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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.

González Calvillo SC hires a manager from the legal team of a pharmaceutical company in Mexico

González Calvillo SC has hired a new head of its IP department, just five months after the lawyer started as legal manager at AstraZeneca Mexico.

Striking a compromise between in-house and external counsel

How to balance the needs and interests of in-house counsel and law firms was the subject of discussion at a roundtable organised by the corporate law committee of the Buenos Aires Bar Association, which turned to Latin Lawyer’s recent fee survey to inform the debate.

LACCA Sao Paulo meeting - last places available

The LACCA meeting in São Paulo has a very few limited seats available for next Tuesday, 27 March - with 60+ GCs already confirmed, and topics ranging from crisis management, managing law firms, compliance, recruitment and retention, social media and more.

Welcome new LACCA members

In the past two weeks, in-house counsel have joined the association from a vast range of companies, including those from Carrefour, Bancolombia and Sony.

Programme announced for Oil and Gas Conference

The full programme for Latin Lawyer’s Third Annual Oil and Gas Conference has been announced, with speakers from top law firms and in-house teams across the region and beyond already confirmed.

States stand up to environmental obligations

Controversy has reigned over development in the Amazon

With little more than 100 days to go until Rio de Janeiro hosts the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, a leading British government lawyer has spoken on the importance of international compliance mechanisms in environment law.

Colombia increases average cartel fines by 200 per cent

Colombia’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) has announced a sharp rise in the amounts it is fining companies found guilty of competition infringements, as well as an increase in the number of companies under investigation in the country.

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