Chambers Diversity Seminar: São Paulo
Diversity and Inclusion as a Driving Motor to Innovation, in association with Veirano Advogados
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Venue: The Renaissance Hotel, Alameda Santos 2233 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo, 01419-002
8.30am-9.00am: Registration and breakfast
9.00am-9.10am: Introductory remarks from Chambers and Veirano
9.10am-9.30am: Keynote speech
9.30am-10.30am: Panel discussion
10.30am-11.00am: Q&A session
11.00am-11.30am: Networking and close
Speakers engaged in a morning of insightful discussion into the current state of diversity, thought leadership and innovative advancement of diversity best practices across the legal spectrum.
- The advancement of gender, cultural and racial diversity practices in the legal profession
- Innovative diversity practices for a more effective inclusion and diversity management
- The inclusion of LGBT policies in the Brazilian legal sphere
- The importance and benefits of strong diversity and inclusion protocols
- Identifying new talent pools through a diverse workforce
This event was free to attend and is invitation only.
American Chamber of Commerce, Brazil
Deborah Stern Vieitas is the CEO of Amcham-Brasil – American Chamber of Commerce of Brazil and is the first woman to hold this position in 96 years of its existence.
With a career developed in a number of financial institutions, she held C-level positions at the Brazilian subsidiaries of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, BNP Paribas, and Crédit Commercial de France. She was also President of ABBI – Brazilian National Associations for Foreign Banks in 2013/2014 and Board Member of FEBRABAN – Brazilian Federation of Banks.
Deborah Vieitas has been appointed among the Top 10 Women Executives by Valor Economico Newspaper in 2014, and has beenn listed among 54 Most Influential Women by the Brazilian edition of Forbes Magazine in January 2017.
She holds Master degrees in International Economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo, Brazil and Public Administration from ENA - École Nationale d’Administration Paris, France. She graduated in Public Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation and in Journalism at the School of Communication and Arts from the University of São Paulo. Deborah has a double citizenship – Brazilian and French, and is member of several women leadership groups such as Women of Brazil, Brazilian Women Network for Sustainability and Women Corporate Directors – São Paulo Chapter.
Chambers and Partners
Rocío Suarez is a Spanish qualified lawyer and the Diversity Manager at Chambers and Partners. Rocío specialises in International Law and European Affairs and practised in a law firm in Italy. She gained extensive experience by working in institutions, governmental bodies and human rights organisations across Europe and South America. Rocio worked at the legal division of Eurojust in The Hague and collaborated in a justice project at the Ministry for Women in Peru. She has also been an active member of several women’s movements in the UK, Spain and Peru.
Previously Rocío worked as a researcher for the Chambers Latin American guide, before transitioning to being the Diversity Manager where she now works with general counsel, barristers and law firms across the world, organising and moderating legal seminars covering all aspects of diversity including those facing women working within the law.
Federico Godoy specialises 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 co-ordinated 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, fertilisation 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.
Alessandra del Debbio
Assistant General Counsel
Alessandra del Debbio is Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Brazil since 2014. She has extensive experience in the technology sector at international level, having gained expertise within representative multinational corporations.
Alessandra has broad expertise leading legal departments within large technology and consumer-product corporations across the Latin America and Brazil regions as well as Europe. Her broad range of legal know-how encompasses compliance, contracts, tax, telecom regulation, intellectual property and internet law among others.
She started her legal career as a trainee at Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados. In 1996, she joined Promon Engenharia where she worked as a Legal Counsel. Her aspiration to broaden her experience and knowledge as a lawyer, motivated her to work within an international firm. Alessandra returned to Promon Engenharia to work as a Legal Counsel until 2002 where she then joined Nokia as a Legal Counsel.
Alessandra left Nokia in 2002 to work as a Senior Legal Manager for Microsoft from 2004 to 2006. Alessandra returned to Nokia where she spent over 10 years. During this time, Alessandra worked as a Legal Director Brazil and LTA for a period of 7 years.
Alessandra received her law degree from Universidade de São Paulo and holds postgraduate studies in Tax, Internet Law and Corporate Communications by Fundação Getulio Vargas. Moreover, she pursued specialised studies in Corporate Law by the Université Paris-Sorbonne.
Procter & Gamble
Renata Garrido serves as Legal Director of Procter & Gamble. She has worked as a General Counsel of the company since 2002. Mrs. Garrido joined Procter & Gamble as a Senior Counsel In 1996, and throughout her In-house counsel career, she has been responsible for an array of legal areas, including compliance & antitrust, M&A, advertising, contracts, litigation as well as labour & employment.
Prior to joining Procter & Gamble, Mrs. Garrido worked as an associate at Rocha e Barcellos Advogados Associados in São Paulo from 1992 to 1995.
Mrs. Garrido was admitted to the Brazilian Bar in 1989 and holds a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Campinas 1988. Moreover, Mrs. Garrido obtained a Consumer Master from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo 1992. She is a board member of CONAR – Brazil Self-Regulatory Advertising Board as well as a Director of ABIHPEC – Brazilian Cosmetics Trade Association.
In 2009, Mrs. Garrido was recognized as one of the top lawyers on P&G Global Legal Team and received the “Legal Compass Award”. She is also a founding member of the female lawyer group “Juridico de Saias” – Legal in Skirts. In 2015, she was recipient of the Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America, for her outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Women in the Law.
At P&G Mrs. Garrido is the Latin America sponsor of the GABLE (Gay, Ally, Bisexual, Lesbian & Transgender Employees) team as well as a member of the Global Legal Diversity and Inclusion team.
Patricia Sauma Giglio
Head of Legal for Corporate & Investment Banking
JP Morgan Brazil
Patricia joined JP Morgan in 2000 where she currently serves as an Executive Director and Head of Legal for Corporate and Investment Banking. On her role, Patricia oversees different lines of business, including litigation, private banking and private equity operations. Patricia previously worked for Banco Rabobank for over 5 years and previously gained experience working within a law firm for a period of 3 years.
Patricia is the Co-Chair of the Latin American Legal and Diversity Committee at JP Morgan. Moreover, Patricia serves as a Co-Chair of JP Morgan’s Black Organisation Leadership Development – BOLD in Brazil. She obtained her law degree from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Mackenzie.
Ricardo Veirano serves as a Managing Partner at Veirano São Paulo’s office and is member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
His practice focuses on M&A, private equity, securities, banking and finance. Ricardo has extensive divestitures and acquisitions experience representing corporations. He has also remarkable expertise advising investment banks as underwriters on equity deals and Brazilian issuers on International markets and private equity funds.
Previously Ricardo spent two years working as a foreign associate at at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. He graduated from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (1991), and obtained an LLM at the University of Chicago Law School (1995).
In addition to his professional achievements, Ricardo is member of the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance and IBAHRI Charitable Trust, Latin American Regional Forum, and Law Firm Management Committee. Ricardo is also member of Human Rights Institute HRI, World Services Group WSG and the International Bar Association.
Rosāngela Delgado is a partner at Veirano Advogados’ Rio de Janeiro office and is member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She focuses her practice on complex litigation including product liability, commercial, contractual, general civil and regulatory litigation. She has significant expertise in representing a number of top tier Brazilian and international corporations on consumer products, automotive, transportation, publishing, marine, and hotel industries. She has also a strong reputation for her ability to effectively negotiate with the various administrative agencies and public prosecutors’ offices at the state and federal levels and is retained by a leading global media company for her expertise in this area. Rosāngela has a long track record handling an array of significant class action cases as well as complex consumer and contractual litigation.
Working daily with leading United States-based law firms as local counsel for these firms in Brazil, Rosāngela is adept at anticipating and managing in-house counsel and consulting lawyers’ needs and expectations. Her early professional experience includes working as an international visiting lawyer in the banking practice at a top USA-based law firm.
Rosāngela has also been recognised for her academic experience, having lectured for the "Lawyering Program" at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro. Additionally, she also served as a Civil Liability Professor in postgraduate courses at the referred academic institution. Rosāngela obtained her Law Degree in 1995, and completed postgraduate studies in Commercial law at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) Law School in 2006.