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Latin-America Guide

Offshore — Panama


Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee - Offshore Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Heavyweight offshore practice boasting a prestigious clientele comprising international financial institutions and private banks, as well as private equity funds. Team boasts expertise handling matters related to corporations, trusts and funds, spanning loan agreements, share pledges and incorporating new entities. Belongs to an impressive network of offices located in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Strengths The team elicits effusive praise from observers, who remark: "We have worked with them for many years and never had any complaints. They are so detailed that they never miss a single detail, and the relationship they develop with the clients is excellent."

Notable practitioners

Stellar department co-head Raúl Zúñiga Brid continues to be regarded as a frontrunner in the field. Interviewees highlight his technical prowess, and one peer remarks: "He is a true professional, an example of a colleague providing excellent client service. I would feel comfortable sending a client to him because they would be in good hands." He boasts ample expertise in offshore mandates, spanning incorporation and private trust foundation management.

About the Team (content provided by Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee)

Alcogal offers multi-jurisdictional, tailor-made solutions for its global clientele of corporations, private banks, family offices, private equity, hedge funds and trustees.

Under the guidance of some of the industry’s leading practitioners, Alcogal advises clients on the structuring of asset management platforms, investment vehicles as well as trust and estate planning solutions. We have developed an expertise in providing specialized services to multinational corporations, institutional investors and high net worth individuals in regards to tax planning, asset protection and the formation and administration of companies, funds and private interest foundations.

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Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega - Offshore Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding department belonging to a group of global offices, located in Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Practice offers experience in a variety of offshore mandates, ranging from the formation of companies to estate planning. Boasts expertise in asset protection, escrow services and assisting with contentious matters. Client roster comprises prestigious financial entities and trust companies.

Strengths The department is held in high esteem by interviewees, who applaud the team's strong capabilities and appreciate their rapid responses to clients.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed partner Gian Castillero heads the estates and private clients practice. He maintains a strong reputation as a leading figure in the Panamanian offshore arena, boasting significant expertise in estate planning, the management of family offices, and international tax strategies. He currently acts as a senior adviser to the Panamanian government on issues related to international services and was a member of the National Council of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama between 2015 and 2017.

Partner Rosa Restrepo continues to be well regarded by market observers, who underline her notable activity in the Panamanian offshore market. One peer considers her "an incredible professional with an excellent reputation," adding that she is "highly knowledgeable." She offers additional expertise of practising law in the British Virgin Islands.

Up-and-coming partner Federico Alfaro garners praise from interviewees who commend his technical capabilities and highlight his excellent reputation within the field. He possesses expertise in designing tax-efficient structures and estate planning strategies. He benefits from knowledge of the local market, as well as the British Virgin Islands and Belize.

About the Team (content provided by Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega)

Our International Corporate Service is divided into the two primary areas: traditional corporate formation and administration services and estate planning services.

Company formation services, along with extensive experience in international structuring, is also complemented by the service of our Trust Company, which has successfully served Latin American clients. Such clients need the sophisticated services of a professional trustee, who can provide independent and professional trustee and management service for all kind of assets, including nontraditional assets -- art collections, vineyards, yachts, planes and other assets whose proper administration requires specialized knowledge.

ARIFA is a leader in advising institutional and private clients. We assist them to adapt to the new challenges resulting from international standards on corporate and tax structuring. We also actively assist international clients with the implementation of FATCA and other pieces of foreign legislation that may have affect their activities.

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Morgan & Morgan - Offshore Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier offshore practice boasting multi-jurisdictional expertise, courtesy of its network of offices situated in Geneva, Shanghai, The Bahamas, Singapore and the British Virgin Islands. Regularly acts as counsel to international clients on matters spanning the formation of companies, estate planning and escrow services. Sought out by major players in the financial services industry, as well as multinational companies from Central America and the USA.

Strengths Clients commend the firm for its service, stating: "The service is of the highest quality. We would highlight their commitment to finding creative solutions, their speediness and excellent attitude."

Notable practitioners

Pre-eminent practitioner Roberto Lewis maintains an outstanding reputation in the offshore arena. He comes acclaimed by market observers, who note his extensive experience handling issues for both local and international clients and underline his excellent reputation within the field. Interviewees also commend his technical capabilities, eagerness to assist clients and rapid response times. His practice encompasses asset management and the creation and administration of trusts for a range of corporate vehicles, private foundations and family businesses.

Partner Luis Manzanares comes highly recommended from market sources, who describe him as "an excellent lawyer who always goes the extra mile," and go on to add that "he is well versed in tax, corporate and financial legal matters."

About the Team (content provided by Morgan & Morgan)

Morgan & Morgan has a qualified team of attorneys, business executives and accountants with over 20 years of experience in the offshore industry.

The firm is prepared to offer the formation, management and administration of companies with special expertise in all major jurisdictions such as Panama, BVI, Belize, among others; helping our clients in the most appropriate and effective manner regardless of market conditions.

We have a robust Compliance Department with professional and well-trained staff that helps mitigate the risks associated with the offshore industry.

Furthermore, we have in-depth knowledge in supporting our clients in Corporate Secretarial matters related to their companies. We are capable to offer post incorporation services such as nominee directors, custody books/records, custody books/corporate documents, issuance of shares, corporate resolutions, opening of bank accounts, invoicing, accounting services (outsourced), among others.

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FABREGA MOLINO - Offshore Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected offshore practice frequently involved in a variety of matters including tax consulting, asset management and family wealth planning. Also advises on family and investment trusts, private foundations and inheritance issues. Client roster features major corporations.

Strengths The practice receives commendations from clients, who highlight: "Their client service is what stands out; they are highly responsive."

Notable practitioners

Partner Gretel Ciniglio acts as co-head of the offshore practice. She continues to impress clients, who identify her as "a bright lawyer who has tremendous energy. She is very responsive and practical." Another source remarks: "I always go to her for any complex issue related to Panama foundations law because her advice is well considered." She benefits from notable expertise of the Swiss offshore market.

Partner José Juan Márquez offers experience in a variety of offshore mandates, such as succession planning, private foundations, trusts and estate administration. He is sought out by a prestigious clientele comprising private individuals, families and corporations. One peer commends his notable activity in the field.

About the Team (content provided by FABREGA MOLINO)

Panamanian corporations are legal entities that have legal capacity to incur in obligations, execute lawful acts of commerce, acquire goods and operate all types of legal businesses, in a local or international level.

Worldwide there is a great demand for Panamanian corporations, due to the tax exemption on overseas operations, its international recognition and the existence of a Public Registry which assures confidentiality and certainty of information related to its incorporation, amendments or enforcement.

FABREGA MOLINO is an international law firm which specializes in the organization of Panamanian corporations, as well as International Business Corporations (IBC) and other jurisdictions. We provide legal services to our clients about: creation of business structures, specific fiscal and counseling structures for the correct use of corporations in international trade transactions.



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Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán - Offshore Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong department handling diverse mandates within the Panamanian offshore arena. Involved in trusts and private interest foundations as well as assisting with estate planning. Advises a local and international clientele pertaining to a range of industries including energy and telecommunications. Practice belongs to a network of offices in the Caribbean, Singapore and Switzerland.

Strengths Peers attest to the strength of the practice, highlighting the experience of the team in estate planning issues, the substantial size of the department and their notable capabilities in this field.

Notable practitioners

Partner Roberto Alemán garners praise from market commentators, who note his high level of activity and describe him as "one of the key players in the offshore world; he is very experienced in this industry and has advised many clients worldwide. He is a point of reference in the market." His practice focuses on the management of private interest foundations, and he offers additional expertise in corporate law.

Sources are full of praise for Joaquín Díaz, with one enthusing: "He is an important player in the firm's practice and has a lot of experience." Another underlines his impressive activity, and notes: "He is highly able." Díaz assists clients with company formation and management, as well as private interest foundations.

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Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez - Offshore Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key offshore practice with offices in Panama and the British Virgin Islands. Active in various mandates, with a focus on the management of estates and private foundations. Advises major players in the insurance and banking sectors, as well as private individuals.

Strengths Peers commend the practice's visibility in this field.

Notable practitioners

Partner Luis López Alfaro leads the firm's corporate department and is in charge of its office in the British Virgin Islands. His practice spans trusts and foundations, and he offers additional expertise in banking and insurance-related issues. He enjoys membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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Patton Moreno & Asvat - Offshore Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established name in the Panamanian offshore industry, benefiting from expertise in tax issues such as asset planning and management. Shows a notable focus on private interest foundations, trusts and cases concerning inheritance and family equity planning. Retains offices in Panama and London.

Strengths The practice is well regarded by peers, who highlight the firm's international presence and activity in local and international mandates.

Notable practitioners

Gilberto Arosemena Callan is active in an assortment of mandates within the Panamanian offshore arena. He advises on offshore structures, estate planning, asset protection and private interest foundations. He possesses additional capabilities in arbitration proceedings and corporate matters.

About the Team (content provided by Patton Moreno & Asvat)

The Offshore Department of Patton, Moreno & Asvat is best known for servicing Banking and Financial industry intermediaries. We are also known for assisting institutional and private clients with asset protection and investments, mainly in real estate and financial instruments.

Our department is extremely oriented to fast and efficient response, working under the law firm policy of twenty-four hours. This converges with another of our beliefs, which is personalized attention to each one of our clients, who can contact and discuss questions, doubts and ideas directly with partners and associates, on demand basically 24/7.  

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Quijano & Associates - Offshore Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong practice acting on an array of mandates within the offshore arena. Handles an array of mandates, spanning incorporation of companies, portfolio management, issuing shareholder agreements and managing liquidation processes. Bolstered by offices in Europe and the Caribbean.

Strengths Interviewees state: "The service provided is always in line with the requirements stipulated and the response times are efficient."

Notable practitioners

Partner Jaime Sánchez continues to be well regarded by peers, who single out his significant activity within the Panamanian offshore market. His practice spans the British Virgin Islands, Belize and the Seychelles and focuses on the portfolio management of companies.

About the Team (content provided by Quijano & Associates)

Fundamentally, our success is built on professional integrity and strong relationships of our lawyers and support staff, all dedicated to excellence and teamwork to the ultimate benefit of our clients. These foundations are complemented by our central policy of consistently investing time and resources in order to increase our people’s potential.

The legal expertise acquired by the members of this firm throughout their professional life enables us to provide the best service, quality, efficiency, safety and responsibility.

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Band 1

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed partner Gian Castillero heads the estates and private clients practice. He maintains a strong reputation as a leading figure in the Panamanian offshore arena, boasting significant expertise in estate planning, the management of family offices, and international tax strategies. He currently acts as a senior adviser to the Panamanian government on issues related to international services and was a member of the National Council of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama between 2015 and 2017.

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Band 1

Morgan & Morgan

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pre-eminent practitioner Roberto Lewis maintains an outstanding reputation in the offshore arena. He comes acclaimed by market observers, who note his extensive experience handling issues for both local and international clients and underline his excellent reputation within the field. Interviewees also commend his technical capabilities, eagerness to assist clients and rapid response times. His practice encompasses asset management and the creation and administration of trusts for a range of corporate vehicles, private foundations and family businesses.

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Band 1

Raúl Zúñiga Brid

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Stellar department co-head Raúl Zúñiga Brid continues to be regarded as a frontrunner in the field. Interviewees highlight his technical prowess, and one peer remarks: "He is a true professional, an example of a colleague providing excellent client service. I would feel comfortable sending a client to him because they would be in good hands." He boasts ample expertise in offshore mandates, spanning incorporation and private trust foundation management.

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Band 2

Roberto R Alemán

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Roberto Alemán garners praise from market commentators, who note his high level of activity and describe him as "one of the key players in the offshore world; he is very experienced in this industry and has advised many clients worldwide. He is a point of reference in the market." His practice focuses on the management of private interest foundations, and he offers additional expertise in corporate law.

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Band 2

FABREGA MOLINO

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Gretel Ciniglio acts as co-head of the offshore practice. She continues to impress clients, who identify her as "a bright lawyer who has tremendous energy. She is very responsive and practical." Another source remarks: "I always go to her for any complex issue related to Panama foundations law because her advice is well considered." She benefits from notable expertise of the Swiss offshore market.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Luis R López Alfaro

Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luis López Alfaro leads the firm's corporate department and is in charge of its office in the British Virgin Islands. His practice spans trusts and foundations, and he offers additional expertise in banking and insurance-related issues. He enjoys membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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Band 3

José Juan Márquez

FABREGA MOLINO

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner José Juan Márquez offers experience in a variety of offshore mandates, such as succession planning, private foundations, trusts and estate administration. He is sought out by a prestigious clientele comprising private individuals, families and corporations. One peer commends his notable activity in the field.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Rosa Restrepo continues to be well regarded by market observers, who underline her notable activity in the Panamanian offshore market. One peer considers her "an incredible professional with an excellent reputation," adding that she is "highly knowledgeable." She offers additional expertise of practising law in the British Virgin Islands.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources are full of praise for Joaquín Díaz, with one enthusing: "He is an important player in the firm's practice and has a lot of experience." Another underlines his impressive activity, and notes: "He is highly able." Díaz assists clients with company formation and management, as well as private interest foundations.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Morgan & Morgan

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luis Manzanares comes highly recommended from market sources, who describe him as "an excellent lawyer who always goes the extra mile," and go on to add that "he is well versed in tax, corporate and financial legal matters."

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Band 4

Jaime E Sánchez R

Quijano & Associates

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Jaime Sánchez continues to be well regarded by peers, who single out his significant activity within the Panamanian offshore market. His practice spans the British Virgin Islands, Belize and the Seychelles and focuses on the portfolio management of companies.

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Up and Coming

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Federico Alfaro garners praise from interviewees who commend his technical capabilities and highlight his excellent reputation within the field. He possesses expertise in designing tax-efficient structures and estate planning strategies. He benefits from knowledge of the local market, as well as the British Virgin Islands and Belize.

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Up and Coming

Gilberto Arosemena Callan

Patton Moreno & Asvat

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Gilberto Arosemena Callan is active in an assortment of mandates within the Panamanian offshore arena. He advises on offshore structures, estate planning, asset protection and private interest foundations. He possesses additional capabilities in arbitration proceedings and corporate matters.

^ See whole ranking table