Fernando Vargas Winiker

EY Law - Costa Rica

Partner EY Law

San José

+506 2208 9800

Highly regarded


Bar admissions:

Costa Rica
New York


Costa Rica

Practice areas:


Industry sectors:

Technology and telecommunications

Fernando has acted as a general corporate strategic counsel for transnational,regional and local companies doing business in Costa Rica and the rest of Central America, focusing on corporate matters that have ranged cross border business transactions covering Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, corporate reorganizations, foreign investment and market entry issues, compliance and corporate governance. He also participates in structuring projects for energy generation, telecommunications and infrastructure, and in the set-up of manufacturing and shared services operations for global companies in Costa Rica under the Free Trade Zone Regime, including several ranked in the Fortune 500 listing, among others.

  • Advised the INTRAPAC GROUP (based in the United States of America) in the approximately US$250 million financing project for the acquisition by ONCAP (arguably the largest investment fund group of Canada) of 100% equity stake in the subsidiaries of the INTRAPAC GROUP, specifically for the Spanish and Costa Rican subsidiaries. Also advised the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as primary lender, and its legal advisor, Davies, a Canadian Law Firm. 
  • Advises Compagnie Fruitiere International in the acquisition of on-going agro-business operations. The transactions have a component of financing issues resulting from intercompany loans of Seller and termination thereof, as well as structuring of financing. 
  • Advices Kimberly Clark, as leading external counsel, in its Central American, and now Panamanian and Dominican day-to-day operations, including any financial issues related to corporate matters and transactions with local distributors. 
  • Advices several international conglomarates in their shared services operations in Costa Rica (including Bacardi Group, Bank of America, Thomson Reuters, Grupo BIMBO of Mexico, EVONIK Corporation, etc.)
  • Advices Corporacion Multi-Inversiones (CMI), a Guatemalan conglomerate, in several of its Costa Rican investments in its retail operations (including corporate matters, financial transactions and tax matters). 

  • Financial restructuring
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds
  • Project finance

  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Media
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Tech and telecoms

  • Costa Rican Bar Association 

  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • International Institute of Telecommunications
  • Costa Rica-American Chamber of Commerce

  • LL.M Degree,  Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (1998)
  • Licensed attorney in the Republic of Costa Rica (1995, cum laude distinction) and Notary Public (1996).