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Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega’s maritime department undertakes both contentious and non-contentious matters, including vessel registrations, financing matters and maritime litigation before local and international admiralty courts. Another key aspect of the practice is its advice on marine litigation involving insurance law issues. Jorge Loaiza heads the practice and Pilar Castillo is also a key figure. The firm’s high-profile client portfolio includes ship owners, ship and port operators and financial institutions, such as Deutsche Bank, Heerema and Grupo Mexico.

While Jazmina Rovi heads the ship finance and registration practice at Morgan & Morgan, contentious matters are handled by the shipping and admiralty litigation group led by Juan David Morgan, which also includes Francisco Linares and Fernando Alfaro. The department is particularly active in shipping finance, as evidenced by a strong track record advising financial institutions, ship owners and shipping companies on loan agreements and credit facilities for the financing and refinancing of vessels and ports. Enrique de Alba retired in September 2017 and now occupies an of counsel position at the firm.

Patton, Moreno & Asvat’s shipping practice has a predominantly international client base, and covers the full array of maritime services, including advice on loan facilities and financing, ship registrations under the Panamanian flag and maritime corporate law. The team is noted for its ‘expert knowledge of Panamanian law requirements’ and is regarded as ‘"go-to" for matters involving the sale, purchase and financing of Panamanian flag vessels’. Recent highlights include advising NIBC Bank on the $35m financing of a five-vessel fleet and assisting ING Bank with a loan facility granted to a shipping group. Practice co-heads Belisario Porras and María Teresa Díaz are recommended for their expertise in ‘all requirements regarding ship mortgages and the registration of ships’. The ‘professional and accurate’ Nadya Price made partner in February 2018 and ‘thorough’ of counsel Enrique Sibauste is an additional name to note; sadly, founding partner Brett Patton passed away in November 2017.

Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee’s five-strong maritime and port facilities practice is led by Anibal Galindo and advises on financing matters, concessions, transactions and admiralty matters. The team is noted for its ‘strength in depth’ and recently led advice to Evergreen subsidiary Colon Container Terminal on the negotiation and execution of an extension of its concession contract with the Republic of Panama. The firm’s client base also includes Hubel Marine, Minsheng Bank and Transocean Maritime. Raúl Borrell is also frequently involved in maritime matters.

Arias B Associates advises shipping companies, owners and investors on contentious and non-contentious sector-related issues, such as ship finance, admiralty matters, transactions and administrative processes. Ramón Arias, Yvonne Arias and Jorge Arias form the core team.

The admiralty and maritime law department at De Castro & Robles is particularly well-known for its strong marine litigation practice and regularly receives instructions from vessel owners, charterers, underwriters and P&I Clubs. Gabriel Ramón Sosa handles transport and cargo claims, as well as corporate and commercial matters, as part of his broader practice. Alberto Lopez Tom and Maria Lourdes Galan Diaz are experienced in sector-related financing matters; and Eduardo Solis is another name to note.

The department at Fabrega Molino is led by Ana Lorena Morales and was significantly strengthened with the hire of Dani Kuzniecky in course of the firm’s merger with Kuzniecky & Co. The key strength of the practice is advice on vessel and mortgage registrations and shipping finance but the team also handles naval mortgages and administrative matters.

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán’s maritime and admiralty practice advises domestic and international clients on a broad array of matters, including the registration, acquisition and sale of vessels, shipping finance, the obtaining of port and maritime concessions and licenses, and shipping litigation. The key figures in the department are Joel Medina, Alexis Herrera and Nora Jurado.

Tapia, Linares y Alfaro advises ship owners and financial institutions on naval mortgages and the purchase and sale of charter agreements. The team also regularly represents insurers, cargo owners, P&I Clubs and ship owners before the Panamanian Maritime Courts, and assists with the registration of vessels. Eloy Alfaro de Alba is the key contact; Mario Correa and Adolfo Linares are also active in the sector.

Jointly led by associates Marielena González Peña and Angie Mei Sánchez, Avila & Co is primarily focused on shipping and admiralty law. The team advises on the sale and purchase of vessels, maritime finance, mortgage registrations and litigious matters before the Maritime Courts of Panama. The firm’s client roster includes financial institutions, ship owners, charterers and insurers.

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