Stikeman Elliott
Latin America Practice
Stikeman Elliott has been a dominant Canadian legal presence in Latin America, in particular Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Several of our lawyers have also acted in connection with complex and high profile international arbitration matters involving Latin American governments and corporations, giving us unique expertise among Canadian law firms. In particular, we have been retained to act as counsel or arbitrators in substantial international disputes in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations through the ICC, ICDR, LCIA and ICSID. Historically, Stikeman Elliott focused on Canadian investment into Latin America. Today, reflecting the position of Canada as a target for a rapidly expanding Latin American economy and as a significant source of capital, the firm, through its Canadian and New York offices, provides advice on a large number of significant north bound transactions from Latin America into Canada.

With an outstanding reputation in Canadian business law, the firm provides the two essential elements required to advise Latin American clients - professional expertise and a commercial and cultural understanding of Latin America. Our expertise extends to virtually every area of Canadian business law, particularly corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, banking, taxation, technology, real estate, mining, forestry and energy law. Regulatory and government relations practices - notably in international trade and anti-trust - are another key to success for Stikeman Elliott's international clients, who turn to the firm regularly for a wide array of corporate-commercial advice. In particular, the firm's extensive mining and resources practices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montréal provide clients with expertise and knowledge in key Canadian financial and capital markets. Stikeman Elliott is one of the few Canadian law firms to work in Cuba, having acted for large multinationals in connection with mining, telecommunications and infrastructure projects.

Our recent experience includes acting for:

  • Magotteaux S.A. in its €500M sale to Sigdo Koppers S.A., one of the largest conglomerates of Chile.

  • The underwriters in the C$40M initial public unit offering of Rio Novo Gold Inc. 

  • Pluspetrol Resources Corporation in connection with its unsolicited all cash take-over bid for Petro Andina Resources Inc. which resulted in Pluspetrol successfully acquiring Petro Andina by way of a plan of arrangement valued at approximately C$525M.

  • The underwriters in the C$100M offering of common shares by Rusoro Mining Ltd.

  • Silver Eagle Mines Inc. in its acquisition by Excellon Resources Inc.

  • Suroco Energy Inc. in its acquisition of oil and gas interests in properties located in Colombia.

  • Trafigura Beheer B.V. in its C$115M sale of Compania Minera Condestable (base metals) located in Peru.

  • Metallica Resources Inc. in a three-way merger with New Gold Inc. and Peak Gold Inc., creating a new globally diversified intermediate company with a market capitalization of approximately C$1.6B.

  • Aurelian Resources Inc. in connection with the acquisition by Kinross Gold Corp., with approximately C$1.2B total offer value.

  • Gran Tierra Energy Inc., a Calgary-based international oil and gas company listed on the TSX and NYSE, with interests and operations in Argentina, Colombia and Peru, in its listing on the TSX.

  • Minefinders Corporation Limited ("Minefinders") with its C$40M bought deal offering of units.

  • Suroco Energy Inc. in its acquisition of NCT Corporacion Petrolera Latinoamericana S.L., a Spanish company with oil and gas operations in Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico.

  • Clairvest Group Inc. which partnered with Inversiones Valmar Limitada in the development of Casino Marina del Sol in Concepcion, Chile.

  • Ontario Teachers Pension Plan in its C$1B purchases of Chilean utility companies Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios del Bio-Bio SA (ESSBIO) and Aguas Nuevo Sur Maule SA from Southern Cross Group, as well as its separate agreement to purchase Esval S.A., Chile's third largest water and wastewater company.

  • Palmarejo Silver and Gold Corporation in its US$1.1B merger agreement with Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation and Bolnisi Gold NL.

  • A consortium consisting of Brookfield Asset Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, BC Investment Management Corporation and PSP Investments in the US$1.55B acquisition of HQI Transelec Chile S.A.

  • Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the largest metals and mining company in the Americas, in connection with its C$19.9B acquisition of Inco Limited.

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Montréal partner quoted in The American Lawyer
Montréal office partner Erik Richer La Flèche was quoted in The American Lawyer's article "Competing in a New Cuba".

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