Tax Evasion in Panama


Tax evasion is now considered a criminal offense in Panama On March 2, 2019, Law 70 of January 31, 2019 that adds articles to the Criminal Code by means of which tax evasion is described or typified as a crime in Panama, enters into force or effect. Chapter XII is added to Title VII of […]

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Panama SEM Law


There is a new SEM Law in Panama On January 1, 2019, Law No. 57 of October 24, 2018, reformed the Special Regime for the Establishment and Operation of Multinational Company Headquarters (SEM) in Panama, by which, in essence, additional technical, financial and/or administrative services are added or expanded in the law, new parameters are […]

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Factoring Contracts


Factoring Contracts in Panama Factoring contracts, whereby one party assigns its invoices, credits or receivables to a third party or factor in consideration of legal currency, are a common source of short-term financing in Panama. The activity of offering factoring services in Panama is not regulated and can be carried out by private companies that comply […]

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Selling a Business


The sale of a business or business unit in Panama The sale or transfer of a business establishment in Panama will not affect third parties unless made public via a 3-day notice publicized in a newspaper of the place where the business is located. The buyer of a business establishment should pay the purchase price no […]

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Setting-Up a Business


Setting-up a business in Panama Having expert and timely advice during the start-up stage of your business is essential for its success. This is especially true when the business is to be located in a foreign country where the laws and business practices and customs are different. Corporations and other Business Entities Even though our laws provide […]

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Running a Business


Having expert and timely advice during the running stage of your business is essential for its success. Especially when the business is located in a country other than your own, where the laws and business practices and customs are different. Commercial Contracts When you agree to purchase from a supplier, usually, you accept their terms […]

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Panama Corporations


Two or more persons (called “subscribers”) of any nationality and with residence in any country may form a Panama Corporation by executing an Incorporation Charter (or Memorandum of Association). Traveling to Panama or going before a Panamanian Consul abroad is not necessary to form a Panama corporation. Two individuals domiciled in Panama may act as […]

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Buying Real Estate


Before signing a contract to purchase real estate in Panama, consideration should be given to the form in which title to the property will be held and to income or capital gains tax issues, estate planning issues and immigration issues that may be of interest. Neglecting to consider these issues can have regrettable consequences for […]

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Private Foundations


The law Private Foundations (“foundations” or “foundation”) in Panama came to life by means of Law No. 25 of 1995, based on the most part on Law No. 19 of 1926 of Liechtenstein, which popularized family and charity foundations in Europe. Definition A foundation is a legal entity that is created by means of a […]

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Business Succession Planning


Eventually, everyone wants (or will be required) to retire. If you own a family business, retirement is not just a matter of deciding not to go into the office one day. In addition to ensuring that you have enough money to retire on, the whole question of what happens to the business when you are […]

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