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Honduras approves new anti-money laundering rules

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While lawyers welcome the expansion of the country’s money laundering legislation in Honduras, they highlight the need for the country’s judiciary to be strengthened to guarantee that laws are enforced.

Tavarone Rovelli hires in-house lawyer as M&A partner

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Buenos Aires law firm Tavarone, Rovelli, Salim & Miani Abogados has hired Julián Razumny as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions and corporate department.

Movers & shakers – 17 August

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This week’s movers and shakers looks at moves in the pharmaceutical, financial services and investment management sectors. 

LACCA regional Miami meeting programme

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association has published the programme for its annual Miami regional meeting in September.

Construction cartel challenged in Colombia

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Colombia’s competition authority has sent a statement of objections to eight companies and eight individuals accused of rigging bids for a highway construction contract. By Janith Aranze

In-house and government lawyers go free at Latin Lawyer Labour & Employment conference

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Speakers at this year’s Latin Lawyer Live 5th Annual Labour & Employment conference on 25 September in Miami will include in-house names from taxi-hailing app Uber, engine maker MAN Energy Solutions, hospitality chain Club Med and Indian conglomerate Tata, and will cover topics including the gender pay gap, the use of artificial intelligence in HR analytics and the gig economy vs unions.

Aerolíneas Argentinas VP returns to private practice at Mitrani, Caballero & Ruiz Moreno

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After 18 months as executive vice president at Aerolíneas Argentinas, Siro Astolfi has returned to private practice, joining Mitrani, Caballero & Ruiz Moreno as a corporate partner. He tells LACCA about the challenges he faced while helping to restructure the airline. By Eloise Hardy

TMF Group hires new sub-regional legal counsel

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TMF Group, a Dutch provider of business services to clients operating and investing globally, has hired Jacobo Ibarra as its new sub-regional legal counsel for North America and the Caribbean. Ibarra will also help coordinate legal matters in Latin America. By Eloise Hardy

News in Brief – 10 August

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This month’s news in brief takes a look at Bolivia’s investment in ethanol production, the Colombian government’s sale of a stake in telecoms company Coltel and the decision of Chile’s antitrust agency head to step down. In Brazil, police investigate price-fixing among fuel distributors and the country’s carmaker association reports a drop in car exports, while in Mexico, Aeroméxico faces legal action following its recent plane crash.  

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.   

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