ARIFA has been leading Panama’s legal profession since 1914, advising international financial institutions, multinationals, and some of the largest domestic companies. Its practice spans 30 areas of law in 14 practice groups.
Capital markets and banking: One of Panama’s pre-eminent capital markets practices, acclaimed for creating innovative financial structures, particularly in cross-border transactions. Unmatched for securitisations and in Panamanian corporate IPOs.
Most recently: IDB’s first issuance of notes listed in the Panama Stock Exchange; and Banco Nacional de Panama’s covid-19 relief loans repackaging.
M&A and corporate: One of Panama’s M&A leaders by deals value, complexity and number of transactions.
Most recently: McDermott International’s restructuring; Corporación Favorita’s acquisition of 73 per cent stake in Grupo Rey; United Airlines’ simultaneous transactions in connection with a joint venture with Avianca and Copa; Assicurazioni Generali’s asset sale agreement with respect to its Panamanian operations to ASSA.
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, Hong Kong, BVI, Belize and Uruguay serve clients around the world with 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. ARIFA clients include the largest foreign hotel chains in Panama and Regus, the world’s largest office space provider.
Infrastructure projects and government concessions: The firm has been involved in all major private and public infrastructure projects as well as in every major power generation and transmission project in Panama.
Recently ARIFA was recognised as a 2021 Deal of the Year Award Winner in the Project Finance (Energy) category.
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, coordinating trademarks registrations and other IP rights around the world, particularly in Latin America.
ARIFA Building, 10th Floorwww.arifa.com
Santa María Business District
Republic of Panama
Tel: +507 205 7000
Fax: +507 205 7001 / 2
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