Europe: Latin America Specialists 2023 – GC Powerlist
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Europe: Latin America Specialists 2023

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Alejandra Sánchez Crespo

Corporate legal counsel | Satlink

Telecommunication services

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Alejandro Rincón Nieto

Chief legal officer | Almar Water Solutions

Energy and utilities

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Alexandra Laugery Dock

Corporate counsel and company secretary | Vencorex France

Materials and mining

Ana Bayó Busta

Head of legal and compliance, Iberia | Bayer

Healthcare

Ana Calapez

Senior legal counsel, Iberoamerica | Securitas - Security Services Ibero America

Commercial and professional services

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Ana Mascate

Head of legal, Mediterranean and Latin America | AXA Partners

Insurance

Andrea de Moraes Bina

Regional counsel and compliance, Iberia | Beckman Coulter

Healthcare

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Anna Trallero

Global head of legal | Cabify

Information technology

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Antonio Guillamon

Legal counsel | Sacyr Concesiones

Industrials and real estate

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Antonio Redondo Monsalve

Legal director | Mutua Madrileña

Financials

Arthur Ribeiro Vinau

Legal director, Americas | Heineken

Food

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Astrid Menacho

Legal director | Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas

Industrials and real estate

Azhanty Jheman Martinez

Senior legal counsel, EU and LATAM | Eiffage Energía Sistemas

Industrials and real estate

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Belen Dominguez Domech

Head of global legal deparment | Minsait

Information technology

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Carlos López Martín de Blas

Global head of legal and secretary general | Secuoya Content Group

Sports and media

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Carlos Martínez

Head of legal and compliance, Iberia, Italy and LATAM | Cordis

Healthcare

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Casandra Alonso Misal Gerlache

General counsel | Grupo Iberconsa

Food

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Christina Marakas

Assistant general counsel | Vyaire Medical

Healthcare

Cristiane Rego

Legal director | Braskem Netherlands

Materials and mining

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Cristina Pinedo Sendagorta

Legal counsel, concessions division | OHLA Group

Industrials and real estate

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David Bürger

Legal department manager | GAM

Industrials and real estate

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David Damián López

Senior legal counsel | Vestas

Energy and utilities

David López Medina

Legal director | Garcia Carrion

Food

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Dmitry A. Alekseev

Head of legal, LATAM | Havas

Sports and media

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Dolores Lojo

General counsel, Iberoamerica | Securitas Seguridad España

Commercial and professional services

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Dr. Agnes Csavlek

Senior legal counsel | Endava

Information technology

Eduardo Coutinho

Group general counsel | CGG

Information technology

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Eduardo Ruiz Montoya

Vice president and deputy general counsel, international legal (EMEA, APJ, LATAM) | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Information technology

Eduardo Tunchel

Senior legal manager | Genesis Global

Financials

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Enrique Rubio Ayala

Senior regional legal manager, Brasil, HispAm and global projects | Telefónica

Telecommunication services

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Enrique Sánchez Fernández

General counsel | Avanza

Transport and infrastructure

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Eric Stein

Vice president, legal | Palo Alto Networks

Information technology

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Erick Gómez Roy

Senior legal director Europe, Turkey and Africa, CIS and LATAM | Oriflame Cosmetics

Consumer products

Eva Olano Kälin

Head of legal, new markets | Cintra

Industrials and real estate

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Fabiana Muzi

Group head of legal and compliance and company secretary | PetrolValves

Energy and utilities

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Fátima Vale

Legal counsel | CIN – Corporação Industrial do Norte

Materials and mining

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Federico Frachia Sabaris

Principal legal counsel | SAS

Information technology

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Fernando Ortega

General counsel | Siemens

Consumer products

Fernando V. Beguiristáin

Chief legal officer and public affairs director | Acciona

Energy and utilities

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Florence Charlet

International senior legal counsel | GEODIS

Transport and infrastructure

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Frank Vereijken

In-house legal counsel | Bavaria

Food

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Ignacio Martinez de Lecea

Vice president, deputy general counsel, EMEA | Baxter International

Healthcare

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Iñigo Tellechea

Legal counsel and board member | Ferrovial Airports International

Transport and infrastructure

Jaime Escobar

Head of legal | Deliverect

Information technology

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Jaime Zurita Carrión

Chief legal officer | Telxius

Telecommunication services

Javier Bermúdez de Castro Berbel

Head of legal | Secuoya Studios

Sports and media

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Javier Folguera

General counsel and secretary of the board of directors | Hispasat

Telecommunication services

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Javier Telleria

Legal counsel | Acciona

Energy and utilities

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Javier Usero Fernández

Legal director, Spain and LATAM | INTELCIA

Commercial and professional services

Jesús Ortega Roldán

Chief compliance officer | Aqualia

Industrials and real estate

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Joaquin Morales Salazar

Head of legal, Iberia, Italy and LATAM | Majorel

Commercial and professional services

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Jonathan Gaw

Senior director, associate general counsel, head of legal EMEA and LATAM | Adobe

Information technology

José Gómez de Barreda Tous de Monsalve

General counsel | Globalvia

Transport and infrastructure

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José María Balboa

General counsel, Spain and LATAM | Inetum

Information technology

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Juan Blanco Dávila

General counsel, international | Ferrero

Consumer products

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Juan Luis Dominguez Sidera

Legal counsel and general secretary | Grupo Ortiz

Industrials and real estate

Juan Pablo Ocaña

Senior director, legal and compliance | Llorente y Cuenca

Commercial and professional services

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Juan Stembert Segura

Legal director | Grupo Aldesa

Industrials and real estate

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Juan Vales Cortés

Legal director | Mapfre

Insurance

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Julia Bayón

Global general counsel, corporate and investment banking | Banco Santander

Financials

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Julia Taddei

General counsel | Petrobras Netherlands

Energy and utilities

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Julián David Padilla Vivas

Legal director, Poland and East Europe | Reckitt

Consumer products

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Julien Pochet

Chief legal officer, GBU thermal, supply and hydrogen | ENGIE

Energy and utilities

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Karina Becerra

Legal director | Nordex Group

Energy and utilities

Leandro Meneses

General counsel | Duro Felguera

Industrials and real estate

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Leyre Navarro Aranda

Legal director | Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas

Industrials and real estate

Luis Elias

General counsel | Grupo Planeta

Sports and media

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Manuel Morales Zapata

Legal director | Capsa

Food

Margarita Mínguez Martín

General counsel, international | Veepee

Information technology

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María del Carmen Honrado

Legal director, concessions division | OHLA Group

Industrials and real estate

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María del Carmen Salgado Troya

Senior legal counsel, LATAM | Nestlé

Food

María José López Lorenzo

Legal director | Liga Nacional de Fútbol

Sports and media

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María Juliana Muci Richa

Global counsel, regulatory compliance and disputes | Spotify

Information technology

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Maria Pernas Martinez

Group executive committee member, group general counsel and commercial and contract management | Capgemini

Information technology

Mariano Lor Fernández-Torija

Spanish legal operations manager | Capgemini 

Information technology

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Marta Almeida Afonso

General counsel and company secretary | REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais

Energy and utilities

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Martin Estrela

Legal and finance director | Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo

Industrials and real estate

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Matthew Lepore

General counsel and chief compliance officer | BASF

Materials and mining

Mauro Calvo

Senior vice president, compliance and data protection, International | Fresenius Kabi

Healthcare

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Mercè Parera Sallent

Senior legal counsel | Cegid

Information technology

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Michelangelo F. Stefani

Vice president, legal international | Hologic Swiss Group

Healthcare

Miguel Perea-Milla

General counsel and head of compliance | Eurodivisas (Global Exchange Group)

Financials

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Miguel Rovira

Senior legal counsel | Fluidra

Industrials and real estate

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Neil Curtis

Group general counsel | Séché Environnement

Energy and utilities

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Neil Laventure

Vice president legal, EMEA and LATAM | Haleon

Commercial and professional services

Nerea Llona

Tax and legal counsel, Spain and LATAM | Utmost Wealth Solutions

Financials

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Newman de Faria Debs

Vice president, global head of legal, powerhouses | Unilever

Consumer products

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Nicolas Kaeller-Cox

Associate general counsel, head of legal for Europe, MEA and APAC | Sonova Group

Healthcare

Nieves Polanco Escolar

Legal counsel, project finance | Sacyr Concesiones

Industrials and real estate

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Nina Cronstedt

Chief legal officer | Verisure

Commercial and professional services

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Ondřej Ležatka

Group legal counsel | Urban Developers and Investors

Industrials and real estate

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Pablo Del Yesso

Legal and data protection manager | MicroPort CRM

Healthcare

Pablo Pozuelo de Felipe

Head of legal department | Rover Grupo

Industrials and real estate

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Patrícia Borges

General counsel, Latin America | McDonald's

Food

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Patricia Mancebo

Legal counsel | Veritas Intercontinental

Healthcare

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Patricio Morenés Hoyos

Group general counsel and company secretary | Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación

Consumer products

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Pedro Perea

Group general counsel | Prosegur

Commercial and professional services

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Pepe Rangel

Head of legal, Europe and LATAM | Jinko Power Technology

Energy and utilities

Rafael Lorenzo Maseda

Senior legal manager, Spain, Portugal and LATAM | Astellas Pharma Europe

Healthcare

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Ramón Almoguera de Asís

Regional legal counsel, Iberia and LATAM | Howden

Insurance

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Raquel Carvajal Caballero

Legal manager and compliance officer | UBE Corporation Europe

Materials and mining

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Richard Engelen

General counsel | SAP

Information technology

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Richard Hamilton

Deputy general counsel | Stryker

Healthcare

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Robert Kuster

Head of legal | Zurich Insurance Group

Insurance

Roberta Cordeiro

General counsel for LATAM and Portugal | Capgemini

Information technology

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Rubén Delgado Corral

Lead legal counsel, M&A and corporate | NTT Data Europe & LATAM

Information technology

Santiago González Pérez

Director and legal counsel | American Express

Financials

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Santiago Martínez Garrido

General counsel and company secretary | Iberdrola

Energy and utilities

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Sebastián Chames

Executive vice president and general counsel | Paramount

Sports and media

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Serge Lanksoy

Legal director | Andros

Food

Sergio Salluh

Head of legal, procurement global contrats and tenders | Enel Group

Energy and utilities

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Silvia Martinucci

Vice president, head of legal, Middle East and Africa | Stellantis

Consumer products

Sofia Idehn

Legal director, EMEA and LATAM | Tarkett

Industrials and real estate

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Stephanie Macri

Legal affairs manager | Ualá

Financials

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Sylvie Maurice-Gril

Associate general counsel | Bio-Rad Laboratories

Healthcare

Tatiana Gonzalez Ceron

General counsel, beauty and wellbeing LATAM, head of legal and data privacy leader, LATAM | Unilever

Consumer products

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Teresa González Ercoreca

Senior legal director | Paramount

Sports and media

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Thibaut Gregoire

Executive vice president, general counsel international markets | MasterCard

Information technology

Timo Mathias Spitzer

Head of legal Santander Corporate & Investment Banking Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Nordic countries | Banco Santander

Financials

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Victor Amado

Regional general counsel, Spain and LATAM | SoftwareONE

Information technology

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Vincent Pringiers

General counsel | Maxion Wheels

Consumer products

Zahori Martinez Calva

General counsel | Siemens Mobility Spain

Transport and infrastructure

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We are thrilled to present to you the inaugural GC Powerlist: Europe Latin America Specialists 2023. This eagerly awaited publication marks a significant milestone, building on the success of its predecessor, 2022’s GC Powerlist Spain: Latin America Specialists.

This new release is a testament to the continuous commitment of recognising and celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Europe’s leading in-house lawyers who dedicate their efforts to the dynamic and challenging Latin American markets.

As the legal landscape continues to evolve and globalise, the role of in-house lawyers becomes increasingly pivotal in navigating the complexities of international business. The focus on Europe’s top in-house lawyers with a specialisation in Latin American markets underscores the strategic importance of this region in the global business arena. Latin America, with its diverse economies, regulatory frameworks, and cultural nuances, presents unique challenges that demand specialised expertise.

The publication not only highlights the professional achievements of these lawyers but also serves as a platform for acknowledging their expertise in dealing with the intricacies of cross-border legal matters. Whether it’s managing mergers and acquisitions, navigating regulatory compliance, or addressing cultural considerations, these legal professionals play a crucial role in facilitating successful business operations between Europe and Latin America.

A key takeaway from our the exclusive content within the publication is that Latin America is a region with a rich and diverse cultural tapestry, and this diversity extends to the ways in which business is conducted across various countries. As brilliantly put by Enrique Rubio Ayala, senior regional manager at Telefónica, “Culture across Latin American countries is enormous. It is reflected in different the ways to work and different business tactics”. On this, Leandro Meneses, general counsel at Duro Felguera also states that “[t]he legal landscape in Latin America is very diverse, and each country has its own unique set of laws and regulations.” In all while it’s important to recognise that generalisations might not capture the nuances of each nation’s business culture, there are some common trends and characteristics that are often observed, essential to the way in-house lawyers conduct their operations in the region.

As businesses continue to expand globally, the need for legal expertise in navigating diverse legal systems and business environments becomes paramount. The GC Powerlist publication plays a crucial role in shedding light on the achievements of those at the forefront of this legal frontier, contributing to the broader dialogue on the intersection of European and Latin American legal practices.

There are many other relevant topics and challenges exclusively discussed in this publication, so we invite you to explore The GC Powerlist: Europe Latin America Specialists 2023 and discover the extraordinary stories of these exceptional individuals.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the in-house lawyers featured in this publication for their valuable contributions and for sharing their journeys with us. I am delighted to present to you this distinguished list of Europe’s most exceptional, diligent, and celebrated in-house lawyers with a focus on Latin American markets.

 

 

Francisco Faria e Castro | Lead researcher

GC Summit Ankara 2023

The Legal 500 granted the Ankara in-house community exclusive access to the groundbreaking GC Summit, an event dedicated solely to delving into the crucial legal challenges and opportunities faced by in-house legal specialists in the Turkish capital.

Setting the tone for the event, Murat Yazıcı, the founder of Yazıcı Attorney Partnership, delivered a compelling opening keynote address. He passionately explored the active role that general counsel can and should play in today’s dynamic world, addressing the imminent challenges on the horizon.

Throughout the day, we were privileged to glean insights from eminent private practice attorneys at Erciyas, Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, Gonen Law Office, and Tunca Attorney Partnership. Additionally, the perspectives and ideas of senior in-house attorneys from renowned companies such as LG Electronics, KİBAR Holding A.Ş., Hyundai Assan Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Rönesans Holding, Akfen Holding, Pragma, Gülermak Group, Kalyon Holding, Alacer Gold Madencilik A.Ş., COB Tüprag, and Limak Group of Companies, among others, enriched our understanding. The Istanbul Arbitration Centre also made valuable contributions.

The agenda encompassed a diverse range of topics, including navigating internal challenges with insights from leading in-house counsel; exploring current trends and sectorial insights in M&A transactions with a focus on key elements for a successful deal and legal challenges; mastering the art of crafting effective contracts by navigating drafting, negotiations, and key considerations; and delving into strategic investment dynamics in mining and energy, where discussions centered around navigating legal frameworks, building trust, and managing public perception for in-house success.

Bringing the event to a powerful conclusion, Başak Gürbüz, Visa’s principal regional counsel, delivered an inspiring presentation. She summarized the day’s key insights and explored the pivotal role of in-house counsel in today’s ever-evolving landscape, offering valuable insights on managing organizational expectations effectively.

We are grateful for the excellent response from sponsors, speakers and delegates.

Finally, we’d like to thank the moderators and panellists who helped construct a great program that ensured the summit’s success and enabled all of you to attend.

Until the next time, take care.