Latin America

Osler has extensive experience advising clients with interests in Latin America, and Latin American clients with interests in Canada, on international investments, joint ventures, infrastructure projects, oil and gas, mining and other energy transactions, international dispute resolution, and general commercial and trade matters. We combine commercial, financial, energy and project experience with knowledge of local business and legal practices – and stay at the forefront of regional developments.

We assist Canadian and multinational clients in establishing Latin American operations, including foreign branches and subsidiaries, international joint ventures, distributorships, licenses and technology transfers. We also assist both multinational and Canadian clients with their international business planning, including international taxation, and investment and trade regulations.

Osler oversees all legal aspects of a transaction involving multiple jurisdictions including supervising local counsel in each country to efficiently complete a transaction. Our practice is to recommend and work with leading local firms. In addition, our lawyers have built strong relationships with business and government leaders, in order to provide comprehensive advice to our clients.

We have advised clients throughout Latin America including in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Panama and Venezuela. We pride ourselves in working cooperatively in support of the client’s project team and corporate legal counsel. Our services are available in English and Spanish.

Key Contacts

Simon C. Baines

Partner, Energy, Calgary

Alan Hutchison

Partner, Corporate, Vancouver

Chima Ubani

Partner, Emerging and High Growth Companies, Montréal

Representative Work

  • Royal Bank of Canada

    RBC in its sale of Eastern Caribbean banking operations

  • The Bank of Nova Scotia

    The Bank of Nova Scotia in the sale of its Caribbean banking operations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited

  • Agroidea SAS and the Nannetti brothers

    Agroidea SAS and the Nannetti brothers in the joint venture of Cronos Group Inc. and an affiliate of Agroidea SAS to form NatuEra

  • Lithium Americas

    Lithium Americas in its strategic transaction with Ganfeng Lithium to jointly advance Caucharí-Olaroz

  • EMR Capital

    EMR Capital in its announced agreement to acquire the Cerro Colorado mine in Chile from BHP Billiton Limited for an aggregate cost of up to US$320 million, US$50 million of which is contingent on the future price of copper.

  • Karmin Exploration Inc.
    Karmin Exploration Inc., a TSXV listed mining exploration company, in the $12.8 million acquisition, lease and option to acquire certain mining concessions in Peru.
  • Talisman Energy Inc.
    Talisman Energy Inc. on aspects of its acquisition, with Ecopetrol S.A., of BP Exploration Company (Colombia) Ltd. and in the restructuring and sale of downstream pipeline assets.
  • Tuscany International Drilling Inc.
    Tuscany International Drilling Inc. in its US$52 million acquisition of Drillfor Perfurações do Brasil Ltda., a private Brazilian oil and gas drilling and work-over company.
  • Tuscany International Drilling Inc.
    Tuscany International Drilling Inc. in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Caroil, an oil and gas drilling and work-over subsidiary of Établissements Maurel & Prom with operations in Colombia and Africa.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
    Goldcorp Inc. in an option agreement for a joint venture of Goldcorp, Xstrata Queensland Limited and Yamana Gold Inc. to acquire the Agua Rica Gold Project in Argentina from Yamana Gold.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation
    Kinross Gold Corporation in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Aurelian Resources Inc. and in its sale of a 25% interest in the Cerro Casale Project to Barrick Gold Corporation.
  • AngloGold Ashanti Group
    AngloGold Ashanti Group in its investment in Dynasty Gold Corporation, its Colombian joint venture with Bema Gold Corporation and its investment in B2Gold Corp.
  • The underwriters 
    The underwriters (led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.) in the $90 million bought deal public offering of common shares of Andean Resources Limited.
  • Petrobras
    Petrobras in MITI, JBIC, BNDES and syndicated financing of offshore oil and gas development.
  • Petrobras
    Petrobras in JBIC, MITI, BNDES, MIGA and syndicated financing of Brazilian gas projects.
  • Joint venture of Brazilian chemicals companies
    Joint venture of Brazilian chemicals companies in its USExIm, SACE and BNDES financing of petrochemical facility.
  • NovaGas International Ltd.
    NovaGas International Ltd. in the GasAndes Pipeline Project from La Mora Station, Argentina to Santiago de Chile.
  • Foster-Wheeler
    Foster-Wheeler on the 144A project bond financing for its delayed coker/cogeneration project in Chile.
  • The Government of Belize
    The Government of Belize in legislation and regulations to establish and administer its oil and gas regime.
  • Agent/arranger
    Agent/arranger and lenders on syndicated financings of Manzanillo International Terminal container seaport in Panama.
  • The Bank of Montreal
    The Bank of Montreal in the disposition of an interest in a financial institution in Brazil.
  • Falconbridge
    Falconbridge for tax advice in the Chilean copper mining project.
  • Inco
    Inco in its TVX Gold transactions in Brazil.
  • Western Mining
    Western Mining on its acquisition of mining properties throughout Latin America.
  • Latin American developer
    Latin American developer on development and financing of combined-cycle gas-fired power project in Peru.

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