Dentons Muñoz Panama hire boosts banking and finance

Dentons Muñoz has hired a former Citibank general counsel from Fabrega, Molino & Mulino to lead its banking and finance department in Panama.

Dentons Muñoz Panama hire boosts banking and finance Ana Lucrecia

Ana Lucrecia, 44, will handle capital markets, corporate governance and compliance work alongside her management duties as head of the banking and finance area. She also retains her seat on the board of directors of Panama’s banking and securities regulator and will continue working as an ICSID arbitrator and mediator.  The hire was announced 24 March. In addition to an early career stint at Citibank, Lucrecia was a partner at Fabrega, Molino & Mulino for 12 years immediately prior to the move to Dentons Muñoz. "Ana Lucrecia can provide clients with a unique perspective, having worked in-house, in the government and in private practice," says Pedro Muñoz, founding partner of Dentons Muñoz. Lucrecia says the opportunity to have access to a global platform of resources, contacts, technology, capital and legal tools attracted her to the role. The latest addition increases the number of partners in Panama to four. Just over 40% of Denton’s partners are women across Central America and the Caribbean. Central America and Panama lead Latin America in terms of gender diversity at law firms, according to Latin Lawyer’s research. Dentons Muñoz, which also has offices in Costa Rica and Guatemala, was formed last year by the departure of José Antonio Muñoz and his brother from Arias & Muñoz (a firm José Antonio Muñoz helped found which has since rebranded as Arias) and subsequent merger with global firm Dentons. For Dentons, the tie-up with Muñoz Global is the latest step in a global expansion plan that took root in 2013; namely, to expand its footprint in Latin America by absorbing local outfits. Mergers in Mexico and Colombia kicked off the scheme, while the Central America openings promise to precede similar incursions into Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay.

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