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Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

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ARIFA has been at the forefront of the legal profession in Panama, advising leading international financial institutions, multinational corporations, and some of the largest domestic companies, for over 100 years.
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Firm profile for Global 2021

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Chairman: Ricardo M. Arango, Fernando A. Arias, and Rodrigo Cardoze

Contact Partner: Ricardo M. Arango

Number of partners: 22

Number of lawyers: 44

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:

■ Emergent Cold Latin America Strategic acquisition of Galores Group

■ U$2.7 billion Stonepeak's acquisition of Lumen Latin American Business

■ Sale of Fertica Panama’s assets to DISAGRO

■ Advising Simon Property in the sale of Forever 21’s Panamanian and Latin American operations to AR Holdings

■ 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 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

■ Financing of Line 3 of the Panama Metro, the largest public infrastructure project in Panama

■ US$90 million unsecured loan facility to Global Bank aimed at increasing housing finance for women and support women-owned businesses in Panama

■ US$182 million CDNO sale and purchase agreement to finance the extension of Line 1 of Panama's metro system

■ US$1.76 billion EnfraGen’s renewables financing

■ Successful extension of the maturity date of US$315 million in CDNOs relating to Line 2 of Panama City metro system

■ Banco Nacional de Panama Covid-19 relief loans repackaging

■ US$500 million senior secured first lien notes to refinance Weatherford's senior secured asset-based lending agreement

■ US$1.38 billion senior secured notes by AES Panama

■ McDermott International's restructuring of US$4.6 billion of funded debt under the protection of United States Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and exit financing

■ US$675 million revolving credit line by Norwegian Cruise Line

■ US$6 billion convertible note and common stock offering by Carnival Corporation


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, 7 fee-earners

The firm has built a specialised practice on complex cross-border 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]

Contact: Claudio De Castro

Tel: +507 205 7000

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, 2 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, Compañía de Bebidas Das Americas-AMBEV, Church & Dwight, Colgate Palmolive, Facebook, Grupo Televisa, Liomont, Major League Baseball Properties Inc, Millennium Copthorne, Nikon Corporation, Société des Produits Nestlé, 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

Global

This firm is also ranked in:

Latin America 2022 High Net Worth 2021

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Banking & Finance
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Band 1
Dispute Resolution
Band 1
Intellectual Property
Band 3
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Estif Aparicio
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Ricardo M Arango
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Andrés Rubinoff
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Eduardo de Alba
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Estif Aparicio
Band 2, Foreign expert for USA
Ricardo M Arango
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PH ARIFA, 9th & 10th Floors,

West Boulevard,

Santa Marina Business District,

PO Box 0816‐01098

Panama

Panama

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