Latin America's Tech Future: Transformation Trends in the Digital Business Environment

Technology companies, like others across a wide range of sectors, are navigating through the ensuing consequences of the global pandemic. The new normal continues to raise both challenges and opportunities. Technology is the driving force behind new ways of working and living. At the same time, there is a further surge on the policy and regulatory front and increasing pressure points around global trade wars.

Day 1: Doing Tech Business

Panel 1: A Global Perspective of Key TMT Industry Legal Trends and How They Impact the LatAm Market

Technology is bringing the world closer together and creating new business opportunities. In the first panel in our three-day event, Baker McKenzie TMT leaders from the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions share their insights on the industry that will pave the way to LatAm's future for TMT.

Panel 2: Sustainability for TMT companies

There are opportunities for the tech sector in international trade and the circular economy, as well as challenges with regard to supply chains in the international trade arena and climate matters. Hear from our panel as to what those opportunities and challenges are, why ESGs matter and on a discussion around a holistic view on ESGs for the tech sector.

Panel 3: M&A and Tech Synergies, a Powerful Combination to Add Value

Acquisitions are key to help jump-start revenue increases through new products, markets and solutions. Divestments of non-core businesses will help maximize portfolios from declining businesses. Hear from our panel on how to be well-positioned to harvest intended value from a merger, and on the need to continue to focus on talent and long-term value initiatives.

Panel 4: Tax for Techs: Navigating Through the Challenges of Digital Transformation

Despite the lead taken by the OECD to address the challenges of the digital economy, LatAm jurisdictions have also taken action through a number of unilateral tax-related measures. Our panel dives into the current state of play and its impact on digital-based businesses, proactive interactions with tax authorities and how to mitigate the risks of tax disputes.

Day 2: Digital Interaction

Panel 1: Interactive Entertainment: Gaming on the Rise Market Levelling up in Latin America

Forms of interactive entertainment, particularly video games, are on the rise, both as a growing market and as a form of entertainment. In the absence of clear LatAm statutory regulation, market players are struggling to navigate in a complex, multijurisdictional environment. Our panel addresses increasing consumer protection litigation issues, child protection, advertising, data privacy and IP legal issues, as well as opportunities that developers, distributors and platforms should be mindful of.

Panel 2: Free Speech and the Regulation of Social Media Content

The rapid evolution of technology is a global phenomenon which has changed the way we work, communicate and live. Regulators and lawmakers are trying to adapt to this new and evolving reality, and have taken different positions with respect to the communication models. Learn from our panel on how the LatAm authorities are addressing these issues.

Panel 3: Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology: A Glimpse into the Future

The pace of development and innovation of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology has left regulators and businesses struggling to keep up. During this panel our lawyers will provide insights into cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, examining global trends and focusing on financial regulation, M&A developments and data privacy matters.

Panel 4: Diversity in Tech

Listen to how firms and clients in the tech industry can work together to promote diversity and foster inclusive environments, including an update on what progress has been made and what more can be done. We also hear from guest panelists on the issues of inclusion and diversity in the tech industry and how they are being addressed. The session discusses key inclusion and diversity issues that are top of mind for the tech players, including strategies that can be employed to ensure inclusive workplaces.

Day 3: Legal Tech Evolution

Panel 1: Compliance in the Post-pandemic Era: Recommendations to Face Increased US Interest in Fighting Corruption in LatAm

The strengthening of legal frameworks for compliance in LatAm countries, along with US interest (in being an ally to fight corruption in the region), means that there is demand for increased effort to design, review and maintain robust compliance programs. In this environment, technology companies face new risks in light of the accelerated adoption of tech solutions across industries and geographies. Our panel discusses, among other things, the importance of conducting compliance diligence in M&A transactions, data privacy aspects when conducting internal investigations and compliance trends in the region.

Panel 2: The Impact of the Global Geopolitical Climate on the Protection and Enforcement of Trade Secrets in the TMT and Healthcare Industry in LatAm

The ensuing impact of the COVID-19 landscape is having a profound effect on trade secrets and proprietary information, and sits at the cross-section of the technology and healthcare industries. Our panel shares their insights into what they are seeing as the factors driving these circumstances and will look at the global geopolitical climate, which is causing a ripple effect on the LatAm region.

Panel 3: 5G: A New Friend in the LatAm Neighborhood

It is a challenge to predict how 5G will eventually impact on people and economies. But everyone seems to agree on one thing: 5G can help to improve society and business. Our panel uses their in-depth knowledge in this area to discuss 5G through the lens of M&A, antitrust and banking and finance.