Brazil Teams 2019 – GC Powerlist

Brazil Teams 2019

A. P. Moller Maersk Group

| A. P. Moller Maersk Group

What is the legal team’s structure? After the Hamburg Sud Group acquisition, the company’s legal departments across South America were merged into one centrally controlled team with regional segments. In...

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ABB

| ABB

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Abbott

| Abbott

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Accenture

| Accenture

Can you briefly explain how the legal team is structured? The legal team in Brazil is organised by function. A commercial team, called sales and delivery, is responsible for negotiating...

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Aché

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Editor Message

Since first being published as The Corporate Counsel 100, The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist series has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2013. It started by covering four of the world’s most established legal markets, and whilst the core objective of the publication – highlighting the most capable,
outstanding and innovative in-house counsel in a jurisdiction – has remained the same, the reach and scope of the GC Powerlist has since become almost unrecognisable. Now present in a vast array of jurisdictions and with a portfolio of 70 unique editions, the GC Powerlist series has gone from strength to strength and has firmly been established as the “go-to” title that assesses and features leading corporate counsel across the globe.

Not content to rest on our laurels, we at The Legal 500 are evolving the GC Powerlist series even further, deepening our commitment to ensuring not only the widest geographical coverage, but to highlight and explore issues and challenges at the forefront of the minds of leading in-house lawyers. Therefore, this and future editions of the GC Powerlist will have a very diff erent look to their predecessors. Instead of profiling individual counsel or in-house legal teams, more incisive insights from in-house thought leaders
on the topics of the day will be featured extensively throughout our new look GC Powerlist publications.

This new look entails the publication of Q&A transcripts regarding legal and business challenges, comment pieces on specific industry or regulatory affairs, more detailed analysis as to where the market is heading and content related to soft-skills, work ethic and business relationships that general counsel utilise. This new format will not only provide more thought leadership and insight, but provide more clarity on what is driving legal business forward in each market that we cover.

In the GC Powerlist: Brazil Teams 2019, we showcase the considerable strength of the in-house legal market in Brazil. This talent is demonstrated in this edition’s compliment of in-house legal teams representing the innovation, adaptability and technical versatility that encapsulates the Brazilian inhouse
legal market.

This market is known for its changeable pace and this year has been no exception. Our interview subjects explained significant changes in terms of privacy, trade and tax laws as well as adaption to political volatility and the impact of the 2018 truck drivers’ strike. Despite this seemingly disruptive atmosphere, the Brazilian in-house legal market has been keeping up with global trends in innovation particularly around diversity and inclusion policy, legal technology and team management technique. This edition features a range of legal teams of different sectors, sizes and functions and showcases a high level of expertise. I offer my congratulations to this year’s entrants and thank them for their insights.

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Sponsor Message

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados logo

2019 is drawing to an end. Not the happiest end, but also not the worst.
Although many expectations regarding the performance of the current administration failed to materialise, very important steps towards the recovery of our economic growth have been taken, among them the reduction of the bureaucratic requirements that hampered entrepreneurship in Brazil and the restructuring of our social security system. Hopefully, the results will start to be noticed in 2020. In the meantime, companies are still struggling to survive in a cash strapped environment.

Such scenarios highlight the importance of a skilled and determined legal department, acting in close cooperation with management, to be able to deal with the challenges posed by an economy that is starting to recover, though still remaning weak and vulnerable.

Versatility, innovation, pro activity are some of the key aspects of a successful legal team that shall be always alert to risks and opportunities. The legal teams nominated for this year’s GC Powerlist: Brazil meet or even exceed such requirements.

We from Castro Barros are happy and proud to team up again with The Legal 500 in honouring ourcolleagues who are pursuing careers as in-house counsel, and are hereby well represented by the nominees for this 2019 event. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Yours truly,

José Augusto Leal

Castro Barros Advogados