Latin America Private Equity 2024 – GC Powerlist
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Latin America Private Equity 2024

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Alan Parker

Vice president and Brazil legal counsel | EIG Brazil

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Alfredo Apéstegui

Chief legal officer | Mesoamerica Investments

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Amália Costa

Legal manager | Volkswagen Brasil

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Amanda McGrady Morrison

General counsel | Advent International

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Ana Lith Ramirez Aragon

Senior associate, legal | Fondos Sura SAF - Sura Investment

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Ana Maria Bernal

Legal and corporate affairs manager | PEI Asset Management

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Andrés Traversaro

Lead counsel | BC Energy

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Anna Dutra

General counsel | Avenue

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Antonio Peñaloza Perez

General counsel, Mexico | Global Payments

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Bruno Gonzales Chirinos

Legal manager | Banco Bci Perú

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Carlos Rave Varón

General counsel | Valorem

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Diana Bogotá

Legal counsel | IDB Invest

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Diego Corp

Chief legal officer | Verano Energy

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Dolores de Elizalde

Legal advisor | Southern Cross Group

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Edgardo Cavalié

Managing director, chief legal officer and general counsel | Enfoca

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Felipe Barbosa

General counsel | Alfa

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Francisco Rivadeneira

Legal vice president and company secretary | Scotiabank

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Gianmarco Tagliarino

General counsel and corporate affairs vice president | BRECA

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Gonzalo Spada

Senior legal counsel | Pomelo

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Gordon Cruess

Managing director | General Atlantic

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Guillermo Cabieses

Managing director, general counsel | Nexus Group

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Hernan Da Silva Artero

Regional legal manager | Puente

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Juan Martinez

Legal director | Artha Capital

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Juan Pablo Aspe

Vice president, legal counsel | Macquarie Capital

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Julian Graciano

Legal vice president | Yellowstone Capital Partners

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Karim Abuid

General counsel | BTG Pactual

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Larissa Sabino

Legal, compliance and regulatory director | Patria Investments

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Lucas Cuartas Gómez

Senior vice president, private credit | Sura Investment Management

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Manuel Salas

Director and chief legal officer | Grupo Cuestamoras

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Marcelo Araujo Pereira

Chief legal officer | Nelogica

Information technology

Margarita Suarez Camargo

General legal counsel and corporate secretary, BBVA Valores | BBVA

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Maria Fernanda Acosta

Legal advisor | Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas

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Marita Bellido

Senior legal counsel, M&A international banking | Scotiabank

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Mariza Gomez

Legal manager | HPL Apollo

Energy and utilities

Mauricio Balbi

Regional general counsel | AUNA

Healthcare

Midori Makiyama

Legal counsel | Crédit Agricole CIB

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Mónica Andapia

Legal director | Goldman Sachs

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Monica Ierullo

Executive and legal director | The Forest Company

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Patricia Brocos

Legal director | Credicorp Capital

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Peter de Svastich

Managing director | Global Emerging Markets

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Raphaela Vasconcelos

General counsel and chief compliance officer | Canvas Capital Brasil

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Rodrigo Moreira

General counsel, Brazil | Mubadala Capital

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Roger Saldana

General counsel | Cemex

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Sara Rodríguez Gómez

Legal senior manager, corporate | The Home Depot

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Thomas Heather

Legal senior vice president | Macquaire Asset Management

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As the GC Powerlist series expands, our aim is to create editions that spotlight individuals excelling in realms that may have previously eluded our attention. As investors increasingly turn to Private Equity for higher returns and strategic investments, specialised firms equipped with deep industry knowledge and transactional expertise are becoming indispensable. These companies facilitate complex deal structures, conduct meticulous due diligence, and navigate regulatory landscapes with expertise. 

Targeting areas for expansion within the GC Powerlist series depends on various factors such as emerging trends, industry developments, and the evolving needs of the legal community. Latin America was seen has the perfect setting given the continuous growth and demand for organisations specialised in Private Equity, as well as the great quality and talent of individuals based in the region.  

Accordingly, we are proud to introduce you to this very special edition of the GC Powerlist: Latin America Private Equity 2024. 

The interviews you can exclusively read in this publication were enlightening and provided fresh perspectives not only on how investment firms are utilising their legal experts to increase their gains, but also how difficult and unique of an environment the Latin American region is. “Latin American market’s economic stability and political dynamics vary widely, adding layers of complexity to legal strategies”, as recognised by Diego Corp Hoces de la Guardia, general counsel at Verano Energy, who also advises that “[r]emaining vigilant to navigate intricate regulations and ensure strict compliance is an ongoing commitment. The ever-changing political and economic dynamics necessitate a proactive stance to anticipate and mitigate potential risks. Constructing legal strategies that adeptly account for these uncertainties while still aligning with business goals is a constant juggling act.” 

Another great look at the Latin American scene when dealing in Private Equity is the perspective shared by Alfredo Apestegui, principal and chief legal officer at Mesoamerica, who states that “[d]oing Private Equity deals in Latin America has taught me several important lessons (…) there is no such thing as a “LATAM deal”, as every country is very different in terms of legal, political and macro environment, so having the right local partners and advisors is key”, a view that clearly manifests the great challenges that in-house lawyers face in this quite specialised sector of the legal industry. 

Despite challenges and difficulties, our interviews also reveal the great and many favourable outcomes that are result of these brilliant lawyers’ hard work. As Julian Graciano, legal vice president at Yellowstone Capital Partners notably expresses: “[s]eeing the positive impact of our investments in the environment and the lives of so many people and communities while meeting the expectations of our investors is the most rewarding experience of working as an in-house lawyer”. This sentiment was inferred during the interviews conducted, as there seems to be a collective deep fulfilment to see how their legal expertise contributes to sustainable development, social progress and economic growth, while also aligning with generally accepted values and commitments. 

The in-house lawyers deservedly featured in this special edition of the GC Powerlist strike the perfect balance between achieving financial objectives and fostering meaningful change, underscoring the profound impact legal experts can have in society. On behalf of The Legal 500, would like to introduce you to the most diligent and expert in-house lawyers in the field of Private Equity based in Latin America, and congratulate them for this terrific achievement. 

 

Francisco Faria e Castro 

Editorial lead 

In-House Legal Research Team | GC Powerlist Series 

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DLA Piper in Latin America’s Team offers full-service business legal counsel to domestic and multinational companies with interests in and operations throughout the region.  Our integrated approach to serving clients combines local knowledge with the resources of the DLA Piper global platform.  With over 450 lawyers practicing throughout Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico, in addition to our US-based cross-border attorneys, our teams frequently work with our professionals throughout the LatAm region, Iberian Peninsula, and around the globe.

A number of our lawyers were born or raised and educated in the region and are fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese.  Many have also practiced law in both the US and Latin America and are intimately familiar with civil law systems and with the cultural and legal nuances required to successfully do business in the region.  Our strategic relationships on the ground throughout Latin America enhance our understanding of the region and enable us to provide our clients practical, meaningful legal advice.  DLA Piper’s global platform of 90+ offices in more than 40 countries enables us to serve all of our clients’ legal needs, whether they are based in Latin America or wish to do business there.

The United States, specifically New York and Florida, has deep economic and cultural ties to Latin America.  After many decades of being at the center of the most complex cross-border matters related to Latin America, New York law is firmly established as the most widely accepted applicable/governing law on cross-border transactions related to Latin America.

Our US based team of Latin America practitioners regularly acts as lead counsel on a wide range of cross-border matters in Latin America, ranging from complex capital markets, finance and M&A matters to public private partnerships and market entry and establishment issues.  For more information, visit Latin America | DLA Piper.

GC Summit Vietnam 2024

The Legal 500’s second GC Summit: Vietnam built on the success of the 2023 gathering to provide an even more informative, illuminating and rewarding agenda of sessions for the country’s top in-house legal minds. With almost 200 people in attendance, including general counsel of large MNCs and Vietnamese companies and backed up by the key law firms of the countr,  this was the most significant gathering of the Vietnamese legal community in recent years.

The event commenced with opening remarks by Joe Boswell, followed by Hong Le of GSK, who eloquently outlined the challenges and opportunities awaiting in-house counsel in Vietnam. Le’s insights set the tone for the day’s discussions, highlighting the importance of adaptability and strategic legal counsel in navigating the evolving legal landscape.

Throughout the day, attendees were treated to a series of engaging panels and presentations, covering a wide range of topics vital to legal practitioners in Vietnam. First up was Tilleke & Gibbins’ wide-ranging session ‘Pressing issues facing general counsel in 2024. Moderated by Michelle Ray-Jones and Chuyen Hong Huu Le of Tilleke & Gibbins, the discussionprovided valuable insights into the evolving role of general counsel amidst transformative technological and regulatory changes. Panellists from Novartis and Nestlé Vietnam shared their perspectives on data privacy, managing legal budgets, and harnessing AI for legal efficiency.

Practical guidance on sensitive employee terminations was up next alongside Russin & Vecchi. After an introduction by Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut, Dao Thi Ai then offered practical strategies for managing employee terminations ethically and effectively, safeguarding both company reputation and employee rights in the process.

Mark Fraser and newly announced partner Gwendoline Brooker of Frasers Law firm then moderated a discussion on ESG matters in Vietnam. Noted leading in-house counsel Minh Vu of Haleon and Tran Long Ha of AES fed in to the discussion, which provided thoughtful analysis on ESG principles, emphasising their growing importance in Vietnam’s journey towards sustainable development. The various implications for legal teams of local and international businesses were also analysed.

Pham Duy Khuong and Nguyen Tien Hoa of ASL Law then provided invaluable insights into compliance with new regulations on personal data protection, IP law, and global minimum tax, crucial for businesses engaging in M&A, both from a buy and sell-side perspective.

Minh Duong and fellow panelists Duc Tran of Credit Vietnam and Hao Tran of BW Industrial Development then shed light on the elevated view of risk management for modern general counsel in their discussion, emphasising proactive crisis prevention and effective crisis management strategies as well as liaising effectively with business leaders.

A panel featuring experts from LNT & Partners, including managing partner Hoang Nguyen Ha Quyen, along with in-house counsel Le Anh Tuan of FWD Insurance, explored the intricacies of data protection regulations in Vietnam, offering practical guidance for ensuring compliance and safeguarding sensitive information in the digital era. This session led to an extended Q&A with the audience, who were keen to learn from the experts on-stage.

Dr. Oliver Massmann of Duane Morris Vietnam then took to the stage and, in his own inimitable and highly energetic way, provided insights into conducting business compliantly in Vietnam based on his extensive experience over multiple decades. He outlined the factors that are crucial for companies navigating the local legal landscape when organising deals and getting them over the line.

The conference concluded with a freewheeling session on the banking and finance outlook in 2024, offering predictions and insights from various perspectives, including private practice and corporate viewpoints. Moderated by partner Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram of Frasers Law Company, the panel benefited from the viewpoints of two highly experienced legal counsel. Thuy Ngoc Tram of Cathay United Bank gave a thorough overview of the banking and finance landscape in Vietnam, while Yin Ee Ong of Warisan TC Holdings, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur especially to input to the panel discussion, spoke of her experiences in setting up Hong Leong’s Vietnam branch in her prior career.

The GC Summit Vietnam 2024 was a roaring success, and generated hugely positive feedback from attendees in the post-summit drinks reception. The Legal 500 will be back in Vietnam for our GC Powerlist 2024 edition in Q4 this year. If you are a leading in-house lawyer who would like to be considered for inclusion, or know of one who should be, you can get in touch with joe.boswell@legal500.com to make a nomination.