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Bringing it together

Martin Lythgoe

Martin Lythgoe, the new associate general counsel at Duke Energy International, talks to Marieke Breijer about how his role stands at the junction of the company's legal and business objectives

The new Paulistanos

São Paulo sk

While moving a company's regional HQ to São Paulo may make sense from a business perspective, running a legal team from the city remains challenging, finds Clare Bolton

Legal fishing

Giuliana Cavassa

A flourishing yet precarious sector, Peru's multi-billion fishery industry is central to the Peruvian economy, where fishmeal is the second-largest export product after copper. Here Marieke Breijer talks to the legal team of Copeinca, one of the country's main fishmeal and fish oil producers

Why would you fire your law firm? and other key questions

The International Bar Association (IBA) recently invited some leading in-house counsel working in Latin America to address an audience of IBA members at two events in the region, and the speakers had some useful insights to offer both in-house and law firm lawyers.

Inside a Brazilian private equity fund

Marcos Lucena

Marieke Breijer talks to Marcos Lucena, a lawyer as well as a senior investment analyst at Mercatto Capital Partners in Brazil, about the balance between responsibilities in his dual role

No dull ambition

Valeria Chapa

After ten years at Baker & McKenzie, Valeria Chapa moved in-house to become Honeywell's general counsel for Latin America. Here she talks to Marieke Breijer, explaining what it's like to start afresh, and sets out her way forward

The lawyers who like to say 'yes'

In-house lawyers are increasingly involved in devising company strategy

Finding a safe and successful route for business is the key for being at the heart of your company, concluded Latin American Corporate Counsel Association members at recent meetings in Buenos Aires, Lima and São Paulo. Marieke Breijer and Clare Bolton report

LACCA Buenos Aires - meeting report

LACCA members came together in Buenos Aires to discuss trends in the Argentine marketplace

A recent Latin American Corporate Counsel Association event in Argentina looked at how a competitive marketplace has kept prices down, and the problems with outsourcing

Cementing success


Luciana de Morais Ferreira joined Lafarge as general counsel for Brazil last December, after 13 years as in-house counsel to mining company Vale. Here she talks to Marieke Breijer about her first three months at the world's largest cement producer and her plans for its Brazilian in-house team.

A blessing or a burden?

A LACCA meeting in Guatemala discussed the need for regional or local law firms

Does the trend for a regional service by law firms in Central America really meet the in-house counsel's needs? Emiliano Mellino canvassed opinions at a recent Central American meeting of LACCA

"Profitability with tranquility"

Mauricio Atri of Tyco in Mexico describes how he thinks commercial growth with risk avoidance underpins his approach at this varied multinational

Energy storage in Latin America: A discussion that needs to take off


Martin Lythgoe, associate general counsel of Duke Energy, argues that policymakers and regulators need to start focusing on the essential question of energy storage

No such thing as a free lunch

LACCA members discussed striking a balance between the needs of firms and in-house counsel

Alarm bells start ringing if a law firm's quote is too low and receiving wildly different quotes from similar firms is just disappointing, so honesty is always the best policy argue in-house counsel at a recent roundtable in Mexico

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