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The construction industry and the call for concerted action

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In this article, Júlio César Bueno, partner at Pinheiro Neto explores the issue of corruption throughout the international construction industry. He highlights not only the current problems that the industry faces, but also the way in which it can progress and move towards a future of transparency and good governance.

Self-reporting is “most difficult decision” for companies, agree panellists

Shin Jae Kim, Mariana Villela, Fernando Castelo Branco, Francisco Cestero and Marcelo Marchetti

With Brazil’s biggest corruption investigation continuing to send ripples through the country’s legal and business communities, panellists at LACCA's sister publications Latin Lawyer and Global Investigation Review’s 4th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations conference discuss the potential pitfalls of self-reporting

Compliance best practice must go beyond the law, agree panellists

Ruti Smithline moderates the Compliance 2.0 panel

Corporate counsel must implement compliance processes that go beyond the letter of the law if they want to encourage a business culture that truly protects companies from the risk of corporate misconduct, agreed panellists during LACCA's sister publications Latin Lawyer and Global Investigation Review’s 4th Annual Anti-corruption Conference.

Delegates map LatAm’s anticorruption landscape

Conference co-chair Andrew Levine of Debevoise & Plimpton

Delegates at LACCA's sister publications Latin Lawyer and Global Investigation Review’s 4th Annual Anticorruption Conference held in São Paulo in October say that while corruption remains a serious problem in the region, there are several causes for optimism. 

Brazil: establishing effective compliance regimes

The past two years have seen corruption being taken far more seriously in Brazil. Although new legislation meeting or even exceeding the OECD Convention requirements was passed to curb inappropriate behaviour following the protests of June 2013, it remained uncertain whether it would be properly enforced. By Bruno De Luca Drago and Paola Pugliese

Extremism in the workplace

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Members of global HR and employment law alliance Ius Laboris discuss extremism in the workplace and take a look at the legislation in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico seeking to combat it

Top tips: Launching an internal investigation

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Receiving an allegation of corporate misconduct is often a GC’s worst nightmare, so conducting a thorough internal investigation is essential. LACCA asked private practice lawyers and consultants across the region for some of their top tips on conducting an investigation as well as how to stay cool in a crisis.

Regulatory Focus: Labour

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Latin America’s stringent labour and employment regulations mean multinationals in the region have to get to grips with a myriad of local provisions to ensure compliance and avoid potential fines. LACCA takes a look at the biggest developments across the region over the past year.

Regulatory focus: Environment

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Following the UN conference on climate change in Paris last month and a global push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, companies in Latin America face tougher regulation and a growing compensation culture. LACCA takes look at the most important changes to environmental regulations taking place in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico.

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Chile’s FDI framework: An interview with HSBC’s Ignácio Saavedra

Ignacio Saavedra

Ignácio Saavedra, deputy general counsel for global banking and markets at HSBC Chile, takes a deeper look at the challenges and possible implications for companies in Chile.

Mental health in the workplace – the Latin American perspective

Jose Carlos Wahle, Alvaro Gonazalez-Schiaffino, and Juan Viñales

In the wake of the Germanwings crash in France, Jose Carlos Wahle of Veirano Advogados in Brazil, Eduado Juan Vinales of Funes De Rioja & Asociados in Argentina and Alvaro Gonazalez-Schiaffino of Basham, Ringe y Correa in Mexico, the member firms of Ius Laboris, the global HR & Labour law alliance, analyse mental health in the workplace legislation in three major LatAm jurisdictions   

Brazil’s outsourcing bill: An endless source of contention

Fernando Prado and Dario Rabay speaking at the meeting

Brazil’s new outsourcing bill offers a great number of opportunities for companies, but as it progresses towards becoming a law, the new rules remain shrouded in legal uncertainty and beset by opposition from a number of sectors.  GCs came together at LACCA São Paulo meeting in April to discuss the position of major institutions for and against the bill, the main changes introduced and the potential impact for companies.

Brazil’s Clean Company Act: Being prepared pays

Daniel Sibille speaking at the LACCA meeting

With the publication of Brazil’s long-awaited government guidelines on the country’s Clean Company Act (CCA), general counsel have finally been provided with more tangible requirements regarding the creation and maintenance of their compliance programmes. Daniel Sibille, Latin American compliance counsel at Oracle, joined GCs at LACCA’s annual meeting in São Paulo in April to discuss exactly what these requirements are.

Regulatory focus: Privacy

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Following a series of global scandals, several countries in Latin America have made moves to tighten up privacy regulations and in-house counsel at companies are cooperating with the authorities to ensure that the changes are both beneficial and effective.

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