Morgan & Morgan, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Chiriquí (CAMCHI), presented the forum: Trends in Labor Law 2019; a seminar organized for the business sector of the province of Chiriqui in the Republic of Panama. The topics were presented by lawyers Ricardo Aleman, Maria Teresa Mendoza and Milagros Caballero, labor law specialists.
The objective of the seminar was to reinforce the companies on issues about:
- Sexual harassment and discrimination within the company and at an education level.
- Main issues regarding employee’s paternity: leave and child support.
- Features of special privileges: disability and chronic disease.
Felipe Venicio Rodríguez, president of CAMCHI, said he was pleased by the opportunity, through the alliance with Morgan & Morgan, so that employers and employees can keep up with these issues of social interest and their respective regulations, which in many cases tend to fail in some sectors, for lack of knowledge: “The most important thing is that we cover this part of Corporate Social Responsibility, with these activities, which are considered priority and key to contribute to the strengthening and development of the companies and our society in general; we hope it can be exploited to the maximum by each one of the participants”, added Rodriguez.
Foreigners with nationalities that require an entry visa may enter Panama with visas from Korea, Japan or Singapore
Executive Decree No. 521 of August 6th, 2018
As of August 8th, 2018, foreigners of nationalities that require a visa to enter the Republic of Panama may enter with a Schengen Visa or current Residency from Korea, Japan or Singapore.
- By means of Executive Decree No. 521 of April 6th, 2018, any foreigner who requires a visa to enter the national territory, holding a Visa or valid residency in Korea, Japan or Singapore, may enter Panama, as a tourist, without an entry visa.
- The Visa must: (i) be granted for multiple entries and exits; (ii) be used at least once to enter the territory of the granting State; and (iii) have a validity of at least six (6) months.
- This Executive Decree became effective as of August 8th, 2018.
Aspects to be considered:
- This Decree includes Korea, Japan and Singapore within the list of exceptions. Previously, the list only included the United States of America, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom, and those holding a Schengen Visa from the European Union.
With this Executive Decree it is provided that the validity of the visa or residency of the above mentioned countries, must be of at least six (6) months, reducing the time established in the previous decree of at least one (1) year of validity.
By means of the Executive Decree No. 113 of April 4th, 2018, the Republic of India is included within the countries that require Stamped Visa issued by Panamanian Consulate, to enter the national territory.
- This Executive Decree only applies to nationals of the Republic of India.
- Officials from the National Immigration Authority and the National Security Council will be appointed at the Panamanian Consulates in India to verify the immigration requirements and the security backgrounds of each applicant.
- The cost of the Stamped Visa may not exceed Fifty Dollars (US$50.00).
- Stamped Visas can be granted for multiple entries and exits, and up to three (3) years, according to the verification criteria of the designated officials.
- This Decree will become effective as of June 1st, 2018.
Aspects to be considered:
Nationals of the Republic of India:
- Will not require a Tourist Visa (authorized) nor Certification to file residence (VTR) before the National Immigration Authority, which will considerably reduce the requirements and time to obtain immigration processes in Panama.
Holding a Visa duly issued by the United States of America, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or a Schengen Visa, (i) granted for multiple entries and exits; (ii) that has been used at least once to enter the territory of the granting State; and (iii) with a validity of at least one (1) year, may enter the national territory without the requirement of a Stamped Visa (Executive Decree No. 591 of December 28th, 2016 and Executive Decree No. 114 of April 4th, 2018).
As of April 1st, the travel permits for minors must be done only digitally.
- The interested party must access the website of the National Immigration Authority (migracion.gob.pa), then go to the section “Online Immigration” – option “Requests” and thus access to “Minors Permits”.
- Attach the following documents in PDF:
- Copy of Passport (Residents) or Panamanian cédula of the Minor (Panamanians); and,
- Copy of Passport (Residents) or Panamanian cédula of both parents (Panamanians).
- Once the online application is completed, the interested party must carry the printed authorization letter to any of the Notaries nationwide, where they will verify the data and register a digital copy of this process in the electronic platform.
- It is also recommended to carry the original documents to the Airport, since the National Immigration Authority may request them for verification.
- In the event that the two (2) parents travel with the child, they will only require their passports, Panamanian cédula of the minor (Panamanians) or Birth Certificate (Residents).
[frame type=”lifted” align=”left”]http://www.morimor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Chiriqui_1.jpg[/frame]As part of our CSR strategy, on Saturday July 13th, 2013, a team of lawyers and volunteers from Morgan & Morgan participated in a Legal Orientation Day held in collaboration with Fundación Telefónica Panama, at the Elisa Chiari School in David, Chiriqui. More than 12 people received free legal assistance and participated in a workshop covering topics related to domestic violence and healthy relationships, emphasizing the importance of equal opportunities for men and women.
The aim of these Legal Open Houses is to promote access to justice and gender equality in the country’s most vulnerable populations.[frame type=”lifted” align=”right”]http://www.morimor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Chiriqui_2.jpg[/frame]
Attorneys Ana Frago, Lidieth Morales, Ileen Lezcano and Giselle Moncada, as well as volunteers Camila De Vengoechea and Yurisel Quintero made up the group that provided services for this initiative.
By participating in this conference, Morgan & Morgan reaffirms its commitment to the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas being the first Panamanian firm signatory of this initiative.
[frame type=”lifted” align=”left”]http://www.morimor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Chiriqui_1.jpg[/frame]Como parte de nuestra estrategia de RSE, el pasado sábado 13 de julio de 2013, un equipo de abogadas y voluntarias de Morgan & Morgan participaron en una Jornada de Orientación Legal llevada a cabo, en colaboración con Fundación Telefónica Panamá, en la Escuela Elisa Chiari en David, Chiriquí. Más de 12 personas recibieron asistencia legal gratuita y participaron de un taller en donde se tratan temas relacionados a la violencia doméstica y promoción de relaciones sanas, haciendo énfasis en la importancia de la igualdad de oportunidades entre hombres y mujeres.
El objetivo de estas jornadas es promover el acceso a la justicia y la equidad de género en las poblaciones más vulnerables del país.[frame type=”lifted” align=”right”]http://www.morimor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Chiriqui_2.jpg[/frame]
El grupo que prestó sus servicios para esta iniciativa estuvo conformado por las abogadas Ana Frago, Lidieth Morales, Ileen Lezcano y Giselle Moncada; y las voluntarias Camila De Vengoechea y Yurisel Quintero.
Con su participación en estas jornadas, Morgan & Morgan reafirma su compromiso con la Declaración Pro Bono de las Américas al ser la primera firma panameña signataria de esta iniciativa.
Morgan & Morgan advises on the purchase of Finca Santa Teresa, a Coffee Plantation farm in the Republic of Panama
Morgan & Morgan represented Carbine Capital, one of the most important toasters of the Coffee Business in Australia in the acquisition of Finca Santa Teresa, a coffee plantation located in Volcán, Chiriquí, highlands in the Republic of Panama.
The acquisition included the Coffee Mill and the Coffee Plantation. The Coffee Business is one of the most important commercial activities of the Province of Chiriquí, making Panamanian coffee well-renowned across the world.
Associates Giselle Moncada and Eidy de Puy led the Morgan & Morgan team advising Carbine Capital, which also included associates Ana Frago and Lidieth Morales. Associate Luis Miguel Hincapié also served as an advisor on corporate matters of the transaction.
Morgan & Morgan representó a Carbine Capital, uno de los tostadores más importantes de la industria del café en Australia, en la adquisición de la finca Santa Teresa, una finca de café ubicada en Volcán, Chiriquí, tierras altas de la República de Panamá.
La adquisición incluyó el Beneficio de café y la plantación de café. El negocio del café es una de las actividades comerciales más importantes de la provincia de Chiriquí, dándole prestigio al café panameño alrededor del mundo.
Las asociadas Giselle Moncada y Eidy de Puy dirigieron al equipo de Morgan & Morgan que asesoró a Carbine Capital, del cual también formaron parte las asociadas Ana Frago y Lidieth Morales. El asociado Luis Miguel Hincapié también se desempeñó como asesor en asuntos corporativos de la transacción.