Features

Moving the goalposts: a covid-19 vaccine poses risk to patent-holders

Featured in Covid-19: reporting on a crisis

Covid-19 has put the world on hold; most experts say the prospect of lifting lockdown measures relies heavily on finding an effective vaccine to stop the virus spreading. Several governments look set to introduce controversial compulsory licensing laws for any breakthrough vaccine to become publicly available, but lawyers in Latin America have voiced concerns about how this will impact IP rights in the region.

18 May 2020

Banking barricades: central banks brace for the impact of covid-19

Featured in Covid-19: reporting on a crisis

When it comes to the effect of covid-19 on the economy, one word comes to mind: devastating. While governments are taking action to protect people against the public health crisis, Latin America’s central banks are putting measures in place to brace for the economic impact of the pandemic.

13 May 2020

GCs, limber up: be ready for anything in a crisis

Counterfeit health products, hitches in supply chains and keeping productivity high while employees work remotely – these are all issues many Latin American in-house counsel have to handle during this covid-19 pandemic. When a crisis hits, GCs must tackle new problems effectively and urgently to mitigate their impact on business.

04 May 2020

Covid-19’s worst case scenario for workforces: closures and mass layoffs

The covid-19 pandemic is throwing up a harsh reality for companies and GCs, which are having to consider an increasingly drastic set of options to handle the changes the crisis might make to their businesses and workforces. Closures and mass layoffs are looming large for many companies, and GCs are seeking out the best advice from their external counsel.

20 April 2020

Treading deep waters: international firms remain key in times of trouble

Featured in Who represents Latin America's biggest companies 2019?

During crises, companies in Latin America have historically had to take precautionary measures to sustain their business. As part of LACCA’s landmark research into Who Represents Latin America’s Biggest Companies, Eloise Hardy investigates why international firms are the first port of call for many multinationals in Latin America looking to stay afloat in troubled times.

07 April 2020

Collaboration in a crisis: managing workforces in the wake of covid-19

Featured in Covid-19: managing in a crisis

As the covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Latin American companies are doing all they can to implement emergency contingency measures to effectively manage their workforce and keep business productivity flowing.

24 March 2020

Looking for attention: hiring boutiques as external counsel

Featured in Who represents Latin America's biggest companies 2019?

LACCA’s research into "Who Represents Latin America's Biggest Companies" reveals that the region’s boutique firms often appeal to companies from highly regulated industries who are looking for specialised advice.

24 March 2020

In the loop: why communication is key to advocacy

GCs in Latin America are trying to make lobbying a more open and transparent process. As part of our lobbying series, GCs across the region tell LACCA why communicating the intricacies of government relations to those outside the legal department is essential to keep the process of advocacy legitimate.

10 March 2020

From lobbying to advocacy: shaping government policy

New reports that US oil multinationals successfully lobbied policymakers in favour of environmentally harmful legislation have lent credence to the age-old stereotype of lobbyists swarming the White House. But in Latin America the public perception of corporate lobbying can be hostile, something many companies are trying to change. LACCA finds out how companies are using advocacy as a force for good.

24 February 2020

Rising from the ashes

Featured in Pro bono 2019

Christina McKeon Frutuoso speaks to Prieto partner and pro bono coordinator Cristóbal Raby, and senior associate Juan Andrés Ilharreborde (who heads the firm’s work with Chile’s clearing house, Fundación Pro Bono). They told us about their work with Fundación Desafío Levantemos Chile to help provide relief after the worst wildfires in Chilean history. The initiative was the recipient of Latin Lawyer’s Pro Bono Project of the Year Award in 2019.

07 February 2020

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