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Oscar Stephens

New York

Oscar Stephens

Based in our New York office, Oscar Stephens focuses his practice on Latin America, representing issuers, originators, and underwriters in capital markets and general financing transactions.

Oscar concentrates on and is passionate about first-time issuers. He has assisted corporations, financial institutions, and sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities located in Latin America in a wide array of cross-border deals, ranging from "plain vanilla" issuances to highly complex structured finance products.

He has deep experience in civil law jurisdictions throughout the Americas and in the legal structures and entities used in implementing successful strategies for asset-backed securitizations, project bonds, project financings, and secured financings.

A native of Chile, Oscar can conduct business in both English and Spanish. He is also active in diversity issues, co-chairing the New York office's diversity committee.

Representative experience

Represented Central America Bottling Corporation in the issuance of US$500m 5.75% Rule 144A/Regulation S notes.

Represented a Venezuelan oil company in the exchange and issuance under Rule 3(a)9 of outstanding Rule 144A/Regulation S notes due 2017 for US$3.3bn of secured notes.

Represented the sponsor in a US$61m financing to acquire two power-generating facilities in Chile.

Represented the placement agent in a US$150m DPR-backed securities issuance originated by a bank in Costa Rica.

Represented the Republic of Ecuador in connection with Rule 144A/Regulation S US$1bn 10.75% bonds.

Represented investors in the purchase of US$250m DPR-backed securities issued by Panama's second largest bank.

Represented a Salvadoran bank in the establishment of its US$100m DPR-backed securitization program.

Represented a Jamaican bank in a private placement of securitization of credit card merchant voucher receivables and issuance of US250m of notes

Represented a Honduras-based group in a US$50m unsecured bridge loan financing to fund its acquisition of a bank in El Salvador.

Represented an Ecuadorean bank in establishing a program securitizing future flows related to international merchant vouchers and the borrowing of US$100m from an investor.

Represented the largest bank in Guatemala in the issuance of (aggregate) US$350m DPR-backed securities sold to private investors.

Represented a Brazilian bank in in multiple DPR transactions, totaling issuances of US$600m sold to private investors.

Represented a Salvadoran electricity distribution company in a US$310m Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offering (with a simultaneous tender offer).

Represented the underwriters in an (aggregate) US$1bn Rule 144A/Regulation S bond securitizations of revenues of two highways in Panama.

Represented a Venezuelan oil company in the Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offering for US$2.3bn.

Represented the largest bank in Guatemala in Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for US$500m and US$150m.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., with honors, Northwestern University School of Law, 2005
  • J.D., cum laude, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2001

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • Republic of Chile


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