There are just a few days left to register for the Latin Lawyer Live Capital Markets conference in São Paulo, where João Elek, until recently the chief governance and compliance officer of Petrobras, will deliver the afternoon keynote address.

Elek was brought into Brazil’s state-owned oil company in 2015, soon after the emergence of bribery allegations among Petrobras executives that led to Operation Car Wash, the wide-scale corruption investigation that triggered a severe political and economic crisis in Brazil. He stayed at the company for three-and-a-half years, tasked with unwinding bad practices and implementing a rigorous compliance programme to prevent and fight corruption at the holding company level as well as in Petrobras subsidiaries around the world. Elek also has over 35 years of experience in leading positions of multinational and Brazilian companies across a range of sectors, including the role of CEO at AT&T in Brazil and CFO of paper and pulp maker Fibria.

The event takes place on Tuesday, 27 November at the Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel and is being chaired by Jean Marcel Arakawa from Mattos Filho and Jonathan Kellner and David Flechner from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Tickets are available here.

The day will begin with a discussion about the potential impact of Jair Bolsonaro’s election on Brazil’s capital markets and the likely mandate of Brazil’s securities regulator, the CVM, in the coming years. Luiz Gustavo Cherman, head of brazil equity strategy at Itaú BBA, and Rui Alves, head of legal at Deutsche Bank, will take part in a panel that considers the current climate for investment banks and companies that want to go to market, as well as the CVM’s review of the regulatory framework for securities and assess the progress of an initiative to reduce compliance costs for market participants.

Fintech is generating a lot of interest with respect to capital markets activity around the region, not least after Brazil’s PagSeguro created waves last year with its US$2.6 billion IPO. Eduardo Alcaro, PagSeguro’s chief financial and investor relations officer, will join a panel to discuss what is currently one of the region’s hottest industries and its attraction to venture capitalists.

PagSeguro was the first Brazilian fintech provider to float on the New York Stock Exchange. Its successful listing underscores the importance of choosing the right venue. Antonio Pereira, co-head of investment banking for Brazil at Goldman Sachs, will share his thoughts on how companies should go about choosing a listing venue in a discussion about the pros and cons of global, dual and single market listings.

On a panel focusing on capital markets as a tool for raising funds for infrastructure projects, Stephen Wallenstein, professor of the practice of finance at the University of Maryland, will offer his insight into the role project bonds play alongside more traditional financing structures, drawing on his experience at the International Finance Corporation. Daniel Uzueli of Astris Finance will contribute his experience to the panel, assessing the ideal bond structures for raising finance in Brazil, compared to the scenarios in other Latin American jurisdictions.

These financial and industry experts will join a group of leading private practitioners drawn from top law firms across Latin America and the international legal market.

Martin Raiser, the World Bank’s Country Director for Brazil, will no longer be providing a keynote due to an unexpected conflict.