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Risky business

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News and rumours travel fast in today’s social media era, meaning reputational damage can spread like wildfire. LACCA talks to in-house lawyers about how legal teams play a vital role at a time of crisis, and why preventative measures are the best way to protect a company’s reputation.

A catch up with Biogen’s new legal and compliance officer

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Four months into his new role at US biotechnology multinational Biogen, Silvio Fachim talks to LACCA about how he prioritises his day-to-day activities, balancing a corporate culture with technology, and Biogen’s struggle to get its drugs on the Brazilian market.

Iberdrola’s Mexican legal head returns to private practice

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After nearly seven years leading electric company Iberdrola México’s legal department, Rodolfo Rueda has joined Thompson & Knight LLP’s Mexico City office as its new senior energy counsel. He tells LACCA why the country’s historic energy reforms prompted him to move in-house and how he expects the sector to change in the coming years.

Brazilian judge halts destruction of leaked Operation Car Wash messages

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered federal police not to delete a cache of messages between prosecutors about one of the country’s largest corruption investigations. By Sam Fry

Brazil’s labour reform: Two years on

Two years on from the 2017 labour reform, Brazilian lawyers are still divided over the impact the changes have had

Almost two years after the implementation of Brazil’s landmark labour reform, local lawyers say the impact has been a positive one for businesses, but some point out that the changes did not do enough to protect labour unions and vulnerable employees.

Peruvian private practice lawyer joins investment group Wiese

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LACCA catches up with Bruno Gonzales Chirinos five months into his new role as legal manager at Peruvian investment management group Wiese. He tells LACCA why taking legal risks and surrounding yourself with people smarter than you can help build the best legal teams.

Movers and shakers – 29 July

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This month’s movers and shakers sees lateral moves across the automotive industry, while major companies in the food and beverages and IT sectors across Latin America have witnessed promotions in their regional legal teams.

LACCA Awards 2019: Shortlist announced

LACCA's 6th annual award ceremony will take place in Miami in October

The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association has announced the shortlisted candidates for its sixth annual awards ceremony, to be held at the W Hotel South Beach in Miami on 10 October. 

News in brief: 29 July

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This week’s news in brief sees hacking scandals in Brazil, new developments from UN-backed anticorruption body CICIG in Guatemala, yet another former Peruvian president accused of corruption and further sanctions imposed on Venezuelan officials by the US.

Copyright royalties are not anticompetitive, Chilean court holds

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A competition court in Chile has dismissed a petition brought by the country’s national television association that called for the government to change how artist copyright royalties are set to promote competition. By Julie Masson 

Landmark EU-Mercosur trade deal

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In-house lawyers from across the Mercosur bloc talk to LACCA about how its ground-breaking trade deal with the European Union is set to affect companies, and how legal teams can prepare their organisations for the inevitable update in trade and compliance standards that will come from across the pond.

Green bonds, greener companies?

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Local in-house counsel have praised Chile’s government as the country became the first in Latin America to issue a sovereign green bond as part of its national policy to tackle climate change.

ADP legal director moves to private practice

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After 20 years, Cicero Bucci has left the in-house world to join Brazilian firm Sperling Advogados. He tells LACCA about putting together best-practice compliance programmes across jurisdictions.

CADE adds two more probes to Operation Car Wash

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Brazil’s competition authority has launched two investigations into a group of construction companies for allegedly forming a bid-rigging cartel for contracts to build World Cup stadiums, and for certain construction projects for Petrobras. By Julie Jackson

IP disputes: Companies vs indigenous communities

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The rise in popularity of natural products has created tension between companies looking to meet demand and indigenous communities looking to protect their ancestral lands and traditional knowledge. LACCA talks to Brazilian in-house lawyers about the rise in IP disputes with indigenous communities and what legal teams can do to ensure a positive outcome for both sides.

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