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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.'

Brazil private equity fundraising surge "backed by talent and maturity"

With private equity funds across the region busy raising billions of dollars in preparation for a surge of investments and buyouts, a speaker at Latin Lawyer's Private Equity Conference says local funds and fund managers have the skills to maximise the investment potential.

Ex-Sadia GC joins JBS

The former general counsel of Sadia, Romeu Amaral, has joined another of Brazil's food conglomerates, JBS, as executive legal manager.

Chevron gains new legal manager

Francisco Romano has been appointed legal manager at Chevron San Jorge SRL (Argentina). He joins from Pan American Energy LLC, where he was senior legal attorney since the company's formation in 1997. Before that he was a senior associate at Klein & Mairal, and after that at Le Pera & Lessa, where he worked in oil & gas, and banking and finance law. Last year he worked on a significant bond issue by Pan American Energy, the first international bond issue following the Argentine crisis.

Nestlé appoints Chilean as worldwide GC

Cortés-Monroy says his Latin genes will help in his new role as global GC

The Nestlé Group's Latin American general counsel, Ricardo Cortés-Monroy, is to become its global legal head, for which he expects his Latin entrepreneurialism and creativity to put him in good stead, as the company makes a play for emerging markets.

Internal investigations: "the next big challenge for in-house resourcing"

As the scale and severity of regulatory oversight in the US increases across the board, Latin American GCs are facing the next significant compliance challenge - conducting rigorous internal investigations which don't cost the earth.

Microsoft legal head returns to Azevedo Sette

Luiz Sette

Luiz Sette, the head of Microsoft’s worldwide commercial legal group, has decided to return to Brazil to be part of his home country’s period of growth, after a 12 year career in the world's largest provider of computer software.

Brazilian agribusiness law group launches today

The Brazilian Association of Agribusiness Law (ADB-Agro) launches today at the auditorium of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas university .

BM&FBovespa tightens corporate governance rules

As BM&FBovespa unveils proposed new corporate governance regulations for companies listing on its stock exchanges, capital markets lawyers in Brazil are anticipating a boom in work preparing clients to float under the new requirements.

In-house counsel steer Citibank Colombia bond issuance

Citibank Colombia has been assisted by its in-house counsel in the sale of US$50 million in bonds.

In-house teams take the lead in CSN loan

CSN is Brazil's largest fully integrated steel producer

In-house legal teams with Brazil’s CSN and Banco do Brasil led negotiations for a 2 billion reais financing (US$1.07 billion) from the bank to the steelmaker’s subsidiary, Congonhas Minérios.

General counsel must do fieldwork, say Houston GC

Gone are the days of pure deskwork, said general counsel for Latin America at a roundtable in Houston yesterday. Visits to their companies’ operations, be they oil fields or manufacturing plants, are essential for them to know the business and gain respect of clients.

Colombian general counsel describe their dream service

Don't give us five solutions, give us just one recommendation, a group of 30 Colombian general counsel told law firms at a Latin American Corporate Counsel Association meeting yesterday.

Latin Lawyer launches new website

Latin Lawyer has launched a new website, designed to improve subscribers' experience of reading the news and magazine and to better profile the work done by firms and in-house teams in the region.

Chile open for business, say local LACCA members

The effects of the recent earthquake will be felt in many ways beyond the immediate tragedy and destruction, a meeting of the Santiago chapter of the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association heard yesterday, but optimism about the new administration is running high.

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