Mrs Isabel Cristina López Serrano > LOVILL > Panama City, Panama > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

PRACTICE AREAS: Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Busines Law, Real Estate and Bankruptcy.

Head of the Dispute and Resolution Department.


Founding Partner


Cristina is a founding partner of LOVILL, where she leads the team for dispute resolution, litigation, national and international arbitration. She regularly represents and advises clients on international arbitrations under CeCAP, ICC and ICSID rules, among others. Cristina has been recognized by prestigious international guides such as CHAMBERS & PARTNERS, LEGAL 500 and WHO’S WHO LEGAL for her merits in complex international negotiations and disputes.

She is a designated Arbitrator at the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama and was the representative for Latin America of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC/YAF (2017-2019). Cristina specializes in leading teams in high-profile cases in infrastructure, logistics, finance, real estate, energy, telecommunications and representation of states, and has experience in national and international arbitrations. Her law and master degrees were carried out at the University of Oviedo (Spain), at Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University of Panama, and at the University of Warwick, England through the Chevening scholarship from the British Council.

Cristina´s corporate practice has been as advisor and leading counsel for several corporations, multinationals and family offices in corporate transactions and day to day operations where she leads her team. Within the industries she has advised and has a deep understanding are; infrastructure, real estate, telecommunications, financial, energy, hotel, distribution and logistic, where she is very active due to her negotiation skills and business knowledge that provides and added value to her clients. Cristina also participates as a panelist and speaker in several national and international organizations in relevant subjects that include law, corporate social responsibility, gender diversity and leadership. She has a commitment in promoting social impact and giving back through pro bono cases and promoting best practices in the exercise of the Rule of Law in in Panama.

She is advisor for the “Fundación Jesús Luz de Vida” (Jesus light of Life Foundation), which aims to reintegrate former gang members in society, in the transition to a social enterprise.


English & Spanish


She is Member of the National Association of Lawyers of Panama; Member and Manager of Panama, in the International Law Students Association (ILSA), of the “Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition.” (Competitors in 2002 and 2003, ranked the list of best oralist in 2002); Member and Lawyer Recomended by British Business Association of Panama (PBBA); and Member and leading attorney of E-IURE Red from Panama to introduce the foreign investment of Europe and Asia to Panama.


  • Warwick Univeristy (England). Master in Laws with emphasis in Development of International Law and Human Rights. (Chevening Scholarships).
  • Isik University Istambul (Turkey). Law and Studies of the European Union. (ERASMUS EU Scholarship).
  • Universidad Santa María La Antigua (USMA) (Panama). (Lawyer) Degree in Law and Political Sciences.
  • University of Oviedo (Spain). General Studies of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Isabel Cristina LópezLovill

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 Jeannette Bravo brings additional expertise in labour law to the team.

Panama > Labour

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.

Panama > Real estate

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.

Panama > Corporate and M&A

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 Heurtematte 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 ‘excellentIsabel Cristina López, senior associate Jeannette Bravo, who has additional labour law expertise, and associates Ana Carolina Ureña and Alejandro Fung.