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Speyside CEO interview with Brasil Econômico

Ian Herbison, CEO of Speyside – a company dedicated to helping foreign investors understand the Brazilian legal and legislative framework – believes the country still offers opportunity In São Paulo in 2009, Speyside, a government […] Read More »

Brazil isn’t for beginners: 5 communication tips for gringos

I arrived in Brazil three years ago after a career in communications in the UK and France, to manage the Brazilian office of Speyside, a consultancy specialized in advising multinationals on their communication strategies in […] Read More »

Santos slips in Colombia’s first round

It’s no surprise that Colombia’s presidential elections are headed for a second round. What has stunned observers, however, is Oscar Iván Zuluaga’s impressive performance (30% of the vote), defeating President Juan Manuel Santos (25%), and […] Read More »


The Legacy Effects of the World Cup in Brazil

From the time Brazil won its bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2007 to the tournament’s opening match today, the country experienced several drastic changes. When Brazil won its bid, the country was […] Read More »

The Theory & Reality of Mexican Healthcare Reform

A draft Healthcare Reform Bill is expected to be introduced to Congress at the start of the next legislative session in September 2014. Statements by President Enrique Peña Nieto suggest this draft Bill will set […] Read More »

Is the conflict in Ukraine driven by Putin or the West?

As the situation in the Ukraine continues to spiral out of control and Russia appears poised to annex additional Russian-majority regions in the east of the country, the international media has by and large laid […] Read More »

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It is rare to find advisors who not only are experts in their field but that truly understand how to apply their knowledge and expertise to real life issues and situations. Speyside´s understanding and sensitivity to local cultures and to our company´s organizational dynamics allowed them to integrate seamlessly into our team and to help us address difficult and urgent corporate responsibility challenges in both Brazil and Chile in an effective and timely manner. Having the Speyside team at my side during my two and a half years as head of Kinross´ mining operations in South America was extremely valuable.

It seems incredible that only a month has passed from the first phone calls to find out about you guys, to the work the team ultimately delivered. The team is totally customer focused, not afraid to challenge, but always delivers. They demonstrated incredible knowledge and great media contacts. We needed lots of flexibility, quick thinking and patience. The team delivered that in spades. I can’t imagine what it would have been like without them.

They are extremely professional, rapid learners and laser-focused on getting results. We were pleased with their ability to quickly assimilate our needs and articulate those to industry stakeholders. They are a valuable resource and a trusted partner for our company

Speyside has become a key partner in our regional business strategy. They have proven time and time again they are an experienced agency with a customer focused approach. They have made a big difference to our business and we look forward to a long term relationship with them.

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