Dayra Berbey de Rojas qualified to practise law at the Catholic University of Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama.
She obtained a a diploma in international trust management from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (TEP, 2002), and also studied on the Yale University programme for lawyers (2006) and the quality management programme at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
In 2016, she established Panama-based boutique firm Axios Law, as well as Axios Trust Corporation, where in her capacity as managing director she advises clients on estate planning, commercial trusts and corporate law.
She has 25 years’ experience in fiduciary services, starting with the Morgan & Morgan Group (as director/deputy manager of MMG Trust) followed by eight years as managing director at Icaza Trust Corporation, a licensed trust company affiliated to the law firm Icaza, González-Ruiz & Aleman. During this time, she was also the executive director of FINDEC, a trust funded by the Panamanian government and the Interamerican Development Bank.
Until 2016, Dayra served as chair of the Panama Banking Association Committee on Trusts, and was Panama’s representative before the Latin American Trusts Committee (COLAFI), where she was elected chairperson in 2008. A founder and chair of the Panama branch of STEP, she was later elected to the regional board and in December 2010 became a member of the international council. From 2016 to December 2019 she served on STEP’s international board of directors.
In 2018 she obtained her certificate in anti-money laundering from CLT International/STEP, in the UK.
She is the winner of STEP’s Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2014, the Mexican publication Mundo Fiduciario named her Person of the Year in Latin American Trusts.
She is a frequent lecturer on matters related to commercial, estate planning and investment trusts.