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International development finance: challenges and opportunities

Don Scott De Amicis will give the sixth Hazelhoff Guest Lecture on international development finance: challenges and opportunities.

Don Scott De Amicis
05 July 2014

Don Scott De Amicis was Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corportion (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, from 2011 through 2014. He has more than 25 years of legal experience in the finance, corporate, and restructuring area, in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining OPIC, he was a senior partner at the international law firm Ropes & Gray. At OPIC, Don managed a legal department that supported the agency’s main business lines in finance (direct loans and investment guarantees), political risk insurance, and investment funds, and provided advice with respect to administrative and regulatory matters. 

Long active in the American Bar Association, Don has served on the ABA’s Board of Governors, the Latin American and Caribbean Law Initiative Council, the Center for Human Rights, and as chairman of the Section of International Law. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, is admitted to the bars of New York, Washington, DC and Massachusetts, as well as numerous federal district and circuit courts.

Don has been a lecturer, writer, and advisor on rule of law issues in developing countries for close to thirty years, and has served on the governing committees of the ABA/United Nations Development Program Legal Resource Center and the Cambodia Law and Democracy Project. Don is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Het is currently the PRIME Finance Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study where he is conducting research on international dispute resolution of complex financial transactions.

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