Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint-Ventures

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega is a leader in the area of mergers and acquisitions in Panama, in terms of dollar value of deals, complexity and frequency of transactions. The firm is broadly recognized by its unparalleled experience in structuring the most complex and difficult acquisitions in Panama and the Central America region.

ARIFA acted as lead counsel in landmark transactions, such as the US$5.1 billion purchase of Syntex Corporation by F. Hoffman-La Roche; the sale of Panamerican Beverages to Coca-Cola FEMSA for US$3.6 billion; the US$897 million tender offer of Bancolombia for the shares of Banagrícola - the first truly bi-national public tender offer in Central America; the US$700 million acquisition of McDonald's operations in Latin America - winner of the 2007 M&A Deal of the Year Award by LatinLawyer; the US$1.5 billion sale of Banco Cuscatlán's operations in Central America to Citibank; and the stock merger between Banco General and Banco Continental, resulting in the largest Panamanian bank.


The specialization of lawyers in 28 practice areas enables the firm to staff multi-disciplinary teams of experts to cover all aspects of complex M&A transactions, including issues of corporate law, antitrust, taxation, securities regulation, banking, environmental law, labor and employment relations, real estate, public utilities, regulatory work, and intellectual property.

Representative Clients

Bancolombia, Banco General, Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex), Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank / Citigroup Global Markets, Corporación Medcom, Credit Suisse, General Cable Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Grupo Mundial, Grupo Nueva, JPMorgan Chase, Mexichem, MHC Holdings, Morgan Stanley, Panamerican Beverages and UBS Securities LLC.

Representative Transactions