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LACCA’s annual regional meeting in Miami will be taking place on 10 October and includes sessions on crisis management; employee privacy; spotting risks in cross-border transactions; the challenges of being a GC in Latin America; as well as the impact of legal technology on in-house teams. 

A sustainable make-up


Following a pledge by global cosmetics giant L’Oréal to reduce its ecological footprint, LACCA speaks to the legal department in Chile to find out how the team is contributing to the company’s sustainability initiative, Sharing beauty with all.

Managing the threat of a data breach


In today’s world of hacks and breaches, the phrase “data privacy” might seem like an oxymoron, but legal teams can play an important role in helping companies to adopt the right measures to avoid, but also handle, a breach when the worst happens.

Chile’s deputy national economic prosecutor joins Garrigues


Spanish law firm Garrigues’ Chilean branch has hired the country’s former deputy national economic prosecutor Mario Ybar as counsel to lead its antitrust department. He tells LACCA about his biggest achievements, how Chile’s competition reforms have helped merger compliance for businesses, and the importance of hiring young lawyers to continue his work.

Brazilian sugar exporter accused of fraud files Florida Chapter 15


The foreign representative of a group of Brazilian sugar and ethanol exporters has filed for Chapter 15 recognition in Florida, accusing the group’s owners of “gross mismanagement”. By Benjamin Clarke 

A post-CICIG Guatemala


With CICIG due to stop operating at the beginning of September, LACCA speaks to local lawyers to find out what they expect for Guatemala’s anti-corruption landscape and how in-house teams should ensure the greatest levels of compliance in these uncertain times.  

Walmart's tax manager joins Aguilar Castillo Love

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Walmart’s Costa Rican tax manager has decided to return to private practice as a tax partner at local firm Aguilar Castillo Love. He speaks to LACCA about why his country’s latest tax reform prompted his move, and what legal teams should be prioritising during the law’s implementation stage.

Former Brazilian ambassador to the US rejoins Felsberg

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After nearly 50 years working in government, Sergio Amaral has taken up a new role as counsel at Brazilian law firm Felsberg Advogados. He tells LACCA about foreign investor interest in Brazil, the importance of international trade and what he’s learnt from his career to date.  

News in brief – 20 August


This week’s news in brief looks at political developments in Argentina, uncertainty over Brazil’s inclusion in the EU-Mercosur trade deal, and new employment legislation in Peru. 

Colombia fines Uber for obstruction


Colombia’s antitrust watchdog has said it will fine ride-hailing company Uber Technologies nearly €550,000 (US$613,000), along with smaller fines on three executives, for allegedly obstructing a search in 2017. By Julie Masson

Who are LACCA’s Approved lawyers of 2020?


Ahead of the publication of the 2020 edition of LACCA Approved, we take a look at the results to find out who Latin America’s leading law firm partners are, as voted for by in-house counsel.  

Lawyers react to fresh US sanctions on Venezuela


Following President Donald Trump’s sweeping imposition of new sanctions on Venezuela last week, local in-house counsel discuss the ongoing effect on business of disintegrating US-Venezuela relations. 

EBANX hires new global regulatory and legal director


Fintech EBANX has hired a seasoned financial in-house counsel as its newest global regulatory and legal director. Gilberto Martins tells LACCA about his career change from multinational to fintech, opportunities in the start-up sector in Brazil, and regulatory compliance.

Can a foreign body help Argentina tackle its corruption problem?


LACCA talks to local lawyers to find out if a foreign institution like Guatemala’s CICIG could be the answer to Argentina’s corruption problems, and asks what local legal teams should be doing to reduce risk of exposure.

Novartis legal head moves to Pillsbury as partner


The head of legal transactions at pharmaceuticals group Novartis has returned to private practice as corporate partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s New York office. He tells LACCA why legal teams should be the hinge that links different departments together and also shares his experience helping to create a spin-off company.

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