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Corporate counsel Q&A: Alejandro Torrendell, Merck

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In the first of a new occasional series of interviews, Getting the Deal Through - Pharma Law News speaks to Merck’s general counsel for Latin America Alejandro Torrendell about the challenges of in-house life at a pharma company in the region and how his department stays ahead of the curve. By Richard Woolley

New member profile: Compliance manager at Brazilian food giant JBS

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André Nunes Damaso tells LACCA about the importance of ethics and compliance in protecting a company’s reputation and reducing uncertainty in business transactions.

New member profile: General counsel for Mexican real estate company Grupo IGS

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Enrique Aguilar tells LACCA why attention to detail in due diligence processes is key for in-house teams in the real estate sector in Mexico.

It takes two to tango

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LACCA speaks to the chair of the world-renowned anti-corruption organisation Transparency International (TI), Delia Ferreira Rubio, about the evolution of Latin America’s anti-corruption landscape and why collaboration with the private sector is key.

New member profile: Legal counsel for LatAm at AccorInvest

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Diego Ignacio Gómez M tells LACCA about his expansive career, his appointment as regional data protection coordinator, and the complexities of in-house practice in Latin America.

New member profile: Commercial lawyer at SYKES

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Jose Carlos Quesada tells LACCA about his career to date, and why he returned to in-house practice. By Eloise Hardy

New member profile: Legal counsel at Dafiti Group

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Fernanda Semelrot tells LACCA about the challenges facing lawyers in the fashion sector and why compliance is all about prevention.

New member profile: Tax director for Inkia Energy

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María José Espantoso speaks to LACCA about why tax exemptions are not the answer for Peru’s business landscape, as well as what it’s like working in the tax department of an energy company.  

New member profile: Senior legal manager for southern Latin America at Zoetis

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Carolina De Nardi speaks to LACCA about the importance of having a good understanding of the regulatory landscape in the pharmaceutical sector and how she sees a positive trend in terms of company compliance programmes in Brazil.

New member profile: Privacy coordinator at Prudential do Brasil

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Thaïs Ramos speaks to LACCA about how her decision to move in-house changed the course of her career and led to her becoming a certified information privacy manager. 

New member profile: Latin America regional counsel at Solenis

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Rodrigo Perestrelo Gonçalves tells LACCA about his experience in the chemicals sector and why his love of business as well as law led him to pursue an in-house career.

New member profile: Legal director of corporate and litigation at Bayer Brazil

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Rafael Dantas tells LACCA about the challenges of working on one of the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest acquisitions, and why moving beyond the legal perspective and engaging with strategic business decision-making is key to success. By Marina Albanese

New Member Profile: Head of legal & compliance for Brazil at Philips Lighting

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Felipe Pessine speaks to LACCA about the rewards that come with working on a successful M&A and why he likes to work in a corporate environment. 

How AI is transforming the world of tax

AI is revolutionising the world of tax

From automation to improving forecasting, artificial intelligence (AI) is reinventing the way in which legal departments function and in particular how tax matters are handled.  Luís Rogério Farinelli and Fernando Teles da Silva of Machado Associados Advogados e Consultores take a look at how AI can help reduce risk, increase value, and drive a cost-effective approach to tax reporting and compliance.

Brazil’s insurance law needs improving, according to Brazil’s Bar Association

Insurance sector in Brazil may double its size in coming years

Débora Schalch, chair of the Insurance Law commission of the Brazilian Bar Association's São Paulo chapter (OAB-SP), takes a look at the major obstacles impacting companies in Brazil’s insurance sector. ​

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