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The latchkey lawyer

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Breaking up may be hard to do, but continuing to cohabit can prove to be far more complicated. Tómas Allende, chief regional counsel for The Rohatyn Group and newly-minted partner at Estudio Beccar Varela, talks about the challenges he faced juggling both roles.   

A global energy challenge

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L O Baptista, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel partner Paulo Valois Pires, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Steven Otillar and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Brad Roach came together to discuss current challenges and opportunities facing their energy clients in the Latin America and the US.

Protecting the tricks of the trade

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In a digital age where cyber breaches are increasingly common, safeguarding trade secrets has never been so difficult – or important. With this in mind, LACCA analyses regulation and enforcement for protecting these secrets across various jurisdictions in the Americas and asks what GCs can do to better protect their companies from harm.

Shifting focus

Luis Ricardo Rodríguez

Luis Ricardo Rodríguez, director of business consultancy ManattJones Global Strategies, takes a look at Mexico’s latest venture to attract foreign investment and foster economic growth in impoverished regions through the creation of special economic zones

A year of distress

Renato Brandão and João Carlos de Mendonça

The recent economic downturn has created a boom of distressed M&A deals in Brazil, but these transactions should not be treated as standard M&As, according to João Carlos de Mendonça and Renato Brandão of Felsberg Advogados.

Top Tips: Finding the perfect partner

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Choosing the right external counsel can save a company time, money and even help them discover new business opportunities, but with dozens of leading law firms to choose from, how can in-house counsel ensure the firm they enlist is a perfect match?

TPP: A boost for both big and small companies?

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As Chile, Mexico, and Peru become part of the biggest trade deal in a generation, LACCA speaks to lawyers who say they are confident the treaty will boost operations for big businesses in Latin America, but more will need to be done to ensure smaller local companies can keep up with the pace of change.

M&A Trends in Latin America

Andres Jara

Andrés Jara, the founder of newly established Chilean firm Alster Legal, shares his insights on the current environment for dealmaking in the region.

An island of opportunity

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A historic agreement between the US and Cuba to ease economic sanctions that have been in place since the Cold War has already led some US companies to enter the country and driven many others to analyse their options. Joe Rowley looks at the opportunities and risks of investing in one of the world’s last Communist states.

Bringing pro bono in-house

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Despite the range of pro bono opportunities in Latin America, many legal departments are put off by the complications and challenges that such projects can encounter. Yet those who decide to get involved in charitable projects will find clearing houses and law firms more than willing to help them find the most interesting and fulfilling project.

GCs report on reporting

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Reporting lines – the departmental “chains of command” that govern which employees are answerable to which managers – can be critical to providing the best service for both internal and external contacts, but the varied nature of in-house legal departments means there is no one-size-fits-all approach. General counsel recommend that lawyers constantly question how their structure aligns with business objectives, while for chief compliance officers (CCOs), independence is key.

Advice from the winning team

Magda Kiehl and Luciana Kreidel

General counsel for hotel company Accor – LACCA’S In-house Team of the Year 2014 – joined guests at the São Paulo meeting in April to explain how they used limited resources to create one of the region’s leading legal departments. 

LACCA São Paulo - Spotlight on arbitration

Paulo Guilherme Lopes speaking at the LACCA event

When it comes to resolving disputes, the threat of going to court will ring alarm bells for any company, but it can be even more daunting for those operating in Brazil. GCs came together at LACCA’s meeting in São Paulo in April to discuss why it can sometimes be best to seek an alternative.

Reducing the litigation load

Arnaldo Laudisio speaking at the LACCA meeting

Legal counsel in Brazil are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of litigation in the country – which is reputed to be among the most litigious in the world –  so GCs came together at LACCA’s São Paulo meeting to discuss exactly what they should be doing to manage the existing load, and more importantly, to reduce the number of future cases.

Technology survey: a tailored toolbox

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Investing in legal software takes time and money, and asking the right questions before choosing a programme is key to gaining the most from technology tools. LACCA’s first Technology Survey, drawing on readers’ responses to a detailed online questionnaire, reveals the most popular software used by counsel in the region, and looks at what factors help legal departments pick their tools.

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