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Women in Law: Latin America 2022

In this GC magazine special edition, in partnership with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP, we focus on profiling a group of trailblazing women in-house counsel across Latin America – women who have, in the face of quite significant challenges, broken through barriers and glass ceilings, and are paving the way for others to follow.

In-House Technology in North America

In association with WSG, GC surveyed leading general counsel from across the US and Canada, examining the influence that technology continues to have on legal practice, especially during the last two years that have seen the legal profession impacted by technology more than any other period in history.

GC Magazine, in association with Latham & Watkins, looks at the concerns and risks GCs around the world have identified as emerging threats in this evolving regulatory climate.

In-House Technology in Asia Pacific

GC magazine teamed up WSG to survey over 100 of Asia Pacific’s leading general counsel, asking them about everything from the impact of Covid-19 on the legal team’s efficiency to their use of AI, how they find the right software (and the money to buy it), and their expectations of outside counsel when it comes to technology.

Women in Law: Latin America

In this GC magazine special edition, in partnership with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP, we focus on profiling a group of trailblazing women in-house counsel across Latin America – women who have, in the face of quite significant challenges, broken through barriers and glass ceilings, and are paving the way for others to follow.

Their Voices

GC's latest collaboration with Clifford Chance, Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers, chronicles the journeys and stories of a selection of the next generation of lawyers, revealing that the stereotypical, well-trodden pathway to law is far from the sole entry point to the profession.

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers

In Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers, GC Magazine team worked with Clifford Chance to profile the professional journeys of some of its female partners and associates around the world, highlighting the diversity of pathways to success as a woman in law, and also to share practical learnings and tips

To help us understand just how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted businesses in the region, we spoke to over 100 of Latin America’s leading GCs regarding how their organisations adjusted to life during lockdown, what impact the situation had on the legal team’s ability to perform its day-to-day role, and which areas of their businesses’ operations were likely to be hit hardest.

GC on Tour

In our GC on Tour blog, we showcase the stories of counsel we encounter on our travels, sharing a snapshot of what life as a lawyer entails

GC + Finnegan: Trusted Advisor – Women in Leadership

Interviews

Claudia González Montt, general counsel and external affairs, SMU S.A.

Because I am a woman, it’s very important to me that, in an organization, women have equal treatment and equal opportunities to anyone else. Diversity and inclusion means being recognized for my talent, ability, my individual characteristics and it’s important that, based on those, I can compete and develop with equal opportunity. The importance of …

Alexandra Blanco, general counsel, Pro Mujer

In Bolivia, unequal access to justice undermines the possibility of equality in society. As a university student, I volunteered with a human rights organization that worked in a women’s prison here in Bolivia. Most of the women that I worked with were survivors of gender violence, and it quickly became clear that many women were in jail simply because they did not have the money to afford a lawyer, not because they were likely responsible …

Anna Martini Pereira, partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Having a diverse team brings different points of view to the table where a specific solution or point is raised because of the unique perspective of an individual based on their life experience and identity. I have been in situations where someone raised a point that was within my blind spot, and without which the …

María José Van Morlegan, director of legal and regulatory affairs, Edenor

To me, diversity and inclusion means the possibility for anyone to have the opportunity to participate, or to make an improvement in, their career on an equal basis with anyone else. I belong to a percentage of the population that could do that – I am at director level after a long career of 25 …

Carolina Forero Isaza, North Cluster Board Attorney and LATAM Vaccines Lead, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

I love the way the DEI team at Johnson and Johnson puts it: you belong. I love it because it’s about feeling comfortable to bring your true self to work. It’s indispensable to have everybody’s point of view – if you have customers, patients and stakeholders all over the world, it’s important to have a …

Amanda Lee Cotrim Lopez, senior legal director LATAM, ADP

Latin America is a melting point for ancestries, ethnicities and races, making it one of the most diverse regions in the world. It is also a region where minorities face significant barriers to employment. For example, recent studies show that around 90% of board seats are occupied by men. If women are not represented on …

Isabel Araujo, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

First, we should make mindful decisions about who we hire and resist the urge to favor people who look like us, went to the same schools as us or grew up in the same towns as us. Then, once you have a diverse legal team, be mindful that everyone’s experiences are different, and just because …

Ana Silvia Dias Haynes, General counsel for Brazil and Latin America, Essilor Group

Latin America is a diverse region, with over 660 million people of various ethnic groups and ancestries: Amerindians, white, mestizos, African descendants, Europeans, among others. It is essential to all companies and their workforces to continuously reinforce the need for diversity and inclusion in their work environments and, most importantly, in the Latin American boards …

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