Dispute resolution in Panama

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.

Galindo, Arias & López

Led by well-regarded Diego De La Guardia, the litigation and dispute resolution group at Galindo, Arias & López has notable experience handling complex, high-stakes and often multi-jurisdictional disputes. Besides offering preventative advice to corporate, private clients and governmental entities, the seventeen-strong team is also adept at assisting them in civil, administrative and constitutional disputes. The practice group is also active in international arbitration, as evidenced by the recent representation of the Republic of Panama, as defendant, in a $100m compensation claim for the violation of a Free Trade Agreement. In ongoing work, key practice figure Selva Quintero is advising Unión Eólica Penonomé I (UEPI) in a $20m administrative process brought by pulic service autority ASEP concerning compliance with the operating regulations of the Centro Nacional de Despacho (CND). Other notable mandates saw counsel Adán Arjona López represent publisher Corporación La Prensa, as defendant, in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former First Lady of Panama regarding an article suggesting connections to the Odebrecht corruption scandal. In 2017 both Quintero and Arjona López were appointed members of the Commission to reform the country's Constitutional Procedural Code. Associate Ricardo Delvalle left in December 2018 to co-establish Delvalle, Escalona, Levy & Corró.

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan & Morgan houses a dispute resolution practice that shows strength advocating on behalf of clients from a broad of industries in complex administrative, insurance, banking and commercial disputes. The highly reputable Jose Carrizo heads a team that has developed a strong track record assisting local banks in the recovery of millionaire mortgage and pledge loans;  it also regularly represents both claimants and respondents in international arbitration. Partner Luis Vallarino devotes most of his time to the department, while associate Mayte Sanchez is also frequently involved in mandates. The group has further benefited from the recent hire of criminal specialist Joy Paull Torres, who has extensive publis sector and judicial experience, and will further develope the practice's white-collar capability.

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega holds a strong position in the dispute resolution arena, offering a breadth of services that encompass administrative, commercial and civil litigation arising from IP, labour, tax, corporate, construction and shipping disputes. Senior partner Fernando Arias heads a practice that is also well-versed in domestic and international arbitral matters. The department is predominantly instructed by international companies operating in a range of sectors, including energy, finance, technology and construction. Other noteworthy practitioners include 'excellent litigator and commercial arbitratorClaudio De Castro. A high-profile client base includes American Express, Chevron Chemical Company, Visa and Samsung.

LOVILL

LOVILL fields a strong dispute resolution practice that is regularly appointed by states, public bodies and international companies from the construction, logistics and financial sectors in relation to civil and commercial disputes. The esteemed Isabel Cristina López leads a 'prepared and organised team' that is well versed in commercial litigation and international arbitration, as well as out of court negotiations.

Britton & Iglesias

Britton & Iglesias represents diverse local, regional and international clients in institutional arbitration, litigation and preventative matters in relation to civil and commercial disputes. Under the joint leadership of Eric Britton and Graciela Dixon, the team recently represented a group of shareholders of Balboa Bank & Trust in a $73m compensation lawsuit against the State of Panama and Superintendency of Banks in relation to the forced sale of the institution. Another headline matter saw the team assist Trump Panama Hotel Management in a lawsuit filed for alleged extra-contractual liability resulting from disputes between the hotel owner and operator.

Evans Gonzalez Moreno & Asociados Abogados

Boutique law firm Evans Gonzalez Moreno & Asociados Abogados regularly advises local and international clients -predominantly from the construction, energy and banking sectors- on litigation and arbitration disputes. 'Knowledgeable and talented', Evans Gonzalez leads a team that successfully represented real estate developer Compañia Inmobiliaria San Felipe, recently, as respondent in a civil process regarding the right of ownership of a property located in the Casco Antiguo of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 'extremely creative and effective' practice head also led the group in the advice offered to ENEL Fortuna, as claimant, in a compensation case against the state regarding a delay in the construction of the extension of an electricity transmission line. CEMEX and Capital Bank also feature on the client list.

Pardini & Asociados

Led by Juan Francisco Pardini, the dispute resolution team at Pardini & Asociados provides arbitration and litigation services to domestic and international clients in connection with administrative, civil and commercial disputes. With a particular focus in the aviation sector, the department also advises on mediations and enforcement of foreign judgements. Another practitioner to note is Juan José Espino, whose specialisms include advocating on behalf of reinsurers and airlines in claims related to aviation accidents. Representative clients include Lufthansa, Copa Airlines and Girag Panama.

Patton, Moreno & Asvat

Patton, Moreno & Asvat is noted for being one of the leading law firms for shipping litigation in Panama. Besides its extensive experience handling disputes before the Maritime Courts, the 'young and dynamic' team has also participated in several domestic and international arbitral matters concerning commercial and construction disputes. Team head Khatiya Asvat is 'always willing to provide solutions to meet clients' needs in terms of cost and services requested'. Associate Fernando Aued moved to Dentons Muñoz in January 2018.