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Chambers Diversity Seminar, Guatemala

Thank you to those that attended the Chambers Diversity Summit, in association with Pacheco Coto and Sánchez DeVanny.

Monday, September 11, 2017


Hotel Soliel La Antigua,
9 Calle Poniente,
Carretera a Ciudad Vieja,
Antigua, 03001


08:30am - 09:00am Breakfast & Registration
09:00am - 09:30am Keynote Address
09:30am - 11:00am Panel
11:00am - 11:30am Networking 


- Practices for creating a more inclusive environment

- The commercial benefits of a more inclusive and diverse environment

- Communication and inclusion

- Measurements for the success of diversity


 This event was free to attend.

Keynote Speaker


Maria A. Perdomo

Maria (“Mia”) Perdomo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aequales in Colombia. Mia has a Psychology degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, and holds a MA in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. She is a Fellow of the Global Competitive Leadership Program at Georgetown University and has broad consulting experience in social projects related to education, gender and human rights. Mia is a passionate activist and entrepreneur committed to the advancement of women’s leadership in Latin America, and speaks on gender equality at conferences around the world.

Aequales is the only gender equality consultancy firm in Latin America and is based in Colombia. It has won several entrepreneurship prizes, and created the Corporate Gender Equality Ranking, a one-of-its-kind measurement tool that promotes gender equality conditions in corporations. Aequales delivers data for the use of public sector and academic experts to create evidence-based public policy for gender equality.


Ruby Asturias
Partner and Director
Pacheco Coto

With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Ruby Asturias expertise is in the areas of Corporate and Commercial, Labor and Fiscal Law, with emphasis on mergers & acquisitions, foreign investment, franchising licensing and Joint Ventures. Prior to joining Pacheco Coto, Ms. Asturias was co-founder, partner and president of the Board of Directors of Aczalaw Abogados Centroamericanos Asociados, a firm with presence throughout Central America.

Ms. Asturias has for several years been Chair of the Guatemalan Chapter of the New York State Bar Association and since 2012, is Chair of the Leadership Committee of NYSBA’s Latin American Council, of which she is co-founder. In 2012, Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center granted her the “Leading Light” award. Chambers Latin America and Chambers Global guides have listed her as “leading Lawyer” during 5 consecutive years (2010-2015), and In 2013, the IFLR 1000 Legal Media Group granted her the “Americas Women in Business Law” award.


Herman M. Duarte

Herman M. Duarte is the founding partner of HDuarte-Lex, a Costa-Rican arbitration and human rights boutique. He campaigns passionately against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the legal profession and wider Latin American community, and is committed to helping create and promote spaces for positive and inclusive work.
Alongside managing HDuarte-Lex, Herman serves as the executive director of the movement ‘Igualitos’, which he founded after filing an equal marriage claim before the Supreme Court in his home country, El Savador.
Herman is founder of the NGO IGUALITOS. AS, which is dedicated to pursuing equal rights for LGBT lawyers. He has received numerous accolades, having received the ICAL ALUMNI Association “Outstanding Alumni Award”, as well as recognition as a leading "Promoter of Freedom of Expression" by Prensa Gráfica, a major newspaper in El Salvador. He was included in the 2017 Chambers & Partners Global Guide as a foreign expert in Costa Rica.

Turenna Ramírez-Ortiz
Sánchez Devanny

Turenna joined Sánchez Devanny to head the firm’s International Trade and Customs group. She has more than seventeen years of experience advising multinational companies on cross-border transactions related to international trade and customs - from strategic planning, preventive and reactive audits by the Mexican IRS, to defense and litigation before the government and the Federal Courts. Turenna has a diverse client base, including automotive, retail, chemical, petrochemical, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, software, cosmetics, electronics, maquiladoras (IMMEX), and trading companies.

Turenna advises on foreign trade, multilateral treaties and antidumping laws. Her experience includes design and implementation of business strategies, NAFTA origin verifications and tariff classification, rules of origin, export controls, import/export regimes, bonded facilities structure and management, and wide knowledge of tariff and non-tariff regulatory issues. She has participated in complex, high-visibility matters, and in international trade negotiations with the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization in a program against forgery and piracy. Turenna is fluent in English and Spanish. 

Ana Paula de Almeida Santos
Legal Director
Assurant Solutions Brazil

Head of the Legal Department of Assurant Brazil since 2011, Ana Paula is responsible for all legal matters, providing legal services and acting as a business partner to all Assurant operations in Brazil.

Over 15 years of experience in Legal Field, Ana Paula started her career as lawyer at Saulo Ramos Law Firm (former Minister of Justice). She also has experience as the legal and compliance manager for companies such as McDonald’s and AON.

Ana Paula graduated in Law from Mackenzie University in São Paulo and earned her Masters in Law from Ibmec/SP. She most recently completed a course in Digital Law from FGV/SP, and attended a leadership course – The Women Leadership Forum - from  Harvard Business School.

She received a Chambers Women in Law Award: Latin America 2016 for “Outstanding Contribution to Advancing Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession,” and was shortlisted for the Latin American Counsel Awards 2017 as one of top 4 regulatory lawyers in financial services. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), President of the Legal Affairs Committee, and Vice-President of the Extended Warranty and Affinity Insurance Committee of the Brazilian General Insurance Federation.


Hunter Thompson Carter
Arent Fox LLP

Hunter Thompson Carter is a veteran commercial attorney in New York and Washington, DC. He is a member of the bars of New York, Washington, DC and Virginia, as well as the US Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and trial courts. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia, and also studied at the University of Miami Law School and in the ancient university town of Angers, France. He was elected to the editorial boards of the University of Miami Law Review and the Virginia Journal of International Law. He is fluent in Spanish and French.

Hunter is particularly active in international work in Latin America. He was chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Inter-American Affairs, a member of the New York City Bar Council on International Affairs. Hunter writes a blog called Colombia Law & Business Post. He is a co-chair of the firm's International Services Group. He is also an active leader of the profession in the field of attorney responsibility and legal ethics. He is a member of the New York State Bar Ethics Committee, has chaired the ethics committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and is the New York ethics partner for the firm's New York office.