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

Leading by example

Featured in Pro bono 2019

Christina McKeon Frutuoso speaks to Carolina Zang, the managing partner of Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados. Her firm was the winner of Latin Lawyer’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award in 2019.

06 February 2020

Leading Lights 2019

Featured in Pro bono 2019

Law firms that stand out for the pro bono work done by their lawyers and for their efforts to build a lasting pro bono infrastructure, both internally and in their legal market.

05 February 2020

Finding their voice

Featured in Pro bono 2019

With the help of dedicated clearing houses and determined pro bono coordinators, Latin American law firms are delivering free legal advice to the people who most need it – and, more than ever, they want to talk about their achievements.

04 February 2020

Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s Pro Bono Survey

Featured in Pro bono 2019

Our latest survey continues to evidence the great efforts Latin American law firms are making to adopt pro bono into their culture. Ahead of publishing the full results on what institutional measures law firms are doing to promote pro bono, today we take a look at an area in which many law firms have reported doing work: migration.

03 February 2020

The migration train

Featured in Pro bono 2019

Perhaps no other image best captures the desperation of Latin America’s poorest and most vulnerable migrants than that of La bestia, a freight train route commonly used by Central American migrants to reach the US. On their journeys to new lives, people on the move in Latin America face legal uncertainty, vulnerability and alienation. This has necessitated an unprecedented need for pro bono counsel from lawyers, finds Latin Lawyer.

03 February 2020

A new chapter in the same saga

Argentina is facing a period of public and private sector debt restructuring – again. Bomchil partners Tomás Araya and Fermín Caride set out the challenges the country faces and the options ahead for debtors and creditors.

30 January 2020

It’s time for Brazil to change its perception of medical cannabis

Countries around the world – including in Latin America – are regulating the use of medical cannabis, tapping into a lucrative and expanding market for the drug. So far Brazil has yet to follow suit, but Graça Couto Advogados partner Natalie Sequerra says it’s time for a rethink.

29 January 2020

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