Features Region: Latin America

Montserrat Hermosillo – Cummins Mexico

As an engine in the Mexican economy, Cummins annually exports $1.2 billion worth of goods while its annual domestic sales approach $400 million. Cummins employs around 6,000 people who work at four manufacturing plants, as well as a technology center and a distribution center. There they make new and remanufactured parts for diesel engines, fuel […]

Fabiola Rojo Durand – Givaudan

It’s perhaps the world’s biggest company that few know about, even though they can taste and smell its work every day. Swiss-based Givaudan creates flavors and fragrances found in one of every three consumer items in the world, says Fabiola Rojo, the company’s deputy regional counsel for Latin America. Givaudan began operating in Latin America […]

Leandro Escobar Silva – Dommo Energia

Working for a Brazilian energy producer with extensive on- and offshore oil and natural gas exploration, perhaps it’s not surprising that seafaring analogies come easy to Leandro Escobar Silva. How stormy those seas were in March 2014 (figuratively, anyway), when Escobar became legal manager of the Rio de Janeiro entity then known as OGX. “It […]

María Fernanda Esquivel – Corporación Multi Inversiones

With 25 percent of the country’s land marked as wildlife protected area, the Republic of Costa Rica has spent the last decades focusing on green and renewable energy. The country’s been so successful that, according to María Fernanda Esquivel, in 2021, its energy matrix consists of 99.2 percent clean energy generation—compared to 19.8 percent in […]

Ricardo Lagreca – Mercado Livre Brazil

By all accounts, shopping for products has never been easier: a couple taps and click on a computer or phone and within days, the package is at the front door. That is, if everything goes as planned. And when it doesn’t—lost packages, delivery of incorrect or damaged products—Ricardo Lagreca, senior legal director at Mercado Livre […]

Olga Victoria Prieto Zamora – Alcon

There was a time when Olga Victoria Prieto Zamora believed that motion was the potion to professional growth. So the young lawyer would spend a few years each with Latin American law firms or companies, then moved on, eager to apply her learnings elsewhere and garner new insight. But she seems to have settled down […]

Juliana Bastianello Baldin – GTIS Partners

It was a good match: Juliana Bastianello Baldin was helping clients understand Brazil’s complex legal system, while GTIS, one of her clients and a real estate investment firm, was trying to expand into the country. Now, as Baldin celebrates a decade at GTIS and manages its legal team in Brazil, she can also reflect on […]

Daniel Tapia – América Móvil

From bribes to public fraud to extortion, corruption is a growing issue in Latin America. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the region loses five percent of gross domestic product because of corruption every year. Daniel Tapia is working to change this culture as much as he can. As chief compliance officer at América […]

Mariangela Bartz – Votorantim Cimentos Brasil

Brazilian legal operations can be a challenging for attorneys, says Mariangela Bartz. Fast-changing business conditions, complex regulations and taxes, and a high number of lawsuits—especially related to labor disputes—can come on suddenly, like a tropical downpour. Given than context, Bartz wasn’t surprised to find a heavy caseload of lawsuits awaiting her on her first day […]

Heloisa Pereira – Imerys

Taking maternity leave isn’t too difficult in Brazil. That’s because the Brazilian Labour Code offers special protections to pregnant employees, including 120 days of paid leave that can be extended a further 60 days if agreed on with the government. Problems arise when the new mothers try to resume their roles—only to find they’ve been […]


It was a great honor to be featured in Vanguard Law. Working with every member of the team, from the initial interview with Erin Clark, through production with Victor Martins, writing the article with Taryn Plumb and creating the final content with Dave Gushee, was a true pleasure. Everyone was very professional, enthusiastic and supportive, and their creative approach and positive attitude clearly came through in the final product.
– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.
The piece highlighting my company, Bob Baker Enterprises, Inc., came out fabulous. Our company is in the new and used car sales and service industry. Everyone was great to work with and extremely professional. They produced a high-quality product and have provided expert assistance and guidance post-production of the article.
– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
I was honored to be the subject of an article. I enjoy reading Vanguard articles and seeing how other attorneys got to their positions and see their jobs. It's also interesting to see how different law firms partner with the subjects of the articles.
– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.


Winter I 2022



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