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Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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Chairman: Maria del C. Zuniga, Eduardo de Alba, Fernando A. Arias
Contact Partner: Ricardo M. Arango
Number of partners: 20
Number of lawyers: 47
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Firm Overview:
ARIFA, in the forefront of Panama’s legal industry since 1914, offers full-service advice to international financial institutions, multinationals and some of Panama’s largest domestic companies. Its practice spans 30 areas of law in 14 practice groups. Long recognised for structuring innovative solutions in M&A, capital market and financing transactions, ARIFA also has a strong offshore practice. The firm’s lawyers, many educated in top law schools in the US and Europe or trained at New York law firms, are the backbone of the firm’s success.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate / Commercial:
14 partners, 11 fee-earners
ARIFA has the pre-eminent capital markets and banking practices in Panama. It is the market leader for innovative financial structures, particularly in crossborder transactions, and has unmatched expertise in securitisations and in domestic IPOs. The firm is one of Panama’s M&A leaders in terms of volume and number of deals. Clients trust the firm to solve complex and difficult cross-border acquisitions.
Recent transactional highlights:
■ Advising Grupo Rey in connection with the proposed acquisition by Corporación Favorita of a controlling interest in Rey Holdings, Corp.
■ Advising United Airlines in a complex loan and alliance structure between United Airlines, Avianca Holdings, and the two main Avianca shareholders
■ Advising Cable Onda, the leader in Panama’s cable and fixed telecommunications services, in the sale of 80% of Cable Onda to Millicom
■ Advising McDermott International in a merger deal with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) ■Advising E. León Jimenes in the restructuring of its joint venture with Ambev, S.A.
■ Advising Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. in an asset sale agreement with respect to its Panamanian operations to ASSA Compañía de Seguros, S.A. for US$172 million
Key Clients: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley & Co, Citibank, Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex), Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), UBS, Bank of Nova Scotia, Banco General (the largest Panamanian bank), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United Airlines, Inc., McDermott International (NYSE: MDR).
Contact: Ricardo M Arango
Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
9 partners, 8 fee-earners
The firm has built a specialised practice on complex crossborder dispute resolution, representing foreign companies facing complex arbitration or litigation proceedings in Panama, or involved in multijurisdictional disputes. Key Clients: ING Bank, Samsung C&T Corporation, BNP Paribas, American Express, VISA, and Chevron Chemical Company.
Contact: Fernando A Arias
Tel: +507 205 7012
Email: [email protected]

Offshore Services:
6 partners, 8 fee-earners
ARIFA represents domestic and offshore clients in organising and managing companies, foundations and trusts in various jurisdictions, estate planning, international tax planning, and asset protection structures.
Contact: Fernando A Arias
Tel: +507 205 7012
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
2 partners, 3 fee-earners
ARIFA offers its clients a full range of IP legal services. The firm also uses a well-established network of IP corresponding firms to coordinate trademark and other intellectual property rights registrations around the world, particularly in Latin America.
Key Clients: AUDI AG, Compania de Bebidas Das Americas-AMBEV, Church & Dwight, Colgate Palmolive, Facebook, Grupo Televisa, Liomont, Major League Baseball Properties Inc, Millennium Copthorne, Nikon Corporation, Societe des Produits Nestle, Toyota Motor Corporation, Cargill, Gap, L’Oréal, Valera Hermanos.
Contact: Melissa Del Busto
Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]

Additional Areas of Practice:
■ Antitrust, Trade & Competition
■ Aviation
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Commercial Transactions & Contracts
■ Doing Business & Multinationals in Panama
■ Corporations
■ Environmental Matters
■ Government Contracts, Concessions & Privatisations
■ Government Permits & Administrative Matters
■ Immigration
■ International Business Transactions
■ Labour & Employment
■ Litigation & Arbitration
■ Media & Communications
■ Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
■ Mining, Oil & Gas
■ Public Utilities
■ Real Estate & Property
■ Shipping & Ports
■ Taxation


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