Maritime Law Firm in Republic of Panama
Quijano & AssociatesMain Office
Salduba Building, 3rd Floor
53rd East Street, Urbanizacion Marbella
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Law Firm OverviewQuijano & Associates was established in the Republic of Panama and provides legal representation in maritime and offshore matters.
We remain at the forefront of maritime and offshore legal practice, but have increased our expertise to encompass a diverse range of other areas. We continue to enhance the quality of our service by actively listening to each of our clients, keeping fully abreast of global business developments and constantly seeking ways to incorporate the latest technology.
Almost since its inception it has worked in close association with Etude d'Avocats Louis Bagi, its correspondent office in Nyon, Switzerland, and it gradually expanded its reputation for trustworthiness and reliability. It has a subsidiary office in London, England since 1983, and in Tortola, British Virgin Islands since 1993.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Ship Mortgages; Maritime Insurance; Cargo Claims; Maritime Liens; Salvage Claims; Public Stock Offerings, Bond Issuing, Corporate Restructurings; Loan And Guarantee Structures, Surety Bonds; Asset Securitization.
Areas of Law Description
Quijano & Associates acts for a substantial percentage of the Panamanian merchant marine fleet, the largest in the world in terms of tonnage and number of vessels registered. Our clientele encompasses ship-owners, vessel operators, charterers, ship agents, financial institutions, insurers, underwriters and brokers, and we cover the full spectrum of maritime-related matters, most notably:
• Advisory and consultancy services in ship finance
• Ship mortgages and other types of securities
• Ship registration and ancillary services such as transfers of ownership, changes of name, registry searches and renewal of navigation documents
• Vessel regulatory compliance
• Maritime insurance
• Legal opinion
We handle all contentious matters pertaining to the maritime sector in Panama and are well-versed in the rules and procedures of the Panamanian Maritime Tribunals. Areas of outstanding expertise include:
• Arrest of vessels
• Personal injury claims
• Cargo claims
• General average and salvage claims
• Enforcement of maritime liens
- Trust Services & Estate Planning
Our strengths in offshore legal practice are all-embracing. We provide custodial and escrow agency services and work closely with our clients to create the asset protection and estate management structures best suited to facilitate tax efficiency and meet their individual needs. In particular, we are highly skilled in forming and administering Panamanian Private Interest Foundations.
- Corporate, Banking & Securities
We are frequently involved in joint ventures, privatizations, public stock offerings, bond issuing, corporate restructurings, project and acquisition finance, loan and guarantee structures, surety bonds and asset securitization. In addition, we are often called upon to give guidance on banking and fiduciary regulations and licensing procedures. Corporate, Banking & Securities
We are frequently involved in joint ventures, privatizations, public stock offerings, bond issuing, corporate restructurings, project and acquisition finance, loan and guarantee structures, surety bonds and asset securitization. In addition, we are often called upon to give guidance on banking and fiduciary regulations and licensing procedures.
- Company Formation & Management
Quijano & Associates has been a leader in this field ever since the inception of the firm. Through our international network of offices and correspondent law firms, we take care of the incorporation, structuring, administration and operation of offshore companies in a diversity of jurisdictions worldwide, especially Panama, the British Virgin Islands and the State of Delaware & Belize.
Over many decades of pioneering legal practice, Quijano & Associates has cultivated a unique understanding of the business environment in Panama and Latin America and the commercial relationships between the Americas and other nations and markets. Accordingly, we are in a prime position to counsel clients in all manner of trade and investment matters concerning Panama, with special emphasis on the following:
• Foreign investment regulations and incentives
• Trade and investment agreements and finance
• Public bids
• Concessions in the mining, telecommunications and hi-tech sectors, among others
• Commercial and industrial licenses
• Consumer protection regulations
• Gaming control regulations and procedures
• Real estate development
• Colon Free Zone and other Panamanian special enterprise zones
• International free trade agreements
• Free Trade Area of the Americas
Our capabilities in entertainment law add an extra dimension to our practice. We represent a growing number of clients in the industry, including high-profile recording artists, writers, composers, producers, managers, agents and directors. Our service is comprehensive and extends from contractual representation and negotiation all the way through to advice on the financial aspects of the business. We make it our priority to have the flexibility and adaptability to satisfy the specific requirements of each of our clients at all times.
- Intellectual Property
Quijano & Associates is widely recognized for its incisive advice and assistance in this area in relation to the different ways in which clients may register and protect their intellectual property rights and capitalize on such rights through the selling and licensing of the same in Panama and around the globe.
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
We undertake all types of civil and commercial litigation in Panama and, where overseas jurisdictions are concerned, work in collaboration with our correspondent lawyers. Also, we always endeavor to use other civil and commercial dispute resolution processes such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration in order to resolve matters as speedily and as cost-effectively as possible for our clients. Members of our team are qualified arbitrators with the Center of Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama.
Quijano & Associates is routinely instructed by individuals or companies requiring help in connection with the intricacies of Panamanian immigration law surrounding employment and retirement, applications for work and residency permits, tourist and investor visas and letters of naturalization. We have vast experience in being able to identify the most appropriate response to any given immigration issue.
Mr. Julio A. Quijano Berbey
Admiralty and Maritime, Corporate Law
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