Liz Carolina Barahona

Liz Barahona is an attorney who specializes in Corporate Law and Trust Services. Se joined Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán in 2011 and has served as Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán (BVI) Trust Limited’s deputy manager since 2016. Currently, she is the Chairwoman of the BVI Association of Registered Agents for the 2021–2022 term.

Liz is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Panama Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law and Management (Honor) in Business Law, INIDEM Business Law School, City of Knowledge, Panama, 2014.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, 2010.
  • License Certificate: 2010

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN (BVI) TRUST LIMITED
    • Deputy Manager since January 2016.
  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Corporate Lawyer (2014 – 2015).
    • Corporate Senior Officer / Junior Lawyer  (2011 – 2014).
  • Panamerican University / American University – Assistant Professor of Roman Law and Political Science (2012 – 2013).
  • Firm Solutions Panama, Human Resources Recruiter (2010- 2011).
  • Panamerican University, Legal Assistant to the Legal Aid office (2006 – 2008).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Promoted and elected as Chairwoman of the BVI Association of Registered Agents (2021-2022 term)
  • Education Chair of the BVI Association of Registered Agents (2019-2020 term)
  • Student Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Professional Qualifications

  • Blockchain Intelligence Group, Certificate in Intro to Cryptocurrencies, Verification, Risk, Reporting and Compliance, 2021.
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and CLTI Qualification – STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Creation: Law and Practice, 2020.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Online Certification), Greek and Roman Mythology, 2020.
  • British Virgin Islands Financial Service Commission, Industry Master Course in Compliance, 2019.
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and CLTI Qualification, STEP Certificate in International Trust Management, 2015.
  • ESADE Business School,  Specialization in Corporate Law and Finance Law, Barcelona, Spain, 2014.
  • Panamerican University, Advanced Studies Program in Higher Education Teaching, Panama, 2012.
  • Panamerican University, Advanced Studies Program in Adversarial System in Criminal Proceedings, Panama, 2011.

Hobbies

She enjoys travelling and yoga in her spare time, and is a Crypto and Virtual Assets enthusiast. Liz is also dedicated to causes such as the BVI PAW Association, which promotes animal welfare and is a Co-Founder of BVI Hands-Free, a network of volunteers residing in the British Virgin Islands.

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.

Estefanía Alemán

Estefanía Alemán is the General Manager of Icaza Trust Corporation and holds a position in its Board of Directors.

She is a founding member and President of the “Asociación de Empresas Fiduciarias de Panamá”, an organization constituted by Panamanian trust companies which end is to work together to promote Panama as an international financial center and to strengthen the Panamanian jurisdiction’s anti-money laundering and corporate governance processes to create a transparent and robust environment to host financial transactions.

As General Manager and Director of Icaza Trust Corporation, Estefanía leads a team of over fifteen staff members and supervises the administration of more than one hundred and fifty trusts. She heads the constitution, implementation, and administration of estate planning and commercial trusts, including administration, payment source, credit, and public trusts. In addition, Estefanía directs and leads processes such as preparing legal documentation of the trusts, developing their process manuals, and their daily operation.

Her wide range of expertise also includes developing administrative and operational controls of fiduciary procedures and the supervision and control of risk mitigation and anti-money laundering processes related to the provision of services by the trust company.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor´s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad de Panamá, (2016).
  • Juris Doctor, American Washington College of Law, USA, (2013).
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science with a major in History and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, USA, (2010).
  • License Certificate: 2016.

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate since 2014.
  • ICAZA TRUST COPORATION
    • General Manager since 2015.
  • Deloitte Panamá
    • Tax Intern, (2012).
  • The Nature Conservancy
    • Legal Intern, (2012).
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama
    • Law Clerk, (2011).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • American Chamber of Commerce of Panama (AMCHAM).
  • STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Hobbies

In her spare time, Estefanía enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and healthy cooking.

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.

Ana Graciela Medina

Ana Graciela Medina began her career at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán in 1998, being named Partner in 2013. She provides solid legal support to a large number of clients as Director of the Immigration and Naturalization Department, Director of the Real Estate and Tourism Department, and as part of the Public Contracting team. She also provides specialized professional services in corporate, real estate, tourism, and investment projects. In addition, she has extensive experience in New Technologies Law, Data and Software Legal Protection, I.T. contracts, and Banking Systems.

Ana Graciela is currently a member of the Immigration Law Commission of the National Bar Association.

Among her representative work, she has acted as legal advisor for: immigration matters for the company CHEC Panamá, S.A. (China Harbour Engineering Company), which is in charge of Phase III of the Expansion of the Port of Balboa and the Cruise Port of Amador; Legal Counsel for the company First Quantum Minerals, which is in charge of the Copper Mine Project in Donoso, Province of Colon, Legal Counsel for leading companies that are part of the Panama Canal Expansion Project awarded to the Consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal, such as JAN DE NUL N.V., SACYR, TECOZAM, GRUAS DEL PACIFICO, GLOBAL BUSINESS, among others.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, ULACIT, Cum Laude Probatus, Panama (2001).
  • Master’s degree in Information and Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain (2002). Master thesis: “The Tax Reality of the Offshore International Centers and the Development of the Digital Economy”. 
  • Executive Program – Focus on Corporate Law and Management at Instituto de Empresa de Madrid (IE), Spain (2002). 
  • International Studies, focus in Latin America, Saint Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, USA (1995 – 1997).
  • License Certificate: 2001

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2013.
    • Associate (2003 – 2012).
    • Legal assistant (1999 – 2001).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Panamanian Association of Law and New Technologies.

Hobbies

Ana Graciela enjoys exercising and horseback riding in her spare time.

Alexis V. Herrera Jr.

Alexis Herrera Jr. is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán, with more than twenty-five years of experience. He specializes in Public Procurement, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Maritime Law, Environmental Law, Labor Law, and E-Commerce.

He is the partner in charge of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Procurement departments. He has advised the Panamanian government and business groups in public bidding and financing processes, as well as for M&A transactions in the areas of energy, infrastructure, and trading.

Alexis is also part of the team of arbitrators for labor matters at the Panama Canal Authority.

His work has been recognized by legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, LACCA, IFLR1000, and WWL.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor Degree in Finance and Economics, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., (1993).
  • Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. Honors: Cum Laude, Exxon Scholar. (1996)
  • Maritime Certificate, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., (1996).

License Certificate:

  • 1996 – Louisiana State Bar and Federal Courts of the Fifth Circuit, U.S.A.
  • 1997 – Panamanian Bar Association

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner. Lawyer since 1996.
  • Member of the Drafting Commission of the Preliminary Draft of a Bill which proposes amendments to Book II of the Panama Commercial Code (2013-2014).
  • Panama Canal Authority
    • Labor arbitrator (2010 – present)
  • Member of the drafting commission of the Regulation for the Panama Maritime Labour Convention of ILO, (2006). 
  • Exxon Company (U.S.A.)
    • Legal Department, (1995).
  • Gordon, Arata, McCollan & Duplantis (U.S.A.)
    • Legal Assistant, (1994).
  • Coordinator of the Drafting Commission on the regulation of the Labor Law at Sea and Navigable Waterways.

Academic Experience

  • Santa Maria La Antigua University and Deusto´s University (Bilbao, Spain).
    • Professor in the Master’s Program in Maritime Law, (2003 – 2005)
  • Santa Maria La Antigua University
    • Professor of “Problems in Contemporary Corporate” (Electronic Commerce and Telecommunications). Master’s Program in Commercial Law, USMA (2001 – 2005).
  • Escuela Nautica de Panama
    • Alternate Professor of Maritime Law (1997 – 2001).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Lousiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Asociación Profesionales de la Nueva Generación Jurídica (Tesorero, 1999 – 2002)
  • Asociación Panameña de Derecho y Nuevas Tecnologías
  • Panama Maritime Law Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Fraternity) 
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), 
    • Member of the Committees of Environmental, and Hydrocarbons. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global,
  • Chambers and Partners Latin-America;
  • LACCA
  • IFLR 1000 

Publications

  • “Ciertos Aspectos Legales del Comercio Electrónico”, (Semanario Jurídico Empresarial, Sistemas Jurídicos, October, 2000).
  • Panama Chapter of the book “International Execution Against Judgment Debtors” (Oceanía Publications, Inc.,1999).

Hobbies

In his spare time, Alexis enjoys basketball, music, and gadgets.

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