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"Invest time in us," clients plead

Members of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association in Mexico said that what they want most from law firms is spending real time getting to know their business - and not billing for that.

In-house energy counsel moves to private practice

Gas Natural México’s general counsel for power business has left to join Mexican corporate boutique Vilches & Becker SC.

Clients using smaller firms, research shows

New research from the US has shown large companies are referring work to considerably smaller law firms, in a bid to keep costs down.

SABMiller appoints new Latin American counsel

Colombian Maria Beatriz Abello has been appointed the new legal counsel for Latin America for UK-based brewer SAB Miller.

'We're in a bubble - and it is showing cracks'

Leading in-house and private practice lawyers in Venezuela acknowledged in meetings on Monday that while companies are still making money in the country, increasingly tough exchange control systems mean the future is looking even more precarious.

Career progression vital both in-house and at law firms

Developing your own career as a general counsel of a company is one of the most challenging issues facing in-house lawyers, a meeting of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association in Bogota decided yesterday.

GE lawyer returns to Shearman

Shearman & Sterling LLP has rehired M&A lawyer Michael McGuinness, who returns from his role as general counsel for a General Electric division.

Sky acquires Brazilian broadband provider

Sky has closed its takeover of Brazilian pay-TV and broadband provider Intercontinental Telecomunicações (ITSA).

Vale takes on new general counsel

The world's largest iron mining company Vale has hired InBev’s former vice president of investor relations as its new general counsel.

General counsel "can be a lonely job"

Running the legal department of a subsidiary company can be such a large and amorphous job that it can leave GCs uncertain where to turn in crises, an IBA conference heard yesterday.

BG puts together team for US$5 billion investment

The BG Group's chief counsel in South America, Andrew Haynes, and his deputy, Alejandro Segura, lead as much of the work as they can in-house for the company's planned investment in the pre-salt fields off the country's coast, but also turn to a carefully selected group of external counsel when needed.

BT regional counsel moves to Global Crossing

The former director of legal affairs for the Andean region at BT has moved to US-based telecoms company Global Crossing.

New Ecuadorean AG holds arbitration conference

Ecuador’s Attorney General office is hosting a conference to educate its in-house team on arbitrations concerning the government and the importance of international law.

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