Thursday 19 November - Friday 20 - November 2020, Zoom

Speakers

Felipe Olivares

Legal director for South America, Acciona, Santiago

Sandra Monroy

Legal director of Andean region, Uber, Bogotá

Giannina Acosta Pizarro

Director of legal and health and safety, The Adecco Group, Lima

Daniel Weinstein

Legal manager, BHP Minerals Americas, Santiago

Carolina Camacho

Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogotá

Daniel Sibille

Regional senior compliance director and deputy compliance officer, Oracle, São Paulo

John Aguilar Quesada

Aguilar Castillo Love, San José

Sebastian Palacios

Commercial and digital transformation attorney for Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, Microsoft, Santiago

Sergio Urias

Covington, New York

Bruna Cassiano

Head of legal for Latin America and the Caribbean, Concentrix, São Paulo

Renzo Parodi

General counsel and head of Latin America legal organisation, Tata Consultancy Services, Buenos Aires

Jorge Martinez

Legal counsel, compliance officer and corporate secretary, Giesecke+Devrient, Mexico City

Adriana Pallis

Machado Meyer Advogados, São Paulo

Leonor Echeverria

Fragomen, San José

Gustavo Sáchica

Chief legal and compliance officer, Allianz Colombia, Bogotá

Andrew Biberstein

Legal counsel, Shell Oil Company, Houston

Programme

Programme

All times are in GMT.

Each panel will last 45 minutes, which includes a set time for Q&As from attendees. A short virtual networking opportunity will follow each panel. 

Thursday 19 November

16:25 - Welcome speech

16.30 - Stepping up to the challenge: crisis management in the covid-19 era

Storms take many forms, and the covid-19 pandemic is just one. This panel considers how in-house counsel can be strong leaders in their businesses before, during and after a crisis. Legal sometimes have a reputation for being risk-averse and slow at decision making, but many in-house counsel refute this stereotype. Panellists will assess the different paths GCs and legal teams can carve out to support the operational and commercial divisions of their business, particularly those areas facing potential legal action as a result of widespread lockdowns, travel restrictions and liquidity issues triggered by the covid-19 pandemic. Panellists will share tried-and-tested approaches they have used to protect their businesses’ value when disaster strikes. Topics under discussion include:

  • Damage control and other urgent objectives in today’s climate
  • Adapting health and safety measures to a pandemic – what compliance hurdles must legal teams overcome during and after the covid-19 crisis?
  • Supporting other business divisions – where is legal input needed most during and after a crisis?

Moderator:
John Aguilar Quesada, Aguilar Castillo Love, San José

Panel:
Sandra Monroy, Legal director of Andean region, Uber, Bogotá
Daniel Weinstein, Legal manager, BHP Minerals Americas, Santiago 

17:15 - Networking break 

17.30 - Labouring in the aftermath of covid-19: labour disputes and other long-view employment issues caused by the pandemic

Panellists will share their strategies for handling unprecedented labour issues emerging in the wake of the pandemic. The long-term repercussions of the covid-19 pandemic might be the most definitive ways it shapes how companies operate going forward, including how they interact with their workforce. Heightened health and safety regulations came in hard and fast during 2020, creating an environment ripe for disputes. There are other changes to working practices as a result of the pandemic; government aid schemes introduced across the region continue to help businesses that are getting employees back to work as lockdowns start to ease. Meanwhile, some companies are adapting to virtual recruitment and working out how best to handle employee health data, as well as making adjustments to compensation packages. Panellists will cover:

  • Labour disputes: what’s fuelling them, and how can they be mitigated and overcome?
  • Supporting employees returning to offices: government aid schemes, collecting health data and changes to compensation packages
  • Labour practices in the virtual era: online recruitment and job restructurings

Moderator:
Carolina Camacho, Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogotá

Panel:
Renzo Parodi, General counsel and head of Latin America legal organisation, Tata Consultancy Services, Buenos Aires

Giannina Acosta Pizarro, Director of legal and health and safety, The Adecco Group, Lima

18:15 - 18:45: Networking

Friday 20 November

15:25 - Welcome speech

15:30 - Doing more with less: cost-cutting in a legally sound way

Many companies’ operations have been compromised in 2020 because of disruptions to their supply chains and customer base caused by lockdown measures, putting their profit margins in jeopardy. Certain sectors – including tourism, aviation and retail – have been hit especially hard. In this climate, many businesses are pursuing cost-cutting measures, in which legal teams have a crucial role to play. Business leaders are consulting with GCs to ensure company-wide economising initiatives cause the least disruption and keep the company compliant with relevant regulations. Panellists will talk about the role in-house counsel can play in protecting their company’s short and long-term fiscal health.

  • Redundancies and reducing wages: tips on minimising disruption, preparing for appeals and facing trade unions
  • Reducing legal department costs: how in-house teams are reigning in their own expenditure
  • Securing the right contracts: negotiating business contracts and clauses that avoid unwanted additional costs in the long-run

Moderator:
Adriana Pallis, Machado Meyer Advogados, São Paulo

Panel:
Bruna Cassiano, Head of legal for Latin America and the Caribbean, Concentrix, São Paulo
Gustavo Sáchica, Head of legal and general secretary, Allianz Colombia, Bogotá

16:15 - Networking break 

16:30 - Tech talks: the convergence of technology, law and knowledge in the new post-pandemic world

The technological revolution within legal departments was well underway before covid-19 hit, but the pandemic has accelerated it even further. In-house counsel are busier than ever with new – often unprecedented – responsibilities, and budget cuts across the board mean teams have to be as efficient as possible. For many, technology has been an invaluable help – both tailor-made solutions as well as off the shelf options are helping teams handle legal issues spanning tax, immigration, labour and litigation: automation programmes, IP and data analytics, as well as AI tools are all enhancing legal department’s capabilities. But knowing what tools to invest in and working within legal budgets can be tough. There’s also the concern that there will be less work for lawyers if software begins to take over. Panelists will identify these threats, identify where the value is for lawyers to evolve, and discuss how in-house counsel must reinvent themselves in this new era, all while integrating technologies seamlessly within their teams and the wider business.

  • What tried-and-tested technologies local, regional, and international companies are using in Latin America
  • How can companies integrate different tech tools and platforms with one another; making them part of the business’ ecosystem
  • How in-house lawyers will have to reinvent themselves to survive in this new age

Moderator:
Leonor Echeverria, Fragomen, San José

Panel:
Sebastian Palacios, Commerical and digital transformation attorney for Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, Microsoft, Santiago
Daniel Sibille, Regional senior compliance director and deputy compliance officer, Oracle, São Paulo

17:15 -  Networking break

17:30 - “De-risking” investments and operations against volatile regulatory backdrops in Latin America

Doing business in Latin America is an ever-evolving venture. With government policies across the region shaking up the status quo in several sectors, regulatory affairs remains an important area for legal teams to navigate. Some sectors are expected to face more hurdles as industries sophisticate, domestic policy priorities change and global geopolitical shifts lead Latin American governments to take a closer look at foreign investors, particularly in strategic sectors. For example, many countries are expected to follow the US and EU in adopting more stringent foreign investment requirements, creating a new layer of regulatory and compliance considerations. In the energy sector, governments in jurisdictions like Colombia and Chile are focusing on the renewables sector, while in Mexico new regulatory hurdles are making renewables projects more difficult to develop and operate. The rapidly changing regulatory environment means legal teams are going to have to adapt, fast. Panellists will present the challenges and solutions needed to reduce the risks that come with operating in regulated areas against volatile political backdrops.

  • The evolving regulatory scene across different sectors, including energy, tech and telecoms
  • What foreign direct investment restrictions impact businesses in the short and long-term
  • How legal teams can present their companies with “de-risk” strategies in regards to public policy, investment protection, warranty and political risk insurance, and more 

Moderator:

Sergio Urias, Covington, New York 

Panel:

Andrew Biberstein, Legal counsel, Shell Oil Company, Houston 

Jorge Martinez, Legal counsel, compliance officer and corporate secretary, Giesecke+Devrient, Mexico City

Felipe Olivares, Legal director for South America, Acciona, Santiago 

18:15 - 18:45: Networking and closing remarks 

Registration

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