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Restructuring Venezuela's Debt: What Lies Ahead?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

September 26, 2017


Americas Society and Council of the Americas will host leading experts to discuss Venezuela and state-owned oil firm PDVSA’s debt as the likelihood of default rises. The panelists will discuss potential scenarios and the challenges that will be faced in a restructuring of Venezuelan debt.    

This event is part of AS/COA’s Venezuela Working Group Series.

NOTE: This event is private and off-the-record.


  • Richard J. Cooper, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Joe Kogan, ‎Head of Latin American Strategy, Scotia Capital
  • Luisa Palacios, Head of Latin America, Medley Global Advisors LLC
  • Mark Walker, Managing Director and Head of Sovereign Advisory, Millstein & Co. LLC

Recommended reading from panelists:

Free for AS, COA Corporate Members, AS and COA Board, CIAC, President's Circle, and YPA members, and $100 for nonmembers.
Members can register by e-mailing Juan Serrano-Badrena at

Space is limited.

Not a member yet? Join the YPA or President’s Circle today for complimentary access to this event.
For more information, please contact Felipe Marin at or 1-212-277-8342.

Event Information: Rodrigo Riaza | | 1-212-277-8376
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | | 1-212-277-8331
Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25.

Richard Cooper

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Richard Cooper is a partner based in Cleary Gottlieb’s New York office where he focuses on international and domestic restructurings both in the private and public sectors. Cooper led the team that advised the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico with the restructuring of approximately $73 billion of indebtedness prior to the change in administrations.

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Joe Kogan

Head of Latin American Strategy, Scotia Capital

Joe Kogan is head of Latin American Strategy at Scotiabank in New York. He advises institutional investors on fixed income investments in both sovereigns and corporates across Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2004 to 2009, Kogan was a senior strategist for emerging markets at Barclays Capital and at Lehman Brothers. Previously, he was a professor at Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. Kogan received a Ph.D. in business economics and an M.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Princeton University.

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Luisa Palacios

Head of Latin America macro and energy research, Medley Global Advisors

Luisa Palacios is the head of Latin America Macro and Energy Research at Medley Global Advisors. She is also a visiting professor at the Center for Energy Studies at the MBA School of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas, Venezuela. Previously, Palacios was a Latin America macro strategist in the emerging markets research group at Barclays Capital. She was a senior economist for the Japan Bank of International Cooperation, where she focused on Latin American energy and Chinese-Latin American economic relations.

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Mark Walker

Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities LLC

Mark Walker is senior managing director at Guggenheim Securities, LLC. Previously, Walker was managing director and head of sovereign advisory at Millstein & Co. He was also managing director at Rothschild London from 2012 to 2014 and a senior advisor at Lazard Paris from 2011 to 2012. Walker was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP from 1975 to 2011 and the firm’s global managing partner from 2005 to 2011.

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