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Movers & shakers - 3 August

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This edition of movers and shakers brings several job changes in the banking sector, as well as moves in the pharmaceutical, entertainment, and retail industries. 

Ethics and compliance: Leadership’s toughest challenge?

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Jed Hepworth has spent nearly 40 years working on international matters at Cargill, Inc, the biggest privately held corporation in the US, and 20 of those as Latin American general counsel. With a team of 70 professionals around the region, he reflects on the crucial role of leadership in promoting business ethics and compliance.   

Brazilian in-house counsel to lead first compliance master’s

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The former regional legal counsel at oil and gas solutions provider Global Geophysical Services tells LACCA about his decision to coordinate Brazil’s first master’s in Global Compliance, Ethics and Corporate Governance, and why he hopes such a programme will improve compliance culture with local companies.

Ex-PetroEcuador lawyer sentenced to over four years for laundering bribes

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A Miami federal judge has ordered Marcelo Reyes Lopez, a former executive for Ecuador’s state-owned oil company, to serve 53 months in prison for his part in a bribery scheme. By Clara Hudson and Adam Dobrik

Former Odebrecht in-house counsel launches new firm

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Two Brazilian white-collar lawyers have launched a firm focussed on representing companies under investigation in Brazil and the US. By Michael Griffiths 

Bruchou hires new competition practice head

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Argentine firm Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi has hired Gabriel Lozano, a former general counsel at global agribusiness company Syngenta, to lead its competition practice.

Chile blocks Santander/Servipag deal

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In its second-ever deal block under a new merger review system, Chile’s National Economic Prosecutor (FNE) has prohibited Santander Chile from taking a stake in a payment services provider that is already co-owned by two other banks. By Malina McLennan and Janith Aranze

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. 

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