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Mariela I. de la Guardia Oteiza


PHONE: +507 205-6038


Career Trajectory

Mariela de la Guardia Oteiza is a partner with twelve years of experience, specializing in Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Estate Planning, Public Procurement and Data Protection.

She regularly provides advice to multinationals interested in establishing their operations in Panama through special economic zones and regimes such as SEM, Colon Free Zone, Panamá Pacífico, and EMMA.

Mariela is a Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama (AmCham) for 2021-2022. In addition, she is an active member of INTA, participating in the Famous and Well-known Trademark Committee from 2020 through 2021, and has been selected as a member of the Brand Restrictions Committee for the 2022-2023 period.  She is also member of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), among many other organizations. Recently, Mariela was also named as a Mentor of AEI Panama, the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

  • Master of Law (LL.M.), Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2009).
  • Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Santa Maria La Antigua University, Cum Laude. Panama, (2007).
  • Tax Diploma, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA), Panama,(2012).
  • Postgraduate Degree in Public Procurement, Santa Maria La Antigua University, (2018).
  • License Certificate: 2008
    • Partner since June, 2019
    • Associate Attorney since 2009
    • Legal Assistant: Intellectual Property; Corporate Law; Litigation (2004 – 2007)
  • Panama Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce
    (AMCHAM) – Secretary of the Board of Directors and Director 2019-2022, former Vicepresident of the Board of Directors 2020, former Director of the Tax and Legislation Committee, Member of the Trade and Investment Committee;
  • Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Famous and Well Known Trademarks committee member
  • WIP Panama
  • Member of the Women’s Corporate Directors (WCD)