LACCA will be holding its popular annual regional meeting in Miami at the W Hotel South Beach on 27 September 2017. The event will run from 9am until 6pm and be followed by cocktails and LACCA’s Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony.

Following the recent hurricane in Miami, this event will be going ahead as planned. We expect further updates from the hotel at the end of the week, and will update this page accordingly. If anything changes we will of course let you know. Should you have any queries, please get in touch with us here.

LACCA’s Miami meeting will bring together more than 90 general counsel from the region's most important companies for high-level discussion of the key issues involved in running a legal department in Latin America today. Like all LACCA meetings, the event will be free-flowing and participatory, with all delegates taking part in a broad discussion. It is designed to maximise not only networking, but also the sharing of best practice among members. 

To book your place, simply email us here.

The current line-up of speakers is:

Matthew Todd, VP of legal business solutions & head of US consulting, Elevate Services

María Pía Logiovane, head of legal and compliance, Philips Latin America

Juan Francisco Torres Landa, partner, Hogan Lovells (Mexico)

Alberto Imberton, regulatory affairs manager for Mexico & Central America, Enel Green Power

José David Zúñiga Vega, Director Legal, Cuestamoras Salud

Luis Rubio Barnetche, partner, Jones Day (Mexico)

Pedro Castro Nevares, Legal Director of Torneos y Competencias 

David Massey, partner, Richards Kibbe & Orbe

Valeria Plastino, VP and general counsel for Latin America, Level 3 Communications

Barrett Avigdor, managing director for Latin America, Major, Lindsey & Africa

More speakers to be announced in the coming week.

The meeting will open with a discussion on how legal departments can use metrics to quantify, analyse and improve their operations and add value to the company. Delegates will also discuss what steps to take before establishing a metrics programme, how to identify trends and make strategic improvements, and share tips on the best way to use metrics to motivate your team, monitor costs and improve efficiency.

With companies and their in-house teams in Latin America required to devote more and more time to comply with a myriad of regulations across the region, the second session will offer advice for counsel working in heavily regulated industries. Delegates will discuss best practices for dealing with local regulators, including building relationships and maintaining good communication lines, preparing for regulatory checks, adjusting compliance frameworks to match local requirements and how external counsel can help.

After a networking lunch, the first afternoon session brings counsel together to discuss the steps GCs can take to minimise the impact of an investigation on the company’s reputation and budget. Among the issues covered will be how to appropriately scope an investigation, when to preserve documents, getting the right help and managing external advisors as well as when to opt for a voluntary disclosure.

With NAFTA renegotiations set to take place in August, the penultimate session of the day will look at the developments and regulation of trade agreements in Latin America and focus on Mexico. During the session, questions will be raised about Mexico’s plans to strike new trade deals with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries, the impact of the NAFTA renegotiations, rules of origin and their impact on companies, challenges and opportunities for GCs, as well as future trends in trade across the region.

The final session of the day will look at the major benefits of having a proper career development plan in place for your team. GCs will discuss how having the right plan in place can help boost performance and efficiencies, increase motivation and drive innovation. Topics to be covered include how to establish competencies, set goals and build skill sets within your team, as well as mentoring, in addition to managing a 21st century workforce.