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Practice Areas

Our attorneys assist our local and international clients daily, representing them in all matters and processes before municipal and national authorities. 

Our firm’s Aircraft Finance practice represents leasing companies, financial guarantors, and other participants in a broad array of aircraft financing, including:

  • Cross-Border acquisitions.
  • Cross-border and syndicated financing.
  • Fractional-share corporate aircraft ownership.
  • Leveraged and operating leasing.
  • Purchase and sale of commercial aircraft and engines.
  • Sale/leasebacks.
  • Securitizations and portfolio securitizations.
  • Senior and subordinated loans.
  • Structured financing.

We act as counsel to a global operating lessor working in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

We are experienced in:

  • Obtaining banking licenses.
  • Obtaining licenses for financial corporations.
  • Matters before the Superintendency of Banks and the Administrator of Financial Corporations of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Legal advice with regard to banking and finance regulations.
  • Legal advice related to secured transactions (lines of credit, syndicated loans, and others).
  • Our firm provides legal assistance in all types of civil transactions, obligations and contracts, real rights, inheritance, marital agreements, debt claims, leases, real rights, mortgages, among others

    We handle various transactions in the commercial sphere, which include, without limitation, purchase-sale agreements, franchises license contracts, agency and distribution agreements, transfer of know-how, financial and operative leases, guarantee contracts, and negotiable instruments.

    We file and litigate legal actions before the Consumer Protection and Competition Defense Authority to safeguard the rights of the consumer, or defending the interest of corporations, as the case may be.

    We file and litigate legal actions before the Consumer Protection and Competition Defense Authority to safeguard the rights of the consumer, or defending the interest of corporations, as the case may be.

    In the sphere of Corporate Law, our services include:

    • The formation of commercial entities (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, and others).
    • Administrative services such as drafting of minutes, powers of attorney, and investigations in the Public Registry.
    • Legal advice related to the formation, administration, and operation of corporations.
    • Advice with regard to the formation of joint ventures.
    • Shareholders’ agreements.

    We work with various jurisdictions, such as Panama, British Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Curacao, Delaware, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Florida, Jersey, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, Nevada, Nevis, United Kingdom, Western Samoa, Republic of Seychelles, New Zealand, Saint Vincent, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Wyoming, and others.

    We handle criminal matters such as environmental crimes, financial crimes, injuries to heritage assets, and crimes against public administration, among others.

    We successfully defended a client against allegations of improper wastewater treatment, where the State was seeking environmental damage claims exceeding US$65MM.

    In the area of employment law, we draft and review employment contracts, obtain work permits for foreigners, aid in labor audits, handle individual conciliations and collective mediations before the labor authorities, negotiate collective mediations before the labor authorities, negotiate collective conventions, and offer representation in the employment law jurisdiction for all types of litigations in this field.

    We also handle matters before the social security authorities.

    We offer legal advice with regards to public tenders and contacts for the awarding of public works concessions.  Among the services we offer, we aid our clients in the preparation of the requisite documentation for public tenders, and provide support throughout the various stages of the public tender process.

    Among others, we have represented a Mexican multinational building materials and cement company in negotiating executing a supply contract for the Panama Canal expansion for the third set of locks, a Mexican multinational building materials and cement company in negotiating executing a supply contract for construction of the Panamanian “Metro” (subway) system, and a multinational Dutch dredging company.

    Other examples of our experience in transactions between the private sector and the State include our representation of a Panamanian toll-road company in the sale of one of the major two Panamanian toll-roads to the government.

    We serve as counsel to various promoters and condominiums in all legal aspects of the Horizontal Property Regime.

    Our services include the drafting and preparation of the Co-ownership Bylaws, filing and approval before the Ministry of Housing, as well as its subsequent registration in the Public Registry of Panama. We handle registering the segregations that come to make up the different real estate units, as well as their registration and exoneration before the National Land Administration Authority (ANATI, for its acronym in Spanish) and the General Directorate of Income (DGI, for its acronym in Spanish).

    We assist with the drafting and preparation of regulations of use, as well as the drafting and preparation of minutes of the board of directors and of the assembly of co-owners, and their subsequent protocolization before a Notary Public and registration, before the Public Registry of Panama, for those that due to their content or nature, require they be recorded.

    We also handle the collection of delinquent maintenance fees, even before the courts.

    We rely on vast experience in processing applications for all types of visas. Among these are visas for executives, investor visas, visas for professional technicians, as well as applications for permanent residency and naturalization. We handle all required documentations for the applicable client’s entry into and exit out of the country, as well as for the regularization of the client’s immigration status and that of his or her family members.

    Our trademark lawyers assist clients in Latin America, North and South America, and Europe with a strategic approach to the protection and enforcement of their trademarks, including attending to preliminary clearances and the registration of trademarks, and dealing with opposition, non-use and infringement actions.

    Our client roster includes a multinational ramen franchisor based in Asia.

    Our firm offers full service in the area of litigation. Amongst our specialties are civil and commercial actions, in general.

    We represent the client from the first instance of the procedural stage to the highest judicial spheres, the Supreme Court of Justice. We take on conciliations, mediations, arbitration, commercial bankruptcy and bank liquidations, as well as bad debt collection, among others.

    We also specialize in arbitration proceedings before Panama’s institutional arbitration centers, the Center of Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama, located in the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama, and the Center of Conflict Resolution, located in the Panamanian Construction Chamber, as well as before The International Court of Arbitration, which operates under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce. Our firm is a member of International Chamber of Commerce (Panama).

    We handle all aspects of corporate finance transactions, including public or private offerings, financial asset securitizations, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and corporate restructuring.

    Among others, we acted as legal counsel with regards to the acquisition of an industrial gases company by a Fortune 500 company.

    We also assist clients in obtaining different licenses from the Superintendency of the Securities Markets, such as broker-dealer licenses, investment fund administrator licenses, securities advisor licenses, and others.

    We handle everything from the formation and structuring of the Private Interest Foundation, to the drafting of the regulations needed for the proper administration and/or distribution of the Foundation’s assets, and the furtherance of the Foundation’s objectives.

    Our firm offers legal advice in the area of ​​real estate practice, which includes the study of property titles, promises of purchase-sale agreements, purchase-sale agreements, construction and development of real estate, commercial leases, rights and real property liens (mortgages, usufructs, and others), as well as advising with regards to property taxes, among others.

    In addition, we offer legal advice related to various financial structures in the real estate sector, which includes interim real estate construction loans, mortgage loans, guarantee trust-backed loans, investment companies and real estate investment funds, securities issues backed by real estate, and securitization.

    We represent many of the largest developers in Panama and some multinational ones.

    Our firm provides legal advice with regard to fiscal planning for specific operations, as well as fiscal planning in general. In addition, we represent our clients in matters before the tax authorities of the Republic of Panama.

    We handle everything from registration of a project before the Panamanian Tourism Institute to advising our clients in the planning and establishment of tourism-related projects, with the goal of taking advantage of the fiscal incentives provided by applicable legislation.

    We represent an ambitious tourism project on Panama’s Caribbean coast, and Spanish hotel group, among clients.

    Paredes & Asociados aids in the drafting and incorporation of trusts under Panamanian law. We also provide legal assistance in the administration of said trusts.

    We provide legal advice related to the structuring of all types of trusts (guarantee, administration, real estate, legacy, investment, and special-purpose trusts).

    We work closely alongside the most prestigious banks with trust licenses and professional trustees in the country.

    We also provide legal advice with regard to estate planning, including aid in the drafting and execution of wills, the granting of legacy trusts, and the structuring of legal instruments for asset protection, such as Private Interest Foundations and family-owned corporations, among others. Each estate plan is tailor-made to satisfy the individual needs of each client.