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Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group

Asset Protection, Business, Tax & Banking Law Firm in Panama City, Republic of Panama

Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group

47th Street and Aquilino de la Guardia Street
Ocean Plaza, 12th floor

Panama City
Panama

Phone+507 3406447 or+507 3965080
Fax +507 3406446

Website www.laglawyers.com
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Law Firm Overview

Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group is an international business law firm in Panama. The attorneys at Lombardi Aguilar Group provide its clients fast, innovative and effective solutions to their business challenges. The firm provides services to individual and corporate clients in Panama as well in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its partners maintain a commitment to professional ethics and social responsibility by participating in the board of directors of groups such as the Panama Bar Association, the German Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) of Panama and the Association of Chinese-Panamanian Professionals.

The firm centers its law practice in private client services and asset protection (Private Interest Foundations, Trusts), business and enterprise structures (Offshore and international business corporations), tax planning and consulting, real estate and e-commerce. We also advise in areas Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Maritime Law, and Immigration Law as well as related litigation that may arise from our client activities.

Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group is part of international network of professionals that allows the firm to take care of every problem of our clients in an expedited and confidential manner. The firm has its main office in Panama City, Panama, as well as a representative office in Switzerland.

At Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group, we believe in a constant and direct communication with our clients, which allows us to anticipate what their needs and challenges are, in order to give them the most accurate and precise solutions in the shortest period of time.

Year this Office was Established: 2006

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian and German.

Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Asset Recovery; Civil Law; Commercial Financial Services; Company Registration; Condominium Conversions; Government Contracts; International Business Transactions; International Financial Services; International Trademark Registration; Liquidations; Limited Liability Companies; Loan Agreements; Offshore Accounts; Offshore Investments; Offshore Company Law; Organization and Management of Offshore Companies; Offshore General Practice; Offshore Mutual Fund Structures; Pharmaceutical Patents Registration; Piracy; Private Interest Foundations; Securitization; Ship Arrest; Tax-Exempt Organizations; Trademark Litigation; Virtual Office; Colon Free Zone; Fiscal Law; Government Procurement; Health Registrations.


Areas of Law Description

Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group practices in the following areas of law:

- Offshore Services

We can help you with the following offshore services:

• Opening Offshore accounts
Once the corporation is registered we recommend our clients to have an offshore account opened in order to protect your assets or to keep your privacy in international business. Lombardi Aguilar Group has a large network and well established relations with banks in Panama, Switzerland, Belize, St. Vincent, Cyprus and others.

• Opening Investments accounts
If your goal is to invest in foreign markets, Lombardi Aguilar Group recommends to do so from an offshore jurisdiction like Panama, where your incomes regarding these investments are not subject to income tax in Panama. Lombardi Aguilar Group has contacts and business relations with the most important brokers firms in Panama, who will manage your investments in the most confidential fashion.

• Nominee directors and shareholders
In order to keep your privacy, Lombardi Aguilar Group offers its clients the service of nominee directors and shareholders who will act and carry out the company according to the given instructions by the client.

• Virtual Office
Lombardi Aguilar Group offers its client a complete virtual office service that includes telephone lines, retransmission of faxes, e mails, and letters in general.

- Local Services

Lombardi Aguilar Group also provides assistance with :

*Foreign Investment
Lombardi Aguilar Group provides legal services to clients investing directly in Panama’s economy. The development of the country has its origin in the political stability and economic strength in the last years from its strategic geographical position, its territorial tax regime, its international banking center and other advantages such as:

• Use of Dollar as currency of legal tender
• Exemption of local income tax on interest from bank accounts
• Strict confidentiality laws in banking and attorney-client matters
• Panama has no tax information exchange treaties with other countries and current mutual legal assistance treaties exclude tax matters
• Panama has the largest free trade zone of the Americas
• English is widely spoken
• Low crime levels
• Direct flights between Panama City and more than 30 locations in the Americas and Europe
• Cost of living lower than that of larger cities in the Americas and Europe
• Excellent hospitals and medical services
• Large number of bilingual private schools.

*Immigration Services
Due to the development of investments in the country and the constant flow of tourists, executives and business people, the demand for these services have increased. Abogados Lombardi Aguilar Group regularly assists clients applying for social residence visas such as Real Estate Investor, Forestry Investor, Securities Investor, Retiree, Second Passport Program and others.

*Business Licenses
Businesses providing services to clients from Panama are deemed to considered an onshore activity and therefore must have a Business Licenses from the Panama Ministry of Commerce. The attorneys of Lombardi Aguilar Group are experienced in obtaining this permit.

*Trademark and Patent Registration
Lombardi Aguilar Group recommends the registration of trademarks and patents if a product will be traded in or from Panama. Modern intellectual property legislation compliant with World Intellectual Property Organization standards and ratification of important multilateral treaties ensure protection against counterfeits and unauthorized use. The attorneys of Lombardi Aguilar Group have a decade of experience in these procedures.

*Ship Registration
The Republic of Panama is the largest merchant fleet of the world because of unsurpassed advantages offered by a network of consulates worldwide specialized in shipping matters, a 24/365 Maritime Court and the tax advantages granted to shipping activities conducted outside of Panamanian territory. Ships owned by foreigners can be registered in the Panama fleet and loans granted by banks in the U.S., Europe and the Far East are collateralized with enforceable mortgages on Panama-registered ships.

At Lombardi Aguilar Group we are aware of the place occupied by Panama as an International Maritime Center and therefore our attorneys are fully trained to provide this service.

*Public Procurement
Lombardi Aguilar Group considers very important to offer this service, as the Government of Panama increases the goods and services purchased from foreign providers for its modernization. Government purchases will increase with the awarding of contracts for the US$4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. Our attorneys have experience representing companies in this area, including:
• Preparation of documents and requirements to participate in selection of contractors.
• Representation in public bids.
• Filing of judicial review actions for violations of the Public Procurement Law.
• Advice in contracting with the Panama Canal Authority (PCA), which has its special procurement procedure.

*Labor Law
We advise multinational companies in labor and employment disputes. Lombardi Aguilar Group has the experience and knowledge required to provide said advice and avoid labor conflict which may result costly and time-consuming.

*Civil Law
Civil law is the basis for all types of contracts, obligations and properties, which is why Lombardi Aguilar Group is prepared to provide advice in this area. Daily activities of a business imply performing several transactions and many times without knowing so, a pre-written civil code applies to relations between parties. Lombardi Aguilar Group will be pleased to serve as counsel in civil law with the highest professional standards.

*Tax Law
Lombardi Aguilar Group offers legal advice in tax matters, either for clients seeking comprehensive tax planning for individuals or entities with assets in Panama, or when requiring representation before local administrative tax authorities.

*Real Estate Law
Panama has no restrictions for the purchase of property by foreigners (except for those located 5km from land borders).
Property titles are registered in a government public registry under the Torrens system, which allows prospective owners to be aware of all valid liens and encumbrances on real estate. This also ensures protection of security interest in favor of lenders and interest holders. At Lombardi Aguilar Group we know that it is in the client’s best interest to be aware of these and other technicalities related to Real Estate Law in Panama. We have experience and knowledge on laws governing real estate.

*Civil and Commercial Litigation
While conducting a business activity, some conflicts unfortunately cannot be settled in an amicable manner, which requires their being solved by local courts. The attorneys of Lombardi Aguilar Group have experience in representing individuals and businesses in litigation, including submitting evidence under formalistic Standards of Roman Law, pre-judgment sequestration and seizure of assets, and appeals before higher courts. Attention to litigation is a delicate matter and requires high professional standards and knowledge and Lombardi Aguilar Group is available to ensure the best result possible in litigation.

*E-Commerce and City of Knowledge Companies
The attorneys of Lombardi Aguilar Group serve several U.S. investors actively using high broadband access, large data warehouses, secure banking facilities and flexible corporate regulations to conduct electronic transfer and e-commerce activities hosted from Panama. Companies set up in the City of Knowledge technology zone enjoy additional tax benefits and foreign worker quotas. The firm obtains regulatory permits required by a foreign investor and works alongside several service providers to ensure the success of an e-business.

*Free Trade Zones and Export Processing Zones
At Lombardi Aguilar Group, we have the experience needed to advice with regards to the setting up of a company in a Free Trade Zone. The Colon Free Trade Zone is the largest of the Americas and provide a large number of tax advantages to investors packaging and re-exporting for foreign markets as well as access to the best and largest air and sea transshipment facilities of the Caribbean.



Partners

Gabriel Aguilar Gabriel Aguilar
Partner
Admiralty and Maritime, Agricultural Law, Bad Faith Insurance, Banking and Finance, Biotechnology

Alvaro Aguilar Mr. Alvaro J Aguilar
Partner
Administrative Law, Advertising, Agency and Distributorship, Arbitration, Asset Protection

Jorge Lombardi Dr. Jorge G. Lombardi
Partner
Commercial Litigation, Immigration, Offshore Services, Trademark



Associates

Carlos Abrego Carlos Abrego
Associate
Business and Industry

Luis Arrocha Luis Arrocha
Associate




Of Counsel

Patrick Baudin Patrick J. Baudin
Foreign Law Consultant
Appellate Practice, Cassatio, French Law

Ana Españó Ana Melissa Españó
Lawyer
Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law, Pre-nuptial Agreement

Rodolfo Miguel Espino Barañano Rodolfo Miguel Espino Barañano
Lawyer
Administrative Law, Election and Political Law, Government, Government Contracts, Litigation

Rafael Garcia-Borges Rafael Garcia-Borges
Foreign Law Consultant
Administrative Law, Banking and Finance, Election and Political Law, Venezuela Law

Amelie Gonzalez Amelie Gonzalez
Lawyer
Agricultural Law, Animal Law, Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources, Environmental Law

Guadalupe Martinez-Casas Guadalupe Martinez-Casas
Foreign Law Consultant



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