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Ramón Fonseca Mora (born 14 July 1952) is a Panamanian novelist and lawyer, the co-founder of Mossack Fonseca, a 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]

Ramón Fonseca Mora
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Born (1952-07-14) 14 July 1952 (age 66)
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,[2][3] 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".[4]

As a young man Fonseca reportedly considered joining the priesthood.[5] 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."[6]


In 1977, he and Jürgen Mossack founded Mossack Fonseca.[7] He is also a member of the Panameñista Party.[8]

Fonseca is also an award-winning novelist.[4] 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).[9]

Personal lifeEdit

As of April 2016 his son, Eduardo Fonseca Ward, is in the Panamanian foreign service and the consul to Dubai.[10]


  • 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. ^ Nicanor Alvarado. "Ramón Fonseca Mora: "Vengo a contar mi verdad"". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  3. ^ "Ramón Fonseca Mora". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  4. ^ a b "Panamanian Law Firm Is Gatekeeper To Vast Flow of Murky Offshore Secrets · ICIJ". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  5. ^ "A torrential leak | The Economist". Archived from the original on 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  6. ^ "Law firm director at centre of Panama Papers is bestselling novelist". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Ramón Fonseca Mora". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  9. ^ "Obras – Ramón Fonseca Mora". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  10. ^ "Mossack & Fonseca deeply entrenched in Foreign Service". April 8, 2016. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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