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On an M&A mission

BTG spent US$600 million on buying out Celfin in February

Rosie Scammell talks to the in-house team at Brazilian investment bank BTG Pactual about going through two major M&As in such a short space of time

A modern approach to law

The MAM collection has 5,000 art works

The only in-house lawyer at a museum in Brazil, Mariana Valente, talks to Rosie Scammell about defining the boundaries of an evolving area of law

Delta expands reach in LatAm

This year customers of the US airline Delta will be able to fly to destinations across Brazil on one ticket, thanks to a deal late last year with airline Gol. Delta assistant GC Cathy Sams talks to Rosie Scammell about the airline’s ambitions in Latin America.

Starting from scratch: Sumitomo Brazil

Fernanda Bayeux

Six months into her role as legal manager at Sumitomo Brazil, the local arm of the Japanese business group, Fernanda Bayeux talks to Rosie Scammell about building the foundations of an in-house team

E-billing for efficiency

The rise of electronic systems will do away with the need for paper billing

With in-house counsel ever more focused on efficiency, any tool which can help them spot where money is being wasted seems to be good news – but are Latin American law firms ready for e-billing? Rosie Scammell reports

The UK Bribery Act: implications for business

The UK Bribery Act reaches far beyond the country's own courts

Regina Kuchle, legal affairs director for biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, explores the impact of the UK’s new legal framework to battle bribery

The price is right?

Central America and Uruguay have the cheapest rates

LACCA has conducted its second annual fee survey, asking in-house counsel and law firms for their thoughts on rates in Latin America. Rosie Cresswell reports on the findings

Diverse drilling

Weatherford's clients include PDVSA, Ecopetrol and Pemex

Ricardo Colmenter, regional counsel at oil services company Weatherford International, talks about the changing legal landscape in Latin America

Balancing on the border: Diageo in the Andean region

Ines Bahachille

As Andean head for global drinks company Diageo, Ines Bahachille is the legal mind behind brands such as Smirnoff and Guinness. She talks about how in-house offers a better work-life balance

Tapping into talent

Highly-qualified, multi-lingual lawyers are proving hard to find in Brazil

With Brazil’s economy booming, corporations are finding it hard to keep up with firm salaries that are sweetened by tax-free dividends. At a recent LACCA meeting, in-house counsel went in search of solutions

Brazilian salaries set to rise - again

Salaries in Brazil show no sign of slowing down

Legal salaries are set to stay on a high in Brazil next year, say two studies by legal recruiters, who advise offering lawyers up to US$260,000 annually before bonuses

Compliance challenges

Failure to comply with new regulation could leave lawyers out in the cold

In-house counsel are facing new challenges as compliance becomes a priority globally. Rosie Scammell talks to in-house lawyers and strategists about how they are working in this new regulatory age

The power of being understood

Neil Taylor

Lawyers have a reputation for using impenetrable language, but particularly in the in-house world being understood by a wide range of people is essential. Rosie Scammell reports on one consultant’s solution

The new normal

Investors have become wary in the face of Mexico's drug war

With the death toll reaching 40,000 since president Felipe Calderón launched a war on drugs in 2006, it is little wonder that security is an ever bigger concern for GCs in Mexico. But the figures distract from the reality, say some LACCA members

On track: spotlight on Orient-Express

Orient-Express has just emerged from a competition dispute dating back to 2007

In the decade since Orient-Express steamrolled into Peru, legal director Raul Galdo has been on hand through acquisitions, competition challenges, and local licensing. He speaks to Rosie Scammell about ‘a journey like no other’

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