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Offshore Trusts Report: Panama

Requirements for Acting as Trust Company in Panama

Any person that wishes to act as a trust company in or from Panama must submit an application before the Superintendency of Banks, through an Attorney, together with the following documents:

  • Power of Attorney and Application: Through memorial in stamped paper.

  • Articles of Incorporation: Draft of the minutes of the Articles of Incorporation and of the Statutes of the forming legal person who will be the holder of the requested license. Shares representing the corporation capital must be issued on a nominative base.

  • Authorization of the Board of Directors: Minutes, extract of minutes or secretarial certification of the Board of Director's Meeting of the applicant or his economic promoter with evidence of the economic support and the authorization to exercise the trust business in Panama.

  • General Data on Shareholders, directors and officers of the Applicant and his Promoter: Detailed and accurate information that irrefutably confirms the identity, residence, address, nationality, personal identification document (cedula) and/or passport, occupation, and the shareholders participation including banking, commercial and personal references, giving the source to confirm them. If the applicant's or promoter's shares are frequently traded in the stock market, the required information will fall upon the five shareholders with the greatest stock percentage.

  • Notarized Affidavit of not having been disabled for the exercise of trade: Affidavit of the corporation and of those responsible for the corporation.

  • Guarantee or Guarantee Commitment pursuant to what Article 14 of Executive Decree No. 16 of 1984 stipulates: To keep at all times in the Republic of Panama, available to the Superintendency of Banks, a guarantee for the amount of PAB250,000 (1 Panamanian Balboa is equal to 1 US Dollar) for the proper fulfillment of its obligations. This guarantee could be formed in cash, State bonds, insurance policies, through bank guarantees or in checks issued or certified by local banks. No less than ten percent (10%) of said guarantee must consist of deposits in the Banco Nacional de Panama or in the Caja de Ahorros.

  • Certification issued by an Authorized Public Accountant stating who the shareholders are and the share percentages thereof.

  • Résumés of the Persons Responsible for the Trust Corporation: Résumés of the officers, directing, executive and administrative staff who will be responsible for the fiduciary office in Panama.

  • Financial Information: Personal Financial Statements detailing the financial solvency of the directors, officers and main shareholders; and comparative audited Financial Statements of the applicant and/or promoter group for the last two fiscal closings.

  • Publications and Memories: The most recent annual memory or similar publication that contains information about the applicant and/or his promoter group.

  • Project of activities to be developed or Business Plan: Description of the plans that the applicant proposes to develop once the license is granted (short, medium and long term objectives) showing the corporation's feasibility and the contribution to the Panamanian economy.

  • Auditors' suitability certification issued by the Accounting Technical Board of the Ministry of Trade and Industries.

  • Investigation Costs: Certified or cashier's check for one thousand Balboas PAB1,000, to defray the investigation costs caused by the application.

  • Certification from the monetary, supervising or regulatory authority of the applicant's home country: Certification issued by the home country authority of the applicant or his promoter which states that he is duly authorized to exercise the trust business.

  • Any information the Superintendency of Banks considers.

The Report

Offshore Trusts Guide: Introduction

Offshore Trusts Guide: Jurisdictions

Bahamas Barbados Bermuda British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Cook Islands Cyprus Gibraltar Guernsey Isle of Man Jersey Liechtenstein Madeira Malta Mauritius Monaco Nevis New Zealand Panama Seychelles Turks & Caicos Vanuatu


Panama News

MEPs Approve PANA Committee Tax Recommendations
Friday 15/12/2017
Members of the European Parliament have approved the recommendations made by the European Parliament's special committee on tax avoidance and evasion, calling for open registers of beneficial owners, effective protections for whistleblowers, and new rules for intermediaries.

European Commission Announces New Anti-Avoidance Measures
Wednesday 6/7/2016
In response to the publication of the Panama Papers, the European Commission has proposed new measures to improve transparency and better facilitate the exchange of information between tax authorities.

NZ Inquiry Launched On Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules
Tuesday 3/5/2016
New Zealand's Minister of Finance, Simon English, and the Minister of Revenue, Michael Woodhouse, has established a government inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules.

European Parliament To Investigate Panama Papers
Tuesday 19/4/2016
The European Parliament Conference of Presidents has unanimously backed a proposal for the creation of an inquiry committee to investigate the so-called Panama Papers.

New Zealand To Review Foreign Trusts' Transparency
Tuesday 12/4/2016
The New Zealand Government has appointed tax expert John Shewan to conduct an independent review of disclosure rules covering foreign trusts registered in the country.

NZ Revenue Minister Says Tax Regime Robust
Wednesday 6/4/2016
New Zealand's Revenue Minister, Michael Woodhouse, has defended the country's tax system in response to calls from opposition parties to tighten the tax rules following the so-called "Panama Papers" leak.

Panama Approves Israeli, UAE Double Tax Pacts
Monday 11/2/2013
Panama's National Assembly has approved two new double tax conventions signed with Israel, and with the United Arab Emirates.

Panama Faces Up To OECD Test
Wednesday 6/10/2010
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes criticized Panama in its phase one peer review covering the legal and regulatory framework.

Global Tax Forum Issues Peer Reviews
Monday 4/10/2010
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has issued the first phase of peer reviews covering the legal and regulatory frameworks for transparency and exchange of tax information in Bermuda, Botswana, Cayman Islands, India, Jamaica, Monaco, Panama and Qatar.

Jersey Foundations Attract Growing Interest
Thursday 2/9/2010
Just over a year since they were launched, Jersey Foundation structures are continuing to receive a steady flow of interest, according to an offshore legal expert.