LACCA will be holding its popular annual regional meeting in São Paulo at the Hotel Unique on 19 April. The event will run from 9am until 6pm, when all members will be are invited to the drinks reception for the 12th Annual Latin Lawyer Awards Ceremony.

LACCA’s São Paulo meeting will bring together more than 130 general counsel from the region's most important companies for high-level discussion of the key issues involved in running a legal department in Brazil and 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. 

The current line-up of speakers is:

Minister Delaíde Arantes, Superior Labour Tribunal

Renato Canizares, Partner, Demarest Advogados

Cristiana Lapa, Legal Director, Braskem

Adriana Laporta Cardinali, Legal Manager, Votorantim Cimentos

Isabel Franco, Partner, KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

Frederico Meinberg Ceroy, Coordinator of the Comission for Data Protection, Ministério Público do Distrito Federal e Territórios

Marcel Leonardi, Senior Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel, Google

Thaïs Ramos, Privacy Coordinator, Prudential do Brasil

Ana Pellegrini, Legal Director, Uber, Brazil

Josie JardimGeneral Counsel, GE

Mariana DeperonFounding Partner and Director President, Tree – Consultoria e Educação em Diversidade de Gênero

Rafael PaniaguaPresident, ABB Brazil

Fabio Cunha, General Counsel, Legal and Compliance Director, Grupo Dasa

Rui Alves, Legal Director, Deutsche Bank

Vitor Crivoncica Jr, General Counsel Brazil, USA & Puerto Rico, Indra

Following a short welcome presentation from our publisher, Clare Bolton, the event will open with a discussion focused on whether or not GCs believe Brazil’s controversial labour reform will be successful in achieving its intended objectives. The country experienced the biggest overhaul of its Labour Code in over 70 years in November, but while the reform has been welcomed by many in the business and legal community and hailed as a much-needed modernisation of Brazil’s outdated labour laws, others argue that the legislation leaves too many gaps increasing uncertainty for companies.

The second session of the day will focus on corporate compliance and will explore the proactive measures that legal departments and compliance professionals can take in order to refine and enhance their current approaches to increasing regulation. At a time when anti-corruption and compliance is taking centre stage on both the local and global stage, this session will cover, among other things, the benefits of inward-looking risk assessments, control testing and audits, and how to meet anti-bribery ISO 37001 standards.

After a networking lunch, the afternoon will kick off with a talk on how businesses can and should promote diveristy among their employees, with special emphasis on LGBT rights in the legal arena. In an era where inclusion and diversity have become top priorities across all sectors of society, this session will enlighten GCs on how they can support companies as they seek to create a more diverse internal culture. 

From glass ceilings to security, the day’s penultimate session will focus on how GCs and their teams need to take an active role in addressing cybersecurity threats and data privacy concerns now that companies are increasingly required to demonstrate to regulators the specifics of their prevention programmes.

The final session of the day will be a roundtable on how to influence and bring about change within a business, discussing ideas on how legal can position itself as a key partner in a company’s decision-making. The talk will also cover advice on how best to deal with challenging stakeholders. 

All LACCA members will then be invited to a drinks reception afterwards.

For full details about the event, the programme and speakers click here.

Our meetings are popular and often fill up, so members you can reserve your places now by contacting us here to register your interest in attending.

The LACCA São Paulo meeting is held in Portuguese, however, one or two sessions may be held in English.

Please note there has been a recent outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. The government of Brazil and the CDC recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers to São Paulo. Please click here for more information.