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Firm Profile

Galindo, Arias & López

Firm Profile


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

Firm profile submitted by Galindo, Arias & López

Managing Partner: Diego Herrera
Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers: 48
Languages: English, Spanish

Galindo, Arias & Lopez (GALA), one of the most renowned full-service law firms in Panama, prides itself on a 50-year 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 thoughout the Latin America region. GALA stands out among its competitors, thanks to its expertise in complex local and cross-border transactions, and excels in Panama’s key business sectors: aviation, energy, telecommunications, banking, infrastructure, real estate, transportation and logistics, tourism, and commerce.
In addition to exceptional legal counseling, GALA provides effective and comprehensive advice in the field of estate planning, asset protection, wealth management and administrative services, through its affiliate GALA Trust and Management Services, Inc., an entity with over 30 years of experience. The Trust company creates added value tailored to each individual client’s needs. Gala Trust operates under the supervision of Panama’s Banking Regulatory Office.

Banking, Insurance & Capital Markets
Corporate Services, Foundation & Trusts
Government Contracts & Public Procurement
Intellectual Property
International Trade & Customs
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Project & Asset Finance
Real Estate
Regulatory Law

Main Areas Of Practice:

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:

GALA handles 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 operating in the region.
Recent transaction:
■Advised Bicapital Corporation during 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:
■Advised Liberty Global, a cable television company with operations in 20 countries, with the regulatory matters of the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications PLC (CWC), and its branch in Panama.
Key Clients: Copa Airlines, S.A., Deloitte, Inc, Liberty Global, UBER BV.
Contacts: Diego Herrera and Ramón Arias
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm has the experience to 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]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm has the largest and most-effective litigation practice in Panama. GALA’s litigation team has successfully represented clients in a wide range of industries, in a wide variety of legal proceeding, including both domestic and international arbitrations.
Recent Transactions:
■Successfully advised the Panama Canal Authority’s international legal team on issues of Panamanian law in its recent arbitration with the contractors responsible for the Panama Canal Expansion Project.
Key Clients: Clínica Hospital San Fernando, The Panama Canal Authority, Claro Panama, S.A., Petroterminal de Panamá, S.A., Gas Natural Fenosa 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:
■Advised the Panama Canal Authority on project finance of the 5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Project
■Advised 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:
■Advised 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: Conservatorio, SA, Grupo Amarilo.
Contact: Salomón Behar
Email: [email protected]

GALA advises clients on the tax implications arising from corss border transactions and structuring, guiding them on the best way to manage and use the available tax incentives and regimes, including the application of Double Tax Conventions.
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:
■Advised 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:
■Advised Copa Airlines on the US$ 2.6 B order placed for the acquisition of 32 new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircrafts. GALA has also being engaged to advise the airline in the acquisition of the first 15 Boeing 737-MAX 9 aircraft to be delivered int he year 2018 and 2019, which are part of the US$6.6B order of 61 737-MAX.
Key Clients: Copa Airlines, Servair.
Contact: Cristina Lewis
Email: [email protected]

International Networks:
TAGLaw, Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW)


  • 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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