Galindo, Arias & López


4 ranked lawyersBand 1PanamaLatin America 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly distinguished full-service firm with a stellar corporate practice. Expert team handles complex mergers and acquisitions, advising minority and majority shareholders on transfers of equity, as well as handling share purchase agreements and related due diligence. Frequently retained by large Panamanian entities to assist with the restructuring of corporate holdings, including incorporating joint venture agreements as special purpose vehicles. Also counsels clients on a range of key commercial contracts, including franchise agreements.


"The work is without doubt top of the line," an impressed client notes, further stating: "The team are extremely responsive, always available and very practical in their advice," and adding that "they are very knowledgeable and experienced in the corporate arena and offer an excellent commercial and international vision of the market."

"The team is excellent," one interviewee enthuses, further complimenting: "They are pro-business, proactive and solution-oriented and know how to handle negotiations very productively and efficiently, providing strong client management."

Work highlights

Advised Millicom International on its acquisition of 80% shares in Cable Onda. The matter was valued at approximately USD1.46 billion.

Notable practitioners

Outstanding department co-head Diego Herrera Dutari garners praise from clients for his leadership skills. A source adds: "He is an exceptional, active lawyer who offers a great, personalised service,"according to a client. A market commentator adds: "He is a fantastic lawyer, very responsive and always available, with well-earned expertise in the area." He advises conglomerates and investment groups on the purchase and disposal of minority and majority stakes.

Senior statesperson Jaime Alberto Arias Calderón offers a longstanding presence here, with a source noting his "reputation and extensive prestige in the corporate arena." Arias Calderón provides broad experience advising local and international clients on high-value M&A transactions.

Up-and-coming practitioner and recent partner José Luis Sosa is "a young and dynamic lawyer who offers great practical advice,"according to an interviewee. Another source adds: "He handled the transaction as if he were an in-house lawyer, going above and beyond."

Highly regarded department co-head Ramón Ricardo Arias Porras is a longstanding figure in this practice. He assists clients with the negotiation and execution of joint business and joint venture agreements. He is also active advising clients on vertical integration agreements. Interviewees appreciate his work, with an impressed client reporting: "He is an intelligent and senior lawyer who offers quick and practical advice."

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GALA's Corporate/M&A practice group has been involved in the most important transactions in the region, which span different types of industries and jurisdictions. 

Our team includes renown experts in the field of corporate matters, such as Diego Herrera, Ramón Ricardo Arias, Salomón Behar, and Cristina Lewis, as well as, group of supporting attorneys in various other practice groups, whose excellence, attention to detail and accessibility allows GALA to offer clients a comprehensive legal service.

The team is equipped to handle matters which concern the full spectrum of issues within this practice area and beyond, including cross-practice expertise in related practice areas such as energy, projects, banking and finance, compliance, dispute resolution and arbitration, as well as multi-jurisdictional matters.

The firm has a proven team and the manpower to execute due diligence processes on very tight schedules or short periods of time, and, also handle several transactions at the same time.


Arias Porras, Ramón Ricardo (Head of Department)

Herrera Dutari, Diego (Head of Department)

Behar, Salomón

Cabal, Beatriz

Martinelli, Pablo

Morales, Raul

Sanjur, Andres

Sessa, Daniel

Sosa, Jose Luis

Sosa, José Luis




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Corporate/M&A Department

Galindo, Arias & López

Department location

Ave. Federico Boyd No. 18 y Calle 51

Scotia Plaza, Piso 11





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Diego Herrera Dutari
Band 1
Jaime Alberto Arias Calderón
Senior Statespeople
José Luis Sosa
Up and Coming
Ramón Ricardo Arias Porras
Band 2