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Managing uncertainty and promoting compliance will be a top priority in 2019, say GCs

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GCs in Latin America predict recent changes in government around the region will bring about more market-friendly reforms in 2019, but say legal departments will face the challenge of managing uncertainty and keeping up to speed with regulatory trends, while also showing an ongoing commitment to compliance and ethics.

A team in total control

Gonzalo Garcia Lussardi

Integrating two large-scale and sophisticated organisations is no easy feat, but one legal department made it look easy. Alison O’Connell speaks to Johnson Controls’ Latin American legal department, LACCA’s Regional Team of the Year, about how the team came out of the merger with Tyco stronger than ever. 

ABInBev hires new head of legal for the Middle Americas

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One month into his new position at beverage multinational ABInBev, Salomon Vaie tells LACCA about how his promotion was the result of a major corporate restructuring, and why complying with environmental regulations in the drinks manufacturing industry has become a top priority.

Brazil creates privacy watchdog, but fears remain over its independence

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The outgoing Brazilian president’s creation of a data protection authority by a last-minute executive order has raised concerns among observers about its independence. By Bronte Cullum

Chile broadens anti-corruption legislation

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A recent tightening of anti-bribery legislation in Chile has been welcomed by local lawyers as a move towards eradicating corruption in both the private and public spheres, but there are calls among the legal community for companies to do more in collaboration with the government.

Argentine spotlight on third-party due diligence

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New guidelines have been released in Argentina concerning third-party due diligence as the country continues to cultivate a compliance culture. LACCA talks to lawyers about the biggest challenges they now face as the scope for responsibility has widened.

Movers and Shakers – 17 December

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This Christmas edition of LACCA’s movers and shakers takes a look at changes in the mining, pharmaceutical and banking industries across Latin America.

Corporación Breca promotes new vice president for corporate affairs and transaction structuring

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Gianmarco Tagliarino has been promoted from his previous position of corporate chief legal officer to that of vice president for corporate affairs and transaction structuring. He speaks to LACCA about the importance of having experience in private practice, and how companies need to keep up with rapidly changing international regulations.

Brazil National Congress urged to pass anti-corruption reforms

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Brazilian lawyers hope that anti-corruption reform proposals supported by the country’s incoming justice minister will be approved by Congress three years after similar measures floated by prosecutors were blocked. By Melissa Van Brunnersum

News in brief – 17 December

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This week’s news in brief takes a look at Peru’s anti-corruption referendum results which show overwhelming support for its president’s latest reforms, a Brazilian investigation into three global oil companies for suspected graft and new anti-money laundering laws in Uruguay, while Mexico’s AMLO announces the latest bidding process for a new refining plant.

A transformative force

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Having successfully led more than 20 M&A transactions, 10 international bond offerings and two IPOs for Peruvian holding company Grupo Intercorp, Alison O’Connell speaks to Juan Antonio Castro Molina, LACCA’s Dealmaker of the Year, about his role in transforming the company from a local financial conglomerate into a regional powerhouse.  

An interview with Petrobras’ new chief governance and compliance officer

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Eight months into his new role as chief governance and compliance officer at Petrobras, LACCA catches up with Rafael Gomes about his role in helping the company implement a world-class compliance framework.

Mexico’s Banobras implements integrity programme

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Mexico’s state-owned bank Banobras is putting the finishing touches to its new integrity programme, as the country’s latest anti-corruption legislation has pushed companies to start waking up to the new compliance reality.

Innovative initiative brings together regional GCs to improve corporate sustainability

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LACCA speaks to some of the key players involved in the Corporate Sustainability Programme aimed at promoting the roles of GCs in creating more sustainable businesses in Latin America

Bolsonaro sending right signs, but investors want action

Luiz Cherman, Rui Alves, Rodrigo Junqueira, Camila Goldberg and Donald Baker

Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro is sending the right message to the markets by empowering his economic advisor Paulo Guedes and putting market-trusted economists on his team, but investors want policy change before they act, agreed panellists speaking at LACCA's sister publication Latin Lawyer's Live Capital Markets conference held in São Paulo in November.

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