Belisario J. Porras



Partner of Patton, Moreno & Asvat, specializing in Maritime Law, Ship Finance, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Banking Law.   He has more than 20 years’ experience in handling the maritime and corporate interests of top ship owning companies, ship managers, banks and financial institutions from several different jurisdictions of Europe, United States, Middle East, Asia and Latin America.  Providing assistance to clients from the firm´s Panamanian head office as well as from its branch office in London in which he serves as the Partner in charge.

He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Sciences from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua of Panama; an L.L.M. in International Banking Law from the Boston University Law School; a Master in Diplomacy and International Relations from Universidad de Costa Rica, Instituto Manuel María de Peralta;  an International Diploma in Negotiation, Treaties and International Trade, from Universidad de Santiago de Chile; and he also attended the Program of Instruction for Lawyers- Negotiation Workshops at Harvard University Law School.
Member of the Panama Bar Association; the Panama-British Chamber of Commerce; the Maritime Chamber of Panama, and the Panama Maritime Law Association (APADEMAR) –President from 2015-2017 and forms part of its present Board of Directors.

Author: Co- author of the Chambers Global Practice Guide for Shipping Law – Panama Chapter, 2018.

Drafting Commission of Law 56 of 2008, General Law on Ports; and Law 50 of 2017 on Shipping Financing Law.

Languages: Spanish, English, German (Intermediate) and French (working knowledge).