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Changing the narrative

Innovative parental leave policies are key to gender equality in the workplace

With so much emphasis being placed on the need for gender equality in the workplace, local GCs say legal teams are in a unique position to push for more innovative corporate policies when it comes to parental leave, and highlight a number of simple changes that can make a huge difference.

Office of the Municipal Comptroller General in São Paulo hires new integrity coordinator

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Two months into her new role, Roberta Codignoto talks to LACCA about working at the Office of the Municipal Comptroller General (CGM) in São Paulo, and the measures that it takes to combat corruption and spread the message of business integrity across the state. 

Legal head leaves Bolivian hardware distributor to return to private practice

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The former legal director for Salcedo, the distributor of Bolivian hardware store Truper, speaks to LACCA about his return to private practice and explains why Bolivian businesses operating in less-regulated regions must prepare for more scrutiny from local authorities.

Data sharing in Brazilian telecoms sector scrutinised

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Brazilian telecoms companies Vivo, NET and Oi could face regulatory and legal action if the country’s main consumer protection organisation confirms reports that they share customer databases, observers have said. By Lauren Morris

Mexico’s INAI requires more authority, say local lawyers

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Lawyers in Mexico say the country’s data protection authority needs more power to properly enforce legislation and implement sanctions.  

Petrobras creates independent sanctions and disciplinary committee

Petrobras HQ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After the intense public scrutiny faced by Brazil’s state-owned oil giant Petrobras as part of Operation Car Wash, an independent sanctions and disciplinary committee has been created to implement measures and ensure a commitment to compliance. LACCA speaks to the newest member, Adriana Dantas, about the committee’s role and how it will help to establish a culture of ethics in Brazil’s marketplace.

Open letter from GCs calls for more diversity in law firm partnerships

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Over 170 GCs and legal counsels across the Americas have united to back an open letter posted on LinkedIn which calls for greater diversity in law firms, but there are calls among Latin American GCs that there is much more to be done for diversity in both private practice and in-house.

Uber rival 99’s legal head moves to private practice

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The former head of legal at ride-sharing app 99 has left the company to head the technology business practice as partner of Brazilian firm Machado Meyer. He speaks to LACCA about the versatility Brazilian in-house counsel need in today’s technologically disruptive world.

Brazilian lawyers react to Sérgio Moro’s replacement

Luiz Antônio Bonat

Brazilian practitioners have said that Luiz Antônio Bonat, who will replace Sérgio Moro as the new judge in charge of Operation Car Wash, will be just as tough as his predecessor, but more discreet. By Melissa Van Brunnersum

Google facing proceedings in Brazil over email scanning

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Brazil’s justice ministry has filed an administrative proceeding against Google's local arm after receiving a breach of privacy complaint. By Lauren Morris

A market for generalists

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While it is clear that the role of today’s general counsel has moved way beyond the simply legal aspects to a more business-focused and strategic charge, recruiters say it is the GCs with a more generalist and adaptable approach who see the most job opportunities.

LACCA Awards supplement now online

The awards celebrate the best of the region's in-house talent

A special supplement celebrating LACCA's fifth annual awards ceremony is now available to members and subscribers online.

Movers and Shakers – 11 February

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This week’s movers and shakers sees a number of high-profile hires across the mining, petrochemical and insurance sectors. 

News in brief – 11 February

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This week’s round-up of the region’s news follows updates from Brazil’s disastrous dam collapse last month, yet another investigation into alleged bribery at Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, and proposals to create a CICIG-style anti-corruption body by El Salvador’s newly elected president.

Brazilian prosecutor settles with e-commerce company after data breach

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Brasília’s public prosecutor has agreed a settlement with e-commerce company Netshoes for a data breach that took place in January last year. By Sam Clark

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