Fabrega Molino > Panama, Panama > Firm Profile

Fabrega Molino
P.O. BOX: 0816-00744

Panama > Labour Tier 2

Fabrega Molino is skilled in advising on the employment aspects of cross-border corporate restructurings and M&A, as well as assisting multinational companies and financial institutions with day-to-day employment law issues. The practice spans employment contracts, permits and visas for foreign workers, employee dismissals, internal policies and regulations, labour litigation and collective bargaining agreements. Domestic clients and large multinationals from an array of sectors, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and maritime industries, turn to the team for its 'knowledge and experience' in non-contentious and contentious labour mandates. Department head Miguel Urriola stands out for his wealth of experience in litigation and collective bargaining, while senior associate Lourdes Bishop is noted for her advice to multinational companies headquartered in Panama. Both practitioners 'are always prepared to achieve the results' that clients seek.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Urriola


‘The team that attends to our labour requirements is characterised by providing us with effective and favourable results.’

‘Miguel Urriola and Lourdes Bishop are always prepared to achieve the results that our company needs. Their best qualities are leadership, knowledge and experience.’

Panama > Real estate Tier 2

Senior partner José Agustín Preciado leads the real estate practice at Fabrega Molino and is noted for his experience in real estate transactions including acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. The team has considerable expertise in the acquisition and sale of land, and in the development of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects. Zoning, permitting and other land use matters are other areas of activity for the department. Experienced senior associate José Antonio Sierra is a key figure in the practice, who focuses on cross-border real estate investments.

Panama > Tax Tier 2

The tax practice at Fabrega Molino offers an array of services across direct and indirect taxation, including income tax, selective tax and charges relating to the consumption of goods and services, along with transfer pricing matters and transactional tax structuring. The team is led by senior partner José Juan Marquez, whose activity in the tax area also takes in succession planning. Notably the practice was strengthened in June 2022 with the hire of associate Juan Raúl Sosa Vallarino. Previously a senior tax attorney at KPMG, he has a strong focus on commercial and transactional tax matters, particularly tax structuring, as well as all issues related to Panama’s “Special Investment Regimes”, including the Colon Free Zone, the Panama-Pacifico area and the Sede de Empresa Multinacional (SEM) or multinational corporation headquarters regime; he also advises on double transaction treaties and tax residence issues.

Practice head(s):

José Juan Marquez

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to several multinational companies on the structuring of their operations in Panama subject to special economic regimes including Panama Pacifico, City of Knowledge, SEM, and the Colon Free Zone.

Panama > Banking and finance Tier 3

Praised for its wealth of ‘knowledge and experience‘ in the banking and finance area and ‘comprehensive vision of the law‘, the team at Fabrega Molino offers legal support to major domestic and international banks, trust companies and other financial institutions, as well as corporate borrowers. Regulatory issues related to the establishment and operation of banking entities, including licensing issues, are a core area of focus for the team, which is also frequently retained in high-value transactions, with an emphasis on project finance and syndicated lending. ‘Brilliant‘ of counsel Tatiana Abadía, who is particularly skilled in financing transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, oversees the department.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Abadia


‘This practice is unique in its availability, affability and close relationships with clients who require its services. The lawyers have a comprehensive vision of the law and always have a solution or strategy at hand.’

‘What stands out are the personal qualities of the lawyers and other team members. Tatiana Abadía, apart from being a very open and receptive person, is a brilliant and alert lawyer when it comes to banking and financial regulation issues.’

‘Availability to review documents at short notice. Responses received on time. Observations, recommendations and comments with a solid legal basis that take into account what is best for our institution.’

‘The team stands out for its personalised services, timely responses and kindness. They have a lot of knowledge and experience in their practice area.’

Panama > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Highlighted for its ‘good advisory skills and good judgement’, the corporate team at Fabrega Molino is well known for its advice to family-owned businesses on M&A, restructurings and corporate governance. Cross-border matters with a Panamanian element also feature on the workload managed by the team, which demonstrates particular strength in acting for companies in the real estate and distribution industries. Gretel Ciniglio, who focuses on family business and governance issues, coordinates the practice with senior partner Juan Pablo Fabrega, a ‘connoisseur‘ of corporate law. Other key contacts include the ‘always availableLiza Díaz, Carlos Molino and José Juan Marquez, the latter of whom is a go-to advisor for private equity sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Gretel Ciniglio; Juan Pablo Fábrega


‘The Fabrega Molino team is highly specialised, with extensive experience in complex and cross-border transactions. They provide fast, dynamic service and have good business sense. Their responsiveness is always a differentiating factor compared to other firms in the market and we always feel that we have a relationship that goes beyond the commercial side of things.’

‘The lawyers are distinguished by their knowledge and experience of corporate matters and the comprehensive approach they take to transactions. The firm has a high-performing team of partners with great organisation who have developed a specialised practice in this field.’

‘Gretel Ciniglio is a great rainmaker who is always attentive to details and organisation. José Juan Marquez is recommended for his approach to finding solutions and generating an action plan. Juan Pablo Fábrega is a great connoisseur of the subject. Liza Díaz is a person who makes things happen, and is always available and attending to the needs of the client.’

‘The team has good advisory skills and good judgement, which enables it to make creative recommendations to address the queries presented by clients. In addition, Fabrega Molino has an amazing level of responsiveness.’

‘The client service and willingness to resolve issues immediately has made Fabrega Molino a strategic partner for our business.’

‘Gretel Ciniglio is reliable and delivers on time.’

Panama > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Offering representation to clients in a wide range of dispute resolution matters, spanning civil, commercial, IP, competition, banking and securities, and employment litigation, Fabrega Molino is sought after by multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals engaged in disputes throughout Latin America. Practice co-head Jorge Molina, a go-to lawyer for HNWI and family offices, is highly experienced in commercial, banking and insurance litigation. Fellow co-head Juan Pablo Fábrega leads the arbitration side of the practice and has niche expertise in proceedings involving sports law. Miguel Urriola, head of the labour department, focuses on employment tribunal cases.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Molina; Juan Pablo Fábrega

Panama > Intellectual property Tier 3

Praised for its ‘high level of experience’ and the ‘high quality of its services’, the ‘fantastic’ IP team at Fabrega Molino is well positioned to assist with the registration and protection of trade marks throughout Latin America. The practice showcases additional strength in patents, industrial models, copyright, domain names, and licensing and franchising issues. Advising on assignments of IP assets is another area of activity for the group, which routinely acts for leading companies from the healthcare and life sciences, telecoms, consumer products, food and technology sectors. ‘Exceptional‘ practice head Farah Molino specialises in copyright issues and advertising matters. She ‘leads the team with the greatest ability and is always on top of all the issues’.

Practice head(s):

Farah Molino


‘It is a fantastic team. Farah Molino is very detailed oriented and takes care of her clients, in addition to doing the perfect job. They adapt perfectly to the needs of the client.’

‘An excellent firm with which we prefer to work thanks to its agile handling of issues, high level of experience, the quality of its services, and the balance between cost and service.’

‘High level of knowledge and preparation. Excellent client service. A very well-coordinated and well-led team. Farah Molino is our main contact – she manages and leads the team with the greatest ability and is always on top of all the issues.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with Fabrega Molino.’

‘Farah Molino is an exceptional partner. Her attention to detail and strategic thinking is excellent.’

‘Fabrega Molino’s lawyers are experts who deal with all the matters entrusted to them with great detail and dedication, constantly monitoring their cases and updating their clients. We would like to mention Farah Molino – she is an outstanding partner and a professional of the highest standard, who has great experience and is always prepared to use all the necessary resources until the client’s objectives are achieved.’

‘We always receive efficient, timely and prompt support in each case that we entrust to them. The professionalism and extensive knowledge of the subject are excellent.’

‘The cost/service ratio is unbeatable. The level of confidence that the knowledge, professionalism and agility of Farah Molino’s team gives us is highly valued and appreciated.’

Panama > Projects and energy Tier 3

The ‘professional, friendly and cooperative‘ practice at Fabrega Molino has standout strength in project finance, and offers advice to the full range of participants, including multilateral institutions and government agencies. The practice excels in the development of large-scale projects in the transport, renewable energy and mining spaces, and is adept at handling regulatory matters and major acquisitions in the energy sector. Principal partner Ana Lorena Morales manages the team which is noted for its 'deep knowledge of Panamanian law'. Her legal specialisms include public contracting, energy law and projects. Of counsel Tatiana Abadía is highlighted for her project finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lorena Morales


‘The team stands out for its understanding of the needs of all the parties and the relevant authorities, its level of service and its transparent billing. They complement us with their deep knowledge of Panamanian law.’

‘Communication with Ana Lorena Morales has always been very agile and her level of service is extraordinary. All our doubts are resolved promptly and clearly.’

‘They are experts in their field, work as a team, comply with the agreed terms and handle information confidentially. The firm has tools such as invoicing, links and educational material on different topics that add value and make communication fluid.’

‘A professional, friendly and cooperative team who support us with resolving issues.’

Panama > Transport: Shipping Tier 3

The shipping practice at Fabrega Molino has considerable strength in the registration of vessels (including dual flag registrations) and mortgages, and demonstrated additional expertise in shipping finance transactions. The team, which stands out for its 'collaboration and diligence in dealing with issues', also advises clients on fishing licensing issues and authorisations. Practice head Ana Lorena Morales and founding partner Eduardo Molino are highlighted for their ‘high professional level, their diligence and their knowledge of the issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lorena Morales


‘The Fabrega Molino law firm is unique not only because of the professionalism of its team, but also because of the speed and timely response of both its partners and the lawyers and legal assistants involved.’

‘Our main relationships are with Eduardo Molino and Ana Lorena Morales – they are very professional and great human beings.’

‘An exceptionally professional office. They stand out for their collaboration and diligence in dealing with issues, with a high level of relationships at all levels that facilitate the resolution of the most complex issues.’

‘They stand out for their personalised treatment of clients and colleagues with whom they collaborate from other foreign firms. They are very friendly, while still being very professional. The lawyers go above and beyond to support you in each of your cases. Eduardo Molino and Ana Lorena Morales stand out for their high professional level, their diligence and their knowledge of the issues.’

The firm: FABREGA MOLINO  has provided advice and legal services to many of the world’s biggest companies, with an established tradition of excellence earned by the efficiency and quality of its services. The firm acts for a significant number of clients, including multinational corporations and institutions, shipowners and agents, international law firms, family businesses, high-net-worth individuals, major international groups, holding companies, banks, and financial institutions as well as aviation and pharmaceutical companies. The firm is widely recognized as a superior provider of Panamanian legal services globally by leading publications and professional organizations. Its lawyers are members of the most preeminent international associations.

We value the diversity of our workplace and align our services around every aspect of E.S.G. (environmental, social, and governance).

Main areas of practice
Arbitration and litigation: The firm has a solid litigation practice concentrating in civil, commercial, labor, tax, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and maritime proceedings. The firm represents clients in commercial and investment arbitrations concerning a wide range of industries. The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers are fully trained and they are recognized as leaders in international arbitration in various international rankings.

Banking and finance: Banking and finance have always been a core practice in Fabrega Molino. The firm has significant experience in cases concerning Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. The firm’s practice covers a wide range of services including the process of establishing and developing banking and finance operations in Panama.

Capital markets: The firm’s diverse securities practice includes representing financial institutions in a wide variety of debt and equity offerings in Panama, providing as well counsel on compliance matters. Fabrega Molino has assisted many clients in obtaining different types of licenses before the Superintendence of Securities Markets, including securities brokerage and investment funds administration. The firm’s lawyers also assist and advise clients in connection with private and public securities offerings in the Panamanian capital market, as well as structuring and registration of investments funds.

Estate planning and private client: The firm specializes in estate planning, advising on structuring, organization, and governance of family businesses and private wealth, as well as, providing succession planning. The firm represents corporate clients as well as high net-worth individuals and family businesses.

M&A and corporate: The firm advises on the full range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s practice includes negotiation and drafting of contracts and other commercial documents, including those concerning the manufacture, product licensing and distribution, import-export, real estate, loans, financings, anti-trust, and unfair competition legislation. The firm has represented institutional, corporate, and privately held companies in transactions of all sizes.

Real estate: The firm has extensive experience in real estate matters representing corporations, real estate investors, lending institutions, contractors, and developers. The firm’s professionals have a wide experience in the preparation, negotiation, and closing of purchase agreements for the acquisition and sale of unimproved land, commercial, multi-use, residential buildings, shopping centers, farms, hotels, warehouse developments, among others.

Tax: The firm has a team of attorneys with vast experience providing assistance to national and foreign clients in relation to Panamanian fiscal standards and the implications of businesses and financial or commercial transactions to be carried out in the Republic of Panama and abroad.

Other areas of practice: Antitrust and competition law, aviation, aerospace, corporate governance and compliance, energy and natural resources, cybersecurity and data protection, environmental, government contracts and procurements, health care and life sciences, hospitality and leisure, immigration, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, project finance, shipping,  blockchain and cryptocurrencies, telecommunications, media and IT, trust and sport.

Arbitration & Litigation Jorge Molina (Senior Partner)jmolina@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Estate Planning Eduardo Molino (Senior Partner)emolino@fmm.com507-3016600
Estate Planning & Private Client Gretel Ciniglio de Perez (Senior Partner)gciniglio@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Intellectual Property Farah Molino (Partner)fmolino@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
M&A and Corporate Law Juan Pablo Fabrega (Senior Partner)juanpa@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Real Estate Jose Agustin Preciado (Senior Partner)preciado@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Tax Jose Juan Marquez (Senior Partner)marquez@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Labor & Employment Miguel Urriola (Partner)murriola@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Energy & Natural Resources Dani Kuzniecky (Senior Partner)dkuzniecky@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Shipping Ana Lorena Moralesamolares@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Immigration Carlos Molinocmolino@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Gretel Ciniglio photo Gretel CiniglioGretel leads the Firm’s Estate Planning & Private Clients Group. She is…
Juan Pablo Fabrega Polleri photo Juan Pablo Fabrega PolleriSince 2018 has been president of the Sports Arbitration Commission of Panama,…
Dani Kuzniecki photo Dani KuznieckiDani has an active participation in various Board of Directors and Committees…
José Juan Marquez photo José Juan MarquezJose Juan is also active in all areas of the firm’s real…
Jorge  Molina Mendoza photo Jorge Molina MendozaJorge Molina is a senior Partner at FABREGA MOLINO. Jorge focuses on…
Eduardo Molino photo Eduardo MolinoEduardo Molino is a Founding Partner of FABREGA MOLINO. His practice focuses…
Ana Lorena Morales photo Ana Lorena MoralesAna Lorena is a partner in our Public Contracting Department, where she…
Jose Agustin  Preciado M photo Jose Agustin Preciado MHe has acted as Chief Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Government…
Miguel  Urriola photo Miguel UrriolaMiguel E. Urriola M. is a partner in FABREGA MOLINO and head…
Number of partners : 12
Number of other fee-earners : 13
Total staff : 102
IBA (International Bar Association)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
ABA (American Bar Association)
INTA - International Trademark Association
Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)
ICC Arbitration Centre (court member)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
Ius Laboris - Global Human Resources Lawyers Alliance