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What the team is known for

Stellar team with a highly acclaimed shipping practice, covering regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Routinely assists clients with vessel registration, mortgages and financings. Offers exceptional experience handling cross-border transactions, with particular expertise acting as lender's counsel on credit facilities. Also known to represent clients in cases before the Panama Maritime Authority and Maritime Courts. Firm continues to be a top choice for leading international counsel acting in Panama.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesperson Eduardo de Alba remains highly recognised for his longstanding experience handling contentious matters in the shipping arena. An interviewee reports: "He is an excellent litigator with a very important reputation in the market."

Jorge Loaiza is "a great maritime lawyer, highly specialised in this area," according to an interviewee, who goes on to enthuse: "He is one of the best shipping lawyers I have worked with."Another source describes him as an "eminence in shipping finance matters."Loaiza continues to offer a market-leading practice in shipping concession matters and cross-border financing, as well as assisting shipping companies with internal restructures.

Up-and-coming partner Pilar Castillo "is very confident in her practice and provides very high-quality legal advice," a market commentator reports. Castillo represents clients across a range of shipping matters, including debt restructuring, registration and mortgage matters.

Respected practitioner Roy Durling focuses his practice on shipping finance matters and is well regarded in the market for his practice. An interviewee describes him as a "well-known lawyer in the Panamanian shipping arena."

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Overview

ARIFA is one of the leading maritime law firms in Panama, regularly assisting ship owners, ship operators, banks and port operators around the world. Regarded for decades as the premier firm for ship financing in Panama, our expertise extends not only to the financing of vessels, but also platforms registered in Panama.

ARIFA also acts as registered agent in Panama for hundreds of vessels registered under the Panamanian flag. Through its own network of offices in London, Hong Kong and Panama, and a highly specialized staff and automated systems, the firm facilitates the registration and mortgaging of vessels for clients around the world.

ARIFA has an important maritime litigation practice. Maritime claims and disputes in local and international admiralty courts are handled by an interdisciplinary group of expert lawyers from our shipping and litigation practice areas.

Throughout the years, the firm has been actively involved in ongoing projects to modernize maritime laws. Partners of the firm have been instrumental in the drafting of major pieces of legislation on ship registration and maritime court procedures.

Clients

Allseas

Carnival Cruise Lines

D’Amico

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

DvB Bank AG

Grupo Mexico

Grupo R

Heerema

ID Shipping AS

Lauritzen

Monjasa

Nordea Bank

Norden A/S

SapuraKenkana

Schahin Engenharia S.A.

Scorpion Offshore Ltd.

Seadrill Limited

Seajacks UK Limited

Touax

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Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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Location

PH ARIFA, 9th & 10th Floors,

West Boulevard,

Santa Marina Business District,

PO Box 0816‐01098

Panama

Panama

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

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Jorge Loaiza III
Band 1
Pilar Castillo
Up and Coming
Roy C Durling Jr
Band 2

Shipping: Litigation


Eduardo de Alba
Senior Statespeople