How likely is it that your company’s operations in Ecuador or Bolivia could be the target of a presidential decree that would see the national government expropriate your assets without compensation and hand them over to a workers’ co-operative?
Is that report from a local NGO true that the local indigenous communities near to your mining concessions in Peru or Chile are angry about potential environmental damage resulting from your project and are planning violent protests against your installations and local personnel?
To what degree are those engineers and geologists you’ve despatched to Colombia or Mexico to survey some oil exploration blocks at risk of being kidnapped by an outlawed organisation linked to drugs traffickers or by an insurgent group?
Political upheaval, social protest, criminality, and threats to personal security are recurring or endemic phenomena in many regions of Latin America, both in urban centres and in rural areas.
Seemingly benign or even investor-friendly operating environments can turn suddenly hostile—when you least expect, and for reasons you didn’t foresee.
Understand a range of operating risks
Multinationals who envision setting up operations long-term in Latin America need to understand and hedge against the risks that can surface due to a range of factors, such as political volatility, unfulfilled social expectations, and demands on finite natural resources.
In contrast, security managers at companies planning to deploy executives on only short-term visits into the region should be aware that staff may be exposed to a very different set of hazards and threats to personal security than those they are accustomed to back home.
We have tailored scores of incisive risk assessments by leveraging our unique network of intelligence assets, sources and experts, all of whom are equipped with an unparalleled understanding of key business sectors, customs and geographic regions—and in some cases endowed with indigenous languages.
Determining the kidnap and murder risk in northern Mexico
A UK company involved in an energy sector project in northern Mexico needed to determine what factors influenced the incidence of kidnapping and violent crime near the US border. Latin iQ prepared a deep, intelligence-based analysis of serious crime patterns, and an assessment of the political, economic and organised crime-related dynamics that cause criminality to shift from one area to another.
Client: UK-based company
Analysing future security threat scenarios in Colombia
A European private investor considering a joint venture in the tourism sector in Colombia wished to evaluate the threats to the personal security of foreign visitors in various regions of the country, especially considering the possibility of a peace agreement with insurgents from the FARC. Latin iQ prepared a detailed assessment of the different risks in each area and how these were likely to evolve in the future under different political scenarios.
Client: European private investor
Evaluating the risk of more nationalisations in Bolivia
A North American investor in commodities commissioned a detailed evaluation of the risk of further nationalisations in the mining sector in Bolivia. An analysis based on interviews undertaken by Latin iQ with well-placed political and industry sources in the country allowed the client to understand the weighting of the different and opposing economic, social and political forces at play that could lead the Bolivian government to take radical action in the future.
Client: North American investor
Assessing threats to security in a remote region of Peru
A Canadian miner asked us to identify and assess the security risks in a remote region of Peru before sending a team of geologists into the area. Based on intelligence collected from Quechua-speaking peasant groups and police sources, Latin iQ established that members of a terrorist splinter group who had kidnapped engineers in the past were no longer present in the area, but that radical anti-mining activists from another region were attempting to infiltrate local communities.