Investment in Emerging Markets: The Challenges of Infrastructure Development

September 16, 2013Duke Law News

Friday, October 25
ALL DAY | Room 3043
Duke Law School

Investment in emerging markets has the potential to foster the growth and development of emerging economies, provide much needed capital and expertise in a variety of infrastructure arenas, and to promote increased cooperation and collaboration between countries and between public and private parties. The 2013 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law Symposium will seek to answer two questions about investment in Latin America, Africa, and China.  Given the political risks and varying degrees of sophistication in these markets: (1) what is and what creates a ripe investment environment? and (2) what makes a transaction financeable?  

The goal of the Symposium is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion about issues to be considered and challenges that are encountered when investing in infrastructure development in emerging markets. We hope this holistic exploration of how to assess investment environments and select investment opportunities will shed new light on transactions with emerging markets.  

As such, the Symposium will address:

  1. Current Challenges: Assessing and Protecting against Risk
  2. Promoting Regulatory Reform through International Institutions: the Changing Role of the IMF and World Bank
  3. Financing Transactions with Emerging Markets: Identifying Factors for Effective Investment
  4. New Interactions: Public-Private Investment to Improve Infrastructure Development

Click here for a description of the panels, as well as available abstracts from the panelists.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Shearman & Sterling, the Center for International and Comparative Law, Dean's Blueprint Fund and the Africa Initiative.

Breakfast: 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks and Introduction: 9:15 AM – 9:35 AM
Panel 1: 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM
Break: 10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel 2: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Lunch – 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Panel 3: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Coffee Break: 2:30 – 2:40 PM
Panel 4: 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM
Closing Remarks: 3:55 PM – 4:10 PM

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Erica Kassman or Cherrie Zhang.