May 27, 2021
Cadwalader White Collar Defense and Investigations associate Duncan Grieve spoke on investigations and compliance in the mining sector on 25 May at an event organised by the Brazilian Mining Institute (IBRAM). Grieve is based in London but spent several years working in Brazil on the fallout from the global “Car Wash” (Lava Jato) investigation and speaks fluent Portuguese.
As the leading Brazilian mining industry association, IBRAM represents over 130 domestic and multinational mining companies, institutions and stakeholders. In 2019, IBRAM led a process of drafting and adopting a Commitment Letter to society containing socio-environmental, ethical, transparency and diversity goals for the mining sector.
The discussion was moderated by Neuma Eufrazio, Corporate Governance and Compliance Manager of Anglo American Brazil. Tiago Jabor Pinheiro, Partner of Mattos Filho, and Professor Paulo Nassar, CEO of the Brazilian Association for Business Communication (ABERJE), joined Grieve on the panel.
Reflecting on progress made and the ongoing challenges faced by the mining sector, the panel discussed a range of topics relating to crisis management, compliance and reputation.
Given the high-profile historic compliance and environmental failures in the sector, the panel agreed that mining companies would remain in the spotlight of governmental authorities for the foreseeable future. The panel shared their insights on how the mining sector can manage the inherent risks it faces and proactively deal with issues when they do arise.
It was agreed that industry-wide initiatives such as the Commitment Letter led by IBRAM are a key part of aligning the mining sector with the global drive for ethics and transparency demanded by governmental authorities and society at large.
Grieve advises a range of organizations, including multinationals, both on internal corporate investigations and during investigation or prosecution by governmental authorities. He has extensive experience in advising clients on issues in foreign jurisdictions. He has specialist expertise on Brazil, Portugal and Lusophone Africa.