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Pardini & Asociados
50TH AVENUE,P.O. BOX 0815 01117

Panama > Transport: Aviation Tier 1

Pardini & Asociados advises a roster of major international airlines, including Lufthansa, United Airlines and Air China, on a wide range of aviation matters. The team is best known for its strength in aviation litigation, but its practice also spans aviation finance and leasing, corporate transactions in the sector, and regulatory and permitting matters. At the head of the team, Juan Pardini focuses on aviation-related corporate and financial transactions, and Juan José Espino handles liability and accident claims. Associates Eduardo Achurra is skilled in regulatory and permitting issues, while Adrián Rivera is recommended for litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pardini; Juan José Espino

Key clients

United Airlines



Air China

MLM Leasing

EuroWings Discover

Work highlights

  • Advising EuroWings Discover (owned by the Lufthansa Group) on launching its operations in Panama, including the incorporation of the company and the regulatory requirements to begin flying to Panama.
  • Assisting FedEx with obtaining the renewal of its airline licence from the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Advising United Airlines on various corporate and regulatory matters in Panama.

Panama > Banking and finance Tier 4

Pardini & Asociados‘ ‘very responsive‘ banking and finance team has a strong reputation for advising international clients on their investments in Panama. In addition, the practice is highly active in asset finance transactions, demonstrating notable expertise in the financing of ships, aircraft and real estate. Clients include family-owned businesses and multinationals. The practice is led by managing partner Juan Francisco Pardini, who specialises in banking, asset and structured finance, and Juan José Espino, who has expertise in foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Pardini; Juan José Espino


‘We found them to be very responsive. Their services were offered at a good price and were delivered in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Wheaton Precious Metals

MLM Leasing

Vosges Shipping

Work highlights

  • Acted as Panamanian counsel to Wheaton Precious Metals on a $200m precious metals financing, including senior secured gold-linked notes.
  • Advised Vosges Shipping on the ship financing of the vessel Hecate, including advising on security arrangements, financing and ship mortgage regulations, and the registration of ship financing facilities in Panama.
  • Advised MLM Leasing on the financing of the lease of two aircraft for a new regional airline, as well as the renegotiation of the lease agreements due to the pandemic.

Pardini & Asociados (P&A) was founded in 1982 and is a leading Panama law firm.

Our clients are mainly foreign companies, families and individuals. From Fortune 500 multinationals to small corporations.

At Pardini & Asociados, we offer our clients legal services linked to a broad scope of business needs. Look to us for experience, knowledge, innovation and cost-effective results.

Main areas of practice
Aviation: Pardini & Asociados is a leader in aviation law in Panama. Our team is involved in all types of aviation-related work, whether in the context of all regulatory matters for an airline operating from Panama, an airplane financing or leasing, or a major casualty. We deliver advice and know-how on all aspects of the aviation sector, including in particular: corporate, commercial and transactional, regulatory, finance and leasing, liability, accidents and claims, litigation and dispute resolution, competition, employment, customs and tax.

In this sense, clients of all types from across the sector can rely on us to service all their aviation legal needs. They include airlines and their insurers, industry associations, financial institutions, lessors, lessees, government agencies, airports and others involved in the aviation business.

Corporate and transactional: Pardini & Asociados renders services covering all aspects of corporate law, including corporate transactions and agreements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial legal aspects, banking and finance transactions, securities.

Banking and finance: Pardini & Asociados has been involved in financing transactions for expanding local and international companies or family offices dedicated to real estate, mining, infrastructure, construction, shipping, energy, hotels and other areas.

Mining, petroleum and natural resources: Pardini & Asociados has been at the forefront in acting as Panama legal counsel and representing mining and petroleum projects in Panama. The firm’s mining and petroleum law group has been at the forefront in representing foreign companies and projects in Panama.

Foreign investments: Pardini & Asociados has traditionally represented foreign clients investing and setting up operations in aviation, petroleum, securities, hotels and resorts, maritime, real estate, mining, energy, telecommunications, insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance, ports, airports and logistic parks, free trade zones, infrastructure, construction and other sectors in Panama.

Private wealth, tax and corporate services: Pardini & Asociados acts as legal counsel for individuals and families, and wealth managers who are looking for advisors on domestic and international tax matters, litigation, establish funds, family offices and carry out corporate and real estate deals. We provide them with tax planning, special purpose vehicles, banking, tax services and more.

We provide multiple services connected with wealth planning & structuring such as setting up IBC’s, trusts and foundations in jurisdictions where we have our own offices like BVI, Belize, Seychelles, New Zealand, Cyprus and Panama.

Insurance and reinsurance: Pardini & Asociados recognized insurance practice provides the full range of reinsurance representation, from simple two-party disputes to complex multiparty international arbitrations involving multi-million-dollar transactions. In addition, we have significant experience in negotiating and drafting all forms of reinsurance agreements.

Commercial: Pardini & Asociados has an extensive commercial law practice related to local and international business transactions as well as drafting contracts and agreements covering all aspects of commercial activities.

Antitrust, trade and competition: Pardini & Asociados has been actively involved in advising local and international clients in this área: counseling on the applicability and enforcement of the act and its regulations, antitrust Issues before the competition authority and judicial and administrative proceedings.

Litigation and arbitration: Litigation and arbitration are a major component of the firm’s practice. Our litigation and arbitration department cover most areas of practice, such as trademarks, aviation, shipping, insurance, reinsurance, banking and general civil and commercial lawsuits. For complex litigation, the law firm is proud to have a former Supreme Court Justice as outside counsel.

Maritime and Admiralty: The firm’s maritime law department has a well-established practice and expertise in all different aspects of maritime related activities such as registration of ships and yachts, ship financing and maritime litigation and arbitration.

Energy: Pardini & Asociados represents energy companies engaged in developing, licensing and government concessions for major developments, and compliance and regulatory issues relating to projects. Its diverse client base includes electricity, LNG, financial institutions and multilateral development agencies.

Telecommunications and information technology: Pardini & Asociados represents internet companies engaged in developing, licensing and government concessions.

Hotels, resorts and casinos: Pardini & Asociados is specialized in investment and development of Panama’s hotels, resorts & casinos as Panama legal counsel for projects of all sizes.

Immigration and residence: We provide full services for all immigration programs and work permits such as processing and obtaining temporary and permanent residence for investors, executives and retirees, Work permits for foreigners, Complete assistance on immigration requirements.

Infrastructure and construction: Pardini & Asociados has considerable know-how in structuring infrastructure and construction projects, government bids and negotiating contracts with a record of achievements in agreements that not only have favored our clients, but are becoming of crucial importance for the country’s development of highways, bridges, subway, ports, airports, telecoms, water sewage, mining, energy, oil and gas and more, including PPPs.

Juan Francisco 223-7222
Juan José 223-7222
Eduardo 223-7222
Adrián 223-7222
Eduardo Achurra photo Eduardo AchurraSenior Associate Areas of Experience Aviation / Regulatory & Contracts Commercial Real…
Juan José Espino photo Juan José EspinoPartner Areas of Experience Maritime Aviation Foreign Investments Company   Representative Experience…
Juan Francisco Pardini photo Juan Francisco PardiniCEO / Partner Areas of Experience Corporate / Transactional Foreign Investments /…
Adrián Rivera photo Adrián RiveraJunior Associate Areas of Experience Regulatory & Contracts. Litigation & Arbitration. Commercial…
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