Rosa Zarza Jimeno

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Rosa Zarza Jimeno



Rosa Zarza is the partner in charge of the Labor and Employment Law Department of Garrigues, where she has pursued her professional career since 1990. She is an expert in employment and social security law, principally in strategic matters in the labor law and human resources areas.

Her fields of expertise include advice on employment issues to national and multinational companies operating across a range of industries (technology, manufacturing, finance and energy, to name but a few) and defending their interests in proceedings before the labor courts. She has extensive experience in advising on employment matters arising from corporate transactions such as mergers, spin-offs, contributions of business lines, outsourcing and externalization processes, etc.

Rosa has also managed numerous collective processes such as labor restructurings, collective layoffs, the modification, streamlining and unification of working conditions, temporary interruptions of contracts, collective labor agreement opt-outs, protocols and corporate policies.

Furthermore, she is the go-to expert on matters relating to corporate senior management and, specifically, termination processes and complex compensation systems (variable compensation, stock options, shares, flexible compensation, etc.).

Rosa Zarza features in several prestigious national and international directories such as Best Lawyers, which includes her in its list of top business lawyers, and the Chambers Europe edition of Chambers&Partners, where she is described as a leading lawyer in Spain. These directories also rank Garrigues as one of the top labor and employment law firms in Spain. In the words of one of the directories, Rosa Zarza is a recognized labor law expert who is appreciated by her clients for being “an excellent lawyer who gives them peace of mind thanks to her experience and ability to put herself in their shoes”.

Rosa lectures at highly-regarded institutions such as Icade, Esade and Centro de Estudios Garrigues, where she teaches labor and employment law on the Business Law Master’s course. She is also a regular speaker at leading specialist forums such as APD, Fide and Inmark.

Rosa Zarza is a member of Madrid Bar Association, the Labor Relations Forum (Forelab), the World Services Group (WSG) and the EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association), which brings together leading labor lawyers.




Formação Académica:

Degree in Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


Coauthor of the book entitled “Spain as a Platform for Business” (*), which won an award at the Fifth Edition of the Business Circle Prize, as well as the Compensation Factbook (*) published by Aranzadi Thomson, “Pay well, and not just with money” (*) published by Ariel and “Supplementary Employee Welfare Arrangements” (*). She has also written numerous opinion pieces published in specialist journals such as Relaciones Laborales, Aedipe, etc. and in the economic and legal sections of leading newspapers.

(*) originally published in Spanish.