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Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

Panama

  • Aquilino de la Guardia Street No. 8
  • Panama
  • Panama

Banking & Finance - Panama

THE FIRM This firm advises a diverse client list on a raft of banking and finance matters, with representative names including JPMorgan Chase Bank, Citibank and HSBC Republic International Bank. In recent highlight work, the team acted as counsel to Omega Ciracet in a financing deal for the construction of a number of hospitals in rural areas.

Sources say: "The firm's performance is excellent, timely and detail-oriented. The lawyers are proactive in seeking the best outcome for the client."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Roberto Alemán is commended by peers for his experience in banking matters, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the corporate sector.  

Gabriel González-Ruiz is praised by clients as a "seasoned lawyer who is good at providing creative solutions."

Capital Markets - Panama

THE FIRM The capital markets team at this respected full-service firm handles a variety of matters for its domestic and international clientele. Recent headline work includes advising Empresa Nacional de Autopistas (ENA) and Empresa Saltos de Francolí on the issuance of bonds.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gabriel González-Ruiz is the key client contact.

Corporate/M&A - Panama

THE FIRM This Panamanian firm is approaching its centenary year in the local markets and frequently acts as counsel to some of the largest corporate players in the country. The 14-strong practice group also advises state-owned entities in this field such as the national highway body, ENA (Empresa Nacional de Autopistas). Recently, the team acted for ENA on the acquisition process of 100% of the capital stock of ICA Panamá, worth USD420 million. Sources highlight this firm as one of the field's significant players.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gabriel González-Ruiz leads the team in a significant number of the transactions it regularly undertakes.

Partner Roberto Alemán lends his expertise in company formation and management to the corporate department.

Dispute Resolution - Panama

THE FIRM This litigation and dispute resolution team of five provides its clientele with the full range of services in this area. Representative clients include Mapfre Panama and Citibank. Another client of note is Consorcio ICA-FCC Mexico, which the team recently represented in an arbitration process against the Panama Canal Authority. The market is still waiting to assess the departure of Jorge Molina Mendoza. 

Sources say: "This is a very good firm that provides great support."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The key client contact is Carlos Villalobos.

Intellectual Property - Panama

THE FIRM This four-strong IP team advises a prestigious clientele, including Philip Morris and GlaxoSmithKline. The services provided by the team span the Panamanian IP spectrum, with recent representative work including assisting Oakley in matters relating to its local trade mark protection strategy. In addition, Sony Mobile Communications engages the firm on matters relating to its local anti-counterfeiting strategy.

Sources say: "Icaza is a very good and well-rounded firm. The team provides an efficient and high-standard service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gabriela Tejada de Britton leads the IP department and receives high praise from sources for her strength in trade mark prosecution.

The recently promoted Hugo Morán has a broad IP practice encompassing anti-counterfeiting, infringements and litigation. Market sources recognise his activity in litigation and comment that "he handles matters very well and is an excellent attorney."

Offshore - Panama

THE FIRM This long-standing, full-service international firm is one of Panama's oldest names and has a noted workflow in this area. The team offers the full range of offshore services, including the establishment of private interest foundations, trust management and company formation and management. Special purpose vehicles are also an area of focus. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced founding partner Roberto Alemán has a long-standing presence in various sectors including banking, corporate and offshore work.

Projects - Panama

THE FIRM The projects team here advises notable clients in this field, such as Thyssenkrupp Elevadores, Sacyr Construcción and the Empresa Nacional de Autopistas (ENA). Standout work saw the team act for Omega Engineering on its successful bid in matters relating to the construction of the 'City of the Arts' project. The team also advises Panama's Ministry of Economy and Finance on the development of a port.

Sources say: "They are all excellent lawyers who provide a high-quality service and have extensive knowledge of their differing areas of expertise."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gabriel Gonzalez-Ruiz is the key client contact.

Shipping - Panama

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a dedicated compact maritime department handling its shipping-related workflow. Areas of focus range from registrations, corporate structures and finance agreements to maritime litigation. The firm also has offices in the British Virgin Islands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, affording the team an international angle when it comes to cross-border work.

Sources say: "Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán has a solid reputation and good personnel."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Respected head of department Joel Medina is commended by market sources for his experience, knowledge and creativity in this area.

Alexis Herrera impresses sources with his knowledge, dedication and meticulousness in shipping litigation and labour shipping matters.