Welcome to our 2022 Global Annual Review, ‘A Year of Solving Together.’

This is the story of how PwC’s global network of nearly 328,000 people – our community of solvers – managed the challenges and opportunities of the last 12 months and helped our clients and stakeholders navigate a successful path forward.

This year, the war in Ukraine, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation, an energy crisis, supply chain disruption and the pressing need to address climate change have combined to produce the most difficult set of global circumstances in my career. Managing such tough global challenges is possible only when we come together: when people with diverse skills combine forces to solve complex problems, and when business steps up to take responsibility for its impact on the society of which it is an inseparable part.

I’m so proud of the work that our talented community of solvers has delivered around the world this year to support our clients and to make positive contributions to the society we all share. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work, enthusiasm and perseverance. Our people, and the wide range of skills and experiences they bring to work every day, are the engine of our success.

By Bob Moritz via PwC

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The Federal Reserve has just entered the testing phase of its new instant payment service, FedNow. Inspired by the Brazilian system, Pix, FedNow aims to revolutionize how North Americans send and receive money, and it places all eyes on the world’s largest economy on the subject of payment innovation.

Banks will have less than a year to prepare for the launch of the long-awaited FedNow. While it’s not yet clear exactly how it works, the Federal Reserve’s vice president, Lael Brainard, said that the success of the system will depend on industry stakeholders—financial institutions, core service providers, software companies and application developers—devoting the appropriate resources to making the system viable for consumers before its launch, which should take place next summer.

These stakeholders must devote effort, time and money into innovation and technology. Through a robust and reliable software development framework, financial institutions should be able to offer a quality service that meets the needs of today’s world, especially in terms of digital processes, automation and digital wallets.

Lessons From The Brazilian System

As stated, Pix is the basic model for FedNow. Launched in 2020, Pix is now operated by more than 770 institutions, according to Bacen (Central Bank of Brazil). Adjustments happened quickly with its implementation, meaning that institutions had to use agile and specialized methods with clearly defined scopes and assertive planning that maximized value.

By Mateus Hernandes Rodrigues via Forbes

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Documento desenvolvido pela Systemiq Brasil com organizações multilaterais, setor privado, cientistas e comunidades originárias indica formas de impulsionar desenvolvimento da região

O Brasil pode se tornar a primeira grande economia – de média ou alta renda – a alcançar a neutralidade de carbono nos próximos 8 anos e, ao mesmo tempo, acelerar o seu crescimento econômico em US$ 100 bilhões a US$ 150 bilhões anuais ao PIB adicionais ao ritmo de crescimento atual (2,5%/ano). Com isso, o país seria um exemplo concreto ao mundo de prosperidade econômica sustentável para as próximas décadas, modelo que pode inspirar todo o Sul Global.

É o que mostra um relatório apresentado nesta quarta-feira (9) na Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre as Mudanças Climáticas – a COP27, no Egito. Chamado “The Amazon’s Marathon: Brazil to lead a low-carbon economy from the Amazon to the world” (A Maratona Amazônica: Brasil pode liderar economia de baixo carbono da Amazônia para o mundo), o documento é um plano de desenvolvimento econômico que apresenta análises sobre o potencial da região ao calcular a oportunidade financeira por trás das estratégias de mitigação de emissões de gases efeito estufa (GEE) e destacar projetos escaláveis que promovem uma nova abordagem baseada na natureza, centrada em pessoas e positiva para o meio ambiente.

Por Guilherme Justino, via Um Só Planeta

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Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) said on Thursday that China’s aviation regulator had certified its E190-E2 regional jet for operations in the country, a move that would allow it to compete against China’s homegrown ARJ21 regional jet.

China had been slow to certify the latest generation of Western jets and turboprops that compete against domestic-made equivalents, though this week the ATR42-600 turboprop also was granted certification during Airshow China in the southern city of Zhuhai.

The E190-E2, a more fuel-efficient of the older E190 that already operates in China, can seat up to 114 passengers and was certified in Brazil, the United States and Europe in 2018.

The capacity compares with the 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet and 168-seat C919 narrowbody jet produced by Commercial Aviation Corp of China (COMAC).

Embraer said in a statement that the E190-E2 and the larger E195-E2 that can seat up to 146 passengers complemented the ARJ21 and C919 in terms of capacity.

Reporting by Sophie Yu in Beijing and Jamie Freed in Sydney; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Christian Schmollinger via Reuters

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The in-person event “AgriTalks – Green Finance in Brazil: New Developments and Opportunities”, where Brazilian government officials and representatives of the private sector from both Brazil and the U.S. will discuss the current state, perspectives and opportunities for the green finance market in Brazil.

The seminar will take place at the Consulate General of Brazil, on November 17th,from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a Q&A session, in addition to a coffee break and reception at the end of the event.

Agritalks – New York

Green Finance in Brazil: New Developments and Opportunities

New York, November 17th, 2022


Registration (9:00-9:30)

Welcome Speech (9:30-9:35)

• Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Consul General of Brazil in Nova York

Keynote Speech (09:35 – 09:55)

• Fernando Sardenberg Zelner Gonçalves – Deputy Secretary for Trade and International Relations, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply – MAPA

Panel 1 – New Instruments and Regulations in the Brazilian Green Finance Market (09:55-10:45)

• José Angelo Mazzillo Junior – Secretary for Agriculture Policy. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply – MAPA

• Thatyanne Gasparotto – Director, Green & Sustainable Financing Solutions, Natixis CIB Americas

• Lucio Feijó Lopes – Senior Partner, Feijó Lopes Advogados

• Leisa Souza – Head LatAm, CBI

• Moderator: Professor Sidney Nakahodo – Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

Coffee Break (10:45-11:00)

Panel 2 – Opportunities for Investment in Green Finance in Brazil (11:00 – 11:50)

• Marcela Porto Costa – Sustainability Expert, Santa Brígida Farm

• Eliza G. Pepper – Head of Advisory & Wealth Planning LatAm, UBS

• Maurício Bauer – Director of Sustainability, JBS

• Leticia Phillips – Representative for North America, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association – UNICA

• Moderator: Amy Wu, Journalist, Columbia University

Questions and Answers (11:50-12:15)

Reception (12:15- 13:00)


Jovens talentos: our redesigned internship program

Mattos Filho has recently redesigned its internship program, focusing exclusively on the personal and professional development of our interns. Jovens Talentos (Young Talents) marks the beginning of their professional careers, and the program will now further support the education of future attorneys.

We want to promote discussions and reflections on the internship model currently adopted in Brazil and, ultimately, on the legal career in law firms. New hires will be subject to these changes starting in 2023. Before rolling out the program, we would like to share the most important innovations with you:

•    We will reduce working hours (from 6 to 5), in a hybrid format;
•    We will grant our interns 15 days’ leave to prepare for the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examination;
•    Selected interns will take part in a committee with partners, created exclusively to oversee the program;
•    We will have exclusive vacancies for black students, students coming from public schools, families with an income of up to three minimum wages, and those participating in public educational incentive programs;
•    As the internship creates career expectations, we will inform interns in advance whether or not they will be hired as full-time professionals.
•    The last significant change is that hours incurred by interns will no longer be billed to our clients – precisely because they will be dedicated only to their development as students.

This new proposal will allow students to focus on activities and routines to develop technical and behavioral skills, in addition to their degree programs. It is time to think about how we are contributing to the academic development of our interns.

By the end of the program, we hope that our interns will have had the opportunity to enrich their training and understand how the various legal practices work, see the challenges and opportunities in the legal profession and develop the key values and skills for succeeding in their careers.

All this aligns with this specific phase in their lives: being students.

We know that the program will continue to evolve. We live in a challenging, dynamic environment where it is necessary to take steps to achieve a balance between performance and well-being. After all, they should go hand-in-hand. This is perhaps the greatest challenge for organizations today. This is Mattos Filho’s first step, but all positions within the firm will also receive our full attention, with new initiatives to monitor career development.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to extend our respect and reinforce our commitment to you – our clients – and to thank you for your partnership.

Kind Regards,

Roberto Quiroga

Mattos Filho 

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