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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Galindo, Arias & López

The ‘professional and efficient’ banking and finance department at Galindo, Arias & Lópezconsistently produces work of the highest quality and has a particularly strong team in the aviation and energy sectors’. Also highlighted as being ‘proactive, business-oriented and practical’, the team is co-led by Roberto de Araujo and of counsel Salomón Behar, and regularly handles matters related to project finance, syndicated loans, credit facilities and regulatory law. Recent highlights include advising longstanding client Copa Holding on the $240m financing, lease and registration of four Boeing aircrafts, as part of the client’s $2.6bn, 32-plane project. In other work, aviation expert Cristina Lewis acted as Panamanian counsel to several international borrower banks in connection with a $36m credit facility for the refinancing of an aircraft fleet. Lewis also continues to advise Copa Airlines on all Panamanian legal matters pertaining to the paying-off of several loans and associated regulatory issues. BAC Bank, Banco Industrial and Banco de Crédito del Perú are also part of the firm’s client roster. Diego Herrera is another key figure in the department.

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

Galindo, Arias & López

The sizeable corporate and M&A department at Galindo, Arias & López provides ‘excellent service and a truly professional approach’ and is frequently instructed on merge and acquisition mandates with a cross-border aspect. The team is co-led by Diego Herrera and Ramón Arias and is noted for its ‘depth and responsiveness’. Recent headline mandates include Herrera’s representation of Corporación BCT in the acquisition of Balboa Bank & Trust and its subsidiaries; the team’s advice to One Equity Partners on the $100m acquisition of One Link Holdings; and Arias’ representation of Colombian investment funds Mercantil Copatria and Alta Investments in a secured loan and convertible stock acquisition transaction with Reve Group, the holding company of retail chain Justo & Bueno. The practice has extensive experience in the aviation sector, as evidenced by its recent advice to Copa Airlines on the negotiation of the second amended and restated alliance agreement with United Airlines. Of counsel Salomón Behar and aviation expert Cristina Lewis are also active in the department.

Leading lawyers

Diego Herrera - Galindo, Arias & López

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Galindo, Arias & López

The sizeable dispute resolution team at Galindo, Arias & López is led by Diego de la Guardia and advises governmental bodies, multinational companies and private clients on litigious and arbitral matters, as well as preventative measures. In one recent highlight, the team advised the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on several litigation processes related to the ownership of an island within the Coiba National Park. Diego Herrera continues to advise the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) on claims brought by GUPC concerning the expansion of the Panama Canal; other work includes representing Petroterminal de Panama (PTP) in a $47.5m litigation related to an oil spill in 2007. Other key figures include Selva Quintero, who is particularly experienced in energy-related litigation, and senior counsel Adán Arjona; associate Karla Léon moved to new firm Evans Gonzalez Moreno & Asociados Abogados.

Leading lawyers

Diego de la Guardia - Galindo, Arias & López

Next generation lawyers

Selva Quintero - Galindo, Arias & López

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Galindo, Arias & López

Galindo, Arias & López’ real estate practice is active across the entire array of sector-related work, including regulatory, commercial and corporate matters, project development, the establishment of REITs, zoning, and environmental and tax law. Recent notable highlights include advising Inmobiliaria San Fernando on lease agreements related to its Metro Park development; assisting Inmobiliaria P&P with land acquisition and the development of an upscale residential project; and advising Grupo Amarilo on the development of several horizontal property projects, including Aviñon Towers, PH Sierra Club Residential and PH La Campiña Club Residential. The department is led by of counsel Salomón Behar and Lizbeth Villarreal is also well regarded. Other clients include Grupo Attie and Conservatorio.

Next generation lawyers

Lizbeth Villarreal - Galindo, Arias & López

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