2024 Americas Regional Conference

Programme Schedule

Final Working Programme 

Working sessions will take place in Bristol Mezanini at the Bristol Panama Hotel.

The suggested dress code is casual for the working sessions and the dress code for social events is specified under each event.


7:00pm - 10:00pm

Board Dinner (Board members and invited guests only)
Makoto Restaurant, Obarrio, Kenex Plaza, C. 59 Este, Panama 


9:30am - 10:30am

Management Committee Meeting
(Management Committee only).
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán Offices

10:30am - 3:30pm

Board Meeting 
(Non-Board members who wish to attend must notify the Global Office in advance).
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán Offices

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Latin American Members Session - Part One
All Americas members welcome to attend.
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán Offices

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Conference Registration
Register and pick up your badge and conference materials between these times.
Lobby, Bristol Panama Hotel

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Drinks Reception hosted by
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

Lobby Bar & Terrace, Bristol Panama Hotel
Dress Code: Evening Casual

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Welcome Dinner
Colonial 3, Bristol Panama Hotel
Dress Code: Evening Casual


9:20am - 9:40am

Welcome and attendee introductions
Gaylen Knack, Americas Regional Chair
Alexis V. Herrera Jr, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

9:40am - 10:10am

Ice-breaker activity

10:10am - 11:15am

From Past to Future: Navigating the Panama Canal's evolution
Ilya Espino de Marotta, Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Authority
In this engaging session, we'll explore the historic role and dynamic future of the Panama Canal, covering its evolution from historical perspectives to future plans. The session will delve into the canal's logistical intricacies as well as challenges, including those faced in dealing with the impact of global climate change. It also will examine the innovative integration of electricity generation and the ambitious plans for a new ship terminal and the potential impact on regional trade. This comprehensive overview will be followed by an interactive Q&A segment, offering delegates a unique opportunity to share insights and experiences of the world's most critical waterway.
Ilya's biography

11:15am - 11:45am

Coffee Break

11:45am - 12:50pm

Latin America Legal Outlook Panel: Today's Landscape & Tomorrow's Trends
Fredrik Karlsson, Acting Editor, Latin Lawyer
Jose Rafael Bustamante Crespo (or Jose Rafael Bustamante Espinosa), Bustamante Fabara, Ecuador
Juan Manuel Quintana, Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados, Argentina
Roberto Pupo, Holland & Knight, USA

Join us for an insightful panel session featuring the Acting Editor of Latin Lawyer Magazine alongside members from Multilaw firms in Argentina, Ecuador and the USA. This dynamic discussion will delve into the current state of the Latin American legal market, uncovering key trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the future of legal practice in the region.

12:50pm - 1:00pm

Panama Snapshots: Brief insights into culture and history
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Buffet Lunch

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Trade-Related issues among the Americas
Jan de Beer, Frost Brown Todd LLC, USA
Luis Chalhoub, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán, Panama
Nicholas Mocarquer, UROD, Chile
Turenna Ramirez Ortiz, Holland & Knight LLP, Mexico

This interactive discussion will focus on the impact and future of regional trade agreements and free trade zones that shape commerce across the Americas. Panelists, each representing a different region, will offer unique insights into how trade operates within these free zones, the increasing role of China and other countries in regional trade activity and the differences and commonalities in trade practices and regulations across North, Central, and South America.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Digital Influence: Leveraging social media for success
José Alberti, Business Development Senior Director, OMG, Dominican Republic
Moderator: Gloria Gasso, OMG, Dominican Republic

The interactive discussion will cover best practices for content creation, effective engagement techniques, and how to maintain a professional yet approachable digital persona. It's an ideal opportunity for lawyers and law firms to discover how to turn social media into a powerful tool for business development and networking.

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break


Panama Snapshots: Brief insights into culture and history
Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán


Closing remarks

4:20pm - 5.20pm

Latin American Members Session - Part Two
All Americas members welcome to attend.

7:30pm - 11.00pm

Dinner at La Casa Del Marisco
Dress code: Smart casual


10:00am - 10:05am

Welcome to Day Two
Gaylen Knack, Americas Regional Chair

10:05am - 10:50am

Americas Regional Meeting

10:50am - 11:10am

Multilaw Global Office: Insights and updates
Adam Cooke, Chief Executive Officer
Join us to hear the latest developments in the network, recruitment of new firms and future plans.

11:10am - 11:30am

Coffee Break

11:30am - 11:50am

Multilaw Connect
Adam Cooke, Chief Executive Officer

11:50am - 12:00pm

Panama Snapshots: Brief insights into culture and history
Iguadindiligua Rogers, Guna Indigenous Community

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Buffet Lunch

1:15pm - 5:30pm

Guided VIP Panama Canal & City Tour
Dress code: Casual

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Closing Dinner at Hotel La Compania
Dress code: Black & White Coloured Attire - Smart casual