Galindo, Arias & López, 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 interest in Panama and the region. GALA stands out among its competitors, thanks to its expertise in complex local and cross-border transactions, throughout infrastructure, real estate, transportation and logistics, tourism, and commerce.
Through a group of experienced lawyers with a proven track of success in their fields, the firm is committed to exceeding client expectations by providing cost-effective solutions to legal and commercial challenges. Galindo, Arias & López has been involved in numerous large-scale transactions in Panama and Central America, including the Panama Canal Expansion Project and the development of the largest wind energy project in the region, and has consistently proven itself to be a market leader in the fields of project financing, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, financial regulation, dispute resolution, real estate and capital markets.
On top of exceptional legal counselling, through its affiliate GALA Trust and Management Services, Inc., over 30 years of experience, GALA provides effective and comprehensive advice in the field of estate planning, asset protections, 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 & Management Services, Inc. operates under the supervision of Panama’s Banking Regulatory Office.
Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: Acquisition finance, structured finance, syndicated lending, refinancing and restructuring of existing loans; expertise on overall financial regulation. Relevant transactions include financing of Boeing 737-800 under the JOLCO structure and obtaining the general banking licence for a major Guatemalan financial conglomerate.
Corporate/M&A: Domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, operating and partnership agreements, governance matters, restructuring within companies and their subsidiaries. Relevant transactions include 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.
Project financing: Projects in the energy, telecommunications, and transportation industries. Relevant 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.
Dispute resolution: Commercial, civil and labour litigation, appeals, processes before the Supreme Court of Justice, non-court mediation, and domestic and international arbitration, experts on the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) arbitration proceedings. The team has acted as Panamanian counsel for the Panama Canal Authority in all conflicts derived from the Construction Contract of the Third Set of Locks of the Panama Canal.
Real estate: Commercial and residential real estate transactions, complex fund transactions, private equity, public securities, securitisation. The team oversees complex real estate development projects advising on financing, land acquisition, construction and operation.
Intellectual property: Registration of trademarks, patents, slogans, trade names and industrial designs, litigation related to intellectual property.
Other practice areas: aviation, capital markets, government contracting, insurance, international trade, labour law and taxation.Federico Boyd Ave. No. 18 and 51st Street
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