Yap Endara, Javier

Yap Endara, Javier


T +507 205-7017
F +507 205-7001
E jyapendara@arifa.com

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Javier Yap Endara has been an associate of the firm since 2014. He is an active member of the ARIFA Pro Bono and CSR Committee.

Mr. Yap Endara regularly advises clients on M&A transactions, having participated in some of the largest and most relevant ones recently taking place in the country, including the sales of Cable Onda (main telecom provider), Grupo Rey (leading supermarket chain), Assicurazioni Generali (Panama Branch) (local leading insurer), Suzuki distribution and Bonlac (leading beverage company). He regularly advises United Airlines as creditor to Avianca’s majority shareholder.

He has also participated in the financing of major infrastructure works, including local ports, airports and a subway.

Mr. Yap Endara has been actively engaged in the development of the new FinTech industry in Panama, as technology is redefining the financial services sector worldwide.

He has been an adjunct professor of banking law at the Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua and has lectured at the University of Panama.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Yap Endara worked as a pupil at barrister chambers in London.


Master of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (2014) Chevening Scholar

Master of Laws in Commercial Law, University of Cambridge (2013) Santander Scholar and honorary Cambridge Trust Scholar

Bachelor of Laws (Licenciatura en Derecho y Ciencias Políticas), magna cum laude, Santa Maria la Antigua University (2011)


Director of La Prensa, the largest circulation daily newspaper in Panama and newspaper of record (present)

Director of Panafintech, the main fintech advocacy group in Panama (2017 – Present)

Adviser to the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (2015-present)

Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (2012-2014)


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