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Firm Profile

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Plaza 2000, 16th Floor
  • 50th Street
  • Panama
  • Panama
  • Panama

Firm profile submitted by Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

ARIFA, in the forefront of Panama’s legal industry since 1914, offers full-service advice to international financial institutions, multinationals and some of Panama’s largest domestic companies. Its practice spans 30 areas of law in 14 practice groups. Long recognised for structuring innovative solutions in M&A, capital market and financing transactions, ARIFA also has a strong offshore practice. The firm’s lawyers, many educated in top law schools in the US and Europe or trained at New York law firms, are the backbone of the firm’s success.

Corporate / Commercial:
10 partners; 15 fee-earners
Citigroup Global Markets Inc, acting as Sole Initial Purchaser, in a USD$575 million bond offering by Tocumen International Airport for the purposes of financing the expansion of the South Terminal; The Government of Panama, in the coordination and liase with several institutions in Panama for obtaining all required corporate and governmental approvals for the important acquisition of Transporte Masivo de Panama, S.A. (MiBus), the concessionaire and operator of the mass transportation system in the metropolitan area of Panama City; The Bank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in financing the expansion of the first line of the Panama City Metro; BICSA in the financing of Panama’s first windmill generation farm, UEP Penonme I, and IEH in the simultaneous M&A and project financing for phase II; Amcor Limited,  in the acquisition process of the Panamanian incorporated company Dolewich Investments S.A.; Grupo Tagarópulos, as purchaser, in the acquisition of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in the Republic of Panama; Banco General in AES Changuinola US$470 million bong offering, the largest ever corporate bond offering, placed entirely and solely in Panama, the country’s corporate history; HSBC sale, largest such as Central America transaction.
Key Clients: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill, Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley & Co, Citibank, Wells Fargo/Wachovia, Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank, IFC, Bladex, CABEI, Bancolombia, The International Monetary Fund, WestLB Bank.
Contact: Ricardo M Arango Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
4 partners; 5 fee-earners
Representing three out of five hydrocarbon distributors in the largest case of monopolistic competition in Panama; representing Samsung C&T in defense of a local company claim; obtaining the annulment of the whole Public Tender Process for the study, design and construction of a New Children’s Hospital in Panama.
Key Clients: FCC Construction America, S.A., Sumsung C&T Corporation, Arcelormittal Projects Netherlands B.V., BNP Paribas, Varela Hermanos, S.A., ChevronTexaco
Contact: Fernando A Arias Tel: +507 205 7012
Email: [email protected]

Offshore Services:
4 partners; 8 fee-earners
ARIFA represents domestic and offshore clients in connection with organising and managing companies, foundations and trusts in various jurisdictions, estate planning, international tax planning, and asset protection structures.
Contact: Fernando Arias Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
2 partners; 3 fee-earners
Crocs, Inc. in the review of the distribution and retail license agreement, and infringement and counterfeiting case; La Hipotecaria on technology-related copyright issues; Facebook in the opposition trademark proceeding; record time release container shipped by our client to Sears Roebuck; Annco, INC in securing the exclusive rights over its trademark Ann Taylor at the Panama Industrial Property Office; Securing IP rights in Panama for GAP.
Key Clients: AUDI AG, British American Tobacco, Compania de Bebidas Das Americas- AMBEV, Crocs, Inc, Church & Dwight, Colgate Palmolive, Facebook, Grupo Televisa, Holiday Inn International, Liomont, Major League Baseball Properties Inc, Millennium Copthorne, Nikon Corporation, Societe des Produits Nestle, Toyota Motor Corporation, Cargill, Gap, L’Oréal and Valera Hermanos.
Contact: Carol Durling Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]


  • 60 Market Street, PO Box 364,
  • Belize City,
  • Belize District
  • Belize
  • Tel +501 227 2567
  • Fax +501 227 7018
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Level 1, Palm Grove House,
  • Wickham’s Cay 1,
  • Tortola,
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Tel +284 494 4977
  • Fax +284 494 4980
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Suite 215, Stanmore Place,
  • Howard Road,
  • Honeypot Lane,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • HA7 1BT
  • Tel +44 (0) 208 731 5278
  • Fax +44 (0) 208 731 5225
  • Email : [email protected]
  • St. George's Building,
  • Room 1805-6,
  • 18th Floor,
  • No.2 Ice House Street,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 2525 3908
  • Fax +852 2845 0048
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 4, rue Tony Neuman,
  • Luxembourg,
  • Luxembourg
  • L-2241
  • Tel +352 46 20 77
  • Fax +354 46 20 79
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Boulevard Oeste, PH ARIFA,
  • Santa María Business District,
  • Panama,
  • Panama
  • 0816-01098
  • Tel +507 205 7000
  • Fax +507 205 7001
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 9 Rue Verdaine, 1211,
  • Geneva,
  • Switzerland
  • Tel +41 22 533 5115
  • Email : [email protected]
  • World Trade Center, tower 3, office 161,
  • Luis Alberto de Herrera Ave.,
  • Montevideo,
  • Uruguay
  • 1248
  • Tel +598 2623 0868
  • Fax +598 2623 1158
  • Email : [email protected]