Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee (Alcogal) was established in 1985 and has quickly become one of Panama’s leading law firms. The firm’s offshore practice is supported by its offices and correspondents around the world. 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 represents several foreign banks that have recently 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, electricity distribution, construction, manufacturing, petroleum distribution, pharmaceutical distribution, banana trading and retail sales, among others. Alcogal is very experienced in dealing with international clients. It has handled many complex financial transactions for foreign banks and corporations. In addition, it represents many of the international companies that submitted winning bids for the purchase of privatised state companies, and has also provided legal assistance to Panamanian companies that have expanded their activities abroad.
Citibank, Banistmo, Scotiabank; Kraft Foods, The Shell Company, Merck, Sharp & Dhome, Cable & Wireless, Mitsui, Pfizer, Siemens AG; Cisco Systems, Evergreen International, Chiquita Brands 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, 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