How To Open A Corporate / Company Bank Account In Panama: 3 Simple Steps

Published date02 October 2023
Subject MatterFinance and Banking, Corporate/Commercial Law, Financial Services, Corporate and Company Law, Contracts and Commercial Law, Shareholders
Law FirmBiz Latin Hub Group
AuthorBiz Latin Hub Group

Being one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, Panama provides the perfect mixture of conditions for an investor to the advantage of.

The excellent performance during the 2009 global financial crisis and consistent and stable economic growth have positioned Panama as a regional Latin American leader. As a result, investor confidence has surged, with small, medium and large companies looking to Panama as an attractive commercial jurisdiction.

Additionally, Panama has grown as one of the great locations to form and incorporate companies as a means of protecting wealth and assets from the government or from creditors.

Can I Open a Corporate/Company Bank Account in Panama From Abroad?

It is well known that in order to set up a business you'll need a corporate bank account and Panama is no exception; however, the bank account opening process is not as difficult as you may think.

Step 1: Work with a Local Partner in Panama

Law firms or consultants will be your best options as 'partners' to work with in order to begin the bank opening process. Despite the limited complexity of opening a bank account in Panama, there are some factors that need to be taken into account, such as language and cultural barriers; for this reason, it is important to work with a local partner who can provide support throughout the entire process.

Step 2: Match your Business Needs with a Suitable Panama Bank

Depending on the company's activities, some banks are more flexible than others in regards to the opening of investment accounts, flexible payment methods, international transfers, etc. Make sure the bank you choose best fits your business needs and requirements.

Step 3: Banking Documentation in Panama

Banks in Panama need proof that you are eligible to open a bank account (both personal and corporate accounts). Requirements for opening a bank accounting in Panama are relatively straightforward; filling out paperwork and presenting documentation (i.e valid passport, financial statements, bank and commercial references). In Panama, all documentation must be apostilled in order to complete the bank account opening process.

Once all documentation is checked and approved, the bank will send a notification of the account opening.

Common Questions when opening a corporate bank account in Panama?

Based on our extensive experience these are the common questions and doubts from our clients when looking to open a company bank account in Panama.

1. Can I open a corporate bank...

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