In 2014, ARIFA celebrated 100 years at the forefront of the legal profession, advising international financial institutions, multinationals and Panama’s largest companies. ARIFA legal practice covers 30 areas of law.
Capital markets and banking: ARIFA has one of Panama’s pre-eminent capital markets practices. The firm is acclaimed for creating innovative financial structures, particularly in cross-border transactions. It is unmatched for securitisations and in Panamanian corporate IPOs.
Recently represented: lenders in financing the largest natural gas powered generation facility complex to be built in Panama; Citigroup in a USD$575 million bond offering by Tocumen International Airport; Bladex in a US$223 million facility for Grupo Promerica; and lenders in five jurisdictions refinancing Termocandelaria’s existing debt.
M&A and corporate: ARIFA is one of Panama’s M&A leaders by deals value, complexity and number of transactions.
Recently represented: the Government of Panama in its acquisition of Transporte Masivo de Panamá; Grupo Tagarópulos in the acquisition of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in Panama; Grupo Bancolombia in integrating its securities operations in the country; Sullivan & Cromwell in the sale of AIG Central America subsidiaries to Grupo ASSA; Skechers in the establishment of its operations in the region.
Corporate services and trusts: With more than 50 years in this sector, ARIFA is a leading offshore brand. Its network of affiliated offices in Panama, London, Luxembourg, Geneva, Hong Kong, BVI, Belize and Uruguay serves clients around the world. Services include company formation and management services, and trust and estate planning foundation services.
Litigation: The firm has built a specialised practice on complex cross-border dispute resolution, representing foreign and international companies in high-value Panamanian judicial proceedings and domestic or international arbitration against either the Panamanian government or Panamanian corporations, involving, among others, sectors as diverse as construction, bankruptcy, oil, aviation and government contracts.
Real estate: ARIFA covers the spectrum of real estate activities. Its lawyers are experts in the complex regulations for all real-related areas. ARIFA clients include the largest foreign hotel chains in Panama and Regus, the world’s largest office space provider.
Infrastructure projects and government concessions: ARIFA has an active participation representing lenders in the vast majority of projects involving road reorganisation, public infrastructure healthcare, public transportation reorganisation, sport facilities and facilities to promote convention tourism.
The firm also represents power generators such as Suez Energy and Enel; negotiated the Petaquilla concession for Panama’s largest copper mine; represented clients acquiring an interest in MIT, the largest port on Panama’s Caribbean coast; secured various concessions for clients like ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil, and represents several new call centre and headquarter-law regime companies.
Shipping: A premier firm for ship financing in Panama, with a growing maritime litigation practice, ARIFA facilitates vessel registrations and financings for clients around the world through a proprietary office network in London, Hong Kong and Panama. ARIFA also represent the largest number of platforms and drilling reef structures and vessels under the Panamanian registry, and clients in the bulk, tanker, container and other commercial ventures.
Intellectual property: ARIFA offers a full range of IP services. Through a well-established network of corresponding IP firms, ARIFA coordinates trademarks registrations and other IP rights around the world, particularly in Latin America.
PH ARIFA, 10th Floor
Santa María Business District
Republic of Panama
Tel: +507 205 7000
Fax: +507 205 7001 / 2