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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
Advising Bladex, as Joint Lead Arranger and Bookrunner in the successful syndication of a US$223 million facility for Central American banking group Grupo Promerica; lender banks in five jurisdictions refinancing Termocandelaria’s existing debt; senior leaders in the financing of the single largest nautral gas powered generation facility complex to be built in Panama; US$500 million debut international bond offering by Banistmo; Bank of Nova Scotia in a US$100 million finance for the construction of Panama’s new convention centre; Citigroup Global Markets Inc, acting as Sole Initial Purchaser, in a US $575 million bond offering by Tocumen International Airport for the purposes of financing the expansion of the South Terminal; the government of Panama, in the acquisition of MiBus, the concessionaire and operator of the mass transportation system in the metropolitan area of Panama City; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in financing the expansion of the first line of the Panama City Metro; BICSA in the financing of Panama’s first windmill generation farm, UEP Penonme 1, and IEH in the simultaneous M&A and project financing for phase 11 of this same project.
Key Clients: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley & Co, Citibank, Wells Fargo/Wachovia, The Bank of Tokoyo- Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., Summitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank, IFC, Bladex, CABEI, Bancolombia, The International Monetary Fund, WestLB Bank.
Contact: Ricardo M Arango Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
9 partners, 8 fee-earners Representing three out of five hydrocarbon distributors in the largest case of monopolistic competition in Panama; representing Samsung C&T in defense of a local company claim; representing the interests of ChevronTexaco in a fuel contamination lawsuit.
Key Clients: ING Bank, Deutsche Bank, Samsung C&T Corporation, Toshiba American Business, Whirlpool Corporation, PCCW, BNP Paribas, Marriott International, Inc., PCCW, and ChevronTexaco
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
Advising Crocs, Inc. in the review of the distribution and retail license agreement, and infringement and counterfeiting case; La Hipotecaria on technology-related copyright issues; Facebook in the opposition trademark proceeding; record time release container shipped by our client to Sears Roebuck; Annco, INC in securing the exclusive rights over its trademark Ann Taylor at the Panama Industrial Property Office; Speedo in opposition trademark proceeding regarding the use of its peculiar trademark of an arrow design; Panama Canal Authority in opposition trademark proceeding; Laboratorios Liomont in opposition trademark proceeding based on likelihood of confusion; and the History Channel in trademark infringement.
Key Clients: AUDI AG, British American Tobacco, Compania de Bebidas Das Americas-AMBEV, Crocs, Inc, Church & Dwight, Colgate Palmolive, Facebook, Grupo Televisa, Holiday Inn International, Liomont, Major League Baseball Properties Inc, Millennium Copthorne, Nikon Corporation, Societe des Produits Nestle, Toyota Motor Corporation, Cargill, Gap, L’Oréal, Valera Hermanos.
Contact: Carol M Durling
Tel: +507 205 7000
Email: [email protected]

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

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