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CADE fines Toshiba and Mitsubishi

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Brazil’s competition authority has fined Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric €1.1 million for their roles in the global gas-insulated switchgear cartel. By Charley Connor

M&G settles Chapter 11 battles with Mexico's Bancomext

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Plastics producer M&G has settled a creditor’s claims of fraud, potentially paving the way for it to complete an asset sale and to dismiss Chapter 11 cases for three Luxembourg subsidiaries. By Dominic Lawson

Visiona general counsel returns to private practice

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After two decades in-house, Felipe de Almeida Mello has joined Bidoia Mello Advocacia, a firm established by his wife Gilmara Bidoia Mello, as a managing partner. By Eloise Hardy

SBM reaches “milestone” settlement with Brazilian authorities

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SBM Offshore has entered into a leniency agreement worth nearly US$300 million with the Brazil’s Attorney General’s Office (AGU), Brazil’s Ministry of Transparency (CGU), and Petrobras, two years after a similar deal with Brazilian authorities was struck down. By Emily Casswell 

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

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