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Morgan & Morgan

MMG TOWER, 23RD FLOOR, AVE PASEO DEL MAR, COSTA DEL ESTE, PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Tel:
Work +507 265 7777
Fax:
Fax +507 265 7700
Email:
Web:
www.morimor.com
Belize City, Panama, Singapore, Tortola

Panama

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan & Morgan’s seven-strong banking and finance practice is led by Inocencio Galindo and regularly receives instructions from domestic, regional and international companies and financial institutions in relation to credit facilities, regulatory matters, banking licenses and project finance matters, particularly in relation to the energy industry. Recent highlights include advising Banco General and Banistmo, as joint arrangers and underwriters, on the structuring of a $320m corporate bonds issue undertaken by Altenergy. In another headline mandate, Francisco Arias led advice to Banco Inbursa in connection with the purchase of credit rights in Consorcio Línea 2 de Metro de Panama, amounting to $415m. Practice head Galindo recently assisted Multibank subsidiary MB Creditos with the financing of a $17m credit facility granted by a syndicate of local banks including BBP Bank, Banco del Pacifico and Bicsa. Ramón Varela is also active in the department.

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

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan & Morgan’s six-partner corporate and M&A team has a strong track record assisting local and multinational companies and financial institutions with cross-border transactions, joint ventures and the establishment of corporate structures in Panama. Recent highlights include advising Panama Ports Company (PPC) and HSBC on the acquisition and sale of port cranes owned by FEPC Leasing Trust and leased by PPC. In other work, Inocencio Galindo acted as counsel to Grupo Cordere in connection with the obtaining of a license for the administration and operation of a casino in Panama City; and also led advice to Hyatt International on the acquisition of a minority interest in Oasis Luxury Rentals. Seller-side work saw department head Francisco Arias advise the shareholders of The Metropolitan School of Panama on its sale to Nord Anglia Education. Other key clients include Banistmo, Constructora Urbana, Grupo Verde Azul and Televisora Nacional.

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Francisco Arias - Morgan & Morgan

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan & Morgan’s 14-strong dispute resolution department is well reputed across the full array of contentious work, including civil, administrative and commercial litigation, and both domestic and international arbitration. Another key aspect of the practice is its representation of banks in the recovery of mortgages and loans. Recent headline mandates saw Carlos Gonzalez advise the Panamanian government on an arbitration filed by Guatemala and concerning the cancellation of import registers for fruit juices required by Guatemala to enter Panamanian territory. José Carrizo heads the department, which also includes the well regarded Omar Rodríguez and the very active Luis Vallarino, who handles disputes in various regulated sectors including energy, banking and telecoms.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan & Morgan’s IP practice is led by Enrique Jiménez and has a wealth of experience advising clients on the registration of trade marks, utility models, industrial designs and plant varieties. The team also handles litigious sector-related matters, such as oppositions, nullity and cancellation-claims and trade mark infringement. Banistmo, Louis Vuitton Malletier and Volkswagen are all on the firm’s client roster.

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Enrique Jiménez - Morgan & Morgan

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Offshore
Offshore - ranked: tier 2

Morgan & Morgan

Led by the recommended Roberto Lewis, the sizeable offshore department at Morgan & Morgan continues to receive a steady flow of instructions from multinational companies and family businesses. Working closely with the firm’s offices in BVI, Belize, London, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, the practice covers the full array of offshore-related services, such as the establishment of companies and trusts, and asset acquisition, protection and transfer. Assistance with tax-related matters is another key feature of a department that counts Banco Sabadell, Mitsubishi Logistics and Royal Bank of Canada as clients. Raúl Castro and senior associate Nestor Broce are other key figures in the department, and the highly regarded Fernando Boyd was made partner in early 2018.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Morgan & Morgan

While Jazmina Rovi heads the ship finance and registration practice at Morgan & Morgan, contentious matters are handled by the shipping and admiralty litigation group led by Juan David Morgan, which also includes Francisco Linares and Fernando Alfaro. The department is particularly active in shipping finance, as evidenced by a strong track record advising financial institutions, ship owners and shipping companies on loan agreements and credit facilities for the financing and refinancing of vessels and ports. Enrique de Alba retired in September 2017 and now occupies an of counsel position at the firm.

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Jazmina Rovi - Morgan & Morgan

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