Oscar Samour

Oscar Samour

Partner

Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Corporate Law
  • Financial Law

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

Financial Law
Chair
Mergers & Acquisitions Group
Member
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Member

Consortium Legal - El Salvador
El Salvador

Profile
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 inEl 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.

Education

LL.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)

Areas of Practice

Arbitration | Banking | Corporate Law | Financial Law | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

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.


Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association

Professional Activities and Experience

Consortium Centro America Abogados, Legal Clerk (2004)
Articles

The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers the Use of Electronic Commerce in Central America
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, June 2020

Confinement and strict measures of social distancing are now part of the reality of millions of people around the world. Given the uncertainty presented by the world panorama in the economic, political, social and cultural fields, the authorities must go one step further to try to mitigate the severe consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused globally...

Additional Articles

"Public Policy Exception to the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under the New York Convention". Pepperdine University School of Law. August. 2009.
"Guide to Legal Research in El Salvador". New York University School of Law. July 2009.
"Mergers and Acquisitions 2008". Latin Lawyer Reference. April 2008.
"El Salvador: Inheritance". Global Property Guide. Januay 2007.
"Doing Business in El Salvador" (Employment). World Bank. February 2007.