Conference coverage

“US the world’s biggest tax haven”, hear delegates

“US the world’s biggest tax haven”, hear delegates

10 November 2017

The head of Florida’s international bankers’ association (FIBA) categorised the US as a tax haven and one of the world’s “least transparent jurisdictions” at Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Tax Summit, held in Miami yesterday.

Lava Jato: the world’s most important antitrust case

Lava Jato: the world’s most important antitrust case

09 November 2017

Former US Federal Trade Commission chair William Kovacic earlier this month described the sprawling Operation Lava Jato investigation as the most important active antitrust case in the world, with substantial implications for both Brazil and Latin America.

Put together crisis management ahead of a scandal, say panellists

Put together crisis management ahead of a scandal, say panellists

08 November 2017

At the first sign of a crisis, do not rush, gather the facts and send the right messages, advised crisis management panellists at the Latin Lawyer-GIR 5th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations conference, held in São Paulo on 1 November.

Messy finances and unsophisticated counsel pose challenges for family M&As

Messy finances and unsophisticated counsel pose challenges for family M&As

08 November 2017

Advising family-owned companies looking to sell is one of the most complex aspects of private equity lawyering in Latin America, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer’s 8th Annual Private Equity Conference, held in New York in September.

WhatsApp chat drove Rio Olympics probe forward, says prosecutor

07 November 2017

A Brazilian federal prosecutor says informal communications between enforcers around the world led to essential discoveries in the Rio Olympics bribery investigation.

Brazilian prosecutor on leniency deals: “we are part of the problem”

Brazilian prosecutor on leniency deals: “we are part of the problem”

06 November 2017

Speaking in São Paulo on 1 November, senior Brazilian prosecutor Vladimir Aras addressed the difficulty of coordinating with national counterparts when negotiating leniency deals and the need for legal reform.

Brazilian leniency deals have evolved but uncertainty remains, agree lawyers

Brazilian leniency deals have evolved but uncertainty remains, agree lawyers

03 November 2017

A lack of coordination between national authorities continues to pose a hurdle for companies looking to negotiate a leniency deal under Brazil’s Clean Company Act, lawyers said during the Latin Lawyer - GIR 5th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations Conference, held in São Paulo this week.

Econometrics can help fix antitrust problems, says CADE chief economist

03 November 2017

The chief economist at Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) said last week that econometrics can solve some antitrust problems.

Compliance programmes rise in Brazil, but quality is poor, hear delegates

Compliance programmes rise in Brazil, but quality is poor, hear delegates

02 November 2017

There has been a substantial increase in the number of companies implementing compliance programmes over the past 12 months in Brazil, but many fail to meet regulatory standards, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer - GIR 5th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations Conference, held in São Paulo yesterday.

CADE to focus on unilateral conduct

CADE to focus on unilateral conduct

01 November 2017

The new general superintendent at Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) said the enforcer has reached a level of maturity where it can focus more on unilateral conduct issues.