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Governmental Procurement

We take immense pride in maintaining one of the most comprehensive and esteemed practices in Panama concerning public procurement matters.

Our advisory services span the entire process, from the initial bidding and award stage to contract formalization and execution. We guide our clients through claims, responses to amendment requests from contracting entities, and the termination and liquidation of contracts.

Our expertise extends beyond specific public documents; we also provide essential services such as managing administrative records, securing permits, obtaining necessary certifications, offering advice on bonds and insurance, analyzing contractual risks, assisting with queries, addressing observations, handling claims, and overcoming challenges.

Our team has played a pivotal role in the formulation and enactment of Panama’s groundbreaking Public-Private Partnerships Law (APPs / PPPs). We have successfully represented clients in high-profile public contract cases, including securing the first mobile/cellular telephone concession in Panama, contributing to the construction and expansion of Panama City Metro Lines, facilitating the growth of the Tocumen International Airport, overseeing mass transportation concessions in Panama and San Miguelito, managing road concessions, constructing bridges, hospitals, administrative buildings, and other critical infrastructure projects. Additionally, we have been involved in renewable energy installations (hydroelectric, wind, and solar energy), among other significant endeavors.

  • Our clientele includes both international and national entities across diverse sectors, including banking and finance, insurance, energy, telecommunications, public infrastructure, passenger transportation systems, technology, and State suppliers.

Acknowledgments

  • Ranked in Band 2 by the prestigious British directory Chambers and Partners.
  • "The Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez team has command over the regulatory framework, having deep knowledge of energy projects and has the capacity to handle complex situations. The lawyers offer practical and effective solutions.” Client for Chambers and Partners, Latin America 2024.
  • “Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez has been praised by clients due to its broad experience and knowhow in the full range of energy matters and projects, including public acquisitions and concessions, financing, regulatory matters and the sale and acquisition of energy companies. The team shines by its experience in diverse sectors touching on the energy, oil and gas industries, logistics, marine infrastructure, telecommunications and transportation.” Editorial The Legal 500, Latin America 2024.
  • “A team of lawyers with broad experience and knowledge". Client for The Legal 500, Latin America 2024
  • “In comparison with other firms, AFRA has shown keen knowledge of the issues for which we have required counsel, as well as their response speed. The firm’s different departments are well coordinated and work together very well, with very good communication with the client”. Client for The Legal 500, Latin America 2024
  • “All the partners and associates are very competent”. Client for The Legal 500, Latin America 2024
  • “I have worked personally with Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez during some years, during which they have helped me and my client with a great deal of professionalism and walking a clear path, even with the most unexpectedly complex matters. In our experience, the strengths that make this firm a genuine asset for their clints (in addition to the solid comprehension of the client’s strategy which naturally generates feelings of confidence and trust) are the efficiency of the service of their people, who are always available and open. We believe that the firm’s practices fully meet our expectations, with a solid interest in our business, our long-term plan and scope.” Client for The Legal 500, Latin America 2024
  • “I would say that the best qualities of the personnel of Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez with whom we have interacted are their openness and friendliness. Luis Horacio Moreno is a good example of this”. Client for The Legal 500, Latin America 2024

Notable Transactions:

  • Legal counsel to Panameño de Construcciones Hospitalarias, a consortium of three local construction companies. They were granted a contract of approximately USD$1 billion for the design, construction, financing and equipping of the Hospital in the Ciudad de la Salud.
  • Provided legal assistance to Astilleros Puerto de Balboa, S.A. (Astibal) during the public procurement process for the refurbishing and operation of the shipyards at the Port of Balboa. This project, located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, involved more than US$35MM.
  • Provided legal support during the development, construction and operations of Colón Logistic Park (CLP). This groundbreaking project aims to provide space inside a terminal for the reception, storage, manipulation and delivery of merchandise, offering an alternative to the traditional locations in the Colón Free Trade Zone and the Pacific Panama Special Economic Area.
  • We assisted a client inwinning bids for maintenance projects related to the elevators and escalators on Line 1 of the Panama City Metro.
  • We provided legal guidance for rail system projects on Line 1 of the Panama City Metro, totaling USD$26MM, which was awarded to our client.
  • Legal assistance to a client for the establishment of a joint-venture for the construction and operation of the largest data center in Panama.
  • Ongoing counsel to a client in the execution of a Bidding Contract for the engineering design services, construction of civil public works, auxiliary installations for the Line and Station, and interfaces with the Integral Rail Systems for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama City Metro to Villa Zaíta.
  • Counsel to a client in the pre-qualification process for the construction and operation of the fourth energy transmission line in Panama public bidding(2018).
  • Provide guidance on negotiating a supplementary agreement for the execution of a compliance bond between the formerly known National Institute of Culture (INAC), now Ministry of Culture, and the bond agent. This pertains to the Ciudad de las Artes project, covering studies, design, material supply, labor, equipment, administration, and construction
  • Advise a client on the bidding for the supply of over 60 prefabricated bridges to the Ministry of Public Works of Panama.
  • Provided legal advice regarding the assignment of credit and a contract related to the"WIDENING TO SIX (6) LANES – CORRIDOR FROM THE BEACHES (STAGE 1: CHORRERA - SANTA CRUZ), PANAMA WEST PROVINCE) project“.
  • Offer guidance on the the assignment and execution of the contract for the “STUDIES, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPPING AND FINANCING OF THE MANUEL AMADOR GUERRERO HOSPITAL.” project.
  • Counsel to a State Entity in preparing Charges Sheets of two bidding processes by the Ground Transportation and Traffic Authority of Panama (Autoridad de Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre - ATTT). These processes involved services related tothe issuing of drivers’ licenses and vehicle weight and dimensions property cards.
  • Represented a multinational telecommunications company during the awarding of the first mobile telephone concession contract.
  • Provided legal advice to a client that was awarded a contract for the Mass Passenger Transportation System in the Panama City and San Miguelito districts. Also, advised on the sale of shares of our client to Metro de Panamá, S.A
  • Counsel to Transporte Masivo de Panamá, S.A., provided assistanceduring the meeting for homologation accreditation, as well as the different stages of the bidding process for the purchase of additional buses.
  • Assited Empresa de Generación Termoeléctrica during the local bidding for the purchase of 350MW (PPA) of energy.

Team

Partner

Annette Barcenas Olivardia

Partner

Luis H. Moreno IV

Associate

Ramón Alberto Morales