Offshore service provider – Icaza Law

From now on, posts in this series will not contain the word review in the title. The previous posts were taken as recommendations by some readers, which caused some unfortunate controversy over specially SFM Offshore, whose service quality has degraded since my post on them. I had intended for the word review to mean examination, but that wasn’t clear enough.

Today, we will take a look at Icaza, Gonzales-Ruiz & Aleman, commonly called just Icaza Law. They are headquartered in Panama and have been around since 1920.


Offshore Services

Similar to Mossack & Fonseca, Icaza Law is a law firm and not a pure offshore service provider. This means higher costs but higher quality. Icaza law has offices in the following jurisdictions:

  • Anguilla
  • Bahamas
  • Belize
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Luxembourg
  • Panama
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

They provide nearly every service under the sun, ranging from incorporation to trusts to immigration to real estate, and so on. Icaza Law incorporates in more jurisdictions than listed above, such as Costa Rica, Delaware (LLC), New Zealand, Marshall Islands, and Netherlands.

Fees for forming a basic IBC starts at around 1,500 USD for the bare essentials. They have pretty good banking connections and you shouldn’t have any problems finding a suitable bank among the ones they can offer although those seeking more exotic alternatives may end up having to open an account on their own.

Due Diligence

With such an old and trusted name, this part seems almost superfluous but let’s do it anyway.

Whois & Address

We again start with a whois of the domain.

Registrant Name: Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman
Registrant Organization: 
Registrant Street: Calle Aquilino de la Guardia #8
Registrant City: Panama
Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
Registrant Postal Code: 87-1371
Registrant Country: PA
Registrant Phone: +1.0115072635555
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.9999999999
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: [email protected]
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: Icaza Gonzalez Ruiz & Aleman
Admin Organization: Icaza Gonzalez Ruiz & Aleman
Admin Street: Calle Aquilino de la Guardia
Admin City: Panama
Admin State/Province: Panama
Admin Postal Code: 0823-02435
Admin Country: PA
Admin Phone: 507 2056059
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: 507 2694891
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: [email protected]
Admin Organization: 
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: Icaza Gonzalez Ruiz & Aleman
Tech Organization: Icaza Gonzalez Ruiz & Aleman
Tech Street: Calle Aquilino de la Guardia #8
Tech City: Panama
Tech State/Province: Panama
Tech Postal Code: 0823-02435
Tech Country: PA
Tech Phone: 507 2056000
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: 507 2694891
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: [email protected]
Tech Organization: 

The address matches the address stated on their website:

Icaza Law

Googling the address returns no results indicating that this is a virtual office or anything other than Icaza Law’s own offices. In fact, one of the first results is a list of prominent law firms on the Canadian Trade Commissioner’s website.

Corporate Structure

The company is headquartered in Panama, so let’s head over the Panama public registry. Don’t hold your breath clicking the British flag for English. Most of the registry is in Spanish and will break if you use it in English.

There are eight Icaza companies:

Icaza Law Panama

Being that these are S.A.s, it’s impossible to determine the ownership structure with confidence. The names shown do in many cases correspond to the list of attorneys from Icaza Law’s website, and many are clearly family members. This is after all a family business dating back to the 1920s.


Being physically present and offering financial services, Icaza Law is duly licensed in most of their places of operation. Let’s just take a look at some of the licenses they hold.


Licensed by the Anguilla FSC:

Icaza Law Anguilla


Licensed by the Belize IFSC:

Icaza Law Belize

British Virgin Islands

Licensed by the BVI FSC:

Icaza Law BVI


Licensed by the Seychelles FSA:

Icaza Law Seychelles


I first came in contact with Icaza law when working in igaming (online gambling) sector, where a large number of affiliates incorporated in BVI and Bahamas were using Icaza Law. Since then I have worked with Icaza Law on behalf of a number of clients and other projects.

Service quality has remained very high throughout the years. I am told it can be difficult to establish contact with them by email. It’s highly recommended to give them a call instead. I suppose it’s one way to weed out less serious contact requests.

Prices are fair. You’re dealing with a long-standing, reputable law firm.

2 Comments on "Offshore service provider – Icaza Law"

  1. Streber

    This is very refreshing. I started reading your blog recently while doing research on how to set up an offshore IBC and bank Account to for my startup online venture. I have also seen your posts in various forums and found them helpful. This particular post recommending a company that help set up and IBC is most helpful. I have been reading various forums where aspiring entrepreneurs have lost money with less than reputable agents who lead them down the garden path. I’ll give this company a call to see if they can help me. Thanks again.

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