The meeting will take place at the W Hotel in South Beach on Wednesday 26 September. The event is popular and fills up fast. LACCA members can reserve their place now by contacting us here.

LACCA’s regional meetings attract general counsel from the region’s most important companies for high-level discussion of the key issues involved in running a legal department in Latin America today.

Like all LACCA meetings, the event will be free-flowing and participatory, with all delegates taking part in a broad discussion. It is designed to maximise not only networking, but also the sharing of best practice among members. 

The current line-up of speakers is:

Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Mexico

Joe Fish, Director of Global Breach and Regulatory Services, Equifax

Jose Arce, Senior Vice Present and Chief Privacy Officer for Latin America, Citi

Cristina Pérez Soto, Partner, Jones Day

Simon Strong, CEO, Tenacitas International

Emir Calluf Filho, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, J&F Investimentos

Ana Silvia Dias Haynes, GC and Chief Compliance Officer for Latin America, Essilor

Ana Padilla, Latin America Legal Counsel, Uber

Carolina Camacho, Partner, Posse Herrera Ruiz

Juan Carlos De La Vega, Partner, Santamarina y Steta SC

Luis Felipe Arze, Partner, CMS

Kathryn Ditmars, General Counsel, JLL Americas

Jonas Bruzas, VP and Chief Counsel for Latin America at Mondelez International

Alejandro Torrendell, Regional General Counsel for Latin America, Merck

Adriana Pallis, Partner, Machado Meyer Advogados

Nicolás Noro Villagra, Legal Director, Latin America South Zone at AB InBev

Juan Antonio Castro, Chief Legal Counsel, Intercorp

This year’s programme includes a session on how to handle data breaches and hacking.  Cyber-criminals are getting smarter and security demands are getting tougher. With so much at stake, the first panel of the day examines how legal teams can be part of the front-line defence.

Alongside cyber-attacks, in-house counsel must also be prepared for the fallout from potential misconduct by employees. The prospect of an investigation can be bewildering and this panel will serve to provide attendees with a guide to handling them. Industry experts will discuss how best to respond following the discovery of fraud or bribery without breaking the bank.

After a networking lunch, attendees will reconvene for a discussion about promoting a diverse workforce. In the era of #metoo, should company policies and procedures for dealing with claims of discrimination and harassment be revisited? Panellists will discuss what GCs can do to ensure that employees are fully aware of what is appropriate workplace conduct and lay out best practices when it comes to responding to bullying, discrimination and harassment claims.

The penultimate panel has been structured to evaluate the scope of legal departments’ influence in the companies they serve. Speakers will strive to show how GCs and their legal teams can have a greater impact on the business and improve relations with stakeholders by using KPIs to demonstrate value.

Finally, the audience will gain an insight into how to successfully bring a transaction to close. Leading deal-makers will share their secrets to leveraging the power of legal in negotiations, as well as offering solutions to some of the challenges that most frequently crop up in M&A deals.

LACCA will also hold its 5th Annual Awards Ceremony on the same evening. Please visit the website for further details.