Mr Jorge Loaiza > Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega
PO BOX 0816-01098, PANAMA
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Work Department

Mr. Loaiza focus his practice in shipping and shipping litigation, working with major ship finance banks, shipping companies and investors, on structured ship financings, construction, acquisitions, litigation and registration of all types of ships, mobile drilling units, FPSOs and other equipment in the shipping and energy sectors; with deep industry knowledge to creatively overcome obstacles and a global perspective on these matters.


Mr. Loaiza is Head of the firm’s Shipping and Transportation Group and an ARIFA’s Compliance Committee member.


Jorge Loaiza joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 2014. He was the resident lawyer in our London office from 2000 to 2005.

On heading the firm’s Shipping and Transportation Group, far from having handled and currently attending to numerous standard administrative tasks in the areas of registration and mortgage filing procedures, he has assisted and represented clients in complex sale and purchase deals, inventive ship financing, under construction structuring, technical aspects and compliance under international maritime conventions and innovating in maritime litigation strategies, by even promoting the creation of precedents on asset arrests, administrative filings and other unconventional procedures.

With a strong background and experience in corporate and commercial law, including knowledge of the common law system and comparative law at the LLM level, Mr. Loaiza provides well founded and a thorough range of legal advice, which has extended to complicated insolvency and reorganization proceedings of Panamanian corporations abroad, involving at the same time enforcement of naval mortgages and sale of vessels, overall, including assisting in respect to other type of foreign proceedings, all of which is not the common denominator of most of the shipping lawyers in Panama or elsewhere. 

Prior to joining the firm, he worked with Kelley Drye & Warren, US. He was member of the drafting Committee and contributor to the amendments of 2009 to Law 8 of 1982 of Maritime Judicial Procedure, and part of the joint Commission (Government and Maritime Lawyers) for complementary regulations to Law 57 of 2008 of the Merchant Marine Administration.


Spanish, English.


Vice president of the Panama Maritime Law Association (2008-2012)
Member of Shiparrested


Southern Methodist University, LLM (1989)
Santa Maria La Antigua University, LLB (1988)
Admitted: Panama.

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Transport: Shipping

(Hall of Fame)

Jorge LoaizaArias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega remains at the forefront of the market, fielding a strong reputation in shipping finance, both in relation to vessels and platforms registered in Panama. The team is also well versed in the registration and mortgaging of vessels under the Panamanian flag, and assists port operators with the negotiation of concessions. On the contentious side, practitioners are active in maritime disputes before local and international admiralty courts. Practice head Jorge Loaiza has extensive experience in shipping finance, which is also among Pilar Castillo‘s areas of expertise. Other noteworthy individuals include Roy Durling, who frequently advises clients in the port industry, and associate Juan Fábrega, who handles vessel financing and maritime litigation.

Comparative Guides

Panama: Shipping December 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Shipping laws and regulations that may occur in Panama.