Dispute resolution in Panama

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

Praised for its 'high level of technical skill', the dispute resolution team at Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee has extensive experience in complex civil and commercial litigation, and has been active in significant antitrust cases in Panama, as well as some of the first class action lawsuits filed in the country. The team also has expertise in domestic and international arbitration. Former Supreme Court justice Jorge Lee leads the team alongside Eduardo Gómez, who has particular expertise in arbitration, with clients including leading local banks and telecoms companies. Alejandro Ferrer is currently on leave while serving as Panama's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Lee; Eduardo Gómez

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team are very well positioned in the country. They are highly regarded for their high level of technical skill and I would also like to highlight that they know the litigation environment very well, and use that knowledge to assist their clients.’

‘The litigators in the team have extensive past experience in the courts and in significant positions (as judges or even Supreme Court magistrates) in the country. They are very flexible, analytical and have an excellent capacity to handle high volumes of important work in a short time, without this affecting the quality of what they deliver.’

Key clients

Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Copa Airlines

Elektra Noreste, S.A.

Cable & Wireless (Panama)

Servicios Latinoamericanos de Inversiones (SLI)

Crimson Logic

Panama Canal Railway Company

IDEAL Panamá

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Banco General

Work highlights

  • Representing Ideal Panama, as concessionaire of the Bajo de Mina power plant, in a dispute with Julio Cesar Lisac, the owner of La Mina Hydro-Power Corp, who alleges to have prevailing rights over the concession project.
  • Acting as Panamanian counsel to a company in ICC arbitration proceedings.
  • Representing BNP Paribas in claims brought against the bank related to the auction and adjudication of land previously owned by the plaintiff.
  • Acted for BAC International Bank and BBVA in a lawsuit relating to the execution of bank guarantees.

Galindo, Arias & López

Galindo, Arias & López's 'extremely diligent, intelligent and technically expert' team is noted for its strength in contentious administrative proceedings, and also handles civil and constitutional litigation and arbitration. It has experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and has also acted in sensitive political cases and claims against the government. Clients include leading domestic and multinational companies, particularly from the energy sector. The sizeable team is led by Diego de la Guardia, whose experience spans disputes in the telecoms, energy, construction and public sectors. The 'brilliant' Selva Quintero, who specialises in complex administrative cases, and 'elite' of counsel Adán Arjona are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Diego de la Guardia

Testimonials

‘The lawyers on our case are extremely diligent, intelligent and technically expert, and they maintain an exceptionally high standard of ethics and honesty.’

‘The team at GALA have extensive experience, they are always up to date in their knowledge of the law, as well as of court procedures, and – most importantly for our business – they are always available to assist with our requirements and with the urgent situations that sometimes arise.’

‘Adán Arjona’s knowledge of Panamanian law puts him among the elite litigation lawyers in Panama. He is able to deliver very complex legal opinions in a practical, precise and extremely rapid manner. He is an expert in energy regulation and public services.’

‘Selva Quintero inspires clients’ trust with her strategic and efficient advice, which delivers good results.’

‘They have a good professional reputation combined with knowledge and experience, and they are respected for acting in litigation before the Supreme Court of Justice, the highest court in the country. Their fast responses to clients’ queries and empathy they show in handling requests are undoubtedly a key part of that.’

‘Selva Quintero is a brilliant lawyer with a broad knowledge of contentious-administrative matters. She stands out for her punctuality, openness and honesty in her work. She always gives her best in every case; that is her hallmark.’

‘It is a highly efficient team.’

Key clients

Empresa De Distribución Eléctrica Metro-Oeste, S.A.

Empresa De Distribución Eléctrica Chiriquí, S.A.

Petroterminal De Panamá, S.A.

Grupo Panameño Catalán, S.A.

Sonama Panamá

Grupo Panarena, S.A.

Desarrollos Portuarios, S.A.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation LTC

BCT Bank

Mercantil Banco

Uber Panama Technology

Atlantic Security Bank IPG Securities

La Costanera, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Unión Eólica Panameña, as a third party, in a contentious administrative process initiated by Helium Energy Panamá before the Supreme Court of Justice in relation to a public bid to supply wind power plants.
  • Representing Claro Panamá in two contentious administrative proceedings initiated by Teléfonica Moviles Panamá before Panama’s National Authority of Public Services over alleged violations of the telecommunications law.
  • Represented Petroterminal de Panamá before the Supreme Court in administrative proceedings against the Public Registry of Panama over the return of registration fees.
  • Representing Inmobiliaria Don Antonio in an administrative process for damages against Municipio de Panamá relating to the renovation of an area of the city where one of the client’s properties is located.

Morgan & Morgan

Highlighted for its 'dedication and attention' to clients, Morgan & Morgan handles civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation, and is also experienced in domestic and international arbitration. In addition, the team has notable expertise in insolvency and recovery proceedings. It acts for a wide range of local and multinational clients from sectors including energy, telecoms, finance and transport. Jose Carrizo, who has particular expertise in insolvency litigation, leads the team with Luis Vallarino, who has extensive experience in litigation relating to government contracts and regulatory law, among other areas. Omar Rodriguez, who heads the criminal litigation practice, and senior associate Mayte Sanchez are also 'outstanding lawyers'.

Practice head(s):

Jose Carrizo; Luis Vallarino

Testimonials

‘The service of the litigation team at Morgan & Morgan stands out for the dedication that they show and their attention to the response times required by clients. Their advice is prompt, focused on the clients’ interests and conscious of the risks that could arise. In addition, they have a substantial team, which means that there is always someone available who is up to speed on the client’s case and requirements.’

‘Omar Rodriguez and Mayte Sanchez are among the most outstanding lawyers in the team because of their strong sense of professionalism.’

‘I think that what sets them apart is their availability. They are always ready and willing to assist clients. They strive to find straightforward solutions to complex problems, guided by the need to protect the client.’

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega excels in multi-jurisdictional litigation, where it often represents foreign clients. The team is also increasingly active in arbitration, with clients including international consortiums and contractors, which the team represents in international arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Panama, as well as in insolvency proceedings. Labour, antitrust, admiralty, tax and IP disputes also feature in the caseload. The department is led by the highly regarded Fernando Arias, who focuses on civil, commercial, tax and administrative litigation, and Claudio De Castro, a specialist in cross-border disputes, who was promoted to practice co-head in 2020. Sofía Cohen is a name to note for regulatory disputes.

Key clients

American Express

US Bank

VISA

Chevron Chemical Company

Milliken & Company

Samsung Corporation

Bijoux Nouveau Inc.

ING Bank

ChevronTexaco

SONDA

Work highlights

  • Represented Consortium Sonda before the Supreme Court in a dispute over a contract between the client and the Republic of Panama for the administration of Panama’s public transport services.

LOVILL

LOVILL is noted for its experience in complex disputes involving other jurisdictions, particularly in Central and South America, acting for public and private sector clients in cross-border litigation and international arbitration. The team handles disputes in the commercial, real estate, construction and logistics sector, and has growing strength in complex infrastructure and financial litigation. Isabel Cristina López, who stands out for her work in multi-jurisdictional litigation, arbitration and disputes in the construction, logistics and real estate sectors, leads the team with associate Maria Laura Pérez, who has expertise in international disputes and tax, corporate and administrative litigation.

Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez

Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez handles a broad range of litigation, including civil, commercial, labour, tax and IP matters. It also regularly represents international insurers in third-party liability cases. The team has a growing arbitration practice, and is particularly active in proceedings relating to infrastructure and commercial contracts. The team is led by Alfredo Ramírez Jr, who has notable expertise in arbitration, and Katherine Aparicio, who focuses on civil, commercial, corporate and financial litigation. Associates Juan Diego Ng and the highly experienced Narciso Arellano are also noted.

Britton & Iglesias

Britton & Iglesias is particularly experienced in arbitration, often representing clients in domestic and international proceedings. The team is also active in litigation and has a varied roster of local and international clients including financial institutions, government entities and companies from the construction, energy, logistics, telecoms and technology sectors, to name a few. Commercial arbitration specialist Eric Britton and of counsel Graciela Dixon are the key contacts.

Evans Gonzalez Moreno & Asociados Abogados

Highlighted for its 'professionalism, knowledge and ability', dispute resolution boutique Evans Gonzalez Moreno & Asociados Abogados represents local and international clients in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team has expertise in civil and commercial litigation in key economic sectors in Panama - including energy, banking and construction - as well as in shipping litigation. Practice head Evans Gonzalez is highly experienced in civil, commercial and maritime disputes. His team was recently bolstered by the arrival of two new associates, Rubén González Rivera and Melquisedec Sánchez.

Practice head(s):

Evans Gonzalez

Testimonials

‘Evans Gonzalez Moreno and his team are true experts in procedural law in Panama.’

‘Professionalism, knowledge and ability.’

Key clients

Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA)

Enel Fortuna

Compañía Inmobiliaria San Felipe

Cemex

Capital Bank

Iiasa Panama

Empresa De Distribución Electrica Metro-Oeste

Optima Compañía De Seguros

Solunion Seguros De Crédito – México

Consorcio Grupo Wisa

Work highlights

  • Representing Capital Bank in mortgage executive processes filed by the bank against Panamanian companies.
  • Representing Ingenieros Civiles Asociados Panama in several civil proceedings relating to subcontracts for road construction in Panama City.

Dentons Muñoz

As part of the global Dentons network, the Panamanian office of Dentons Muñoz has experience acting on cross-border disputes alongside the firm's other offices and frequently represents international clients in litigation with a Panamanian law aspect. The team has expertise in shipping litigation, and also handles telecoms, energy and IP disputes and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Maritime litigation specialist Fernando Aued, who joined from Patton, Moreno & Asvat in January 2018, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aued

Pardini & Asociados

Aviation and shipping disputes are among Pardini & Asociados' areas of strength. The department is also equipped to handle a range of civil, criminal and commercial litigation for clients from a range of sectors, including banking and insurance. The team is experienced in cases relating to conflicts of laws and the enforcement of foreign judgments, and also handles arbitration. Managing partner Juan Francisco Pardini and Juan José Espino, whose experience includes representing reinsurers and airlines in claims relating to aviation accidents, lead the team.

Key clients

St. Galler Kantonalbank

Emirates

Iberia

Avianca

Work highlights

  • Represented St. Galler Kantonalbank in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with a Panamanian company.

Patton, Moreno & Asvat

Patton, Moreno & Asvat specialises in maritime litigation, but has expanded its practice to act on civil, commercial, administrative, constitutional and criminal matters. The internationally focused firm has particular experience in cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Khatiya Asvat heads the team, which also includes senior associates Joaquín de Obarrio, who specialises in shipping disputes, and Maximiliano Quintero, who handles civil, commercial and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Khatiya Asvat

Testimonials

‘They work well as a team. They solve problems quickly and are knowledgeable, so we are sure we are getting the best responses and advice.’

‘Joaquin de Obarrio stands out for his efficiency, knowledge of the subject, speed and availability.’

Sucre, Briceño & Co.

Sucre, Briceño & Co. handles civil, commercial and administrative litigation and arbitration, with experience in labour, real estate and IP disputes. The team, which has a strong domestic client base, including many leading Panamanian financial institutions, has particular expertise in banking litigation; areas of strength include debt recovery actions, seizure of assets and mortgage processes. Founding partner Franklin Briceño Salazar, who has expertise in corporate, labour and administrative litigation, leads the team with senior associate Francisco Perdomo Sandoval.

Testimonials

‘It is a good team and the service provided is excellent and on time.’

‘Their understanding of the details of judicial proceedings is very good, and they are responsible and friendly. I would always recommend them.’

Key clients

Canal Bank, S.A.

Nacional De Seguros Panama Y Centroamerica, S.A.

Bac International Bank, Inc.

Hipotecaria Metrocredit, S.A.

Intercoastal Marine Inc.

Grupo Quartier

Tecnica Universal De Panama, S.A.

Arka Servicios De Recursos Humanos, S.A.

Levantina Ingenieria Y Construccion, S.L.

Central Fiduciaria, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel to Nacional de Seguros Panamá in several disputes, including civil claims for breach of contract.