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Colombian watchdog forces Facebook to bulk up security


Colombia’s Superintendency of Industry and Commerce has passed an order that forces Facebook to introduce a series of security measures to protect Colombian citizens’ data. By Sam Clark

Anti-corruption efforts threatened by rise in populism, says TI report

Brazil's newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to tackle corruption

Weaker democracies and the rise of populism is hindering the fight against corruption in Latin America, according to Transparency International (TI), but lawyers are confident that growing pressure from civil society and the private sector will push local governments to do more. 

Chile moves to tighten environmental legislation

Palacio de La Moneda, in Santiago, Chile

As President Sebastian Piñera recently announced a move to seek higher penalties for companies that cause environmental damage in Chile, local lawyers say that while the changes are unlikely to have a huge impact on compliance practices, companies should take the change as an opportunity to review their procedures and ensure policies are up to standard.

Oi completes Latin America’s largest restructuring

Oi phone booth in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian telecommunications company Oi has finally completed the largest private sector restructuring in Latin American history, after years of legal battles in several jurisdictions. By Dominic Lawson

Brazil fines optical disk drive cartel


Brazil’s competition authority has become the fourth enforcer to sanction members of the global optical disk drive cartel, imposing €4.7 million in fines on Hitachi LG Data Storage and Quanta Storage. By Charley Connor

Built on integrity


Just over a year into the formation of Camargo Corrêa’s infrastructure subsidiary, Camargo Corrêa​ Infra, Eloise Hardy talks to integrity manager Elizabeth Amore about how the company has placed transparency and ethics at the very centre of their corporate culture, implementing a first-rate compliance programme and acting as agents of change in Latin America’s infrastructure sector.

Lawyers in Argentina back new GDPR-style data protection bill


Argentine lawyers have welcomed a bill that would update the country’s data protection framework bringing it more in-line with global standards, and say that the current legislation is outdated and does not reflect current business risks. 

Honeywell Building Technologies bumps up new regional general counsel

Tanya Quiñónez

American multinational conglomerate Honeywell has kicked off the new year by promoting Tanya Quiñónez to regional general counsel of legal affairs of Honeywell Building Technologies in Latin America. LACCA speaks to her about the challenges she has faced as a female legal counsel, and the importance of leadership and mentoring when making your mark on the legal community.

Challenges in conducting internal investigations from a chief legal officer’s perspective


Crises often involve the need to conduct internal investigations regarding some aspects of the crisis, and in these circumstances, fast, careful and effective administration of internal investigations is often critical for avoiding mitigating risk for the organisation. By Daniel Sibille  

Port authority prevails in Brazilian saga


A tribunal at the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce has issued an award in favour of the state entity that oversees South America’s largest container port, resolving a US$700 million dispute that began two decades ago.

A new dawn for Cuba?


While article 28 of the new proposed Cuban constitution expressly supports foreign investment for the first time, lawyers are divided on how much the changes will impact the island’s business landscape and share their thoughts on what GCs should consider if more companies do look to Cuba to invest.

Colombian lawyers call on government to update data protection laws


Local lawyers in Colombia say data protection legislation needs to be updated to meet new risks in today’s business environment and call on the government to create a data protection authority

Aliaxis employs first corporate legal counsel for Latin America


One month into his new position as corporate legal counsel for plastic piping systems manufacturer Aliaxis, Andres Morales tells LACCA about his new role, and how Costa Rica is becoming a regional hub for companies with operations across Latin America.

Movers and shakers – 21 January


This week’s edition of movers and shakers sees some big new year hires in both Latin America and internationally in the communications, electronics, and dairy industries

Argentine privacy watchdog issues guidelines


Argentina’s Access to Public Information Agency has released guidance on video surveillance, automatised processing and consent. By Lauren Morris

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