Latin American Employment Summit
Thursday 16 May
Tivoli Mofarrej, São Paulo


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International Employment Lawyer is delighted to announce that the second Latin American Employment Summit will take place on 16 May 2024.

The full-day event will bring together senior in-house and private practice lawyers to explore the challenges and opportunities facing multinational employers and their counsel across the region.

We have a reduced room rate for delegates at the Tivoli Mofarrej Hotel - this can be booked directly on their website here using the promo code PORTOBELLO24

For further information about the summit including registration, speaking, and sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch

Please see here for details about last year's event.


8:30 - 9:15: Registration and welcome coffee

9:15 - 9:30: Welcome and introductions

9:30 - 10:30: Session 1: Political and economic change?

The aftermath of recent elections across Latin America has ushered in a new era of political dynamics, offering both opportunities and challenges for labour market reforms. In this panel session, employment law experts will delve into the implications of political transitions on local labour policies, examining the priorities, strategies, and potential outcomes in shaping the future of work across the region.


Carolyn Knox, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins (United States)


Carlos Ferran Martínez, Partner, Ferran Martínez (Mexico)
Marcella Cruz, Global HR Compliance Manager, InDrive (Brazil)
Maria Elizabeth Barthel, Senior Employment Counsel Manager - Latam, Globalization Partners (Mexico)
Nicolás Grandi, Partner, Allende & Brea (Argentina)
Trícia Oliveira, Partner, Trench Rossi Watanabe (Brazil)

10:30 - 11:30: Session 2: Internal and external AI threats

The integration of artificial intelligence tools presents both internal and external risks for employers. This panel will explore the internal risks posed by AI in HR decision-making processes, such as bias and privacy concerns, and examines the external threat of AI-generated deepfakes to businesses, including reputational damage and fraud. Experts will analyse strategies for mitigating these risks and safeguarding the integrity of HR practices and business operations in an era of AI advancement.


Patricia Barboza, Partner, CGM (Brazil)


Aline Esteves, People Partner, monashees (Brazil)
Guillermo Matias Osorio, Partner, Marval O'Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)
Marcos Lacerda, LATAM Head of People Experience, Capgemini (Brazil)
María Fernanda Espinosa, Partner, Barros & Errázuriz (Chile)

11:30 - 12:00: Coffee break

12:00 - 1:00: Session 3: New frontiers for organised labour

Latin America is witnessing dynamic shifts in the trade union movement, characterised by the emergence of organised gig and app workers and the evolving impact of international trade agreements on labour organisations. This session explores these trends, the strategies employed by unions to adapt to a changing world, and their implications for employers.


Alvaro Galli, Partner, Beccar Varela (Argentina)


Aline Fidelis, Partner, Tauil & Chequer in association with Mayer Brown (Brazil)
Fernanda Muniz Borges, Partner, FAS Advogados in cooperation with CMS (Brazil)
Héctor González Graf, Partner, Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, (Mexico)
Joyce Borges, Labor & Employment Legal Manager, BASF (Brazil)

1:00 - 2:30: Networking lunch

2:30 - 3:00: In conversation with Thiago Teno, Director, Employment Legal, Netflix (Brazil)

A fireside chat with Thiago Teno to examine the cross-border trends impacting their multinational business.

3:00 - 4:00: Session 4: Dispute resolution masterclass

Employment disputes pose multifaceted challenges to labour relations and social cohesion in Latin America. This panel session delves into the latest trends, dynamics, and implications of employment disputes across the region, exploring strategies for conflict resolution, legal frameworks, and avenues for enhancing labour relations.


Dominic Hodson, Partner, King & Spalding (United States)


Andrea Giamondo Massei, Partner, Machado Meyer (Brazil)
Ignacio García, Partner, Porzio Rios Garcia (Chile)
Luís Mendes, Partner, Pinheiro Neto (Brazil)
Raphael Weitzel, Head of Legal, Compliance and HR LATAM, Enercon (Brazil)

4:00 - 4:30: Coffee break

4:30 - 5:30: Session 5: Advancing pay equality and equal opportunity

Latin America grapples with persistent inequalities in the workplace, particularly concerning pay disparities and limited opportunities for marginalised groups. This panel session will consider recent efforts to improve pay equality and transparency and the strategies employers can use to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.


Carolina Camacho, Partner, Garrigues (Colombia)


Biba Arciniegas, Partner, D’Empaire (Venezuela)
Jose Daniel Vergna, Partner, Mattos Filho (Brazil)
Laíza Vasello, Head of Labor and Employment Legal, Accenture (Brazil)
Patricia Bauer, Associate General Counsel LatAm, FIS Global (Brazil)
Rafael Vallejo, Partner, Von Wobeser y Sierra, (Mexico)

5:30 - 5.45: Closing remarks from International Employment Lawyer

5.45 onwards: Networking drinks reception


  Private Practice In-house/HR
Super Early Bird (until 21st March) USD$500 USD$0
Early Bird (until 3rd May) USD$600 USD$0
Standard USD$700 USD$0

VAT will be added if applicable. 

For group rates or general enquiries, please contact us via email or telephone: +44 207 339 3038

Drinks Reception Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors:








Mattos Filho


Ogletree Deakins


Pinheiro Neto



Trench Rossi Watanabe

Von Wobeser

Silver Sponsor: