Mr Oscar Samour > Consortium Legal > La Libertad, El Salvador > Lawyer Profile

Consortium Legal
EDIFICIO AVANTE LOCAL 313, URB. MADRE SELVA III.
CALLE LLAMA DEL BOSQUE PONIENTE
ANTIGUO CUSCATLAN, LA LIBERTAD
El Salvador

Work Department

Banking & Finance

Position

Partner

Career

Oscar is a partner of Consortium Legal – El Salvador. He has more than 16 years of experience in banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions and conflict resolution. He has extensive international experience and is frequently sought after for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions.

He is a Fulbright Scholar and upon completion of his Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, California, he worked as an international associate at King & Spalding LLP in Washington, DC.

He has led some of the largest transactions to take place in the financial sector in El Salvador, including the acquisition of Banco Agrícola by Bancolombia and the acquisition of HSBC by Banco Davivienda. He recently led the acquisition by Imperia Intercontinental Inc. of Scotiabank’s operations in El Salvador and the acquisition of AIG’s operations in El Salvador by the Panamanian insurance company ASSA. In addition, he has advised the Republic of El Salvador on several issues in the international markets, including the largest issue in El Salvador, and is constantly working with local and international financial institutions in structuring different types of loans for Salvadoran entities.

He is a visiting professor at two of El Salvador’s leading law schools and the author of several articles on dispute resolution and banking and financial matters in legal journals and other publications.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advised Credit Suisse in the structuring of a DPR Program to Imperia Continental INC for the acquisition of the shares of Citibank in El Salvador for $100 million.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse as underwriters in Banco Agricola’s debt issuance for US$300 million.
  • Advised American Insurance Group (AIG) in El Salvador in the acquisition of their operations by the Panamanian insurance company ASSA by the amount of $85 million.
  • Advised the Panamanian branch of The Bank of Nova Scotia in a credit facility of $150 million granted to Autofacil Panama, S.A., holding company to one of the largest car dealer in the region.
  • Advised the Republic of El Salvador on the issuance of notes for US$601 million.
  • Advised Digicel International Finance Limited in the $1.35 billion US Loan financing granted by Citi as a joint book runner with JP Morgan and co-lead arranger with JP Morgan, Barclays, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Languages

Spanish and English

Memberships

Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)

Member of the Latin American Arbitration Association

Certified arbitrator by the Center for Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador

Member of Spanish Arbitration Club

Member of Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC)

Member of the International Bar Association – Latin American Committee on Banking and Financial Law

Secretary of the Board of Directors of the British Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador

Education

  • M. in International Arbitration (with honors), University of Pepperdine, United States (2009)
  • American Legal System, Columbia University School of Law, United States (2006)
  • Attorney and Notary authorized by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of El Salvador
  • Degree n Legal Science (Honorable Mention), Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas”, El Salvador (2005)

Lawyer Rankings

El Salvador > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Oscar SamourConsortium Legal

The banking and finance practice at regional player Consortium Legal had a particularly strong run in 2019, advising regional and international banking institutions on transactions and loan agreements. Services further include due diligence processes. The department is led by Oscar Samour, who specialises in transactions in the financial sector and has repeatedly also advised the Republic of El Salvador on issuances in the international markets. Associate Felipe Aragón is a key figure in the team, bringing significant experience in transactions, competition law and financing structures to the table.

El Salvador > Corporate and M&A

Regional heavyweight Consortium Legal is highly regarded for corporate and M&A services in El Salvador. The department advises on the incorporation of companies, board resolutions, contract drafting, distribution licensing and international trade, among other areas. A particular focus lies on due diligence processes and business operation advice. The group is led by a trio of partners: Oscar Samour, Diego Martín and Maria Alejandra Tulipano. Samour has key experience in large transactions on a domestic and regional level, while Martín is skilled in insurance law, international trade and foreign investment, and Tulipano focuses on regulated sectors such as new technologies, energy and natural resources. Associate Gustavo Vega supports all aforementioned practitioners, particularly in M&A transactions and solar projects.