Americas Society/Council of the Americas in partnership with the Universidad de las Americas will host a virtual conversation with renowned debt restructuring expert Lee Buchheit and former chief economist for Latin American and the Caribbean of the World Bank Augusto de la Torre for a conversation on the evolution of sovereign debt restructurings, with a particular focus on Ecuador.
- Lee Buchheit, Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
- Augusto de la Torre, Director, Economics Research Center, Universidad de las Américas, Ecuador
- Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
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Lee C. Buchheit
Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Lee C. Buchheit retired in 2019 after a 43-year career with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focused on international and corporate transactions, including Eurocurrency financial transactions, sovereign debt management, privatization, and project finance. Buchheit joined the firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1984. From 1987 to 1990 he was resident in the Hong Kong office, from 1979 to 1982 in the London office, and from 1976 to 1979 in the Washington, DC office.
Augusto de la Torre
Director, Economics Research Center, Universidad de las Américas, Ecuador
Augusto de la Torre was recently the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Latin American and the Caribbean. Before his appointment as the region’s chief economist, de la Torre was a senior advisor responsible for financial matters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since joining the Bank in October 1997, he’s published extensively on a broad range of macroeconomic and financial development topics.
President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.