Current Trends Challenging the Latin American Region

We are delighted to announce details of our upcoming seminar, Current Trends Challenging the Latin American Region, in association with Ferrere.

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel
Alameda Santos, 2233 - Cerqueira César,
São Paulo

Room: Havana, Mezanino Level

Timings: 08:30-12:00


08:30-09:00 Registration and Breakfast

First Panel:

09:00-09:30 Political and economic outlook for the region
09:30-10:15 Investing in the region: Where are we heading?

· Which industries are investments focusing on?
· Business climate: pros and cons; regulatory, labor and commercial scenario.
· Where are the main investment funds looking?

10:15-10:45 Break

Second Panel:

10:45-11:45 Legal and business challenges in a context of innovation and change

· Making the right decisions in disruptive times.
· Future of the profession: the challenge of artificial intelligence and new generations.
· From #Metoo to WEPS: working on diversity is good business.
· New technologies: where are we in terms of regulation?
· Attorney-client privilege put to the test.
· Big data: opportunities versus regulation.

11:45-12:00 Questions

The event will be held in Spanish. Portuguese translation services will be available.

This event is free to attend and is open to in-house counsel and private practice.


Mario Arrúa León
Vice President of Legal, Latin America
Equifax (Paraguay)

Legal Vice-President of Equifax Latin America. Mario is an international lawyer with expertise in different industries. He currently leads the legal and regulatory area for Equifax in 11 countries in Central and South America.
Mario has given lectures and participated in Panels regarding Data Protection, Innovation, and Financial Inclusion. Recently he spoke about Credit Reporting Systems at World Bank – Washington DC 2017; New Technologies and Personal Data at PRODHAB – San José 2017; Data, Companies and Financial Inclusion at AMCHAM – Montevideo 2018; Value of Data, Inclusion and Development at Ferrere – Asuncion 2018.
He graduated with Honours from the Faculty of Law, University of Asuncion. He received the Chevening Shell Centenary Scholarship and graduated from Cambridge University, UK as a Master of Law in International Law (LL.M.)
Prior to joining Equifax, Mario was Legal Director for América Movil (Claro) in Paraguay, where he was responsible for Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Affairs of the Paraguayan Operation. He has also worked for the Government as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Counter-Corruption Specialised Unit.

José Paulo Carelli
ISE Business School (Brazil)

José Paulo Carelli is Lecturer in the department of Financial Management at IESE Business School (University of Navarra). He is currently Executive Director of ISE Business School in São Paulo, Brazil. He is also Professor in the Finance department of ISE Business School. He has worked as Country Manager for a company in the Automotive Industry in Brazil prior to joining ISE.
He developed research projects related to Game Theory applied to Macroeconomics policy in Brazil. He has carried out consulting projects related to investment projects, cost systems and business valuation. He is a member of the board of directors of a Educational institution in Brazil.
Prof. Carelli holds an MBA from IESE Business School, a Master degree from EPGE-FGV, and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from PUC-RJ.

Daniel Uzueli
Astris Finance (Brazil)

Daniel Uzueli joined Astris in 2013 as Director based in São Paulo, coordinating Astris’ activities in Brazil. Daniel has over 15 years of experience in the Brazilian infrastructure industry.
Daniel began his career with the project finance team at Banco Votorantim (1998-2002). He then worked as an independent consultant and as Senior Strategic Manager at Alcoa (2002-2005), prior to joining Rio Bravo Infrastructure as a Senior Partner in 2005.
During his career, Daniel has been able to advise project developers in both M&A and project finance transactions. Daniel has had a lead role in securing financings for projects in a wide range of sectors including transportation (roads, subways, ports), power (thermal, wind, cogeneration, transmission lines, large hydro), sanitation, and accommodation PPPs (e.g World Cup Stadium PPP and Olympic Park PPP), among others.
Daniel holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of São Paulo (Escola Politécnica) and a post-graduate degree in Business Administration by FGV - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo.

Jesús M. Beltrán
Ferrere (Ecuador)

Jesús M. Beltrán is an expert in multijurisdictional financial and corporate matters. He advises clients on loans and bond and share issues.
He focuses on cross-border corporate and financial transactions, with an emphasis on financing and capital markets, corporate and investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. In the area of financing and capital markets, he regularly advises borrowers and lenders in syndicated and bilateral loans, as well as issuers and underwriters in the debt and equity capital markets. He also has extensive knowledge of the banking sector, in particular of the various laws across Latin America that impact the business of institutional cross-border banking.
Before joining FERRERE, Jesús worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where he was General Counsel for Latin America and the Caribbean, excluding Mexico and Brazil (the so-called EBRAMEX region), and Senior Counsel for Corporate and Investment Banking in Latin America.

Agustín Mayer West
Regional Managing Partner
Ferrere (Uruguay)

Agustín Mayer West is FERRERE’s regional managing director as well as managing director of its Uruguay office.
In his over 20 years with the firm he has spearheaded and developed various practice areas and industries including Antitrust, Life Sciences, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), Entertainment, Advertising and Sports. He has specialized in and leads the Intellectual Property area.
Mayer West advises clients in diverse sectors of activity on strategic corporate issues, complex regulatory matters, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and distribution model changes, among others.

Gabriel Oddone
CPA Ferrere (Uruguay)

Gabriel Oddone holds a doctorate in Economic History from Universidad de Barcelona (Spain), 2005, and a degree as Economist from Universidad de la República (Uruguay), 1992. He is a partner in CPA FERRERE and heads up its Economic Analysis and Finance Departments.
He has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, United States, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay.
He is a full professor of Economic Policy at Universidad de la República (Uruguay). He has published papers on economic policy, economic growth and international trade.

Verónica Raffo
Ferrere (Uruguay)

Verónica Raffo is a partner in FERRERE and participates actively in its management and strategic leadership. In her role as attorney she participates in corporate governance issues and complex negotiations in Uruguay and internationally.
She also leads the Labor, Social Security and Migration practice area and collaborates especially on the development of women at the firm. In addition to her professional activity, Raffo is a referent on entrepreneurship and gender issues, both in Uruguay and internationally.
Verónica is an affiliate of the FCEM (Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales) world organization, and since 2012 has been FCEM Commissioner for Latin America. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Más Emprendedoras, a program jointly executed by MIF IDB and ENDEAVOR that seeks to promote creation and development of women-led enterprises.
She represents Uruguay to Vital Voices –founded by Hillary Clinton- and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. She is a member of the Advancement of Women Lawyers project of the Vance Center for International Justice, which promotes development and leadership of women attorneys in their countries and internationally. Between 2010 and 2016 she was President of the Organization of Businesswomen of Uruguay (OMEU).

Lindsay Sykes
Ferrere (Bolivia)

Lindsay Sykes specializes in international matters, including compliance advice, internal investigations, and arbitration.
She leads FERRERE’s regional Compliance group, assisting clients in the firm’s four jurisdictions with compliance with international anticorruption regulations, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the assessment and management of risks related to potential mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. She also advises corporate clients on the design and execution of internal investigations into possible corporate misconduct, as well as on risk assessments of the practices of business partners and potential partners.
She is also a member of FERRERE’s regional Arbitration and Mediation group, and advises on case strategies and methodologies for information management and legal analysis in complex disputes.


Patrick Cruz

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