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Programme announced for LACCA Miami

The provisional programme for LACCA Miami has been announced, and is open for consultation with all members.

Latin America: "the new private equity playground"

A report just released by one private equity firm argues that the environment for investment for private funds in the region is so attractive, and so many untapped opportunities remain, that it is a "playground" for funds.

Oil and gas industry 'at an exciting time', conference hears

David Asmus

Speakers from Repsol, OGX, Petrobras, Statoil, Pacific Rubiales, Comgas and more all explored the many challenges facing the development of the Colombian and Brazilian energy industries in Latin Lawyer's second Oil and Gas Conference in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Compartamos opens up in Guatemala

Mexican microfinance bank Compartamos' in-house counsel, Manuel de la Fuente Morales, has led operations for the bank to set up a subsidiary in Guatemala.

Goldman Sachs hires new LatAm legal head in Brazil

Roberto Belchior da Silva has been appointed as Latin American general counsel for Goldman Sachs, moving from the same position at Morgan Stanley.

JPMorgan hires from Noguera Larraín

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JPMorgan Chase has hired a banking and finance professional to strengthen its in-house department in Chile.

Avery Dennison promotes LatAm GC

Avery Dennison has expanded the role of Ignacio Walker, its VP and assistant general counsel for Latin America, to include legal responsibility for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA).

Dow appoints new LatAm GC

Dow Chemical has appointed an Argentine to head its legal department in Latin America.

JBS in-house leaves for private practice

José Romeu Garcia do Amaral, the former executive legal director at food producer JBS, has become the first business law partner in the São Paulo office of Rio de Janeiro-based firm Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados. Francisco de Assis e Silva remains the general counsel at JBS.

Former Noble counsel moves to Felsberg

Former Noble Brasil general counsel has taken up a partner position at Felsberg, Pedretti e Mannrich Advogados e Consultores Legais.

New Latin Lawyer 250 launched

The 2011 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250, the guide to Latin America's leading business law firms, has been published and is available free to LACCA members on this site.

"Credibility is critical" say in-house lawyers in Peru

Publicis appoints first LatAm counsel

Castro Neves

Publicis Groupe, the world's third-largest international communications company, has hired Carlos Castro Neves as legal counsel for Brazil, its first in the region.

In-house counsel interview: W Davis Smith

WDS

W Davis Smith, general counsel at San Diego Gas & Electric - part of the Sempra Energy group - gives his views on annulment committees and the future of ICSID.

Key practitioners head to Chile for pro bono conference

On 7 and 8 April, the city of Santiago will play host to renowned law practitioners from across the Americas for the International Conference on Strengthening Access to Justice, organised by Chile's Fundación Pro Bono and the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.

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