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LOVILL
MIDTOWN SF74
CALLE 74 DE SAN FRANCISCO
PANAMA CITY
Panama

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes are a key area of strength for the 'incredible' team at Lovill, which has particular expertise in public and private international law and in representing sovereign states and state-owned entities. The team has significant experience in cross-border insolvency litigation, but also handles civil and commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration, where it is highly active in international investment arbitrations. 'Very approachable' founding partner Isabel Cristina López leads the practice, and regularly acts in complex, cross-border disputes in the construction, logistics and real estate sectors, to name but a few. Associate Christopher Glasscock is experienced in civil and commercial litigation and international arbitration, and senior associate Jeanette Bravo brings additional expertise in labour law to the team.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Cristina López

Testimonials

‘Our case was not one that the firm would typically handle, but they responded to our situation and thankfully took us on. The firm has been absolutely incredible on all fronts, including but not limited to their communication and dedication to our case.’

‘We have been completely satisfied with the firm and its members. Cristina is very approachable and we feel grateful for her strength, wisdom and genuine nature from a personal standpoint, as well as her fierce, dedicated and controlled nature from a legal standpoint.’

‘The team demonstrated excellent management of the different parties involved in the transaction and extensive knowledge of the regulations.’

‘For us, the standout feature of this practice is the speed with which our concerns or queries were addressed. In our case, we are very satisfied with the service provided by Jeanette Bravo and Isabel Cristina Lopez.’

‘The team have good response times, they show a lot of interest in understanding the client’s underlying business, and come up with fresh ideas and unconventional solutions.’

‘Personalised service. The partners are keen to stay up to date with client matters.’

Key clients

El Carmen Investments

Central Latinoamericana De Valores

Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos de Ecuador EP Petroecuador

Unilever

Labour Tier 2

LOVILL's 'solid and dynamic' team counts companies from a broad range of sectors, including tourism, entertainment, financial services, logistics, pharmaceuticals and transport, among its clients. It is active in advising multinationals with operations in Panama on the labour aspects of winding down and restructuring, but also assists with employment contracts, terminations, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, labour disputes, the creation of discrimination and inclusion policies, immigration issues and compliance with changing government regulations during the pandemic. 'Intelligent, dedicated and well-organised' senior associate Jeannette Bravo, who has particular expertise in advising international clients on labour and immigration matters, leads the practice with head of corporate Elizabeth Heurtematte and disputes specialist Isabel Cristina López.

Practice head(s):

Jeannette Bravo; Isabel Cristina López; Elizabeth Heurtematte

Testimonials

‘The labour team at Lovill has vast experience. It is a young, solid and dynamic team which knows how to work under pressure, especially Jeannette Marie Bravo, who stands out in this practice for her availability and her success in solving clients’ problems. Unlike other law firms, Lovill’s labour team is willing to go the extra mile to resolve any problem or labour dispute that their clients have.’

‘Jeannette Bravo stands out. Despite being young, she has a lot of experience, is very organised and optimistic, knows how to negotiate in favour of her clients, cares about her clients, shows initiative, is willing to face challenges and, most importantly, seeks to provide the best solutions to her clients – that is, she focuses on results.’

‘Lovill’s labour practice is very good. They are always up-to-date on labour regulations and they explain the issues to their clients very well. In an emergency, they have always provided the necessary support.’

‘Jeannette Bravo’s preparation in legal matters is very good and she always knows all about our matters. She is also very good at explaining all the alternatives, so we always have options when making decisions.’

‘Jeannette Bravo is respected and admired for her knowledge and proactivity. She is intelligent, dedicated and well-organised, and always has a solution at hand for her clients.’

Key clients

Unilever

SGS Panamá

Banco Lafise Panamá

Ceva Logistics

Grupo Terra

Dekel

Gresinsa

Atrio Mall

Sofistic

Telecable

Visa

Isthmian Investment Corporation

Hacienda San José

MiFinanciera

SBA Communications Panama

Central Latinoamericana de Valores (Latinclear)

Financiera Turbocash

El Carmen Investments

Real estate Tier 2

LOVILL's expertise in real estate matters ranges from transactions involving plots of land and the development of commercial and residential projects to advice on the horizontal property regime and lease agreements. In addition, the team has recently been active assisting with leasing issues stemming from the Covid-19 lockdown. Clients include large local and international real estate developers. The practice is led by founding partners Elizabeth Heurtematte, who has expertise in the tax planning and financing of real estate projects and in regulatory issues surrounding developments in the historical Casco Antiguo district of Panama City, and Isabel Cristina López.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Heurtematte; Isabel Cristina Lopez

Key clients

Pearl Island

Dekel Group

AJ Dayan

Atrio Mall

Hacienda San Jose

M&A Capital

Richard O’Brien Companies

Isthmian Investment Corporation

Jeancenter Corporation

Tax Tier 2

LOVILL is highly active in advising domestic and international companies on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on tax incentives for clients based in the state and private free zones and international taxation and compliance. The team counts banks and financial institutions among its clients, in addition to companies from the services, commerce, real estate and hospitality sectors. Practice head Elizabeth Heurtematte, who is based in Tokyo and Panama City, is experienced in advising on corporate tax structuring, as well as in assisting private clients with tax issues. Associate Ana Carolina Ureña focuses on advising investment companies and multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Heurtematte

Key clients

Ceva Logistics

Dekel Group

Visa

Grupo Terra

Pacifica Petroleum

Isthmian Investment

Sofistic/Soluciones CuatroOchenta

SGS Panama Control Services

SGS

Riba Smith

Ricardo Perez

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The 'diligent and client-focused' team at Lovill is experienced in both local international corporate transactions, acting for multinational companies, family offices and foreign investors. The team advises on M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and compliance, and in 2020 launched a related TMT practice to assist clients launching e-commerce businesses during the pandemic. Practice head Elizabeth Heutermatte leads the team, all of whom are founding members or directors of Axxion, a group which connects and promotes women professionals. Other key contacts include the 'excellent' Isabel Cristina López, senior associate Jeanette Bravo, who has additional labour law expertise, and associates Ana Carolina Ureña and Alejandro Fung.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Heurtematte

Testimonials

‘The team have a good sense of the client’s needs and they try to do everything that is asked of them in the shortest possible time. They are diligent and client-focused.’

‘Ana Carolina Ureña and Alejandro Fung are both very special lawyers, who pay attention to the client’s needs and are willing to seek creative and quick solutions.’

‘What makes the team stand out is its great communication with clients, rapid responses, a personalised service, problem-solving abilities and great efficiency.’

‘Everyone I have worked with at Lovill has been great to work with. They stand out for their honesty and their communication skills.’

‘They provide support and commitment to clients, are always available and are very empathetic.’

‘Cristina Lopez is an excellent lawyer, who is truly dedicated to getting to know the client and committed to our needs.’

Key clients

Unilever

SGS Panamá

Banco Lafise Panamá

Ceva Logistics

Grupo Terra

Dekel Group

Gresinsa

Sofistic

Telecable

Visa

Isthmian Investment Corporation

Hacienda San José

Pearl Island

Riba Smith

MiFinanciera

M&A Capital

Atrio Mall

SBA

VALOR Advisors

Banking and finance Tier 4

Lovill has notable experience in fintech matters and M&A in the financial services sector, as well as syndicated loans and the restructuring of credit facilities. The team focuses on acting for banks operating in the region, foreign investment funds and trust companies, and corporations in the key sectors of services, commerce, real estate and hospitality. Practice head Elizabeth Heutermatte, who is based in Tokyo and Panama City, has longstanding experience in cross-border transactions, while associate Ana Carolina Ureña brings additional tax expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Heurtematte

Testimonials

‘They are very meticulous in the reviewing of the contract, ensuring that we are well protected. They also have the time to explain and understand every concern we have and our responsibilities. It is important to stress that Lovill has earned our trust by always proposing the best way to deal with the different problems we have had and all the legal solutions they have proposed to us resulted in a win-win solution.’

‘They stand out because they have the ability to understand the different situations we might encounter and always give us the best advice. They are also available and have the time to listen and understand us and correct us if necessary. Elizabeth Heurtematte is the leader in Lovill and has gained our trust.’

Key clients

Lafise Panama

Bac Credomatic Panama

Visa

Riba Smith

Grupo Terra

Pacifica Petroleum

Financiera Autocash

Grupo Q

E-Credit

SGS Panama Control Services

Sofistic/Soluciones CuatroOchenta

About LOVILL

Founded in 2009, LOVILL is a law firm recognized by clients and international publications as a leader in Dispute Resolution, Corporate/M&A, Labor Law, Real Estate and Banking and Finance. We are focused on providing legal services with the standards required by Fortune 500 companies. We are known for excellence in service, dedication to our clients, and strict quality control across all our practice areas.

A committed team by your side

Our teams are trained to work beyond our borders serving clients from all around the globe both for their legal needs in Panama as well as managing legal services across Latin America. LOVILL combines true multidisciplinary teams in said areas, making the firm a preferred choice for advising on local and international transactions.

We are known for excellence in service, dedication to our clients, and strict quality control across all our practice areas.

We provide practical and innovative problem solving strategies, working in alignment with the highest standard of ethics.

Our attorneys build close relationships with clients based on trust. Our services are aimed at safeguarding the best interests of our clients and working to achieve their objectives with comprehensive and result oriented strategies. We offer legal advice that fits the jurisdiction, the needs of the client and that the client can implement in a practical manner.

Our Culture

LOVILL’s relationship with its clients is based on shared core values. Trust and ethical business practices are essential for the firm and compliance is built into all its practice areas. At LOVILL our team constantly exceeds client’s expectations due to our high performance and quality assurance protocols.

A vibrant work culture that flows with diversity and inclusion

Promoting and offering professional development to women and minorities is at the core of our firm culture. For several years LOVILL has been awarded for “Most Pioneering Firm in Gender Diversity in Latin America” by CHAMBERS & PARTNER LATIN AMERICA.

LOVILL has an outstanding track record when it comes to diversity in leadership positions in our team. We believe that merits and performance are essential when choosing and promoting our legal and support team.

Dispute Resolution:

LOVILL’s dispute resolution practice has an international reputation and has consistently achieved top rankings for providing creative and innovative strategies for complex cross-border disputes and arbitration proceedings.

For LOVILL each case is a unique problem that requires a tailor- made solution and strategy that takes into account law, process, and commercial impact. We have broad experience in civil law disputes before Panamanian courts, national and international arbitration, negotiations, and complex multijurisdictional disputes that involve asset recovery, transnational insolvency litigation and complex corporate structures, as well as providing strategic advice to avoid legal disputes.

LOVILL has represented high profile companies in cross border disputes in industries such as infrastructure, finance, energy, logistics, banking, telecommunications, real estate, consumer goods and entertainment and hospitality. In addition, thanks to our team’s in-depth knowledge of public and private international law, LOVILL has a specialized expertise in the representation of sovereign states and state-owned enterprises.

LOVILL’s dispute resolution team is carefully selected from law students that have competed in prestigious international moot court competitions. Within that selection process LOVILL takes into consideration and has a preference for the Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, or similar moot courts of international relevance because of the level of performance and skills they provide for outstanding advocacy.

Corporate and Business Law/M&A:

We represent our clients in complex international transactions, as well as legal matters required in the regular course of business. Our corporate team provides legal advice to clients in the following sectors: consumer goods, infrastructure, logistics, transportation, hotels, security, financial entities, telecommunications, e commerce, among others. We offer a multidisciplinary team that can advise businesses on corporate structures, contracts, compliance, administrative regulations, tax and merger and acquisition transactions.

LOVILL has developed an expert practice for providing legal services in the region to multinational companies, family offices, foreign investors, and private clients that consider Panama, due to its strategic location, special investment incentives, political stability and dynamic economy,  as the best place to establish their operations in the region. We advise each client according to the investment regime and corporate structure that best suits its business goals.

Real Estate:
LOVILL offers legal advice on all matters related to real estate law in Panama. Our clients in this sector are local and international developers and investors, who, hand in hand with LOVILL, have developed large real estate projects ranging from residential and commercial developments, hotels, shopping centers, projects in the historic center of Panama and private infrastructure in general.

Tax Law:

LOVILL provides tax planning and tax advice to companies operating in Panama, including in special economic regimes such as: Panama Pacifico, Multinational Company Headquarters, City of Knowledge and free zones.

We advise companies on tax compliance and procedures, as well as requests for exemption and tax incentives, filings before the General Directorate of Income and actions before the Tax Administrative Court.

Global Wealth and Private Clients:

We work with high net worth individuals, family offices, closely held businesses and accounting and law firms abroad to provide legal services across multiple legal areas.

Our services range from wealth planning, formation and management of corporate structures, corporate and business law, real estate investments in Panama, compliance, tax advice, family disputes to business succession planning to immigration and relocation services.

Lovill advises private clients and families with a net worth anywhere from seven to eleven figures on estate planning, ownership structures and private foundations. Lovill works together with banking partners to offer trusts and investment services in order to provide the full range of solutions required for a successful estate planning of high net worth individuals with multiple types of assets across the globe to organize and facilitate the transfer of wealth to future generations.

Labor Law:

We have a team of lawyers specialized in providing legal advice in labor law to local and local and international clients, including leading multinational companies. Our lawyers represent our clients in all stages of employment relationship. We also offer our clients assistance in labor litigation and restructuring processes, among others.

Our services in this area include: Application of the labor measures presented by the government due to Covid-19 and the reopening of the business sectors and guidelines that they must comply with, including application and implementation of measures such as teleworking, reduction of working hours, suspensions, creation, monitoring and assistance to the Committee of Hygiene, trainings and legal advice for staff and management.

Immigration Law:

LOVILL has a team of lawyers specialized in providing legal advice in immigration law to local, international clients and leading multinational companies.

Our immigration team works together with the client’s human resources professionals to provide tailored and practical guidance for the establishment or relocation of employees to the Republic of Panama.

In our immigration practice, we offer clients advice and presentation before the immigration authority of all available types of visas and immigration, work and residency permits. Within our immigration portfolio we provide services to companies in the consumer goods industry, certification industry, special regime immigration policies, among others.

Intellectual Property:
We advise and represent clients in the registration of trademarks of products and services, trade names, utility models, industrial designs, patents and all aspects of the Industrial Property Law of Panama. Similarly, we advise our clients on copyright and protection of their works: books, software, productions under copyright Law.

Finance, Banking & Securities:

LOVILL has a team of lawyers specialized in advising on banking, financial and securities law. The LOVILL team is trained to provide its clients with comprehensive legal advice on financial operations and regulatory aspects in the Republic of Panama.

Our clients are banks with general license in Panama, with regional and international presence, financial companies, investment advisers, investment funds, family offices, among others.

We have successfully represented clients in local and cross-border financial transactions, such as project finance, preparing and reviewing legal documentation to establish credit facilities and collateral, due diligence of financial institutions, purchase and sale of banking and financial entities, amongst others.

Languages: English / Spanish

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner - Corporate and Business Law/M&A Elizabeth Heurtematte elizabeth.heurtematte@lovill.com (507) 2153215
Partner - Dispute Resolution Isabel Cristina López cristina.lopez@lovill.com (507) 2153215
Senior Associate - Labor, Immigration and Administrative Law Jeannette Bravo jeannette.bravo@lovill.com (507) 2153215
Associate - Real Estate Alejandro Fung alejandro.fung@lovill.com (507) 2153215
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jeannette Marie Bravo Ortega  photo Jeannette Marie Bravo Ortega Senior Associate
 Alejandro Fung Mangravita  photo Alejandro Fung Mangravita Associate
 Christopher Glasscock  photo Christopher Glasscock Associate
 Elizabeth Heurtematte Kochman  photo Elizabeth Heurtematte Kochman Founding Partner
 Isabel Cristina López Serrano  photo Isabel Cristina López Serrano Founding Partner
 Ana Carolina Ureña Adames  photo Ana Carolina Ureña Adames Associate
Spanish
English (fluent)