The meeting will take place at the W Hotel in South Beach on Thursday, 10 October. The event is popular and fills up fast. LACCA members can reserve their place now by contacting us at editorialgrp@laccanet.com

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:

Adriana PallisMachado Meyer

Alejandra FlahManaging Director & Associate GC Latin America, Citibank

Alexandre D’Ambrosio, Director & GC, Vale

Andres WilliamsonAssociate GC, Microsoft

Eduardo CalderónBLP

Enrique GonzalezAssociate General Counsel Latin America, Uber

Fernando BeguiristáinSouth America Regional GC, Acciona Energia

Flavia Mitri, Privacy Legal Director Latin America, Uber

Javier Oroz Coppel, General Sercretary, Axa

Javier Salvador, Pérez Bustamante & Ponce

Jonathan Warne, CMS Legal

Juan Carlos De La Vega, Santamarina y Steta

Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Hogan Lovells

Luis Felipe ArzeCMS Legal

Patricia Barbelli, Legal & Corporate Security Director for Paraguay, Uruguay & Brazil, Diageo

Ruben Toquero LeminiAssociate General Counsel Latin America, Airbnb

Valeria PlastinoVP & General Counsel for Latin America, CenturyLink

 

The meeting will open with a discussion on crisis management. The panel will pair prominent general counsel who have lived through a crisis with up to two private practitioners from different jurisdictions with experience of helping companies through a range of emergencies. Panellists will draw on their experiences to equip the audience with the tools to navigate a crisis and limit further damage to the company. They will also share hard-learned lessons on how to avoid such scenarios in the first place.

Given that corporate interest in employee surveillance  to boost efficiency is on the rise and major companies including Walmart, UPS, Amazon and Microsoft have all started using advanced technology to listen in on and analyse the behaviour of their staff, the second session of the day will focus on how businesses must strike a delicate balance when managing employee privacy issues and the legal and ethical factors that come into play.

After a networking lunch, the third session of the day will discuss how legal teams can best navigate regulations across borders, the challenges of compliance monitoring and spotting risks, as well as the benefits of strategic planning. Topics will include how to spot risks and opportunities in cross-border transactions, as well as the wave of new regulations being implemented both locally in Latin America and internationally.

Working as a corporate counsel in Latin America can often require a very specific set of skills. While local GCs share key concerns with their colleagues around the globe including regulatory hurdles, cybersecurity and data protection issues, they are also often faced with fundamental political and economic structural risks, not to mention the regional challenges of operating across multiple jurisdictions – all of which make it a unique place to do business. Drawing on extensive research conducted by the law firm CMS on GCs in today’s Latin America, the fourth session will discuss some of the specific challenges and opportunities facing counsel in the region, including best practices in managing sub-regional clusters, overcoming regulatory barriers and cultural differences and other key topics.

For the final session of the day, legal technology experts and GCs share insights in how technology is being used in practice, the success stories and the pitfalls which can result in the impact falling short of expectations. Plus we look ahead to future technology developments that could change the nature of the relationship between in-house legal functions and external providers of legal services.

On the same day, LACCA members are also invited to our Awards Ceremony, being held immediately after the daytime event finishes. To book your place, simply email us at editorialgrp@laccanet.com