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In-house counsel prefer law firms with an international presence

International presence is a bonus feature for law firms, say Latin American GCs

According to a recent LACCA survey, almost 90% of in-house counsel take geographic reach into account when choosing between law firms, saying their overseas presence facilitates cross-border deals and limits invoicing administration tasks. 

Medical device company settles accounting violation charges in Colombia

Alere manufacturers diagnostic devices for use in hospitals.

Alere has agreed to pay US$13 million to resolve accounting fraud and books and records charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Mining investors prepare for Bolivia claim

Cityscape of La Paz, Bolivia

A Bolivian-registered company is preparing to file an investment treaty claim against the country.

GCs happy to pay for the best firms, survey finds

GCs are prepared to pay the price for five star service

Over three-quarters of Latin American GCs say expertise and reputation are the most important factors when selecting external counsel ahead of low costs and alternative fee arrangements, according to a recent LACCA survey. 

Legal teams require more training in cybersecurity

In-house counsel must be trained in cybersecurity to protect their companies

In-house counsel often lack basic awareness of common cybersecurity risks in the workplace as well as what measures are needed to prevent and deal with them, according to panellists at this year’s New York Bar Association (NYBA) seasonal meeting held last week in Antigua, Guatemala.

Despegar prepares for take-off with new in-house counsel in Chile


Argentine online travel agency Despegar has recruited its first in-house counsel in Chile to help oversee its regional expansion plans.

Isagenix hires Latin America compliance counsel

Loanna Morales joined Isagenix to boost the company's Latin America compliance team

Three months into her appointment at health and nutrition products company Isagenix, LACCA catches up with its new Latin American compliance counsel, Loanna Morales Tovar.  

Motorcycle claim against Mexico revs up

Vento's dispute centres on whether its motorcycles are made in the US or in China.

A US motorcycle manufacturer has filed a NAFTA claim against Mexico after the state imposed a mandatory customs duty on its imported bikes after concluding that they are in fact made in China, not the US. 

GCs come together for LACCA Central America

Alison O'Connell moderated a roundtable in Antigua, Guatemala

GCs from major multinationals came together at LACCA’s Central America meeting earlier this week to discuss some of the challenges of working across borders, local anti-corruption developments and their impact on compliance, as well as the importance of promoting greater diversity in-house. 

Microsoft makes its mark on gender diversity in Mexico

Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Eight months after implementing an initiative aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in local law firms, key members of Microsoft’s in-house team speak to LACCA about what they have achieved so far. 

The power of placements

Gui Joffily formed an integral part of JCI's in-house team.

Following a year-long secondment with US conglomerate Johnson Controls International (JCI), Guilherme Joffily, partner at De Vivo Whitaker e Castro Advogados in Brazil, tells LACCA how the placement boosted his performance as a private practitioner and why companies can also benefit from recruiting external counsel to join their in-house teams.

Last week to register for LACCA's Miami Meeting 2017

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association is returning to Miami for its annual regional meeting and awards ceremony later this month, with a stellar line-up of sessions and speakers.

Movers & shakers - 15 September


This edition of movers and shakers features promotions in the utilities and retail sectors, new recruits for technology companies and one counsel going it alone in the mining industry.

Free September events for LACCA members - sign up now!

LACCA members go free to all of our sister publications' events.

All LACCA members are invited to attend our sister publications’ conferences on labour and employment, competition law and private equity free of charge. 

Brazil's competition authority annuls appointment of general superintendent

The recently appointed superintendent has been demoted to commissioner.

President Michel Temer has surprised lawyers in Brazil by annulling the appointment of Amanda Athayde Linhares Martins as general superintendent of the country's competition authority, CADE. By Janith Aranze

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