Important Legal Info.

S.A. CORPORATIONS

The Panamanian Corporation (S.A.) has been used since 1927 with success worldwide, by attorneys, accountants, trustees and private traders for the management of international transactions and to protect property.  The ease of creating completely private bearer shares, the option of nominal services and the quickness in its creation, have kept the Panamanian society as one of the best entities to make the best business operations and maintain the confidentiality in their transactions.

ARTICLE 20 - STATUTE 32 OF 1927 "The corporation will have the power to create and issue one or more types of actions for, designations, preferences, privileges, voting powers, restrictions or requirements and other rights, that determine its social compact."  The flexibility of statute 32 of 1927, coupled with the implementation of the  fiscal "territoriality principle" enshrined in article 694 of the Panamanian Tax Code, have the perfect combination of corporate and tax law to provide one of the most convenient forms of business worldwide.

ARTICLE 694 – Tax Code (Accordant with the 2005 Reform) " The purpose of this tax the taxable income arising from any source within the territory of the Republic of Panama whatever the place is perceived." ... thus, in contrast, the income of a local entity (called a corporation) that occurs "outside" the territory of Panama, PAYS NO TAX on this income abroad.  To see it more clearly, if you install your company in our country, and your clients will pay anywhere in the world (except Panamá), this payment is exempt from income tax according to our Law.  Also a ship registered under Panamanian flag, being owned by a Panamanian company, equally, revenue generated by this ship in international shipping transactions are not eligible for payment of income tax in Panama because, as we have explained, these are foreign source income.

IMPORTANT: To start your international business in Panama and make use of these tax benefits, you should consult an Authorized Public Accountant to comply with local tax requirements and receive these tax benefits. 
PRE-ORGANIZED BUSINESSES  As legal practice of Panamanian plaza, we are able to offer corporations created years in advance.

PRIVATE INTEREST FOUNDATIONS

The private interest foundation is a useful and unique tool in Latin America that will allow you to bring a kind of trust but its own, without needing to hire a trustee.   The flexibility that was created with the rules of the foundations of private interest in Panama,, accordant to statute 25, allows through it, you can simultaneously achieve: manage and protect their assets in private, with the assurance of leaving your own your assets in your absence, without the need for civil cases. Consider these benefits (Let's see in the Act): MANAGE Your properties and assets. ARTICLE 16 - Statute 25 of 1995: The assets of the foundation may originate from any lawful and legal business may consist of property of any nature, present or future.  They may also be incorporated into the heritage regular sums of money or other assets by the founder or third parties.  The transfer of property heritage of the foundation may be by public or private document. However, in the case of immovable property, the transfer shall comply with the rules on transfer of immovable property."

 SUCCESSION PLAN for its beneficiaries. ARTICLE 4 - Statute 25 of 1995: " Private Interest Foundations may be formed to take effect from the time of their creation or after the death of its founder." ARTICLE 14 – Statute 25 of 1995: "The existence of legal provisions on inheritance in the home of the founder or the beneficiaries, is not opposable to the foundation, or affect its validity or prevent the achievement of its objectives, as envisaged in the founding act or its regulations."

PRIVACY respect to their accounts and assets. ARTICLE 14 - Statute 25 of 1995: "Council members of Foundation and monitoring bodies, if any, as well as public or private servants that have knowledge of the activities, transactions or operations of foundations, shall maintain discretion and confidentiality in this respect, at all times.  Breaches of this duty shall be punished by imprisonment of 6 months and a fine of fifty thousand dollars (B/.50,000.00), without prejudice of the corresponding civil liability.(...)"

 PROTECTION your patrimonies from seizures. ARTICLE 11 – Statute 25 of 1995:  "...For all legal purposes, the assets of the Foundation constitute a patrimony separate from the personal assets of the founder. Therefore, can not be distained, seized or object of action or measure, except for obligations incurred, or damage caused during the execution of the purposes or objectives of the foundation or by legitimate rights of beneficiaries. The structure of their heritage is very important, and it is his life. To do so with private interest foundations, specialist advice is required, because their goods are not only real estate properties, but also bank accounts, stocks, insurance, furniture, autos, ships, which in turn can be located in Panama and abroad. Important: Advice. Do not let your assets be structured models of prefabricatedfoundations. The protection of property is a delicate matter, and each document must be carefully crafted for each particular case.

MIGRATION SERVICES

We are in the capacity to obtain your visa or residence in Panama.  First you must know the status of your nationality in front of the Panamanian immigration authorities. There are certain nationalities that require the so-called "VISA APPROVED", they can not enter the country if not authorized by the Panamanian Consulate abroad. This is not a visa or residence permit, and therefore, once the alien gets it, should immediately request an "immigration status" legal to the National Migration Service,  at its entry. There are other nationalities that with a simple "TOURIST VISA CARD or" (signed on the plane) can visit the country for 1 month. Upon expiry of this month must leave the country, or request an extension of tourists", with a lift in accordance with law. There are also some nationalities that do not require a tourist card for the visit.

 List of countries requiring "Authorized Visa" - Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Angilla, Upper Volta, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Burma, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina, Burundi, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estoria, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Gahna, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi , Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Palestine, Qatar, Rep. Center African People's Rep. of China, Republic of Malagasy. Romania, Rwanda, Senegal Seyscheles, Sierra Leone, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Tuyalu, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen , Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe..

List of countries requiring "Visa or tourist card" - Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), United States, Bolivia, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Monaco ,Norway, New Zealand, Paraguay, Samoa, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Tome and Principe, Sweden, Suriname, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

List of countries NOT requiring "Visa or tourist card" - Denmark, Paraguay, Vatican (Holy See), Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Spain, Finland, France, Guatemala, Holland (Netherlands), Honduras , Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Greece (Hellenic Republic), Singapore, Switzerland, Uruguay.

HERE SOME OF THE MOST SOLICITED VISAS AND RESIDENCES

 Resident as Retiree and Pensioner - May  apply for this visa foreigners that receive retirement benefits or pension from foreign government, international agency or foreign private companies, who enter the country to settle in and that have sufficient funds to cover all their costs and those of their dependents in the country. Monthly pension income or minimum required by law is  1,000.00 USD$, and should be granted for life. If both are retired in a couple "married" can apply to this visa together and reach the minimum amount required by law. As additional data on this visa, it gives, special "discounts" to retirees in all kinds of services and places of entertainment, from 10% to 50%, can import their furnishings or personal property from abroad without payment of import duties and authorizing the introduction of a car every two years, without payment of tax introduction. 

Residence for Italian Citizens - Panama Italy Convention - By Statute 15 of February 1, 1966, Panama ratified the "Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the Republic of Panama and the Republic of Italy, so that citizens of each of the contracting parties enjoy the territory of the other the benefit of residents, with regard to admission to professional or economic activities of any kind, except the practice of  retail trade. This agreement therefore can apply for residence in Panama, with no other condition than to be Italians. 

Resident by Fixed Term Deposit or by Purchase of Real Property  - This permit can be requested by the foreigner that invests the minimum amount of three hundred thousand dollars ($ 300000.00 USD) in property (not already funded and under your name), or maintain a fixed-term deposit the same amount, or a combination of both, and demonstrate that the funds come from abroad.

Resident as Investor of Macro-Enterprise - May apply for this permit foreigners that wish to invest in a company in Panama, with a minimum share capital of one hundred and sixty thousand dollars (160000.00 USD) per applicant, which are shareholders and dignitaries from the same company and sole holders of the shares reflect their investment. The company can only realize legal activities for foreigners not reserved for national citizens and must have a payroll of five (5) full-time Panamanian employees, accrued wages established in the Statute.

You can also obtain the following Visas: - Authorized Visa - Stamped Visa - Naturalizations - Workers Visa - Domestic Visa - Students Visa - Short Stay Visa and Temporary Visa - Resident as Married to a Panamanian - Permits to Foreigners recruited by company within 10%.

BANKING SERVICES

Panama is known for its enhanced international banking center. More than 100 international banks have opened offices, whether of representation, as licensed general in our country. Our firm can open the doors to this banking world through various contacts with managers and officials, both banks of international stature, or local banks.  Here are some of the services that we can obtain on your behalf when it comes to Banking:

- Current Accounts (for individuals or businesses)

- Savings Accounts (for individuals or businesses)

- Foreign Currency Accounts

- Trusts with Licensed Trustees

- Corporate Credit Card Visa pledged

- Corporate Visa Debit Card

- E-Banking (Online Banking)

Within the recent global scenario of economic crisis; Panama has emerged as one of the best international banking centers on the planet next to Switzerland and Canada, for their serious and conservative management; Proof of these are the reported profits of the banking system for the year 2010, over 1.4 Billion Dollars, all of this, based on its strict and controlled system for opening accounts, the U.S. dollar as legal tender, strict verification of due diligence to clients, coupled with the high level of technology offered by Banks locally.  - Important: We clarify that this firm "is not", "nor it intends" to offer such services at the level of a financial institution in any sense.  The information in this section of our website, refers only to the lobby and intermediation that this firm will realize on your behalf at local banks that have the necessary respective banking licenses necessary to provide these services.

ADDITIONAL AVAILABLE LEGAL SERVICES

Proceedings before the Public Registry
Notarial ServicesDrafting of Contracts in General
Legal Advice on Taxes
Procurement with the State
Trademarks Registry
Intellectual Property Registration
Health Registry
Flag Ship and maritime services
Contractual services and in relation to Labor Disputes
Advice on the opening of businesses in Panama
Advice on investing in Panama