Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee (Alcogal) was established in 1985 and has quickly become one of Panama’s leading law firms in the offshore area, as well as in representing large corporations doing business in the country. The firm’s offshore practice is supported by its offices around the world including in the British Virgin Islands, Belize, the Bahamas and Uruguay, and also by a strong network of correspondents throughout Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America. In its local practice, the banking department is one of the firm’s main areas of strength. It provides services to most of the large banks established in the country and also represents several foreign banks that have recently applied for a banking licence and have started operations in Panama. The firm also provides legal advice to a large number of companies from various industries, ranging from the largest telecommunication company in the country to companies engaged in port activities, software production, transportation (airlines, railway and shipping), electricity distribution, construction, manufacturing, petroleum distribution, pharmaceutical distribution and retail sales, among others. The firm was distinguished as the 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 Panama Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners.
Citibank, Banistmo, Scotiabank; Kraft Foods, The Shell Company, Cable & Wireless, Mitsui, Pfizer, Siemens AG; Cisco Systems, Evergreen International, Grupo Taca, Grupo Lafise, Bacardi Latinoamerica, Panama Canal Railway Company, Kansas City Southern Industries, Unilever de Centro América, Mi-Jack Products, Petróleos Delta, Constructora Urbana, Organización Cisneros; Elektra Noreste, Empresas Pública de Medellín, Copa Airlines, Grupo Carso, London & Regional, Julius Baer, Grupo Unidos por el Canal, Procter and Gamble, First Quantum Minerals, Celsia, Nestle, Estee Lauder, AES, UBS AG, Banco General, SA, BAC International Bank Inc, Banco Santander, SA, among many others.
Main international areas of practice
Banking, finance and capital markets: The firm handles a wide variety of banking and finance matters, including the drafting of loan agreements, international securities transactions, initial public offerings and tender offers. Alcogal is considered the leading banking firm in the country.
Corporate and M&A: The firm advises clients on selecting the best alternative to meet their particular needs, taking into consideration tax, regulatory, liability and confidentiality matters. It also provides counsel to clients on the reorganisation and restructuring of their operations, and in the drafting of articles of incorporations and by-laws.
Energy and natural resources: The firm is actively involved in the energy field, advising one of the two power distribution companies in Panama, as well as important oil companies and power generators, in legal and regulatory matters. With respect to natural resources, Alcogal has been involved in the largest transactions in the country.
Public tenders and concession contracts: From port facilities and tolls roads to the Panama Canal Expansion Project, Alcogal has been involved in every critical step of its clients’ participation in many of Panama’s largest public tenders and the negotiation of multiple major concession contracts.
Litigation and arbitration: The firm provides advice and assistance in a wide range of matters before national courts and other forums of dispute resolution. The firm’s litigators have also represented clients in arbitration hearings in the United States and Europe.
Offshore services: Alcogal offers multi-jurisdictional, tailor-made solutions for its global clientele of corporations, private banks, family offices, private equity, hedge funds and trustees.
Others: Alcogal also offers its clients top-tier legal advice in matters related to antitrust, environmental law, immigration, infrastructure, intellectual property, international trade, labour law, maritime law and port facilities, real estate, telecommunications, trusts and estate planning, among many others.
Languages: Spanish, English and French.www.alcogal.com