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News in brief – 5 October


This week’s news in brief sees the largest FCPA settlement made in history with Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras and the finalisation of NAFTA’s replacement agreement between Mexico, Canada and the US. In Colombia we take a look at the launch of a multimillion-dollar tender for a new road project and a dispute over a proposed land reform bill while in Costa Rica, strikes over the proposed tax reform continue.

Guatemalan beverage giant hires new compliance director


After over 12 years at Brazilian brewing company Cervejaria Ambev, Francisco Ramos has moved to The Central America Bottling Company (cbc).

Brazil settles stock exchange operator probe


Brazilian stock exchange operator BM&FBovespa has agreed to settle an investigation by the country’s antitrust watchdog with a cease-and-desist order and payment of 9.4 million reais (€2.09 million). By Julie Jackson

Axa, Johnson Controls and Bayer among LACCA Awards winners

GCs and lawyers from around the region gathered to celebrate in Miami

Senior in-house counsel from Axa, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Bayer alongside regional legal departments from Johnson Controls and JLL were all winners at the 5th LACCA Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday evening in Miami.

GCs from across the region gather for LACCA Miami

Jose Arce, Juan Francisco Torres Landa and Joe Fish speaking at the meeting

LACCA’s annual regional meeting was held on Wednesday in Miami, bringing together leading in-house lawyers from across Latin America to discuss topics such as data breaches, managing corporate investigations, the importance of promoting a safe working environment in the #MeToo era and the art of dealmaking.

LACCA Awards- in pictures


LACCA’s 5th annual Awards Ceremony took place in Miami on Wednesday, celebrating the cream of the region’s in-house community.

Top Tips: Increasing diversity


Despite a global struggle to increase the participation of minority groups within businesses, the legal industry has been notoriously slow at keeping pace. LACCA finds out from GCs around the region what some of their top tips are to help promote diversity in both their teams and their organisations.

Ecuador to challenge Chevron denial of justice award


Ecuador’s attorney general has said the state will apply to annul an investment treaty award that held it liable for a denial of justice in a US$9.5 billion dispute with Chevron over environmental contamination in the Amazon – also stating that it will renegotiate its contracts with external counsel.

Brazil to create social fund with Petrobras settlement money


Petrobras and Brazilian federal prosecutors have announced a first-of-a-kind $682 million agreement for the creation of a special fund for social and educational programmes in the country, as the company draws a line under bribery investigations locally and in the US.

Mexico and Colombia failing to tackle foreign bribery


Foreign bribery remains unchecked in some of Latin America’s biggest exporting countries, highlighting major flaws in national legal systems, according to a new report by Transparency International.

Pinheiro Neto nabs Google Brazil policy head


One of Brazil’s leading data protection experts, Marcel Leonardi, has joined Pinheiro Neto Advogados from Google. 

Ecuador pushes for new compliance procedures in financial sector

View of Quito, Ecuador

The Ecuadorian government has issued mandatory resolutions for financial institutions and insurance companies to establish compliance programmes aimed at tackling money laundering and financing against terrorism.

In-house counsel from Moneda returns to private practice


Moneda Asset Management’s in-house lawyer Alfonso Ugarte has joined Baraona Fischer Spiess as a corporate and M&A partner. He tells LACCA how his role at Moneda has helped him to better understand clients and why he foresees more scrutiny and transparency in Chilean M&A deals upon his return to private practice. 

LACCA’s regional meeting in Miami - just a few days to go!

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The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association is returning to Miami next week for its annual regional meeting in September, with a stellar line-up of sessions and speakers.

Diversity Survey: Why is racial inequality still the elephant in the room?


More companies implement diversity policies concerning gender and disability than policies addressing ethnicity or race, according to LACCA's research. Christina McKeon Frutuoso speaks to local GCs to find out what’s holding some companies back from addressing the issue of race in the workplace and how corporate counsel can play an important role. 

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