Mr Roberto de Araujo López > Galindo, Arias & López > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

Galindo, Arias & López

Work Department

Banking, Insurance & Capital Market; Corporate & Commercial; Regulatory.


Partner. Mr. De Araujo provides legal advise to numerous companies as a specialist in Commercial and Corporate Law, with special emphasis on Capital Markets, Banking Law, as well as on mergers and acquisitions.


Roberto De Araujo is the chair of the Banking, Insurance & Capital Markets practice group. Roberto routinely represents well renown financial institutions and advised many of them on the establishment of their offices and/or branches in Panama, as well as on regulatory compliance.

Prior joining GALA, Roberto served as Legal Counsel and acting Superintendent for the Superintendency of Banks of Panama.


Spanish, English and Portuguese


  • International Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Treasurer


  • Program of Design and Strategic Formulation for the Implementation of Anti-corruption Public Policies –  Georgetown University, USA (2006)
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA), Cum Laude – Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología, Panama (2001)
  • Postgraduate degree in Studies on Strategic Administration – Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología,  Panama (2001)
  • Financial Management – Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Colombia (1998)
  • Specialization on Commercial Law – Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Colombia (1997)
  • Bachelor of Law and Political Science – Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua (USMA), Panama (1995)

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Roberto de Araujo LópezGalindo, Arias & López

An impressive roster of lender and borrower clients turn to Galindo, Arias & López for advice on high-profile financing transactions taking place in the Panamanian market and involving other jurisdictions. Demonstrating considerable expertise in highly regulated sectors, notably energy, real estate and telecoms, the firm particularly stands out for its dedicated aviation finance practice, led by the highly experienced Cristina Lewis de la Guardia. The team, which has reported a recent uptick in instructions related to ESG-related financings, is chaired by Roberto de Araujo López, a leading figure in the market for regulatory issues affecting the financial services sector. Diego Herrera and Jose Luis Sosa, both of whom possess a strong track record in project finance, are other key contacts.

Panama > Capital markets

Highlighted for its ‘superior knowledge‘ of capital markets matters, Galindo, Arias & López advises a wide range of domestic and international banks and corporations on high-profile debt and equity security offerings in Panama and abroad. In addition to its notable expertise in public offerings, the team is well known for advising on banking and securities regulatory and compliance matters, and assisting with registrations on the local stock market and the New York Stock Exchange. Regulatory issues and capital markets transactions in the aviation sector are among department head Cristina Lewis de la Guardia‘s core areas of expertise. Roberto De Araujo López stands out for his in-depth knowledge of securities regulation, whereas associate Carla López is particularly noted for debt capital markets mandates.