Mr Yuri Moreno > Arias > Panama, Panama > Lawyer Profile

The Towers, Piso 3

Work Department

  • Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Real Estate
  • Dispute resolution, Litigation and Arbitration




  • Yuri Moreno is a Partner at the firm, having joined in February 2016. He is a key player in new business development, among his tasks, as well as assisting his clients mainly in corporate and administrative matters.Throughout his career, he has specialized in providing legal advice to the banking and insurance sectors, as well as general corporate advice to local and foreign companies.
  • His experience includes his participation in civil and commercial litigation, real estate transactions, among others. He has vast knowledge of the Panamanian Maritime Law, having assisted several shipping companies. He began his legal career working for renowned Panamanian firms and also at his own private practice. Among the highlights of his career, he acted as Chief Negotiator of the Foreign Trade Council of the Republic of Panama (CONCEX, 1996-1997), a task force appointed by the President of the Republic to initiate the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements with Mexico and Chile. On a separate matter, he has served as Arbitrator of the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama and of the National Section of Panama before the Inter-American Convention of Commercial Arbitration (CIAC).


  • Spanish
  •  English
  •  French (intermediate)
  •  German (basic)


  • International Bar Association.


  • Law Degree with Honors from Universidad Santa MarÃía La Antigua.
  • Diploma of German as Second Language from Göethe Institut, Hamburg, Germany.



Lawyer Rankings

Central America > Corporate and finance

Arias has maintained its strong regional presence following the split of leading Central American firm Arias & Muñoz in 2016, and retains offices in all six countries in the region. It is highly active in multi-jurisdictional transactions, including large-scale M&A and financings, acting for leading international clients from a wide range of sectors. On the corporate side, the firm also advises on group reorganisations and investments into the region by international companies. In addition, it is well versed in debt restructuring, project finance and financial regulation. In El Salvador, the standout names for corporate and finance work include Lilian Arias and Roberta Gallardo, who heads the M&A practice. In Guatemala, Jorge Luis Arenales is highly experienced in both corporate and finance matters, particularly in highly regulated sectors, while Evangelina Lardizabal, who has significant M&A and project finance expertise, is the key contact in Honduras. Vicente Lines leads the banking and finance practice in Costa Rica, where Melania Dittel is well regarded for corporate matters. Bertha Argüello and Ana Teresa Rizo, an expert in foreign investment matters, are the names to note in Nicaragua. In Panama, Yuri Moreno and Maria Cristina Fábrega are the key contacts for corporate and finance matters, respectively.

Panama > Corporate and M&A

Central American firm Arias frequently works alongside its other offices to handle complex regional M&A transactions, and has been particularly active recently in advising on the restructuring of corporate groups, often involving corporations in different jurisdictions. Multinationals operating in Central America make up a large part of the firm’s client base, which is particularly strong in the pharmaceutical, energy, technology and logistics sectors. Senior partner Yuri Moreno leads the team and Siaska SSS Lorenzo brings additional expertise in compliance and labour law to the table.