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.

Luis Arturo Martínez

With over ten years of experience in providing trust services, Luis Martínez is the Deputy Manager of Icaza Trust Corporation. His practice involves Trust, Estate Planning and Administration for high net worth individuals, mostly with families in Latin America, with a particular emphasis on tax compliant structures.

He advises high net worth individuals on a range of private wealth matters, including Estate Planning/Trust & Estate Administration, Business Succession Planning, International Estate Planning, Corporate Law and Securities.

Luis is an expert on Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) matters and related regulations such as CRS and FATCA. He participated in the first round of the FATF revision to Panama’s Standards in 2015.

He is an active member of the Panama Bar Association and the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE, for its acronym in Spanish). He also participates as a member and legal adviser ad honorem of the Asociación Nacional de Ganaderos (National Cattlemen’s Association) and the Lion’s Club.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Santa María La Antigua, (2005).
  • Master in Corporate Law, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, (2006).
  • Postgraduate Degree in Fiduciary Training, Instituto Bancario Internacional, (2015).
  • Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering (Panama) issued by CLT International Ltd, Londres and The University of Manchester, (2018).
  • License Certificate: 2005

Experience

  • ICAZA TRUST CORPORATION
    • Lawyer since 2015.
  • Overseas Management Company, Inc.
    • Director Service Manager (2011 – 2015)
  • Blue Diamond Realty Inc.
    • Legal Manager of the Legal Department (2008 – 2011)
  • Ballard & Ballard
    • Legal Assistant (2001 – 2004)
  • He participated in the review of the Financial Action Group (GAFI) in Panama (2016).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE, for its acronym in Spanish)
  • Member and legal adviser ad honorem of Asociación Nacional de Ganaderos
  • Member and legal adviser ad honorem of Club de Leones del Istmo

Hobbies

In his spare time, Luis enjoys horse riding, cattle rising and hiking.

Liliana Muñoz Mann

Liliana Muñoz is an attorney specialized in Corporate Law with more than 25 years of experience, who serves as Compliance Director of Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán.

Liliana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama, and a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies, Barbados.

She currently serves on the board of directors of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Panama Chapter (STEP Panama) and is a member of the National Bar Association of Panama, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the Association of Compliance Officers of Panama (ASOCUPA).

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panamá, Sigma Lambda, Republic of Panama, (1993).
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate & Commercial Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados (2008).
  • License Certificate: 1995
  • Other Designations: TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; CAMS, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Authorized Public Translator (Professional Spanish English and vice-versa).

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Compliance Officer since 2013
  • RBC Wealth Management, Barbados.
    • Senior Trust Officer/Trust Manager, (2007 – 2013).
  • RBTT Trust Corporation, Barbados.
    • Senior Trust Officer/Compliance Officer, (2005 – 2007).
  • KPMG, Barbados.
    • Manager Corporate Services, (2004 – 2005).
  • Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán (BVI) Trust Ltd, British Virgin Islands
    • Managing Attorney, (1997 – 2002).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP, Barbados Chapter 2009 – 2013, Panama Chapter, currently)
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), US
  • Panama Compliance Officers Association
    (ASOCUPA).

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