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Brazil’s Central Bank issues resolution to bolster compliance

Banco do Brasil headquarters in Brasília

Lawyers in Brazil say a resolution that requires financial institutions to introduce an independent channel for whistleblowers is a step in the right direction in the fight against corruption.

Could Trump be the best thing to happen to Mexico?

Donald Trump speaking during a campaign rally in Arizona

Mexico should see NAFTA renegotiations as an opportunity to update and improve the trade agreement, according to a business analyst speaking at Canning House last week.

Honeywell promotes Mexican legal counsel to global compliance role

New in New Jersey: Daniela Tijerina

US engineering and aerospace conglomerate Honeywell has appointed its former senior legal counsel for Latin America to global director of integrity and compliance.

LACCA news in brief - 23 June


This edition of news in brief reveals a new investor dispute for Argentina, a fresh blow for Brazil’s meat industry and a new legal strategy behind one company’s Latin American expansion.

Brazil's CADE investigates 46 medical device companies

The investigation concerns sales of pacemakers and defibrillators

Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has opened two formal investigations into suspected medical equipment cartels, with some of the potential misconduct detected through algorithmic software. By Aine Quinn

Top tips: Driving gender equality in-house

GCs across the region offer their top tips for improving opportunities for women in the workplace

Last week LACCA’s Salary Survey revealed that the gender wage gap is still alive and kicking in companies across Latin America – so what exactly needs to be done? Alison O’Connell spoke to GCs in the region to find out what they think are the best policies for driving greater gender equality in-house.

BIT terminations spark fears over investment protections in Ecuador

Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has finalised a process begun by his predecessor Rafael Correa

Ecuador’s decision to terminate 12 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) has left many local lawyers concerned over the protection of their investments in long term-projects, particularly those in the infrastructure and extractive sectors.

Brazilian GCs prepare for digital reporting

eSocial is a digital platform for employee data

GCs at major companies in Brazil have just six months left to prepare for the mandatory implementation of the government’s digital labour and tax record reporting tool. LACCA hears about the adjustments members are making, and the effect eSocial could have on businesses.

Uber drives up legal headcount with new recruit in Mexico

Ana Padilla now steers Uber's transactions in Mexico

US technology company Uber has welcomed a new commercial transactions counsel to its Latin American headquarters in Mexico City as the company looks to increase its presence across the region.

Movers & shakers - 16 June

Movers and Shakers

This edition of movers and shakers features senior-level appointments at multinationals in the financial, engineering and consumer goods industries.

Mexico penalises Pemex for non-compliance

COFECE has targeted Pemex in the past

Petróleos Mexicanos is facing a 369 million pesos (US $20.5 million) penalty for failing to comply with three commitments it had agreed as conditions of closing an abuse of dominance probe by Mexico’s competition authority.

Salary Survey: Occupational biases

Women continue to receive lower average wages than men

LACCA’s research reveals that female in-house lawyers across Latin America continue to receive lower average wages than men, particularly in higher positions, with the gap even more pronounced in male-dominated industries.

PPP frameworks in Chile and Colombia are best in the region, says report

Chile and Colombia have created many PPP opportunities for companies

Chile and Colombia’s private-public partnership (PPP) laws are among the best in Latin America according to a recent infrastructure report. Chile’s PPP-specific monitoring agencies bolster its sound business climate, while Colombia’s frequent improvements to PPP laws have been pivotal for ensuring a good flow of income into the infrastructure projects it tenders, but local GCs still see room for improvements.

Partners from minority groups still lack ‘critical mass’ to boost diversity

Mari Carmen Aponte, US ambassador to El Salvador under the Obama administration, said intolerance and discrimination will ultimately prove self-defeating

Leading law firms in Latin America and the US have had some success in increasing diversity among their rank and file, but a lack of leadership from an overwhelmingly white, male partnership in most firms is still preventing many women and lawyers from different ethic and socio-economic backgrounds from reaching the top positions, according to delegates at a diversity and inclusion conference at the New York City Bar Association earlier this week.     

Head of legal at Coca-Cola returns to private practice in Guatemala

Paola Galich

Guatemalan firm Mayora & Mayora, SC hires former head of legal, public affairs and communications at US soft-drinks multinational Coca-Cola to lead its litigation practice. 

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