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Latin-America Guide

Real Estate & Tourism — Dominican Republic


Castillo y Castillo - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Práxedes Castillo Báez, Maria Milena Portes Goris and Sebastian Jiménez Báez
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier name in the real estate and tourism arena, earning widespread plaudits for its presence in this field. Team maintains an impressive practice assisting major multinational hotel chains, particularly those based in Spain and the USA. Adept at advising on the full spectrum of real estate matters, including project and acquisition financing, large-scale developments and regulatory issues, as well as sector-related litigation. Clients also benefit from the firm's network of offices in Santo Domingo, Bávaro-Punta Cana and Santiago.

Strengths The firm is held in high regard by clients, who highlight "the quality of the service, the quick response times and the immediate attention its lawyers provide." Sources also commend "the team's strong professional experience and its capacity to make quick decisions whilst remaining reliable from the client's point of view."

Work highlights Advised Iberostate on its real estate development project in Playa Bávaro, worth approximately USD294.8 million. The firm's role included handling the purchase agreements and the transfer of property certificates.

Significant clients Riu Group, AmResorts, Cadena Mar Group, Sol Meliá Group, Centro Cuesta Nacional.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez is widely recognised as a prestigious figure in the real estate sphere. He earns praise from interviewees, who describe him as "excellent" and add: "We always receive very timely advice from him." He is deeply experienced in acting on a vast array of real estate transactions, and he regularly advises leading developers and investors in the tourism sector.

Senior associate Maria Milena Portes Goris is well recognised for her high level of involvement in the real estate market. Clients call her "diligent and always available," adding: "She has a great base of experience in acquisitions; we are very impressed with her." She has particular expertise advising foreign investors on their entrance into the Dominican market.

Clients value senior associate Sebastian Jiménez Báez, recommending him for "his proactivity and his flexible service, adapted to the needs of each client." They go on to say: "He knows the market and the current legal realities in great detail." He is experienced in advising clients from the tourism, retail and aviation sectors on significant real estate transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Castillo y Castillo)

Castillo y Castillo is one of the leading law firms in the Dominican Republic, dedicated to providing legal services tailored to the needs of its clients.

For over 80 years, Castillo y Castillo has been at the forefront of legal knowledge and practice.
The firm focuses on developing a solid understanding of its clients’ businesses, needs and goals in order to provide them with practical and first-rate advice.

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DMK Abogados - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Enrique De Marchena Kaluche
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Market-leading practice maintaining its reputation as a go-to name for real estate and tourism concerns. Team provides considerable experience advising major clients such as hotel chains, tour operators, airlines and property developers. Services in the area include expertise in regulatory issues, such as obtaining necessary licences and permits. Firm also offers a complementary practice in environmental matters to assist with real estate work.

Strengths The firm receives impressive praise from market sources, with clients commenting: "CENTRAL LAW has provided us with an excellent service. The level of quality, the response times and the advice are all great."

Work highlights Advised The Punta Cana Group on the USD200 million development of a major aqueduct project in the Punta Cana tourist region. The firm's role has included the early stages of project development, environmental protection, and financing options.

Significant clients Casa de Campo, Costa Norte at Playa Grande, Sol Meliá, Promotora Sampiñé, Grupo Piñeyro.

Notable practitioners

Highlighted as "one of the authorities in the area," department head Enrique De Marchena Kaluche earns widespread endorsements for his leading position in the real estate and tourism field. Clients commend him as "very efficient in his communication," with peers adding: "He does a lot of work in this area and is very well known." He has in-depth experience advising major foreign investors, as well as significant domestic names in the real estate market.

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Guzmán Ariza Abogados - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant player with a substantial level of expertise in real estate and tourism matters. Advises an impressive clientele composed of leading multinational hotel chains and property developers on a wide range of issues, including tourism developments and litigation matters. Firm also boasts a network of seven offices strategically located around the country.

Strengths The firm is endorsed by clients, who highlight it as "very technical and highly experienced," with sources going on to add: "The lawyers are excellent; they are very efficient and always provide us with up-to-date information."

Work highlights Helped Meliá Hotels International to obtain permits and tourism tax exemptions for a new luxury hotel development, and for a hot air balloon attraction within an existing property.

Significant clients Tierra del Sol, Club Med, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Forest Finest.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Christoph Sieger is based in the firm's Bávaro-Punta Cana office and heads the practice in the eastern region of the country. He comes recommended by peers for his high level of visibility in the market, with clients going on to praise "his detail-oriented attitude." He is also an expert in the German market, having undergone his legal education in Germany.

Founding and managing partner Fabio Guzmán Ariza provides long-standing experience in real estate law, having been active in the area for over 35 years. He has vast expertise advising on a wide variety of real estate transactions, and has also contributed substantially to the field academically.

About the Team (content provided by Guzmán Ariza Abogados)

Guzmán Ariza is the largest law firm practicing real estate and tourism law in the Dominican Republic, and the only one with a large nationwide clientele, divided among the island’s three major tourist destinations, and the city of Santo Domingo. We advise more clients in more transactions and locations than any other firm in the Dominican Republic.

It is important to note that most real estate and tourism-related transactions on the island take place outside of the city of Santo Domingo, which is not a major tourist destination. For this reason, the fact that we have offices not only in Santo Domingo but also in every developed tourist destination – where we are the largest law office in existence – gives us a decisive competitive advantage since we can provide clients in those regions with more cost-efficient and timely service than our competitors, not to mention that our lawyers are abreast of many local issues ignored by our colleagues from other firms.

Our capabilities span all aspects of the real estate industry, including the following:

  • Due diligence
  • Purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties
  • Purchase and sale of developments and hotels
  • Condominiums and Homeowner Associations
  • Tax incentives for real estate developments
  • Rental / lease agreements
  • Brokerage arrangements
  • Timeshare projects
  • Condominiums and owners’ associations
  • Foreclosures and evictions
  • Title insurance
  • Boundaries, easements and rights of way
  • Mortgages
  • Liens
  • Construction contracts
  • Property management

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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Roberto Rizik and Marisol Vicens
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm regularly advising major players in the real estate and tourism sector, including significant developers and government entities. Team offers capabilities in a range of matters in this area, such as construction agreements, sales and purchases, and project financing. Firm also provides considerable expertise in related environmental issues.

Strengths The team comes highly recommended by clients, who say: "The lawyers are very client-oriented - they get to the point and they always understand where we're coming from."

Work highlights Advised CEDIMAT on a range of matters relating to the USD78 million construction of a major cardiology hospital, including the financing and development of the project.

Significant clients Grupo Punta Cana, Tropicalia, US Embassy in Santo Domingo, Grupo Campollo, Industrias Nigua.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Roberto Rizik is endorsed by market sources as "an excellent lawyer." He is highly experienced in a range of transactional mandates, with recent work including acting as lead counsel to Narex in the transfer of six properties, as part of the sale of shares in the holders of two major restaurant franchises.

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OMG - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Juan Alcalde and Laura Troncoso
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice offering broad coverage of real estate mandates, with notable activity advising both domestic and international developers. Areas of focus include condominium developments, ownership agreements, and regulatory issues such as licensing and permits. Team also possesses additional skill in advising on hospitality matters, including management contracts and employment concerns.

Strengths OMG is highlighted by sources for its high level of activity in the real estate field, with peers commending its work in the hotel area in particular.

Work highlights Advised Venezuelan developer Greincor on a number of residential developments in the Dominican Republic. The firm's role has included handling the initial land purchase, the sales and construction contracts, and the drafting of condominium regulations.

Significant clients Meliá, Playa Hotel & Resorts, Sans Souci Ports, Phoenix Tower International, Barceló Hotels & Resorts.

Notable practitioners

Partner Juan Alcalde is qualified to practise in both the Dominican Republic and Spain. He is widely experienced in handling a broad range of real estate matters, spanning hotel and resort developments, land zoning and condominium law. His recent work includes advising Barceló Hotels & Resorts on the real estate due diligence as part of the client's acquisition of Occidental Hotels & Resorts.

Associate and department co-head Laura Troncoso specialises in real estate and tourism matters. Her areas of expertise span hotel operations, purchase contracts and land zoning. She is highly active in the firm's caseload, and formed part of the team advising Greincor on the aforementioned developments.

About the Team (content provided by OMG)

Our Real Estate & Tourism department is known for its assistance to real estate developments for mixed use (tourist & private) in a wide spectrum of activities that include planning, condominium developments, construction, permits & licenses, sales of vacation properties, time sharing agreements, among other services.

Additionally, the organization is actively involved in matters related to the hospitality industry such as hotel management agreements, rental agreements, acquisitions, financing, sales and leasebacks, franchises, permits and labor aspects related to the industry.

The Real Estate & Tourism team provides assistance in all corporate real estate aspects, management of corporate properties & corporate rentals, financing and real estate construction acting on behalf of important developers, portfolio managers, financiers and contractors.

Assistance is also provided in regards to licenses and permits, land use and zoning for the projects by leading the applicable filings before the competent authorities.

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Pellerano & Herrera - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced name in the Dominican market with ample expertise in real estate matters. Retained by an impressive range of leading multinational players in the sector, including hotel chains, airlines and financial institutions. Team's capabilities span a variety of areas, such as the financing of major project developments, permits and licensing, and real estate disputes.

Strengths The firm earns praise from interviewees, who say: "Pellerano & Herrera provides us with an excellent service; the lawyers are very knowledgeable and produce high-quality work."

Work highlights Advised Carnival Corporation on the development and construction of a seaport in Puerto Plata on the country's northern coast. The firm's role has included project financing, obtaining of all relevant permits and licences, and the creation of the project's tax structure.

Significant clients Aerodom, Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts, Grupo Roble, Faro del Este, JetBlue Airways.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Luis Pellerano is commended by clients for his expertise in the real estate field, with sources stating: "He has a lot of experience and wide knowledge of the market." He has acted as counsel to a broad range of major foreign investors in real estate matters, including project financing and regulatory issues.

About the Team (content provided by Pellerano & Herrera)

Pellerano & Herrera remains the undisputed leader of the Dominican legal market, and continues to be involved in virtually all major transactions and projects in the country, and to provide advice for most major international players, including most of the leading international hotel and resort chains.

The firm regularly represents construction companies, financial institutions, property owners, tenants, and developers of commercial, residential, and tourism projects that require assistance in purchasing, renting, and planning for the use of real estate. The firm’s international clients frequently praise the advantages of the one-stop-shop approach to real estate that our firm offers to them.

The firm handles all aspects of real estate law, from conducting title searches to preparing documentation and negotiating the terms of a purchase or sale to overseeing the division and demarcation of land.

To formalize the transfer of ownership under a client’s name, the firm assists in the investigation of real estate liens and encumbrances, tax assessment, and obtaining the new title deed on behalf of a purchaser.

The firm has represented investors, lenders and underwriters in some of the country’s largest transactions of real estate finance, both through syndicated loans and through capital market offerings.

The firm also counsels major players in the tourism infrastructure, including airlines, airport operators, booking services and cruise lines.

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Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 6 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired boutique widely recognised for its high level of expertise and dedication to environment and real estate law. Team is deeply experienced in advising on real estate and tourism matters, including land acquisitions and tax exemptions, as well as obtaining relevant permits and licences. Clients also benefit from the firm's market-leading expertise in the environmental aspects of real estate projects.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm, stating: "The team always looks after the client's interests; the lawyers are attentive and put our needs first. We are very satisfied with the calibre of their service."

Notable practitioners

Clients highlight partner Romina Santroni for "the excellent service she provides," and add: "She is creative and highly professional." In addition to her practice in real estate matters, she is also a recognised expert in environmental law, and can provide distinctive knowledge of the environmental impact of real estate projects.

About the Team (content provided by Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores)

As a major tourism destination in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic receives a number of tourists equivalent to 65% of its population. It has seventy-five thousand hotel rooms, 30 golf courses, and twelve marinas; its development continues to forge ahead to enable it to receive the same number of tourists as the total existing population.

Quiroz Santroni has contributed to this growth process by expediting a wide variety of tourism projects; advising over US$2 billion in investment in tourism and real estate projects; 3,000 hotel rooms approved and counting.

The firm has a broad practice in advising clients in every aspect of the tourist, real estate and construction projects. Due to its extensive experience, it has become one of the leading law firms in this field in the Dominican Republic.

The firm represents the major and unique tourist projects including Playa Grande Club and Reserve, Real Intercontinental Hotel Santo Domingo, Casas del XVI among others. 

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Jiménez Cruz Peña - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 5 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key domestic player gaining a high level of recognition for its activity in the real estate field. Maintains a diverse client list including significant foreign investors, developers and financial institutions. Services in the area include project financing, condominium law and tax exemptions.

Strengths The firm comes highly recommended by clients, who state: "The lawyers at Jiménez Cruz Peña provide an excellent service and have great interdisciplinary skills."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Luis Jiménez is highly praised by clients, who single out "his excellent legal background, his wide and varied business exposure, and his great interpersonal skills." He offers particular experience in transactional matters within the real estate field, including major project financing.

About the Team (content provided by Jiménez Cruz Peña)

The JCP team is well known across the region for its ability to tackle the complex challenges of the Dominican real estate sector, one of the backbones of the country’s economy. From large infrastructure, energy, and commercial real estate developments to luxury residential real estate projects – JCP’s savvy approach, incorporating both legal and practical considerations, directly contributes to success of any real estate operation.

JCP’s regularly represents the world’s top developers, financial institutions, investors, funds and individual owners, with issues ranging from purchase, financing, and leasing to permits, tax, and dispute resolution.

The team is familiar equally with perfecting real property rights, obtaining construction permits, licenses, tax exemptions, condominium regime qualifications, as well as protecting real property rights in courts and administrative agencies. It


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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice principally advising developers, from both the local and international markets, on a wide range of real estate projects. Areas of focus include large-scale residential and tourist developments, land purchases and sales, and ownership agreements.

Strengths The firm's service earns widespread recommendations from clients, who describe the lawyers as "highly efficient and diligent," and add: "This is an excellent firm with a very hard-working team."

Work highlights Advised Turkish company Kılıç Deniz on the expansion of its operations in the Dominican Republic, including the due diligence, lease agreements and environmental issues connected to real estate acquisitions.

Significant clients Bayer, Avocaribe, Bass Corporation, Kılıç Deniz.

Notable practitioners

Key partner Román Medina Diplán gains strong praise from clients, who call him "a diligent and dedicated lawyer who provides us with great advice." They go on to say: "He is very patient in explaining what needs to be done, and his knowledge of real estate matters goes above and beyond." He manages the firm's Puerto Plata office, and is widely experienced in real estate matters, including obtaining permits, licences and tax incentives.

About the Team (content provided by Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL)

Real Estate & Property

RV&HB has advised national and international developers, private and commercial investors, agricultural companies, hotels and tourism projects, in the negotiation and execution of all phases in large and complex real estate transactions, accumulating valuable experience to minimize the risks in its structuring, Documentation, financing, closure and formalization.

Tourism

The Firm offers legal assistance to clients interested in promoting the development of the tourism sector in the country, through the construction and establishment of hotels and tourism projects in general, aimed at ensuring the protection of their investment in this sector through a previous due diligence process, the acquisition of government permits and licenses, and the corporate regulation of such projects, considering that tourism constitutes an important source of social and economic development for the Dominican Republic.

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Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi - Real Estate & Tourism Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alejandro Peña-Prieto and Pedro Gamundi
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm recognised for its capabilities in the real estate area. Advises on a wide range of mandates within this field, particularly on land zoning and environmental risks in relation to major M&A deals. Retained by a diverse client list featuring key local and international players, including financial institutions and airlines.

Strengths The team earns recognition from market commentators for its level of activity in the real estate and tourism field.

Work highlights Advised The Wynn Group on a real estate development on the country's northern coast, with the firm's role encompassing the drafting of the lease agreement and advice on related regulatory matters.

Significant clients Advent International, Earthbound Holdings, PriceSmart Dominicana, Banco BHD León, US Airways.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Alejandro Peña-Prieto.

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Band 1

Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practitioner Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez is widely recognised as a prestigious figure in the real estate sphere. He earns praise from interviewees, who describe him as "excellent" and add: "We always receive very timely advice from him." He is deeply experienced in acting on a vast array of real estate transactions, and he regularly advises leading developers and investors in the tourism sector.

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Band 1

Enrique De Marchena Kaluche

DMK Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highlighted as "one of the authorities in the area," department head Enrique De Marchena Kaluche earns widespread endorsements for his leading position in the real estate and tourism field. Clients commend him as "very efficient in his communication," with peers adding: "He does a lot of work in this area and is very well known." He has in-depth experience advising major foreign investors, as well as significant domestic names in the real estate market.

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Band 2

OMG

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Juan Alcalde is qualified to practise in both the Dominican Republic and Spain. He is widely experienced in handling a broad range of real estate matters, spanning hotel and resort developments, land zoning and condominium law. His recent work includes advising Barceló Hotels & Resorts on the real estate due diligence as part of the client's acquisition of Occidental Hotels & Resorts.

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Band 2

Jiménez Cruz Peña

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Luis Jiménez is highly praised by clients, who single out "his excellent legal background, his wide and varied business exposure, and his great interpersonal skills." He offers particular experience in transactional matters within the real estate field, including major project financing.

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Band 2

Román Medina Diplán

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Román Medina Diplán gains strong praise from clients, who call him "a diligent and dedicated lawyer who provides us with great advice." They go on to say: "He is very patient in explaining what needs to be done, and his knowledge of real estate matters goes above and beyond." He manages the firm's Puerto Plata office, and is widely experienced in real estate matters, including obtaining permits, licences and tax incentives.

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Band 2

Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Luis Pellerano is commended by clients for his expertise in the real estate field, with sources stating: "He has a lot of experience and wide knowledge of the market." He has acted as counsel to a broad range of major foreign investors in real estate matters, including project financing and regulatory issues.

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Band 2

Guzmán Ariza Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Christoph Sieger is based in the firm's Bávaro-Punta Cana office and heads the practice in the eastern region of the country. He comes recommended by peers for his high level of visibility in the market, with clients going on to praise "his detail-oriented attitude." He is also an expert in the German market, having undergone his legal education in Germany.

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Band 3

Fabio Guzmán Ariza

Guzmán Ariza Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding and managing partner Fabio Guzmán Ariza provides long-standing experience in real estate law, having been active in the area for over 35 years. He has vast expertise advising on a wide variety of real estate transactions, and has also contributed substantially to the field academically.

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Band 3

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Roberto Rizik is endorsed by market sources as "an excellent lawyer." He is highly experienced in a range of transactional mandates, with recent work including acting as lead counsel to Narex in the transfer of six properties, as part of the sale of shares in the holders of two major restaurant franchises.

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Band 3

Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients highlight partner Romina Santroni for "the excellent service she provides," and add: "She is creative and highly professional." In addition to her practice in real estate matters, she is also a recognised expert in environmental law, and can provide distinctive knowledge of the environmental impact of real estate projects.

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Associates to watch

Sebastian M Jiménez Báez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients value senior associate Sebastian Jiménez Báez, recommending him for "his proactivity and his flexible service, adapted to the needs of each client." They go on to say: "He knows the market and the current legal realities in great detail." He is experienced in advising clients from the tourism, retail and aviation sectors on significant real estate transactions.

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Associates to watch

Maria Milena Portes Goris

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Maria Milena Portes Goris is well recognised for her high level of involvement in the real estate market. Clients call her "diligent and always available," adding: "She has a great base of experience in acquisitions; we are very impressed with her." She has particular expertise advising foreign investors on their entrance into the Dominican market.

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Associates to watch

OMG

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate and department co-head Laura Troncoso specialises in real estate and tourism matters. Her areas of expertise span hotel operations, purchase contracts and land zoning. She is highly active in the firm's caseload, and formed part of the team advising Greincor on the aforementioned developments.

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