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No success without a successor


Given the strategic value of GCs in today’s business environment, succession planning has become of vital importance for the continued success of any organisation. LACCA speaks to some of Latin America’s top GCs to find out exactly how they find and develop the perfect candidate to fill their shoes.

A new answer to an old problem


While many companies turn straight to hiring external lawyers to solve conflicts, LACCA investigates the rising popularity of ombudspersons as an innovative alternative to settle disputes in Latin America.

El Salvador forges new anti-graft commission

San Salvador historic centre

Following the closure of Guatemala’s CICIG last week, Central America’s smallest country has established its own International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador (CICIES). While local lawyers have welcomed the creation as a step towards rooting out corruption in the country, they question whether the body can survive without the proper support it needs and whether it will make the same mistakes as its Guatemalan counterpart.

Movers & shakers - 16 September


This month’s movers and shakers sees changes across Latin America in the professional services, food and drink, and mining sectors.

IAM-Latin Lawyer IPBC Latin America 2019 –LACCA members go free!

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A limited number of free places are available for LACCA members wishing to attend IAM and Latin Lawyer’s Intellectual Property Business Cycle 2019 conference in São Paulo.

Big tech monopolies can help break other monopolies, says Mexican enforcer


The head of Mexico’s competition authority has said that while antitrust enforcers need to prevent technology companies from getting too big, their monopolies can be a useful tool to help curb the power of other monopolies. By Julie Masson

Uber ruling in Brazil sets precedent for companies in gig economy


A recent ruling by a Brazilian high court that Uber drivers are to be considered independent contractors of the ride-sharing company has been hailed by local lawyers as a landmark decision that is likely to set a precedent for similar cases in the country.

Nicaraguan law makes lawyers responsible for AML processes


As Nicaragua passes a new law making lawyers responsible for implementing anti-money laundering processes, in-house counsel have hailed it as an opportunity for them to act as the “ethical gatekeepers” in the Central American country’s new legal landscape, though others are concerned for the lack of clarity over what exactly legal teams must now do.   

Transelec deputy head of legal leaves to set up firm

From left to right: Javier Ruscica, Francisco Brotfeld and Dino Pruzzo

After seven years at Chilean energy company Transelec, Francisco Brotfeld has decided to set up a new boutique firm specialising in environmental matters, energy and natural resources. He tells LACCA about the difficulties of unclear regulations in the energy sector, challenges he faced at Transelec, and the most important lessons he learnt as an in-house counsel.

Lawyers react to currency controls on Argentine peso


In the wake of Argentina’s most recent currency controls, local lawyers say companies will face difficulties obtaining foreign imports, as well as structuring their financial operations.

Costa Rican public group’s regulatory & competition head returns to private practice


The new head of public law and economic regulation at Costa Rican firm Hulbert Volio Montero tells LACCA how his experience at public services company EPSH has taught him the value of knowing how a public entity functions and why Costa Rica’s regulatory landscape offers a new paradigm for businesses.

Electronic labour contracts in Guatemala now mandatory

labour contract

GCs in Guatemala have welcomed the government’s decision to make the registration of labour contracts more efficient, but some have raised concerns over the security risks associated with the changes.

Former Porto Sudeste GC joins newly privatised ASeB


Odilon Borges has moved back to his home state of Vitória, Brazil to join the newly privatised subsidiary of Zurich Airports, Aeropuertos do Sudeste do Brazil (ASeB), as head of legal, regulatory and compliance matters.

Baymetrics hires new director of governance, risk management & compliance solutions


Former director of ethics and compliance at Walmart Cleber Visconti has joined technology solutions company Baymetrics as director of governance, risk management and compliance solutions. He talks to LACCA about regulatory challenges in the Brazilian technology sector, and how he helped to build Walmart’s compliance programme in collaboration with the DOJ.

Chile hits Pfizer for sales force info


A court in Chile has imposed daily fines on Pfizer’s local subsidiary for failing to provide information for the competition authority’s study of the pharmaceutical market. By Emily Craig

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