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Partners: Roberto Alemán, Gabriel González-Ruiz, Michelle de de la Guardia, Domingo Díaz S, Mariano Oteiza I, Gabriela Tejada de Britton, Joaquín Díaz, Alexis Herrera Jr, Luis Chalhoub, Ana Graciela Medina, Javier J. Vallarino, Mariela de la Guardia Oteiza, and Mariano Oteiza Díaz

Counsels: Rodolfo Chiari, Juan A Tejada M, Alexis V Herrera V, Vasco Wendehake, Nora Jurado, Francisco González-Ruiz, Alvaro A Aleman H, and Joel Medina

Number of associates: 18


Firm Overview: 

Established in 1920, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán is a general practice law firm whose founders are pioneers who contributed to the creation of Panama’s legal structure. The firm provides tailor-made solutions to key corporate clients, international institutions, and public entities while remaining committed to offering partner-led, individualised legal services and advice to private clients. As a result, it has been recognised as a leader by the industry’s most reputable rankings.


Today, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán covers not only Panama but other jurisdictions throughout the world. Its performance is further strengthened by Icaza Trust Corporation, a corporate entity authorised to complement the company’s services, an initiative born in response to the changing market and the sophistication of its clients’ demands. 

Main Areas of Practice: 

The firm offers legal services encompassing all areas, including:

■ Administrative Law

■ Admiralty & Shipping Law

■ Banking & Finance

■ Capital Markets & Securitisation

■ Communications & Information Technology (CIT)

■ Company Formation

■ Corporate Law

■ Consumer Protection & Competition law

■ Environmental Law & Energy

■ Immigration & Naturalisation

■ Labour Law

■ Insurance & Reinsurance

■ Intellectual Property

■ International Commerce

■ Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

■ Mergers & Acquisitions

■ Private Foundations

■ Public Contracts & Privatisations

■ Taxation

■ Trust & Estate Planning

For more than a decade, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán has provided legal advice to Panama’s government for project finance transactions, helping it during operations such as the sale of accounts receivable to banks, obtaining loans, and the issuance of bonds. Recent work highlights include legal advice provided to (i) the Superintendency of Banks of Panama in the constitution of a Trust that will serve as a liquidity fund for banks with an endowment that will reach up to US$1 billion, (ii) Metro de Panamá, S.A. (Panama’s subway company) in the refinancing and deferral of payment for the total sum of  US$526 million, and (iii) Empresa Nacional de Autopista (ENA), S.A. in a public offering of US$400 million Senior Secured Notes due 2048.


In like manner, the firm has participated in multiple important M&A transactions, recently providing legal counsel to (i) AES Panama S.R.L and AES Changuinola S.R.L. in the acquisition of UEP Penonome I, S.R.L. a Panamanian company that built and operated the first wind electrical generation facility in Panama, and (ii) Corporación Favorita (Ecuador) in the process of acquiring through a public offering the majority stakeholding of the second largest supermarket and pharmacy chains in Panama. 


The firm’s services extend to a wide range of secured and unsecured financing deals, from debt and equity to structured facilities. It has acted for managers, investors, selling shareholders, issuers, debt providers, and trustees.


Over the years, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán has also built a leading Intellectual Property and Brand Protection practice, providing strategies to clients to enforce their rights locally and internationally. It assists in all aspects related to trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, slogans, copyrights, trade, domain names, brand protection, anti-counterfeiting, as well as unfair competition, and regulatory matters.


Its team has proven expertise in assisting clients in prosecuting and defending their IP rights, offering a complete assessment from their creation and registration, management and licensing agreements. It also protects the client’s IP rights through enforcement by a range of highly successful litigation procedures in both Civil and Criminal Courts, which has made it one of the preferred providers of IP legal services.


In line with today’s demands, the firm engages in the provision of legal advice on e-commerce related matters and has a developing practice on data privacy and protection issues. Furthermore, its service offering continues to grow, providing Branding services with legal advice to entrepreneurs.


Equally important, the firm has one of the preeminent litigation practices and benefits from the wealth of experience and in-depth specialisations of its partners, associates, and paralegal staff. Since its inception, the practice routinely handles complex cases, and its lawyers are qualified to handle a variety of judicial and arbitration proceedings.


Along with the previously detailed services, the firm has vast experience advising multinational companies  to establish themselves in Panama and when needed, taking advantage of the different existing special tax regimes. Moreover, it provides advice to these companies and other entities participating in private and public  tender processes, some of them involving major in- frastructure projects (e.g. Line 1 and 2 of the Metro of Panama), including those of the Panama Canal Authority (expansion of the Canal). Such services encompasses, without limitation, the negotiation and drafting of the awarded project contracts (e.g. Centennial Bridge and Line 3 of the Metro of Panama) as well as the handling of claims.


With over 100 years in the legal industry, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán celebrates its tradition while adapting to today’s evolving landscape, remaining committed to powering its clients’ projects and protecting their interests.


Languages: 

English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Greek and Chinese.


Clients: 

The firm’s clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals, corporate clients, public and international institutions.

Latin America

This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2022 High Net Worth 2021

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Panama

Banking & Finance
Band 3
Intellectual Property
Band 2

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Panama

Banking & Finance


Gabriel González-Ruiz
Band 3

Capital Markets


Gabriel González-Ruiz
Band 4

Dispute Resolution


Marisol Ellis
Associates to watch

Intellectual Property


Gabriela Tejada de Britton
Band 1
Ileana Martinelli
Band 3

Projects & Energy


Gabriel González-Ruiz
Band 4

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Gabriela Tejada de BrittonIntellectual Property
Band 3
Gabriel González-RuizBanking & Finance
Band 4
Gabriel González-RuizCapital Markets
Gabriel González-RuizProjects & Energy
Associates to watch
Marisol EllisDispute Resolution

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Aquilino de la Guardia Street No. 8

IGRA Building, 5th floor

P.O. Box 0823-02435

Panama

Panama

Panama

0823-02435

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