CEO: Juan David Morgan G.
Morgan & Morgan is a full service Panamanian law firm, regularly assisting local and foreign corporations from different industries, as well as the most important financial institutions and government entities. The firm has a solid legal department with specialised services to give an effective answer to the needs of its clientele when doing business in Panama.
Main Areas of Practice:
Government Procurement & Contracts:
The firm has advised in the negotiation of multiple major concession contracts such as mining, port facilities, aviation and air transport, energy, telecommunications, oil storage and transportation, water supply, hospitality, among others. Clients include major multinational companies, investors, developers, operators, contractors, government agencies, lenders and investment banks.
Projects attorneys have been part of every critical step related to some of the largest projects such as the Metro de Panama (the most important public infrastructure project), the copper mining project Cobre Panama (the biggest private sector investment in Panamanian history), Changuinola I (the largest hydroelectric power station in the Panamanian territory), the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal; among others.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The M&A practice is best known for managing some of the most transcendental transactions in Panama, worth several billion dollars. Relevant experience includes the US$1.8 billion acquisition of Grupo Banistmo by HSBC; the US$211 million insurance mergers of Mapfre with Aseguradora Mundial; the US$647 million acquisition of a toll highway concession by the Panamanian Government; the sale of the non-alcoholic business of Refrescos Nacionales and Cerveceria Nacional to Dos Pinos; the US$180 million acquisition of Panama Colon Container Port by Shanghai Gorgeous Investment Development; among many others.
Securities & Capital Markets:
Morgan & Morgan is very experienced and has been involved in numerous capital markets transactions. The practice focuses on public and private offerings, some with cross border components. The firm also has assisted many clients in obtaining various licenses from the superintendence of securities markets, including securities brokerage and investment fund administration. Moreover, the firm has participated on behalf of both issuers and underwriters, local and international, including offerings made in other jurisdictions (such as 144A and Regulation S).
The firm represents in a wide variety of transactional issues including regulatory, licensing, permits, environmental, contractual and compliance matters. Morgan & Morgan takes pride on its continuous advice to clients involved in the generation of energy, including participation in all stages of the development of the largest hydro, wind, carbon, thermal and solar projects.
The firm has a team of attorneys with vast knowledge and experience in tax law addressing all sorts of industries, such as, financial services, technology, shipping, energy, real estate, intellectual property, retail and wholesale business, who can readily identify obstacles and solutions but mostly the opportunities clients can expect to achieve when doing business in Panama.
Besides being experts in the filing and registration of trademarks, our attorneys are specialists in the drafting and reviewing of license and franchise agreements, assisting clients in all the regulatory proceedings for registering such license agreements and franchises of trademarks before the Industrial Property and IP Directorates.
The firm has a solid shipping practice known for representing the most prestigious ship owning companies as well as the most prominent and active lending institutions; PI Clubs, charterers, hull and cargo underwriters and other shipping interests. According to the latest figures published by the Maritime Authority of Panama in June 2017, Panama has the largest maritime registry in the world per number of ships (8,236) and Morgan and Morgan leads the sector by having 25% of them (2,086). In the shipping admiralty and litigation practice, Morgan & Morgan has been known for having the greatest number of open cases at the Maritime Courts of Panama, a judicial entity that has become an internationally recognised forum in the resolution of maritime disputes.
International Company Formation:
Morgan & Morgan relies on a skilled team of attorneys, business executives and accountants with over 20 years of experience in the offshore industry. The firm is prepared to offer the incorporation, management and administration of companies with expertise in all major jurisdictions such as Panama, BVI, Belize, among others; helping clients appropriately and effectively, regardless of the market conditions.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The practice is best known for handling complex disputes and some of the landmark cases in Panama regarding civil, administrative, banking, insurance, corporate and commercial matters. Lawyers in this practice undertake judicial businesses of great import relating litigation for more than thousands of proceedings.
ABN Amro Bank, BAC, Banco La Hipotecaria, Banistmo, Banvivienda, BBVA, Biwater, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp., Cirsa Gaming Corporation, Citibank Panama, Constructora Urbana (CUSA), Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI), Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Electron Investment, FCC Construcción de Centroamerica, First Group America, Global Bank Corporation, Grupo Verde Azul, Hanwha Q Cells USA, Hormel Food Corporate Services, Hundai Merchant Marine, International Finance Corporation (IFC), KN Trading Co. Ltd., Kraft Foods Group, Louis Vuitton Malletier, Melones Oil Terminal, Minera Panama, Mitsubishi Logistics Corp., Mitsui-Soko Co. Ltd., Panama Ports Company (subsidiary of Hutchinson Ports Holding), Royal Bank of Canada, Samsung Logistics Corp., SBA Telecommunications, Secretaría del Metro de Panamá, Shanghai Georgeous Investment Bank, SK Shipping Co. Ltd., Solairedirect, T.Y. Lin, International Group, The AES Corporation, The Clorox Company, The Korea Development Bank, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo Bank, among others. Org