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Andrea Santacoloma


Panama City, Rep. of Panama
Obarrio, Ave. Samuel Lewis y Calle 53
+507 370 4155
Edificio Omega, 6th floor, Of. 6B-917
Bogota, Colombia
Carrera 9 #80-45, Office 802
+57 60 1 691 5616
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Bar Admissions

  • Republic of Panama


  • American University Washington College of Law, LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law

  • International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) jointly with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Università degli Studi di Torino, and University Institute of European Studies (IUSE), LL.M. in International Trade Law & Dispute Resolution

  • Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, Master Degree in Corporate Law

  • Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, Degree in Law and Political Science

  • Centro de Estudios Regionales de Panamá, Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Management of Small and Medium Enterprises


  • Spanish

  • English

  • Italian (intermediate)

Andrea Santacoloma is a Panamanian lawyer that focuses her practice on international commercial arbitration. 


Prior to joining Adell & Merizalde, Andrea was the Deputy Director for Latin America of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for 5 years.  In this role, she gained vast experience in the internal functioning of the ICC’s Secretariat and Court and saw first-hand the work of hundreds of arbitrators and ICC Court Members in the region.  Andrea was also in charge of identifying new opportunities and potential users of the ICC Dispute Resolution Services (ICC DRS) in Latin America, in liaison with the ICC National Committees and other institutions in the region.  She also worked as a lawyer advising local and international clients on business and corporate law and M&A in 3 Panamanian law firms.


Since 2021, she is the Executive Director of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb), one of Latin America’s leading associations gathering practitioners and arbitrators, which seeks to encourage the use of arbitration and foster initiatives for the development of international arbitration in the region.


In July 2022, the Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) appointed Andrea as a Correspondent for Latin America.  Namely, Andrea was appointed as a Correspondent for the Republic of Panama.

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