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JBS in-house leaves for private practice

José Romeu Garcia do Amaral, the former executive legal director at food producer JBS, has become the first business law partner in the São Paulo office of Rio de Janeiro-based firm Bichara, Barata, Costa & Rocha Advogados. Francisco de Assis e Silva remains the general counsel at JBS.

Former Noble counsel moves to Felsberg

Former Noble Brasil general counsel has taken up a partner position at Felsberg, Pedretti e Mannrich Advogados e Consultores Legais.

New Latin Lawyer 250 launched

The 2011 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250, the guide to Latin America's leading business law firms, has been published and is available free to LACCA members on this site.

"Credibility is critical" say in-house lawyers in Peru

Publicis appoints first LatAm counsel

Castro Neves

Publicis Groupe, the world's third-largest international communications company, has hired Carlos Castro Neves as legal counsel for Brazil, its first in the region.

In-house counsel interview: W Davis Smith

WDS

W Davis Smith, general counsel at San Diego Gas & Electric - part of the Sempra Energy group - gives his views on annulment committees and the future of ICSID.

Key practitioners head to Chile for pro bono conference

On 7 and 8 April, the city of Santiago will play host to renowned law practitioners from across the Americas for the International Conference on Strengthening Access to Justice, organised by Chile's Fundación Pro Bono and the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.

“Leading strategy is my favourite thing about being an in-house lawyer”

Members of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association who met in Buenos Aires this week agreed that their ability to help influence and decide commercial strategy was one of the main advantages of working in-house.

GCs talk M&A in São Paulo

LATIN LAWYER's recent M&A conference in São Paulo included a high-profile session with general counsel reflecting on relations with outside advisors in M&A deals. Chaired by Francisco Müssnich of Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão, the interactive session featured the views of Pedro Mariani (AmBev), Bruno Ferla (Camargo Correa), Alexandre d'Ambrosio (Votorantim), Fernando Morães (Louis Dreyfus) and Marcos Lessa (CSN).

Here to help

Varlín Vissepó

Ever wondered why in-house lawyers do less pro bono than their counterparts in law firms? Varlín Vissepó, corporate legal counsel of software company Diebold's Latin America division considers the barriers, and explains how he overcame them

'Diversity is an issue of justice'

From left to right, Daniela Anversa Sampaio, Josie Jardim, and Cherie Booth-Blair QC

Equality is a fundamental part of both justice and democracy, Cherie Booth-Blair QC, wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair, told a group of women lawyers in Brazil yesterday.

Stability key for Canadian investment

Latin American lawyers should look for ways to "mitigate the scariness" of making a financial investment in their jurisdictions according to the in-house counsel of a Canadian mining company.

Vale’s in-house team secures US$1.2bn Chinese loan

Vale's in-house team in Shanghai has steered the company through a US$1.2 billion loan deal with the Export-Import Bank of China and the Bank of China.

LatAm GC disappointed in ECJ ruling

Nestlé's general counsel for Latin America joins other in-house lawyers in their disappointment with the decision from the European Court of Justice that legal privilege does not extend to the advice of in-house lawyers in antitrust cases.

Brazil still an inscrutable market to US lawyers says analyst

Bruce MacEwen

Speaking ahead of his appearance at recruiters Hudson Legal's Law Firm Business Strategy and Client Development Seminars in São Paulo tomorrow, legal consultant Bruce MacEwen says there is still a concern in the US that the 'perennial forecasts pitting Brazil as the next big thing will once again prove premature.'

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