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A transformative culture of compliance

Daniel Sibille, Alexandre Buaiz Neto and Valeria Schmitke

Today, most companies see a compliance culture as a vital asset, yet exactly what that culture should look like remains elusive. GCs at LACCA’s regional meeting in São Paulo discussed why compliance should be the responsibility of all employees to ensure an ethical corporate culture that is truly transformative.

A slick job

Engie skyscaper in Paris, France

French energy giant Engie has taken steps to increase its already formidable presence in Latin America with a landmark bid to buy gas pipeline company TAG from Petrobras. LACCA speaks to lawyers steering Engie’s negotiations on the challenges tied to the bid, and how the in-house team were key in overcoming them.

Bolsonaro signs provisional measure to facilitate doing business in Brazil

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Brazil’s legal community welcome the recent proposals by President Jair Bolsonaro introducing guidelines to reduce bureaucracy and facilitate the development of new businesses in Brazil.

Grupo Modelo brews success with new legal & compliance head

Raúl Escalante

Mexican beer brewer and exporter Grupo Modelo has promoted Raúl Escalante as its new vice president of legal and compliance.  A month into his new role, he tells LACCA about how a company should be crafty when it comes to making its mark in the alcohol sector, and how Grupo Modelo hopes to expand its business in the future.

Lawyers discuss Panama’s new data protection law

Panama City

As Panama follows a number of other Latin American countries by enacting a new law establishing greater protections for personal data, LACCA speaks to some local lawyers to find out just what the effects will be for local counsel.

News in brief – 20 May

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This week’s news in brief sees Telefonica face anti-competitive fines in Brazil while expanding its reach elsewhere in the region; more Guatemalan election candidates barred by the constitutional court; a new bilateral agreement between Mexico and China; and even more lawmakers accused of treason in Venezuela.

Talking strategy with the legal team at Logicalis

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LACCA catches up with members of the team at Logicalis to find out how they run such an effective legal operation across borders and why overcoming the stereotype of being obstacles to business is key to their success.  

Uber hires new director of ethics and compliance for Brazil

Patricia Godoy Oliveira

Ride-sharing and transport company Uber has poached Patricia Godoy Oliveira, former legal and compliance vice president of Aon, as its new director of ethics and compliance for Brazil to strengthen its anti-corruption and compliance efforts.

Concentrix hires new senior legal manager

Bruna Cassiano

A month into her new role at business services company Concentrix, Bruna Cassiano tells LACCA about the importance of knowing a company’s pressure points and how she will help to ensure the successful integration of the newly acquired Convergys.

Brazilian politicians vote to move money laundering body away from Moro

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Brazilian politicians might be “attempting to create tension” between President Jair Bolsonaro and Justice Minister Sérgio Moro by seeking to transfer the country’s anti-money laundering body from the Ministry of Justice, lawyers have said. By James Thomas

Project managing cross-border disputes

Eduardo Palinkas, Maria Helena Bragaglia and Gabriel Costa

Given the significant costs and challenges associated with cross-border litigation, it is critical for companies to implement a strategic plan to address these disputes as early as possible. Delegates at LACCA’s regional meeting in São Paulo discussed the importance of conducting early case assessments, getting the right resources on board and properly understanding local culture to successfully manage the most complex cases.

Mexico passes labour reform

Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City

Mexico’s senate has approved a labour law reform overhauling the country’s existing union structure, which has long been criticised for failing to protect workers. LACCA finds out just how much the amendment will affect companies, and how GCs should prepare for the changes.

Pepsico promotes new legal director for Venezuela, Central America & the Caribbean

Diego Castagnino

Venezuela and Central America are jurisdictions peppered with challenges for in-house counsel, but for Diego Castagnino it’s all about having a clear goal and an efficient strategy. He tells LACCA about the issues he faces overseeing Venezuela in the current climate, and how in-house counsel are instrumental in ensuring businesses run as smoothly as possible.

Movers & shakers – 7 May

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This week’s movers & shakers sees new hires in the energy, telecoms and oil and gas sectors as well as promotions at a global tech giant and at the world’s second-largest insurer. 

Brazil launches another fintech probe

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Brazil’s competition authority is investigating whether Bradesco, one of the country’s largest banks, broke competition rules by restricting a financial management app from accessing its customers' data. By Matt Richards

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