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Firm Profile

Galindo, Arias & López

Firm Profile


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  • Ave. Federico Boyd No. 18 y Calle 51
  • Scotia Plaza, Piso 9
  • Panama
  • Panama
  • Panama
  • 0816-03356

Firm profile submitted by Galindo, Arias & López

Firm Overview:
Galindo, Arias & Lopez, one of the most renowned full-service law firms in Panama, prides itself on a tradition of excellence and innovation. Committed to provide legal services of the highest quality and ethical standards, the firm maintains an ever-growing, worldwide client base with business interests in Panama and the region. GALA stands out among its competitors, thanks to its expertise in complex local and cross-border transactions, throughout Panama’s key business sectors: aviation, energy, telecommunications, banking, infrastructure, real estate, transportation and logistics, tourism, and commerce.
On top of exceptional legal counseling, through its affiliate GALA Trust and Management Services, Inc., with over 30 years of experience, GALA provides effective and comprehensive advice in the field of estate planning, asset protection, wealth management, accounting and administrative services. The company’s main priority is the creation of added value for its clients tailored to each individual requirement. Gala Trust and Management Services, Inc. operates under the supervision of Panama’s Banking Regulatory Office.
Managing Partner: Diego Herrera
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 48
Languages: English, Spanish

Main Areas Of Practice:  

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
The firm participates in banking and finance related matters ranging from the structuring of complex loan transactions to advising on intricate regulatory issues. GALA is the go-to firm for international financial institutions trying to operate in the region. Recent transaction:
■Advising Bicapital Corporation on the opening of the Panamanian Branch of Banco Industrial, the largest bank in Central America
Key Clients: Bac International Bank; Barclays Private Bank Ltd; Banco Industrial, SA.
Contact: Roberto De Araujo López
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
GALA advises on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and reorganisations. The firm has been involved in many of the region’s most important M&A transactions, including:
■Advising Fidanque Hermanos e Hijos in the spin off and sale of Mobilnet de Panama, its internet and data transmission division, to Panama’s major cable TV, internet, and Telecommunications Company, Cable Onda.
Key Clients: Coca Cola FEMSA SAB de CV, Campbell Soup Company, GBM, Hewlett-Packard Company.
Contacts: Diego Herrera and Ramón Arias
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm has an experienced team who can assist clients on the registration and protection of trademarks, patents, slogans, trade names, industrial designs. It has wide experience in IP litigation.
Contact: Carla López
Email: [email protected]

The firm has the largest and most-effective litigation practice in Panama. GALA’s litigation attorneys have successfully argued on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, including energy sector leaders Petroterminal de Panama and Gas Natural Fenosa.
Key Clients: Clínica Hospital San Fernando, The Panama Canal Authority, BAC International Bank.
Contact: Diego de la Guardia
Email: [email protected]

Project & Asset Finance:
GALA offers legal counsel on innovative finance structures for the acquisition of assets and the development of the largest projects in Panamanian history. Recent transaction:
■Advising the Panama Canal Authority on project finance of the 5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Project
■Advising Unión Eólica Panameña, S.A. in the development of a 66.8 MW wind energy generation project
Key Clients: The Panama Canal Authority, Unión Eólica Panameña, Petroterminal de Panamá.
Contact: Salomón Behar
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
GALA handles the development of real estate investment trusts, the incorporation of properties to the horizontal property regime, compliance with tax and regulatory matters, as well as zoning and environmental matters. Recent transaction:
■Advising on the development of the 1,400-hectares project known as Ciudad Costa Verde, receiving more than 120 Million Dollars in infrastructure investment
Key Clients: Hacienda El Limón, S.A., Conservatorio, SA, Grupo Amarilo.
Contact: Ramón Arias
Email: [email protected]

GALA advises clients on the tax implications arising from transactions and cross country structuring, guiding them on the best way to take advantage of available tax incentives and regimes.
Contact: Ramón Arias
Email: [email protected]

Highlighted Industries Of Expertise:  

GALA is the leading firm for energy-related matters, acting as counsel for generation companies and renewable project developers, as well as representing two of the three distribution companies serving the country. Recent transaction:
■Advising UEP Penonomé I, SA in matters related to regulatory issues, project finance, as well as development and construction of a 55 MW wind farm project, the first one in the country
Key Clients: Unión Eólica Panameña, Greenwood Energy, Grupo ECOS.
Contacts: Cristina Lewis and Salomón Behar
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

GALA provides expert counsel to clients in the aviation industry, primarily focusing on aircraft acquisition, finance and leasing, as well as general corporate and regulatory matters. Recent transaction:
■Advising Copa Airlines on the US$2.6 billion order placed for the acquisition of 32 new 737-800 Next Generation aircrafts, to be delivered by Boeing until 2018
Key Clients: Copa Airlines, Emirates, Servair.
Contact: Cristina Lewis
Email: [email protected]

International Networks:
TAGLaw, Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW)


Banking, Insurance & Capital Markets


Dispute Resolution

Estate Planning & Incorporation Services

Government Contracts

Intellectual Property



Project & Asset Finance

Real Estate

Regulatory Law


Trade & Customs


  • Ave. Federico Boyd No. 18 y Calle 51,
  • Scotia Plaza, Piso 9,
  • Panama,
  • Panama
  • 0816-03356
  • Tel +507 303 0303
  • Fax +507 303 0434
  • Email : [email protected]
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