Latin American Trade and Investment Forum 

The Latin American Trade and Investment Association (LATIA) in conjunction with Incontras International, invites you to join us for the 7th Latin American Investment Forum – LAIF 2018 in London which will bring together leading authorities in global investment and industry – joined by Ministers, Ambassadors and economic counsellors from the 19 Latam countries.

LAIF 2018 combines thought-leading content, high-level briefings and interactive discussion on the future international UK-Latin American collaboration – focusing on three inter-linked major streams of opportunity: infrastructure, energy, technology and innovation.

Since its launch in 2011, the Latin American Investment Forum has established itself as the major annual forum on Latin American investment and trade, globally.

Argentina · Bolivia · Brazil · Chile · Colombia · Costa Rica · Cuba · Dominican Republic ·Ecuador · El Salvador · Guatemala · Honduras · Mexico · Nicaragua · Panama · Paraguay · Peru · Uruguay · Venezuela


8th July 2020

8th July 2020

8th July 2020

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The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP

Graham Smith


Andrew Comer

Dr Antonio Celia

Hon. Alexander Brennan

Dr Ramin Wali


Invest Chile

Leonel Melo

Fiona Mackie

Gershon Cohen

De La Rue



9:00          Session 1: Welcome to LAIF 2018
                   Introducing the work and objectives of the LATIA collective of 19 countries, and the purpose of
                   the LAIF 2018 forum.

9:10          Session 2: Economic partners – the future of the UK and Latin America

                  Keynote – The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas                        at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

                 Fiona Mackie, Regional Director – Latin America and the Caribbean, The Economist Intelligence
                 Unit, in conversation with Dr Robert Thomas

                   Informed by the economic, political, cultural and business climate of Latin America, we assess how the                            investment landscape has developed over the last five years and what it might look like in the coming                              years.


10:00        Session 3: Doing business – the future of the investment landscape

                 The investment panel discuss the legal, regulatory and practical framework in which business is done in                          Latin America. Topics of particular focus including project structure, risk management, return on                                        investment, and repatriation of funds.


                   Chair: The Hon. Alexander Brennan, Founder and CEO, Brennan & Partners
                   Dr Ramin Wali, Managing Partner, LLB Investment
                   Richard Hird, Chief Commercial Officer, De La Rue
                   Leonel Melo Guerrero, President of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic


10:45       COFFEE BREAK


11:15       Session 4: Sea, land and air – the future of transport infrastructure
                   The panel analyse the strategic plans and regional infrastructure requirements of Latin America, delving                          into the region’s projects, including state incentives, opportunities for Government collaboration and                              sustainable local partnerships.

                   Chair: Matthew Jones, Partner and Head of Construction Team, Taylor Wessing LLP
                   Gershon Cohen, Global Head of Infrastructure Funds, Aberdeen Standard Investments
                   Graham Smith, Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC
                   Ian Frederick Berndt, Director, Invest Chile
                   Andrew Comer, Partner and Director of Cities Group, BuroHappold Engineering
                   Gustavo Bergamasco, Country Manager, Contracta

12:00        Session 5: Keeping the lights on – the future of traditional and renewable energy 
                   We examine Latin America’s place in the global market, its energy mix, future requirements and strategic

                   plans. The panel examine the opportunities for ready projects and discuss the relationship between                                Governments and the private sector in delivering on key strategic targets.


                   Chair: James McKeigue, Managing Editor, LatAm Investor
                   Neil Perry, Chief Financial Officer, Solar Century
                   Amauris Vásquez, Founding Partner, De Camps, Vasquez & Valera Attorneys at Law
                   Dr Antonio Celia, Former CEO of PROMIGAS, and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics
                   Vanesa Bandak, Investment Manager, PROESA – Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador


13:00        LUNCH

14:00        Session 6: A connected world – the future of digital technology
                   Exploring those areas in which Latin America is already a technological leader, as well where the countries                      are positioning themselves for the future, and what that positioning means for the future of 4G, telecoms                        coverage, data centres and the internet of things. We consider the opportunities for new, innovative                                solutions, with a focus on their potential for social impact in a rapidly developing part of the world.

                   Chair: Dr Robert Thomas, Executive Director, Accademia
                   Robin MacKenzie, Marketing Director, De La Rue
                   Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director, CINDE – Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency
                   Philippe Vogeleer, Director of Advisory, Vodafone
                   Leo Castellanos, Partner and Investment Director, SAATCHiNVEST


15:00        Closing remarks




Taylor Wessing LLP

Vanessa Bandak

Philippe  Vogeleer




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