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Operation Car Wash fines handed down in Brazil


Brazil’s competition authority has fined four construction companies and some of their employees a total of €206.7 million for rigging bids for publicly funded projects, following investigations conducted as part of the Operation Car Wash anti-corruption probe. By Matt Richards

Championing compliance

Emir Calluf Filho

Emir Calluf Filho, legal and compliance director at J&F Investimentos, and recipient of this year’s Compliance Counsel of the Year award, tells LACCA how he took the reins after a major corruption scandal, overhauling compliance practices and rebuilding a reputation piece by piece.

Bouncing back


Independent consultant Luciana Gualda talks to LACCA about life after a redundancy and explains why coming to terms with being replaceable as a lawyer can actually help enhance your career.

Walmart promotes new senior counsel


Francisco Fuentes, recently promoted to senior counsel at retail giant Walmart in Mexico, tells LACCA about how the legal team is helping to support the company with expansion efforts across Latin America.

GCR – Latin Lawyer Live Competition Summit – LACCA members go free!

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LACCA members are invited to attend the GCR – Latin Lawyer Live Competition Summit, to be held in São Paulo on Thursday 29 November, free of charge. 

Chile fines labs over injectable medicines cartel


Chile’s competition tribunal has fined two healthcare companies for allegedly conspiring to rig bids to supply injectable medicines for more than a decade. By Julie Jackson

The art of deal-making

Juan Antonio Castro, Adriana Pallis and Nicolas Noro Villagra

The days where lawyers were viewed as deal-breakers may be slowly fading, but GCs who wish to become truly successful deal-makers at the top of their game will need to learn how to turn risk into opportunity while also balancing costs, according to delegates at LACCA’s regional Miami meeting. 

GuiaBolso strengthens compliance department with new promotion


Brazilian fintech leader GuiaBolso has promoted Renata Feijó to its executive management team in the role of legal, institutional relations and compliance director.

Movers and shakers – 9 November


This week’s movers and shakers looks at new hires and promotions across Latin America in the consulting, mobile services and food sector.

Sérgio Moro appointment: Business to continue as usual


Brazilian lawyers have said that Operation Car Wash will continue apace after the lead judge in charge of the investigation leaves his post to become the country’s new justice minister. 

Lawyer threatens US$100 billion treaty claim after Panama court ruling


A lawyer for a subsidiary of a Canadian mining company has warned on television that a Panama Supreme Court judgment that found the law that formed the basis for a concession to be unconstitutional could trigger a treaty claim worth a staggering US$100 billion if it leads to its revocation. By Cosmo Sanderson

A rising star

Ronald Ramírez

Ronald Ramírez, HPE’s regional legal counsel for Central America, the Caribbean and Venezuela, and LACCA’s first Rising Star of the Year, talks about confronting fears and the value of mentors.

Diversity without limits

Carolina Camacho and Juan Carlos De La Vega

Since the rise of the #MeToo movement in the last year, diversity and inclusion are the words on everyone’s lips. Delegates at LACCA’s Miami conference discussed the policies and procedures used by in-house counsel, the risks associated with a lack of diversity, and the legal consequences.

Prospects for Brazil and Mexico’s energy sectors are diverging, hear delegates

Carolina Walther-Meade, José Prado and Jorge Cervantes Trejo

Panellists agreed at the Latin Lawyer Live 6th Annual Regional Project Finance summit in Washington, DC, on 29 October that alternative finance and more midstream investment is necessary to diversify their countries' energy sources, but incoming governments in the region’s two largest economies may create two very different futures for the sector.

News in Brief – 2 November


This week’s news in brief takes a look at the policies suggested by Brazil’s president-elect that are already creating controversy, the US$14.5 billion Mexican infrastructure project that has grinded to a halt, and the pension and private health reforms being pushed by Chile’s president.

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