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Salary Survey: Great risk, greater reward

GCs in highly regulated industries face more risks but receive higher salaries

LACCA’s latest research into in-house salaries reveals the ever-expanding thicket of rules in highly regulated industries has contributed to higher compensation for GCs in sectors such as mining and pharmaceuticals.

Staying and praying

GCs strategise to find solace in Venezuela

Political instability, near-total economic collapse, soaring inflation and safety concerns have led companies to leave Venezuela in their droves in recent years, but some are standing firm. LACCA talks to GCs responsible for companies in the crisis-struck country to hear about the strategies they are employing to stay afloat.

Movers & shakers - 19 May


This week’s edition of movers and shakers features several big moves in the oil and gas sector, alongside promotions in the financial and technology industries. 

LACCA Awards – don't forget to vote!


Nominate your favourite in-house lawyers and legal departments for LACCA’s 4th annual awards ceremony.

MMX Sudeste Mineração administrator files fraud investigation petition

The proceedings concern a bankrupt mining company owned by Eike Batista

The Brazilian administrator of MMX Sudeste Mineração, an EBX Group mining company has filed a Chapter 15 petition in Florida, telling the court he needs to “investigate the business, affairs, and worldwide dealings” of the miner’s owners who, he alleges, may have defrauded creditors. By Benjamin Clarke

Let’s get digital

Karin Alvo leading the discussion at LACCA São Paulo

Rapid advances in digital technology have transformed both the function of the in-house team and the products and processes of their employers. But how well regulated is this brave new world? Delegates at LACCA’s São Paulo conference discussed some of the ambiguities and liabilities that confront GCs in the digital era and shared tips on how to overcome the challenges.

Stepping out

Netshoes make their mark on the NYSE

Last month Netshoes made history becoming the first Brazilian business to list solely in the US. LACCA hears how the internal legal department worked to support the NYSE IPO.

LACCA news in brief – 12 May


This week LACCA updates reports on a mining company’s sanctions in Argentina and details new developments for the communications sector in Cuba. 

CADE appoints new president and commissioner

A cityscape of Brasilia, home to CADE headquarters

Observers in Brazil have raised concerns that new nominees for president and commissioner of the country’s competition watchdog have no antitrust background, but say the two appointees could do a good job if they work together with more experienced colleagues. By Aine Quinn

Future-proofing your legal department

Ricardo D'Ottaviano leading the session at LACCA São Paulo

When it comes to planning for the future, many GCs invest heavily in technology to make their departments as effective and efficient as possible, but new tools are only part of the answer. Ricardo D’Ottaviano, counsel director at computer technology company Dell EMC, explains how GCs can redesign their departments to bring innovation into the heart of their practice and keep pace with the demands of the future.

Furukawa Electric promotes risk manager to legal & compliance head

Furukawa Electric's new GM for CSR in Latin America

Electrical cable manufacturer Furukawa Electric has promoted its legal counsel and chief of risk management to head a new corporate social responsibility department (CSR) ahead of the Japanese conglomerate’s expansion in Latin America.

LACCA members invited to Diversity & Inclusion event in New York

Join senior women in law to discuss and assess how to enrich the legal profession in Latin America

In-house counsel can register for free to attend an event and awards ceremony to discuss, assess and acknowledge diversity and inclusion efforts in the Latin American legal profession.

Movers and shakers – 5 May

Movers and Shakers

This week’s edition of movers and shakers features in-house counsel from the financial and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as others who have returned to private practice.

Ecuador set to terminate BITs under new president Moreno

Ecuador's new president to lead renegotiation of treaties

As it prepares for a change of president, the Ecuadorean government has said it will cancel all 12 of its remaining bilateral investment treaties – ostensibly as part of a plan to renegotiate the agreements on more favourable terms.

Knowing when to settle

Eduardo Palinkas and Celso Xavier led the discussion on ADR at LACCA'S São Paulo meeting

GCs in Latin America spend a substantial amount of time and money on litigation. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can therefore be an effective means of reducing the litigation load while keeping costs down, but which is the best method? Delegates at LACCA’s annual meeting in São Paulo discussed some of the practical issues to consider when deciding whether or not to take a case to court. 

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