Published September 2018
Helping companies manage the increasingly complex task of balancing uncertainly and risk with business opportunity in Latin America is no easy feat, and companies have become progressively dependent on their in-house teams, who are increasingly playing a key role in the business decision-making process.
The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association Awards acknowledge the growing sophistication and legal skill on show within the region’s companies by celebrating excellence and innovation. Each year, leading corporate counsel and private practice lawyers from across the region nominate those they believe to be the best Latin American in-house lawyers and teams across seven categories including legal department management, deal-making, compliance and litigation helping LACCA to identify the cream of the regional in-house community.
Having successfully led more than 20 M&A transactions, 10 international bond offerings and two IPOs for Peruvian holding company Grupo Intercorp, Alison O’Connell speaks to Juan Antonio Castro Molina, LACCA’s Dealmaker of the Year, about his role in transforming the company from a local financial conglomerate into a regional powerhouse.
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.
Emir Calluf Filho, legal and compliance director at J&F Investimentos, and recipient of this year’s Compliance Counsel of the Year award, tells LACCA how he took the reins after a major corruption scandal, overhauling compliance practices and rebuilding a reputation piece by piece.
LACCA speaks to Salvador Juncadella, winner of LACCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, former GC and founder of the Juncadella Corporate Counsel Group, about his lengthy career and his contributions to the Latin American corporate counsel community.
LACCA’s 5th annual Awards Ceremony took place in Miami on Wednesday, celebrating the cream of the region’s in-house community.
From nurturing talent, leading successful deals and cost-saving initiatives, to managing claims after a major earthquake and developing pioneering insurance products to protect Mexicans, Javier Oroz Coppel, winner of LACCA’s General Counsel of the Year Award, really does it all. He speaks to Alison O’Connell about how his multidisciplinary approach to the role of GC has led him to achieve a reputation as a powerful force in the industry.
Integrating two large-scale and sophisticated organisations is no easy feat, but one legal department made it look easy. Alison O’Connell speaks to Johnson Controls’ Latin American legal department, LACCA’s Regional Team of the Year, about how the team came out of the merger with Tyco stronger than ever.
Ronald Ramírez, HPE’s regional legal counsel for Central America, the Caribbean and Venezuela, and LACCA’s first Rising Star of the Year, talks about confronting fears and the value of mentors.
Leading a litigation department through a complex legal landscape such as Brazil is no easy feat, but for Rafael Dantas, winner of LACCA’s Litigation Management Award, it’s all about the power of negotiation and doing everything you can to reduce the size of your company’s litigation portfolio. He speaks to LACCA about being at the top of his game.
While many companies across Latin America are taking strides to improve diversity in their working environments, none have done so quite like investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which has made inclusion integral to its corporate structure. Eloise Hardy catches up with the legal team in Brazil, winner of LACCA’s Social Responsibility award, to discuss how the department contributes to the company’s impressive commitment to inclusion and how they help spread the message of D&I across the wider Brazilian legal community.