US labour and employment firm Littler Mendelson has opened two new offices in Mexico.

The firm has joined up with former Basham Ringe & Correa partner Oscar de la Vega and his team of 25 lawyers to establish the new operation which will be focused on employment. 

Partners Enrique Garcia Conde, Monica Schiaffino, and Javiera Medina Reza will also join the firm which will be based in Mexico City and Monterrey.

De la Vega himself will become co-chair of the Latin America practice at the firm alongside Juan Carlos Varela.

The move follows the firm's first foray outside of the US in October last year, when it opened in Caracas, Venezuela.

Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of Littler said: “Mexico is emerging as a region of sustained economic growth and opportunity.  In fact, according to the latest reports available, Mexico’s economy is on pace to grow by 5.5 percent this year following growth of 5.4 percent in 2010.”

“We felt the time was right to expand our international capabilities in Latin America, particularly with such a stellar team of attorneys led by Oscar."

The firm has had a busy month hiring former Deloitte employment partner Joni Andrioff in Chicago and labour and employment specialist Rebecca Aragon from Venable in Los Angeles.