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From lobbying to advocacy: shaping government policy
From lobbying to advocacy: shaping government policy

From lobbying to advocacy: shaping government policy

24 February 2020

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 f...

What does USMCA mean for Mexico’s workforce?
What does USMCA mean for Mexico’s workforce?

What does USMCA mean for Mexico’s workforce?

24 February 2020

Some in-house counsel have hailed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)’s labour requirements as a victory for Mexican workers, but others are concerned they could leave companies worse off. LACCA finds out how Mexico’s new standards will impact local and international businesses and what legal teams should be doing...

LACCA Awards supplement now online
LACCA Awards supplement now online

LACCA Awards supplement now online

24 February 2020

A special supplement celebrating LACCA’s sixth annual awards ceremony is now available to members and subscribers online.

Jurídico de Saias marks 10-year anniversary with second book launch
Jurídico de Saias marks 10-year anniversary with second book launch

Jurídico de Saias marks 10-year anniversary with second book launch

24 February 2020

Brazilian all-female in-house networking group Jurídico de Saias – “Legal in Skirts” – has released a book celebrating its diverse membership to mark its 10th year in action. Coordinator Josie Jardim, assistant GC for e-commerce retailer Amazon, speaks to LACCA about how the book showcases the group&rsqu...

GSK promotes in consumer healthcare division
GSK promotes in consumer healthcare division

GSK promotes in consumer healthcare division

24 February 2020

Ricardo Estrada was promoted to legal head of the wider Latin America region at pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer healthcare division last month. He tells LACCA about the regulatory difficulties faced when working in Central America and GSK’s plans for expansion.

It’s all about engagement: Compliance Management Award
It’s all about engagement: Compliance Management Award

It’s all about engagement: Compliance Management Award

10 February 2020

Working as a compliance director in Mexico certainly brings its challenges, but for Daniel Perez-Cirera, GC and director of compliance at Samsung, success is all about keeping employees engaged. He speaks to Alison O’Connell about creating a culture of ethics from the ground-up and why involving all areas of the business is key. ...

The growing divide between the least and most corrupt LatAm countries
The growing divide between the least and most corrupt LatAm countries

The growing divide between the least and most corrupt LatAm countries

10 February 2020

A staggering 74% of Latin American countries rank in the bottom half of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The divide between those countries that are moving up the ranks year-on-year compared to those that are plummeting is growing. LACCA talks to GCs across the region to find out why.  

Celebrating equality: Social Responsibility Award
Celebrating equality: Social Responsibility Award

Celebrating equality: Social Responsibility Award

10 February 2020

Having an effective corporate social responsibility programme is about working collaboratively across departments to form an enriched company culture that advocates for the rights of minorities. Beverage multinational Diageo does just that and is this year’s winner of LACCA’s Social Responsibility Award. GCs Sandra Lalli and Pa...

Odebrecht “failed to fulfil” monitorship obligations, DOJ says
Odebrecht “failed to fulfil” monitorship obligations, DOJ says

Odebrecht “failed to fulfil” monitorship obligations, DOJ says

10 February 2020

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) told a Brooklyn federal court on 29 January that Odebrecht’s 2016 plea agreement over a global bribery scandal has been extended. Odebrecht, which was handed the 

News in brief – 10 February
News in brief – 10 February

News in brief – 10 February

10 February 2020

This month’s news in brief sees developments in Brazil’s famed criminal investigation against state-owned Petrobras, political changes in Bolivia and Peru, and moves towards the legalisation of marijuana in Mexico.

From criminal liability to stricter investigations: Peru’s new labour reform
From criminal liability to stricter investigations: Peru’s new labour reform

From criminal liability to stricter investigations: Peru’s new labour reform

27 January 2020

Peru’s government is cracking down on health and safety violations at companies, but some in-house counsel are concerned the country’s new labour reforms are too restrictive of business operations, especially since managers will now be held criminally liable for workplace accidents. GCs talk to LACCA about the legal and practic...

Lawyers react to divisive Colombian tax changes
Lawyers react to divisive Colombian tax changes

Lawyers react to divisive Colombian tax changes

27 January 2020

Colombia’s congress has passed a tax reform bill that local in-house counsel say is likely to lower unemployment rates and encourage foreign investment. But the bill has been met by political and public backlash from protestors, who say it is a sop to big corporations and does not do enough for workers.