Guillermo Ruiz de Salazar advises Spanish and international companies, private equity firms, and their portfolio companies on a full spectrum of employment related matters, particularly in complex M&A transactions, employment disputes, and employment restructurings.

Mr. Ruiz de Salazar leverages extensive experience guiding clients through any employment issues that may arise, whether contentious or non-contentious, in the context of:

  • M&A and restructuring, including drafting management incentive plans, share-based schemes, and top executive employment contracts
  • Collective bargaining, including consultation periods for collective layoffs, transfer of employees, national and international relocations, union negotiations, and modification of employment conditions
  • Employment disputes, including both individual and collective judicial proceedings before labor courts

He approaches each matter with pragmatism and a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ business needs. Mr. Ruiz de Salazar skillfully coordinates multidisciplinary teams across jurisdictions to provide clients with concise, actionable advice that helps to consummate successful transactions.

A recognized thought leader, he serves as an associate professor of employment law at Centro de Estudios Garrigues and Universidad Europea in Madrid.

Mr. Ruiz de Salazar maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising nonprofits on employment best practices and disputes.

Mr. Ruiz de Salazar’s experience includes advising:

Companies and Private Equity

  • Singapore Airport Terminal Services on acquiring Worldwide Flight Services from a Cerberus Capital Management affiliate
  • CVC on its €2 billion strategic investment in LaLiga to set in motion LaLiga Impulso, a project to boost the global growth of LaLiga and its clubs
  • Brookfield Asset Management on acquiring Spanish slate producer Cupa from the Carlyle Group
  • Platinum Equity on the €3.5 billion acquisition of waste management company Urbaser from China Tianying
  • Karnov Group on acquiring the legal information businesses of Thomson Reuters in Spain and Wolters Kluwer in Spain and France

Collective Bargaining and Day-to-Day Advice

  • KKR on the restructuring and subsequent sale of distressed company Grupo Gallardo
  • BBVA on employment-related issues in several jurisdictions


  • An international company’s Spanish subsidiary in the judicial process resulting from a collective layoff that impacted about 1,000 employees
  • Denham Capital on the termination of a services agreement with a servicer in Spain and the employment restructuring and transfer of certain employees during a transition proces

Bar Qualification

  • Spain (Abogado)


  • LL.M., Centro de Estudios Garrigues, 2011
  • BA (Law), Universidad Complutense, 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English