Sep 26 2018

LACCA Live Regional Miami Meeting 2018

Organiser: LACCA Sponsorship opportunities

26 September 2018 at 09:00 to 18:00

The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association will be holding its annual regional meeting in Miami on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Join us to hear critical updates on law department management, compliance and ethics, deeper substantive issues, and more.

Our meetings are popular and often fill up, so members can reserve your place now by contacting us here.

LACCA will also hold its 5th Annual Awards Ceremony on the same evening. Please visit the website for further details.

Adriana Pallis, Machado Meyer

Alejandro Torrendell, Regional General Counsel for Latin America, Merck

Ana PadillaLatin America Legal Counsel, Uber

Cristina Pérez Soto, Jones Day, Miami

Emir Calluf Filho, Legal and Compliance Director, J&F Investimentos

Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Hogan Lovells, Mexico City

Luis Felipe Arze, CMS

Nicolás Noro Villagra, Legal Director, Latin America South Zone, AB InBev

Simon Strong,Tenacitas International, Miami

9.00: Arrival, registration and coffee

9.30: Welcome - Alison O'Connell, Editor, LACCA

Roundtable begins

Session one: Staying out of the breach

Data breaches and hacking have been in the news a lot lately and the trend continues to rise, with cyber incidents taking centre stage and corporate targets expanding. By the same token, cyber-criminals are getting smarter, security demands are getting tougher, litigation stemming from data breaches is growing and regulatory agencies are getting stricter. With so much at stake, legal teams are increasingly becoming part of the front-line defence when it comes to privacy and data protection concerns. Led by experts who have experienced a breach and learned some tough lessons, this session will focus on strategies for preventing and responding to a data breach paying particular attention to: 

  • The role of legal teams in helping to protect their organisations
  • Implementing a data breach response process and developing a remediation plan
  • New updates in legislation across Latin America and impact on internal compliance

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: Calling in the cavalry for corporate investigations

In today’s business environment, how companies investigate potential  

misconduct can affect that organisation’s reputation almost as much as the alleged conduct itself. Since these investigations are often handled with the assistance of outside counsel, business risk advisory firms, or forensic accountants, this session will offer attendees an opportunity to gain knowledge from industry experts on how best to respond following the discovery of fraud, bribery, and other regulatory issues within the company, without breaking the bank. Topics for discussion will include:

  • How to prepare and implement an effective investigation plan
  • Benefits of calling in outside forces
  • Controlling the costs of an investigation
  • Voluntary disclosure considerations

12.30: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: Promoting D&I, prevention is better than a cure

With all of the attention on workplace ethics in the media this past year, there is a new emphasis on transparency between management and employees. In the era of #metoo, company policies and procedures for dealing with claims of discrimination and harassment should be revisited. This session will look at how GCs can ensure that progressive policies and protective measures are formulated and applied; implementing training programmes to protect employee safety working; how to ensure that employees are fully aware of what is appropriate workplace conduct as well as best practices when it comes to responding to bullying, discrimination and harassment claims.

15.00: Session four: Demonstrating value to drive influence

The scope of the role of legal departments has continued to grow over the past few years, as have the ambitions of many GCs to achieve greater influence within their organisations. Despite this however, many remain behind when it comes to strategic business planning and demonstrating value. This session will look at some of the ways in which GCs and their legal teams can have a greater impact on the business and develop and implement a plan to improve relationships with key stakeholders. Delegates will discuss the benefits of using KPIs to demonstrate value, the benefits of separating the legal operations function as well as working with external counsel to improve efficiency and cut costs.

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: Session five: The art of deal making

Nearly every business transaction requires a strategy for a successful negotiation, whether the deal involves an acquisition, a lease, a sale agreement or a joint venture. In this session, leading deal-makers reveal the secrets to leveraging the potion and power of legal in negotiating and inking deals. Topics will include key strategic, negotiating and diligence considerations involved in the typical sale or purchase of a privately held company, strategies for engaging outside advisors to help navigate regulatory hurdles, as well as how advances in technology are impacting deals. 

17.30: Roundtable ends; drinks for the LACCA Awards Ceremony start at 17.45

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