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Brazil Briefing: An Update on Reforms and the Investment Environment 

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 27, 2017


Join the conversation: #CouncilBR  | @ASCOA

After two years of economic downturn, the Brazilian economy is starting to show important signs of recovery as numbers show 1 percent GDP growth, inflation has dropped considerably, and companies are tapping into capital markets again. However, recent developments within the Car Wash Operation have caused gridlock in the government, raising uncertainty among investors. With the upcoming presidential election and as Congress looks to pass important reforms, all eyes are on Brazil.

Please join AS/COA for a morning update on the economic outlook for the country in 2017 and beyond, as well as the political situation in Brazil vis-à-vis the pending critical reforms and the presidential elections for 2018. 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ricardo Sennes, Managing Partner, Prospectiva Consulting @Prospectivabr
  • Samar Maziad, Vice President & Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service @MoodysInvSvc
  • Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, AS/COA; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly @BrazilBrian
  • Eduardo C. Leite, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Partner, Baker & McKenzie (moderator) @Bakermckenzie

This event is free of charge. Prior registration is required. 

Event Information: Rebeca Brown | | 212-277-8378
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 212-277-8358
AS Individual Membership: Felipe Marin | | 212-277-8342
COA Corporate Membership: Natalia Williamson | | 212-277-8374
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
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Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 26.

Eduardo Leite

Chairman Emeritus and Senior Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Eduardo Leite is chairman, chairman emeritus and senior partner for Baker McKenzie with a focus on the firm's priority of driving growth in New York and Latin America. A partner since 1986 and an accomplished energy, infrastructure projects, and M&A lawyer, he served on Baker McKenzie’s Executive Committee from 1999 to 2003, was chairman of the firm's Latin American Regional Council, and chaired the firm’s Policy Committee in 2005. Prior to being elected chairman, Leite was the managing partner of the firm's four offices in Brazil, a position he held for seven years.

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Samar Maziad

Vice President & Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service

Samar Maziad is vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group in New York. She is the lead credit analyst for a portfolio of Latin American sovereigns, including Brazil and Colombia, among others. Prior to joining Moody’s, Maziad was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund, where she covered a wide range of macroeconomic and financial stability issues in emerging markets.

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Ricardo Sennes

Managing Partner, Prospectiva Consulting

Ricardo Sennes is managing partner of Prospectiva, a consulting firm on public policies and international business, and general coordinator of the Group of International Analysis (GACINT) at the University of São Paulo. Prior to his current position, he was coordinator of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI) in São Paulo, and was co-coordinator of the International Section of the Brazilian Scenarios Project (Brasil 3 Tempo 2022 project), handled by the federal government.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and vice president of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, columnist, and analyst, he is a leading expert on Latin America and a frequent speaker for international media, events, and conferences. Based in New York City since 2015, Winter has led the relaunch of Americas Quarterly, more than doubling its online readership and expanding its coverage of politics, business, and culture in the Western Hemisphere.

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