Carlos Miguel Coto González

Carlos Coto has been an Associate at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2019. He specializes in Administrative Law, Consumer Protection & Competition, Public Registry and Local Businesses.

Carlos is also a University lecturer in Commercial, Notarial and Registrar Law, and he is a member of the Panama Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science,  Universidad de Panamá, Thesis: “Jurisprudence analysis of de facto separation grounds for more than two years, even if they still live in the same house”, (2009).  
  • Master’s Degree  in Comercial Law, Universidad Interamericana de Panamá, (2011).
  • Postgraduate in Higher Education, Universidad Interamericana de Panamá, (2012).
  • Postgraduate Degree in Registry Law, Universidad Latina de Panamá, (2012).
  • License Certificate: 2009

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    •  Associate since 2019
    • Director of the Department of Notary, Public Registration and Legalizations, (2011 – 2019).  
    • Head of the Department of Legal Investigation, (2009 – 2011).
    • Legal assistant in Maritime Law, (2007 – 2009).

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Commercial Law I and II, Obligations and Contracts, Universidad Americana (UAM).
  • Professor of Notarial and Registral Law, Commercial Law I,  Universidad Interamericana de Panamá (UIP).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association

Ricardo Alberto Ceballos G.

Ricardo Ceballos joined Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán as an Associate in 2018. He has eight years of experience in Real Estate Law, including Civil Law and Horizontal Property, Construction Law, Administrative Law, Corporate Law and Contracts.

He has advised several consortiums in contractual, administrative and corporate matters.

Ricardo is currently an active member of the National Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua, 2004
  • Effective Management Skills, intensive course. Denver, Colorado, USA. 2009
  • Post-graduate Degree in Higher Level Management, Universidad Latina de Panama, 2012
  • License Certificate: 2004

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Associate since July 2018 / Paralegal (2015 – 2018)
  • Independent Attorney (2014 – 2015)
  • Gomez, Giraldo & Asociados, Paralegal (2013 – 2014)
  • CMS Panama, General Manager (2006 -2012)
  • Legal Assistant in recognized Panama Law Firms (Jimenez, Molino y Moreno, Benedetti & Benedetti) and in Public Entities, 2005

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association

Hobbies

Ricardo enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and reading law books in his free time.

Adolfo A. González-Ruiz Arias

Adolfo González-Ruiz has been an Associate Attorney at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2017, specializing in Corporate Law, Public Contracting, and Data Protection.

He has been part of the team in charge of important project financing transactions and has spoken at virtual events for Cámara del Pacífico, PromPerú and ProColombia, presenting topics such as Investments in Panama and Public Contracting.

Adolfo is a member of the Panamanian Bar Association and the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), where he participates in the Trade and Investment Committee.

In 2021, he was recognized by the Panama Bar Association for his extraordinary work on behalf of the Panamanian legal profession.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua, Panama, (2016).
  • Master of Laws (LLM), Loyola University New Orleans Law School, U.S.A., (2016).
  • Specialization in Law, Contracts and Damages, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, (2017).
  • Master of Taxation and Fiscal Policy, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA), Panama, (anticipated completion, 2021).
  • License Certificate: 2016

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate since 2017
  • De Obaldía & García de Paredes
    • Legal Assistant, (2014-2015)
  • Tejada Lawyers
    • Legal Assistant, (2012)
  • Citi Bank
    • Legal Intern, (2010)

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Member of the Committee of Trade and Investment.
  • Panamanian Debate Association (ASPADE)

Hobbies

In his free time, Adolfo enjoys cooking and playing padel.

Alfredo R. Fonseca Zauner

Alfredo Fonseca is an Associate at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán with over twelve years of experience. He specializes in Energy & Hydrocarbons, Maritime and Admiralty Law, Banking & Finance, and Corporate Law.

He has been part of the team involved in several high-profile transactions in the Energy and Infrastructure sectors, specifically for project financing and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has contributed to publications such as Latin Lawyer Regulator in the chapter regarding the National Public Service Authority of Panama.

Alfredo is a member of the Panama Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), participating in the Electricity and Energy, Hydrocarbons, Legislation and Taxes, Trade and Investment, and Transportation and Logistics Committees.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, cum laude, Universidad Catolica Santa María la Antigua, Panama City, Panama, (2007).
  • Master of Law, with merit, King´s College London, London, United Kingdom, (2009).
  • International MBA, IE Business School, Madrid, Spain, (2015).
  • Specialization in Electricity and Gas Regulation, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, (2018).
  • License Certificate: 2008

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate since 2015
  • Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega – Panama City, Panama
    • Associate (2013)
  • Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega –  London, United Kingdom
    • Associate, Office Manager (2009 – 2012)
    • Solicitor (2009)

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Member of the Committees of Electrical and Energy, Hydrocabons, Legislation and Taxation, Trade and Investment and Transportation and Logistics.

Hobbies

Alfredo enjoys diving, sailing, piloting airplanes, and photography in his spare time.

Domingo A. Diaz de la Guardia

Domingo Díaz de la Guardia is an Associate Attorney at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2014. He specializes in Administrative Law, Corporate Law and Special Economic Zones.

Domingo is currently in charge of the Company Formation operations at the firm. He enjoys dealing with clients and finding solutions that adapt to their environment’s economic and legal conditions.

He is part of the Panama Bar Association and the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), participating in the Trade and Investment, Legislation and Taxation, and Transportation & Logistics Committees.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua, Magna Cum Laude, Panama, (2012).
  • Master in Law, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, (2014).

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate, since 2014.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Member of the Committees of Trade and Investment, Legislation and Taxation, and Transportation & Logistics.

Hobbies

Domingo enjoys aquatic sports, tennis, and traveling in his free time.

Moisés Iván Rivera A.

Moises Ivan Rivera A., is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán with 11 years of experience in Litigation & ADR, Commercial Strategy, Trademarks, Patents, utility models, industrial designs, slogans, copyrights, trade and domain names, data protection, and acquisitions. He also specializes in Consumer Protection & Competition and Maritime Law.

Moises has a high level of effectiveness in building up legal strategies concerning corporate and transnational clients. His expertise in Trademark Litigation (oppositions and Nullity and Cancellation proceedings, Unfair Competition, Civil and Criminal proceedings regarding IP), Brand Protection, and Anti-Counterfeiting allow him to actively contribute to the positive results obtained by Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman’s for its local and international clients within the administrative, civil and criminal areas of Intellectual Property.

Moises is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). In addition, he is currently the Vice-President of the Intellectual Property Commission of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Panama Chapter and actively participates in Panama’s Bar Association.

Moises has also taken part in the panel of experts advising the National Customs Authority in the amendments to the current legislation related to the Customs Procedures related to counterfeit goods.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología (ULACIT), Panama, (2010).
  • Seminar of Corporate Law and Finances, INIDEM Business Law School, (2011).
  • Intensive Course “How the vessel chartering agreements and cargo transportation are negotiated under bills of lading?”, Panama (2015).
  • Seminar of Maritime Law, Tulane Maritime Center (2017).
  • Seminar: Substantive, Procedural and Technical Aspects of the Maritime Jurisdiction, Instituto Superior de Judicatura de Panamá, Doctor César Augusto Quintero Correa (2018).
  • Certificate in Data Protection Regulation in Panama, Universidad de Panama, (2020).
  • Virtual Seminar: Commercial and Investments – Arbitration with the State, Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama (CeCAP), (2021).
  • License Certificate: 2010

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2022
    • Associate (2013-2021).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association

Mariano J. Oteiza Díaz

Mariano Oteiza Díaz has been an associate specializing in corporate and administrative law at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2011 and was named partner in 2021. He has more than ten years of experience in corporate services and the areas of Asset Protection and Tax.

As part of the firm’s international services team, he enjoys most of his day-to-day work by interacting with colleagues and maintaining permanent contact with clients from other jurisdictions. He is passionate about learning about legal situations and understanding the problems and obstacles that other jurisdictions face to offer efficient solutions and proposals to clients.

He is currently a member of the National Bar Association and the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama (AMCHAM), participating in the Legislation and Taxation and Trade and Investment committees.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Science, Universidad Santa María La Antigua, Summa Cum Laude, (2010).
  • Master in Law with emphasis in Corporate Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, U.S.A., (2011).
  • Post Graduate Specialization in Taxation, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA), Panama, 2012.
  • License Certificate: 2010

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁNALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2021.
    • Associate since 2011.
    • Legal assistant (2006 – 2010)

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), member of the Committees of Legislation and Taxation, and Trade and Investment

Hobbies

Mariano enjoys sports in general and spending time with his family in his free time.

Luis A. Chalhoub M.

Luis Chalhoub has been a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2013. With over thirty years of experience, he specializes in Administrative Law, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Consumer Protection & Competition, Mergers & Acquisitions, Insurance, and Re-Insurance, and Trust Services.

He is a consultant on Commercial Law in general, Banking Law, Capital Markets, International Trade, Economic Integration, Competition Law, Consumer Protection, and Free Zones. Due to his expertise, Luis is regularly involved in high-profile banking and capital market transactions.

He is also a professor at Universidad Santa María La Antigua, Graduate School of Law, Commercial Law, and Banking Law. In addition, he has been a Professor in the International Trust Training Diploma of the Latin American Federation of Banks.

Luis has been recognized as a leader in Banking and Finance in Panama in publications such as IFLR 1000 and Who’s Who Legal.

In 2021, he was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Superintendency of the Securities Market of Panama, and he is an active member of STEP’s Panama branch.

Academic Instruction

  • Southern Methodist University, USA: Research Assistant in the Chair of Private International Law, 1986.
  • Santa María La Antigua University, Panama: Professor of Commercial Law, Introduction to Law and Fiscal Law at the Law School.
  • Inter-American University of Panama: Professor of Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Banking Contracts and New Commercial Contracts, Law School (Post-Graduate).
  • University of Panama: Professor of Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Faculty of Law (Post-Degree).
  • License Certificate: 1985

Experience

  • 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).

Publications

  • Panama contributor of the publication “Doing Business” of the World Bank, (2006 2015)
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions” 2013 – 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, 2005.
  • Casuistry of the Trust subject to the Analysis of the Panamanian Courts.
  • Co-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).

Michelle O. de de la Guardia

Michelle O. de de la Guardia is a partner specialized in Administrative Law, Banking Law, Capital Markets, Insurance and Re-Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Trust Services. Since 1991, she has provided legal advice to multiple companies in the structuring and issuance of public offering of securities. She became a partner of Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán in 1993.

Michelle has been recognized for her expertise in Banking & Finance in publications such as Who’s Who Legal.

She is a founding member of the Panamanian Chapter of the Women Corporate Directors foundation and she is an active member of the Panama Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Science, University Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama (Cum Laude, 1983). Thesis:  “The Nationality of Corporations under Panamanian Law and in Comparative Law” (publication recommended by the grading jury).
  • License Certificate:  1983

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZALEZ-RUIZ & ALEMAN, since 1983, partner of the firm since 1993.
  • Since 1991 has been legal counsel to multiple companies in the structuring and issuance of public offering of securities.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Trustee of a Foundation for the promotion of Women. Women Corporate Directors, founding member of the Panamanian Chapter.

Awards and Recognition

  • Who´s Who Legal (Banking – Panama Chapter).

Gabriel González-Ruiz A.

With over 40 years of experience, Gabriel González-Ruiz is a partner at ICAZA, GONZALEZ-RUIZ & ALEMAN, specializing in Public Procurement and Privatizations, Administrative Law, Commercial Law, Banking Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Project Finance.

He has provided legal advice on a wide range of project financing transactions that have been carried out in Panama on behalf of international consortiums. In addition, he has acted as legal advisor for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank projects. Likewise, he has advised the Republic of Panama on multiple occasions in the areas of public finance, special laws, financial assets, loans, public debt, derivatives, public credit, and the Panama Savings Fund.

Gabriel has also led the banking and finance practice group in financing transactions under the factoring modality.

He has been recognized as a leader in his field throughout his career by Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, and Who’s Who Legal.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Science, University of Panama, (1978).  Thesis:  “The Autonomy of Commercial Law” (publication recommended by the grading jury), (1978).
  • License Certificate:  1979

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN,
    • Partner since 1990.
    • Associate (1979 – 1989).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global
  • Chambers and Partners Latin-America
  • IFLR 1000 (Financial and Corporate)

Hobbies

Gabriel enjoys mountain biking and kayaking in his spare time.

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