|Mossack and Fonseca|
The question remains: why is this firm still operating ? Do not Panamanian authorities have sufficient evidence to close it down permanently ? The possible reasons:
(1) Name partner Ramón Fonseca Mora was an adviser to Panama's President Varela, and he may have first-hand knowledge of corruption at the highest level. Is the delay in filing major criminal charges, due, in part, to Mora's ability to severely embarrass the present government ?
(2) There is, in essence, no disciplinary system in place in Panama for attorneys, and there may be no appropriate method for closing down a law firm, even if its partners are convicted of crimes. Lawyers have been known, in Panama, to return to the practice of law, after serving a prison term, with no interference from any regulatory authority. While you may find this absurd, it is completely normal in Panama.
Panama insiders advise that the MF employees are only "on leave" from their jobs, and they have been told they will be recalled. Given Sr. Fonseca's influence with the government, many in Panama are pessimistic, and believe that the MF partners will be acquitted of all charges, if they are even indicted, due to the rampant corruption in the country's court system.
Needless to say, the longer that Mossack Fonseca is allowed to form opaque corporations and trusts, in Panama, the BVI, Belize, and elsewhere, the country will continue to have a very visible black eye, visible to the global financial community. This means that new business, especially from foreign sources, will continue to decline, which will affect the Panamanian economy in a negative way, and affect Country Risk assessments accordingly.