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A real game changer

Matthew Todd and Maria Pia Logiovane speaking at LACCA's Miami meeting

Most corporate legal departments measure performance in some capacity or another, but proper tracking and management of metrics can be a game changer. GCs at LACCA’S annual Miami meeting discussed some of the best practices when it comes to using data and metrics to quantify, analyse, and improve operations while also providing clear evidence of how the legal team adds value to the company.

Dividing and conquering

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Singlehandedly managing a company’s litigation across a region as complex as Latin America is no easy feat, especially when that company is undergoing one of the biggest corporate splits in history. This year’s Litigation Management Award winner, Eduardo Palinkas, tells LACCA how he has managed to reduce Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s litigation portfolio over the past three years and dramatically reduce costs. 

Corruption is on the rise in Latin America, according to survey

Mexicans have one of the highest levels of corruption perception in the region

Most Latin Americans believe governments are failing to meet demands to tackle corruption, according to a new Transparency International poll, but GCs say the private sector and civil society are playing important roles in driving change. 

Hospital Sírio-Libanês hires former LATAM Airlines legal and tax manager

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São Paulo philanthropic institution, Hospital Sírio-Libanês, has appointed Rafael Goto Foja as its new legal and tax manager. Foja tells LACCA how he thinks his multi-industry experience gives him an edge on reacting to legislative changes. 

Brazilian energy company takes dispute to London courts

An oil platform anchored in Rio de Janeiro

Dommo Energia has launched an arbitration in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) against two partners in an oil exploration project off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. By Cosmo Sanderson

Batista merger blocked in Brazil

JBS is already the world's largest meatpacker.

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) has blocked a bid from billionaire José Batista Júnior’s JBJ Agropecuária to buy out rival slaughterhouse and cattle farming business Mataboi Participações after the deal sparked concerns over the market power of the Batista family’s business group. By Hettie O'Brien

Tackling a public scandal

Pedro Castro Nevares and David Massey

When an incidence of corporate misconduct is uncovered, it can lead to devastating consequenses for the companies involved, so GCs need to have a comprehensive plan for dealing with the fallout. During a panel at LACCA’s Miami conference last month, delegates heard how the legal director at Argentine sports broadcaster Torneos y Competencias guided the company through a very public and high-profile corruption investigation.

Seeds of innovation

Diversity leads to greater innovation, making companies more successful

GCs at LACCA’s Central America meeting say diversity and inclusion initiatives are no longer simply a matter of creating a more diverse workforce, but using that workforce to innovate and give companies a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

GCs say companies are ill-prepared to face a crisis

A crisis can come from nowhere and spread quickly, but a good plan can help companies limit the impact

The majority of GCs see crisis and risk management as one of their biggest concerns, yet only 3% say their companies are very well prepared to face issues, according to a recent survey. 

Movers & shakers - 20 October

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This week's edition of Movers & shakers features moves in the real estate, sports manufacturing and payroll industries, as well as promotions in international professional services and tobacco companies.

Brazil greenlights AT&T/Time Warner merger

An AT&T retail store in the US

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has approved AT&T’s US$85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, subject to behavioural remedies focused on Sky Brasil. By Janith Aranze

An irregular climate

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Ensuring companies remain compliant can be challenging for Latin American GCs, particularly when regulations vary so much between countries and industries. Lawyers shared their experiences and top tips for overcoming these issues during LACCA’s Miami conference last month, and discussed how the regulatory environment is evolving in the region.

Small markets, big challenges

In-house lawyers in Central America are operating as regional counsel, managing a complex multi-geographical cluster as one

The ongoing process of integration in Central America has provided significant opportunities for both local and multinational companies operating in the region, but it has also created a number of challenges for local legal teams with limited resources. GCs at LACCA’s Central America meeting in Guatemala discussed how applying technology and taking a multijurisdictional approach can help legal teams manage the workload. 

On the front foot

Dealmaker of the Year, Flávio Franco

The dynamic rate of developments in technology and the online and e-commerce sectors demands continually innovative thinking from GCs in the sector. Flávio Franco, executive legal director at online retailer Netshoes, shares his strategies for inking the types of unprecedented deals that saw him crowned Dealmaker of the Year during this year’s LACCA Awards.

Itaú-Unibanco lawyer returns to private practice

Roberta Cherman is admitted by the New York bar association and the Brazilian bar association

Shearman & Sterling LLP has hired Roberta Cherman as counsel in the São Paulo, after a nine year stint in-house at Itaú-Unibanco.  

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