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Francisco Arias

Francisco Arias

Morgan & MorganMMG Tower, 23rd FloorAve Paseo del Mar, Costa del EstePanama CityPanama0832-00232

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Francisco Arias stands out among peers thanks to the first-rate counsel he delivers to clients on high-stakes corporate transactions and project financings.

Biography

Francisco Arias G is a partner at Morgan & Morgan and plays a key role in the projects practice group of the firm.

Mr Arias has over 20 years of experience in transactional corporate and commercial legal practice, first practising in New York as an associate at Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman (today, Cooley Kronish), then in Panama as an associate and then as a partner of Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega. 

He has extensive experience providing legal advice to clients on the finance of projects related to construction, transportation, energy, oil and gas, water and sewage, hotel facilities and luxury residential developments, among others. He has assisted corporate clients and credit institutions in several major transactions such as the Panama Canal Expansion project, the most important infrastructure project in Panamanian history. He is a very versatile lawyer, representing strategic and financial sponsors, lenders, and arrangers on complex equity and debt transactions, private equity structured investments and credit transactions, many with cross-border components.

Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000, Latin Lawyer and The Legal 500 have recognised Mr Arias as a leading lawyer in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, capital markets, and government contracts.

Central America - Corporate

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Francisco Arias is highlighted by peers as “a superb lawyer who is very thorough and smart", with one affirming that he “has nothing but good words to say about him”.

Biography

Francisco Arias G is a partner at Morgan & Morgan and and head of the corporate and M&A practice group of the firm.

Mr Arias has over 20 years of experience in transactional corporate and commercial legal practice, first practising in New York as an associate at Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman (today, Cooley Kronish), then in Panama as an associate and then as a partner of Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega. He has wide local and international experience and has assisted corporate clients and credit institutions in several major transactions, such as the Panama Canal Expansion project, the most important infrastructure project in Panamanian history.

Mr Arias also regularly advises clients in connection with the sale and purchase of businesses as well as joint ventures. During the past years, he has been very active assisting domestic and international clients such as DMPTY Inc, Energia Natural SA (ENESA), Banco La Hipotecaria, Grupo Eleta, Constructura Urbana (Cusa), Semusa, Grupo Provivienda, Dos Pinos, The Metropolitan School of Panama, and Del Monte Panama, among others, some with cross-border components.

Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000, Latin Lawyer and The Legal 500 have recognised Mr Arias as a leading lawyer in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, capital markets, and government contracts.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Francisco Arias is a corporate finance specialist who is well thought of among market commentators for his vast experience handling sales and purchases in the real estate sector as well as significant project developments.

Biography

Francisco Arias G is a partner at Morgan & Morgan and heads the mergers and acquisitions, projects, and securities and capital markets practice groups of the firm.

Dr Arias has over 20 years of legal experience, first practising in New York as an associate at Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman (today, Cooley), then Panama as an associate at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega before becoming a partner at the firm.

He regularly advises clients in connection with the sale and purchase of businesses as well as joint ventures. During recent years, he has participated in transactions in several industries, including electricity generation, insurance, construction, real estate, hospitality, banking related services, shrimp farms, restaurants, retail, printing and editing, and non-alcoholic beverages, some with cross-border components.

Dr Arias has extensive experience in capital markets transactions, including but not limited to capital raising through public and private offerings, capital markets regulatory work, and listings on the Panama Stock Exchange.

Furthermore, he has consolidated himself as a leading project finance lawyer in Panama, participating in the country’s most important transactions, representing institutions involved in principal projects in Panama, such as the Panama Canal Expansion project.

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