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Compliance Challenges Facing U.S. Businesses in the Northern

Compliance Challenges facing U.S. Businesses in the Northern Triangle and Central America
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Public corruption and weak rule of law have been among the most persistent and long-standing challenges facing the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala). None of the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras breaks into the top 100 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.  According to Ricardo Zúñiga, the White House special envoy for the Northern Triangle, “Corruption and attacks on democracy are viewed as some of the most important root causes of irregular migration from Central America.” Over the past year, the Biden administration has been significantly expanding its offensive against corruption in the Northern Triangle.  This past summer, Vice President Harris issued a call to action to the U.S. private sector to invest in the Northern Triangle. Already, Mastercard, Microsoft and Nespresso have pledged to increase their engagement with underserved communities. To encourage yet more investment, Vice President Harris called upon U.S. government development agencies and multilateral banks to join private capital in a new “Partnership for Central America.” It goes without saying that U.S. companies investing in the Northern Triangle face a challenging landscape. This panel will discuss the challenges that U.S. business face operating in the Northern Triangle, including AML/CFT and anti-corruption issues. The panel will discuss intra-regional differences, including the sharp contrast between Costa Rica and the countries comprising the Northern Triangle. Finally, the panel will address the implications of El Salvador’s recent adoption of bitcoin as legal tender.

Jorge A. Mestre,
Rivero Mestre LLP 

Ignacio Andrade Aycinena,
Sfera Legal

Andrea Martín Jiménez, Sfera Legal
Camilo Janania
, Aguilar Castillo Love
Fidel Márquez, Consortium Legal – El Salvador

Sponsoring Committee:
Inter-American Affairs, Michael A. Fernandez, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Compliance Committee, Patrick T. Campbell, Chair
White Collar Crime Committee, Marshall L. Miller, Chair

Sponsoring Organization:
Cyrus R. Vance Center for International JusticeAlexander Papachristou, Executive Director

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