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Mexico and Colombia failing to tackle foreign bribery

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Foreign bribery remains unchecked in some of Latin America’s biggest exporting countries, highlighting major flaws in national legal systems, according to a new report by Transparency International.

Pinheiro Neto nabs Google Brazil policy head

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One of Brazil’s leading data protection experts, Marcel Leonardi, has joined Pinheiro Neto Advogados from Google. 

Ecuador pushes for new compliance procedures in financial sector

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The Ecuadorian government has issued mandatory resolutions for financial institutions and insurance companies to establish compliance programmes aimed at tackling money laundering and financing against terrorism.

In-house counsel from Moneda returns to private practice

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Moneda Asset Management’s in-house lawyer Alfonso Ugarte has joined Baraona Fischer Spiess as a corporate and M&A partner. He tells LACCA how his role at Moneda has helped him to better understand clients and why he foresees more scrutiny and transparency in Chilean M&A deals upon his return to private practice. 

LACCA’s regional meeting in Miami - just a few days to go!

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association is returning to Miami next week for its annual regional meeting in September, with a stellar line-up of sessions and speakers.

Diversity Survey: Why is racial inequality still the elephant in the room?

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More companies implement diversity policies concerning gender and disability than policies addressing ethnicity or race, according to LACCA's research. Christina McKeon Frutuoso speaks to local GCs to find out what’s holding some companies back from addressing the issue of race in the workplace and how corporate counsel can play an important role. 

Movers & Shakers – 14 September

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This week’s movers and shakers looks at moves in the medical, human resources, mining, pharmaceutical, financial and engineering sectors.

News in Brief - 14 September

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This week’s news in brief looks at the latest in an investigation into alleged corruption during Argentina’s former administration, a ruling in favour of outsourcing in Brazil and the seizure of another foreign company by the Venezuelan government.

Peru will pay individual whistle-blowers

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Peru’s competition authority has announced it will offer financial rewards to individual whistle-blowers where the information leads to the successful detection and punishment of a cartel. By Matt Richards

Introducing Global Data Review

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LACCA’s publisher Law Business Research has launched Global Data Review.

Chile moves forward with comprehensive tax reform

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Lawyers in Chile have welcomed proposals to overhaul the country’s tax regime and say the measures are crucial for boosting investment and growth in the country.

Failed referendum, still a victory, say Colombian GCs

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While Colombia’s anti-corruption referendum failed to meet quorum, an overwhelming majority voted in favour of the measures, which local in-house lawyers believe represents an important step forward in the country’s fight against corruption, though many argue much more needs to be done to successfully tackle the issue once and for all.  

Argentina and Brazil most complex for compliance

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Both Argentina and Brazil have been ranked among the most complex jurisdictions in the world for regulatory compliance, while Central America ranks among the least complex according to a new report, highlighting the disparities in regulatory advances across Latin America. 

Uruguay looks to bolster antitrust laws

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Uruguay’s government has submitted a new competition law bill to the country’s legislature, which proposes a new merger control system and the introduction of per se antitrust infringements. By Julie Jackson

Argentina’s Ministry of Production strengthens legal team to cut red tape

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Argentina’s Ministry of Production has hired an in-house lawyer from financial services company Estructuras y Mandatos. Stephanie Macri tells LACCA how her current project at the Ministry aims to simplify processes and cut red tape for companies in the country.

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