Miguel Cedeño

Leaders in Law endorses Miguel Cedeño as our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Panama. If you wish to get in touch with Miguel please use the contact information provided above.

Miguel is the founding partner of the firm. He graduated in Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Law of the Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University of Panama, in 1987.

In 1992, he founded the firm with a traditional approach to legal services. However, over the years the firm experienced a number of organizational and strategic changes that resulted in the specialization and expansion of its services.

Miguel specializes in Corporate and Business Law, Labor Law and Real Estate.

He is a member of AMCHAM Panama, the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture and the National Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Corporate Law
  • Labor Law
  • Real Estate

Firm Description:

Cedeño & Mendez was founded in 1992, in the Republic of Panama, with the aim of offering the traditional range of legal services. However, over the years we have experienced a series of changes at the organizational and strategic level, which have resulted in the specialization and expansion of our services.

Currently, we are a full-service law firm, specialized in Intellectual Property, Regulatory Affairs (Sanitary Registration), Corporate and Business Law, Litigation & Arbitration, and Regulatory Law. Likewise, we have solid experience in Competition Law, Immigration Law, Labor Law, Estate Planning and Real Estate.

The great team of professionals that make up our firm, characterized by their knowledge, proactivity, dynamism, and experience in all these areas, provide great value to the solutions we offer to our clients.

Over the years, we have experienced constant growth through the expansion of our services in different countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, with a solid network of correspondents and business partners. We currently have our own offices in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia, managed from our headquarters in Panama City.


Alcides Castillo

Leaders in Law endorses Alcides Castillo as our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in Panama. If you wish to get in touch with Alcides please use the contact information provided above.

Alcides Castillo (Founder partner) to ACabogadopty, is a professional with high level   experience on various themes of Law.

He aims to provide the best advice to his clients

He is graduate to the University of Panama, obtaining a Degree in Law and Political  Science.

Adviser on various themes of  Law and currently specializes in the field of entrepreneurs, helping them in creating business and operating licenses in Panama.

Firm Description:

Panama offers it`s nationals and foreigners, interesting facilities that allow them to enjoy an excellent quality of life.

Security, employment, economy and our cultural diversity, make Panama a very attractive tourist and commercial country.

ACabogadopty had its beginnings in 2010, since then we have been dedicated to expanding and strengthening our services in various areas of Law. Providing personalized and reliable attention to our customers.


Miguel A. De Puy III

A graduate of the Universidad Santa María La Antigua and Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire), Miguel De Puy worked for twelve years as a senior associate for the prestigious law firm Morgan & Morgan before opening his personal law practice.

Mr. De Puy´s main field of expertise is Intellectual Property law, specializing in the registration and protection of trademarks, patents of invention, utility models, industrial designs and copyrights. He is an expert on trademark applications, nullities and cancellations and criminal actions against infringers. Mr. De Puy drafts contracts and trademark patent licenses, and handles matters regarding franchising and technology transfers.

His practice area includes the filing and obtaining of approvals according to the local regulatory requirements, relevant for products such as for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food/beverages. Mr. De Puy is also experienced in real estate, corporate, tourism and immigration matters.

Mr. De Puy has lectured for many years as an intellectual property law professor at his alma mater, where he wrote an highly praised thesis regarding Debt-or-Nature Swaps in Panama’s legislation. He also holds regular seminars for customs personnel and other organizations.

As a lawyer, he has been identified by Who´s Who as an expert in patents and trademarks in Panama and has been recognized for his work in business and international operations of intellectual property.

The IP Law Practice:

Panama´s rapid economic growth, its central geographical location and the constant movement of goods through the Panama Canal and the Colón Free Zone make it imperative to secure your IP rights in this country.

Intellectual Property (IP) includes trademarks, copyrights, patents and related interests. It is key and valuable business asset for both natural and juridical persons.

In today´s increasingly interconnected world, it is vital to protect your IP rights. The better you protect your property, the easier it is to enforce your rights.

Our law team at De Puy & Asociados is regarded as a local expert in IP matters. The firm is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Asociación Interamericana de Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Intellectual Property Panamanian Association (APADEPI) and the International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC).

De Puy & Asociados:

Many large law firms treat clients as mere case numbers, having their valuable assets often managed by secretaries and assistants instead of qualified, professional attorneys. As a boutique law firm, De Puy & Asociados prides itself in personal, effective and efficient service from top-rated lawyers to each one of our valued customers.

Established in the Republic of Panama, the firm´s experienced attorneys specialize in Intellectual Property (IP) matters and offshore corporations in both Panamá and Belize.

De Puy & Asociados has ample experience in immigration and real estate transactions. It also counsels clients on regulatory affairs, provides ship registry services, and organizes private interest foundations.

Allen Candanedo

Leaders in Law endorses Allen Candanedo as our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Panama. If you wish to get in touch with Allen please use the contact information provided above.

Allen Candanedo is an Associate of Morgan & Morgan since 2009.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Candanedo was in charge for 10 years of the IP Department of a local law firm. From his position, he coordinated and managed the relation with international correspondents regarding trademark registration, protection and international litigation in North, Central and South America. Likewise, he gained experience in customer service and investor-relation fields in Panama and the Colon Free Zone.

In the Intellectual Property field, his practice includes all matters related to Intellectual Property Law, incorporating registration and protection of trademarks, as well as litigation related to opposition claims against trademark registrations, cancellation actions, and criminal actions against infringements of all sorts of Intellectual Property Rights.

Mr. Candanedo obtained an LL.B., from the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, Law School, in Panama. Completed the program of Orientation in the U.S. Legal System at the International Law Institute at the George Washington University Law School, in Washington, USA. Completed the IP Program at the International Law Institute at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., USA. Obtained a Degree in Negotiations, Treaties and International Trade, ULACEX, Panama, in cooperation with Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

He is a member of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Trademark Law Practice:

Morgan & Morgan offers expertise in a full range of Intellectual Property areas assisting clients in the application and registration of trademarks, service marks, slogans, trade names, inventions, utility models, industrial designs and plant varieties under Industrial Property Law, and advising clients how to protect their creations such as music, audiovisual works, phonographic productions, books, computer software and also representing clients in negotiations which involve the assignment or licensing of their copyright, for both a national and international protection, under Copyright Law.

Our attorneys are also specialized in the drafting and reviewing License and Franchise Agreements, assisting clients in all the regulatory proceedings for registering such license agreements and franchises of trademarks before the Industrial Property and Intellectual Property Directorates.

The Intellectual Property Department of Morgan & Morgan also assists in the protection of industrial property assets by performing registration of rights with the Intellectual Property Department of the National Customs Authority and with the Intellectual Property Department of the Colon Free Trade Zone Administration, to achieve maximum cross-border protection and to fight unauthorized use of intellectual property rights and other forms of infringements.

Our attorneys also advise clients in Litigation matters related to Intellectual Property (Opposition claims against trademark applications, Nullity and Cancellation claims and Copyright Infringement) and criminal actions related to all sorts of Intellectual Property crimes.

The Morgan & Morgan Intellectual Property Department is highly effective of assisting clients in obtaining Sanitary Registrations before the Health Ministry and the Panama Authority for Medical and Food products, respectively.

Morgan & Morgan is member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) the Inter.-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), the International Trademark Association (INTA) and of the Panama Intellectual Property Association (APADEPI), participating our attorneys regularly in annual conferences and international activities, enabling them to continue their education and to offer clients a vast network of international agents to cover their need of Intellectual Property protection in America, Europe and Asia.


Tomás Manzanares

Tomás Manuel Ávila Manzanares is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Panama. He has postgraduate studies in Public Law and a Masters Degree in Commercial law.

Tomás was admitted in 1991 and has extensive experience in shipping law and his practice of more than 20 years involves a broad range of ship finance and ship registration work, all cases being cross-border transactions. His work has been praised by his clients and peers, as commentated in Chambers’ Global Guide to Leading Lawyers and The Legal 500.

Tomás served as president of the Panama Maritime Law Association from 2004 to 2008 and is currently chairing the Organizing Committee of the Panama Maritime World Conference & Exhibition.

He is “very dedicated to shipping” according to peers. Sources highlight his proactive approach and work ethic.” – Chambers Latin America 2013.


AVILA & CO. is a Panamanian law firm incorporated in 2009 to serve from Panama the international maritime industry and financiers. We have been conceived as a ‘boutique firm’, meaning we cater to clientele on a special field of the law. Notwithstanding the novelty of the law firm, its founders, management and staff are well experienced in the field, as recognized and commended by international editorials and publications, such as Chambers’ Global Guide to Leading Lawyers, Chambers’ Global Latin America Leading Lawyers and Legal 500.

Our firm provides comprehensive advice to shipowners, vessel operators, charterers, ship agents, ship registration consultants, financial institutions, insurers, underwriters and brokers in contentious and non-contentious issues. Our clientele may rely on our experience in cross-border transactions to obtain a quick response from our firm and assistance around the clock, as required in the shipping industry.

AVILA & CO. assists its clients in ship registration affairs under the Panama flag, which includes the obtainment of all navigation licenses and technical certificates, as well as any other documents which must be obtained through the offices of the Merchant Marine General Directorate of the Panama Maritime Authority for the safe operation of a vessel.

We also provide advice on the purchase and sale of vessels, as well as on ship finance, including registration of ship mortgages, execution of pledges and other securities on behalf of the Borrowers and the Finance Providers.

AVILA & CO. may also set-up special purpose corporations for shipowners and ship financers alike and provide you with all the related services, such as incorporation of companies in Panama and other jurisdictions, registration of minutes, modification, merger, dissolution and redomiciliation of corporations.

So, if your business requires assistance from Panama that is committed to providing you personal support, answers and results, then we are clearly your choice.

Ricardo Arango

Ricardo M. Arango joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1995.

Mr. Arango is Head of the firm’s Capital Markets and Banking Practice Group; and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.

Mr. Arango’s practice focuses on securities regulations; banking and finance; mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; and taxation.

In the area of capital markets and banking, Mr. Arango regularly advises clients in connection with medium term note programs, commercial paper programs, syndicated term and revolving loan agreements, project and structured financing,144-A Reg-S notes, securitizations, and initial public offerings.

In the area of merger and acquisitions, he has acted as lead counsel in the largest transactions in the country and regularly advises clients in connection with stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, and merger agreements.

Mr. Arango has been instrumental in the creation of many financial structures that are common place in Panama today and has participated in such landmark transactions as the Republic of Panama’s Brady Bonds offer; the first securitizations of credit cards receivables, toll road payments, DPRs and residential mortgages in Panama; the IPOs of Bladex, Copa and Panamerican Beverages on the NYSE; Telefónica’s acquisition of BellSouth; the public tender offer by Bancolombia of Banagrícola; and the merger between Banco General and Banco Continental, resulting in Panama’s largest bank.

Mr. Arango headed the Presidential Commission that drafted Panama’s current securities act. He also drafted the rules of operation of LatinClear, Panama’s clearing and settlement agency.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Arango worked in New York.

Law Practice:

ARIAS, FABREGA & FABREGA has built one of the preeminent practices in capital markets and banking in Panama, serving leading financial institutions around the world and in Panama.

The firm has unique expertise both in international and domestic financial transactions and regularly advises clients in connection with 144-A Reg. S offers, initial public offers, commercial paper programs, medium-term note programs, project and structured finance transactions, securitizations, private equity funds, mutual funds, sovereign bonds, syndicated term loans and revolving credit facilities, among others.

ARIFA is widely recognized for its innovation in this field, having pioneered and developed many financial structures and instruments that are in common use today. The firm is also acclaimed for its expertise in structuring complex cross-border transactions.

In the regulatory area, ARIFA regularly advises banks, securities firms and other financial institutions in their dealings with local banking and securities regulators.