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Chile’s lawyers condemn long awaited labour reform

Chile's labour reform emboldens workers, restricts companies.

Controversial changes to Chile’s labour code have stoked uncertainty and may lead to an increase in labour disputes that could harm investment into the country, claim GCs.

GCs in Mexico welcome impending trade deal with Argentina

The planned commercial deal is expected to drive up trade

As Mexican ministers continue negotiations for a new trade deal with Argentina, GCs in Mexico welcome the stronger ties with the rest of Latin America and less dependency on trade with the US it represents. 

A spirit guide

Pedro Pablo Barragan

At the start of the year, spirits company Jose Cuervo hired its senior vice president and global general counsel from Grupo Bimbo ahead of its planned IPO. LACCA caught up with Pedro Pablo Barragan to hear about his experience helping to prepare one of Mexico’s oldest companies for going public.

New member round-up - 28 April

new member

Over the past month LACCA has welcomed counsel from multinationals in the pharmaceutical, metals and financial sectors.

Movers & shakers - 21 April

m&s

This edition of movers and shakers features corporate counsel with experience working in government bodies.

LACCA members go free to Jones Day cyber symposium in Mexico City

Your chance to discuss data privacy and cyber security with GCs and industry experts

LACCA invites in-house counsel to attend Jones Day’s 17-18 May event: the Latin American Privacy & Cybersecurity Symposium, which will include informative discussion on new trends, legislation and enforcement in the digital world.

Odebrecht: the story so far

Brazilians march against corruption in the government and state-owned companies in São Paulo

The effects of Odebrecht's bribery scheme have reverberated through 15 countries across five continents. LACCA presents a summary of the developments across Latin America. By Michael Griffiths

Brazilian GCs urge restraint over new outsourcing bill

Brazil's new law ends decades of debate

GCs have reacted cautiously to a new law allowing companies to outsource their core activities to third parties, saying greater clarity is needed over the potential liabilities they may incur. 

LACCA news in brief - 13 April

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This week LACCA reveals the results of recent elections, and the conclusion of a lengthy plane crash settlement in Brazil.

Peruvian competition authority fines Kimberly-Clark and Protisa

Fines follow first leniency agreement in Peru

Peru’s competition watchdog fined two toilet paper makers and 14 managers on Wednesday for fixing prices – a case that involves both the largest fine handed out by the Peruvian enforcer and its first leniency agreement that has resulted in a penalty. By Aine Quinn

Departmental focus: SNC-Lavalin’s corporate restructuring

Montreal, Canada, home to SNC-Lavalin's global headquarters

Canadian engineering and construction services company SNC-Lavalin reacted to the global downturn in commodity prices with a major organisational restructuring intended to reduce its overheads and make the company more efficient. LACCA speaks to Charles Nieto, leader of the company’s mining and metallurgy legal department, to find out how the reorganisation affected his team in Latin America.

Ingram Micro strengthens LatAm legal team with Diageo hire

New recruit Ines Bahachille

US technology company Ingram Micro has hired a new executive director and associate GC for Latin America to guide its growth in the region following its incorporation into Chinese conglomerate HNA Group at the end of last year.

El Salvador votes to ban metals mining

Mining companies strike out in El Salvador

El Salvador voted last week to ban metals mining in a move that strikes a major blow for mining companies with operations in the country, but potentially creates opportunities for environmental remediation companies as state-backed contracts come up for grabs.

Movers & shakers - 7 April

Movers and Shakers

LACCA’s round-up of the region’s biggest in-house hires features lawyers from the financial, food and beverage, and real estate sectors.

Telefónica conducting internal investigation into possible FCPA violations in Brazil

Telefónica headquarters in Barcelona

Telefónica SA, a Spanish telecommunications company, is conducting an internal investigation into possible violations of anti-corruption laws in the US and Brazil, according to a securities filing.

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