Encompassing mining, oil, and natural gas production, the extractive industries are among the most intrepid and innovative in terms of the foreign markets in which they operate, but for the same reason, are also subject to some of the highest levels of political and business risk.
Amsterdam & Partners LLP understands what it takes for extractive industry companies to be successful, and understands how to navigate the inevitable challenges that investors will face not just at the point of operation, but the regulatory environment back home as well.
We have represented several of the world’s top 20 extractive industry companies in various capacities, from managing disputes with states and competitors to designing and implementing comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.
Where CSR falls short, Amsterdam & Partners LLP is also well known as a leading proponent of “corporate foreign policy,” a concept which has its origins in a series of panel discussions organized by the World Bank to address the perceived iniquities between host states and extractive industry companies. Corporate foreign policy is, in our view, a two-way street, applicable not only to the transparency and operational methodology of corporations abroad, but also regarding the activities of state-owned businesses and funds operating locally and internationally. This framework not only deals with how to install effective mechanisms of transparency and accountability, but also to ensure that these entities are clearly pursuing the interests of their respective shareholders and constituents.
In an international business environment in which the line between the public and private sectors has been blurred, many of our clients have found that not everybody is playing by the rules, and, in many cases, these rules of engagement have yet to be written. Amsterdam & Partners LLP is ready and capable to help manage risk, contain liability, and expand profitable operational capacity on behalf of our extractive industry partners.