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De Castro & Robles 
Panama, Panama Office
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7th Floor, Scotia Plaza Building, 51st St. and Federico Boyd Avenue
0834-02262  Panama, Panama

Telephone: +507-263-6622
After Hours Telephone: +507-6670-0711; +507-6747-0755; +507-6677-5013
Fax: +507-263-6594; +507-223-2730
Email: frontdesk@decastro-robles.com


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About this office:

The firm was established in 1956 by Woodrow de Castro and David Robles. During its first 20 years of existence an active practice was maintained before the U.S. District Court for the Canal Zone with emphasis on admiralty and maritime matters, including claims against the Panama Canal Company and its successor agency The Panama Canal Authority, as operator of the Panama Canal. This Court was replaced in 1982 by the Maritime Court of Panama resulting from the new Treaty between Panama and the United States. Subsequently additional partners joined the firm which today engages in general admiralty practice with emphasis on the defense of cargo, collision charter party and salvage disputes, marine insurance, claims for personal injury; claims under Bills of Lading and arbitration; formation of Panamanian corporations, the registration of vessels under the Panamanian flag and vessel financing. The firm represents the major P&I Clubs at the Panama Canal as well as a number of well known ship owners and agents. Over the years the firm's services expanded to other areas of commercial and corporate law. The firm entered into a strategic alliance with Panamanian law firm Galindo, Arias & Lopez, and in 2009 opened an office in Bogota, Colombia.


Statement of Practice Summary:
Admiralty and Maritime Law; Marine Cargo Claims; Charter Parties; Marine Insurance; Personal Injury; Maritime Arbitration; Company Law; Private Foundations Formation in Panama and British Virgin Islands (BVI); Ship Finance and Registration; Corporate Law; Corporate Criminal Law.

Year Established: 1956

Representative Clients:
Maersk Line; Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC); Evergreen Line; CMA-CGM; Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV); Hapag Lloyd A.G.; Lloyd's of London; China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO); Wilhelmsen Lines; Mitsui O.S.K. Lines; China Shipping Co.; Hamburg Sud; Crowley Liner Service; Zim Integrated Shipping Services; Korea Line; Compañia Latinoamericana de Navegacion (CLAN); Compañia Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica (CCNI); Smit Harbour Towage Panama, Inc.; Sky Solutions; Facey Commodity; Xerox. Representing major P & I Clubs, shipowners and agents at the Panama Canal. References: HSBC Bank, Panama; Healy & Baillie, New York; Holland & Knight, New York and San Francisco; Burke & Parsons, New York; Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London; Hill Dickinson, London; Lexincorp, Central America; Yoshida & Partners, Japan.

Languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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