SUMMARYPilar Castillo joined the firm in 2010 and became a partner in 2017.
She has a broad range of experience in shipping, aviation and commodities finance, as well as corporations.
Ms. Castillo is an experienced international shipping finance and transactional lawyer who participates in the most complex financings as well as sale and purchase transactions of offshore platforms and other type of vessels, assisting banks and ship owners. Her profound knowledge of Panama’s maritime, commercial and corporate laws allows her to solve issues that come along the way of the negotiations in an efficient and creative manner, and develop each unique transaction structure and closing logistics in the most practical way.
Ms. Castillo is also experienced in port operations, including maritime ancillary services, and works together with ARIFA’s M&A and Banking and Capital Markets teams by providing her maritime-port expertise in complex transactions.
Ms. Castillo frequently works with lawyers in other practice areas providing an IBT lawyer’s perspective on M&A transactions, and commodity finance and secured transactions located in Panamanian free zones.
As an active member of ARIFA’s Equipment and Aircraft Financing legal team, she has represented leasing companies and investors in the most complex transactions, and has been recognized for her extraordinary legal work in the multiple transactions arising from COPA Airlines’ expansion of its fleet of international transport based in Tocumen International Airport (the largest airline in Panama and one of the most important in Latin America). In light of the situations arising from Covid-19 pandemic, she continued advising multiple lessors in the restructure of operating leases with Copa Airlines. In 2016, Ms. Castillo was accepted as a IAWA member (International Aviation Women’s Association).
OUR CLIENTS SAY
She is a very focused lawyer; it is a pleasure to work with her.
Chambers Latin America, 2019
She is a wonderful lawyer. She is always responsive, prompt, thorough and detail-oriented.
Chambers LatAm 2017
A problem-solver and very solution-oriented
Chambers LatAm 2018
Excellent to work with – she understands marine issues very well, is always responsive and reacts quickly to different legal situations.
Chambers LatAm 2015
Pilar Castillo is very efficient
Legal 500 Latin America 2021
… responsible and knowledgeable. …a pleasure to work with.
Legal 500 Latin America 2015
Very confident in her practice and provides very high-quality legal advice
Chambers LatAm 2021
Impresses sources with her swift response time to questions, as well as her availability during evening and weekend hours. She’s a great lawyer.
Chambers LatAm 2016
I feel comfortable reaching out to her. Her advice is good, and she provides clear and thoughtful explanations.
Chambers LatAm 2018
She is very responsive and helpful in explaining Panamanian procedures and following them to a successful conclusion.
Chambers LatAm 2023
Pilar Castillo is absolutely fantastic to work with.