Luis A. Chalhoub M.


+507 2056006

Born in the Republic of Panama, May 3, 1962.  

Academic Instruction:                        

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, University Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama, Cum Laude, (1985).
  • Master of Law in Comparative and International Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, (1986).
  • Advanced Studies in Negotiations, Treaties and International Trade, Universidad Latinoamericana de Comercio Exterior, Panama, (2004).
  • Advanced Studies in Negotiations, Treaties and International Trade, Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, (2004).

License Certificate:                             1985


  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 2013 - Associate (2000 – 2012).
  • Commission of Free Trade and Consumers Affaires (CLICAC), Legal Executive Director (1997 – 1999)
  • Colon Free Zone, Legal Counsel (1991 – 1997).
  • Sistemas Jurídicos, S.A., Director of Legislation (1989 – 1990)
  • Arellano, Chalhoub & Asociados, Partner

Memberships: Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Responsible of the Academic Commission, President of the Panama Chapter (2012-2014); International Law Society; Panama Bar Association, Panamanian Association of Executives (APEDE), of which he has been the Chairman of the Juridical Commission of APEDE (2002 - 2003 and 2003 - 2004), Director and Secretary to National Matters (2003-  2004 and 2004 - 2005), Chairman of the CADE Commission (2009), Assistant General Secretary (2011 - 2012).

Areas of Practice: Administrative Law; Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Consumer Protection & Competition; Contracts, Insurance and Re-Insurance; Panama Trusts; Trust Services.


  • Panama contributor of the publication “Doing Business” of the World Bank, since 2006.
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions” 2014 & 2015 – Panama Chapter, Getting the Deal Through, Law Business Research, London.
  • Co-author of the “Conferences about Panama Trusts, Panama Private Interest Foundations and its main uses in Panama.
  • Casuistry of the Trust subject to the Analysis of the Panamanian Courts.
  • Author of the Panamanian Chapter on the International Commercial Fraud, published by Sweet & Maxwell (2002).
  • Author of Legislation Index (Indice de Legislación), Sistemas Jurídicos (1990).
  • Co-author of the West’s Spanish-English/English-Spanish Law Dictionary (1986).

Languages: Spanish and English.

Hobbies and Activities: Reading.


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