In memoriam – Eduardo Morgan González

It is with great sadness that we inform of the passing of our beloved founding partner Eduardo Morgan González on July 8 at the age of 84.

Man of letters and business, prestigious jurist, diplomat and politician, Mr. Eduardo Morgan was born in the city of David, Chiriqui, later moving to Panama City. He earned his bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the School of Law of the Universidad de Panamá (1961) and an LLM from Yale University School of Law, United States (1968); and devoted much of his life to the practice of law, which he alternated with outstanding forays into politics and the business world.

In the public sector, he was Minister of the Interior and Justice in 1968 and, in addition, personal envoy of the President of Panama to the government of Japan from 1979 to 1982.  He was also ambassador of the Republic of Panama in Washington, D.C., United States, from 1996 to 1998. Currently he was President of the Center for Conflict Resolution in the Americas and the Caribbean. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Panama-Israel Institute of Culture and President of the Panama-Argentina Association of Friends.

His exemplary professional career was recognized when he was awarded  in 2008  the Medal of Honor for Merit  “Don Justo Arosemena”,  in recognition of his 25 years as an active member of the National Bar Association of Panama and his outstanding practice in the field of Law; that same year he received recognition from the Association of International Lawyers for his career in the field of law and for his permanent contribution to the development and protection of Panama as a banking and international service center, including the Colon Free Zone. He also received the “Dr. Eloy Benedetti” medal from the Curatorium of the Deanship of Law and Political Science of the Universidad de Panamá. This distinction was in honor of his successful public career, as well as for his constant defense of Panama as a platform for international services. In 2015, Mr. Morgan was honored with the “Universidad 2015” award.   This great recognition was awarded by the Honorable Academic Council of the Universidad de Panamá.   Dr. Morgan, who graduated in 1961 first in class of the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Universidad de Panamá, was recognized for his extensive and successful career and for his valuable contributions in the field of law in our country.

He is also in possession of numerous distinctions, including: Orden del Sol Poniente, Orden de Mayo al Mérito, Medalla Dr. José Angel Noriega Perez and Medalla Jorge M. Arias, among others.

As a man of letters, Mr. Morgan, authored several publications such as “Los Recursos Contenciosos-Administrativos de Nulidad y de Plena Jurisdicción en el Derecho Panameño”, 1961; 2nd Edition, 1982; “The Panama Canal, Benefit and Control. A Policy Oriented Approach”, 1969; “The Future Sea Level Canal”, 1983: y “Memorias de una Embajada”, 2nd Edition, 1999 and countless articles of a legal, political, financial and current topics published in local and international media.

Along with his work as a lawyer and exploiting the relationships he established through his work as a diplomat, he dedicated much of his life to positioning Panama as a center of service and international business, drafting? and promoting legislature that today is central to the Panamanian economy such as:

  • Law 58 of December 12, 2002, called the Retaliation Law, whose origin dates to 2001. The purpose of this law las to prevent companies from countries that had Panama blacklisted, to participate in the Panamá Canal Expansion.
  • Law No. 41 of 2007, which creates a special regime for Headquarters of Multinational Companies in Panama. Since the creation of this Law, Panama offers an appropriate environment for foreign investment, making the country an important center of operation for multinationals corporations in the region.
  • Law 51 of July 22, 2008, being Mr. Morgan´s most valuable contribution the proposal to include a chapter to turn Panama into a world center for the storage of data of foreign companies and international entities which was enthusiastically welcomed by the Trade Commission of the Nacional Assembly and by representatives of the Executive Branch responsible for the Bill.

He is survived by his wife Diana and a son and a daughter: Eduardo Enrique and Diana Gabriela.  Eduardo Morgan Jr. leaves behind an extensive life of work, commitment, and love for his own.