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 building long-term relationships with its clients. Committed to providing legal services of the highest quality and ethical standards, the firm maintains a high-profile, international client base with business interest in Panama and abroad. GALA stands out among its competitors, thanks to its expertise in complex regulatory issues, local and cross-border transactions, and stellar dispute resolution track record, serving clients throughout Panama’s key business sectors: aviation, energy, telecommunications, banking, finance, infrastructure, real estate, transportation and logistics, tourism and commerce.
Main areas of practice
Banking, insurance and capital markets: GALA has a long and impressive trajectory in the Panamanian market and boasts one of the largest banking and finance teams in Panama. The team focuses on project finance, financial services regulatory advice, day-to-day advice to traditional banks, and financial institutions, high-end financing for precedent-setting energy and natural resources projects, as well as advice on growing areas such as aviation finance. GALA also has a strong capital market practice focused primarily on public offerings of both debt and equity securities and regulatory compliance.
Corporate and M&A: GALA advises on domestic and cross-border 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 the acquisition of Balboa Bank and Trust by Corporación BCT SA, the acquisition of Total's gas retail business in Costa Rica by Petroleos Delta, the alliance agreement between Copa Airlines and United Airlines and the acquisition of Cable Onda, SA and Telefonica Moviles Panama, by Millicom.
Litigation and dispute resolution:
The firm has a long-standing and highly accomplished litigation practice. GALA’s litigation attorneys have successfully argued on behalf of clients in a broad range of industries, including energy sector leaders Petroterminal de Panamá and Gas Natural Fenosa.
Among its most recent achievements is advising the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)’s international legal team on issues of Panamanian law in the ACP’s recent arbitration victory over the contractor responsible for the Panama Canal Expansion Project.
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.
Project and asset finance: GALA has offered legal counsel on innovative finance structures for the acquisition of assets and the development of some of the largest projects in Panamanian history. The most notable transactions include advising the ACP’s international on financing of the US$5.25 B Panama Canal Expansion Project, as well as advising both developers and financial institutions regarding financing of energy projects of multiple technologies, including hydro, thermal and natural gas generation, the first wind and solar farms in the Republic of Panama, and both the construction, redeployment and expansion of the trans-isthmian pipeline.
Real estate: The practice focuses on complex real estate development projects, zoning matters, and issues arising from condominium incorporation and regulation. The team is actively involved in advising the developer of the 1,400-hectare project known as Ciudad Costa Verde in all legal matters, including regulatory, transactional and tax matters.
Tax (local and international): GALA advises clients on the tax implications arising from cross border transactions and structuring, guiding them on the best way to manage and use the available tax incentives and regimes, including the application of double tax conventions.Federico Boyd Ave, 51st Street
Scotia Plaza, Floors 9, 10 and 11
PO Box 0816-03356, Panama City
Tel: +507 303 0303
Fax: +507 303 0434