JavierGutiérrez Ponce


Madrid + 34.91.520.3928

Javier Gutiérrez has more than 14 years of experience counseling domestic and international clients in all types of matters related to Spanish labor and employment law.

Javier has significant experience advising on a wide range of matters including labor aspects arising from cross-border transactions, complex litigation, reorganizations (particularly under TUPE [Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations] schemes), restructuring and temporary layoffs, dismissals based on disciplinary and business grounds, collective negotiations, and incentive schemes. He also represents clients on the negotiation and drafting of agreements for senior management and key positions, including senior executive contracts, noncompete covenants, and separation agreements. Additionally, he assists on privacy and data protection matters within the framework of employment relations, including the drafting and implementation of employees' compliance protocols, monitoring of work-related IT systems, and video surveillance at workplaces.

Javier has developed specific sector knowledge, having advised clients operating in industries such as life sciences and health care (Cardinal Health, Curium, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, and Merz Pharma), technology (Ansys, Blackberry, and Verizon), retail (Coach/Stuart Weitzman), and industrial and automotive (Ferro, General Electric, and International Automotive Components).

Javier regularly advises NGOs as an active member of Jones Day's pro bono practice. He has lectured as a professor at Centro de Estudios Garrigues and ISDE and is a member of Foro Español de Laboralistas (FORELAB), a leading association of Spanish labor lawyers.


  • Macquarie acquires Euston Solar FarmJones Day advised Macquarie in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Euston Solar Farm Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB invest in the Decor business of Ahlstrom-MunksjöJones Day advised Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB in the acquisition of the Decor business of Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
  • Orange and Masmovil to combine in €18.6 billion mergerJones Day is advising Orange, S.A. ("Orange"), one of the world's leading telecommunications operators, on the combination of their telecom business in Spain with Masmovil, one of the leading telecommunications operators in Spain, for an enterprise value of €18.6 billion (€7.8 billion for Orange Spain and €10.9 billion for Masmovil).
  • FLEETCOR acquires Global Reach GroupJones Day is advising FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Global Reach Group, a UK-based cross-border payments provider.
  • EagleTree Capital portfolio company acquires El RanchitoJones Day advised EagleTree Capital and its portfolio company, The Fuse Group, in the acquisition of El Ranchito, a world-renowned, high-end independent visual effects studio headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and a studio location in Barcelona.
  • Web Financial Group sells all its technology business to AllfundsJones Day represented Web Financial Group, S.A. in the sale of all its technology business to Allfunds, one of the world’s leading B2B WealthTech platforms for the fund industry.
  • Macquarie Asset Management acquires 50% shareholding in Island Green PowerJones Day advised Macquarie Asset Management ("MAM"), via Macquarie Green Investment Group Renewable Energy Fund 2 ("MGREF2"), in its acquisition of 50% of the shares in Island Green Power Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • Cardinal Health sells its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman for approximately $1 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health in connection with the divestiture of its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman for approximately $1 billion.
  • Uniphore acquires Emotion Research Labs, S.L.Jones Day represented Uniphore Technologies Inc., an early leader in Conversational Service Automation (CSA), in its acquisition of Emotion Research Labs, S.L., a leading software developer that uses AI and machine learning, to identify emotion and engagement levels in real-time over video-based interactions.
  • Astellas transfers DIFICLIR in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and selected CIS to Swiss Tillotts Pharma AG for €109 millionJones Day advised Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. on the sale of distribution rights to the product "DIFICLIR" in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and selected Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to Swiss Tillotts Pharma AG for €109 million.
  • PolyOne acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • Newell Brands sells The United States Playing Card Company to Cartamundi GroupJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games.
  • PETRONAS Chemicals acquires Da Vinci Group B.V. for €163 millionJones Day advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in its acquisition of a 100% stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163 million.
  • Roper Technologies acquires Cointec Ingenieros y Consultores, S.L.Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of 100% of the Spanish company Cointec Ingenieros y Consultores, S.L., whose primary activity is the development of IT solutions and Laboratory Management Software specialized consultancy.
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • Fosun acquires FFT GroupJones Day advised Fosun International Limited with the acquisition of FFT GmbH & Co. KGaA ("FFT") from ATON GmbH.
  • Huadong Medicine announces £169 million (US$222 million) takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma PlcJones Day advised Huadong Medicine Co. Ltd. ("HMC") and its subsidiary, Huadong Medicine Aesthetics Investment (HongKong) Limited ("Huadong"), on Huadong's takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma Plc with a total value of approximately £169 million (US$222 million).
  • Ferro acquires Quimicer SAJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Quimicer S.A.
  • Mapei acquires TecnopolJones Day advised Mapei S.p.A. in its acquisition of Tecnopol Sistemas, S.L.U., a Spanish chemical company leader in the production and distribution of waterproofing and insulation systems for the construction industry.
  • Alantra Private Equity acquires majority stake in Unión MartínJones Day represented Alantra Private Equity in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake of the Spanish company Unión Martín, S.L., whose primary activity is the production and distribution of sea products.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 21 febrero, 2017
      Desayuno Actualidad Laboral - Vigilancia de las empresas sobre los trabajadores
    • 4 de julio, 2017
      Desayuno Actualidad Laboral
    • July 4, 2017
      Breakfast Seminar on Labor and Tax Law Updates
    • May 18, 2017
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2017
    • 18 mai 2017
      Conférence Droit du Travail en Europe - 2017
    • 25 de mayo, 2016
      Las multas a los directivos por infracción de la normativa de Competencia y la Responsabilidad Penal