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PANAMANIAN OFFSHORE CORPORATIONSPanama is a country with a system of efficient and trusted offshore services rendered especially in relation to offshore corporations or offshore companies and other kinds of companies. The most common, corporations, used as offshore corporations, also known in other jurisdictions as IBC’s, are ruled by Law 32 of February 26 of 1927 and allow the development of international corporate services, turning Panama into one of the major service providers in the world.

For its versatility and flexibility, Panamanian offshore corporations are an effective and secure instrument used for the administration and protection of fortunes, capable of satisfying diverse client’s needs, due to the banking and commercial systems of the Republic of Panama.

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PRIVATE INTEREST FOUNDATION IN PANAMA

Private Interest Foundations complete the type of services used for asset protection and administration, available in Panama. Private Interest Foundations represent an alternative, different from Panamanian offshore corporations, allowing for the protection of assets destined to non commercial activities, but including its use as a holding company or for testamentary purposes.

Private Interest Foundations are ruled by Law 25 of June 12, 1995, constituting an innovative, flexible, and modern instrument, offering great advantages compared to foundations from other jurisdictions.

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OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS IN PANAMA

The Republic of Panama is known as an Offshore Service Center, where its International Banking Center excels, allowing the opening of Foreign or Local Bank Accounts, in a prompt and safe manner, an indispensable tool for making financial operations in an offshore structure for tax planning and asset protection, in addition to corporations, offshore companies, private interest foundations and trusts.

The Panamanian Law Firm of BFC LAWYERS can help you in the process of opening offshore bank accounts in well known and prestigious banks. This law firm will guide you throughout the whole process, by offering the services of preparing the required documentation, such as the bank account opening applications and banking contracts, by drafting or obtaining the required legal documents, or by legalizing the minutes of the corporations or offshore companies under our administration.

The complete transaction can be completed with the client remaining outside Panama. Most Banks will require information and references on the commercial and banking history of the interested party, and in some occasions, a personal interview or meeting with the future bank account executive in the country, may be required. Once the application is accepted, the client can make any deposits or withdrawals, execute money transfers or give investments orders, have check books, obtain credit cards, etc. At this point, our work would be fulfilled, not having any relation with the account’s movements or with transactions made, to maintain discretion and confidentiality.

VISAS IN PANAMA, IMMIGRATION

Having full knowledge of Panama’s Immigration Law and Visas regulations, the Panamanian law firm BFC LAWYERS offers professional services in relation to visa applications and for obtaining visas of different nature, such as Immigrants’ Visa, Special Visitor’s Visa, Tourist Pensioner Visa, Retired Pensioner Visa, Investors’ Visa, and Special Visas, among others, being Panama a country having many offerings to all tourists and foreign immigrants having legal residence in Panama.

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CONTRACTS IN PANAMA

The Law Firm BFC LAWYERS offers services almost exclusively in the private law area, from its offices located in Panama City. We are qualified to develop the most adequate contractual strategies for the client’s needs, either at a local or an international level.

Our education and experience makes us apt for offering high quality services for drafting all kinds of contracts, including administrative, civil, labor, or mercantile contracts, as well as those special areas such as Copyrights and Trademarks.

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INVESTMENTS IN PANAMA

In Panama, some economic sectors have gained great impulse, and for those sectors the Panamanian government has created special laws to promote national and international investments.

This is the case of the Colon Free Zone, the Special Zone of Howard, the Production Free Zone, the Petrol Free Zones, investments in reforestation projects, investments in tourism projects, investments in the construction sector and in real property, and investments in energy projects, to mention a few.

Besides, Panama actually is object of investments in the Maritime Sector, particularly, in its ports and in the development of its highways’ infrastructure, which in addition to investments in the telecommunications sector, allow the strengthening of all offshore services and investments in tourism projects (including those destined for foreign pensioners or retirees’ housing), as well as in commercial and industrial projects, turning Panama into an attractive and safe destiny for foreign investments.


REAL ESTATE IN PANAMA

For its natural exuberance, the Republic of Panama is a place of great contrasts and beauty. Panama has a huge costal area, with beaches in the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea that attracts the interest of investors for with the development of real estate property housing, tourism, and commercial projects.

The most remarkable investment in real estate property is in the town of Boquete, selected as one of the main residential tourism destinies. Its quality of life, facilities, and nice climate have favored this place, chosen by a great part of the retired or pensioner tourists living in Panama.

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PENSIONERS, RETIREES IN PANAMA

Immigration and visas laws and regulations favors the possibility of granting special visas for retired persons or pensioners looking for a great place to live when it is time for retirement.

Visas for pensioners or retired persons offer many advantages and tax exemptions to those who select Panama as the place for retirement. A high life quality and low taxing levels favor the preference pensioners or retired persons have over Panama as a perfect place for retirement, especially in the areas of Boquete, El Valle de Anton, Coronado, Bocas del Toro, and even Panama City.

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SHIPS AND YACHTS REGISTRATION IN PANAMA

Panama is known for rendering a many services, especially in the maritime sector, which is benefited by the open registry or flag of convenience regime, the reason why Panama has the major fleet in the world.

Panama’s Public Registry and the Merchant Marine Directorate have combined their efforts to fortify the sector, while the firm BFC LAWYERS has the experience and qualifications to help you with the registration of ships and yachts or the registration of ship mortgages for vessels of any tonnage.

We must mention that ANA ISABEL BRIN FABREGA is a Master of Laws graduate from the Tulane University Admiralty Law program and she has worked in the maritime and corporate area for many years.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS REGISTRATION IN PANAMA

Law #35 issued on May 10, 1996, established the Industrial Property Regime in the Republic of Panama, for Trademarks, Patents, Industrial Secrets, Industrial an Utility Drawings and Models, creating the basis for the protection of trademarks and patents and all derived Industrial Property rights and sanctioning Unfaithful Competition, when it affects any of those Intellectual Property rights.

Panama is part of numerous World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) International Treaties that guaranty the protection of Intellectual Property rights in this country.

Through its members, the law firm BFC LAWYERS is qualified to offer efficient services for patents and trademarks registration. Its members participate in seminars and meetings, at local and international forums, and are constantly making publications on these issues, being recognized as specialists in this area of the Law.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: COPYRIGHTS IN PANAMA

In Panama, Intellectual Property also has Copyrights Law #15 issued August 8, 1994, regulating Artistic and Literary Works or Creations, also known as Author’s Rights Law.

The development of copyrights, now having specialized administrative and judiciary entities allows for the effective fight against piracy of protected works, defending authors, composers, artists and interpreters’ rights.

The law firm BFC LAWYERS has become part of the defense side of those protected Intellectual Property rights, through teaching and educating people and publications of pertinent information, as well as many specialized articles and books that has become legal doctrine and citations from them have turned into jurisprudence in Panama.

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LITIGATION IN PANAMA

The theoretical and practical knowledge and experience possessed by members of the law firm BFC LAWYERS, qualify them for rendering efficient judicial representation of the client’s rights and interests, in all areas of Private Law, Civil Law and Commercial Law, either in Ordinary or Executive Law Suits or proceedings, Copyrights Litigation, for judicial proceedings related to Unlawful Use of any Intellectual Property Rights, Opposition, Nullity, or Cancellation Processes, as well as for Labor Law Litigation, Admiralty or Maritime Law Litigation, and Tax Administrative Proceedings.


LEGAL SERVICES IN PANAMA

The law firm BFC LAWYERS offers a wide variety of legal services within the private law area, specially in Mercantile Law (including organization of businesses, Re-invoicing, Contracts, Corporations, Private Interest Foundations, Investments), Intellectual Property (including Copyrights, Industrial Property Rights, Patents and Trademarks Registration, Intellectual Property Litigation), Health Administration Law, Sanitary Registration, Corporations and Companies (offshore corporations, Panamanian corporations, IBC’s companies from BVI or from other jurisdictions), Private Interest Foundations, Trusts, General Maritime Law, Ship Registration, Registration of Ship Mortgages, Maritime Litigation.

We also offer services in the areas of Consumer Protection and Manufacturer’s Responsibility, Public Bids and Public Contracting, Administrative Law, Labor Law, Inmigration Law and Visas and Tax Law.

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