Patton Moreno & Asvat (PANAMA)

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More than 40 years ago, Patton, Moreno & Asvat began its legal practice as a law firm primarily focused on Maritime Law and Commercial Law. Today, we are still leaders in maritime financing, maritime litigation and ship registration in the Republic of Panama, as a result of the continued trust of our clients and the high level of service rendered by our team of professionals.

Our experienced lawyers of the Maritime Department have a real and deep knowledge of the industry, and have an active participation within the major maritime associations, as the Panama Maritime Law Association (APADEMAR), in which our partner Belisario Porras was President (2015-2017), Maria de Lourdes Marengo (President 2009/2010), Maria Teresa Diaz (Secretary 1993-1994), and associate Joaquín De Obarrio (Board of Directors 2019-2020) thus contributing to the development of the sector. The firm is also a member of the Panama Maritime Chamber and of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.

Our clientele include shipowners, charterers, shipyards, ports and port terminals owners, insurance companies, international banks and financial institutions, private equity investors, consortiums and other players of the maritime sector.

Patton, Moreno & Asvat provide a complete service in each of the areas of the legal maritime industry:

  • Ship Registry and Finance
  • Ship Mortgages
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Arrest of Vessels
  • Licences to Operate in Panamanian Waters & Ports


Díaz G, María Teresa (Head of Department)

Porras, Belisario J (Head of Department)

De Obarrio, Joaquin

Sibauste, Enrique






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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 4 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

PANAMA: Benefits for Cruises

Joaquín De Obarrio

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The Ship Mortgage in Panama

Belisario J Porras

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Legal regime of incentives to MARITIME FINANCING

Belisario J Porras

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