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Mexico's corruption disruption

How well equipped is Mexico to tackle corruption?

Gardere foreign legal consultant Andres Alvarez and associate Alejandro Ortiz Palacios analyse the structure of Mexico’s new National Anti-Corruption System and consider what still needs to be done to make it an effective tool in the country’s fight against corruption. 

LATAM Airlines welcomes new counsel on board

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HBO’s former director of business and legal affairs joined LATAM Airlines Group as an in-house counsel in May. The carrier’s new recruit talks to LACCA about the challenges she has experienced so far in her new role.

AT&T faces injunction from Brazilian regulator

AT&T headquarters in Indianapolis

Telecommunications regulator Anatel has forbidden AT&T subsidiary Sky Brasil from sharing information with Time Warner, while the country's antitrust enforcer continues to review Time Warner's acquisition by AT&T. By Hettie O'Brien

Uber reveals investment plan to boost Mexican presence

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Uber’s legal department has helped pave the way for a US$378 million investment into its largest Latin American market, which will see the US technology company more than triple its number of drivers and establish operations across the country.

Heineken hires former Diageo GC to oversee corporate affairs in Brazil

Nelcina Tropardi will use her legal knowledge to manage Heineken's corporate affairs department

Three months after acquiring Kirin to become the second-largest brewer in Brazil, Heineken has poached Diageo’s GC to lead its corporate affairs department. 

Brazil’s taxing problem

Brazil's tax environment can be difficult to navigate

Leandro Henrique de Assis, legal and compliance manager at IT services company HCL Technologies, describes what GCs and their legal teams can do to help their companies navigate Brazil’s highly complex tax environment.

Movers & shakers - 11 August

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This edition of movers and shakers features job moves in Latin America’s energy sector, a return to private practice and a major promotion for a long-serving Argentine counsel.

Brazil's competition enforcer probes coffee shop collusion

The Petrobras corruption case has heightened conscientiousness around cartels.

The General Superintendence for Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE), has opened an investigation into alleged bid rigging on tenders for the installation of cafes at airports across the country. By Janith Aranze

Ipiranga M&A deal blocked in Brazil

Ipiranga operates 6,500 gas stations in Brazil

Brazil has blocked the fuel distributor Ipiranga's acquisition of rival company Alesat Combustiveis over concerns of market power. By Hettie O'Brien

Plan to revitalise Brazil’s mining industry draws mixed response from lawyers

Mining regulations in Brazil have not been significantly updated since the 1970s.

Brazilian lawyers say the government’s decision to create an independent mining regulator will increase transparency, compliance and efficiency, but fear hiking taxes will deter investment.

Survey finds bribery remains standard business practice in Mexico

Mexico has a new anti-corruption system in place, but bribe practices are still common

A report finds almost three-quarters of companies operating in Mexico believe bribes still need to be paid to expedite business in the country despite government-led efforts to combat corruption.

LACCA news in brief - 4 August

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This month LACCA takes a look at a tax reform proposal in Mexico, claims of renewed violence over mining in Colombia and a rapid restructuring in Brazil. 

Mexican tortilla producer wins treaty claim against Venezuela

Enforcement may yet prove problematic for Gruma

Two Spanish subsidiaries of Mexican food group Gruma have won nearly half a billion dollars from Venezuela in a dispute over the expropriation of their tortilla and corn flour businesses.

Survey finds reputational risk is biggest concern for GCs in Peru

GCs in Peru say reputational damage poses biggest risk to companies

In-house counsel in Peru say reputational damage is their greatest concern above incidents of corruption, potential contractual failures by third parties or industrial accidents, but many say their companies lack the strategies and processes to mitigate the risk, according to a new report.

LACCA Awards shortlist announced

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association has announced the shortlisted candidates for its fourth annual Awards Ceremony, to be held at the W Hotel South Beach in Miami on 27 September. 

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