SUMMARYRoy C. Durling joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 2001.
Mr. Durling advises clients in the oil and port industries in tax and regulatory matters, specially in aspects relating to the operation of companies within the oil free trade zone regime. Mr. Durling has represented major oil and energy companies before the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Secretary of Energy, Maritime Authority and tax authorities.
A versatile lawyer with skills in a wide range of corporate and commercial law areas, Mr. Durling also counsels local and international clients in the fields of ship finance; mining, banking and finance; capital markets; corporations; doing business and multinationals in Panama; international business transactions; and aviation.
Mr. Durling has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of banking and mining by Who’s Who Legal, and as leading shipping lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America.
Member of the Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law (IIDM). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Durling worked in New York from 1986 to 1990 with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (today, Holland & Knight LLP) in the area of asset-based financing.
OUR CLIENTS SAY
A consummate expert in M&A transactions and possesses deep expertise in asset financing and international proceedings
WWL M&A 2019
Great attention to detail skills and responsiveness. An expert in everything vessel-related.
Chambers LatAm 2018
He is just the best – great responsiveness, excellent efficiency and rich industry know-how.
Chambers LatAm 2015
With experience across a range of different industries, Roy Durling brings "sound judgement" and "commercial solutions" to the deal table
WWL M&A 2018
A great lawyer of quality who is intelligent, dedicated and detailed in the transaction. He’s very experienced, commercially aware and understanding of US issues – his advice is always to the point and we are always pleased to work with him.
Chambers LatAm 2016
The service has been excellent; he is timely in his responses and he provides thorough and reliable answers.
Chambers Latin America, 2019
For aviation financing he's above the rest
WWL Central America - Aviation 2019
A well-recognised name in Panama who stands out for his excellent work on asset-based financings and foreign investment matters into the country
WWL Central America - Banking, Finance & Projects 2019
Noted partner Roy Durling remains a significant player in Panama's shipping arena.
Chambers LatAm 2023
One of the leading figures in the region for mining-related issues and excels when it comes to sophisticated transactions and financings
WWL Central America - Environment, Energy & Natural Resources 2019
A greatly respected lawyer with deep experience of advising domestic and international clients in financing and cross-border transactions
WWL Central America – Corporate 2019
A well-established name in the shipping sector where he is held in high regard for his long-standing expertise in ship financing matters
WWL Central America - Shipping 2019
A well-known lawyer in the Panamanian shipping arena
Chambers LatAm 2021
He is an excellent and highly experienced lawyer. Every deal is a race to see who is going to get Roy on their side.
Chambers LatAm 2018
Excellent, responsive and thorough.