The Downfall of "Faros de Panamá"

"Faros de Panamá", an ambitious real estate development, was to be Latin America's tallest at 361 meters; it now owes $100 million and is being sued by early buyers.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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"Los Faros de Panama" began in 2006 with three towers of up to 361 meters high, valued at $ 600 million.

Four years later, developer Mall Group owes $ 100 million, of which $ 31 million are to clients whom purchased apartments. After several complaints, a judicial administrator was appointed and he filed for bankruptcy, stating that the company has "no free assets and the inability to cope with the most basic financial obligations," reported Prensa.com.

Industry experts suggest that in this type of purchase in which early payments are made to developers of the project, the model worked while the sector was operated by Panamanians, but began failing with the arrival of foreign developers and "pirate" real estate brokers.

Some brokers and developers propose the creation of a trust fund where initial payments are deposited, "thus ensuring the investment." Others, however, note that new regulations could end up making the developments "too expensive".

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Panama: “Los Faros” Project Under Trouble

June 2010

A Spanish court declared the company Inmoptions to be insolvent; Inmoptions is commercializing arm of Grupo Mall, developer of real estate project “Los Faros”.

The ruling was a result of a claim filed by Grupo Barceló, to whom Inmoptions allegedly owes over $3 million.

In a press release, Inmoptions stated that it has appealed the ruling, and that it will present the necessary warranties to pay its debtors.

Construction of Project “Los Faros” Resumes in Panama

February 2010

Project developer Grupo Mall will invite bids for building the central structure of the project.

In a press release, they also announced that construction works would resume on April.

“15 meters have been added to the structure, it will now measure 361 meters tall (83 stories). There will be 20 floors for office and parking space, plus a 400-room hotel managed by Dubai corporation Jumeirah”, reported Prensa.com.

Funding Sought for Los Faros de Panama

July 2012

The real estate project 'Los Faros' in Punta Pacifica is stalled because bank financing has fallen through, so negotiations are now taking place with investment funders.

An article in Lne.es quotes Grupo Mall President Julio Noval, who says the company will cease operations in Spain in order to pursue it’s projects in Latin America, a luxury development in Campeche, Mexico, and "Los Faros de Panamá", consisting of three 361 foot towers, valued at $600 million.

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