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.


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Simon C. Baines

Partner, Energy
  • 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.

  • Homestake Mining

    Homestake Mining in certain mining interests in French Guiana.

  • Bell Canada

    Bell Canada on cellular telephone licence in Mexico City.

  • World Bank 

    World Bank on limited risk guaranties and liquidity facility to support private-sector toll road and tunnel development in Colombia.

  • Canadian Highways International Corporation

    Canadian Highways International Corporation in contractual and tax issues relating to its proposed investment in a Chilean joint venture formed to participate in BOT toll highway projects in Chile.