Features Latin America

Ariadna Padilla – Takeda Pharmaceutical

It’s an instance where the new kid on the block really needs someone with experience to help show them the ropes. But as Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical enhanced its presence in the Latin and South American markets through its acquisition of Irish-based Shire, the former Shire regional legal team led by Legal Counsel Ariadna Padilla finds […]

At Cargill, the legal department knows no borders

While conducting an exercise meant to encourage information sharing between the legal leaders of Cargill’s various Central American offices, Michelle Canelo, legal manager for the region, had her big aha moment. It began with one lawyer discussing a problem he had encountered, and his eventual solution. Another attorney, representing a different country, chimed in to […]

Augusto Martínez – Eli Lilly and Company

An in-house attorney who’s doing their job well knows they’re a voice for the company’s growth. It’s about saying “yes” as much as possible—while making sure what they advise also complies with legal and ethical standards. Saying yes in the face of a global pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to Augusto Martínez, the Latin American […]

Beatriz Beltranena

Growing up in Guatemala, Beatriz Beltranena remembers being very sick with cancer as a child. With a failing kidney from birth, chemotherapy and radiation marked her days, finally resulting in surgery to remove one of her kidneys and a painful tumor along with it. Lucky to be alive, by the time she was a young […]

Belisario Castillo Saenz – Banco Panameño de la Vivienda

Banco Panameño de la Vivienda (Banvivienda) had been servicing Panamanian Mortgages for 25 years when it expanded to become a universal bank around 2006. Today the bank has more than 55,000 customers, six branches in Panama City, another six in surrounding towns, as well as dozens of ATMs and online banking centers around the country. […]

Benedito Villela – Cimed

Coming from a family of teachers, Benedito Villela feels indebted to the profession. He’d like all professionals to share that commitment to the common good, especially if they’re now earning more than the educators who prepared them for a rewarding career. “Teaching is the mother of all professions,” the personable and passionate Villela tells Vanguard […]

Carlos Castillo – Calibre Mining Corp.

The 10-week suspension of mining in Nicaragua, part of the country’s broader efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, wasn’t exactly a vacation for Carlos Castillo. General counsel of Calibre Mining Corp. since helping facilitate the Canadian company’s acquisition of his prior employer’s Nicaraguan assets last October, Castillo had much to do—even as the pandemic […]

Carlos Landazabal Angeli – General Electric

The trademark of a successful corporate lawyer? It’s not just legal and business savvy, answers Carlos Landazabal Angeli, who, since November 2012, has served as General Electric’s legal leader for South America’s Andean region, as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Anticipation is just as important, the soft-spoken general counsel tells Vanguard from his […]

Catherine Romang – CBC

Has Catherine Romang quenched her thirst for legal knowledge? Likely not, even after more than 20 years practicing and teaching corporate and international law. Now the legal manager and compliance officer for Uruguay operations of Latin American beverage producer CBC, Romang has been able to use her expertise in those disciplines and others to help […]

CMI – Hector Del Río

Building infrastructure, laying down electrical grids, producing foods for an international market and providing development opportunities to communities across Central America: It’s an interesting business model developed by Guatemala’s CMI, especially if one considers the business got famous for its fried chicken, says Hector Del Río. But as CMI Foods legal director explains, supporting communities […]

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