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Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

2ND FLOOR, HUMBOLDT TOWER, EAST 53RD STREET, MARBELLA, PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
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Work +507 269 2620
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Fax +507 263 5895
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www.alcogal.com
Belize City, Luxembourg, Nassau, Panama, Tortola

Panama

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee is one of the leading Panamanian players for banking and finance legal services, handling some of the country's most high-profile transactions. The ten-strong team covers the full array of sector-related work, ranging from advice on syndicated loans, credit facilities and debt structuring, to assistance on real estate and project finance. Banks, financial sponsors, investors and multinationals regularly seek the practice's advice on complex domestic and cross-border transactions as well as day-to-day regulatory advice. Recent standout work saw the team counsel lender Banco General on various matters, such as a $46m financing for the completion of the construction of the Altos del Parque project, and a $38m financing for the construction of a new hospital in Costa del Este. Practice head Arturo Gerbaud led advice to a banking consortium including The Bank of Nova Scotia and Unibank, regarding a $40m secured syndicated loan granted to Evolution Hotel. Highly regarded Eloy Alfaro led the team acting as local counsel to Citibank regarding a loan granted to CrediQ, a Central American company providing vehicle-financing services. Heavyweights Banistmo, Banco Santander Central Hispano and BAC International Bank also feature on the firm's client roster. Associate Patricia Cordero is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Arturo Gerbaud - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Eloy Alfaro - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Jointly led by esteemed Alejandro Ferrer and Arturo Gerbaud, Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee's corporate and M&A practice is well regarded in the market, not least because of the team's wide-ranging expertise in sector-related matters. The sizeable department is a regular legal advisor to both purchasers and sellers in complex local and cross-border transactions, and offer a multitude of services related to acquisitions, mergers and share transfers, as well as corporate and regulatory matters. Petroamérica Terminal, Phoenix Tower International, Julius Bäer and Citibank feature on the practice's longstanding client list. Standout work included the team's advice to the Panamanian branch of The Bank of Nova Scotia on its $550m acquisition of Scotiabank (Panama), following its winding-up. The 'very goodEloy Alfaro is highly experienced and also active in the corporate arena, where associate Rita de la Guardia offers key support.

Leading individuals

Arturo Gerbaud - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Eloy Alfaro - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Rising stars

Rita de La Guardia - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee's dispute resolution team enjoys an excellent reputation among clients and peers alike. The five-partner practice handles a diverse caseload, offering the full-array of services in relation to commercial, civil and administrative litigation, as well as on arbitral matters. Led by Alejandro Ferrer, the 'accessible and responsive' team continues to assist longstanding client Grupo Unidos por el Canal in multiple high-profile construction disputes. Additional standout work saw the 'meticulous' department represent Ideal Panama, as defendant, in a $400m dispute regarding prevailing rights and the termination of a concession contract in connection with the client's role as concessionaire of the Bajo Mina Power Plant project. The highly endorsed Jorge Lee, and recently promoted partners Eduardo Gómez and Jaime Castillo, are additional noteworthy practitioners.

Leading individuals

Alejandro Ferrer - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Next Generation Partners

Eduardo Gómez - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

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Offshore
Offshore - ranked: tier 1

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee fields a well-established offshore practice, making it a leading provider of trust, corporate, fiduciary and fund services. The team, co-led by Jaime Aleman and Raúl Zúñiga, offers specialised advice to multinational corporations, investors and high-net-worth individuals on asset management and protection, trust formation, estate planning, private interest foundations as well as fiscal issues. One recent highlight involved assisting Minera Panama in the spin-off of a local company into a subsidiary. The high-profile client base includes Citibank, UBS and Credit Suisse. The practice receives further support from other offices in key international locations like Singapore, the BVI, Belize, Dubai, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Uruguay and New Zealand. Associate Cristina de Alba is another noteworthy practitioner.

Leading individuals

Raúl Zúñiga  - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee fields a strong real estate practice co-led by partners Lorenzo Marquinez, Eloy Alfaro and the strongly-endorsed Anibal Galindo. The well-established powerhouse offers legal advice to banks, financial institutions and luxury real estate developers on a broad spectrum of sector-related matters, with a recent focus on the financing of commercial, industrial and residential developments. Partner Arturo Gerbaud led advice to Banco General on the $24m financing for the construction of the Arraijan Town Centre mall; the team also represented the same bank in another $34m financing for the construction of a premium beachfront community. In on-going work, the four-partner practice group continues to assist Ideal Living regarding Panama City’s largest mixed golf/residential development project, Associate Rafael Marquinez is also active in the team. Santa María Golf & Country Club. Grupo Verdeazul, Grupo Eleta and Constructora Urbana are other representative clients.

Leading individuals

Anibal Galindo - Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

The maritime and ports facilities' team at Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee regularly assists leading multinationals, domestic companies and financial institutions in a wide range of transactions and admiralty matters related to the construction, acquisition, financing and registration of vessels, naval mortgages and public bids. Anibal Galindo directs a department that is instructed by heavyweights such as Evergreen Marine International, Minsheng Bank, Citibank and Aegean Marine.

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