In over half a century, Quijano & Associates have developed a full range of legal services that cover different sectors of the industry. Our legal solutions are designed to have a full coverage from beginning to end. Thanks to our professional team of specialists, who are able to satisfy the requirements of our clients in a rapid and efficient manner.
Legal Services Portfolio
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Quijano & Associates provides representation to an important percentage of the Panamanian Merchant Marine Fleet, largest in the world, both in tonnage and number of registered vessels. Our clients include shipowners, operators, charterers, shipping agents, financial institutions, insurance companies, brokers, coastal trading vessels and luxury yachts. We also cover disputes related to the maritime sector in Panama and have broad experience and knowledge of the regulations and procedures at the maritime courts.
Banking and Securities
Frequently, we are involved in public offers of shares, issuance of bonds, corporate restructuring, financing of projects and acquisition of companies, structuring of loans and guarantees. We are also request to offer advice on banking and trust regulations, and on the process for obtaining banking or investment advisers licenses, amongst others.
Commercial | Mergers and Acquisitions
Being pioneers for many decades in law practice, Quijano & Associates has achieved a unique understanding of the business field in Panama and Latin America, and the commercial relationship between the Americas and other countries and markets. Therefore, we are in a first class position to advise clients on all types of businesses and investment matters related to Panama. We have advised high profile clients of the private sector, including multinational companies and multilateral organizations.
From its foundation, Quijano & Associates has been a leader in this field, being the first Panamanian law firm to open its own offices abroad. Through our present international network of offices and correspondent law firms, along with strategic regional alliances to which we are parties, we perform the organization, structuring, management and operations of offshore companies, private interest foundations and other investment vehicles in different jurisdiction all over the globe, especially, but without being limited to Panama, the British Virgin Islands, the State of Delaware, Seychelles, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Our expertise in entertainment law adds an additional dimension in our practice. We represent an important number of clients of this industry. Our service is broad and includes from the representation and negotiation of contracts, up to advice on the financial aspects of the business.
Estate Planning and Trust Service
Our team of experts will analyze the client´s specific needs and combining companies, private interest foundations and trusts we provide customized solutions addressing each particular need for asset management and protection, as well as succession planning.
In addition, through our duly licensed affiliate, QUIJANO TRUST CORPORATION, we provide trustee, custody and depository agency services, which can be very valuable in commercial transactions as well as succession planning.
Government Contracts and Permits
Quijano & Associates has a department exclusively dedicated to advising its clients on the drafting of offers that are required to be submitted at public biddings or private purchases; be these for purchases, for works and services with the purpose of complying with the pertaining rules, requirements and guidelines that must be included in said offers. We also advise state or private institutions that require legal support related to said contracting.
Immigration and Labor Law
Quijano & Associates frequently receive requests from individuals or companies requiring assistance in regards to regulations on Panamanian immigration laws pertaining to employment and relocation of executives and retired foreigners. We also offer advisory to multinational companies interested in establishing their operation seat in Panama. Likewise, we process residence permits, tourist and investment visas, and naturalization certificates. Our broad experience allows us to offer the most appropriate response for any immigration matter that may arise.
Quijano & Associates is widely recognized for its advisory and incisive assistance in this area related to the different ways in which clients may register and protect their intellectual property rights and capitalize on said rights through their sale and licensing in Panama and abroad. We also offer full advisory related to the granting of franchises and copyright protection.
Litigation and Arbitration
We submit all types of civil and commercial suits in Panama, and in regards to foreign jurisdictions, we work in collaboration with our correspondents’ attorneys. Also, we always make the effort to use other methods for resolving civil and commercial suits, such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration with the objective of resolving the problems as soon as possible and with efficiency in regards to the expenses for our clients. Our team has qualified arbitrators, both at the local level by the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama, and at the international level by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of Florida.
Quijano & Associates offers legal assistance for the purchase, sale and lease of residential and commercial real estate. Our firm will offer guidance throughout the negotiation of the agreement terms to be subscribed, management of the transaction and administration documents, investigation of encumbrances that may exist on any property, processing of financing by the bank, up to the conclusion of the transaction. We may also aid property owners in regards to procedures of zoning and rezoning, evaluation of real estate taxes, management of eviction procedures and resolution of disputes between owners and tenants.
Other Legal Services
Through our subsidiary, STERLING TAX CONSULTANTS, we are in the capacity of aiding our clients professionally in accounting, financial and fiscal procedures in a timely and efficient manner, offering the taking of administrative decision at a lessor cost and promoting the development of their businesses and the optimization of their services.
By means of its Relocation Services, Quijano & Associates facilitates the relocation procedures of expatriates. We take charge as from his/her arrival at Tocumen Airport, aiding with a rapid entry to the country, transportation from the airport to our offices and after to the offices of the National Immigration Service, always in the company of a qualified member of our staff. This VIP package includes hotel reservations at a corporate rate, administrative services during his/her stay (fax, telephone, internet, copies), immigration procedures, opening of a bank account and organization of a company, if this should be the case.
The Relocation Services will save our clients time and money. This VIP package was created by Quijano & Associates to expedite the transition and aid in reducing the stress and complexity of an international relocation.