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Why Incorporate your Startup in Panama?
Morgan & Morgan, June 2020

In the corporate world, there is a novel type of enterprise labeled “startup,” which is known for its rapid growth, partly, because of the fact that it is highly related to the general use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the latest business trends...

The Civil Aviation Authority, the National Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Labor Extend the Measures Taken as a Result of the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Morgan & Morgan, June 2020

Civil Aviation Authority: All international flightsshall remain suspended untilJuly 22, 2020. National Immigration Authority: All identifications issued by the National Immigration Authoritythat weredue to expirebetween March 13 and July 31, 2020,willremain validuntilOctober 31, 2020,without incurring in fines or surcharges...

COVID-19: Reopening of the National Immigration Authority and the Labor Immigration Department of the Ministry of Labor
Morgan & Morgan, June 2020

Updated on June 1, 2020 National Immigration Authority: Residence Permitsare valid until June 7, 2020. This measure is in place since March 13. The suspension of administrative processesanduser service will belifted from June 8. In-person user service will be restored gradually and progressively: Between June 8 and June 12, only attorneys will be allowed to visit, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m...

COVID-19: Additional, Exceptional and Temporary Measures Adopted by the Superintendency of Banks of Panama and the Panama Banking Association.
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Rule 2-2020, as amended by Rule 3-2020 of the Superintendency of Banks of Panama (hereinafter, “SBP,” for its initials in Spanish). On March 16, 2020, the SBP issued Rule 2-2020, which was subsequently amended by Rule 3-2020 (here in after referred to as “Rule 2-2020") and "establishes additional, exceptional and temporary measures for compliance with the provisions contained in Rule 4-2013 on credit risk".”...

COVID-19: Creation of the Health Committee and the Safety Plan for the Return to Business Activities
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

In planning for the post-quarantine return to business activities, the Ministry of Labor (MITRADEL, for its initials in Spanish) based on Executive Decree No. 78 of March 16, 2020, has required business to create Special Committees on Health and Hygiene for the Prevention and Care of COVID-19. These committees must include representatives for both management and labor...

Legal Feasibility of Electronic Signatures in the Republic of Panama
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Given the state of emergency declared by the Panamanian Government as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the stay at home orders issued by the health authorities and the social distancing that is essential to control the outbreak, the technological tools available for companies to operate remotely are vital...

COVID-19: Measures Related to Leases and Evictions
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Through Executive Decree No. 145 of 1 May 2020 (the “Executive Decree”), enacted in Official Gazette 29,015 of the same date, the Panamanian Government established certain measures related to lease agreements and eviction procedures...

COVID-19: Measures Adopted by the SMV Regarding Regulated Entities
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Panama, May 4, 2020. The Superintendence of the Securities Market (the “SMV”) has implemented measures that allow its regulated entities to continue with their financial activities that, in accordance to the Executive Decree No° 507 of 24 March 2020, are exempted from the measures adopted by the Executive Branch for the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote Working In accordance to General Resolution SMV No...

COVID-19: Measures Taken by the SMV, BVP and Latinclear Regarding Service to the Public and Presentation and Process of Filings
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Superintendence of the Securities Market The Superintendence of the Securities Market (the “SMV”) has established the following measures for working hours and presentation and process of filings before such entity as part of the governmental effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19:[1] Maintain the special working hours of the SMV from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until there is a new announcement by the SMV...

COVID-19: Update on Immigration and Labor Immigration
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

The National Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Labor extend the measures taken as a result of the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residence permits are extended up to May 15th. This extension is in force since March 13th. Reference is made to all permits and tourist stays that expire within the aforementioned period and will not give rise to fines due to expiration...

COVID-19: Temporary Importation Measures on Medicines and other Human Health Products
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

In order to allow the importation of medicines and other products for human health,during the State of Emergency, the National Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs (DNFYD) of the Ministry of Health, has issued Resolution 280 of April 6, 2020 published in Official Gazette No...

COVID-19: Tributary Measures for Economic Relief During Panama State of Emergency
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

Panama, April 6, 2020. On Tuesday March 24th, 2020, the Executive Decree 251 of the same date was published in Official Gazette 28987-A which adopts tax measures to relief the economic effects of the National State of Emergency...

COVID-19: Measures Taken by the Panamanian Authorities, Applicable to Foreigners
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

In this Informative Guide you will find important information about the following: tourist stays, visas and residence permits, work permits, traveling, and mobility inside the country including curfews, circulation permits (Salvoconductos), and driver’s licenses. Tourist stays Panamanian authorities have informed that tourist who have expired stays from 13 March 2020, as a consequence of the Covid-19, will not be fined. And they will be able to circulate...

COVID-19 and Panamas Insolvency Law
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

The health crisis caused by COVID-19 (better known as “Coronavirus”) has had a significant impact on both global and local trade. In our country, the first case, which was confirmed on March 9, triggered the implementation of significant sanitary measures that led to the necessary temporary closure of multiple enterprises, as well as limited the movement of the population, and restricted commercial [1] and governmental [2] activity...

Panama Creates a Beneficial Owner Registry
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

By Law 129 of 17 March 2020 (hereinafter, the “Law”) the Republic of Panama established the regulatory framework for a restricted database...

COVID-19: Measures for the Procurement of Prescription Medicines and Other Health Products
Morgan & Morgan, March 2020

An article establishing a procedure for the procurement of medical supplies was recently introduced. This new provision (Resolution No 53960) amended Resolution No 38941-2006-JD of February of 2006, which is the general procurement regulation for the Social Security Administration (CSS for its initials in Spanish)...

A Look at the Compliance Measures Applicable to the Stock Market
Morgan & Morgan, March 2020

The stock market is undoubtedly one of the most important economic forces in the world. Every year, billions of dollars are moved through stock exchange operations, and year after year, in most jurisdictions, the stock market is promoted as a tool for financing or capturing capital for issuers and as an investment for thousands of participants seeking to place their funds in higher yield investments...

Wages and Hours in Panamanian Labor Law
Morgan & Morgan, January 2020

According to Panamanian law, all employees must have an employment contract with some mandatory content which cannot be replaced by a job offer. Salary and working hours, must be agreed in this employment contract. The salary could be paid by month, fortnight, week, day or hour, but the practice is to negotiate a monthly salary, which must be at least equal to the minimum wage established by law...

The Importance of Having a Data-Protection Compliance Program
Morgan & Morgan, October 2019

In 2013, Virginia Ginni Rometty - CEO of IBM, said “I would like you to think of big data as the next natural resource that can be to our era what steam, electricity and oil were for the Industrial Age."   Probably, you have read or heard: Data is the new oil! Data is the new bacon! Data is the new currency! These analogies have become very popular because data is now considered one of the most important commodities...

The Insolvency Law in Panama
Morgan & Morgan, October 2019

On May 19, 2016, the concept of a “Bankruptcy,” as the legal term was defined, ceased to exist under Panamanian law. Law 12 of 2016 (the “Insolvency Law”) entered into force on that date and introduced new proceedings into our legal system. These proceedings are referred to as Reorganization and Liquidation...

Panama Seeks to Adopt a Framework Law for Public-Private Partnerships
Morgan & Morgan, September 2019

For the past few decades, Panama has established public-private partnerships (“PPPs”) in projects as diverse as toll roads, water treatment plants, ports, telecommunications networks and the generation and distribution of electricity...

Regulations on Accounting Records for Offshore Companies
Morgan & Morgan, August 2019

In order to comply with the international guidelines regarding corporate transparency, the government of Panama enacted Law 52 of October 27, 2016 in the Official Gazette. This Law establishes the obligation for Panamanian companies and other entities to maintain accounting records, financial records and supporting documentation of all transactions that took place during the last five (5) years, so that their financial status can be easily determined with reasonable accuracy...

Panama: Regulations Applicable to Tax Deductions from School Expenses
Morgan & Morgan, July 2019

Law 37 of June 5, 2018, adds line 9 to article 709 of the Fiscal Code, which is related to the annual income tax deductions to which natural persons are entitled, regarding school expenses incurred by the taxpayer with respect to their dependents. Additionally, Executive Decree 368 of December 26, 2018 and Resolution No. 201-1635 of May 13, 2019, establish the regulations applicable to the deduction of said expenses...

New immigration changes in Panama: SEM, Special Regularization Process and Aviation
Morgan & Morgan, June 2019

Executive Decree No. 238 of June 10, 2019 Requirements to apply for permanent residency for executives of Multinational Headquarters offices (“SEM” for its acronym in Spanish) As of June 11th, 2019, the requirements to apply for the Permanent Resident Permit for Executives of SEM companies who i) continue working at a SEM company, and ii) no longer work for a SEM company...

The Bahamas: Economic Substance Legislation
Morgan & Morgan, April 2019

The Bahamas has passed legislation requiring that certain legal entities carrying on relevant activities have to demonstrate adequate economic substance in said jurisdiction. The beneficial owners of any company or limited partnership incorporated, registered or continued in The Bahamas should be aware of this legislation and consider how they may be affected. The Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act, 2018 (“CESRA”) came into force on December 31st, 2018...

 

 

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