Mexicans Buy Soho Mall in Panama

After several months of negotiations, Grupo Cinépolis has announced that in an alliance with another Mexican company it has acquired the mall, previously owned by the Waked group.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The transaction comes one year after the US Treasury Department's Office of Overseas Assets Control (OFAC) authorized the inclusion of Soho Mall Panama assets into a trust fund in order to facilitate the sale process. 

According to information published by, "... The Cinépolis group, an international theater operator with a presence in Panama and in Soho Mall, has allied itself with a developer of shopping centers to take over the reins of the complex. The operation was valued at $350 million."

In July last year, after the OFAC included Waked International companies in the Clinton List, Abdul Waked authorized the transfer of the mall's assets to a trust in order to ensure the continuity of operations.

Read the details of the Waked case here:  

"USA Denounces Money Laundering Network in Panama"

" The Case Waked in Perspective "

" Soho Mall Stores and the Clinton List "

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