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Leading in a crisis: GC of the Year

Successfully managing the initial corporate response to the biggest socio-environmental disaster in Brazil’s history requires an exceptional ability to juggle legal, reputational and humanitarian issues. LACCA speaks to Alexandre D’Ambrosio, GC at Vale about his skill in taking public responsibility and showing contrition, while also protecting the company and using the tragedy to strengthen compliance procedures and enact change to ensure errors are never repeated.

Using tech to innovate: It’s all about making the most of available tools

GCs at LACCA’s regional Miami meeting in October came together to discuss how legal departments can innovate with technology without breaking the bank. The conclusion? Legal teams simply need to be more creative and find ways to maximise the tools they are currently using within the department.

Transactional titans in the face of adversity: LACCA’s Regional Team of the Year

From managing the aftermath of the Samarco dam disaster, to handling Chile’s longest mining strike in history, to overcoming threats to ban mining activities, BHP Mineral America’s legal team has had to juggle a lot, while also flexing its transactional muscle throughout the region. LACCA speaks to legal vice president Nicolas Lustig and Chilean legal manager Daniel Weinstein, the winners of LACCA’s Regional Team of the Year Award.

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Striking the right balance

Many jurisdictions in Latin America still have nascent data privacy regulations, so it’s up to companies to create their own internal policies when it comes to protecting information. Panellists at LACCA’s regional meeting in Miami discussed how businesses should balance the tension between an employee’s right to privacy and the right of the employer to use workers’ data to boost productivity.

Seeing the potential: Dealmaker of the Year

New member profile: Deputy head of legal for South America at Acciona Energía

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Who receives the highest wages?

LACCA’s latest research into in-house salaries reveals that GCs in Chile and Brazil receive the highest wages in Latin America, while companies in highly regulated industries such as the pharmaceutical, food and drink, construction and financial services sectors provide the most competitive compensation packages.

GCs value career opportunities over salary

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