software, GE, American Standard, Google, Red Bull, General Motors and Grupo México, in complex internal labor restructures, collective and individual employment negotiations, design and implementation of benefits schemes and employer substitutions as well as in their labor regulatory affairs and litigation.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Labour & Employment recognized lawyer, Chambers and Partners
  • Labour & Employment, Expert in the field, Who’s Who Legal
  • Labor, Latin Lawyer 250


LL.M., Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, United States Postgraduate degree in Labor Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico Postgraduate degree in Corporate Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico J.D. (law degree equivalent), Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico (2003)


International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), member of the Anti-corruption Committee thereof International Forum of Employment Law, as the only Latin American counsel appointed member of steering committee Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, Colegio de Abogados (ANADE – Mexican Association of Business Lawyers) Non-for-profit organization MéXXIco Libre de Corrupción

Publications & Collaborations

  • He is constantly invited to participate in diverse local and international forums as expert in labor and employment law.
  • General labor market and litigation trends article, published by Global Legal Insights
  • The Employment Law Review, Mexico chapter for the last 5 publications
  • How to Hire and Fire-A Global Guide 2015, published by Multilaw
  • Speaker as Labour expert, IBA Annual Employment conference
  • Speaker as Labour expert, Discrimination Law Conference 2016


Spanish – English