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Exclusive IR Global advisor for Commercial Law in Panama since 2016

Juan José Espino Sagel

+507 223 7222


Born in Panama, Republic of Panama, January 12, 1963; admitted to the bar, 1986, Panama.

  • Education:
  • University of Panama (Licenciate in Law and Political Sciences, 1986).
  • Magdalen College (University of Oxford. 1986-1987), affiliated as research student at Jesus College, under Prof. RM Goode supervision (sept. 1988-june 1989).
  • University of San Diego (1987-1988).
  • Queen Mary College (University of London, 1988-1989).
  • Seminars:
  • Pacific Admiralty, San Francisco (USA), 1992-2000.
  • Lloyd’s Practical Maritime Studies, Course on Charterparties London, 1993.
  • Beaumont Garnault International Aviation Conference, London 1994-2014.
  • Joint Venture and Strategic Alliances, Course New York Bar, 1999
  • Jesus College, Offshore Institute Seminar, 1998.
  • Member:
  • Panama Bar Association
  • Panama Maritime Law Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • Areas of Experience:
  • Maritime
  • Aviation
  • Foreign Investments
  • Company
  • Representative Experience:
  • Representing reinsurers and airlines in several claims, including aviation accidents
  • Representing marine industry and mega yacht owners
  • Organization of several marine transportation companies in Panama
  • Organization and advised of several Hotels & Resorts projects
  • Several Tourism Services companies
  • Awards & Recognition
  • “Dispute resolution – 2019” by Legal 500 Latin America
  • “Transport Central America 2016” by Who’s Who Legal
  • Languages:Spanish and English.
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About Pardini & Asociados

Pardini & Asociados

About the Firm

Pardini & Asociados is a Panama multi-disciplinary law firm, where our clients, transactions and awards are our best introduction. With 38 years of tradition and experience advising foreign clients and corporations of all sizes, we are your best choice for legal solutions.

The law firm has received the following awards during:


“Private Client – Dr. Juan F. Pardini”  by Getting the Deal Through

“Environment, Energy & Natural Resources – Central America 2021 – Dr. Juan F. Pardini”, by Who´s Who Legal

“Mining 2021 – Central America – Dr. Juan F. Pardini” by Who’s Who Legal

“Private Cient Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL


“National Leader – Central America 2020 – Aviation” by Who’s Who Legal

“Global Leader – Mining 2020 – Dr. Juan F. Pardini” by Who’s Who Legal

“Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the year in Panama – 2020″ by Corporate INTL”


How we can help you


Advising clients on all aspects of corporate transactions and projects, including incorporated and non incorporated joint ventures, all kinds of agreements, mergers & acquisitions and more.


Advising clients before regulatory bodies.

Representing clients in obtaining all necessary permits and licenses.

Advising clients on all aspects of regulatory proceedings.

Foreign Investments

Advising clients on all areas of foreign investments.

Representing projects sponsors, developers, financiers, equity partners and more.

Aviation & Maritime

Advising clients in the context of foreign airlines operating in Panama, aircraft financing or leasing, or an aviation casualty.

Representing clients regarding registration of ships or yachts, or financings, or litigation.


Representing clients in the registration of trademarks, patents, copyrights and more.

Litigation and enforcement of IP rights.

Energy, Mining & Petroleum

Representing foreign and domestic groups in mining, petroleum and energy projects.

Advising clients structuring PPA´s, merchant plants, hydro, thermal, wind and solar.

Drafting all kinds of agreements as well as all regulatory work.

Real Estate, Hotels, Resorts & Casinos

Advising foreign investors, developers, equity partners and banks in commercial, residential, industrial and mixed-use projects.

Incorporation, transactional and regulatory work for hotels, resorts & casinos.

Litigation & Arbitration

Representing clients on litigation or arbitration cases.

Enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards

About the Practice

Pardini & Asociados was founded in 1982 with an original practice in Corporate, Commercial, Admiralty and Maritime law, which still continues today.

Since then, our law firm has been at the forefront of many innovative legal developments and during the past 20 years, the law firm has developed a highly specialized practice in foreign investments. Pardini & Asociados has acted and assisted clients in different and important projects such as container port acquisition, electricity generation, mining joint venture, airport privatization, merger of oil companies, island resort hotel & marina, real estate development, airline acquisition, information technology, water and infrastructure projects.


Pardini & Asociados is the Panama member of IR Global, a multi-disciplinary professional services network bringing together independent law firms, tax advisers, investment and business consultants to provide advice to companies and individuals, amounting to 2,000 professionals in more than 75 countries around the world.

Representative Clients

Air China

American Bridge Company

Agilent Technologies

Anglian Water International

Assicurazioni Generali



Aviva Reinsurance UK

Bank of America

Barclays Bank

Beal Bank

Booz Allen Hamilton

Kellogg, Brown & Root

Bunge & Born

Cabo Tenders

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Charles Taylor Consulting



Club Corporation of America

Copa Airlines

Coast Eco Timber Panama


Dekel Group

Edelweiss Airlines

Engie / Solar


Ethiopian Airlines

Exxon Mobil

Fast Cat


Fraser Yachts

G Gaming

Gas Group Construction

Girag Panama

Global Aerospace

Global Engine Maintenance

Grupo Tempel

K-D Humboldt Wedag

Halliburton Landmark

Hong Kong Trade Development Council



Interstate Highway Construction Inc.


Istana Properties

Kraft Foods

Lufthansa AG

Miramar Mining Corp.

Mitsui & Co.

National Bank of Kuwait

N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd.

Ninety Plus

Oceanic Dreams Marine Transportation

Overseas Private Investment

Palmira Hydro

Pelican Media UK

Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.

Popa Paradise Beach Resort

Primeyates Colombia




Rincón Beach Developtment

Sea Las Perlas Marine Transportation


Societe Generale

Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

Steamship Mutual

Stevedoring Services of America

Sumitomo Corporation

Tektronix Inc.


Telia AB

Terramar Destinations

Titan Fleet Management

United Airlines

United Technologies

Walter P Moore

West Coast Fishing Club

World Trade Center Panama

W Tec

Wheaton Precious Metals


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