Founded in 1979, The PRS Group, Inc. is a global leader in quant-driven political risk and country risk forecasts.
Originally the Political Risk Services division of Frost & Sullivan, Inc.
and then of UK-based IBC Group (now known as Informa), the firm occupies a niche market in the risk sector through the application of two globally recognized, proprietary, quantifiable, and back-tested methodologies: Political Risk Services (PRS) and the International Country Risk Guide (ICRG). A number of products based on these two risk rating systems are produced at regular intervals throughout the year.
The firm and its methodologies for assessing risk are the product of research conducted by Professors William Coplin and Michael O’Leary of the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University in conjunction with the US Department of State the CIA. The overall goal was to develop an intellectually rigorous way of assessing the various components of country risk that could be applied to a range of institutional settings. In the wake of the Iranian Revolution, where many foreign firms were nationalized, the importance of the work intensified.
Our publications and data are used extensively by investors and businesses, colleges and universities worldwide, private equity groups, and all of the main multilateral institutions. See our Clients, Testimonials, Citations page for more information.
In 2010, The PRS Group was acquired by Gavea Emerging Markets Corporation (GEM) – a boutique country risk and private equity firm, based near Vancouver, British Columbia.
In the near future The PRS Group will be unveiling a series of new products in response to discussions it has had with its clients, including Litigation Support Services , Inside PRS, and The Political Risk Investor (PRI) – a monthly newsletter that explains the significance of current political risk and country risk events on major asset classes, globally. The PRI is ideal for both institutional and retail investors and firms looking to parlay risk into investible actions.