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Doing business in Panama

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Panama.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Panama
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Panama company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Panama
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Panama: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in April 2018, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Panama.

Doing Business in Panama
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at November 2017.

Doing Business in Latin America
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering Panama. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Panama either temporarily or permanently. Published in December 2015.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Panama page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate Governance

Latin American Corporate Governance Roundtable
Forum established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Publications include a practical guide and case studies available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Panama

Articles and books in the Library collection

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