Ms Rosa Restrepo > Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega
PO BOX 0816-01098, PANAMA
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Ms. Restrepo’s practice focuses on offshore services; government contracts, concessions and privatizations; commercial transactions and contracts; and estates, trusts and foundations.


Ms. Restrepo heads ARIFA’s Government Contracts and Permits Group. She is a member of the firm’s Compliance Committee.


Rosa Restrepo joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1995.

From 1989 to 2008, Ms. Restrepo was the resident lawyer in our British Virgin Islands office. 

She specializes in advising institutional and private clients in the areas of offshore services, fiscal residency, estate planning, trusts and foundations. In these areas, she assists clients to adapt to the new challenges resulting from international standards on corporate structuring. She also offers broad expertise in assisting international clients with the implementation of FATCA and other pieces of foreign legislation that may affect their structures and activities.

With deep broad-based experience in privatizations, government concessions, public contracts and administrative law, she also assists leading multinational and Panamanian companies in establishing and starting their businesses in the Republic of Panama.


Spanish, English, Portuguese


Panama Representative at STEP Regional Committee (2017) 
Chair of the Panama Branch of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (2015-2017) 
Member of the BVI Financial Services Advisory Committee (2014) 
Member of the STEP LATAM Conference Advisory Committee (2015) 
Treasurer of the BVI Association of Registered Agents (2000-2001) 
Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Cedar International School (1999-2008) 
President of the BVI Association of Registered Agents (1996-1999)


Certificate in Anti Money Laundering, Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (2017) 
Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes, Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (2015) 
Master of Laws, American University (1988) (concentration on international studies), Fullbright Scholar 
Bachelor of Laws (Licenciatura en Derecho y Ciencias Políticas), sigma lambda, Panama University (1986)

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Offshore

(Leading individuals)

Rosa RestrepoArias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega advises on the formation and operation of trusts and foundations and tax planning matters, as well as providing assistance with corporate issues through its affiliate Arifa Corporate Services. With associated offices in London, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Belize and Uruguay, it is able to advise on a wide range of international matters. Gian Castillero heads the estates and private client group, focusing on estate planning, the management of family offices and international tax planning. Rosa Restrepo assists institutional and private clients with tax, estate planning and corporate structuring. Of counsel LeRoy Watson III is also noted.

Panama > Projects and energy

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega has a wide range of experience in projects and energy matters, advising on government contracts and concessions for ports, telecoms and energy projects, as well as the financing of major infrastructure projects. The team also has considerable strength in the mining, oil and gas sectors, and in corporate transactions and regulatory matters in the energy sector. The team is led by Estif Aparicio, who has expertise in the financing of major public infrastructure projects; Ricardo Arango, who specialises in financial and capital markets transactions; Rosa Restrepo, the head of the government contracts practice; and regulatory practice head Sofía Cohen.

Panama > Intellectual property

Rosa Restrepo leads the team at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, which advises on the registration of trade marks and other IP rights in Panama, the rest of Latin America and around the world. The firm also assist with copyright matters, IP infringement and licensing issues. Associate Melissa del Busto is another key contact.