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Is excessive regulation deterring investment in Brazil?

Qualified optimism defined the first day of Latin Lawyer’s Third Annual Oil & Gas Conference, as delegates and speakers from law firms and oil companies across the region gathered to discuss the regulatory landscapes in Latin America’s leading energy industries and question whether Brazil remained a welcome destination for foreign oil investment.

Chilean tax reform "bittersweet"

The tax reform bill currently before Chilean Congress should not hugely affect foreign investors operating in the country say lawyers, though they warn that lack of clarity in some elements of the bill need to be addressed before it is implemented.

Five days until LACCA Buenos Aires

LACCA’s annual Argentina meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 May at the Marriott Plaza Hotel.

LACCA launches lawyer recommendation survey

The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association has launched a new initiative, to allow members to recommend counsel they trust to the rest of the membership.

UK considers US-style plea bargain on corporate crimes

Companies with a commercial link to the UK which are suspected of corporate wrongdoing, such as bribery or fraud, may be able to plea bargain with prosecutors under new plans announced by the Attorney General’s office yesterday.

Lojack hires new general counsel

US tracking and recovery systems provider Lojack has appointed as general counsel Jose Oxholm Uribe, formerly associate general counsel at Goodyear in São Paulo.

Last chance to book Oil and Gas Conference

Join lawyers from Petrobras, ANP, BG, Statoil, OGX, Comgas and more who have all registered for Latin Lawyer’s Oil and Gas Conference next week in Rio de Janeiro, featuring a leading range of speakers on the key topics for lawyers in the sector.

Chilean magazine reveals lawyers’ tacit rules

Can you guess who sports a beard, seems forever suited and booted in shades of black and grey, and whose natural habitat is either on the driving range or in a Jaguar sports car? According to leading Chilean business magazine Revista Capital, the answer is the country’s lawyers.

YPF aims to be ‘leader in unconventional resources’

With the new chief of Argentina’s YPF announcing that the company intends to be a ‘leader in the development of unconventional resources’, many are wondering on the company’s ability to reach that goal without external expertise.

Should women GCs hire women over men?

At the IBA’s 5th World Women Lawyers’ Conference in London last week, in-house lawyers debated whether preferential hiring is an appropriate strategy to further the progression of women in in-house careers.

Petrobras pushes back against bid round rush

A heavily-committed Petrobras has indicated that from its perspective, the 11th bid round for exploring oil blocks off Brazil’s coastline should be delayed yet again, with industry insiders attributing the desire to the scale of the company’s commitments in oil exploration.

Wal-Mart faces FCPA probe

Since entering the Mexican market in 1991, Wal-Mart has grown to over 2,000 retail outlets

Two US congressmen announced yesterday they are launching an investigation into allegations of bribery by Wal-Mart in Mexico to determine whether the retailer has violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Welcome new LACCA members

Over the past month, in-house counsel from across industries have joined the association, including those from CEMEX, HP and Magnesita

LACCA São Paulo sparks evaluation of antitrust law

Carol Conway speaking at the São Paulo meeting in March

At the LACCA meeting in São Paulo, a group of top general counsel was formed to lobby government on Brazil’s new antitrust law, after members became concerned over the impact of some parts of the bill.

Join LACCA’s group to consult on new Brazilian antitrust law

At last week’s LACCA meeting in São Paulo, a group was formed to present to government the companies’ perspective on the new antitrust law, particularly to try to prevent some parts, which would make life difficult for in-house counsel, being passed into law.

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