Blogger Archives: Andrew Van den Born

Andrew Van den Born

Andrew is an Executive Director of the Financial Solutions division, specializing in the structuring and placement of credit and political risk programs for all types of international projects and trade. He has been in the industry for nearly 20 years, after earning a Master’s Degree in International Trade law from the London School of Economics.

Energy and mining execs fear a special kind of political risk

The Natural Resources Risk Index found the risk of "creeping expropriation" most troubling to many energy and mining executives. Continue reading →

Renewable Investors Face New (Uninsured) Risks from Government Drawbacks

wilting wind farm

Such has been the surge in investment in renewable energy projects, driven by political pressure to invest in less emission-intensive energy production and the provision of renewable energy incentives, that investment in renewables has now outstripped fossil fuel fired plants. Continue reading →

Brazil Must Build on Legacy of World Cup if it is to Turn Around its Economic Woes

Arena de Sao Paulo Stadium, Brazil

The World Cup is a one-time event and many of these direct and indirect benefits could prove to be temporary unless Brazil takes steps to build on this legacy. Continue reading →

Adapting to Climate Change: Political Instability


Traditionally, political risk has meant some form of direct governmental interference such as expropriation. However, national governments are no longer the only, or in many cases the primary, source of political risk in emerging markets. Political risk can also stem from … Continue reading →

Risks of Foreign Investment in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro sunset

Brazil is currently undergoing a resource boom—it is the second largest producer of iron ore and is home to one of the largest off-shore oil discoveries in decades. As such, it presents huge opportunities for foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly … Continue reading →

Latest Developments in Turkey Could Leave Gaps in Coverage

Gezi Park Protests, Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey is in the midst of the biggest anti-government street protests since Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power more than a decade ago. But after being elected to his third term two years ago with 50% of the … Continue reading →

Argentina Nationalizes YPF – Who Should Worry?

Argentina's nationalization of YPF can only serve to dampen future foreign direct investment in that country. Should other foreign investors there worry? Continue reading →

Emerging Trade Credit Risk of 2012

From ominous rumblings in Iran to a full-blown crisis in the Eurozone, two potentially mega political-economic risks are brewing in the trade credit arena: trade disruption and a lack of availability of credit. Continue reading →

Scariest Trade Credit Risk: Price Hikes

With the West facing the prospect of a double-dip recession, growth will depend to a large extent on the ability of banks to lend. Continue reading →

After Qaddafi: What Now?

While the death of Quaddafi heralds a new dawn in Libya's history, the scale of the task facing its National Transitional Council should not be underestimated. Continue reading →

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Brasil deve construir legado da Copa – Um olhar sobre a paisagem de risco político para um futuro próximo

Arena de Sao Paulo Stadium, Brazil

Há pouca dúvida de que a Copa e as eleições presidenciais em outubro irão dominar a agenda política do Brasil em 2014. O “efeito multiplicador” de um evento como a Copa pode servir para estimular várias áreas da economia: o … Continuar lendo →

Últimos desenvolvimentos na Turquia poderiam deixar lacunas em coberturas

Gezi Park Protests, Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

A Turquia está no meio dos maiores protestos de rua contra o governo desde que o Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) chegou ao poder, há mais de uma década. Mas depois de ser eleito para o seu terceiro mandato, … Continuar lendo →

Argentina Nacionaliza YPF – Quem Deve se Preocupar?

Alguns relacionaram ela à Eva Perón, mas o discurso da presidenta argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, semana passada, de que ela estaria buscando a confiscagem de 51% do YPF, a ex-empresa de petróleo estatal, atraiu muitas comparações ao maior fã de expropriações, o presidente venezuelano Hugo … Continuar lendo →

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Los ejecutivos de energía y minería temen un tipo especial de riesgo político

Compra el periódico en un día determinado y te sería perdonado pensar que el mundo está en anarquía. Ataques terroristas, guerras civiles, terremotos y otros desastres naturales dominan las portadas. La temporada de elecciones en los EE.UU. trae consigo un … Sigue Leyendo →