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Ramón Fonseca Mora (born 14 July 1952) is a Panamanian novelist and lawyer, the co-founder of Mossack Fonseca, a former law firm based in Panama with more than 40 offices worldwide. He was minister-counselor of Juan Carlos Varela, and president of the Panameñista Party until he was dismissed in March 2016, due to the Brazilian Operation Car Wash.[1] In 2016, the law firm he owned was raided by police on suspicion of money-laundering, bribery and corruption.[2] Fonseca was subsequently arrested and placed in jail.[3] Numerous lawsuits including serious allegations of collusion with despotic regimes, mafia and global criminals are ongoing.[4] During the subsequent and on-going, internationally-wide criminal investigation into the affairs of Mossack Fonseca, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb.[5] Subsequently, both Fonseca and his partner Jurgen Mossack have been refused bail as a flight risk.[6]

Ramón Fonseca Mora
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Born (1952-07-14) 14 July 1952 (age 67)
ResidencePanama City, Panama
Alma materUniversity of Panama
London School of Economics
Occupationnovelist and lawyer
Known forco-founder of Mossack Fonseca

Early lifeEdit

Fonseca was born on 14 July 1952 in Panama,[7][8] and studied law and political science at the University of Panama and the London School of Economics. As a young man, "he hoped to save the world".[9]

As a young man Fonseca reportedly considered joining the priesthood.[10] Also, according to the ICIJ he revealed in a 2008 television interview that, "I didn't save anything, I didn't make any change. I decided then, as I was a little more mature, to dedicate myself to my profession, to have a family, to get married and have a regular life … As one gets older, you turn more materialistic."[11]


In 1977, he and Jürgen Mossack founded Mossack Fonseca.[12] He is also a member of the Panameñista Party.[13]

Fonseca is also an award-winning novelist.[9] He has written four novels, along with plays and short stories. He has been awarded the Ricardo Miró Prize, the national literary award in Panama, twice, for novels Dance of the Butterflies (1994) and Dream City (1998).[14]

Personal lifeEdit

As of April 2016 his son, Eduardo Fonseca Ward, was the former ambassador to the UAE.[15]


  • 1976, Las cortes internacionales de justicia
  • 1977, Reflexiones de derecho judicial
  • 1985, Compañías panameñas
  • 1988, Panamá, un viejo lugar bajo el sol
  • 1998, Soñar con la ciudad
  • 1994, La danza de las mariposas
  • 1996, La ventana abierta
  • 1995, La isla de las iguanas
  • 2000, 4 mujeres vestidas de negro
  • 2007, El desenterrador
  • 2009, Ojitos de ángel
  • 2012, Míster Politicus


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Ministro consejero Fonseca Mora se va de licencia sur, 11 March 2016
  2. ^ Garside, Juliette (11 February 2017). "Mossack Fonseca: Panama Papers law firm bosses refused bail". Retrieved 12 May 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Founders of Panama Papers Law Firm Arrested on Money Laundering Charges". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  4. ^ Washington, Jon Swaine Stephanie Kirchgaessner in (4 December 2018). "Panama Papers investigation: four men criminally charged in US". Retrieved 12 May 2019 – via
  5. ^ Garside, Juliette (16 October 2017). "Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist". Retrieved 12 May 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Panama Papers law firm bosses refused bail following bribery arrests". The Independent. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  7. ^ Nicanor Alvarado. "Ramón Fonseca Mora: "Vengo a contar mi verdad"". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  8. ^ "Ramón Fonseca Mora". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  9. ^ a b "Panamanian Law Firm Is Gatekeeper To Vast Flow of Murky Offshore Secrets · ICIJ". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  10. ^ "A torrential leak | The Economist". Archived from the original on 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  11. ^ "Law firm director at centre of Panama Papers is bestselling novelist". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  12. ^ Andrew Buncombe (2016-03-04). "Panama Papers: Jurgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca – the lawyers whose firm is at the centre of global controversy | Americas | News". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  13. ^ "Ramón Fonseca Mora". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  14. ^ "Obras – Ramón Fonseca Mora". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  15. ^ "Mossack & Fonseca deeply entrenched in Foreign Service". April 8, 2016. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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