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Venezuela: Debt, Sanctions, and Hyperinflation

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

December 12, 2017


Americas Society and Council of the Americas will host legal, financial, and political experts to discuss Venezuela and state-owned oil firm PDVSA’s debt scenarios as the country finishes its fourth year of economic contraction, among raising inflation and falling oil production. In addition to debt scenarios, panelists will discuss political and economic developments as well as U.S. sanctions.


  • Rodolfo Belloso, Partner, LEC Abogados
  • Mark Feierstein, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge
  • Francisco Rodriguez, Chief Economist, Torino Capital
  • Deborah Zandstra, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Katia Porzecanski, Investing Reporter, Bloomberg News (Moderator)

This event is complimentary for AS, COA Corporate Members, AS and COA Board, CIAC, President's Circle, and YPA members;
$100 for nonmembers. Prior registration is required.

Not a member yet? Join the YPA or President’s Circle today for complimentary access to this event.

Event Information: Guillermo Zubillaga | | 1-212-277-8362
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 212-277-8358
COA Membership Information: Natalia Williamson | | 212-277-8374
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here
AS & YPA Individual Membership Information: Beckie Bintrim | | 212-277-8342
Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11.

Rodolfo Belloso

Rodolfo Belloso is managing partner at LEC Abogados. Previously, he worked as an associate at Rodriguez & Mendoza in Caracas. Belloso specializes in corporate and financial law matters and has wide experience in financing, M&A and private equity transactions. He studied Law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, and obtained an MBA with concentration in finance from Loyola University Chicago.

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Mark Feierstein

Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge

Mark Feierstein is a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Most recently, he served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs on the National Security Council. Mr. Feierstein also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as acting deputy to the administrator. Previously, in the Clinton administration, he served at the State Department as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and at USAID as a senior advisor for elections.

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Francisco Rodríguez

Chief Economist, Torino Capital

Francisco Rodríguez is an economist and coauthor of Venezuela Before Chávez. Previously, he was director and senior Andean economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where he specializes in the economies of Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Rodríguez has held numerous positions in academia and public policy. Between 2000 and 2004 he headed the Venezuelan Congressional Budget Office. He has taught economics at the University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas.

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Deborah Zandstra

Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

Deborah Zandstra leads Clifford Chance's Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Advisory Group in the firm's finance practice. She participates in a number of industry bodies and expert groups, including the Institute of International Finance's Sovereign Risk Management Committee; the Financial Markets Law Committee's Sovereign Debt Scoping Forum (and working groups on collective action and pari passu clauses); International Capital Market Association's (ICMA) Sovereign Bond working group; and the International Law Association's study group on sovereign insolvency.

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Katia Porzecanski

Emerging Markets, Americas, Bloomberg News

Katia Porzecanski is a reporter for Bloomberg News and covers emerging markets in the Americas. In her current role, she is responsible for writing daily and enterprise coverage of sovereign and corporate debt markets in Argentina, Mexico, and Venezuela; breaking news in credit and foreign exchange markets across Latin America; and developing and maintaining relationships with New York-based sources in these markets. Porzecanski was nominated for Newswomen's Club of New York's Martha Coman Award for Best New Journalist.

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