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.

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

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.

Joel R. Medina

Joel Medina has been a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 1973, and is currently a member of the partners of counsel. He specializes in Maritime Law and Corporate Law.

He has been part of the drafting committee for legislation in maritime matters, and served as General Coordinator and member of the National Council for the Development of the Maritime Sector and as an alternate judge in the Maritime Court.

Joel is a member of the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law, currently serving as Chairman of the Former Presidents Committee. He is also a member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law, and the Maritime International Committee.

He has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers and Partners, and in 2021, he received the Eduardo Morgan medal by the Panama Bar Association in recognition of his outstanding and notorious performance as a legal professional and the effort he has been making for 48 years in benefit of the administration of justice in Panama.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (1973). Thesis: “La Excepción del Contrato no Cumplido”.
  • License Certificate: 1973

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1973.

Academic Experience

  • Nautical School of Panama, (1978 – 2000).

Public Offices

  • Maritime Court, Alternate Judge, (1991 – 2000)
  • National Council for the Development of the Maritime Sector (CONDESMAR, for its acronym in Spanish). General Coordinator and Full Member (1992 – 1994).
  • Executive Branch
    • Member of the Drafting Committee of the Cabinet Decree N°33 of February 9th, 1990, whereby the Regional Offices of the Merchant Marine are created.
    • Maritime Labour Tripartite Commission, Main Member (1990 – 1994).
    • Drafting Commission of the Law which created the Maritime Courts and its procedural rules. Deputy member (1978 – 1982).

Memberships

  • Member of the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law.
  • Vice-President and President of the Association of Maritime Law (1986 – 1988).
  • Member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.
  • Vice-President of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.
  • Full Member of the Maritime International Committee.

Publications

  • Compilation of Merchant Marine Laws Regulation, 1984.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chamber and Partners Global
  • Chamber and Partners Latin-America.

Hobbies

In his spare time, Joel practices bullfighting and horseback riding.

Nora E. Jurado R.

Nora Jurado became a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán in 1993, and she is now a member of the partners of counsel.

She specializes in Corporate Law and Maritime and Admiralty.

She is a member of the Panama Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of Panama.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Sciences, University Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama, (1983).  Thesis: “Panamanian Maritime Courts and Procedures”.
  • Associate of Science, Sacred Heart Junior College, North Carolina, USA, (1967).
  • License Certificate: 1983

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1993 – Associate (1983 – 1993).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of Panama and its Secretary thereof (1990 – 1992)

Publications

  • “Panamanian Maritime Procedures Law”, (La Antigua Magazine, 1983).