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Labour reform failing to provide legal security, according to speakers at LACCA’s regional meeting

Renato Canizares, Cristiana Lapa and Delaíde Arantes discussed the challenges around Brazil's new labour legislation

While lawyers in Brazil are divided on whether or not the country’s labour reform will succeed in achieving its goals of reducing litigation while promoting the country’s economy, delegates at LACCA’s SP meeting all agreed that the reform failed to increase legal security for both employers and workers. 

LACCA Awards – voting now open!


Nominate your favourite in-house lawyers and legal departments for LACCA’s 5th annual awards ceremony. 

CAF hires private practice lawyer as principal attorney


The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) has hired a project finance lawyer from Peruvian firm Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas as its new principal attorney in Peru. Gonzalo Soriano tells LACCA how his previous experience in complex transactions and project finance will be helpful at CAF.

Argentina transforms competition regime


Argentina’s government has signed off on a new competition law, firing the starting gun on a new era of antitrust enforcement and merger control. By Tom Madge-Wyld

Compliance: Good is not good enough

Adriana Cardinali and Isabel Franco speaking at the LACCA meeting

It has become abundantly clear that when it comes to creating an ethics and compliance programme, companies can no longer afford to settle and “good” is simply no longer good enough. Isabel Franco of KLA - Koury Lopes Advogados and Adriana Cardinali of Votorantim Cimentos led a session at this year’s LACCA São Paulo meeting to identify exactly what separates a “good” programme from a “great” one. 

PwC Brasil’s tax manager returns to private practice


Former tax manager at PwC Brasil Bruno Sartori Barbosa returns to private practice as a founding partner at rebranded firm Souza, Mello e Torres. He tells LACCA how his time as in-house counsel was eye-opening and strengthened his skills as a tax lawyer.

Movers & Shakers – 10 May


LACCA’s latest round-up of movers and shakers sees several new hires and promotions in the fintech, real estate, pharmaceutical, intellectual property and safety services industries. 

Mexican competition authority probes paper products

toilet roll

The Mexican competition authority is investigating price-fixing allegations in the market for diapers, toilet paper and other hygiene products made from cellulose, joining other Latin American antitrust enforcers that have brought cases in those markets recently. By Kathryn Haake

Mexico faces claim over fraud investigation

Oil and gas services vessels outside Singapore

A Singaporean marine services provider has filed an investment treaty claim against Mexico after vessels belonging to its subsidiary were seized as part of a fraud investigation targeting one of Latin America’s largest oil services companies.

Mexico’s data protection law in the spotlight following Cambridge Analytica scandal


As the wide-reaching Cambridge Analytica scandal threatens to ensnare a number of local companies in Mexico, lawyers expect a tightening of local laws and urge companies to review their data protection policies.

Lawyers call on Paraguay’s new President to improve the country’s judiciary


Local lawyers in Paraguay are optimistic that the newly elected president will continue to incentivise foreign investment, but argue that a complete reform of the country’s judiciary is crucial for tackling corruption and improving confidence in the country’s institutions.

Building from a new blueprint

A Bilfinger heat and power plant

An investigation into bribery allegations related to the supply of monitors in Brazil could not have come at a worse time for Bilfinger. The German engineering and service company was already managing the fallout of an FCPA investigation into historic corruption in Nigeria and had just uncovered irregularities in a contract between the Brazilian navy and one of its subsidiaries. Throw in high turnover in its leadership and compliance teams and a succession of profit warnings, and the future was not looking bright. But a new GC helped get the company back on track.

President of Argentine competition authority says cartel enforcement is top priority


As Argentina moves to enact sweeping reforms to its competition law, the president of the country’s competition authority said cartel enforcement is his top priority. By Charles McConnell

Engaging debates mark LACCA regional meeting in São Paulo

Uber's Ana Pellegrini in Lacca's 9th Regional Meeting in São Paulo

Some of the most pressing issues affecting legal departments in Brazil today, including the country’s controversial labour reform, cyber security, diversity and compliance, were tackled in lively debates at LACCA’s 9th Regional São Paulo Meeting 2018, which took place last week. 

Mexico’s Vitol hires new head of legal


The Mexican arm of energy and commodities company Vitol Group has hired Yolanda Villegas as its new head of legal, regulatory and compliance affairs. Villegas tells LACCA about why the country’s oil and gas sector is thriving and how an unlikely education can help improve a lawyer’s ability to advise.  

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