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

Panama > Transport: Aviation Tier 1

The ‘excellent‘ aviation team at Pardini & Asociados is commended for its wide-ranging expertise in the sector, which spans transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The firm is particularly sought after by international clients for its expertise in aviation-related litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving liability for damages caused to cargo. In addition, the team assists an impressive client roster of international airlines with contractual and regulatory issues relating to their operations in Panama. Practice co-head Juan José Espino focuses on aviation disputes, while fellow department head Juan Francisco Pardini is the name to note for corporate, financial and regulatory matters. At the associate level, senior attorney Eduardo Achurra handles regulatory and permitting issues, and attorney Adrián Rivera provides key support in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Pardini; Juan José Espino


An excellent team.

Juan Francisco Pardini and Eduardo Achurra stand out for their excellent work.

Key clients

United Airlines



Air China

MLM Leasing

EuroWings Discover

Work highlights

  • Advising EuroWings Discover, an affiliate of Lufthansa, on the beginning of its operations in Panama, including all contractual and regulatory matters.
  • Advising FedEx on the renewal of its airline licence with the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama and with employment issues involved with its operations in Panama.
  • Advising United Airlines on all corporate, transactional and regulatory issues.

Panama > Offshore Tier 3

The ‘responsive and collegial‘ team at Pardini & Asociados has a strong track record in advising HNWIs, family offices and wealth managers on setting up corporations and foundations in Panama and other key jurisdictions, including the BVI, Delaware, Belize, the Seychelles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the Cayman Islands, as well as the structuring of trusts, international tax planning, and corporate and real estate acquisitions. Its broad corporate services offering also spans the re-domiciliation of companies and foundations, the incorporation and registration of offices in Panama, and accounting and secretarial services, among other matters. At the helm of the practice, Juan Francisco Pardini is highly experienced in estate and tax planning, acting for private clients as well as banks, trusts and fiduciary services companies.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Pardini


The team is responsive and collegial in working with us.

Key clients

BZH Capital


Clusterstorm Holdings

Deep Sky Holdings

Motcomb International

Vision Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising Panamanian companies Alsabahia and Vision Holding on the acquisition of properties in London.
  • Advising Luxembourg fund manager BZH Capital on the financing by an offshore investment fund of a medium-sized property development in Panama.
  • Advising a Kuwaiti investor on the acquisition of the stock of Clusterstorm Ventures.

Panama > Banking and finance Tier 4

Pardini & Asociados‘ banking and finance practice stands out for its strength in shipping, aviation and real estate finance, predominantly acting for private and corporate borrowers. The team’s growing – and increasingly international – client base ranges from family businesses to multinational corporations, including shipping, mining and aviation leasing companies. The firm also assists with the incorporation and establishment of banks, leasing and factoring transactions, and corporate and project finance. Managing partner Juan Francisco Pardini, who counts structured and asset finance among his core areas of expertise, leads the team with Juan José Espino, whose practice covers foreign investments and ship and aviation finance.

Practice head(s):

Juan Francisco Pardini; Juan José Espino

Key clients

Wheaton Precious Metals

MLM Leasing USA

Vosges Shipping

MLM Leasing USA

Deep Sky Holdings

BZH Capital

Alsabahia and Vision Holding

Motcomb International

Work highlights

  • Advised MLM Leasing on the financing for the leasing of two aircraft for a new regional airline.
  • Advised Deep Sky Holdings on a property financing of $7m.
  • Advising BZH Capital on an $11m financing for a medium-sized property development.

Panama > Dispute resolution

In line with the firm’s niche strength in the aviation sector, Pardini & Asociados‘ dispute resolution team is frequently called upon by major international airlines and other key players in the industry to handle related litigation, particularly damages claims.

Pardini & Asociados (P&A) was founded in 1982 and it 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 advisors who are looking for legal counsel on domestic and international incorporation of companies, trusts and foundations, succession & estate planning, asset protection, family offices and carry out corporate and real estate transactions. We provide them with incorporation services, tax planning, special purpose vehicles, banking, and more.

Insurance and reinsurance: Pardini & Asociados recognized insurance practice provides the full range of insurance and 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, mining, petroleum: 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,

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.

Online Gaming: Our clients include casino owners, operators, and executives; gaming manufacturers and suppliers; gaming industry suppliers/vendors; private equity firms; lenders; and other financial participants in the gaming space.

Department Name Email Telephone
Juan Francisco Pardini +507 223-7222
Juan José Espino +507 223-7222
Eduardo Achurra +507 223-7222
Adrián Rivera +507 223-7222
Photo Name Position Profile
Eduardo Achurra photo Eduardo Achurra Senior Associate Areas of Experience Aviation / Regulatory & Contracts Commercial Real…
Juan José Espino photo Dr Juan José Espino Partner Areas of Experience Maritime Aviation Foreign Investments Company   Representative Experience…
Darcy Flores photo Darcy Flores
Juan Francisco Pardini photo Dr Juan Francisco Pardini CEO / Managing Partner Areas of Experience Corporate / Transactional Foreign Investments…
Adrián Rivera photo Adrián Rivera Junior Associate Areas of Experience Litigation & Arbitration. Commercial Public procurement Real…
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