Galindo, Arias & López (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 interest in Panama and throughout the Latin American 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 counselling, GALA provides effective and comprehensive advice in the field of estate planning, assets 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.
Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: 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 institution operating in the region. Relevant transactions include financing of Boeing 737-800 under the JOLCO structure.
Corporate/M&A: Domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and reorganisations. Relevant transactions include advising Liberty Global, a cable television company with operation in 20 countries, with the regulatory matters of the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications, and its branch in Panama.
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, and in a variety of legal proceeding, including both domestic and international arbitrations. Relevant 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.
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.
Project financing: GALA offers legal counsel on innovative finance structures for the acquisition of assets and the development of the largest projects in Panamanian history. Relevant transactions include advising the Panama Canal Authority on project finance of the 5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Project.
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 transactions: Advised the development of the 1,400-hectares project known as Ciudad Costa Verde, receiving more than US$120 million in infrastructure investment. Other practice areas: aviation, capital markets, government contracting, international trade, labour law and taxation.Federico Boyd Ave. No. 18 and 51st Street
Scotia Plaza, Floors 9, 10 and 11
PO Box 0816-03356, Panama City, Panama
Tel: +507 303 0303
Fax: +507 303 0434