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IP disputes: Companies vs indigenous communities

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The rise in popularity of natural products has created tension between companies looking to meet demand and indigenous communities looking to protect their ancestral lands and traditional knowledge. LACCA talks to Brazilian in-house lawyers about the rise in IP disputes with indigenous communities and what legal teams can do to ensure a positive outcome for both sides.

General Mills hires GC from Bayer in Brazil

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After 13 years at pharmaceutical and agriculture company Bayer, Rafael Dantas has been hired by consumer foods manufacturer General Mills as GC and director of legal and compliance for Latin America. Two months into his new role, he tells LACCA about the challenges of working in a highly regulated industry, the importance of corporate compliance following Operation Car Wash, and the lessons he learned at Bayer.

Q&A with Eletropaulo’s former GC

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Following his recent move to Brazilian firm Siqueira Castro as partner and head of the firm’s energy practice, Eloise Hardy speaks to David Waltenberg on some of his achievements while working at previously state-owned power distributor Eletropaulo, and his time advising the Brazilian government on landmark energy reforms.

Brazilian lawmakers water down the LGPD

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Brazilian legislators have amended the country’s new data protection law in ways which observers suggest could affect Brazil’s chances of being granted an EU adequacy decision. By Sam Clark

Costa Rica introduces new corporate criminal liability law

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Local lawyers in Costa Rica have hailed a new law imposing criminal sanctions on companies found guilty of misconduct and say it's now up to legal teams to ensure their company's compliance programmes are up to scratch.

The IFC’s assistant GC returns to private practice

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After more than 15 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Alejandro Silva has returned to private practice as Hunton Andrews Kurth’s new energy and infrastructure counsel. He tells LACCA why it’s important to take on new challenges and how the legal network he helped implement at the IFC was like the wheel of a bicycle.

Digital bookkeeping law to ease listing for Paraguayan companies

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LACCA talks to lawyers to find out how Paraguay’s latest capital markets law has the potential to revolutionise the way local companies interact with the country’s stock markets, and what challenges in-house teams will face if, or when, their companies decide to digitalise their shares.  

Siqueira Castro hires former legal director of Eletropaulo

David Waltenberg

With over 45 years of experience in the energy sector as both an in-house lawyer and a government advisor, it’s no surprise that Brazilian firm Siqueira Castro Advogados has hired David Waltenberg as its new partner. He tells LACCA about his career advising multiple Brazilian administrations, and how he hopes the energy sector can be modernised with new legislation.

LACCA Approved – don't forget to vote!

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The time has come to update our list of the region’s favourite private practice lawyers.

Walmart’s tortured settlement negotiations led to odd monitorship

Lawyers have questioned why Walmart was given a monitor when the deal was at odds with a recent DOJ policy. The role of an environmental regulator and the tortured nature of the negotiations could help explain the incongruity. 

GCs divided over Brazil's decision to join Madrid Protocol

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After many years of delay Brazil has become the third country in Latin America to sign up to the Madrid Protocol, but local lawyers are divided about the benefits for small and medium sized companies.

Peru begins equal pay audits on companies

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As Peruvian authorities begin inspections to check companies are complying with anti-pay discrimination legislation, lawyers fear many local companies will not be prepared and may face sanctions.

Brazil’s anticrime talks continue

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Brazilian politicians analysing the country’s proposed anticrime bill will vote on their latest amendments to the draft. LACCA talks to in-house lawyers about what legal teams should be doing in preparation of the new bill being passed and why compliance has never been so important.

Brazil bar bans registration of lawyers accused of LGBTI+ aggression

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GCs in Brazil have hailed the decision of the country’s bar association to ban the registration of lawyers accused of LGBT+ aggression. 

News in brief – 1 July

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The week’s news in brief sees updates to some high-profile lawsuits in Argentina and further afield, changes to competition law in Peru, and new developments in French company Engie’s bid to buy Petrobras’ pipeline.

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