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Jorge Marroquin – Grupo Financiero G&T Continental  

Modernizing legal strategy in banking 

Jorge Marroquin, the general counsel at Grupo Financiero G&T Continental, stands as a beacon of legal innovation in the financial industry. With an eye for strategic opportunities and a deep understanding of the evolving regulatory landscape, Marroquin spearheads transformative initiatives to modernize legal operations within the organization.  

Jorge Marroquin | General Counsel | Grupo Financiero G&T Continental  

Jorge Marroquin | General Counsel | Grupo Financiero G&T Continental

“By leveraging cutting-edge technologies and best practices, our legal team navigates the intricate web of regulations while ensuring compliance and efficiency at every turn,” Marroquin tells Vanguard in an interview in March.  

Marroquin’s leadership extends beyond traditional legal paradigms. He champions a culture of innovation within his team, encouraging creativity and embracing emerging technologies to streamline processes and enhance performance. By fostering an environment of continuous learning and adaptation, he ensures that Grupo Financiero G&T Continental remains at the forefront of legal excellence in the ever-evolving financial landscape. 

Under Marroquin’s guidance, the legal department is not just a support function but a strategic partner in driving the organization’s success. His proactive approach to identifying opportunities and mitigating risks empowers the business to pursue growth initiatives confidently while safeguarding against potential legal challenges. With Marroquin at the helm, Grupo Financiero G&T Continental is well-positioned to navigate the complexities of the modern financial world and seize opportunities for continued success. 

Leading legal innovation 

The legal department is undergoing significant changes in policies, processes and communication structures. These changes are geared towards improving response times, increasing business generation capacity, and ultimately enhancing customer experience. By implementing new tools and technologies, the department aims to streamline operations and provide more efficient legal support to internal and external clients. 

Jorge Marroquin | General Counsel | Grupo Financiero G&T Continental  

Marroquin is helping the digital transformation team to enhance the user experience in the company’s app and website. This initiative focuses on ensuring intuitive usability for clients and instilling confidence in digital transactions.  

“We are ensuring that technology contracts meet the necessary standards to deliver optimal customer experiences, emphasizing the importance of legal compliance in enhancing customer trust and satisfaction,” he says.  

For the rest of 2024, Marroquin highlights a comprehensive refresh of the company’s legal operations framework as a significant project. Collaborating with external advisors aims to align legal operations with the latest technological advancements and regulatory requirements. This refresh includes reviewing processes, policies, and technologies to identify efficiency gains and enhance service delivery. 

Specialized training programs are being developed to equip the team with skills to tackle emerging legal and regulatory challenges. The enhancement of the legal tech platform centralizes operations, improving collaboration and efficiency. 

By undertaking these initiatives, Marroquin ensures that Grupo Financiero G&T Continental’s legal operations remain at the forefront of industry standards, enabling the company to anticipate and adapt to future challenges while delivering exceptional customer service. 

Enhancing efficiency with modernization 

Marroquin epitomizes the fusion of legal expertise and technological innovation in modern corporate legal operations. With a vision to transform and modernize legal operations, Marroquin underscores the importance of staying ahead in a rapidly evolving financial landscape. 

Jorge Marroquin | General Counsel | Grupo Financiero G&T Continental  

Integrating AI tools like ChatGPT into the legal workflow has been a cornerstone of Marroquin’s strategy. These tools accelerate legal research, document drafting, and compliance monitoring, allowing the team to focus on higher-level tasks and strategic decision-making. Marroquin emphasizes that while AI enhances efficiency, it complements rather than replaces human expertise. 

Given the specialized nature of legal work in banking and finance, recruiting and retaining top talent pose significant challenges for Marroquin’s team. To attract and retain the best talent, Marroquin emphasizes offering competitive compensation, continuous learning opportunities, and a supportive work environment. 

Balancing the demands of leadership amidst regulatory changes and team management is another challenge Marroquin faces. However, he finds the opportunity to solve complex problems at the intersection of law, finance, and technology highly gratifying. By fostering a culture of innovation and effective communication, Marroquin ensures that his team remains resilient and well-equipped to navigate the complexities of their work. 

Marroquin’s leadership underscores the transformative power of technology in modern legal operations. By leveraging AI, updating policies and nurturing talent, Marroquin drives efficiency, compliance, and innovation in Grupo Financiero G&T Continental’s legal department. 

Balancing family, career, & community service 

Marroquin’s interest in law was sparked by a desire to comprehend the underlying frameworks shaping society and the economy. This passion led him to pursue a law degree from Universidad Rafael Landívar and further his education with an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Initially drawn to the legal intricacies of law firms, Marroquin soon realized that an in-house role offered a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the strategic aspects of business. 

Jorge Marroquin | General Counsel | Grupo Financiero G&T Continental  

After gaining valuable experience through several years in private practice and in-house positions, Marroquin found his calling at Grupo Financiero G&T Continental in March 2016, eventually assuming his current role as general counsel in February 2020. 

On a personal level, Marroquin finds joy and purpose in his family life. As a devoted husband and father, he cherishes the moments spent with his loved ones. Beyond family, Marroquin channels his creativity and passion into cooking, viewing meal preparation as a form of expression and an avenue for fostering familial bonds. 

In addition to his professional and personal pursuits, Marroquin is deeply committed to serving his community. As the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Sociedad Protectora del Niño, a non-profit organization, he supports young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Marroquin’s involvement in community service reflects his values of compassion and the belief in the importance of nurturing environments for every child to thrive. 

“Without a dedicated and capable team, transformative change is a farfetched dream. Leading such a team is not just a role but a privilege. Together, we turn vision into reality and face challenges head-on, proving that unity and collaboration are the bedrock of extraordinary achievements,” he says. 

View this feature in the Vanguard Spring II 2024 Edition here.

Published on: April 15, 2024

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