Firm profile submitted by Galindo, Arias & López
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.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Banking, Insurance & 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. Its recent transaction includes, advising Bicapital Corporation on the opening of the Panamanian Branch of Banco Industrial, the largest bank in Central America.
Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions: GALA advises on domestic and crossborder 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.
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, and invention patents. It has wide experience in IP litigation.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: The firm has a large and very-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.
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. Its recent transactions include, advising the Divisa Solar 10MW, S.A. in the development and financing of one of the first photovoltaic projects in Panama, which will have a capacity of 9.9 MW, expected to inject energy into the grid for the next 25 years.
Real Estate: GALA advises on complex real estate development, zoning matters, and condominium regulation. Its recent transactions include, advising on the development of the 1,400-hectares project known as Ciudad Costa Verde, which receives more than 120 Million Dollars in infrastructure investment.
Tax (Local & International): GALA advises clients on the tax implications arising from transactions and cross country structuring, guiding them on the best way to manage and use the available tax incentives and regimes, including the application of Double Tax Conventions.
HIGHLIGHTED INDUSTRIES OF EXPERTISE:
Aviation: GALA provides expert counsel to clients in the aviation industry, primarily focusing on aircraft acquisition, finance and leasing, as well as corporate, regulatory and litigation. Its recent transactions include, advising Copa Airlines in the financing, lease, and registration of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Energy: GALA is the leading firm for energy-related matters, acting as counsel for energy generation companies and renewable energy project developers, as well as representing two of the three energy distribution companies serving the country.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS: TAGLaw, Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW). CLIENTS America Movil; ASSA Compañia de Seguros, SA; Assicurazioni Generali, Petroport, SA; Banco Ficohsa; Banco General SA; Banco Industrial, SA; Banco Santander Central Hispano, SA (NY Branch); Chiquita Brands International, Inc; Chiriqui Land Company; Citibank International PLC; Clinica Hospital San Fernando, SA; Copa Airlines; Credomatic de Panamá, SA; Deloitte; Desarrollos Hidroeléctricos, S.A.; Emirates; Gates and Partners; GBM de Panama, SA; Hewlett-Packard Company; Hospital Punta Pacifica; Hoteles Decameron, SDRL Merit Gaming Group; Inmobiliaria Don Antonio; Inmobiliaria Tagaropulos, SA; International Finance Corporation (IFC); Mayer Brown; MED Centroamerica, SA; Mercantil Bank (Panama), SA; Metrobank, SA; Panalpina; Panama Canal Authority; Petrobunker; Inmobiliaria Don Antonio; Sherman & Sterling LLP; Sony BMG Music Entertainment; Térmica del Noreste, SA; Uber, B.V.