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Global 2022
Panama Shipping
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2 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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.

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Shipping - Panama
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What the team is known for

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

Notable practitioners

Top-tier practitioner Jorge Loaiza continues to garner extensive praise from interviewees for his longstanding presence in the Panamanian shipping arena. A market commentator appreciates that "he is involved in drafting regulations related to the registration of documents before the maritime authority, as well as in the creation of new shipping products." A market observer further commends Jorge Loaiza for his "outstanding performance" and "quality of service," which is delivered "in an extremely time-efficient manner."

Well-known partner Roy Durling remains a significant player in Panama's shipping arena. He regularly assists clients with vessel registrations, while also providing extensive expertise acting as lenders' counsel on cross-border credit facilities.

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Jorge Loaiza III
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Roy C Durling Jr
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