A look back

Latin America Summit 2014

Business and political developments throughout Latin America


On 31 March and 1 April 2014, the inaugural Hogan Lovells Latin America Summit brought together thought leaders on major business and political developments throughout Latin America for a candid dialogue with industry executives, legal counsel, and high-ranking government officials with interests in the area.

The day-and-a-half summit explored current trends in Latin America, including economic growth, global investment, and both foreign and domestic business expansion. In this timely forum, participants discussed important political developments and regulatory reform that will shape the future of the region.


Attractions and potential pitfalls for international players looking to participate in Latin America
A land of political and economic divergence, Latin America has long been among the most challenging regions in which to do business. This panel discussed how a vast number of global corporations have been undeterred, with many both fostering and profiting from Latin America’s enormous market potential.

Expanding infrastructure: Latin America’s mechanism for internal integration and foreign growth
Latin America is experiencing unprecedented regulatory framework reforms to facilitate investment in large-scale projects, further accelerating the growth of infrastructure the region needs to increase its global competitiveness. Our panel discussed the region’s expanding infrastructure, which supports trade and provides opportunities for foreign and domestic businesses to grow and thrive.

Multinationals and their cross-border influence on latin American economic growth
Both regional and multinational institutions and corporations are growing and expanding their businesses globally and locally. With their increased investment in the region, these companies are having a major influence on strong economic growth. Our panelists discussed their pursuit of strategic growth opportunities and the vast potential that results from these investments.

The reshaping of the oil and gas industry in Latin America
The oil and gas industry continues to be one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the Latin American economy. As new markets open, new resources are explored, and new international partners become involved. Our panelists discussed these unprecedented changes and their impacts.


Andrés R. Gluski
Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer
The AES Corporation

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
Chairman, Global Solutions / A Podesta Company
Mexican Ambassador to the United States, 2007-2013

Eric Cantor
Vice Chairman and Managing Director
Moelis & Company

Rodrigo Álvarez
Director of Strategic Planning and Acquisitions 

Rafael Borja Samperio
Managing Director
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Valeria Chapa Garza
General Counsel, Latin America

Diego Colchero Paetz
Deputy General Counsel
Telefónica Latinoamérica

Claudia Drago
General Counsel
Grupo Graña y Montero

Brendan Duval
Managing Partner
Glenfarne Group, LLC

Eric Farina
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Alan Fleischmann
Principal, Head of Latin America
Albright Stonebridge Group

Susan Gray
Head of Infrastructure Sponsor Coverage, Head of Airports
Macquarie Capital Advisors

David Gruppo
Head of Latin America Corporate and Investment Banking
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd

Jörg Häring
Division General Counsel
Siemens AG

Ignacio Iribarren Calcaño
Principal Equity Investment Officer, Infrastructure and Natural Resources
International Finance Corporation – IFC

José María López de Fuentes
Director of North America, Canada, and Andean America
OHL Concesiones, S.A.

Juan Carlos Mesa
Director, Mergers and Acquisitions
Ecopetrol S.A.

Murray Samuel
Vice President, Mexico Legal

Iván Sandoval
Chief of Legal Affairs, Latin America Division
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski
Chief of Staff, President’s Office