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Chambers Diversity Summit: Mexico


We are delighted to announce details of our inaugural Chambers Diversity Summit: Mexico in association with Linklaters, Pacheco Coto and Sanchez Devanny.The event takes place on Friday, May 13th at the JW Mariott in Mexico City.

Date: Friday, May 13

JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City
Andres Bello #29
CP 11560
Cuidad de Mexico

Times: 8am - 12pm

8:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast/Registration/Networking
8:30am – 9:00am: Keynote (20 min presentation with 10 min Q & A)
9:00am – 9:15am: Icebreaker
9:15am – 11:00am: Panel
11:00am – 11:30am: Q & A and concluding remarks
11:30am – 12:00pm Networking

> Defining diversity and inclusion
> The business case for diversity: case studies and best practices
> Current issues and initiatives in diversity practice in Mexico

Diversity in Latin America is a dynamic and challenging area. We look forward to sharing diversity best practice and highlighting thought leadership from those who have been committed and active in this space.

This will be Chambers Diversity's 6th diversity event in Latin America in the past 2 years. Previous events have included 4 diversity events in Brazil and one diversity event in Argentina.

Please join us for an interactive, positive discussion on furthering the advancement of diversity in the legal profession.

For further information, please contact the Global Diversity and Corporate Counsel Editor: Dee Sekar [email protected] 


Speakers include:

Ruby Asturias, Partner, Pacheco Coto

With more than 19  years of experience, Mrs. Asturias expertise is in the areas of Corporate and Labor Law, Transactional Tax Law, Foreign Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Franchising, Licensing and Joint Ventures. Prior to joining PACHECO COTO, Mrs. Asturias was one of  the founders, Partner and President of the Board of Directors of ACZALAW Abogados Centroamericanos, a regional firm with presence in Central America.She is recognized for her high level performance in the corporate sphere. Mrs. Asturias has been Chair of  the NYSBA Guatemalan Chapter for several years and on 2012 she was elected Chair of the Latin American Council Leadership Committee for which is Co-Founder.
During her term as Chair she has been in charge of the establishment of an ideal Code of Ethics for Latin American lawyers in international practice by making an analysis of the Code of Conduct and Ethic of the NYSBA, main Ethic and Conduct Principles established by the IBA and 15 Latin American legislations related to Ethic and Conduct. The purpose of this project is to higher the level of ethic and conduct standards throughout the Latin American Lawyers that serve the International Community and mostly, be a solid guarantee of the services, since the LAC Code of Ethics is based on the Ethic and Conduct Principles established by the NYSBA and by the IBA International Standards.

She has also participated on the creation of the “Women in Leadership Committee” which is intended to continue the promotion and the advancement of the women  in the profession  of the law.  This committee is formed with the female lawyers that are part of the most prestigious firms in Latin-America. On December 2015, she participated on the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice’s Legal Summit of the Americas as moderat or for the Models for standardizing legal ethics and exercising self -regulation. Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center recognized her as Leading Light on 2012, and Chambers & Partners Global and Latin America have elected her as Leading Lawyer for 5 consecutive years. In 2013 Legal Media Group, (IFLR1000) granted her the award “Americas Women in Business Law”.

Mónica Bichara, Associate General Counsel, Home Depot and Board Member, Abogadas MX

Dynamic, results-oriented professional with over 20 years experience in retail, industrial, financial and educational/non-profit legal environments in Mexico, USA, Caribbean, Central and South America. Strong client and shareholder relationship abilities, innovation, business-oriented, team-building, partnering and leadership skills.

Specialties: Extensive experience in foreign investment, M&A, real estate, securities, operations, corporate compliance, FCPA, consumer protection, labor and employment, logistics, import-export, commercial and general liability litigation, corporate, tax, finance, advertising, marketing, regulatory and anti-trust legal issues with an international perspective.

Arturo Cabrera, President, CHEP Latin America

Arturo is currently President CHEP Latin America. Since he joined Brambles, Arturo has started CHEP operations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, conducted the acquisition of CHEP Chile, opened 5 Central American countries and, as we speak, is structuring the startup of Colombia and Peru. Arturo came from a Marketing and Business Development directive position in the cellular telephony company IUSACELL / Bell Atlantic in Mexico and previously held different directive positions in Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mexico and Central America, going from Marketing Director to General Manager during his 8 years’ experience at this PepsiCo division. Arturo has a Bachelor in Marketing from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico. He has been contributing with different organizations throughout Latin America on the development of logistics practices and standardization initiatives. Throughout his career, he has experienced diversity issues in Latin America and has a very important perspective to share on this matter from this region's view and how this important topic has evolved throughout the last 20 years.

Mariana Eguiarte Morett, Senior Associate, Sanchez Devanny

Mariana has more than 12 years of legal experience, and is admitted to law practice both in Mexico and in the State of New York, USA.  She earned her law degree with the highest honors at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and holds two Masters of Laws, one by New York University (International Taxation) and the other by Universidad Panamericana. Her practice is primarily focused on national and international corporate tax issues. She has experience in a variety of tax matters, including M&A, corporate restructurings, transfer pricing and legal audits.  Her experience also comprises tax audit reviews, as well as the implementation of defense strategies before tax and judicial authorities.  Mariana has advised national and multinational clients in diverse sectors including real estate, energy, hospitality, automotive, retail, and air transportation.  Before joining Sánchez Devanny, she participated in opening the Business Planning and Tax practice group of a Texas law firm with offices in Mexico City. She also worked in the tax consulting area of an important full service law firm in Mexico City.  Mariana is active at the International Fiscal Association Mexican branch where she has been a member of the Young IFA Network Study Committee for 9 years in total and currently co-heads such committee.  She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where she has actively participated on the International Section for 5 years and currently heads the Women in the Profession Committee within the section’s Latin American Council. Mariana is a frequent speaker at specialized tax events, author of several tax publications and the first (and currently the only) woman to be appointed as lecturer of the Master of Laws in Tax at Universidad Panamericana. She is very interested in gender diversity topics. During her spare time, Mariana is a passionate runner.

Marcos Arena Reyes Retana, Legal Counsel, Office Depot Mexico and Latin AmericaMarcos 





Mr. Arena has worked for the last fifteen years as a legal director in three multinational global companies: Pepsico México and Caricam Contracts & Business Support Director; Sabritas Legal Counsel; PepsiCo International Mexico(Sabritas, Gamesa-Quaker, Pepsi Cola and Gatorade) and currently at Office Depot México and Latin America Legal Counsel. He has the perspective to have experienced the evolution of diversity within the corporate international scope in the last fifteen years.

Salvador Rosas Ramírez, Compliance, J.P. Morgan

Salvador holds an International Business Degree and 13 years of experience in the financial sector, including the following areas: compliance, quality assurance, service delivery, sales and call center. Joined J.P. Morgan Chase in March 2013 covering Investment Banking compliance, after 5 months he assumed responsibility for PB compliance instead, where he acts as primary interface with regulators, advises the business on regulatory changes, Implements GWM Compliance-owned policies and procedures and reviews products-related activities. He is fluent in English both written and spoken. Salvador is a photography enthusiast.

Sabrena Silver, Partner, Linklaters

Sabrena has 20 years of experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border financing transactions. She advises financial institutions and companies on diverse financing matters, including syndicated and bilateral loans, letter of credit facilities, trade finance and agricultural finance transactions, hedge fund financings, private banking transactions, debt restructurings, loan participations, receivables purchases and non-performing loan transactions. She has broad global experience. In particular, Sabrena has worked extensively in Latin America, having recently worked on significant matters in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, among other Latin American jurisdictions. Her experience in Latin America includes having recently advised: the U.S. subsidiary of Noble Group on a US$1bn term loan to EP PetroEcuador guaranteed by the Republic of Ecuador; a leading global financial institution on multiple domestic and international margin loans totalling more than US$2bn for a broad range of borrowers located in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia, secured by U.S. listed shares and U.S. listed ADRs; Metlife in respect of several New York law governed timber financings secured with New York and Brazilian law governed pledges; and Itaú on a bilateral loan to Peruvian company Medifarma.
Sabrena is a member of the Vance Center for International Justice’s Women in the Profession group where she has been working throughout Latin America to help local legal communities better support the advancement of women’s legal careers.  She also leads [email protected], the firm’s global network of local gender network groups and activities, aimed at enhancing the professional development of women at Linklaters.  Sabrena was recently appointed to the steering committee of the 30% Club, an organization that aims to promote gender balance on company boards to improve leadership, governance,  board performance and increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders.
In 2013 she was included among Latin Lawyer’s 15 Inspiring Women in international law firms in the Latin American legal profession and was named by Latinvex in 2015 as one of Latin America’s Top Female Lawyers. She was named an “Up and Coming” attorney in Banking and Finance in the 2015 edition of Chambers Latin America and a "Rising Star" in Banking and Finance in the 2015 edition of IFLR1000.

Jorge J. Vega-Iracelay, Assistant General Counsel/Senior Director of Legal, Corporate and CRS, Microsoft

Jorge is a multi-cultural and thorough Senior Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer with a profound practice in Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Communications. He has a rich experience in the ICT industry, including different locations and environments, with a solid expertise and knowledge of Latin America. Jorge is a results-oriented, high performer, hands-on (field and HQ roles, including highly matrixed organizations), strategic-minded, great developer and leader of people, such as diverse and inclusive teams. He is a diligent manager of resources and among his competencies are soft skills. He is a business facilitator and a wise advisor for business decisions. Other attributes include: a pragmatic and commercial-oriented professional with sound judgment and good interpersonal skills, a strategic expert and influencer on public policy making in complex and evolving situations - anticipating trends and laying foundations for future business plans and innovation-. Jorge is an impactful speaker before diverse audiences and an accomplished representative before Senior Leaders (including Heads of States), with a proven record of having managed and inspired change and transformation. He is a curious, fast learner and passionate about creating business value.