ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA is a professional firm engaged in the practice of law in the Republic of Panama. Since its foundation in 1987, the firm has specialized in offering professional advise to the service sector of the Republic of Panama and to individuals and corporations involved in multinational operations.
The strength of the firm’s practice lies in its dedication to provide a personalized, efficient and highly professional service to its clients, with emphasis in adapting to the needs and requirements of each particular account.
The lawyers and staff are bilingual and have been exposed to law and practice in other jurisdictions by study and work, in an effort to meet the rigid standards required by the international practice of law.
In order to broaden its array of services, the firm has expanded internationally by establishing subsidiary companies in the British Virgin Islands and Belize. Future expansions into other jurisdictions are currently under consideration.
The firm is the representative for the Republic of Panama of the professional network Globalaw, which encompasses more than 110 law firms, with over 4500 lawyers in 85 countries and 165 cities worldwide. Furthermore, the firm remains active in other organizations such as American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Die Industrie- und Handelskammer fur Panama (AHK Panama), International Lawyers Association of Panama, Holland House Panama, among others.
The firm is engaged in a wide variety of professional activities, with specP areas of banking, corporations, trusts, commercial, investment, securities, litigation, intellectual property (i.e. patents, trademarks, copyrights and health registrations), labor, administrative, immigration, aviation and maritime law.
From the beginning, our firm law has committed to be efficient in our line of work, by using high quality standards. To carry this task, we accompany our procedures with good internal communication and strict codes of conduct.
We also provide to each of our clients a large portfolio of excellence and experience, with the best performance given by our team of attorneys. Each of them has received the best preparation in each of their areas of specialization, which can ensure our clients the highest quality service within our field or expertise.
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The firm has a highly qualified team of attorneys dully capacitated to give advise in all matters related to services in the Administrative area. Advise is provided to local and international clients, with emphasis in matters pertaining to public bids related with the privatization of government services and the construction of significant infrastructure facilities by the government.
We represent our client’s interests in administrative procedures such as obtaining concessions, licenses and permits, registries, certifications, inscriptions, among others, before Municipal Authorities, Ministries, and Public Services Regulator.
The firm’s specialization in this practice area covers regulatory work, negotiation and application of traffic rights, aircraft leasing, insurance, commercial alliances, liability of carriers, among others. ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA understands the interrelationships within the aviation industry and the commercial and economic interests that drive them.
The Republic of Panama is one of the most important banking centers in Latin America. ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA represents several of these banks that operate in Panama. Our highly qualified team of attorneys is specialized in applying for a bank license in Panama, and render advices pertaining to the legal aspects of banks’ operations, investments and regulatory requirements imposed by the Superintendency of Banks. The fact that several partners of the firm sits in the Board of Directors of a licensed bank, provides the firm with the unique opportunity of assisting its clients in all matters related to international banking transactions and investments.
ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA’s immigration group provides support to individuals who wish to obtain a resident investors visa, and also to executives of large corporate clients, who will reside in the country temporarily. This Department is duly qualified to provide the help that foreigners usually require during their stay, such as purchase of real and personal properties, import and export of household effects and other related matters.
Violation of valuable intellectual-property rights is all too common in today's complex global market. In this area, expertise is provided in filling, prosecuting, maintaining and enforcing industrial property rights, such as patents, trademarks and copyrights. The enforcement aspect covers litigation in related fields, including administrative and criminal jurisdictions.
Our attorneys are experienced in providing strategic counsel and aggressive representation to vindicate our clients' rights in a variety of intellectual property matters.
A close relationship is maintained with the Human Resources Department of various large corporate clients, with the purpose of maximizing the labor productivity of particular clients.
Assistance is also provided in matters related to the negotiation and enforcement of Collective Bargaining Agreements, individual and collective negotiations before the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and labor litigation in the Labor Courts.
ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA’s litigation practice offers firsthand experience and wide-ranging resources to protect clients’ interests in virtually every area of litigation. The firm represents corporate and individual clients in litigation proceedings in Panama.
On the other hand, the main goal is to always minimize the risk of litigation. The firm's attorneys are familiar with and efficiently apply the latest trends in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution.
We have an ample experience in arbitration proceedings, both in the Republic of Panama and internationally. Our team of arbitration lawyers deal with a complex, high-value and international caseload of arbitrations from a broad client base. Our close relationship with the banking and corporate community has served to expand the litigation department and gain exceptional reputation.
For over 100 years, the Panama Canal has been a vital link in the world transport chain. Some 13 to 14 thousand vessels use the Canal every year. In fact, commercial transportation activities through the Canal represent approximately 5% of the world trade.
As an alternative route to the 5,000 mile trip around South America, the Canal greatly reduces the cost of international trade and shipping. As a consequence thereof, Panama has the largest merchant fleet in the world, offering a secure naval registry with low fees for flag registration and annual impost.
Due to the large circulation of ships through the Panama Canal and the size of our merchant fleet, ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA constantly handles maritime services for the local and international communities. Among others, our services include flag registration, preparation of purchase agreements, charter contracts and mortgages which can be executed in any part of the world, for further registration in the Public Registry of Panama.
The firm also assists clients in litigation matters before the Admiralty Court of the Republic of Panama, which was created in 1982 as a result of the Torrijos-Carter Canal Treaties of 1977, replacing a U.S. Federal District Court operating in the former U.S. Canal Zone.
A wide variety of advise and services are offered in this area, be it through the Law Firm in Panama or through its affiliate company in the Caribbean, ARAMO CORPORATE SERVICES INC., a company with a Class III Trust Licence which is authorized to incorporate and manage business companies in the British Virgin Islands, and MACLACHLAN & DENNIN LIMITED, a company with a Registered Agent License, which is authorized to incorporate and manage Business Companies in Belize.
A private or corporate client will find that his needs will be met by a competent team of attorneys and support staff, with vast experience and knowledge in international corporate operations.
Panama, British Virgin Islands and Belize are jurisdictions with favorable corporate laws that offer several types of companies for executing offshore transactions. Clients may use companies organized in said jurisdictions for several purposes. They are most widely used as personal holding companies, that is, a companies used by clients to open bank and brokerage accounts in order to fulfill their investment needs and maintain the proper discretion as to them. However, these companies can also be used for a wide variety of activities such as the purchase of real estate and also as operating companies outside the clients’ own jurisdiction; in short they can be used for any legal means.
The firm is also in a position to offer its services in the constitution and management of Trusts and Private Interest Foundations, in order to facilitate the organized transfer of property and to help the clients in their asset protection planning.
Our team of attorneys gives assistance in matters such as sales, leasing, development, and financing of commercial, residential, and beachfront real estate projects. We also offer legal services and advise in urban development matters and the procurement of permits, licenses and concessions to operate such developments. We also have broad experience in real estate transfers such as bailments, surface rights, usufruct, easements and trusts.
Assistance in the structuring of public issuance of stocks and bonds is provided to large corporate and banking clients who wish to register issues with the Superintendencia de Mercado de Valores (Capital Markets Superintendency), for the purpose of offering them in the stock market. Panamanian laws offer substantial fiscal benefits to companies that register with the Superintendencia de Mercado de Valores and place their offerings through the local stocks market. Such benefits include that no taxes are levied on the interest paid by the different instruments and that there are no capital gains once they are sold if the transfer takes place through an authorized stock exchange (except for dividends paid by stocks issued by companies who require a permit to operate in Panama or have taxable income in Panama). We also assist in the register of Mutual Funds, and obtaining the different types of Licenses granted by the Superintendencia de Mercado de Valores, among which we can mention Securities Brokerage House (Casa de Valores) license and Advisor license.
ARIAS, ALEMAN & MORA’s tax team have a reputation for cutting-edge thinking on tax law and for using the law’s most recent interpretations to our clients’ advantage. Professional services include guiding foreign clients doing business in Panama, as well as national corporations involved in foreign investments. Our team also advices clients the benefits and special treatment that the Panamanian fiscal regime provides.
The depth of our knowledge ensures that we are able to support our clients' business needs successfully and provide high quality, innovative tax solutions.
The firm offers advise in all matters related to Public Procurement in the Republic of Panama, including the tender process, negotiation, and contracts. This practice area covers preparing proposals and applications to participate in public biddings, reviewing contracts for goods, works or services, and claims analysis, preparation and presentation to the Public Procurement supervisory authorities in Panama.
50th Street and 74th Street, Building PH 909, 16th floor Postal Address 0830-1580, Panama City, Republic of Panama
Phone: +507 270-1011
Fax: +507 270-0174
Yamraj Building, Ground Floor
Road Town, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Fax: +284 494-3366
Towerbank International, Inc.; Inteligo Bank, Ltd.; Interbank; Banco de Crédito del Peru; Atlantic Security Bank; Banistmo, S.A.; Banco General, S.A.; Towerbank, Ltd.; AXA Assistance; Dole Fresh Fruit International Limited; Procter & Gamble; Amway Corp.; Global Packaging Group Corp.; Peikard Zona Libre, S.A.; Maxell Latin America, S.A.; Banco Popular Dominicano, S.A.; Pentel de Latinoamerica, S.A.; TY Lin International; Del Monte; Envases Universales de Centroamérica; Solutions 2 Go Inc.; Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc.; Soluciones de Movilidad, S.A. (Sixt Rent-A-Car); Multibank, Inc.; Investment Placement Group; Petrex, S.A. (member of SAIPEM Group); MasTec; Tech-Mahindra Panama, S.A.