Mining & Investment Insights

Curated interviews, articles and deal case studies that focus on mining investment opportunities in Latin America. Please contact if you have a case study and/or insights to share with the community.

14 Mar 2018   Mining, Ecuador, Macro, Politics, Government

Interview: Javier Cordova Unda, Minister of Mining, Ecuador

Javier Cordova Unda, Minister of Mining, Ecuador shares an outlook on the Ecuadorian Mining Sector including the ministries major achievements, attracting private sector investment and stimulating exploration activities across the countries assets.

Interview: Aurora Williams, Minister of Mining Chile

Aurora Williams, Minister of Mining, Chile reflects on her tenure and discusses the outlook for the Chilean Mining Sector.

Interview: Victor Gobitz, CEO, Buenaventura on the Mining Sector’s Main Challenges

Victor Gobitz, Chief Executive Officer, Buenaventura, discusses the main challenges facing the mining sector and how Buenventura are planning to overcome them.

Latin American Governments Welcome Back Miners With Open Arms, Local Communities Less So

2017 marks the first year since 2013 that mining majors are seriously kicking the tires of Latin American mining assets. Revitalized miner balance sheets, positive trending metal prices and welcoming gestures from national governments all fuel the rising appetite for acquisitions in Latin America.

Interview: Adam Hendley, MD, Head of Mining & Metals - US, Canada & Latin America, HSBC

HSBC have been fundamental in helping a number of mining companies meet their CAPEX needs throughout 2017. We caught up with Adam Hendley, MD, Head of Mining & Metals - US, Canada & Latin America, HSBC, to discuss how HSBC went about this and where he sees the biggest opportunities in the Latin America mining industry.

Colombia: A New State of Play

The administration of President Juan Manuel Santos is entering its final stretch with presidential elections next year, prompting Colombia Gold Letter to take the pulse of sentiment in the mining and exploration sector on several key issues.

Investing in the early chapter of the mining investment cycle

Andor Lips, Fund Manager, Commodity Discovery Fund, discusses investing into early-stage mining projects, and anticipating the winners in the current energy revolution

Apurimac: Revenue Management and Mining & Agriculture

Apurimac, the second poorest region in Peru - with poverty levels of 56% and extreme poverty levels of 25% - will soon be one of the largest mining districts in the country. The region is sparsely populated and has significant needs, as basic services coverage is very limited. In this scenario, unfulfilled expectations can become a source of discontent that can potentially lead to conflict.

Can Chile Get its Groove Back?

For more than three decades, Chile was the poster child of neo-liberalism, the country that followed diligently the IMF playbook. Such discipline was rewarded with impressive growth and the envy of its Latin American peers. By 2010, pundits predicted that Chile was but a few years shy of becoming Latin America’s first “developed” nation. The latest down-cycle, marked by both low copper prices and the flirting with expanded government, created a new set of obstacles for Chile. The question hovering over voters ahead of the Presidential elections in November is, “Can Chile get its groove back?”

CASE STUDY: Norilsk Nickel Digs Up US$1bn in Loan Participation Notes

Leading miner Norilsk Nickel spotted a window of relative calm in global markets to sell US$1bn in 6-year senior loan participation notes, enabling the company to extend its maturity profile and capture strong investment appetite from eastern lenders.