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Latin America Guide 2023

Ranked in 2 Practice Areas
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Shipping
15 Years Ranked
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Shipping: Litigation
1 Years Ranked
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About

Provided by Jorge Loaiza III

Practice Areas

Shipping and shipping litigation.

Career

Joined ARIFA in 1990 and became a partner in 2014.

Resident lawyer in ARIFA London office from 2000 to 2005.

Heads the firm’s Shipping and Transportation Group and is an ARIFA Compliance Committee member.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Loaiza worked as a foreign associate with Kelley Drye & Warren in Washington D.C.

Professional Memberships

Panama Maritime Law Association, Shiparrested, Transportation & Logistics Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Panama, Lex Mundi, Interlaw.

Experience

Mr. Loaiza has been advising clients in the shipping sector and has worked extensively with major ship finance banks, shipping companies and investors, on structured ship financings, construction, acquisitions, litigation, and registration of all types of ships, mobile drilling units, FPSOs and other equipment in the shipping and energy sectors; with deep industry knowledge to creatively overcome obstacles and a global perspective on these matters.

Industry Sector Expertise

He was one of the main contributors to a newly adopted Law for Promotion of Maritime Projects Financing, and has been involved in maritime litigation, promoted the creation of judicial precedents on asset arrests and flag arrests of ships, administrative filings, and other unconventional procedures.

He was member of the drafting Committee and contributor to the amendments of 2009 to Law 8 of 1982 of Maritime Judicial Procedure, and part of the joint Commission (Government and Maritime Lawyers) for complementary regulations to Law 57 of 2008 of the Merchant Marine Administration.

Expert in these Jurisdictions

Panama.

Languages Spoken

Spanish and English.

Work Highlights

Having handled and currently attending to numerous standard administrative tasks in the areas of registration and mortgage filing procedures, he has also assisted and represented clients in complex sale and purchase deals, inventive ship security models, drafting of maritime contracts, under-construction ship finance structuring, technical aspects and compliance under international maritime conventions and innovating in maritime litigation strategies.

Education

Southern Methodist University

Master of Laws

1989

Santa Maria la Antigua University, Panama

Bachelor of Laws

1988

Chambers Review

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Shipping - Panama
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Band 1

Front-running practitioner Jorge Loaiza continues to garner extensive praise from interviewees for his longstanding presence in the Panamanian shipping arena. He is roundly endorsed by the market, with one interviewee reporting: "He is an excellent lawyer who not only participates in important shipping transactions, but is also involved in the drafting of regulations with the maritime authority." Another respondent adds: "He has a strong commercial background and great communication skills."


Shipping: Litigation - Panama
2
Band 2

Front-running practitioner Jorge Loaiza continues to garner extensive praise from interviewees for his longstanding presence in the Panamanian shipping arena. He is roundly endorsed by the market, with one interviewee reporting: "He is an excellent lawyer who not only participates in important shipping transactions, but is also involved in the drafting of regulations with the maritime authority." Another respondent adds: "He has a strong commercial background and great communication skills."

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