Welcome to a special five-part podcast series where I take a deep dive into the Miller & Chevalier Chartered Latin American Corruption Survey. Over this five-part series I will visit with firm lawyers James Tillen, Matt Ellis, Alexandra Almonte and Greg Bates. Miller & Chevalier and 14 partner firms have tracked perspectives on anti-corruption issues in the region since 2008. It is the most comprehensive survey on the perception of corruption in Latin America.

This year, 54 percent of survey respondents said corruption is a significant obstacle to doing business – up 10 percent since 2012 – while only 45 percent of respondents believe offenders are likely to be prosecuted, down from 66 percent in 2008. Despite Latin America’s anti-corruption progress over the last decade this new survey data reveals corruption risk to be at an all-time high across the region.

In this Episode 2, I visit with firm Member Matt Ellis on some  of the Survey’s findings on country specific corruption issues. Some of the highlights include:

  • What countries in the region are seen as most corrupt?
  • What were some of the most surprising country-specific findings?
  • Brazil has been so active in recent years in leading corruption investigations and cooperating with other countries. What does the data say about Brazil?
  • Mexico is a focus right now given the various investigations surrounding Pemex. What does the data say about Mexico corruption risk?
  • Do any countries buck the trend of more perceived corruption risk?
  • The Notebooks Scandal in Argentina was a surprising development. What are Argentines saying about their own anti-corruption laws and efforts?

Join us in our next episode where we explore some of the Survey’s high-level findings on compliance trends with Alejandra Almonte.

For more information on the Miller & Chevalier Chartered 2020 Latin American Corruption Survey, click here. The Survey is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.