Published September 2019
The true measure of a leader is the ability to find the right balance between business foresight, performance, and strong leadership. Valeria Plastino, VP and GC for Latin America at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink) and winner of LACCA’s General Counsel of the Year award, speaks to Alison O’Connell about supporting the company through a decade of regional growth, building a cross-functional team from scratch and why connectivity is key for any successful multijurisdictional team.
Acknowledging that innovation is a game-changer is one thing, but knowing how to build a culture which sets innovation at its heart is quite another. LACCA speaks to Jacobo Cohen Imach, senior vice president and head of MercadoLibre’s legal department, winners of this year’s Regional Team of the Year Award, about the team’s strategies to ensure efficiency, how they helped pioneer the way for e-commerce in the region and why it is important to be creative in a rapidly changing industry.
Colombian construction company Grupo Odinsa’s infrastructure investments have provided vital transport links across Latin America and the Caribbean. Behind the scenes, Odinsa’s director of international legal affairs has worked to bridge gaps in understanding between internal departments, in doing so earning herself Legal Counsel of the Year 2017.
Singlehandedly managing a company’s litigation across a region as complex as Latin America is no easy feat, especially when that company is undergoing one of the biggest corporate splits in history. This year’s Litigation Management Award winner, Eduardo Palinkas, tells LACCA how he has managed to reduce Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s litigation portfolio over the past three years and dramatically reduce costs.
Senior in-house counsel from Level 3 Communications, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Netshoes, alongside regional legal departments from MercadoLibre and Viettel, were all winners at the 4th LACCA Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday evening in Miami.
The dynamic rate of developments in technology and the online and e-commerce sectors demands continually innovative thinking from GCs in the sector. Flávio Franco, executive legal director at online retailer Netshoes, shares his strategies for inking the types of unprecedented deals that saw him crowned Dealmaker of the Year during this year’s LACCA Awards.
Whatever sector or industry, it may often seem like a herculean task for those responsible for compliance to keep abreast of the variety of regulations that exist, never mind ensuring all staff adhere to them. Adriana Cardinali, special projects legal manager at Brazil’s largest cement company Votorantim Cimentos, talks LACCA through the proactive steps she took to implement a robust compliance framework and create a culture of ethics at the company worldwide, leading her to win this year’s Compliance Counsel of the Year Award.
For many companies, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes come low on the list of priorities, but Vietnamese mobile network operator Viettel made its schools-focused initiative a central part of the launch of its Peruvian subsidiary, Bitel. Raúl Galdo Marín, Bitel’s director of legal and regulatory affairs describes the fundamental support his legal team offered to the process, which earned his company LACCA’s Social Responsibility Award for 2017.