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A new approach to collaboration: legal project management

Pam Woldow

In the first of a series of articles on legal project management, Pam Woldow of Edge International - who presents at both LACCA's annual regional meetings, in Miami and São Paulo - gives us her take on how to make LPM work

The one man global legal department

Armando Tirado

Providing in-house legal advice from what is officially an external position, for a company with offices strewn across the continents and time zones, what is that like? Armando Tirado, a Venezuelan working in London, talks to Marieke Breijer about these elements and how they shape his day-to-day life

New and proven reserves

The offshore finds are pushing power to the in-house counsel

Irrespective of a flurry of hires between law firms, the up-and-coming stars of the oil and gas bar in Rio de Janeiro are in-house counsel, finds Clare Bolton

A peek at Teva

Walter Cobos

Earlier this year, Israeli company Teva, the world's largest generic drug maker, expanded its manufacturing business in Peru through the acquisition of Infarmasa. Here the company's country legal manager, Walter Cobos, talks to Marieke Breijer about his work and the company's consolidation in the Peruvian market.


British American Tobacco's London offices

Marcio Fernandes is assistant general counsel to British American Tobacco, based in the group's central London offices. Here he talks to Marieke Breijer about why he enjoys the challenge of working with a controversial product in a largely unfriendly environment.

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

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