Fabrega Molino > Panama, Panama > Firm Profile

Fabrega Molino
P.O. BOX: 0816-00744

Panama > Offshore Tier 1

Highly praised for its ‘extensive experience, personalised service, and accessible and supportive partners‘, Fabrega Molino advises a wide array of financial services firms, corporations, and HNWIs and family businesses from across Latin America and the Caribbean. The estate planning and private client branch of the practice focuses on succession planning, wealth management, the formation of trusts and foundations, and corporate governance, while the corporate side specialises in the organisation of Panamanian corporate structures and assists with the tax and commercial aspects of international transactions. Recently, the firm has also seen a notable uptick in instructions relating to M&A and the establishment of multinational company headquarters (SEM) in Panama. On the private client side, the ‘responsive, personable and brilliantGretel Ciniglio advises on wealth management, estate and succession planning, governance and family law matters, while Juan Pablo Fábrega handles the full array of corporate and estate planning issues, and also has a notable strength in arbitration. The sizeable group also includes José Juan Marquez and associate Juan Raúl Sosa, both of whom are frequently called upon to advise on tax issues; Liza Díaz, who has a focus on advising Central American and Caribbean clients; and Carlos Molino, who stands out for his assistance to clients in Colombia.

Practice head(s):

Gretel Ciniglio; Juan Pablo Fábrega


José Juan Marquez is responsive – whenever I email or message, he is always available. He always puts together a solid team.

Gretel Ciniglio is terrific. We have received nothing but really positive feedback from colleagues referred to her and clients are always happy with the service.

A law firm with extensive experience, personalised service, and accessible and supportive partners. I would describe working with Fabrega Molino as a great experience.

Gretel Ciniglio has been an ally for us. Her professionalism and dedication make the difference.

The firm’s corporate services team is highly professional and has excellent response times.

Gretel Ciniglio is a wonderful attorney. Responsive, personable and brilliant.

For clients in Colombia, the work carried out by Carlos Molino is very important as he frequently visits the country and his clients here, and strengthens already established business relationships, showing his availability and providing peace of mind to the client.

Panama > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘attentive, cordial, professional and intelligent‘ dispute resolution team at Fabrega Molino is frequently called upon to represent local and multinational companies in the full spectrum of litigation and arbitration, including securities, IP, antitrust, consumer rights, financial, commercial, maritime and labour disputes. Drawing on the strength of the firm’s private client practice, the team is also skilled in disputes involving ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices in Latin America and the Caribbean. Two seasoned practitioners lead the team: Jorge Molina, who is singled out by clients as ‘one of the lawyers with the most experience and knowledge in Panama‘ and has a wealth of expertise in commercial, banking, family and insurance litigation (including cross-border cases); and Juan Pablo Fábrega, a specialist in corporate and estate planning matters, focusing on arbitration. Miguel Urriola is also active in labour and asset recovery cases.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Molina; Juan Pablo Fábrega


Fabrega Molino’s team have a lot of knowledge, not only of the laws in Panama, but also of local practice and jurisprudence, which makes them vital when making important decisions.

The lawyers at Fabrega Molino are very attentive, cordial, professional and intelligent. But for me the most important thing is that they really care about the clients’ situation.

Fabrega Molino provides us with excellent service in various cases. In particular, its support has been important to the success of our management of credit recovery. But they also support us in cases relating to trusts and contracts with equal efficiency.

In terms of litigation management, Jorge Molina is one of the lawyers with the most experience and knowledge in Panama, which is why this is the firm we use for complicated and important cases in our portfolio.

Jorge Molina is a really good lawyer. He has worked with us on a couple of complicated matters where we needed someone who can navigate the system in Panama.

Panama > Labour Tier 2

Fabrega Molino‘s labour team is highlighted by clients for its ‘experience and mastery of the subject‘, covering the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm frequently assists with day-to-day issues such as the drafting of employment contracts and compliance with local labour regulations, in addition to handling labour disputes and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Practice head Miguel Urriola has a strong track record in labour litigation and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. He receives stellar support from the ‘outstandingCarlos Molino, who heads the immigration department, and senior associate Lourdes Bishop, who has a focus on advising multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Urriola


Fabrega Molino has a highly qualified team, with a strong track record and excellent client service. They have been our legal advisers for more than 30 years.

Carlos Molino is an outstanding professional, who is very knowledgeable about our company and industry, enjoys a strong network locally and internationally, which is very valuable, and has been highly effective in understanding our needs and providing an excellent service.

Fabrega Molino is very responsive. I like the relationship that has been built with this firm because, despite the fact that we have not been working together for very long, they have exceeded my expectations. Fabrega Molino has interesting programmes that make the firm an inclusive entity, which today is very important.

Lourdes Bishop is skilled in labour and commercial issues, which has been useful for us. I feel satisfied with the service.

The service and advice received from Fabrega Molino is always comprehensive and on time.

They know the particularities and needs of the client. Lourdes Bishop’s employment advice is exceptional, always taking into consideration all aspects of each case and providing us with the correct guidance.

They have a lot of experience and knowledge on the subject. They give accurate and precise answers.

Experience and mastery of the subject.

Panama > Real estate Tier 2

Fabrega Molino handles the full spectrum of real estate matters, ranging from the acquisition of land, commercial leases and land-use regulations to project finance and property-related disputes. The team is well versed in the development of commercial, residential, retail, hospitality and logistics projects, including in the historic Casco Viejo district of Panama City, counting leading financial institutions and real estate developers among its clients. At the helm of the practice, senior partner José Agustín Preciado brings extensive experience in advising on real estate investments to the table. He is ably supported by senior associate José Antonio Sierra, who focuses on corporate real estate matters and government regulatory permits.

Panama > Tax Tier 2

Fabrega Molino‘s ‘dynamic, up-to-date‘ tax practice is widely hailed by clients for its position ‘at the forefront of tax issues‘, with wide-ranging experience of advising multinational corporations on tax structuring and compliance, direct and indirect tax issues, and transfer pricing, and noteworthy expertise in Panama’s special tax regimes. The firm also has a thriving wealth and estate planning practice, where senior partner Gretel Ciniglio and Carlos Molino are the key contacts. Firm president José Juan Marquez, whose practice spans tax and succession planning matters, leads the team. Associate Juan Raúl Sosa (who joined from KPMG in June 2022) particularly stands out for his advice on commercial and transactional tax matters and issues surrounding the taxation of free trade zone companies and multinationals.

Practice head(s):

José Juan Marquez


They are very timely and specific when dealing with the information that is requested or the doubts that are raised by clients. They are willing to travel to maintain contact with their clients. They have a good capacity to respond to requests and have lawyers in a variety of practice areas, which makes the service provided comprehensive.

The partners participate directly in the process. Carlos Molino’s service is excellent.

They have a solid internal structure that means they are capable of responding to client requirements. Additionally, their team is very diverse and involved in the different legal aspects that may arise in any service or transaction.

They are highly trained professionals, with experience in the field and who put the client first, as it should be. This applies to everyone from partners to junior counsel.

The Fabrega Molino team in Panama always remains at the forefront of tax issues. In fact, last year they brought in a new expert in this subject, which gives us greater confidence in continuing to work with the firm on any tax situation in the country.

Dynamic, up-to-date, with a very good reputation, and diligent in meeting the needs of clients on a day-to-day basis. Fabrega Molino’s lawyers are like another partner for us – the trust we have in them is the result of years of an excellent relationship.

Panama > Banking and finance Tier 3

Fabrega Molino draws upon its ‘extensive knowledge of local laws‘ to advise both local and international banks, financial institutions and trust companies on a broad range of financial transactions, including syndicated loans, project finance, acquisition finance and debt restructuring. On the regulatory side, the firm frequently assists with obtaining banking licences and setting up operations in Panama. Following the departure of Tatiana Abadía in 2022, the team is headed by senior partner Juan Pablo Fábrega and senior associate Denisse Correa, who is highlighted for her ‘efficiency, charisma, sensitivity and support‘. The department was also strengthened by the addition of associate Pablo Martinelli, whose practice includes debt restructuring and project finance, from Galindo, Arias & López in May 2022. Principal partner Ana Lorena Morales also adds senior expertise.

Practice head(s):

Denisse Correa; Juan Pablo Fábrega


The team stands out for its trustworthiness, security, knowledge and, most importantly, its close relationship with us.

We would like to highlight Denisse Correa for her efficiency, charisma, sensitivity and support at all times.

Our relationship with Fábrega Molino is very close, effective and efficient. The lawyers are readily available to answer our queries. They comply with the deadlines for reviewing documents that we request. They have extensive experience in legal issues in Panama.

The team have extensive knowledge of local laws and they actively support other legal and business associations. They have highly trained and proactive lawyers who are empathetic, kind and efficient in handling cases. We work with Juan Pablo Fábrega, Denisse Correa and Ana Lorena Morales, whose advice is valuable to our institution.

Panama > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘smart, practical business lawyers‘ at Fabrega Molino excel in the full range of transactional, commercial and regulatory issues, advising clients from large multinationals to high-net-worth families. The team routinely assists with M&A (including both local and cross-border transactions), in addition to advising on issues such as corporate governance, commercial contracts and antitrust. At the helm, Juan Pablo Fábrega has a wealth of experience in advising clients from Europe and the Americas on corporate and M&A matters, and is widely recognised as an authority on company incorporations; Gretel Ciniglio is highly regarded for her advice to high-net-worth individuals and family offices; and José Agustín Preciado handles M&A and real estate transactions, with an emphasis on acting for private equity sponsors. The team was strengthened at the associate level in 2022 with the arrivals of Pablo Martinelli from Galindo, Arias & López and Juan Raúl Sosa, who focuses the tax aspects of M&A, from KPMG.

Practice head(s):

Gretel Ciniglio; Juan Pablo Fábrega; José Agustin Preciado


The entire Fábrega Molino team is very diligent with the execution of the work or projects that are developed. They address concerns on time and do so with the necessary depth to make the issues clear and leave the client calm. It is important to highlight that they have professionals who specialise in all issues in the corporate law and M&A practice area, which always allows for an in-depth response and comprehensive advice.

The lawyers and the other staff members who provide support are very attentive to requests, very respectful in their treatment of clients and are always willing to solve any concerns that may arise.

We get very good results with Fábrega Molino. They are responsive, which is great when working with international clients as they want firms that can keep up with the pace of deals. Smart, practical business lawyers – they don’t just tell you the theory of the law but give practical solutions. It is one of the firms we call on most.

The team has a high level of responsiveness, problem solving and personalised attention.

The team stands out for its promptness in responding, personalised service and close relationships with clients. I would like to highlight Juan Raúl Sosa and Pablo Martinelli.

Panama > Intellectual property Tier 3

An ‘exceptional‘ team which ‘stands out for its efficiency, excellence, knowledge and track record‘, the IP group at Fabrega Molino handles a healthy mix of advisory work and litigation, with a broad client base spanning the healthcare and life sciences, consumer products, food, textiles and technology sectors. The team advises on trade mark registrations in Panama and throughout Latin America, and also has expertise in patents and copyright, in addition to routinely representing clients in cancellation, nullity and opposition actions. ‘Spectacular‘ practice head Farah Molino is well versed in the management of IP portfolios nationally and internationally and has a particular strength in the copyright area, acting as local adviser to collective management organisations in Panama.

Practice head(s):

Farah Molino


The team stands out for its efficiency, excellence, knowledge and track record.

An exceptional team that has worked with us for many years. Farah Molino stands out.

Prompt service and good value for money.

The team are a pleasure to deal with and clearly know the local law.

Farah Molino has a down-to-earth approach but without compromising on technical quality. In a particularly difficult matter she was able to help us navigate the local systems in Panama and was always timely with advice and support.

Farah Molino is spectacular – I love being able to work with her. She makes sure that matters are satisfactorily resolved in a reasonable amount of time. She is always present, in order to be involved and follow up. I feel very calm working with Farah.

‘They respond quickly but efficiently, reviewing every detail of the matter.’

Panama > Projects and energy Tier 3

Fabrega Molino‘s projects and energy practice attracts strong praise for its ‘experience in dealing with regulatory bodies‘ and ‘deep knowledge of Panamanian public law‘, which is reflected in its recent advice to the Ministry of Public Works on the structuring of Panama’s first PPP project. The firm also has a robust track record in advising on the tender process and financing of major projects in the energy (including renewables), transport and mining sectors. At the head of the practice, Ana Lorena Morales, who is singled out for her ‘clear understanding‘ of both public and private projects matters, specialises in government contracts, with expertise in the construction, telecoms, energy and transport spaces.

Practice head(s):

Ana Lorena Morales


The first team in Panama to focus expressly on PPP projects. Great capacity for collaboration and deep knowledge of Panamanian public law.

Ana Lorena Morales leads the practice, showing a strong knowledge of state contracting regulations and a clear understanding of projects with private participation. Her team supports her in other aspects of the projects such as fiduciary and tax matters.

Knowledge of the subject matter and the law. Professionalism and efficiency in handling transactions.

Experience in dealing with regulatory bodies.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration & Litigation Jorge Molina (Senior Partner) jmolina@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Estate Planning Eduardo Molino (Senior Partner) emolino@fmm.com 507-3016600
Estate Planning & Private Client Gretel Ciniglio de Perez (Senior Partner) gciniglio@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Intellectual Property Farah Molino (Partner) fmolino@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
M&A and Corporate Law Juan Pablo Fabrega (Senior Partner) juanpa@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Real Estate Jose Agustin Preciado (Senior Partner) preciado@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Tax Jose Juan Marquez (Senior Partner) marquez@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Labor & Employment Miguel Urriola (Partner) murriola@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Energy & Natural Resources Dani Kuzniecky (Senior Partner) dkuzniecky@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Shipping Ana Lorena Morales amolares@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Immigration Carlos Molino cmolino@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Banking & Finance Denisse Correa dcorrea@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Labor & Employment Lourdes Bishop lbishop@fmm.com.pa 507-3016600
Photo Name Position Profile
Lourdes Bishop photo Lourdes Bishop Lourdes Bishop is a FABREGA MOLINO partner specializing in Labor and Employment…
Gretel Ciniglio photo Gretel Ciniglio Gretel leads the Firm’s Estate Planning & Private Clients Group. She is…
Denisse  Correa photo Denisse Correa Denisse Correa, a partner at FABREGA MOLINO, is a seasoned professional with…
Liza Díaz photo Liza Díaz Liza Maye is a principal partner at FABREGA MOLINO, leading the corporate…
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…
Jorge  Molina Mendoza photo Jorge Molina Mendoza Jorge Molina is a senior Partner at FABREGA MOLINO. Jorge focuses on…
Eduardo Molino photo Eduardo Molino Eduardo Molino is a Founding Partner of FABREGA MOLINO. His practice focuses…
Carlos  Molino photo Mr Carlos Molino Carlos Molino is a partner in FABREGA MOLINO and head of the…
Farah  Molino photo Mrs Farah Molino Farah is our leader in the Intellectual Property department. She advises our…
Ana Lorena Morales photo Ana Lorena Morales Ana Lorena is a partner in our Public Contracting Department, where she…
Jose Agustin  Preciado M photo Jose Agustin Preciado M He has acted as Chief Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Government…
Miguel  Urriola photo Miguel Urriola Miguel E. Urriola M. is a partner in FABREGA MOLINO and head…
Number of partners : 14
Number of other fee-earners : 12
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
Club Español de Arbitraje