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Latin Lawyer-GAR 2nd Arbitration Summit - LACCA members go free!

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LACCA members are invited to attend the second Latin Lawyer-GAR Live Arbitration Summit, to be held in Miami on Thursday 26 April, free of charge.

Ecuador hit with claim over oilfield

Oil rigs in the Ecuadorean Amazon

A Singaporean company has brought an UNCITRAL claim against Ecuador under a contract for the development of an Amazon oilfield at the centre of a controversy implicating the country’s disgraced former vice president Jorge Glas. 

GS Engineering and Construction GC in Brazil joins private practice

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Korean group GS Engineering and Construction’s GC in Brazil has left the company after five years and returned to private practice as a partner at Felsberg Advogados.

LACCA news in brief – 6 April

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April’s edition of news in brief looks at the latest ruling on Brazilian former president Lula and the developments in the country’s agriculture sector within the US-China trade war landscape. Meanwhile, Argentine former planning minister has been convicted of corruption and a Venezuelan state-owned aluminium company has gone into temporary shutdown. 

Former PetroEcuador official pleads guilty in US bribery case

Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Creative Commons

A former official of state-owned oil company PetroEcuador has admitted to laundering bribe money through offshore shell companies, one of which is listed in the Panama Papers. By Kelly Swanson

Booking.com confirms agreement with CADE about price parity clauses

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Brazil’s competition enforcer has reached settlement agreements with three online travel agencies to ban the use of “wide” price parity clauses. By Janith Aranze

Mexico passes trailblazing Fintech regulation bill

Mexico is home to a fast-growing fintech industry

As Mexico becomes the first country in Latin America to pass legislation aimed at regulating the financial technology (fintech) sector, LACCA speaks to lawyers and industry experts about why this law is so important within the 21st century’s digital revolution. 

Mexico looks to Asia amid NAFTA uncertainty

Juan Carlos Zepeda, commissioner and president at the National Hydrocarbons Commission

Mexico’s long-standing dependence on the US is already being replaced with a shift to the Orient and a diversification of its energy exports, with panellists at last week’s Mexico Day in London unfazed by the prospect of a post-NAFTA era.

Movers & Shakers – 29 March

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LACCA’s latest round-up of the region’s biggest hires and promotions sees a number of major moves in the finance, outsourcing, chemicals and pharmaceutical industries.

Former PDVSA official’s attorneys say conflict of interest was “manufactured” in bribery case

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Lawyers for a former Venezuelan official charged with bribery and money laundering have hit back at an attempt by prosecutors to remove a member of the defence team. By Kelly Swanson and Adam Dobrik

Brazil probes banks on fintech

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Brazil’s competition authority has opened a preliminary inquiry into the country’s five largest banks after NuBank accused them of creating barriers to entry in the financial technology market. By Charley Connor

Technology helps Unilever cut costs in Brazilian litigation

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Unilever’s legal director for Latin America has been recognised by the consumer goods company for using technology to bring routine litigation in-house and reduce its external counsel bill by one-third. Júlio Beltrão talks to LACCA about partnering with a software developer to develop technology that benefits the in-house team.

Diageo hires legal and security director for Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil

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British alcoholic beverage company Diageo has hired Patricia Barbelli as legal and corporate security director for Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil. Barbelli tells LACCA how her new role is pushing her out of her comfort zone and why a business-orientated energy is key for legal team success. 

US pharma company Merck Sharp & Dohme wins case against Ecuador

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A United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) panel has issued a partial award holding that Ecuador is liable for a denial of justice in light of the treatment of US pharmaceuticals company Merck Sharp & Dohme by its courts.

Condom and catheter makers fined in Mexico

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Mexico’s competition authority (COFECE) has fined five condom and catheter suppliers 112 million pesos (US$6 million) for rigging bids in Mexico’s public health sector as part of its four-year investigation into the latex industry. By Charley Connor

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