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.

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).
  • Specialization in Taxation, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado, Panama, (2017)
  • Master of Business Administration, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Panama, (2019)
  • Master of Management, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, (2019)

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.

Ayleen Quintero

Associate Attorney at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2014, specializing in Immigration Law and Horizontal Property Regime. Ayleen has more than fifteen years of experience in immigration procedures, naturalization, and work permits.

She has advised local and multinational companies and consortiums with important contracts with the State concerning their foreign personnel.

Ayleen is currently a member of the National Bar Association, where he actively participates in the Immigration Law Commission.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (2012).
  • Master’s Degree in Commercial Law, Universidad Interamericana de Panama, (2013).
  • License Certificate:   2012

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate lawyer since 2014
    • Lawyer (2013)
    • Administrator of the Immigration Department (2007 – 2012). 
  • Morgan & Morgan, Paralegal, (2007). 
  • Arias, Alemán & Mora, Paralegal, (2006 – 2007).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.

Hobbies

Ayleen enjoys swimming and cooking in her spare 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).

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.

Mariela I. de la Guardia Oteiza

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.

Academic Instruction

  • 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

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since June, 2019
    • Associate Attorney since 2009
    • Legal Assistant: Intellectual Property; Corporate Law; Litigation (2004 – 2007)

Memberships

  • 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)

Hobbies

Mariela enjoys cooking, reading historical novels, playing soccer and baseball in her spare time.

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