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The science of influence

Jonas Bruzas, Kathryn Ditmars and Alejandro Torrendell at LACCA's Miami meeting

Understanding how to effectively measure and demonstrate the value of the legal department is key to increasing the team’s commercial and strategic influence within companies, according to delegates at LACCA’s regional meeting in Miami.  

Local companies must show greater commitment to diversity, says “Higher For All” founder

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Two years after the “Higher for All Legal Project” was established, Raphael Sousa speaks to LACCA about how the initiative has grown and is helping to tackle Brazil’s deep-rooted racial inequality issues head-on, and why he thinks many local companies are falling short in their diversity initiatives.

RB Capital hires new compliance director

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Capital markets and asset management company RB Capital has hired seasoned compliance expert Ana Paula Candeloro as its new compliance director in Brazil.

Argentina notebook probe could be the next Operation Car Wash

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Latin American lawyers have predicted that a current case in Argentina has the potential to grow to resemble Brazil’s most famous investigation. 

Peruvian government files price fixing complaint

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Peru’s government has urged the country’s competition watchdog to examine alleged price fixing in the healthcare sector, but one lawyer has questioned the publicising of the complaint before the enforcer has had a chance to investigate. By Matt Richards

Staying out of the breach

Jose Arce, Juan Francisco Torres Landa and Joe Fish speaking at LACCA's regional meeting

As Europe’s GDPR law continues to influence legislation across the world, panellists at LACCA’s Miami conference urged GCs and their legal departments to follow the legislative trend and mount their company defences to prevent a data breach.

Johnson & Johnson promotes new legal and corporate affairs VP for Latin America

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Medical devices and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson have promoted Ana Carolina Dellias as their new vice president of legal and corporate affairs, from her previous role as leader of the medical devices team.

Data protection series: Brazil’s LGPD compliance challenges

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As companies prepare to adapt to Brazil’s new GDPR-style data protection law, local GCs highlight the benefits of greater data protection legislation for businesses, but suggest the lack of an appointed authority to oversee and enforce the law will create major compliance challenges for legal teams.   

Brazil fines Unilever for freezing out competitors

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Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has fined Unilever for imposing exclusivity and rebates schemes on local retailers in the ice cream market – but let off Nestlé on the same conduct due to its lack of a dominant position. By Julie Jackson

A lifetime of achievements

Salvador Juncadella at the LACCA Awards in Miami

LACCA speaks to Salvador Juncadella, winner of LACCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, former GC and founder of the Juncadella Corporate Counsel Group, about his lengthy career and his contributions to the Latin American corporate counsel community.

Brazil issues new integrity guidelines for entities under investigation

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While many GCs and compliance officers welcome the latest integrity programme guidelines for companies seeking leniency in investigations, some lawyers say companies must go much further to ensure a culture of integrity within their organisations and help to advance the country’s developing ethics and compliance landscape.

Movers & shakers - 12 October

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This week’s movers and shakers takes a look at changes in the retail, professional services and pharmaceuticals industry. 

Petrobras urges court to examine “bribery scheme”

The Titanium Explorer, the drilling ship at the centre of the dispute

Brazil’s state-run oil and gas company Petrobras has urged a US court not to enforce a US$622 million award arising from a contract allegedly procured through bribery of public officials – but the Cayman entity that won the award says no “redo” of the arbitration is allowed.

Corporate investigations: Who you gonna call?

Emir Calluf Filho, speaking at LACCA Miami

Most companies will need to conduct an internal investigation at some point, but putting together the right team can make the difference between an efficient and successful one, and one that is fraught with errors and spiralling costs. GCs at LACCA’s Miami meeting discussed some of the most important factors to consider when calling in the cavalry for a corporate investigation. 

General Electric’s executive counsel moves to private practice

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The executive counsel in US conglomerate General Electric (GE)’s global investigations team, María González Calvet, has left the in-house world to become a partner at Ropes & Gray's anti-corruption and international risk practice. She tells LACCA about the benefits that trusted in-house counsel bring to companies navigating today’s anti-corruption landscape.

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