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The renewal of Guatemala’s CICIG is uncertain, say lawyers

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With recent US reports raising questions over the future of Guatemala’s international anti-corruption commission, LACCA speaks to lawyers who fear the future of the commission could be in jeopardy.   

Movers & Shakers – 20 July

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LACCA’s latest roundup of the region’s biggest hires and promotions sees moves across the pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and technology sectors. 

LACCA Awards: Shortlist announced

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association has announced the shortlisted candidates for its fifth annual Awards Ceremony, to be held at the W Hotel South Beach in Miami on 26 September. 

Argentine authority finds music licences were overpriced

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Argentina’s competition authority has called for a US$1.5 million penalty on the country’s music copyright association for excessive pricing on the licences it granted hotels to play the copyrighted music. By Charley Connor

News in Brief – 13 July

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This month’s news in brief takes a look at how Brazil is edging closer to implementing a comprehensive data protection regulation; Peru’s plans for a corruption overhaul, as well as proposals to create stronger links between the UK and Latin American trade and investment.

Oi’s Brazilian plan granted comity in New York

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A New York court has given full force and effect to telecoms company Oi’s Brazilian restructuring plan, overruling objections from shareholders who argued the court should wait until legal challenges to the plan in Brazil are resolved. By Kyriaki Karadelis

US energy group Conoco targets proceeds of PDVSA fraud litigation

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US energy multinational ConocoPhillips has accused Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA of fraudulently trying to shield the potential proceeds of a billion-dollar fraud litigation in Florida from the reach of its arbitral creditors.

Lawyers call on AMLO to outline anti-corruption strategy

"AMLO" achieved a historic victory in Mexico

Mexican lawyers say the victory of leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is a testament to the country’s frustration with the levels of corruption, but argue the new president must now outline concrete plans to tackle the issue in order to boost the country’s business and investment climate. 

Brazil’s Supreme Court upholds union fee change as constitutional

Brazil's Supreme Court in Brasília

While lawyers agree that the Supreme Court’s ruling on union fees gives much-needed reinforcement to Brazil’s labour reform, they are divided over what this now means for the future of the country’s unions.   

Dealing with a data breach in Latin America: An overview

Data breaches are becoming an increasingly high risk for companies

Private practice lawyers across Latin America outline steps organisations should follow when dealing with a breach of data privacy from an international employment law perspective as well as the key changes impacting companies globally.

Pharma group GSK hires new data privacy counsel

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Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has hired Catherine Baena Martínez, the former legal and data privacy counsel for Latin America at financial services provider PayU, as its new data privacy counsel. Baena speaks to LACCA about the challenges in-house counsel face in this era of data privacy enlightenment.

CADE dismisses Uber claims about threats against its drivers

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Brazil’s competition authority has ruled that taxi drivers did not bring sham litigation and coordinate threats against Uber drivers in an attempt to drive them out of the market. By Charley Connor

Brazilian companies must prepare for stronger data protection laws, say lawyers

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As Brazil’s Senate mulls a comprehensive data protection bill that would see the country move closer to the EU’s GDPR model, local lawyers say companies should prepare for the inevitable and take this opportunity to review internal data security policies and align them with international standards. 

Blackstone Group GC returns to private practice

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Asset management company Blackstone Group has said goodbye to its former general counsel, Diego Gómez-Haro Katznelson, who has joined Mexican firm Sánchez Devanny. He speaks to LACCA about how his time in-house will influence how he co-heads the firm’s real estate practice. 

Lawyers welcome business-friendly president in Colombia

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Conservative candidate Iván Duque’s election victory in Colombia has been welcomed by local lawyers, who say the country’s business landscape would benefit from a tax reform and greater legal certainty. 

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