Fabrega Molino > Panama, Panama > Firm Profile

Fabrega Molino
P.O. BOX: 0816-00744

Panama > Labour Tier 2

Fabrega Molino has considerable strength in advising on the labour aspects of corporate matters, including M&A and reorganisations, as well as assisting with employment contracts and sensitive terminations (including involving senior executives), internal policies on equality and sexual harassment, labour litigation, trade union negotiations and collective bargaining agreements, and immigration issues. Recently, the team has been particularly active advising on compliance with Covid-19 regulations issued by the government. The practice advises both local clients and large multinationals, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and maritime sectors. Practice head Miguel Urriola has a wide range of experience in litigation, collective bargaining negotiations and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. He is supported by senior associate Lourdes Bishop, who focuses on compliance and claims prevention.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Urriola

Panama > Real estate Tier 2

Fabrega Molino's real estate practice spans the sale and purchase of land, the development of major commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate projects, the negotiation of commercial leases, and zoning and special permitting requirements. The team counts financial institutions, contractors and large real estate owners and developers among its clients. Practice head José Augustín Preciado has additional expertise in tax and investment matters. He is supported by senior associate José Antonio Sierra.

Practice head(s):

José Agustin Preciado

Panama > Banking and finance Tier 3

Fabrega Molino's varied client roster includes major local and international banks operating in Panama, trust companies and other financial institutions, and corporate borrowers. The team is experienced in acquisition finance, as well as in advising on regulatory issues and applications for bank and trust company licences. The practice is jointly led by Tatiana Abadía, who is noted for her strength in financing in the energy and natural resources, environmental and infrastructure sectors, as well as in capital markets matters, and Juan Pablo Fabrega, who has additional expertise in corporate and insurance law. Jorge Molina Mendoza is also noted for banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Abadía; Juan Pablo Fabrega


‘Tatiana Abadía’s work was impeccable and she made a very good impression on us.’

‘Tatiana Abadía is excellent both technically and in her ability to adapt to cross-border transactions and provide us with valuable knowledge about the jurisdiction.’

‘Tatiana Abadía has an unbeatable immediacy and responsiveness. She is always available and adds value in terms of her adaptability and management of clients and matters in Panama.’

Panama > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Fabrega Molino advises local and multinational companies on corporate structuring and M&A transactions, with notable expertise in the banking, energy, health, and hospitality and leisure sectors, among others. José Augustín Preciado and Juan Pablo Fábrega are the key contacts for M&A work, while Fábrega and Gretel Ciniglio also advise on day-to-day corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Fábrega; José Agustin Preciado; Gretel Ciniglio

Panama > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The 'excellent' team at Fabrega Molino acts for international clients, including multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals, in disputes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The practice spans a broad range of disputes, including securities, commercial, maritime, labour, IP and competition litigation. At the helm, senior partner Jorge Molina is highly experienced in complex commercial, banking and insurance litigation, including cross-border disputes; Juan Pablo Fábrega has longstanding arbitration expertise, and has served as president of the Sports Arbitration Commission of Panama since 2018; and Miguel Urriola, who heads the firm's labour department, specialises in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Molina; Juan Pablo Fábrega; Manuel Urriola


‘The litigation team is excellent.’

Panama > Intellectual property Tier 3

The ‘reliable and efficient‘ IP team at Fabrega Molino counts companies from the healthcare, consumer products, food and beverages, textiles, telecoms and technology sectors among its clients. It is particularly experienced in IP litigation, acting in opposition, nullity and infringement actions, but also advises on the registration of trade marks, patents and industrial models, copyright and domain names, and assists with licensing and franchising issues. The ‘highly professional and experiencedFarah Molino leads the practice and is active in the management of local and international IP portfolios. Since publication, Molino has been promoted to senior partner - effective as of April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Farah Molino


‘Fabrega Molino have kept their operations going uninterrupted during the pandemic, dealing promptly with all of our requirements as clients and using virtual platforms to maintain contact with us.’

‘Farah Molino is highly professional, experienced in the field of intellectual property law, and honest.’

‘It is a highly specialised team, committed to providing a reliable and efficient service. They maintain the highest standards in terms of compliance with the law, following the best principles and values.’

Panama > Projects and energy Tier 3

Fabrega Molino's practice spans project finance, licensing and government concessions for major developments, and compliance and regulatory issues relating to projects. Its diverse client base includes gas, oil and mineral producers, construction and energy companies, government entities, financial institutions and multilateral development agencies. The team is led by Ana Lorena Morales, who focuses on government contracts and permits and administrative and regulatory issues relating to telecoms, energy, infrastructure and public transport projects, and banking and securities head Tatiana Abadía, who has extensive experience in real estate and project finance (including in the energy sector).

Practice head(s):

Ana Lorena Morales; Tatiana Abadía

Panama > Transport: Shipping Tier 3

Ana Lorena Morales leads the practice at Fabrega Molino, which is experienced in shipping finance and the registrations of vessels and naval mortgages. In addition, the team advises on fishing licences, multiple flag authorisations and other permitting issues.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lorena Morales

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
Capital Market Tatiana Abadiatabadia@fmm.com.pa507-3016600
Banking & Finance Tatiana Abadia (Partner)tabadia@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
Juan Pablo Fabrega Polleri  photo Juan Pablo Fabrega Polleri Since 2018 has been president of the Sports Arbitration Commission of Panama,…
Dani Kuzniecki  photo Dani Kuzniecki Dani has an active participation in various Board of Directors and Committees…
José Juan Marquez  photo José Juan Marquez Jose Juan is also active in all areas of the firm’s real…
Eduardo Molino  photo Eduardo Molino
Jose Agustin Preciado M  photo Jose Agustin Preciado M He has acted as Chief Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Government…
Number of partners : 12
Number of other fee-earners : 9
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