We offer to our clients a complete range of services in the area of Administrative Law. Panama, like other modern states, is introducing an ever-expanding web of regulations and procedures, that both individual and corporate entities need to deal with, in the course of their business or other affaires.
ICAZA, GONZALEZ-RUIZ & ALEMAN regularly represents clients in their dealings with the State and its numerous agencies, including Municipal Authorities, Ministries, Public Services Regulator, and Securities Commission.
We assist our clients towards this increasingly complex area, as we are in close contact with the legal and regulatory developments. taking care of licenses and permits, registrations, certificates, inscriptions, concessions, and petitions; and have the capacity to collect, copy, translate and certify original documents, file applications, produce and register documentation and follow up the progress of our clients’ cases.
Our services, among others include:
- Commercial and Industrial Registrations
- Intellectual Property Registrations
- Fishing Licenses
- Health and Safety Certificates
- Public Contracting
- Professional Licenses for the practice of regulated professions
- Registrations and enrollment with the Public Registry and Electoral Tribunal and its agencies
- Social Security issues
- Regulating Board for Games and Gambling
In addition, our firm also provides support to clients that are establishing and running Financial Institutions and Investment Consultancies together with our Finance and Banking Department and our Capital Marketsteam.
The ICAZA, GONZALEZ-RUIZ & ALEMAN Free Zones specialist team, working in conjunction with the Shipping, Tax and the Public law teams, provides guidance to clients that wish to benefit from the range of commercial and fiscal benefits offered by Panama.
The Panamanian State has long recognized the advantages of special status Zones for the international business community, and has set out to provide it with a range of schemes that allow business activities to be exercised under very favorable conditions. This intention found its most pronounced expression in the Free Zone regimes that are provided for by the domestic laws. The state agencies have and exercise a wide authority to approve and establish a variety of special economic areas or Free Zones.
Following the legal provisions, merchandise enters a free zone without paying any import tax and may be re-exported without payment of any taxes for delivery abroad or sale to vessels or airplanes destined to foreign ports or airports. The vessels and airplanes that enter and exit the free zones, apart from the normal Maritime or Civil Aviation Authority regulations, generally are only subject to the formalities and regulations established by the relevant free zones authority.
Local products may also be deposited and manufactured in these Free Zones for the sole purpose of facilitating their exportation. Merchandise introduced in these free zones may be subject to any type of commercial and transformation process.