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Mexico penalises Pemex for non-compliance

COFECE has targeted Pemex in the past

Petróleos Mexicanos is facing a 369 million pesos (US $20.5 million) penalty for failing to comply with three commitments it had agreed as conditions of closing an abuse of dominance probe by Mexico’s competition authority.

Salary Survey: Occupational biases

Women continue to receive lower average wages than men

LACCA’s research reveals that female in-house lawyers across Latin America continue to receive lower average wages than men, particularly in higher positions, with the gap even more pronounced in male-dominated industries.

PPP frameworks in Chile and Colombia are best in the region, says report

Chile and Colombia have created many PPP opportunities for companies

Chile and Colombia’s private-public partnership (PPP) laws are among the best in Latin America according to a recent infrastructure report. Chile’s PPP-specific monitoring agencies bolster its sound business climate, while Colombia’s frequent improvements to PPP laws have been pivotal for ensuring a good flow of income into the infrastructure projects it tenders, but local GCs still see room for improvements.

Partners from minority groups still lack ‘critical mass’ to boost diversity

Mari Carmen Aponte, US ambassador to El Salvador under the Obama administration, said intolerance and discrimination will ultimately prove self-defeating

Leading law firms in Latin America and the US have had some success in increasing diversity among their rank and file, but a lack of leadership from an overwhelmingly white, male partnership in most firms is still preventing many women and lawyers from different ethic and socio-economic backgrounds from reaching the top positions, according to delegates at a diversity and inclusion conference at the New York City Bar Association earlier this week.     

Head of legal at Coca-Cola returns to private practice in Guatemala

Paola Galich

Guatemalan firm Mayora & Mayora, SC hires former head of legal, public affairs and communications at US soft-drinks multinational Coca-Cola to lead its litigation practice. 

News in brief - 9 June


This month LACCA catches up with some of the region’s biggest corruption investigations and reveals more bad news for Venezuela

Judge: Competition courts helped to open Mexican economy

View of Mexico City

Specialised courts with better understanding of competition law have helped to bring competition to industries historically dominated by a few companies, a judge in Mexico has said. Charles McConnell in Mexico City

LACCA Technology Survey - one week left to respond!


LACCA members have less than a week left to respond to our annual Technology Survey. 

Top tips: Retaining talent

GCs swap tips about keeping hold of flighty talent.

There are many reasons why employees quit their jobs, but often they can be anticipated and rectified by employers before employees take the leap. LACCA spoke to GCs and recruiters across Latin America for their top tips on retaining the region’s best legal talent.

Brazilian GCs call for swift approval of labour reform bill

Brazil's labour laws are overly protective at present, argue GCs

Brazil’s latest political crisis has delayed the approval of a labour reform bill which local lawyers say is urgently needed to limit litigation and lower the cost of operating for businesses.

Movers & shakers - 2 June


This edition of movers and shakers features high-profile internal promotions in multinational businesses and moves between companies in the financial and real estate sectors.

LACCA Awards – last day to vote!


Nominate your favourite in-house lawyers and legal departments for LACCA’s 4th annual awards ceremony.

Mexico gets early hearing on NAFTA objection

Mexico had alleged that a claim against it does not concern a NAFTA-protected investment.

An ICSID tribunal has agreed to split proceedings in a US$223 million claim against Mexico so it can first determine whether loans made by a Canadian fund are protected investments under NAFTA. By Lacey Yong

Dimensions for success

Unilever's global headquarters in Rotterdam

LACCA caught up with Unilever’s legal team in Brazil to hear how their innovations have helped the company make better use of its resources and how the legal department’s four-dimensional structure allows their pioneering ideas to travel.

Diageo legal manager named innovation manager in Brazil

Dos Santos departs Diageo's legal team

British alcoholic drinks multinational Diageo’s Latin American IP counsel has left the legal department to become the company’s innovation manager for Brazil.

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