Work Area: Law Department Management

Brazilian in-house lawyers open infrastructure boutique

Two former in-house lawyers, who have previously held positions in the energy sector and regulatory agencies, have launched a boutique in São Paulo focusing on energy, infrastructure and public law.

21 January 2021

Rising Star of the Year: aiming high

Playing a pivotal role in some of global software group Intel’s cross-border transactions in the region, legal director Carlos Rivas has a flair for tech M&A and an eye for detail that helps him stand out from his peers. He is the deserving winner of LACCA’s Rising Star of the Year award.  

13 January 2021

Who are LACCA's In-House Counsel Award Winners?

We reveal the winners in our latest LACCA awards season, including General Counsel of the Year and Regional Team of the Year, plus our newest award recognising Environmental, Social and Governance efforts.

13 January 2021

How to never waste a good crisis

Lawyers love to prepare them but never want to need them. Crisis management plans are a vital part of company legal departments’ responsibilities, though shaping them to handle the unexpected is a difficult task. Panellists at LACCA’s Virtual Series explored the damage control measures legal teams can take to avoid the litigious side effects of a crisis, as well as the solutions corporate counsel can pitch to business leaders at a company’s time of need.

16 December 2020

A new dawn for labour and employment issues

The unprecedented challenges surrounding the covid-19 pandemic have unearthed a new era of labour disputes. Unclear labour regulation, misuse of health data and frayed relations stemming from virtual people management missteps are some of the main sore spots spurring the current swell of labour claims, agreed panellists at LACCA’s Virtual Series.

16 December 2020

The age of tech has arrived

Working from home and having to digitalise office spaces in light of covid-19 restrictions means lawyers must embrace technology in their work and their departmental structures, rather than fear it.

16 December 2020

Last chance to tell us which of Latin America's top 100 companies your firm represents

The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) is conducting its annual research into which law firms are regularly retained by the region's largest 100 companies.

06 November 2020

More responsibilities, less budget, and learning to juggle the two

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

Doing more with less is a tough challenge. LACCA’s latest legal spend survey found most in-house teams have reduced their legal budget in the last year, a period when workloads have increased and the complexity of legal issues facing companies has deepened as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. Balancing less budget with more responsibilities has led GCs across the region to find windows of opportunity in unlikely places.

05 October 2020

Top tips for securing the legal budget your team needs

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

Convincing business leaders to approve proposed budgets for legal departments can be one of the harder tasks of a GC. LACCA’s legal spend survey shows that while most GCs are happy with the budget they receive, there is still room for improvement. The region’s in-house community shares their tried-and-tested methods for securing the budgets they want and improving the legal budget process within their companies.

05 October 2020

The art of negotiation: finding the middle ground for law firm fees

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

LACCA’s latest research into in-house teams’ legal spend shows companies prefer not to pay firms by the hour, but still have to use this fee structure for a significant proportion of the work they hire external counsel for. Against a backdrop of heightened widespread financial uncertainty, how can in-house teams negotiate the best deal with law firms?

05 October 2020

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