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Jointly led by Jaime Alemán and Raúl Zúñiga, Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee’s offshore practice benefits from its strong international network, with offices in Belize, The Bahamas, BVI, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Switzerland. The six-strong department regularly receives instructions from corporations, private banks, private equity companies, hedge funds and family offices, and advises on the full array of offshore work and associated matters such as due diligence, incorporations, corporate restructuring, tax planning and asset protection. Zúñiga, who is noted for his ‘fast response time and business knowledge’, is particularly experienced in trust and estate planning, and matters related to corporate and M&A. Associate Cristina de Alba is also active in the department.

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega’s four-partner offshore practice advises holding companies, family offices and private trusts on a broad range of services, including estate planning, governance, set up of operations, corporate structuring and restructuring. In addition to its headquarters in Panama, the firm also has offices in Belize, BVI, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Uruguay, the US and Switzerland. Fernando Arias A heads the department, while Rosa Restrepo handles matters related to the BVI. The strongly endorsed Gian Castillero acts for both private clients and international companies.

Although headquartered in Panama, Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán also has offices in Cyprus, Switzerland, Uruguay and Singapore. The offshore department advises international companies and private clients on setting up operations locally and regionally, company formation, asset protection, succession planning and tax matters. The practice is led by Joaquín Díaz, whose expertise spans administrative and corporate law, as well as employment and trust-related matters. Joel Medina, Domingo Díaz, Roberto Alemán and Mariano Oteiza are other names to note.

Led by the recommended Roberto Lewis, the sizeable offshore department at Morgan & Morgan continues to receive a steady flow of instructions from multinational companies and family businesses. Working closely with the firm’s offices in BVI, Belize, London, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, the practice covers the full array of offshore-related services, such as the establishment of companies and trusts, and asset acquisition, protection and transfer. Assistance with tax-related matters is another key feature of a department that counts Banco Sabadell, Mitsubishi Logistics and Royal Bank of Canada as clients. Raúl Castro and senior associate Nestor Broce are other key figures in the department, and the highly regarded Fernando Boyd was made partner in early 2018.

The ‘efficient, cost-effective and transparent’ offshore practice at Patton, Moreno & Asvat provides ‘excellent service’ and advises on corporate restructuring, compliance, asset protection, and incorporations and mergers, as well as day-to-day company matters. The well-established department also benefits from the firm’s strong international network, including offices Belize, BVI, London and The Bahamas. Co-led by Ebrahim Asvat and María de Lourdes Marengo, the team also includes the ‘attentive and professional’ Gilberto Arosemena, who was made partner in February 2018.

Offshore, corporate and commercial law boutique Hatstone Abogados leads advice to trusts, private companies and family businesses on the establishment of investment funds and PLCs, employment matters and fiscal issues. Led by Lizst Real, the team in Panama is a key member of the firm’s international network, which also includes offices in London, Jersey and South Africa. Recent highlights include advising a trust on the review of its corporate structure and the establishment of a new foundation. Carl O’Shea splits his time between the Panama and Jersey offices and senior associate Lidia Ramos, who heads the corporate services department, is also noted.

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