Mr Jose Luis Sosa > Galindo, Arias & López > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

Galindo, Arias & López

Work Department

Corporate, M&A, Project Finance, Tax, Capital Markets


Partner. Mr. Sosa focuses his practice on commercial law, corporate law, project finance, and tax law, with emphasis on domestic and international business transactions, merger and acquisition transactions.


Jose Luis Sosa has focused his career on commercial law, corporate law, and project finance, emphasis on merger and acquisition transactions.

He provides legal counsel and representation to multinational and national corporations in the financial, telecommunications, and industrial sectors. He has participated in important M&A deals for national and foreign banks and corporations.

He has been part of the team advising the Panama Canal Authority on all legal issues derived from the Panama Canal Expansion Project.


English, Spanish, French, and Japanese


  • International Bar Association


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M in Securities and Financial Regulation, 2008)
  • University of Santa Maria La Antigua (Bachelor of Law and Political Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, 2007)
  • The Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires (Exchange Program for Law Students, 2005).



Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Banking and finance

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 > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Jose Luis SosaGalindo, Arias & López

Galindo, Arias & López‘s ‘commercial, available and attentive’ corporate practice is active in domestic transactions but particularly stands out for its expertise in cross-border mandates involving highly regulated industries. The team handles a wide range of matters, spanning corporate restructuring, hybrid M&A and corporate financings (including capital raising and other investment transactions), joint ventures, divestments and spin-offs. Diego Herrera, who is highlighted for his experience in multi-jurisdictional M&A and corporate finance transactions, oversees the team with Ramón Ricardo Arias, who has notable expertise in the aviation, finance and telecoms sectors. Other names to note include Jose Luis Sosa, who has a proven transactional track record in the energy and real estate spaces and ‘stands out for his academic background, availability, and technical ability‘, Beatriz Cabal, and associates Andrés Sanjur and Raúl Morales.

Panama > Projects and energy

Galindo, Arias & López‘s multi-disciplinary practice offers advice to a diverse client roster of financial institutions, major developers, energy companies and venture capital investors on the full spectrum of project finance and development matters. Its broad service offering also covers public procurement, government contracts, and regulatory matters. The team is particularly experienced in advising on the development of large-scale renewable energy projects, but acts for clients across the construction, infrastructure and healthcare sectors. Of counsel Salomón Behar heads the project finance practice, with a focus on acting for key names in the energy space, while Cristina Lewis de la Guardia leads the regulatory department and possesses notable expertise in project development. Other key names include Diego Herrera, who focuses on project finance and M&A deals involving energy assets, and Jose Luis Sosa. Cristina Thayer  is no longer at the firm.