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.

Javier José Vallarino

Javier José Vallarino is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán. With over twenty years of experience, he specializes in labor counseling and social security matters, drafting various labor documents, negotiating collective labor agreements, and labor litigation, providing these services to important Panamanian and international companies.

Since July 2008, he has been the head of Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán’s labor department, providing comprehensive labor and social security advice to banks, construction companies, ports, multinational corporations, power generation companies, among others.

Javier has also worked as Labor Advisor of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture of Panama for several years. In addition, he has extensive experience as a lecturer and university professor. He has served as a professor in the Department of Labor Law and Social Security at the Universidad Santa María La Antigua (USMA), and has participated as a lecturer in important events organized by companies, business associations, and diplomatic headquarters.

His memberships include Panama’s Bar Association, the Panamanian Academy of Labor Law, and the National Association of Human Resources Professionals of Panama.

For the past three years, Javier has been recognized as a leader in his field by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Santa María la Antigua, Panama, (1997). Thesis: “Amendments to the Individual Labor Right Introduced by Law 44 of August 12, 1995”.
  • Postgraduate studies in Labor Law, University Santa María la Antigua Panamá, (1998).
  • License Certificate: 1997

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2019.
    • Associate (2008 – 2018). In charge of the Labor Law Department.
  • Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama
    • Legal advisor in Labor Law since 2009.
    • Minimum Wage Commission, Alternate Commissioner, (2013).
    • Special Commission for the Bargaining table regarding Law 30, Main member, (2010).
  • Grupo Melo 
    • Director of Labor Relations Department (1997 – 2002 / 2004 – 2008).
  • Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas
    • Labor Lawyer (1993 – 1997 / 2002 – 2004).
  • Rosas y Rosas
    • Legal Assistant (1993).
  • Central Industrial Chiricana
    • Sales Supervisor (1990 – 1992).
  • Administración de Seguros, S.A. (ASSA)
  • Assistant to the Risk Department (1990).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • Panamanian Academy of Labor Law.
  • Board of Directors of the National Association of Human Resources Professionals (ANREH).

Publications:

  • “Merger of Corporations”. Economic Bulletin of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama, Third Quarter, 1994.
  • “Amendments to the Labor Code”. Special Bulletin  (Report) of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas.  August 1995.
  • “Amendments to the Individual  Right to Work  Introduced by Law 44 of August 12th, 1995”. Graduation project. January 1997.
  • “The Labor Mobility in the Panamanian Legislation”. Special Bulletin (Report) of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas. June 1997.
  • “Globalization of the Economy: Its Impact in the Employment, Union Activity and Bargainig Process”. Special Bulletin (Report)  of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas.  December 1998.
  • “Considerations Regarding the Possible Increase of Minimun Wave: The Reality of an Inconvenient Decision”. (E-MAGAZINE) “Legislación y Economía” of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas. August 2002.
  • “Trusted Worker”, monograph included in the literary work “Contratos y Regímenes Laborales Especiales” compiled by Professor Ricardo Lachman. October 2002.
  • “Disciplinary Measures: Concept, Characteristics and Limits Seth Forth on the Labor Code”. Magazine “Enlace” of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama. December, 2003.
  • “Recent Legislatives Amendments, and their Impact in the Concept of Wage”. Magazine “Recurso Humano Positivo”. May, 2006.
  • “Contributions to the Social Security Institution: The Conflict of the Thirteenth Month vs. Representation Expenses”. Monograph included in the literary work “Revista Jurídica Panameña” compiled by Panama Association of Financial and Tax Law. January 2009.

Awards & Recognitions

  • LACCA Approved – Thought Leader

Hobbies

Javier enjoys playing football, reading, and writing.

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.

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).

Carlos E. Villalobos J.

Carlos Villalobos has been associate at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2004 and was appointed partner in 2022. Carlos has over twenty years of experience  in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has completed studies in Civil Procedural Law and the Criminal Accusatory System of Panama.
Carlos frequently publishes articles of interest regarding different legislations, and he is an active member of the Panama Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (1997).
  • Post graduate studies in Civil Procedural Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, (2006).
  • Certificate of Advance Studies in Criminal Accusatory System of Panama, Universidad Latina, Panama, 2010.
  • License Certificate: 1997

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2022
    • Associate (2004-2021).
  • Fábrega, Molino y Mulino
    • Lawyer – Litigation (1997 – 1998).
  • Órgano Judicial
    • Chief Clerk Stenographer
  • Fábrega, Molino y Mulino
    • Lawyer – Judicial, 1993 -1995.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.

Publications

  • Algunas consideraciones respecto al trámite de los procesos de ejecución hipotecaria” (“Some considerations refering to the settlement of the mortgage execution proceedings”);
  • “El desconocimiento del paradero del demandado y el falso testimonio” (The unknown whereabouts of the defendant and false testimony)
  • “Justicia gratuita-vs-expedita e ininterrumpida” (Free justice vs expedited and uninterrupted)
  • “La apelación en las reformas de la Ley 23 de 10 de junio de 2001” (The admittance of evidence in the Amendments of Law 23 of June 10th, 2001)
  • “La apertura a pruebas en las reformas de la Ley 23 de 10 de junio de 2001”.
  • All of them published in the juridical magazine, “JURIDICAL SYTEMS”, and the electronic magazine “Legal Info-Panama

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Procedural Law, Universidad del Istmo, Panama (1997 – 1998).

Hobbies

Carlos enjoys reading, exercising, listening to music, and dancing in his 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.

Marisol T. Ellis A.

With more than twenty years of experience, Marisol Ellis provides legal advice to important Panamanian and international companies. She has worked as an Associate at Icaza, González-Ruíz & Alemán since 2004 as part of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Division, and was named partner in 2022. Marisol belongs to the list of arbitrators of the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CeCAP).

Due to her work, she has been recognized as a leader in the area of Litigation by international legal services guides such as Chambers & Partners.

Marisol has extensive experience as a panelist and lecturer. She has taught International Law, Commercial Law, Banking Law, and Bankruptcy Proceedings in local universities at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, she has participated as a lecturer in important Arbitration and Litigation events in Panama and abroad.

Her memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Panama Chapter and Arbitration Committee, and the Spanish Arbitration Club – Panama Chapter.

In 2021 she was appointed Panama’s representative in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Academic Instruction

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Arbitration, Robert Gordon University, 2018
  • Master in Business Law, Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012.
  • Master in Business Law, ADEN Business School, 2011.
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, specialization on International Trade, Universidad Interamericana de Panama, (degree to be conferred).
  • XX Postgraduate-specialization in Casualty Law, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, 2007.
  • Master in Commercial Law, 2004, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología.
  • Postgraduate studies in Public Law, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología, 2004.
  • Postgraduate studies in Advanced Teaching, Universidad de Panama, 2000.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, 1995
  • License Certificate: 1995

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN,
    • Partner since 2022.
    • Associate (2004-2021)
  • TRICOM PANAMA, S.A., Head of the Legal Department, (2002 – 2004).
  • Sucre, Arias & Reyes, Lawyer – Litigation Department (2001 – 2002).
  • Márquez & Preciado, Lawyer – Litigation Department (1996 – 2001). Judicial Branch
  • Assistant to the Judge, Chief Clerk and Writing Clerk, 1990 – 1991.
  • Banco Suramericano de Desarrollo, S.A., Legal Assistant, (1990 – 1991).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Panama Chapter, member of the Arbitration Committee
  • Club Español de Arbitraje – Panama Chapter

Academic Experience

  • Teacher Assistant of Procedural Law, School of Law and Political Sciences, University of Panama, 1998-1999.
  • Professor of Universal Proceedings and Banking Law, School of Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latina de Panamá, 2005.
  • Teacher Assistant of Private International Law, School of Law and Political Sciences, Universidad del Istmo, 2000 – 2006.

Other Relevant Studies

  • Conference of users of FIDIC Contracts, Lima, Peru, June 21 and 22, 2017
  • Negotiation and Leadership, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, April 18-20, 2017
  • ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Costa Rica Chapter. San José, Costa Rica, May 2016.
  • Module 2, Contracts of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Lambal Formación, Panama, October 22 and 23, 2015.
  • Module 1, Contracts of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Lambal Formación,, San José, Costa Rica, October 19-20, 2015
  • Advanced PIDA in International Commercial Arbitration. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Costa Rica Chapter. San José, Costa Rica, May 2015
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. School of International Arbitration, Center for Arbitration and Conciliation, Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, Colombia. 2103
  • Seminar on “International Trade Arbitration in Latin America: The ICC Perspective”. International Chamber of Commerce. Miami, November 2012.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate on Constitutional Procedural Law Guarantee Institutions. Universidad Latina de Panamá, Panama, July to October, 2012.
  • Congress of International Arbitration “Arbitration and Conflict Resolutions of Large Infrastructure Projects”. ICC International Arbitration Court, Panama, August 2012.
  • Seminar “Negotiation and Conflict Resolutions”. University of Louisville, Panama, June 2012.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate on International Trade Arbitration. Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, July 2012.
  • Seminar “Election of the Arbitrator and his Impact on Deliberations”. ICC Panama, September 2011.
  • “ITA-CeCAP Workshop for America 2011 y 1st Forum for the Americas”. Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama, April 2011.
  • II Congress on International Arbitration: “A Comprehensive View”. Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica, February 2011.
  • Seminar “10 years of the Arbitration Law in Panama”. ICC Panama, January 2010.
  • “ICC Meeting for Young Arbitrators: Confidentiality in International Arbitration: A Myth?”.  Miami, ICC, November 2009.
  • Conference "Common Problems in International Arbitration, from the perspective of an arbitrator and attorney. Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama, July 2009.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate in International Tax Planning. Stetson University, Florida, April 2009.
  • Seminar “International Tax Planning” Aden Business School, Universidad de Alta Dirección, November 2008.
  • Business Law Seminar. Aden Business School, Universidad de Alta Dirección, August 2008.
  • International Congress of Arbitration: Impact of International Arbitration Development in Latin America. Recent experiences. ICC Panama, September 2008.
  • International Arbitration Seminar “Complexities of the Arbitration Procedure”. ICC Panama, April 2008.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate in “Business Law”. University of San Francisco, California, December 2007.
  • Conference “Update in Arbitration, Complexities of the Remedy of Annulment”. Conflict Resolution Center, Panama, October 2007.
  • “Importance of the Alternative Conflict Resolution Methods in Business and Arbitration and its impact in the financial environment of Panama”. CPA Association and Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration Center, August 2007.
  • Update Course in International Trade Arbitration. Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama, June 2006.

Joaquín A. Díaz S.

Partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 1991, Joaquin Díaz, specializes in Corporate Law, Labor Law, Panama Private Interest Foundations, and Company Formation.

Joaquin is a member of the arbitrators list of the Panama Canal for labor disputes under arbitration. He is an active member of the Panama Bar Association, the German Chamber of Commerce of Panama and the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.

In recent years, he has been involved in the discussion of Panama’s legislation regarding Beneficial Ownership and Accounting Records.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and General Management, Boston College, Massachusetts (1988).
  • Juris Doctor, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, Puerto Rico, (1991). Thesis: “Propiedad Intelectual y Sociedad de Gananciales”.
  • License Certificate: 1992 

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 1991.
  • Member of the Arbitrators list of the Panama Canal, for labor disputes under arbitration.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • German Chamber of Commerce of Panama.

Hobbies

In his spare time, Joaquin enjoys biking, deep-sea fishing and boating.

Gabriela Tejada de Britton

Gabriela Tejada de Britton is the Head of the IP Division of the firm. With over 30 years of experience in Intellectual Property, she provides expert counseling for the trademark portfolio of local and multinational companies in a wide range of sectors which include, among others, beauty and personal care, pharmaceutical, automobile, retail, luxury goods, food and beverages, finance and entertainment.

Counseling includes trademark and copyright licensing, franchising, trademark enforcement, trademark and patent prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Gabriela performed a key role in drafting the country’s current Industrial Property laws, and she is the President of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI) for the 2020-2022 period.

Year after year, she continues to be ranked as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and WTR1000. Under her guidance, the Intellectual Property Department has also remained well-positioned in these rankings and has won as Panama’s best Trademark Firm in publications such as The Global IP Awards by WTR and IAM in 2020 and Managing IP in 2021.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama, (1989). Thesis: “Legal Challenge to Arbitral Decisions in the Panamanian Judicial Code”.
  • D.E.A in General Private Law, University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, (Paris II), Cum Laude, Paris, (1990).
  • License Certificate: 1990

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2000.
    • Associate (1990 – 2000).  In charge of the IP Department.
  • Panama Conciliation and Arbitration Center
    • Qualified Arbitrator (2002 – 2003).
  • She actively participated in the drafting and discussion of the Law in force regarding  Industrial Property. 

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • President of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI ) 2020-2022.
  • Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI).
  • Association Internationale Pour la Proteccion de la Propriete Intellectual (AIPPI).
  • International Trademark Association (INTA).

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latinamerica, Marcasur,  Managing Intellectual Property 2014, World Trademark Review, Best Lawyer Panama.