Nestor J. Broce, lawyer of Morgan & Morgan was sworn as president of the Rotary Club Panama South for the period 2018-2019.
The Rotary Club Panama South is a civic group founded in 1971 by business and professional men and women engaged in implementing humanitarian services programs in the community. They channel their individual, personal and financial resources to help the community through programs coordinated by the Rotary Club Panama South, Rotary International and Fundacion Rotary of Panama.
About Nestor J. Broce
Nestor J. Broce is a Senior Associate in Morgan & Morgan and General Manager of MMG Trust, headquarters of the fiduciary operations of the Morgan & Morgan Group in Panama.
Mr. Broce has a solid professional background. He mainly specializes in trusts, estate planning, project management trusts, guarantee trusts, among other fiduciary services. His portfolio of clients include banks and trust companies, family businesses and companies, which requires sophisticated, custom-made fiduciary solutions for the organization and administration of private matters or specific business transactions.
Once again, Latin Lawyer 250 recommended Morgan & Morgan as the largest firm in Panama. “A large headcount and an established presence in the market gives Morgan & Morgan the manpower and experience required to guide some of Panama’s most significant transactions”, states the guide.
This 2018 edition looks at each jurisdiction firm by firm and presents a complete analysis of most recent developments, practices and leading professionals field by field.
Partners Juan David Morgan Jr., Francisco Linares, Enrique De Alba, Jazmina Rovi, Inocencio Galindo, Francisco Arias, Ramon Varela, Roberto Lewis, Raul Castro, Ricardo Aleman, Albalira Montufar, Maria Teresa Mendoza, Mercedes Arauz de Grimaldo, Enrique Jimenez and Jose Carrizo, received mentions as key players.
Panamá, April 30, 2018. Dr. Francisco Linares, partner of Morgan & Morgan, was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Panamanian Maritime Law Association for the 2018-2019 term.
The act took place last April 20 at Club Union in Panama City, with the presence of personalities and professionals of the legal and maritime industries.
The new Board is comprised also by Maria Lourdes Galan (Vice President), Ramon Franco (Secretary), Maria del Pilar Castillo (Assistant Secretary), Giovanna Avendaño (Treasurer), Alexis Herrera Jr. (Assistant Treasurer), and Belisario Porras (Director).
In his speech as Chairman, Dr. Linares confirmed his commitment to keep representing the interest of all participants in the industry before government authorities, and to continue introducing initiatives that will contribute to strengthen Panama’s position as a main center of world maritime trade.
Dr. Linares is a lawyer with almost 20 years of experience in all aspects of maritime dispute resolution and claims at the Maritime Courts of Panama, dealing with collisions, cargo claims, oil spills and pollution, charter party disputes, personal injury, maritime liens, marine insurance claims, ship mortgage executions, among others. Chambers and Partners has recognized Mr. Linares as a leading individual in Shipping-Litigation in Panama.
About Morgan & Morgan
Morgan & Morgan is a full service Panamanian law firm, regularly assisting local and foreign corporations from different industries, as well as recognized financial institutions, government agencies and individual clients. In the shipping and admiralty litigation field, for years, the firm has been known for having the largest number of cases at the Maritime Courts of Panama, advising shipowners, P&I Clubs, charterers, hull and cargo underwriters, banks and other shipping interests in all maritime disputes.
Ana Cristina Castrellon is designated Deputy Representative of the Rotary Club Panama to the National Oncology Institute Administrative Board
Ana Cristina Castrellon, associate of Morgan & Morgan, has been appointed Deputy Representative of the Rotary Club Panama, in its capacity as member of the Administrative Board of the National Oncology Institute (ION).
ION engages in research and treatment of cancer patients in the Republic of Panama. Ms. Castrellon will participate in Board meetings of this health institution, whose mission is to oversee its proper administration, performance and operation.
This new appointment ads to the pro bono practice of Mrs. Castrellon who also advises regularly on legal issues other NPOs such as UNICEF, Fundación Parquearte, Nutre Hogar and the National Association for the conservation of Nature (ANCON).
As a corporate lawyer, Ms. Castrellon concentrates her practice mainly in real estate transaction, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance. She completed her studies in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Catolica Santa María La Antigua (Cum Laude), received her Post-Graduate Degree in Top Management from the Universidad Latina de Panamá, and obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia’s Law School. She also holds a certificate (with distinctions) on Acquisition and Finance of Airplanes from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
More on the Pro Bono program
In 2011, Morgan & Morgan became the first Panamanian company to sign the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, committing to work a plural number of pro bono hours per year. The declaration is an initiative promoted by The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, based in New York, United States. Among the bills of social nature that the firm has supported are the following: the Law on Volunteering in the Republic of Panama, the Law that creates the Food Bank of Panama and the Law that creates the Central Blood Bank (Hemocentro Nacional). Morgan & Morgan also participated in the creation of the Panama Chamber of Recycling.
Panama, April 24, 2018. As the proud TerraLex member firm for Panama, we are excited to announce that The Lawyer named TerraLex “Global Network of the Year” at its annual European Awards program in London. Recognized as the benchmark of excellence in the European legal sector, The Lawyer European Awards honors leaders in the market.
TerraLex was selected from a long list of network nominees in recognition of several notable initiatives, as well as its member’s commitment to innovation and collaboration. The judges noted 2017 as a year of significant development for TerraLex and commented that they are impressed that a network established for so many years has shown such innovation and progress.
Examples of this progress cited by the judges include: An African Affiliate Program which implemented coverage for challenging jurisdictions by allowing existing TerraLex Members to affiliate firms in Africa with whom they regularly work but who would not qualify for regular TerraLex membership. Also formally launched: an industry/sector program in which industry teams work to identify the key issues clients face and then develop thought leadership and service solutions to respond to them.
The judges were particularly struck by Terralex’s examples of truly collaborative working, demonstrating many occasions when the network could beat a large global firm and showing true benefits of membership to its members. This impressive acknowledgement is a tribute to the quality and dedication of TerraLex firms and all the TerraLex lawyers who volunteer their time to contribute to the network’s success.
“We congratulate Terralex for this achievement and feel very honored to be the exclusive representative in Panama for this global network since 1990”, said Enrique Jimenez and Roberto Lewis, partners of Morgan & Morgan and representatives to Terralex on behalf of the firm.
TerraLex is one of the world’s leading international legal networks. With more than 150 leading law firms and more than 19,000 attorneys in over 100 countries, TerraLex members provide the legal resources and expertise needed to deliver well-managed and consistent service. Learn more at www.terralex.org.
About Morgan & Morgan
Morgan & Morgan is a full service Panamanian law firm, regularly assisting local and foreign corporations from different industries, as well as recognized financial institutions, government agencies and individual clients. Learn more at www.morimor.com
Panama, April 25, 2018. Morgan & Morgan announces forum on “Trends in Labor Matters 2018: What are the new regulations?” to be held on Tuesday, May 29, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Titanio conference room of The Americas Golden Towers in Panama City.
The event is addressed mainly to businesspeople, managers, human resources and administration professionals, and general staff of domestic and multinational companies established in the country. The agenda includes new regulations and norms on labor issues that every professional managing human resources should know to comply with the law and avoid risks to their companies.
Lawyers with extensive experience in labor issues will discuss the following:
- Sexual harassment and discrimination within the company and at an education level
Ricardo Aleman, partner at Morgan & Morgan.
- Main issues regarding employee’s paternity: leave and child support
Maria Teresa Mendoza, partner at Morgan & Morgan.
- Features of special privileges: disability and chronic disease
Milagros Caballero, associate at Morgan & Morgan
For information on entries to this forum please contact us at 265-7777 (extension 7746) or email@example.com.
About Morgan & Morgan
With over 80 lawyers and 20 practice areas, Morgan & Morgan is a full service Panamanian law firm, regularly assisting local and foreign corporations from different industries, as well as recognized financial institutions and government institutions. In the labor field, the firm is very active assisting local and international clients in all aspects of labor law, including, drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining negotiations, work permit applications, administrative proceedings, labor litigation and disputes processes, negotiations with employees, restructuring processes, among others.
Panama, March 27, 2018. For the fifth consecutive year, Morgan & Morgan has received the “Leading Lights” recognition in Latin America for the Pro Bono program that the firm executes with the invaluable support of its team of lawyers.
This distinction was granted by the British publication Latin Lawyer, who together with the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice conducted an annual survey with regards to institutionalization of the practice, high standards in this area and active participation of the lawyers. Only 3 Panamanian firms managed to achieve this recognition, sharing honors with others of very high caliber across the region.
“Since we institutionalized the Pro Bono program in 2011, we have allocated more than 6,500 hours of free legal service to projects and programs for the welfare of Panamanian society. An average of 55 lawyers from Morgan & Morgan actively participate, who have donated not only their knowledge but also their free time making available their experience in drafting bills, providing advice through Legal Education Workshops and offering legal services to different NGOs”, said Camila De Vengoechea, coordinator of the program within the firm.
With this achievement, Morgan & Morgan reconfirms its commitment to promote access to justice through programs that allow us to build a society with greater equity and social justice.
More on the Pro Bono program
In 2011, Morgan & Morgan became the first Panamanian company to sign the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, committing to work a plural number of pro bono hours per year. The declaration is an initiative promoted by The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, based in New York, United States.
Among the bills of social nature that the firm has supported are the following: the Law on Volunteering in the Republic of Panama, the Law that creates the Food Bank of Panama and the Law that creates the Central Blood Bank (Hemocentro Nacional). Morgan & Morgan also participated in the creation of the Panama Chamber of Recycling.
By means of the Executive Decree No. 114, as of April 4th, 2018, foreigners of nationalities that require a visa to enter the Republic of Panama may enter with a Schengen Visa or current European Union Residence.
- By means of the Executive Decree No. 114 of April 4th, 2018, any foreigner who requires a visa to enter the national territory, holding a Schengen Visa or valid residence in the European Union, may enter Panama, as a tourist, without an entry visa.
- The Schengen Visa must: (i) be granted for multiple entries and exits; (ii) be used at least once to enter the territory of the granting State; and (iii) have a validity of at least one (1) year.
- The Executive Decree became effective as of April 4th, 2018.
Aspects to be considered:
- This Decree complements the list of exceptions for foreigners that require an authorized or stamped visa, who by holding a Schengen Visa or visas issued by the United States of America, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom, won’t need to apply for entry visas to the Republic of Panama.
By means of this Decree, the Schengen Visa is reincluded, after being eliminated by Executive Decree No. 591 of December 28, 2016, published in the Official Gazette as of January 2017.
By means of the Executive Decree No. 113 of April 4th, 2018, the Republic of India is included within the countries that require Stamped Visa issued by Panamanian Consulate, to enter the national territory.
- This Executive Decree only applies to nationals of the Republic of India.
- Officials from the National Immigration Authority and the National Security Council will be appointed at the Panamanian Consulates in India to verify the immigration requirements and the security backgrounds of each applicant.
- The cost of the Stamped Visa may not exceed Fifty Dollars (US$50.00).
- Stamped Visas can be granted for multiple entries and exits, and up to three (3) years, according to the verification criteria of the designated officials.
- This Decree will become effective as of June 1st, 2018.
Aspects to be considered:
Nationals of the Republic of India:
- Will not require a Tourist Visa (authorized) nor Certification to file residence (VTR) before the National Immigration Authority, which will considerably reduce the requirements and time to obtain immigration processes in Panama.
Holding a Visa duly issued by the United States of America, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or a Schengen Visa, (i) granted for multiple entries and exits; (ii) that has been used at least once to enter the territory of the granting State; and (iii) with a validity of at least one (1) year, may enter the national territory without the requirement of a Stamped Visa (Executive Decree No. 591 of December 28th, 2016 and Executive Decree No. 114 of April 4th, 2018).
As of April 1st, the travel permits for minors must be done only digitally.
- The interested party must access the website of the National Immigration Authority (migracion.gob.pa), then go to the section “Online Immigration” – option “Requests” and thus access to “Minors Permits”.
- Attach the following documents in PDF:
- Copy of Passport (Residents) or Panamanian cédula of the Minor (Panamanians); and,
- Copy of Passport (Residents) or Panamanian cédula of both parents (Panamanians).
- Once the online application is completed, the interested party must carry the printed authorization letter to any of the Notaries nationwide, where they will verify the data and register a digital copy of this process in the electronic platform.
- It is also recommended to carry the original documents to the Airport, since the National Immigration Authority may request them for verification.
- In the event that the two (2) parents travel with the child, they will only require their passports, Panamanian cédula of the minor (Panamanians) or Birth Certificate (Residents).