Features Region: Latin America

Kirkland L. Hicks

Take advantage of everything that’s thrown your way. And if you’re not provided with breaks, make them yourself. Nothing’s gained by being idle. All of the above sums up Kirkland L. Hicks’ approach toward professional and personal life alike as the distinguished lawyer and former Fortune 250 executive proceeds with a new chapter in Medellin, […]

Javier Vazquez Suarez – Deacero

Asked what characteristics one must have to be a successful in-house lawyer, Javier Vazquez rattles off all the greatest hits: technical knowledge, personal integrity, an ability to work under pressure. But it’s the last note he hits—“having empathy for the internal client”—that might be the most illuminating. Then again, when one sticks with the same […]

Nicolas Vallarino – SOSER S.A.

Roughly one-third of preschool, primary and secondary school children in Chile receive free meals through a government-administered program—one of the oldest and largest school feeding programs of its kind in Latin America. But those nutrient-rich, high-calorie meals don’t just miraculously arrive on children’s plates: The country-wide effort takes a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work—logistical, administerial […]

Javier Gomez Aguilar – Grupo México

Grupo México, the third largest copper producer in the world, is investing billions of dollars in the three divisions, in its Mexican and Peruvian operations, and there’s a perk to growth in both countries—more than 8,000 jobs. Gomez Aguilar, as the general counsel for the infrastructure division, says the targeted investment will not only generate […]

Juan Manuel Camposano Jamett – Red de Clinicas Regionales

Its facilities stretching from one end of Chile to the other, Red de Clinicas Regionales has been responding to that country’s health care needs since its 2003 founding. Emergency rooms, critical patient units, surgical pavilions, specialty services—the network has long had all of those amenities in place. But for around 15 years it operated without […]

Luis Alberto Cárdenas Diaz – Banco Sabadell

When it came to helping the new kid on the block get a start, Luis Alberto Cárdenas was there. Cárdenas, Banco Sabadell’s legal director for its Mexican operations, was also the first hire for the bank’s legal department when it started in 2015. Since then, his team has grown to 13, but he clearly recalls […]

Fabiola Ferro – Varian Medical Systems

Waking up to address a court case in Colombia; picking up the phone to discuss legal concerns in Argentina after morning coffee; touching base with a client in Paraguay at lunchtime; and catching up with the sales department in Palo Alto, California, by close of business. Such is a pretty diversified—yet typical—day for Fabiola Ferro […]

Tanya Quiñonez – Honeywell Building Technologies

When Tanya Quiñonez was asked to lend legal support to one of Honeywell Building Technologies’ (HBT’s) most ambitious projects to date—an initiative that involved multiple stakeholders across the company—she jumped at the chance. There was, however, an important catch: she wouldn’t just be providing guidance on contracts and compliance; rather, it was her job to […]

Patricia Diniz – JDA Software Inc.

With a territory covering two continents and more than a dozen countries, Patricia Diniz’s workload may seem never ending and its pace frequently frantic. Yet as JDA Software Inc.’s regional senior counsel for Latin America, Diniz not only welcomes the demands and ever-changing priorities—she welcomes them as a sign the tech industry is becoming more […]

Viviana Alvarado – Sura Asset Management Mexico

In the 70 years Grupo Sura has been entrusted with other people’s money, it has prided itself on investing for the future and ethically insuring clients. Now, in the wake of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s sweeping anticorruption measures aimed at cleaning up the way government and corporations do business, Sura’s Mexico City-based subsidiary […]

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