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A negotiating powerhouse

Rafael Dantas

Leading a litigation department through a complex legal landscape such as Brazil is no easy feat, but for Rafael Dantas, winner of LACCA’s Litigation Management Award, it’s all about the power of negotiation and doing everything you can to reduce the size of your company’s litigation portfolio. He speaks to LACCA about being at the top of his game.

Argentina’s compliance quake

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As Argentina’s latest corruption scandal shows no signs of abating, LACCA takes a look at what the investigation means for the country’s compliance landscape and how companies and their GCs can best prepare themselves for the road ahead.

Decision not to renew CICIG mandate divides opinion among Guatemalan lawyers

Guatemala National Palace, Guatemala City

President Jimmy Morales’s recent decision to not renew CICIG’s mandate has left some local lawyers questioning his commitment to eradicating corruption, while others suggest the commission should be replaced because it is too politically motivated.

Panellists urge PE buyers to dig deeper in due diligence

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Increasing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement means buyers asking probing questions about target companies no longer risk competitive disadvantage, since there is now a greater acceptance in favour of more thorough due diligence among both buyers and sellers, heard delegates at LACCA's sister publication Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual Private Equity.

Brazilian court strikes down Google deletion request

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The São Paulo State Court has refused to force Google to exclude an individual’s name from its search results on the grounds that to do so would be a form of “prior censorship”. By Lauren Morris

New Argentine antitrust authority expected next summer

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A commissioner at Argentina's existing competition watchdog has said that plans to establish a new antitrust authority are behind schedule, but he remains optimistic that it will be in place by next summer.

A truly holistic approach

Javier Oroz Coppel at the LACCA Award in Miami

From nurturing talent, leading successful deals and cost-saving initiatives, to managing claims after a major earthquake and developing pioneering insurance products to protect Mexicans, Javier Oroz Coppel, winner of LACCA’s General Counsel of the Year Award, really does it all. He speaks to Alison O’Connell about how his multidisciplinary approach to the role of GC has led him to achieve a reputation as a powerful force in the industry. 

Legal manager at Nicaraguan bank Ficohsa becomes of counsel at Dentons

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The legal manager of Nicaraguan bank Ficohsa has become of counsel at Dentons’ new Managua office. Bernard Pallais tells LACCA what it’s like balancing life between the private practice and in-house spheres.

Colombian tax bill leaves lawyers divided

Colombia's houses of parliament in Plaza Bolivar, Bogotá

Lawyers in Colombia say a proposed tax reform bill will be beneficial for the country’s business environment if passed, but some highlight that not all local companies are likely to reap the benefits.

Uber recruits new legal director for the Andean region

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One month into her new position at Uber, Sandra Monroy tells LACCA about the challenges of balancing strategy with launching new products, and how her past success will help in her new role.

Latin Lawyer Live Capital Markets – LACCA members go free!

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LACCA members are invited to attend the Latin Lawyer Live Capital Markets, to be held in São Paulo on Tuesday 27 November, free of charge. Join Deutsche Bank, Itaú BBA and former Petrobras compliance officers at the event. 

Operation Car Wash fines handed down in Brazil

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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

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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

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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.

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