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A builder of bridges

AB InBev's portfolio now includes over 500 brands of beer.

Colombian construction company Grupo Odinsa’s infrastructure investments have provided vital transport links across Latin America and the Caribbean. Behind the scenes, Odinsa’s director of international legal affairs has worked to bridge gaps in understanding between internal departments, in doing so earning herself Legal Counsel of the Year 2017.

At look at Mexico’s Special Economic Zones

Mexico's SEZ plan will see different regions of the country offer varied investment incentives

As Mexico’s first three Special Economic Zones look set to begin operations by the end of the month, local lawyers present an overview of the new rules and potential benefits for companies looking to invest.

Former Torneos y Competencias CEO testifies against other Latin American broadcasters

Collaborating witnesses reveal ever more colluding parties.

Fox Pan American Sports, Globo and Grupo Televisa allegedly paid millions of dollars in bribes to win and maintain the rights to broadcast football tournaments including the Copa América.

LACCA news in brief – 17 November

AB InBev's portfolio now includes over 500 brands of beer.

This edition of news in brief details upcoming changes to Brazilian patenting processes, anticorruption developments in Ecuador and Mexico and fines issued for bid rigging in Peru.

US and Mexico antitrust heads diverge on regulation

Competition authority leaders spoke during a Women in Antitrust conference

The head of Mexico’s competition authority called for “smart regulation” as a tool to promote competition in the Mexican market last week, but acting US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairman Maureen Ohlhausen warned that excessive regulation could dampen competition. By Kathryn Haake

Community connections

Raúl Galdo and Benjamin Astete

For many companies, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes come low on the list of priorities, but Vietnamese mobile network operator Viettel made its schools-focused initiative a central part of the launch of its Peruvian subsidiary, Bitel. Raúl Galdo Marín, Bitel’s director of legal and regulatory affairs describes the fundamental support his legal team offered to the process, which earned his company LACCA’s Social Responsibility Award for 2017.

The Related Group hires first legal director in Mexico

Sanchez

Global real estate developer The Related Group has appointed Luis Felipe Sanchez Ramos as the first legal director for the company’s Mexican branch. He tells LACCA what it’s like having no predecessor and what Mexico’s recent anti-corruption law means for real estate. 

Movers & Shakers - 10 November

Movers&Shakers

This edition of movers & shakers features laterals in the healthcare, airport and innovation sectors, as well as promotions at a telecoms company and the Peruvian government. 

Oi management and creditors face new restructuring impasse

An Oi public telephone in Brazil

Confidential settlement negations between the management of Brazilian telecoms company Oi and major creditor groups have come to an end without a deal, as bondholders rejected a plan support agreement approved by the company’s board that must now be presented to Brazil’s telecoms regulator. By Kyriaki Karadelis

Coffee investor wins damages from Venezuela

Venezuela's counsel believes the tribunal saw the claim as "over-inflated."

A tribunal has upheld claims against Venezuela over the expropriation of a 120 year-old coffee producer during the presidency of Hugo Chávez and awarded the investor a fraction of the US$500 million damages originally claimed. By Lacey Yong

Developing a dream team

Valeria Plastino and Barrett Avigdor close the day in Miami.

The right legal strategies can revolutionise a company's output and efficiency, but they will never reach their full potential without an engaged team of lawyers on hand to implement them. GCs and HR consultants shared their top tips for motivating and retaining top legal talent during LACCA’s annual Miami conference.

Chilean retail giant SMU hires former Bupa GC

Zarhi

Chilean retail operator SMU has appointed Oscar Zarhi as general counsel. He tells LACCA why intra-company dialogue across departments is a prerequisite for business expansion. 

Mixing drinks: AB InBev's merger with SABMiller

AB InBev's portfolio now includes over 500 brands of beer.

Belgian brewery AB InBev wrapped up its US$107 billion purchase of multinational rival SABMiller in October 2016. Each company had a large market share in multiple jurisdictions, so ever since the merger AB InBev’s in-house counsel have faced a prolonged challenge to implement remedies mandated by competition authorities. In a Q&A with LACCA, AB InBev’s compliance director for the Andean region, Jaime Muñoz, reveals the pivotal support his team has offered.

Venezuela pays damages for expropriation

Phosphate fertiliser, as produced by Koch

An tribunal at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ordered Venezuela to pay damages to Swiss subsidiaries of Kansas-based Koch Industries for the expropriation of a fertiliser plant seven years ago.

Lava Jato branded "world’s most important antitrust case"

Brazilians marching in support of Operation Lava Jato

Former US Federal Trade Commission chair William Kovacic said the sprawling Operation Lava Jato investigation is the most important active antitrust case in the world during a conference in Brazil last week. By Charles McConnell.

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