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Motorcycle claim against Mexico revs up

Vento's dispute centres on whether its motorcycles are made in the US or in China.

A US motorcycle manufacturer has filed a NAFTA claim against Mexico after the state imposed a mandatory customs duty on its imported bikes after concluding that they are in fact made in China, not the US. 

GCs come together for LACCA Central America

Alison O'Connell moderated a roundtable in Antigua, Guatemala

GCs from major multinationals came together at LACCA’s Central America meeting earlier this week to discuss some of the challenges of working across borders, local anti-corruption developments and their impact on compliance, as well as the importance of promoting greater diversity in-house. 

Microsoft makes its mark on gender diversity in Mexico

Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Eight months after implementing an initiative aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in local law firms, key members of Microsoft’s in-house team speak to LACCA about what they have achieved so far. 

The power of placements

Gui Joffily formed an integral part of JCI's in-house team.

Following a year-long secondment with US conglomerate Johnson Controls International (JCI), Guilherme Joffily, partner at De Vivo Whitaker e Castro Advogados in Brazil, tells LACCA how the placement boosted his performance as a private practitioner and why companies can also benefit from recruiting external counsel to join their in-house teams.

Last week to register for LACCA's Miami Meeting 2017

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association is returning to Miami for its annual regional meeting and awards ceremony later this month, with a stellar line-up of sessions and speakers.

Movers & shakers - 15 September


This edition of movers and shakers features promotions in the utilities and retail sectors, new recruits for technology companies and one counsel going it alone in the mining industry.

Free September events for LACCA members - sign up now!

LACCA members go free to all of our sister publications' events.

All LACCA members are invited to attend our sister publications’ conferences on labour and employment, competition law and private equity free of charge. 

Brazil's competition authority annuls appointment of general superintendent

The recently appointed superintendent has been demoted to commissioner.

President Michel Temer has surprised lawyers in Brazil by annulling the appointment of Amanda Athayde Linhares Martins as general superintendent of the country's competition authority, CADE. By Janith Aranze

Brazil facilitates leniency negotiations with new guidelines

The office of the Public Prosecutor in Brasilia

Lawyers in Brazil say a new set of guidelines determining procedures for reaching leniency agreements provides clearer direction for companies seeking a settlement in corruption cases and promotes greater cooperation amongst authorities. 

Panama makes progress in the fight against corruption

Panama's local businesses often lag behind multinationals

Local lawyers say Panama’s authorities have taken major steps to address governance criticisms linked to the Panama Papers, but argue that much more still needs to be done to tackle corruption in the private sector.

Inter-American Development Bank hires in-house mediator


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has recruited an experienced corporate mediator to handle its internal disputes and grievances.

Labour lawyer leaves Codelco to join Garrigues

Barbara has in-house and private practice experience

A former lawyer at the Chilean state-owned copper mining corporation has left the company to return to private practice.

NAFTA talks fail to resolve key issues

The Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City

The second round of NAFTA talks has closed in Mexico City, with US media suggesting that in the next round the US could push to make the current investor-state dispute settlement system in the agreement "opt in". By Alison Ross

Lawyers welcome proposed changes to Chile’s data protection law

Data protection in Chile will comply with OECD standards

Chilean lawyers say plans to bring the country’s data protection laws more in line with international standards will promote business by providing clearer rules for companies and better protections for consumers.

Movers & shakers - 1 September

Movers and Shakers

This edition of movers and shakers rounds up last month’s big industry shake-ups, including major promotions at two US multinationals and a move in-house for one Bolivian tax specialist.

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