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Chambers Diversity Latin America Summit: Inclusion, Diversity and Leadership


Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Venue: Greenberg Traurig, 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400, Miami, FL 33131

Timings: 8.00am-2.00pm

CLE accreditation is pending

Panel 1 - Leadership Success Stories: How to Excel in an Environment with Intrinsic Structural Barriers

Panel 2 - Effective Partnership: How to Increase Synergy and Promote Balance between Private Practice and In-House Counsel Working Relationships

Panel 3 - Making a Difference: A Discussion on How to Entrench Diversity and Retain and Promote Diverse Candidates

8.00am-9.00am – Registration and breakfast
9.00am-9.05am – Welcome remarks
9.05am-9.30am – Keynote address by Hilarie Bass
9.30am-10.30am – Panel 1
10.30am-10.45am – Interlude
10.45am-12.00pm – Breakout sessions
12.00pm-1.00pm – Panel 2
1.00pm-2.00pm - Panel 3
2.00pm onwards – Conclusion and networking lunch

For enquiries, contact:
Rocío Suárez, Global Diversity Programme Manager, [email protected]



Chris Kay
Seminars Manager
Chambers & Partners
Chris Kay is a UK qualified solicitor and the Seminars Manager at Chambers and Partners. Chris was a practising solicitor for four years before moving to Chambers and Partners. He was soon promoted to Seminars Manager where he now works with general counsel, barristers and law firm partners around the world to organise and moderate legal seminars.

These seminars are practical, panel-led discussions of hot topics in key practice areas and jurisdictions around the globe. They are first class legal events committed to promoting excellence across the legal market: commending individuals for exceptional performance, providing the opportunity for firms to share their expertise and encouraging discussion on a number of critical topics.

Chris is also involved with the Chambers Diversity programme – a global series that provides a platform to outstanding lawyers who have shown a real commitment to advancing diversity within the legal profession. Chambers Diversity investigates the recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers to create critical discussion and ultimately a more equal and inclusive profession.


Hilarie Bass
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hilarie Bass is President-Elect of the American Bar Association. She will become President of the American Bar Association in August 2017. Hilarie also serves as the Co-President of Greenberg Traurig, having previously completed an eight-year term as the national chair of the 600-member litigation department, and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. During her more than 30-year career, she has successfully represented clients in commercial cases in jury and non-jury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. She is currently Lead Counsel for the Homebuilder Group in the Chinese Drywall MDL, having served as Lead Liaison counsel in prior MDL’s. In 2011, she completed her term as Chair of the ABA Litigation Section. She has also been recognized by numerous publications as one of the best lawyers in America, and was recently noted for her skills as a trial lawyer by her induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In addition to her professional commitments, Hilarie has a long history of community service on a local and national level.  She is Vice Chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and Chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee.  She also Chaired the Board of United Way of Miami-Dade from 1997 - 1999. Hilarie is widely recognized for her pro bono work on behalf of two foster children which led to the elimination and holding of the unconstitutionality of the 20-year-old ban on gay adoption in the State of Florida.

For her professional achievements, Hilarie has been recognized by several leading legal publications, including: The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2014; “Lawyer of the Year,” Miami Litigation - Banking and Finance Law, 2013; “Lawyer of the Year,” Miami Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012; “South Florida's Top Lawyers,” South Florida Legal Guide.  2001-2005, 2010-2014; “Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon 500, 2006, 2010-2011, 2013-2014; The Legal 500 United States, 2013; Chambers USA Guide, National - Litigation, 2005-2013; Nominated, “Woman Litigator of the Year,” Chambers USA Guide's Women in Law Awards, 2012; “Top 100 Lawyers in Miami,” 2010-2013; “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida,” 2006-2007, 2010-2013; “Top 25 Women Lawyers in South Florida,” 2010; Law360 “MVP,” 2012.

Hilarie is a recipient of the Jewish Museum of Florida, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award,” and the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) “Women Making History Award.” 

Jacqueline Beccera
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
A highly experienced litigator, Jacqueline Becerra represents individuals and entities in a broad range of both complex civil and criminal matters. Jacqueline's practice includes commercial, securities, employment, patent and trademark litigation, as well as criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations and advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Jacqueline served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and the Southern District of Florida. As a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice's Civil Division in Washington, D.C., Jacqueline handled complex civil matters including class action defense, constitutional claims, Title VII, Freedom of Information Act litigation and Right to Financial Privacy cases. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she was responsible for all aspects of federal prosecution including the oversight of undercover operations and confidential informants, and obtaining authorization for wire interceptions.

Isabel Bueno
Mattos Filho
Isabel Bueno focuses her practice on pension matters and executive compensation, including monitoring of pensions and tax assessments related to employee compensation, as well as representing clients in court and administrative proceedings. Her expertise includes preparation of employee long term incentive plans, negotiations of profit sharing plans, and general advice on pension and tax matters in connection with expatriation of employees. She has assisted in the drafting of legislative bills concerning taxes on pensions. Isabel is the Vice-Chair of the Women Lawyers’ Interest Group Committee of the International Bar Association.

Isabel received a Bachelor of Laws as well as completed post-graduate studies in Constitutional Law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Randy A. Bullard
Chair, Miami Corporate and Securities Practice
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Randy A. Bullard serves as Chair of the firm’s Miami Corporate and Securities Practice. He has advised multinational clients in connection with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities and finance transactions throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. He has represented numerous European global corporations in connection with establishing and developing their U.S. presence as well as managing their Latin American operations. He is also experienced representing public and private issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings and exchange listings.

Randy's capital markets work has focused on international cross-border mergers and acquisitions across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, media, entertainment, energy, agriculture, manufacturing and luxury goods.

Angela Camacho
Vice President Reputation Management and Public Affairs
Newlink Group
Angela Camacho is Vice President Reputation Management and Public Affairs of Newlink Group, a multidisciplinary consulting group, where she provides strategic guidance to clients on public affairs and reputation management matters. Angela brings the ideal mix of innovation, talent, and lobbying and government affairs experience to Newlink, leading the area of expertise with this winning combination of capabilities.

Prior to joining Newlink, Angela managed the public affairs departments of some of Latin America and the Caribbean’s most influential multinationals including Shell, British Petroleum and AT&T. She also served as director and associate general counsel with Microsoft for more than a decade.

She is the recipient of the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award; honored in the Profiles in Diversity Journal in the 11th annual "Women Worth Watching" issue. Additionally, Angela has negotiated and influenced positive change in 20+ countries and served as a speaker/presenter at regional UN meetings, the World Economic Forum, and other global events.

Julianne Canavaggio
Head of Central America and the Caribbean
MBA Lazard
Ms. Canavaggio joined MBA Lazard in 2014, and has 13+ years of M&A experience across a variety of industries, in both Latin America and the U.S. She advises companies in a broad range of corporate and cross-border transactional matters, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, as well as corporate lending and debt capital markets advisory. Prior to joining MBA Lazard, she worked at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega (ARIFA), Baker & McKenzie LLP in the United States, and she served as General Counsel to Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex) (NYSE: BLX). 

Ms. Canavaggio has served on the board of directors of a Sustainable Luxury® real estate development company, a conglomerate of wholesale distribution operations for fragrances, cosmetics and skin care products, as well as a Panamanian chain of department stores in the mid-high range, and a general license bank authorized to operate in Panama in the banking and trust business (fiduciaria). Ms. Canavaggio graduated with honors from Harvard University, where she earned her AB in Applied Mathematics – Economics. Ms. Canavaggio also holds a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Tulane University.

Elisabeth Eljuri
Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Counsel
Sierra Oil and Gas

Elisabeth is a senior energy negotiator and lawyer with significant experience in the upstream and midstream business in Latin America. She has focused most of her career on corporate and transactional work involving high-end sophisticated transactions for major energy companies as well as international dispute work related to energy, projects and infrastructure. Elisabeth has worked in Mexico since the early 2000s and regularly advised oil and gas producers and service companies engaged in high level transactions across the region. She is the former Head of Latin America of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Elisabeth is co-chair and an instructor of the prestigious International Oil and Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiation Course held in Houston each year. She received her law degree from Universidad Católica and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and Venezuela.

Alejandra Flah
Managing Director - LATAM Legal
Alejandra C. Flah is Managing Director at Citigroup’s Latin America Legal Department in Miami, which she joined in July 2011.  Alejandra oversees the legal department’s day-to-day activities at Citi Peru, and is in charge of all legal matters pertaining to Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile, including management of all legal and commercial matters and corporate governance pertaining to Citi’s joint venture investment in Banco de Chile. She also advises her business partners in strategic M&A transactions throughout the region. She has led the Latin America legal team in Citi’s divestiture of its Global Consumer Banking business in Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, and Central America. She is also responsible for sensitive employment law matters across the region, advising the head of Human Resources for the region.

Before joining Citi, Alejandra was Director and Senior Legal Counsel at Scotiabank’s executive offices in Toronto between 2007 and 2011, where she was responsible for complex projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, and led Scotiabank’s international and domestic mergers & acquisitions. Between 1998 and 2007, Alejandra was a Business Law Associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto, where she handled a large variety of cross-border transactions in the mining and financial services industries.

Alejandra graduated from York University (Canada) with a Bilingual (French-English) Honors BA in International Studies, and received her JD from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 1998. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Federico Godoy
Partner | Co-Chair LGBTI Law Committee
Beretta Godoy | International Bar Association
Frederico Godoy specializes in strategic thinking for investment planning and investment arbitration, in sectors such as energy, natural resources and infrastructure. He is the managing partner of Beretta Godoy, an Argentine law firm deeply committed to diversity and gender equality. During Federico's tenure, the firm was awarded numerous recognitions as Best firm for Diversity, Best Firm for Women in Business Law, and Best for Work-Life balance, both in Latin America and Argentina.

Federico is Co-Chair of the LGBTI Committee of the IBA.  In 2014 the LGBTI Law Committee assisted to obtain the approval of the voting Bar Associations of a resolution adopted by the IBA council that calls for the repealing of criminal laws that impose penalties on people in respect of certain sexual conduct because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Federico has coordinated the submission of amicus curiaes before the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice on the recognition of same sex marriage, the Constitutional Court of Colombia on adoption rights for same sex couples and the US Supreme Court to claim for the constitutionality of same sex marriages.

In Argentina, Beretta Godoy advocated for the right to same sex marriage, fertilization and gender identity, and coordinated the group of experts that provided the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the NGO MADRE with the country reports on LGBTI rights in Argentina.

Vivian Liberman
Vivian Liberman heads the Banking and Finance practice at BLP, providing legal advice in connection with loans and financing for leading banks and financial institutions. She has vast experience in multilateral loans and governmental bond emissions. She also has extensive experience in Business, Corporate and Commercial law, representing multinational companies in day-to-day matters, transactional and M&A deals.

Vivian is the President of the Pro-Bono Commission of the Costa Rican Bar Association, Member of the Board of the National Committee of Social Responsibility, President of the BLP Foundation and Head of the Gender Equality Commission at BLP. She received a Master of Laws from Harvard University Law School and a law degree from University of Costa Rica.

Daniel Marinberg
Vice President and General Counsel
Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC
Dan Marinberg is the Vice President and General Counsel of Vertical Bridge, the largest privately owned U.S. tower company. Marinberg is responsible for legal, regulatory and government affairs, asset management, and serves as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Marinberg was a partner at top international law firm Greenberg Traurig where his practice focused on hospitality and real estate including, acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, financings, leasing, development, and joint venture structuring for individual properties and multi-asset portfolios. He also assisted clients with international issues arising from these transactions.

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó
Vice Chair
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Patricia Menéndez-Cambó serves as Vice Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, Chair of the Global Practice, Co-Chair of the Global Corporate & Securities Practice, Co-Chair of the Global Energy & Infrastructure Practice, and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. 

Patricia previously served as Subdirectora General for Telefónica S.A. and General Counsel to a number of their subsidiaries and affiliates, assisting them in relation to their global expansion. During her tenure as in-house counsel, she also served as Director for a number of entities within the Telefónica Group throughout Latin America and Europe.

Patricia was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is an active member of its Regional Business Council for Latin America and its Global Gender Parity Group. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of the Americas, and serves as Secretary for the International Bar Association’s Women’s Interest Group. Patricia is also a member of the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Veronica Raffo
Verónica Raffo is a partner in FERRERE and participates actively in its management and strategic leadership. She is involved in highly complex cases with sensitive content focusing on corporate issues, dispute negotiation, collective bargaining and compliance audits.

Verónica also leads the Labor, Social Security and Migration practice area and the Human Health team, and collaborates especially on the development of women at the firm. In addition to her professional activity, Verónica is a referent on entrepreneurship and gender issues, both in Uruguay and internationally.

 She was president of the Uruguay Association of Women Entrepreneurs (OMEU) from 2010 to 2016, Latin American commissioner for the World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM), and sits on the Advisory Counsel of Más Emprendedoras (a program co-executed by Fomin-IADB and Endeavor that promotes development of woman-led enterprises). She represents Uruguay to Vital Voices (founded by Hillary Clinton), participates on the board of the Vance Center’s Women’s Leadership program, is an officer of the International Bar Association and a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization). In 2016, Verónica was named the most recognized woman business leader in Uruguay, according to a survey conducted by the El Observador newspaper.

Fátima de Romaña
Lazo, De Romaña & Gagliuffi Abogados
Fátima de Romaña is a founder partner of Lazo, De Romaña & Gagliuffi Abogados, and Co-Managing Partner.

Her practice is focused on Banking and Finance, Capital Market and Insurance. Fatima leads ventures whose purpose is the promotion and development of women. She is part of the Woman in the Profession (WIP) Program of the Vance Center. In 2015 launched a mentoring program for women in the legal profession called “Abogadas LDRG”. In 2014 Fátima has been appointed as a “Women Battle” by the Association “AMUBA – Asociación Mujeres Batalla”. This nomination is recognition of women of all social strata leading enterprises and whose common factor of success is the level of personal satisfaction and contribution as an example of entrepreneurship.

Fátima has been recently invited to support the initiative of WOMEN CEO – Perú, which is a non-profit organization recently launched in Peru (in coordination with Women CEO Spain), seeking to work in Perú to promote gender equality and empowerment of women in Peru

Aileen M. Ugalde
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
University of Miami
Aileen M. Ugalde was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the University in 2006.  Ms. Ugalde was previously Assistant to the President and Vice President for Government Affairs.  She received a B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, from Harvard University in 1988, and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, in 1991 from the University of Miami, where she was the Reid Scholar in her class and served on the Law Review.

Ms. Ugalde was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991 and joined Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, P.A., where she practiced in the commercial litigation division.   She served on the Board of Directors for City National Bank, from 2006 through 2008, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine & Health Equality at the Miller School of Medicine.  Ms. Ugalde sits on the Board of Directors for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Andrew Ward
Principal & Associate General Counsel
Andrew Ward joined KPMG in 2003 and currently serves as Principal & Associate General Counsel. He advises on a wide range of legal issues relevant to all three of KPMG's primary functions: Audit, Tax and Advisory.

At KPMG, Andrew serves on the Firm’s national Pride Advisory Board, which is the leadership group that drives KPMG’s diversity and inclusion strategy as it relates to the recruitment, retention, and career development of the Firm’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender partners and employees and the allies who support them.

Additionally, Andrew currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Athlete Ally, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming, tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities.

Prior to joining KPMG, Andrew was a litigator in the New York office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree. He received a Rotary Fellowship to study at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, earning a Master’s level degree in European Union Studies, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Carolina Zang

Managing Partner
Zang, Bergel y Viñes Abogados
Carolina Zang is Managing Partner at Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados. She leads the firm´s finance and capital market departments. She specializes in corporate legal advice with emphasis in financing, capital markets, debt restructuring, M&A, investment funds, private equity, venture capital and real estate.

Carolina is a former chair of the IBA Real Estate Committee and a member of the Advisory Board of the Law Firm Management Committee. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Latin American Regional Forum, and chairs the Corporate Law Committee of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association.

Previously Carolina worked at the national legal department of the Secretariat for Natural Resources and Human Environment, and at Chadbourne and Parke in New York. She graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with honours (1995), and obtained an LLM at the New York University School of Law (1998).

She was awarded the Euromoney Legal Media Group´s 2016 Women in Business Law Awards for Best Finance lawyer in Latin America.