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An upcoming talent


Making a mark at the start of a career can be hard, particularly in today’s highly competitive environment, but one in-house lawyer has excelled by addressing productivity, savings and growth in her company’s legal department. Alison O’Connell caught up with Honeywell's Daniela Tijerina, winner of this year’s Legal Counsel of the Year Award, to hear how she has earned her reputation as a rising star in the legal industry.

New member profile: Legal counsel at DICEX Consultores

New member Ana Padilla

Ana Paula Padilla tells LACCA about why being part of legal can sometimes make you unpopular in companies, but also how the constant challenges of the career make up for it.

Challenging the status quo


As Uber’s first legal director in Latin America, Enrique Gonzalez has led the company successfully through its rapid expansion across the region overwrought with legal battles and regulatory hurdles. LACCA speaks to this year’s General Counsel of the Year to find out why thinking outside of the box has been key to his success.

New member profile: Senior counsel & corporate secretary at Iberdrola Generación México

New member Rodolfo Rueda

Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros talks LACCA through what energy reform means for Mexico.

Departmental focus: Walmart Brazil’s legal team

Walmart store exterior

Livia Azevedo, vice president and general counsel at Walmart Brazil, tells LACCA about how she restructured the US retailer’s legal department in Brazil, and how her team strategy supports the company’s path to security.

A business facilitator

Gianfranco Cinelli

For every company, its board and its shareholders, an M&A transaction can be one of the most challenging experiences but also one the most lucrative, so having the right legal adviser alongside is crucial to a successful outcome. Gianfranco Cinelli talks LACCA through some of the deals that led him to win this year’s Dealmaker of the Year Award, as well as revealing what makes him so good at his job.

New member profile: International associate counsel at Enerflex

New member Dubraska Jaramillo

Dubraska Jaramillo speaks in-depth about managing projects in locations as difficult to manage as the deep Peruvian jungle.

A trademark for success

Litigation Management Award winner João Victor Guedes dos Santos

When a company’s portfolio of products includes over 60 brands of spirits, a toast to good news never seems far away. Last November, João Victor Guedes dos Santos gave his company Diageo cause for celebration by winning LACCA’s Litigation Management Award after maintaining a high success rate in litigation through careful negotiation and clever timing.

New member profile: Senior legal counsel for Brazil & LATAM at OpenText Inc.

New member Ana Gentil

Ana Carolina Freire Gentil tells LACCA about problem solving for the benefit of the business.

Delivering more…

Eduardo Nogueira

No major company is complete these days without a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme that demonstrates a commitment to human rights, the environment and sustainability. LACCA speaks to DHL’s Latin American team, the winners of this year’s Social Responsibility Award, to find out how they are delivering more than just packages to their communities in the region.

New member profile: Legal manager for corporate banking at Banco Davivienda

Javier Mendoza tells LACCA how being with his company for the long run has allowed him to watch Banco Davivienda grow.

A pro at ethics

Gustavo Biagioli

Ensuring a company plays by the rules is no easy feat, but Gustavo Biagioli, LACCA’s Compliance Manager of the Year, has gone even further, helping Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) become recognised as one of the most ethical businesses in Brazil – proving he is a pro when it comes to ethics.

New member profile: Corporate counsel at Atlas Copco

New member Lina Martinez

Lina Martinez tells LACCA how her Latin American experience has helped her better involve the regional team in the global business.

Q&A: Ivania Oberti Naranjo


Ivania Oberti Naranjo, director of business, compliance and legal affairs for Latin America at PVG Insurance Group explains why optimising internal resources to ensure compliance with the myriad of local regulations in Latin America is one of her biggest challenges. 

A cut above the rest

Eduardo Palinkas, Ricardo Zangirolami, Ronald Ramirez, Kleber Kikuchi

The legal team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise stood out at this year’s LACCA Awards not only for managing one of the biggest corporate restructurings of all time, but also for their sheer efficiency and adaptability in doing so. Alison O’Connell spoke to this year’s Regional Team of the Year to find out what makes the team a cut above the rest.

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