Ms Pilar Castillo > Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

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

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Ms. Pilar Castillo focuses her work on the areas of shipping and aviation.


Pilar Castillo joined the firm in 2010 and became a partner in 2017.

She has a broad range of experience in shipping, aviation and commodities finance, as well as corporations.

Ms. Castillo frequently works with lawyers in other practice areas providing an IBT lawyer’s perspective on M&A transactions, and commodity finance and secured transactions located in Panamanian free zones.

As an active member of ARIFA’s aviation legal team, Ms. Castillo represents leasing companies and investors in the most complex transactions, as the leading Panamanian airline expands its fleet of international transport based in Tocumen International Airport.


Previously, Ms. Castillo worked as legal counsel to the Panama Maritime Authority’s Directorate General of Merchant Marine, assisting in the implementation of efforts in order to reposition Panama in the Paris MOU white list of ship registries.


Spanish and English


Member of the Panama Maritime Organizing Committee (2018-2019)

President (2021-2022), Vice President (2019-2020) and Deputy Secretary (2015-2019) of the Board of Directors of the Panama Maritime Law Association (APADEMAR)


Master of Laws, Fordham University (2009) (concentration on international business and trade law)

Bachelor of Laws (Licenciatura en Derecho y Ciencias Políticas), summa cum laude, Santa Maria la Antigua University (2008)

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Transport: Shipping

(Next Generation Partners)

Pilar CastilloArias, 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.