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Transparency International targets state-owned companies with anti-corruption guidelines

Transparency International

Transparency International has published a set of 10 guidelines to help state-owned enterprises (SOEs) combat corruption and enhance transparency, but private practice and corporate counsel lawyers are doubtful over the guidelines’ effectiveness without further governmental enforcement.   

Leadership without borders


The true measure of a leader is the ability to find the right balance between business foresight, performance, and strong leadership. Valeria Plastino, VP and GC for Latin America at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink) and winner of LACCA’s General Counsel of the Year award, speaks to Alison O’Connell about supporting the company through a decade of regional growth, building a cross-functional team from scratch and why connectivity is key for any successful multijurisdictional team.  

Chilean retail lawyers prepare for bill to increase consumer rights

Chile cracks down on marketing compliance enforcement.

As Chile’s Upper Chamber discusses a bill that would boost consumer power, lawyers consider how procedural changes and fine increases stand to affect their companies. 

LACCA news in brief - 8 December


This year’s last edition of news in brief reveals a controversial raid relating to the Odebrecht scandal in Peru and major financial settlements for companies in Brazil.

Beer distribution battle brews in Rio de Janeiro

Both Heineken and its former distributor have filed arbitration claims.

Heineken and its distributors in Brazil are to go to arbitration in Rio de Janeiro after the Dutch beer producer sought to terminate their long-term distribution agreement. By Cosmo Sanderson

Peru liable in mining case but only for sunk costs

Peru is the world's third largest silver producer

An tribunal a the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has found Peru liable for the expropriation of a silver mining concession but only awarded the Canadian claimant the amount it invested in the project, out of the US$522 million it had demanded.

The future under dispute

The new labour code affects all Brazilian workers

Brazil’s legal community has welcomed the enactment of a controversial labour reform, but many fear the changes leave major gaps that may hinder some of the reform’s intended objectives, such as providing more flexibility in hiring practices and reducing litigation.

Cementing a culture of compliance


Whatever sector or industry, it may often seem like a herculean task for those responsible for compliance to keep abreast of the variety of regulations that exist, never mind ensuring all staff adhere to them. Adriana Cardinali, special projects legal manager at Brazil’s largest cement company Votorantim Cimentos, talks LACCA through the proactive steps she took to implement a robust compliance framework and create a culture of ethics at the company worldwide, leading her to win this year’s Compliance Counsel of the Year Award.

Movers & Shakers - 1 December


This edition of Movers & Shakers features a number of departures from the in-house world to private practice, as well as hires in the consultancy, gaming technology and cloud computing sectors. 

Former Mexico Walmart VP joins firm in DC


International firm Hogan Lovells LLP has hired Mexico’s former Walmart vice president to boost its governmental relations practice in Washington, DC.

Mexican competition enforcer challenges government

Benito Juárez Airport in Mexico City

Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice will determine whether the Federal Economic Competition Commission, COFECE, can unilaterally regulate essential services, after the government’s executive branch ignored measures the antitrust enforcer recommended to deal with allegedly anticompetitive airport slot allocation. By Malina McLellan

Pioneers of change

Members of Cohen's in-house team, Humberto Filho and Gabriela Colombo, collect the departmental award in Miami

Acknowledging that innovation is a game-changer is one thing, but knowing how to build a culture which sets innovation at its heart is quite another. LACCA speaks to Jacobo Cohen Imach, senior vice president and head of MercadoLibre’s legal department, winners of this year’s Regional Team of the Year Award, about the team’s strategies to ensure efficiency, how they helped pioneer the way for e-commerce in the region and why it is important to be creative in a rapidly changing industry.

Argentina’s new corporate criminal liability law is a step in the right direction, say lawyers

Argentina's new law follows anti-corruption drives across the region

Argentina has become the latest Latin American country to enact laws making companies liable for crimes committed in Argentina and abroad, a move local lawyers say is a positive step towards an anti-corruption culture in the region.

Despegar's big take-off

Desegar takes flight on the NYSE

Managing a company’s IPO is no easy feat, but managing one on a foreign stock exchange can present even more of a challenge. Gwyneth Jones speaks to Despegar general counsel Juan Alvarado about how he led the company's successful filing and redesigned its corporate policies in the process. 

Former head of legal at AstraZeneca joins Mexican firm


Sánchez Devanny has hired the former head of legal at global pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca to lead its IP and data privacy practice. 

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