Robert C. Helander
is an international lawyer and development executive. He
has lived and worked in the Middle East (Lebanon and Iran)
and Latin America. For many years he chaired the Latin America/Emerging
Markets departments at leading international law firms.
Earlier in his career he served as a senior executive at
International Basic Economy Corporation (“IBEC”).
He currently is managing partner at InterConsult LLP, where
he focuses on issues of corporate governance/restructuring
and is involved in international dispute resolution for
the New York and London insurance and reinsurance markets.
He has advised companies in connection with merger and acquisition
opportunities and led teams that pioneered access to international
capital markets for initial offerors. He has worked in Iran,
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Malaysia and every
country in North, Central and South America, with the exception
of Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. He is currently working
on matters in Venezuela, Dubai, Belgium and Italy.
served as president of the American Chambers of Commerce
in both Iran and Peru and has been associated with the Council
of the Americas since 1965. He is a founding member of the
board of the Americas Society where he serves as secretary,
chairman of the audit committee and counsel. He is chairman
of the international council of the Escuela Superior de
Administracion de Negocios (“ESAN” in Peru),
chairman of the Americas Fund for Independent Universities,
and is a director of Accion International, the Near East
Foundation, The International Center, IESA Foundation, the
University of the Andes Foundation and the Institute for
the Study of the Americas. In 1971 he was elected to the
Council on Foreign Relations. He is an honors graduate of
Amherst College, Harvard Law School and of the executive
management program PMD of the Graduate School of Business
at Harvard. He is fluent in Spanish and has a reading knowledge
of French and Italian.
government of Peru conferred its highest distinction on
him, El Orden del Sol.