Virtual Seminar – Resource Nationalism: How International Investment Agreements (IIAs) can assist mining companies in hedging against regulatory risks and state interference

This seminar took place on 17 March at 14:00 (GMT), and featured a Q&A session.


Our speakers were:


Jimena Blanco, Head of Americas at Verisk Maplecroft.  Jimena leads the Americas research team, with regional and thematic experts based in Argentina, Mexico, the US and UK. She is the Americas expert on Brazil and the Southern Cone, and frequently provides advice to multinational companies and multilateral institutions on political risk in Latin America. Jimena has undertaken numerous field projects, including Human Rights Impact Assessments for clients across the region.


Mariano Machado, Senior Analyst for the America’s Risk Insight team, at Verisk Maplecroft.  Mariano leads coverage for the Southern Cone, focusing on in-depth country analysis for Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Before joining Verisk Maplecroft, Mariano served in the public sector for nearly 14 years, gaining substantial experience on how Latin America’s governments, political parties, NGOs and business sector interact.


The seminar was chaired by Peter Flint, Consultant at Volterra Fietta, who addressed legal aspects of IIAs in the context of the mining sector.


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