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Investing in inclusion

Aline Leme at the LACCA Awards 2018

While many companies across Latin America are taking strides to improve diversity in their working environments, none have done so quite like investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which has made inclusion integral to its corporate structure. Eloise Hardy catches up with the legal team in Brazil, winner of LACCA’s Social Responsibility award, to discuss how the department contributes to the company’s impressive commitment to inclusion and how they help spread the message of D&I across the wider Brazilian legal community.

Demarest hires former GC in new chief compliance officer role

Gustavo Biagioli

As part of their 70th anniversary rebranding, Demarest Advogados in Brazil has appointed former Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) legal and compliance director, Gustavo Biagioli. He tells LACCA about his plans to establish Demarest as a benchmark for all firms in Latin America, as well as the steps being taken in Brazil's battle to tackle corruption.

Marfrig’s strengthening strategy


One of the largest beef producers in the world, Marfrig Global Foods, has moved to strengthen its global standing by acquiring Argentine food processor QuickFood for US$77 million. LACCA speaks to Heraldo Geres, vice president of legal affairs at Marfrig, on the in-house team’s role in the acquisition and the strategies that ensured its success.

News in brief – 14 January


This week’s news in brief sees a high-level Peruvian official resign over corruption allegations and Guatemala’s constitutional court overturn the president’s controversial withdrawal from the CICIG; the world’s second-largest lithium producer has its compliance plan approved by Chilean environmental authorities, while Brazil’s competition agency has recommended Petrobras sell almost a third of its refineries.

Managing uncertainty and promoting compliance will be a top priority in 2019, say GCs


GCs in Latin America predict recent changes in government around the region will bring about more market-friendly reforms in 2019, but say legal departments will face the challenge of managing uncertainty and keeping up to speed with regulatory trends, while also showing an ongoing commitment to compliance and ethics.

A team in total control

Gonzalo Garcia Lussardi

Integrating two large-scale and sophisticated organisations is no easy feat, but one legal department made it look easy. Alison O’Connell speaks to Johnson Controls’ Latin American legal department, LACCA’s Regional Team of the Year, about how the team came out of the merger with Tyco stronger than ever. 

ABInBev hires new head of legal for the Middle Americas


One month into his new position at beverage multinational ABInBev, Salomon Vaie tells LACCA about how his promotion was the result of a major corporate restructuring, and why complying with environmental regulations in the drinks manufacturing industry has become a top priority.

Brazil creates privacy watchdog, but fears remain over its independence


The outgoing Brazilian president’s creation of a data protection authority by a last-minute executive order has raised concerns among observers about its independence. By Bronte Cullum

Chile broadens anti-corruption legislation


A recent tightening of anti-bribery legislation in Chile has been welcomed by local lawyers as a move towards eradicating corruption in both the private and public spheres, but there are calls among the legal community for companies to do more in collaboration with the government.

Argentine spotlight on third-party due diligence


New guidelines have been released in Argentina concerning third-party due diligence as the country continues to cultivate a compliance culture. LACCA talks to lawyers about the biggest challenges they now face as the scope for responsibility has widened.

Movers and Shakers – 17 December


This Christmas edition of LACCA’s movers and shakers takes a look at changes in the mining, pharmaceutical and banking industries across Latin America.

Corporación Breca promotes new vice president for corporate affairs and transaction structuring


Gianmarco Tagliarino has been promoted from his previous position of corporate chief legal officer to that of vice president for corporate affairs and transaction structuring. He speaks to LACCA about the importance of having experience in private practice, and how companies need to keep up with rapidly changing international regulations.

Brazil National Congress urged to pass anti-corruption reforms


Brazilian lawyers hope that anti-corruption reform proposals supported by the country’s incoming justice minister will be approved by Congress three years after similar measures floated by prosecutors were blocked. By Melissa Van Brunnersum

News in brief – 17 December


This week’s news in brief takes a look at Peru’s anti-corruption referendum results which show overwhelming support for its president’s latest reforms, a Brazilian investigation into three global oil companies for suspected graft and new anti-money laundering laws in Uruguay, while Mexico’s AMLO announces the latest bidding process for a new refining plant.

A transformative force


Having successfully led more than 20 M&A transactions, 10 international bond offerings and two IPOs for Peruvian holding company Grupo Intercorp, Alison O’Connell speaks to Juan Antonio Castro Molina, LACCA’s Dealmaker of the Year, about his role in transforming the company from a local financial conglomerate into a regional powerhouse.  

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