Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

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Counsels: Rodolfo Chiari, Juan E Lombardi T, Juan A Tejada M, Alexis V Herrera V, Vasco Wendehake, Nora Jurado, Francisco González-Ruiz, Alvaro A Aleman H, Joel Medina
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
Number of associates: 20

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 the legal structure in Panama. 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 most reputable rankings of the industry.

Today, thanks to the vast experience of its members and partners, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán covers not only Panama but jurisdictions throughout the world. Its performance is further strengthened by the creation of 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

It 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 firm routinely handles complex cases, and its lawyers are qualified to handle a variety of judicial procedures and arbitration practices.

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán is also a leading firm in intellectual property and brand protection services, providing strategies to clients to enforce their rights in Panama. It provides assistance in all aspects related to trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, slogans, copyrights, trade and domain names, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting, as well as unfair competition and regulatory matters.

Its team has proven expertise in assisting clients in the prosecution and defence of their IP rights, offering a complete assessment from their creation and registration, onwards to management, and licensing agreements. It also protects the client’s IP rights through enforcement by a range of very successful litigation procedures in both Civil and Criminal Courts, which has made it one of the leading providers of IP legal services to the companies that protect their IP rights through the firm locally and internationally.

Furthermore, the firm has been involved in a wide range of deals of secured and unsecured financing, from debt and equity to structured facilities. It has acted for managers, investors, selling shareholders, issuers, debt providers and trustees.

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán is also on the list of legal consultants for projects at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

During the past 100 years, the firm has participated in many important M&A transactions and project finance projects. For more than a decade, it has provided legal advice to the government of Panama for project finance transactions, helping it during operations such as the sale of accounts receivable to banks, obtainment of loans and the issuance of bonds. One of the relevant transactions involved the issuance of US$1.5 billion in global bonds, registered at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

A recent relevant M&A transaction involved providing legal advice to a multinational company that acquired, through a public offering to purchase shares on the Panama Stock Exchange, the majority of the shares of the Grupo Rey holding company, owner of the second-largest supermarket and pharmacy chains in Panama. The advice provided included, without limitation, the legal due diligence, drafting and negotiation of the relevant agreements, as well as the rest of the documentation to be filed with the Panama regulators.

In addition, the firm provides advice to multinational companies and other entities participating in private and public tender processes, some of them involving major infrastructure 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 include, without limitation, the negotiating and drafting of the awarded project contracts (e.g. Centennial Bridge) and those contracts and claims.

As Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán commemorates the 100th anniversary of its foundation, the firm views its history with pride and its future with optimism.

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.

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Panama

Banking & Finance
Band 3
Corporate/M&A
Band 3
Dispute Resolution
Band 4
Intellectual Property
Band 2
Projects & Energy
Band 3

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Panama

Banking & Finance


Gabriel González-Ruiz
Band 3

Capital Markets


Gabriel González-Ruiz
Band 4

Corporate/M&A


Gabriel González-Ruiz
Band 4

Dispute Resolution


Marisol Ellis
Associates to watch

Intellectual Property


Gabriela Tejada de Britton
Band 1
Ileana Martinelli
Band 3

Top Ranked Lawyers

Band 1
Gabriela Tejada de BrittonIntellectual Property
Band 3
Gabriel González-RuizBanking & Finance
Alexis V Herrera JrShipping: Litigation
Band 4
Gabriel González-RuizCapital Markets
Gabriel González-RuizProjects & Energy
Associates to watch
Marisol EllisDispute Resolution

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Head Office

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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