Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee was established in 1985 and is one of Panama’s leading law firms in the banking, finance and corporate M&A areas as well as in the representation of large corporations doing business in the country. The offshore practice is supported by offices in the British Virgin Islands, Belize, the Bahamas, Uruguay and by a strong network of correspondents throughout Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America. In its local practice, the banking department is one of the firm’s main areas of strength. It provides services to most of the large banks established in the country and represents several foreign banks that have recently applied for a banking license and have started operations in Panama. The firm also provides legal advice to a large number of companies from various industries, ranging from the largest telecommunication company in the country to companies engaged in port activities, software production, transportation (airlines, railroad and shipping), electric distribution, construction, manufacturing, petroleum distribution, pharmaceutical distribution, retail sales, among others.
Alcogal is also very experienced in dealing with international clients. It has handled many complex and cross-border financial transactions as well as large scale M&A transactions and public tenders. It is a full-service law firm with a dedicated team of attorneys focused on providing timely and efficient advice across all industries.
Citibank; Banistmo; Scotiabank; Kraft Foods; the Shell Company; Cable & Wireless; Mitsui; Pfizer; Siemens AG; Cisco Systems; Evergreen International; Grupo Taca; Grupo Lafise; Bacardi Latinoamerica; Panama Canal Railway Company; Kansas City Southern Industries; Unilever de Centro América; Mi-Jack Products; Petróleos Delta; Constructora Urbana; Organización Cisneros; Elektra Noreste; Empresas Pública de Medellín; Copa Airlines; Grupo Carso; London & Regional; Julius Baer; Grupo Unidos por el Canal; Procter & Gamble; First Quantum Minerals; Celsia; Nestle; Estee Lauder; AES; UBS AG; Banco General, SA; BAC International Bank, Inc; and Banco Santander, SA, among many others.
MAIN INTERNATIONAL AREAS OF PRACTICE
Banking, finance and capital markets: The firm handles a wide variety of banking and finance matters, including the drafting of loan agreements, international securities transactions, initial public offerings and tender offers, and is generally considered the leading banking firm in the country.
Corporate and M&A: The firm advises clients on selecting the best alternatives to meet their particular needs, taking into consideration tax, regulatory, liability and confidentiality matters. It also provides counsel to clients on the reorganisation and restructuring of their operations, and in the drafting of articles of incorporations and by-laws.
Energy and natural resources: The firm is actively involved in the energy field, advising one of the two power distribution companies in Panama, oil companies and power generators, in legal and regulatory matters. In natural resources, Alcogal has been involved in the largest transactions in the country, including several in the mining sector.
Public tenders and concession contracts: From port facilities and tolls roads to the Panama Canal Expansion Project, Alcogal has been involved in every critical step of its clients’ participation in Panama’s largest public tenders and in the negotiation of multiple major concession contracts.
Litigation and arbitration: The firm provides excellent advice on a wide range of matters before national courts and other forums of dispute resolution. The firm has represented clients in arbitration hearings in the US and Europe, and its staff have acted as expert witnesses on issues related to Panamanian law in courts around the world.
Offshore services: Alcogal offers multi-jurisdictional, tailor- made solutions for its global clientele of corporations, private banks, family offices, private equity, hedge funds and trustees.
Others: Alcogal also offers its clients top-tier legal advice in antitrust matters, environmental law, immigration, infrastructure, intellectual property, international trade, labour law, maritime law, real estate, telecommunications, trusts and estate planning, among many others. Alcogal also provides a wide range of administrative services, including serviced office rentals, accounting, payroll management and relocation, among others.
Spanish, English and French.