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Meet Control Risks Expert: Venezuela & Colombia

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Guest Speaker: Oliver Wack, Senior Analyst and Venezuela Expert, Control Risks

Social risk is nothing new, but for companies doing business in Latin America, these risks are increasingly coming to the fore. In countries with shifting social and political landscapes like Colombia, companies who pay lip service to community relations do so at their own peril, but those that take a nuanced approach can position themselves for success.

Venezuela's plunging economy, rising civil unrest and deepening political divide pose considerable challenges for businesses with operations in the country. With inflation well above 50% and falling oil prices exacerbating an already unstable situation, businesses with ties to the country are watching the volatility closely and contemplating next steps. The coming year will be fraught with continued instability, government infighting, possible outbreaks of protest and little respite from government intervention in the economy.


  • A crisis of economics and legitimacy and the road ahead
  • The impact of US sanctions
  • The shifting investment landscape in the midst of ongoing instability

Peace negotiations with the Colombian government and the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia, continue to be promising despite recent setbacks. Control Risks believes that the current talks represent the best attempt at ending more than half a decade of internal armed conflict. The likely shift in the country's security situation means that new issues, including integrity risks and social risk are gradually coming to the forefront and their management will play an increasingly central role to successful business operations.


  • Outlook for peace negotiations with the FARC and ELN guerrilla groups
  • Implications of a signed peace agreement for the business environment
  • New threats to foreign investors in a changing security landscape


  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Registration and Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

Note: The hours from this non-accredited seminar may be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Ongoing Members. Please note that this seminar is not accredited for Professionalism Hours and cannot be counted for New Members or for Professionalism Hours for Ongoing Members.


This seminar is complimentary.

Event Contact:

Andrea Tulloch
+1 416 868 3329