Fernando Sam

Principal Associate
  • Biography

    Fernando has a wide experience on different matters of business law, acquired throughout his professional experience both at our Firm and as in house advisor for a multinational utility with operations in the energy business (oil, gas and electricity).

    Fernando has plenty of commercial expertise in Peruvian law and has developed notions of English and USA law with a financial and economic approach, which combined with his role in academia allow him to provide both transactional and advisory support from a creative and innovative perspective.

    He keeps a special focus tasks regarding Corporate, M&A and Banking and Finance Law and Projects, which complemented with his solid background in taxation; have enabled him to provide clients with thorough advice oriented towards the identification of effective solutions in transactions of diverse complexity within multi-disciplinary teams. Fernando is a member of the team that leads the innovation efforts at the Lima office.

  • Experience

    Fernando has taken part in several transactions of different complexities, including the following:

    M&A and Private Equity

    • Advice to Parque Arauco in the acquisition of 100% of Inmuebles Panamericana (owner and operator of eleven MegaPlaza shopping centers as well as titleholder of a series of greenfield commercial space projects) from its former co-shareholders, Grupo Wiese; following a complex pre-transaction reorganisation. (2019).
    • Advice to Banco Santander S.A. in the acquisition of 100% of a co-owned venture it had with SK Bergé (for the development of the vehicle finance space) from its former co-shareholders and the structuring of a new joint-venture with such entities. (2019).
    • Advice to Salkantay Partners through UCX Holding S.A.C. in the sale of its interest in Universidad Privada Peruano Alemana S.A.C., a higher education project to a strategic partner to develop. (2019).

    Banking and Finance

    • Advice to Credicorp Capital Servicos Financieros and Banco de ú Crédito del Perú in a financing up to USD 150 million granted to Union Andina de Cementos S.A.A. - UNACEM. (2019).
    • Advice to a syndicate of banks as initial mandated lead arrangers in a financing up to USD 1,300 million granted to PetroPeru in connection with the Talara Refinery Modernization Project. The deal was awarded IJ Global Oil & Gas Downstream deal of the Year and LatinFinance Infrastructure Loan of the year (2018).
    • Advice to Credicorp Capital Servicios Financieros and Banco de Crédito del Perú in a financing up to USD 100 million granted to Union Andina de Cementos S.A.A. - UNACEM. (2018).


    • Tax evaluation, design and review for the potential acquisition of a 500 MW power plant in Chilca, Peru for USD 800 million. (2015).
    • Acquisition of an equity package in a holding vehicle by Enel Group in a transaction involving Peru, USA, Bermuda, Caymen Islands e Israel, with impact in Chile, Spain and Italia for USD 413 million. (2014).
    • Execution of a USD 6 billion capital increase by Enersis in relation to the Peruvian subsidiaries of the Enel Group. (2012 - 2013).
  • Publications

    • Fernando is author of the paper "System: State | Freedom | Information", published in "Law goes to the cinema – Intersections between the artistic and legal vision of the social issues" by Cecilia O'Neill, edited by Fondo Editorial de la Universidad del Pacifico.
  • Industries

    • Financial Institutions
    • Private Equity


    • University of California - Davis. Introduction to USA Law, 2019.
    • Bucerius Law School. Summer Program in Legal technology and Operations, 2018.
    • University of Oxford (Saïd Business School). Oxford Fintech Program, 2017.
    • University of Oxford. Master of Science in Law and Finance (MSc in Law and Finance, MLF), 2016.
    • Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Bachelor of Law, 2012; Attorney (Summa Cum Laude), 2015.


    • Lima Bar Association, 2015.
  • Additional Information

    • Fernando is the author of the thesis defended to obtain the Attorney Degree titled "Clayless Bricks: The usefulness of 'law and economics' as an explanatory tool of the particularities of the design and operation of the currently existing Peruvian local tax system, with emphasis on municipal taxes related to real estate" ("Ladrillos sin arcilla: La utilidad del 'derecho y economia' como herramienta explicativa de las particularidades del diseño y funcionamiento del sistema tributario municipal peruano actualmente vigente, con enfasis en los tributos municipales vinculados a la propiedad predial". Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, 2015, 234 p. (passed with distinction).


    • Principal associate at Estudio Echecopar since 2020.

    Teaching experience

    • Professor of Institutions of Commercial Law at the Law Faculty of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. (2017 – Present).
    • Professor at the Integration Seminar on General Theory of Law at Derecho at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. (2016).
    • Joint Professor and Teaching Assistant at Tax Law at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015).
    • Teaching Assistant at Tax Planning at Universidad del Pacifico. (2014).
    • Teaching Assistant at Topics of Corporate Law at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. (2012).
    • Teaching Assistant at Administrative Law I at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. (2010).