Central America: Private Client 2018

In this section, we recognise 30 outstanding private client lawyers for their expertise assisting high-net-worth individuals, families and businesses with a wide range of matters, including domestic and international taxation issues, wealth and succession planning, trusts and estates.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Roberto R Alemán H Icaza González-Ruiz Alemán, Panama City
2. LeRoy Watson III Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, Panama City
3. Jaime Alemán Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee, Panama City
4. Raul Zúñiga Brid Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee, Panama City


Rishi Mungal at MORGAN & MORGAN stands for his impressive private client practice and is warmly endorsed for his expertise in estate planning.

Costa Rica

Leading Costa Rican firm BLP has a strong private client offering. This year, two top-tier lawyers are recognised for their expertise.
With more than 20 years’ experience, David Gutiérrez is a well-known name in the region, and boasts a strong reputation for his excellent work in the private client sphere.
Eduardo Calderón is highly rated by peers for his expert handling of a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters and is particularly well regarded for his deep financial expertise.

EY LAW also sees two practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
Sources describe Fernando Vargas as “a wonderful lawyer”, praising him for his strength in the corporate and private client spaces. He is widely considered to be a specialist in handling matters relating to family businesses.
Hernán Pacheco O is “excellent on the family businesses side” according to sources, and receives wide-ranging endorsements for the depth and breadth of his expertise.


Alejandro Arenales Farner at SKINNER-KLEE & ASOCIADOS – LATAMLEX is a brilliant lawyer who stands out in the market for his excellent work advising clients on tax law and sophisticated estate planning issues.

Stefano Carlo Olivero of BUFETE OLIVERO is a well-regarded practitioner who has “great expertise” according to one impressed peer, when it comes to establishing foundations and trusts, as well as handling family law matters.


Ana Patricia Carrion Lacayo at LATAMLEX NICARAGUA is a strong player in the Nicaraguan market and receives plaudits for her vast experience advising domestic and international clients on taxation and estate planning arrangements.


Full-service law firm ALEMÁN CORDERO GALINDO & LEE is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of offshore services to private individuals and companies. This year, three outstanding private client practitioners are listed.
Jaime Alemán ranks as one of the go-to lawyers in Central America for issues relating to offshore jurisdictions. He is also widely recognised as a leading trusts and estate planning expert.
Raul Zúñiga Brid is a renowned private client specialist who garners praise for his extensive experience assisting high-net-worth individuals with a range of offshore trusts and estate disputes.
Anibal Galindo is a notable practitioner who is praised for his expertise in estate planning and trust issues and is regularly called upon to assist Panamanian and international clients with a wide range of matters.

Roberto Alemán H at ICAZA GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ ALEMÁN is a leading figure in the market, and is warmly endorsed by commentators for his impeccable knowledge of trust foundations.

ARIAS, FÁBREGA & FÁBREGA’s LeRoy Watson III enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for his expertise in trusts, estates and foundations. He is also commended for his extensive experience handling complex commercial transactions.

Sources are effusive in their praise of Juan Pardini at PARDINI & ASSOCIATES, who is highly respected for his strong understanding of trusts, estate planning and international taxation, and is warmly endorsed for his “outstanding attention to detail”.

Luis Manzanares of MORGAN & MORGAN is “a superb lawyer” according to commentators, who commend his extensive knowledge of trust and fiduciary structures, estate planning and the provision of domestic and international corporate services.

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