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Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

PH ARIFA, 10TH FLOOR, WEST BOULEVARD, SANTA MARIA BUSINESS DISTRICT, PO BOX 0816-01098, PANAMA
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Panama

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega’s banking and finance practice covers the full range of sector-related matters, including loan agreements, credit facilities, financing, capital markets and regulatory law, often with cross-border elements. The team is led by ‘quiet geniusRicardo Arango and also includes the impressive trio of Andrés Rubinoff, Rodrigo Cardoze and Estif Aparicio. Aparicio led the team that recently acted as local counsel to Sparc (as issuer) and UBS (as initial purchaser), on Metro de Panamá’s $618.7m sale of secured notes (to fund the construction of the capital’s second underground line); while Cardoze, assisted by associate Fernando Arias F, acted as Panamanian counsel to McDermott International in a series of transactions including a $4.65bn financing from Crédit Agricole and Barclays Bank, and twin senior unsecured notes issues totalling $1.5bn under Rule 144A/Reg S. Other highlights include advising Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex) as joint lead arranger on a $100m senior term loan granted to Dos Pinos subsidiaries, Productos Nevada and Corporación Industrial Americana. The client base includes well-known local and international financial institutions.

Leading lawyers

Ricardo Arango - Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Well-established domestic powerhouse Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega’s corporate and M&A department handles the full range of corporate matters and transactional activity across a multitude of industries, including banking, insurance, retail and telecom. Securities expert Ricardo Arango heads the M&A and joint ventures practices, while senior partner Fernando Arias A specializes in corporate advisory services. Headline mandates saw Rodrigo Cardoze and Andrés Rubinoff lead the team acting as local Panamanian counsel to McDermott International on its $6bn merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron, with significant support from associates Fernando Arias F and David Polo. Other notable highlights include advising car dealership chain Inchcape on the $284m acquisition of Grupo Rudelman, and on the seller side, assisting Assicurazioni Generali with the sale of its Panamanian operations to Assa Compañía de Seguros, as well as related regulatory matters. Estif Aparicio is also a key member of the team.

Leading lawyers

Ricardo Arango - Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Next generation lawyers

Andrés Rubinoff - Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Led by senior partner Fernando Arias A, the litigation and arbitration department at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega stands out for the breadth of its service offering and expertise in a multitude of areas, including administrative, commercial, civil and labour litigation, as well as IP, shipping and tax disputes. The team includes senior partner María del Zúñiga, who handles labour and employment disputes; senior associate and IP expert Carol Durling; and Jorge Loaiza, who is particularly experienced in maritime litigation. Juan Corro and the highly talented Claudio de Castro are other names to note. Octavio Amat retired.

Next generation lawyers

Claudio De Castro - Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

With an interdisciplinary or cross-practice approach, Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega’s IP department frequently works in conjunction with the firm’s dispute resolution department. While senior associate Carol Durling takes the lead in non-contentious work, including trade mark registration and renewals, copyrights, obtaining of licenses and distribution agreements, Juan Corro handles litigious matters arising from counterfeiting and infringements.

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Offshore
Offshore - ranked: tier 2

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Led by María Arroyo, the real estate and property practice at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega advises construction companies, developers, estate owners and operators on a wide array of sector-related services, including environmental matters, construction, tax and regulatory law, transactions and joint ventures. In one recent highlight, the team advised SQF Group on the stock issuance agreement related to a $12m investment by a group of investors including Estructuras Inmobiliarias. Senior associate Vivian Holness is another key figure in the department. Other representative clients include Arcos Dorados, Banco General, Chevron and Marriott Hotels.

Leading lawyers

María Arroyo - Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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.

Leading lawyers

Jorge Loaiza - Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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