Central America: Private Client 2019

Here we recognise 29 lawyers for their exceptional work advising 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. Anibal Galindo Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee, Panama City
2. Roberto R Alemán H Icaza González-Ruiz Alemán, Panama City
3. Jaime Alemán Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee, Panama City
4. Stefano Carlo Olivero  Bufete Olivero, Guatemala City 

Costa Rica

At BLP, David Gutiérrez is a key figure in the Costa Rican market where he stands out for his work in the private client arena, encompassing corporate and commercial matters.
Eduardo Calderón comes highly recommended by market commentators for his strong corporate finance expertise as well as his expert handling of private equity matters.

Fernando Vargas at EY Law gains recognition from market sources who particularly applaud his work on corporate as well as family business-related issues.
Managing partner Hernán Pacheco O is widely recognised for his extensive experience in the field of corporate law, including sophisticated foreign investment.


Stefano Carlo Olivero at Bufete Olivero ranks prominently in our research this year. He is endorsed for his “outstanding” work on a range of commercial issues including IP, privatisation, real estate and litigation.


Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee’s Anibal Galindo is “very well known” in the Panamanian market, where he is complimented by sources for his “in-depth knowledge” of private client issues.
Jaime Alemán is “a great lawyer” who focuses his first-rate practice on offshore taxation, trusts and compliance.
Raúl Zúñiga Brid is highlighted by market commentators for his considerable knowledge when it comes to trust and estate planning.

Roberto Alemán H at Icaza González-Ruiz Alemán continues to impress respondents with his exceptional work relating to private interest foundations operating in Panama.
Michelle de de la Guardia is a corporate finance specialist whose expertise in the private client sphere spans trusts and foundations.

Lovill’s Elizabeth Heurtematte Kochman is “a wonderful private client lawyer”. She is well versed in advising private clients on a wide array of matters from trusts to taxation.

Roberto Lewis Morgan at Morgan & Morgan is a key name in the Panamanian market, where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his breadth of expertise relating to estate planning and asset management.
Luis Manzanares frequently provides top-tier counsel on estate planning, fiduciary matters and trusts to clients who include trust companies and family businesses.

At Pardini & Asociados, Juan Pardini is a “responsive and thorough” private client lawyer who sources say is “knowledgeable, very accurate and swift to respond”.

Gian Castillero Guiraud at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega has “a great practice” extol market sources, and focuses his practice on estate management, tax planning and organisation of family offices.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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