Oscar Aitken


Isidora Goyenechea 2800
43rd Floor, Las Condes
Santiago, Chile

Tel: +56 2 2928 2223
Fax: +56 2 2928 2228

Email: oaitken@carey.cl
Web: www.carey.cl

Partner of Carey and head of the firm’s Engineering and Construction / Labor and Immigration groups. His practice also includes litigation and arbitration, aviation, international agency and distributorship, contracts, and general civil practice.

In the engineering and construction practice, Mr. Aitken has vast experience in contracts for all phases of engineering work, as well as in all forms of construction related contracts including Design Built, EPC, EPCM and BOT. His practice ranges from experience with early stages of project development to bidding (including public bidding), negotiation and preparation of contract documents, claims management and dispute resolution.

Mr. Aitken also has a wealth of experience in real estate and has been involved in a variety of projects from development of natural conservation parks to housing projects, office and apartment buildings, hotels, industrial developments, etc., including title review, sale and purchase, promise agreements, leases, mortgages (including foreclosure), financing and tax structures, zoning, permitting and others.

His labor and immigration practice includes collective bargaining, union matters, unfair labor practices, compensation and benefits, discrimination and general violations of employee fundamental rights, employment termination, work related illness and accidents, labor related litigation of all types, as well as work permits and visas for foreign personnel.

Carey is Chile’s market leader in this highly specialized area. The group is devoted exclusively to advising major international and local clients doing construction and engineering projects in Chile, both as owners or contractors. Services range from early project inception (with Carey’s Natural Resources and Environment Group) to bidding stages, contract preparation and negotiation, and handling of claims. Working with our Litigation Group, we are able to offer our clients a variety of dispute resolution options, including arbitration and litigation. Carey has ample experience with many types of contracting systems including EPC, EPCM and BOT.

Our practice includes planning financing arrangements, tax and construction contract strategies, regulatory compliance, contract negotiation and drafting, contract administration assistance, claims management assistance, as well as dispute resolution. Our construction practice efficiently coordinates with other groups such as the litigation, environmental, labor, tax, real estate, and infrastructure groups in order to provide the best legal advice. We have advised owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers for many years.

“Óscar Aitken comes highly recommended by clients and peers for “his strong track record in construction projects,” and is characterised as “a highly capable professional with great perception of not only the client’s objectives, but the counterparty’s as well.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016