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A new dawn for Cuba?

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While article 28 of the new proposed Cuban constitution expressly supports foreign investment for the first time, lawyers are divided on how much the changes will impact the island’s business landscape and share their thoughts on what GCs should consider if more companies do look to Cuba to invest.

Colombian lawyers call on government to update data protection laws

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Local lawyers in Colombia say data protection legislation needs to be updated to meet new risks in today’s business environment and call on the government to create a data protection authority

Aliaxis employs first corporate legal counsel for Latin America

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One month into his new position as corporate legal counsel for plastic piping systems manufacturer Aliaxis, Andres Morales tells LACCA about his new role, and how Costa Rica is becoming a regional hub for companies with operations across Latin America.

Movers and shakers – 21 January

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This week’s edition of movers and shakers sees some big new year hires in both Latin America and internationally in the communications, electronics, and dairy industries

Argentine privacy watchdog issues guidelines

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Argentina’s Access to Public Information Agency has released guidance on video surveillance, automatised processing and consent. By Lauren Morris

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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