Powerlist Members

Adriano Marcelo Baptista

Adriano Marcelo Baptista photo General counsel | Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (CELPE)

Formerly in house at Telemar Norte Leste, Adriano Marcelo Baptista has been general counsel at CELPE, the power concessionaire for the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, since 2005. ‘It’s an incredibly complex role’ notes Angelini Caraciolo De Faro & Gregório’s Bruno Caraciolo: ‘as sole electicity provider in the state, every company and every citizen is a …

Alberto Alcalá

Alberto  Alcalá photo Director of legal, compliance and institutional relations | Pernod Ricard

‘An up-and-coming figure of genuine talent and with real push’, Alberto José Alcalá moved in house at Empresas Polar in 2004 where he gained invaluable industry experience before being appointed head of legal at Pernod Ricard in 2011. Since then, he has also been appointed a member of the board (2012), and as local compliance …

Alejandro Cantu Jiménez

Alejandro Cantu Jiménez photo General counsel and secretary | América Móvil

Formerly at The Legal 500 recommended firm Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes, Alejandro Cantú Jiménez is general counsel at América Móvil, Mexico’s largest mobile phone telecommunications company. ‘A very close business advisor to the company’s senior management team, including Carlos Slim’, observers note that ‘he has overseen a build-out of the company’s footprint from Mexico …

Alejandro Rubilar Camurri

Alejandro Rubilar Camurri photo Country counsel (Chile) | JPMorgan

‘An outstanding in-house counsel’ who ‘not only excels in the theory of law but also on the practical side’, country counsel for JPMorgan (Chile), Alejandro Rubilar also has responsibility for corporate banking matters and lending business at a regional level. Since joining the legal department, he has sought to maximize the use of internal resources …

Alexandra Bandeira

Alexandra Bandeira photo Assistant general counsel | Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)

‘Accessible, creative and easy to work with’ Alexandra Bandeira is an up-and-coming figure who has been assistant general counsel at Brazil’s Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) since 2008. Her role has a strong transactional element and one advocate who has worked on a number of acquisitions with her notes ‘she led on all the processes and …

Alvaro Barriga

Alvaro Barriga photo General counsel | Corp Banca

As general counsel of Corp Group, one of Chile’s major economic holdings, Alvaro Barriga directs an immediate team of three lawyers, but also, depending upon the matter in hand, works with the respective legal teams of constituent business units Corpbanca (20 lawyers); SMU (ten lawyers); and real-estate arm Corp Group Activos Inmobiliarios (five lawyers). He …

Ana Carina Turco Grecco

Ana Carina Turco Grecco photo Head of legal | Molinos Rio de la Plata

‘An excellent in-house lawyer who focuses rapidly on the key issues and is always an aid to her external counsel’, Ana Carina Turco is head of legal at Perez Companc subsidiary, Molinos Río de la Plata, Argentina’s largest branded food-products company. Having joined the company in 2000 as head of corporate matters, she has had …

Ana Carolina de Salles Freire

Ana Carolina de Salles Freire photo Director of legal & compliance and vice president for legal affairs | AES Brazil

Ana Carolina de Salles Freire spent over 15 years at leading law firm TozziniFreire, latterly as a partner, before moving in house at AES Brasil, initially as legal director, and since May 2013, also as director of compliance matters. Since her arrival, she has sought to integrate the work between the corporate and contract teams, …

Antonio Vazquez

Antonio Vazquez photo Vice president & chief counsel (Latin America) | Mondelez International

A former senior manager in the law department at Coopers & Lybrand Madrid, Antonio Vazquez moved in-house at Kraft as director of legal and corporate affairs for the Iberian Peninsula in 1992. Appointed vice president and chief counsel for Latin America in 2000, since 2012 he has held the same post at restructured (and re-named) …

Arturo Pera

Arturo Pera photo General counsel | Total Austral

General counsel at Total Austral, the French hydrocarbons giant’s Argentine subsidiary, Arturo Pera directs a nine-strong legal team comprising four lawyers and five contracts specialists. His tenure in the post has coincided with a highly-changeable business environment in Argentina, as a result of which he has had to lead on a wide variety of matters …

Camilo Wittica

Camilo Wittica photo General counsel for Latin America | Electrolux

‘Dealing with a very political and volatile Latin America, where protectionism and exchange-rate fluctuation can create complex legal disputes that are expensive for the companies that operate here is a great challenge’, observes Camilo Wittica, Electrolux’s general counsel for the region. He has considerable international experience, having worked in both the US and China for …

Carlos Alberto Mechetti

Carlos Alberto Mechetti photo General counsel | Cencosud

Carlos Alberto Mechetti has been at publicly-traded, multinational retail company Cencosud for almost 20 years and has been the company’s general counsel since 1999. As such he has been the company’s key legal figure throughout a remarkable period of growth, including the acquisitions of Royal Ahold’s Santa Isabel chain in Chile (2003), G Barbosa in …

Carlos Henao

Carlos Henao photo General counsel | Grupo Éxito

‘Intelligent and a great team player’, Carlos Henao is general counsel of Grupo Éxito, Colombia’s largest retail group. Also responsible for corporate matters, since his arrival he has overhauled the entire legal department, restructuring it in tripartite fashion into: legal (with 18 staff); risk, insurance & compliance (a further 13); and corporate social responsibility (another …

Carlos Lanardonne

Carlos Lanardonne photo Legal director & country compliance officer (Argentina) | Novartis

With extensive experience in private practice at a number of Argentine firms between 1996 and 2003, Carlos Lanardonne moved in-house at Empresa Nobleza-Piccardo as senior head of legal affairs for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in 2004. Arriving at Novartis as head of legal and compliance officer in January 2011, he has since become legal director …

Carlos Rafael González

Carlos Rafael González photo Vice president and chief M&A counsel | Prudential Insurance

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Carlos González is vice president and chief M&A counsel for Prudential Insurance. With an impressive private practice career, first at White & Case, and subsequently at Debevoise & Plimpton, he has risen through the ranks at Prudential, a company that has opted to retain (legal) corporate transactional and …

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