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Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee
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Work Department

Areas of practice include: Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, Corporate & M&A and Energy & Natural Resources.


Senior Associate


  • Senior Associate at Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee (2019-present)
  • Associate at Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee (2014-2019)
  • International Associate at Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega (2013-2014)
  • Associate at Shearman and Sterling (2012)


Spanish, English and French.


New York Bar Association (2012).


Cornell University, J.D. (2011); Georgetown University, B.S. (2008).

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Banking and finance

(Rising stars)

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Highlighted for its ‘technical excellence‘, Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee counts some of Panama’s largest banks among its clients, as well as acting for foreign banks with operations in Panama and large corporate borrowers. The team’s wide-ranging practice spans leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance and real estate finance, and it also has notable expertise in M&A in the banking sector and in day-to-day regulatory matters. Cross-border deals, particularly those governed by New York law, are another area of strength. During the pandemic, the team has also seen an increase in work advising on debt refinancing, particularly for clients in the retail, hospitality and real estate sectors. The ‘always availableArturo Gerbaud, who is also the firm’s managing partner, leads the practice, while Eloy Alfaro and experienced senior associates Patricia Cordero and Rita de la Guardia are also key contacts.

Panama > Corporate and M&A

(Rising stars)

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Complex M&A, particularly in the banking and energy sectors, is a key area of expertise for the ‘very strong‘ team at Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee, which regularly advises on major domestic transactions as well as cross-border matters. The practice counts both purchasers and sellers, including Panamanian corporations, financial institutions, and regional and international investors with a presence in Panama, among its clients. Arturo Gerbaud, who has significant strength in transactions in the banking sector, and Eloy Alfaro, who is highlighted for his ‘intellect and knowledge‘, lead the practice, while Raúl Borrell and Jaime Castillo bring additional expertise in the gas and energy sectors, respectively, to the team. At senior associate level, Rita de la Guardia stands out for her experience in large M&A deals, and Rafael Marquínez and Patricia Cordero are also noted.

Panama > Capital markets

(Rising stars)

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Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee‘s ‘very knowledgeable‘ team has recently been particularly active in the debt capital markets space, advising on large domestic corporate bonds issuances and cross-border listings in Central America and the rest of Latin America. The team is also experienced in structured finance, particularly securitisations, the restructuring of international issuances, and regulatory matters. Among its clients are many domestic and international investment banks and financial institutions. ‘Excellent‘ practice head Arturo Gerbaud, who is also the firm’s managing partner, is highly experienced in advising underwriters and issuers on bond offerings. Other key members of the practice include Eloy Alfaro, who has notable expertise in structured finance, and senior associates Rafael Marquínez and Rita de la Guardia, who are both skilled in international securities offerings.