Chambers Women in Law returns to Brazil in December

I am delighted  to announce details of our Women in Leadership: Latin America seminar in association with Greenberg Traurig, KermaPartners and TozziniFreire. The event is also supported by the female general counsel network, Jurídico de Saias. The seminar takes place at The Renaissance Hotel on Tuesday, December 9th in São Paulo, Brazil.

The seminar, composed of 2 panels of corporate counsel and private practice lawyers, will explore key issues affecting future and existing women leaders. Advice and tips from managing partners, senior legal counsel and lawyers at the forefront of gender diversity initiatives will engage in discussions and interactive break-out sessions with our audience.

Seminar: Women in Leadership: Latin America

Date: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Time: 8am – Registration
8.30 – 9.30 – Corporate Counsel panel discussion
9.30 – 10.30 –  Private Practice lawyers’ panel discussion
10.30 – 11.15am – Break out sessions
11.15 – 12pm – Networking

Venue: The Renaissance Hotel, Alameda Santos, 2233 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo – SP, 01419-002, Brazil

Speakers include:
 Carmen Backsmann, Executive Manager, Legal Affairs, Volkswagen do Brasil
– Josie Jardim, Associate General Counsel, Amazon Brazil and Founder of Juridico de Saias
– Marcela Hughes, Partner, Hughes & Hughes
– Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice President and Secretary, Greenberg Traurig LLP
– 
Fernando Pelaez-Pier, KermaPartners
– Moira Virginia Huggard-Caine, TozzineFreire

Carmen Backsmann, Executive Manager, Legal Affairs, Volkswagen do Brasil


Carmen is originally from Chile, and also a UK qualified solicitor. She was senior counsel for Volkswagen in Germany and moved to Volkswagen Brazil in 2012. Prior to that, she has worked as chief counsel at Lan Airlines and also worked with MAN Ferrostaal. She speaks fluent English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Josie Jardim, Associate General Counsel, Amazon Brazil

Josie Jardim is Associate General Counsel for Amazon Brazil. She was born in Sorocaba, Brazil. She received her J.D. in 1990 from Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP) and her master degree latu sensu in commercial contracts from the same university. In 2002, she completed further specialized studies at FGV.

She began her career in 1990 as assistant professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo and served as legal counsel for Splice Telecom and Promon, both in Brazil. Prior to joining Amazon in March 2013, Josie served as the Latin America General Counsel for GE (General Electric), where she worked for 8 years. Before that, she worked as Legal Director for Motorola for another 8 years, where she was responsible for the Southern Cone.

Josie Jardim is a board member of the Instituto Pro Bono, a Brazilian organization that provides legal services on a pro bono basis. She is also the founder of Jurídico de Saias (Legal in Skirts), a group formed by over 1000 female in-house counsels.  Josie is the author of various articles with focus in the management of legal departments and the legal career. Josie Jardim lives in São Paulo with her husband and has two kids (Victoria, 19 & Ricardo, 9).

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó – Vice President and Secretary, Greenberg Traurig

Patricia Menendez-Cambo
Patricia Menendez-Cambo serves as the Vice President and Secretary of Greenberg Traurig. She also Co-Chair’s the Global Energy & Infrastructure Practice, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to assuming the leadership of the firm’s Global Practice Group, she headed the firm’s Latin American Practice. Patricia works on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, as well as capital markets and general corporate and securities law matters. Patricia has been lead counsel on numerous first-time cross-border transactions. Although she represents clients from around the world, her primary focus is in Europe with an emphasis in Spain and Latin American transactions.
Patricia remains actively involved in the strategy and operations of her clients’ business, providing practical solutions and serving as a catalyst for launching, growing, and maintaining successful businesses. 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 a Director for a number of entities within the Telefónica Group throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia.

 For more information, please contact Women in Law Editor, Dee Sekar: dee-sekar1@chambersandpartners.co.uk

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