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Latin-America Guide

Corporate/Commercial — Dominican Republic


Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Roberto Rizik and Sarah De León Perelló
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive practice with a market-leading presence in major corporate transactions. Stellar capabilities in handling significant cross-border mandates on behalf of high-level multinational and domestic clients, with additional expertise in bankruptcy cases and asset finance work. Client roster features a range of prominent names from the international financial and pharmaceutical arenas.

Strengths Clients laud the service provided by the firm, stating: "Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández offers us a spectacular quality of service. The lawyers provide very in-depth advice, and they are quick to respond to us." Sources go on to add: "The partners have both legal and strategic knowledge of corporate law, and can provide us with commercial opinions as well as technical ones; they really understand our business."

Work highlights Advised Scotiabank on the USD50 million financing provided to Coastal Petroleum Dominicana for the expansion of its LNG terminals.

Significant clients Central America Bank for Economic Integration, Pfizer, VINCI Airports, Banco BHD León, Merck Sharp & Dohme.

Notable practitioners

Clients are full of praise for leading practitioner and founding partner Mary Fernández Rodríguez, emphasising her "impressive technical ability, constant availability, and perfect quality of service." She is deeply experienced in providing counsel to major multinational and domestic clients on a range of transactional matters, and is also considered a prestigious figure in the IP sphere.

Distinguished name Roberto Rizik is widely endorsed by sources, with clients highlighting "the in-depth advice he provides," and going on to state: "He is without a doubt one of the top lawyers in the Dominican Republic." His principal areas of practice include international finance, foreign investment and M&A deals, with additional expertise in insurance law. His recent work includes advising Grupo SID on the sale of its stock in Narex.

Clients value the service provided by partner Marisol Vicens Bello, stating: "She knows both the law and our business very well." Peers go on to endorse her high level of involvement in the market. She has particular expertise in investment projects, M&A deals, joint ventures and restructurings, and regularly advises both foreign and domestic clients.

Department co-head Sarah De León Perelló receives widespread commendations for her activity and involvement in the corporate arena. She focuses on M&A deals, joint ventures and foreign investment matters, and has ample experience in advising significant multinational clients.

Clients endorse partner Jaime Senior for "the very high-quality work he delivers." Market commentators go on to highlight his impressive involvement in a range of high-value deals in the market, which has recently included advising Royal Gold on its USD610 million streaming transaction. He is also qualified to practise in New York.

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OMG - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed corporate practice winning widespread accolades for its strength in the market. Offers notable experience in high-value M&A transactions and restructuring matters, with additional expertise in asset management and foreign investment. Retained by an impressive roster of multinational names from a range of industries, including major financial institutions and key players from the telecoms sector.

Strengths The firm's service is commended by sources, with clients commenting: "Every experience we have had with OMG has been very satisfactory; it is a highly capable firm whose lawyers are very responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Work highlights Advised Finerty Properties Corporation on the sale of 70% of the equity interests in three distribution companies under the Shell brand to a French subsidiary of Total Group. The approximate share purchase price was USD127 million, and the transaction also involved a major corporate restructuring, and a loan facility granted to one company worth USD42.6 million and DOP912.5 million.

Significant clients INICIA, Citibank, IFC, Phoenix Tower International, J.P. Morgan.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Leonel Melo Guerrero is held in high esteem by market sources, with interviewees lauding him as "a very capable and prominent lawyer," and adding: "He is responsive, knowledgeable and well respected." He offers wide-ranging expertise in transactional mandates, with recent experience including acting as co-lead counsel to Finerty Properties Corporation in the aforementioned matter, and to IFC regarding an USD87 million debt securities issuance.

Key partner Esperanza Cabral is valued by clients, who commend her as "a very diligent lawyer" and add: "Everything she has done for us has been very high quality." Her areas of focus span the transactional arena, with experience handling high-value M&A deals and restructurings. She acted as co-lead partner advising Finerty Properties Corporation on the aforementioned highlight.

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Pellerano & Herrera - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Luis Pellerano, Mariangela Pellerano and Ricardo Pellerano
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished heavyweight in the corporate field, maintaining a stellar reputation for its impressive track record handling high-value, complex transactions. Continues to advise on significant M&A deals, bond offerings, bridge loans and major restructurings, as well as offering counsel to clients entering the Dominican market. Maintains a diverse client list spanning lenders, borrowers and underwriters, and featuring key names from the financial, aviation and tourism industries.

Strengths Clients express ample praise for the firm's service, describing its lawyers as "highly qualified, very thorough and dedicated, and focused on timely execution," and adding: "They are very accessible and extremely efficient."

Work highlights Advised underwriters Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan on a USD1 billion bond offering by the Dominican state for the financing of part of the government's budget for 2016.

Significant clients Carnival Corporation, Avon Products, IFC, Jet Blue Airways, Scotiabank.

Notable practitioners

Experienced partner Luis Pellerano remains a prominent figure in the corporate arena, and frequently acts as lead counsel on the firm's major transactional mandates. He earns praise from interviewees, who say: "I would highlight him as a particularly good lawyer; he provides us with very high-quality advice." He heads the firm's international and foreign investment practice, and has experience advising multinational clients from the energy, pharmaceutical and financial sectors.

Up-and-coming partner Mariangela Pellerano is frequently highlighted by market commentators for her activity and involvement in the corporate field. She offers a range of expertise across the area, spanning project finance, banking law and trusts. Her recent work includes advising Scotiabank on the restructuring of USD200 million worth of debt for V Energy.

Senior associate Alessandra Di Carlo is praised by clients, who say: "She has provided us with a splendid service; she knows the law very well and she is highly dedicated." She plays an active role in the firm's corporate practice, regularly advising on M&A deals and joint ventures.

Sources describe up-and-coming partner Joanna Bonnelly as "a very well-qualified lawyer who can handle a lot of responsibility." She has over 15 years of experience in advising on corporate transactions, and provides particular expertise in energy law.

Associate Carolina León earns commendations from sources for her high level of activity in the firm's caseload. Her practice in this area includes niche expertise in free trade agreements and sports law, as well as providing experience in regulatory matters and foreign investment.

Department profile by Pellerano & Herrera

Pellerano & Herrera has been the leading law firm in the Dominican Republic for over 25 years. Our multidisciplinary team of professionals is the most comprehensive in the country, with more expert attorneys in more practice areas than any other firm in the market. Our clients include national and international leaders, including many Fortune 500 companies, in virtually all the significant business sectors in the country.

We have participated in the largest transactions in Dominican history: Barrick Corporation’s US$5.5 billion investment in the Pueblo Viejo gold mine, AmBev’s US$2.5 billion acquisition of Cervecería Nacional Dominicana, the US$2.5 billion bond offering by the Dominican State, the international financing of Altice Group’s EUR 2.7 billion acquisition of Orange and Tricom telecommunications, the US$ 1 billion financing of Barrick ´s Pueblo Viejo, and, the US$800 million  sale of airport operator Aerodom to VINCI.

Our M&A and foreign investment practices, led by Luis Rafael Pellerano, and our financial practice, led by Mariangela Pellerano, demonstrate a significant growth in the last two years.

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Luis Pellerano has been the advisor in more international mergers, acquisitions and direct foreign investments than virtually any other lawyer in the Dominican Republic. He is fully bilingual English – Spanish.

The U.S. Commercial Services in the country granted Luis Rafael Pellerano the Star Partner Award for Supportive Partner, for his continuous support to all the activities of the Office aimed to strengthening the business relationships between both countries. This Award has been given to Mr. Pellerano several times.


Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Prominent international firm with a significant presence at the forefront of the Dominican market. Provides counsel to a diverse roster of impressive multinational clients hailing from a wide range of industries, including major names from the global financial arena. Team offers high-level capabilities in handling complex M&A deals, bond issuances and asset finance transactions.

Strengths Market sources endorse the firm's expertise in this area, commenting: "This is a very good firm - the lawyers have a very high level of experience and they really specialise in the commercial field."

Work highlights Counsel to Advent International and its subsidiaries in the sale of 100% of its shares in Aerodom to VINCI Airports.

Significant clients Diageo, Japan Tobacco International, Caterpillar Crédito, US Airways, Visa.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators widely endorse leading lawyer Alejandro Peña Prieto, commending his high level of visibility and recognition within the market. He is the managing partner of the firm's Santo Domingo office, and offers ample experience advising major investors from Europe and the USA as well as Latin America. He has an extensive practice across the corporate arena, with recent work including acting as adviser to AES Andres on a bridge loan facility provided by a syndicate of banks.

Key partner Awilda Alcántara Bourdier is praised by market sources for her impressive activity in the transactional field. She is highly experienced in a range of areas, including tax issues and project finance, and regularly advises clients from the financial services and construction industries. Her recent caseload includes acting as co-lead partner advising Japan Tobacco International on its acquisition of 50% of the shares of Industria Tabacalera Dominicana.

Department co-head Pedro Gamundi is a highly active presence in the firm's transactional caseload, with broad experience in handling significant cross-border M&A deals. He is highlighted by clients, who describe him as "a very knowledgeable lawyer with a lot of experience in a number of areas." He regularly advises major foreign investors on their dealings in the Dominican Republic, including acting as co-lead counsel to Advent International on the aforementioned matter.

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Castillo y Castillo - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez and Práxedes Castillo Pérez
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice with considerable capabilities in handling cross-border M&A deals as well as other major financings and corporate restructurings. Team offers noted strength and experience in securitisations, bond issuances and public offerings. Provides a diverse range of expertise in a wide variety of industries, including energy, financial services and tourism.

Strengths The team wins praise from its clients, who state: "The lawyers at Castillo y Castillo do excellent work; they are very quick and provide us with great advice and a personalised service."

Work highlights Advised Banco Popular Dominicano on a secured loan worth USD18 million provided for the construction of a hotel in Punta Cana.

Significant clients Scotiabank, Riu Hotels, Altice Group, Credit Suisse, Grupo Ramos.

Notable practitioners

Admired practitioner Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez earns widespread plaudits from market sources for his impressive profile in the market. Clients endorse "the effective and high-quality work he delivers," and add: "He is very sure of his knowledge and he provides an excellent service." He has in-depth experience of project finance, M&A and capital markets mandates, and continues to handle a significant number of the firm's most important transactions.

Esteemed senior statesman Práxedes Castillo Pérez is commended as "an authority in the area" by peers, with clients describing him as "a very wise practitioner." He offers over 55 years of experience in the field, and has provided counsel to a wide variety of major financial institutions and corporations.

Senior associate Sebastian Jimenez Baez is highlighted by clients as "a very attentive lawyer," with peers endorsing his skill in banking and finance matters. He also offers expertise in real estate and tourism issues.

Clients praise the service provided by senior associate María Jesus Velázquez, stating: "She is very helpful with all of my enquiries." She offers particular expertise in telecommunications issues, and is also experienced in handling securities offerings such as IPOs.

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Jiménez Cruz Peña - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: José Cruz Campillo, Luis Julio Jiménez and Vilma Veras
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team regularly handling a wide range of matters within the corporate sphere. Provides ample experience in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and private equity investments, as well as offering advice on compliance issues and tax planning. Retained by a varied list of clients including key players in finance, energy and aviation.

Strengths Interviewees commend the service the firm provides, stating: "The lawyers deliver very high-quality work," adding: "Jiménez Cruz Peña is a very efficient firm."

Work highlights Counsel to General Energy Solution regarding its acquisition of a major photovoltaic energy project, worth approximately USD110 million.

Significant clients Citibank, Total, Gildan Activewear, American Airlines, Cardinal Health.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Luis Julio Jiménez earns plaudits from interviewees, with clients deeming him "an excellent lawyer" and peers highlighting his visible involvement in significant M&A deals. He is particularly experienced advising notable clients from the telecommunications sector, and is also recognised for his expertise in the real estate and tourism industry.

Market commentators highlight key partner Marcos Peña Rodríguez for his transactional practice. He also offers substantial expertise in the areas of dispute resolution and labour law. He recently acted as lead partner on the aforementioned acquisition for General Energy Solution, and he has also been involved in major deals in the telecommunications sector.

Department co-head José Cruz Campillo is endorsed by sources, who say: "He has a great corporate and commercial practice and is very active in the market." He is experienced in advising on foreign investment concerns, and offers particular expertise in assisting clients from the energy sector.

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The JCP team advises clients on all legal and business aspects of operating, financing and expanding their investments in the Dominican Republic.

The firm has rapidly become a leader in the relatively new M&A practice in the Dominican Republic. It routinely handles large-scale cross-border mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs of businesses with presence in the country. It also participates in negotiations outside the Dominican Republic of transactions involving Dominican corporate branches or subsidiaries.

JCP attorneys possess vast experience representing Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, capital providers, as well as local state and private entities, across a wide specter of industries, from energy and mining to hospitality and manufacturing.

Chambers and Partners Latin America characterizes the firm as “particularly active in M&A, financing and restructuring.” Its sources describe JCP as "a very business-oriented practice, providing excellent service and great response times." The firm’s founding partners are top ranked and are noted for their client service and negotiating skills.

The Legal 500 notes that despite its relatively young age, “the firm has swiftly gained a very strong reputation for corporate finance work, and founding partners Luis Jimenez and Jose Cruz have established themselves as very good names for general commercial and transactional advice. They are also noted for their strong track records advising clients in the energy sector.”


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Key Representations

  • Representation of an affiliate of TCW/Société Générale in the US$30 million sale of its stake in a local utility company
  • Representation of the Dominican State in the US$400 million acquisition of two electric distribution companies
  • Structuring and implementation of a US$140 million acquisition by a Venezuelan investor of a majority stake in one of the largest agribusinesses in the Dominican Republic
  • Representation of a foreign group in the acquisition of a US$100 million real estate development in the Dominican Republic




Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

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

What the team is known for Established name in the Dominican market, with long-standing experience in the corporate and commercial field. Offers substantial expertise in handling complex cross-border transactions, with additional strength in project financing and public procurement. Continues to act as counsel to a host of multinational companies spanning a range of sectors, including aviation, pharmaceuticals and technology.

Strengths The lawyers receive an impressive level of praise from clients, who describe them as "very timely, precise and clear," and state: "This firm is very dedicated to its clients; the lawyers have a high sense of urgency and are willing to find innovative and effective solutions."

Work highlights Advised BAS Project Corporation on the due diligence process for its acquisition of the Project Soco solar power plant project, worth approximately USD80 million.

Significant clients Delta Air Lines, Bupa, Nike, Aeroméxico, Bayer.

Notable practitioners

Respected practitioner Georges Santoni Recio is widely endorsed by sources, with peers praising "his significant presence in the market," and clients adding: "He is a very efficient lawyer who always follows up by informing me about new laws that could affect my company." He also offers recognised expertise in dispute resolution and labour law, and provides substantial experience in the corporate field, including in major transactions within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

"Talented lawyer" Maria Esther Fernández Alvarez de Pou is commended by interviewees for her presence in the market. She offers particular expertise in advising key players within the aviation industry, including major international airlines, as well as frequently handling corporate matters for large pharmaceutical clients.

Star associate Monica Villafaña receives abundant praise from sources, who describe her as "a brilliant lawyer" and add: "She is highly efficient, responds immediately to our complex requirements, and is always able to find solutions." Clients go on to highlight "the speed of her replies, her knowledge of many different fields of law, her clear and concise responses, and her understanding of our needs."

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Biaggi Abogados - Attorneys at Law - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Edward Piña Fernández and Gustavo Biaggi Pumarol
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired name in the corporate field with broad capabilities in an array of matters, including large M&A deals, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Counsel to a diverse range of clients within industries spanning energy, finance, construction and tourism. Firm offers additional expertise in insurance matters, and also enjoys a high level of recognition for its practices in the dispute resolution and IP fields.

Strengths The firm is highlighted by clients for its "excellent, sound and timely advice and the first-rate quality of its work," with sources adding: "We have had a fantastic experience with Biaggi & Messina; the team is very efficient, and provides profound and persuasive analysis."

Work highlights Advised Emmedue on the spin-off of assets and operational restructuring in order to establish a self-sufficient machinery plant within the Dominican Republic. The deal was estimated at USD20 million.

Significant clients Hertz Enterprises, Kohler Group, Barclays Capital, Western Union, BBVA.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming partner Edward Piña Fernández enters the rankings this year on the back of impressive feedback from clients, who state: "He is very organised and methodical; he really understands the minutiae of the matters we are discussing, and can explain issues clearly and come up with creative options." He is highly experienced in a range of corporate matters, including M&A deals, asset protection and tax planning.

Associate Rosa María Mena offers a wide range of experience across the corporate ambit, with significant expertise in advising foreign investors on matters ranging from project finance to taxation issues. She recently formed part of the team advising Marina Puerto Bonito on its debt and equity restructuring.

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CENTRAL LAW Dominican Republic - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Enrique De Marchena Kaluche, Llilda Solano and Patricia Read
- 4 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team providing assistance to a varied client roster on a wide range of corporate matters. Frequently renders day-to-day advice in business operations, as well as handling significant transactional work such as cross-border M&A deals and project financing. Firm also boasts a market-leading practice in the real estate and tourism field.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the firm's service, with one source describing its lawyers as "very diligent, capable and creative in providing solutions." Another notes that "they provide very detailed analysis and can respond efficiently to any issue which may come up."

Work highlights Advised The Punta Cana Group on the development and financing of a major aqueduct spanning the Punta Cana region. This project has an estimated value of USD200 million.

Significant clients Diamonds International, Grupo Piñeyro, MABE Appliances, Consorcio Remix, Promotora Sampiñé.

Notable practitioners

Experienced partner Enrique De Marchena Kaluche comes highly recommended by sources, with clients commending him as "a highly organised and attentive lawyer who is very good at following up with us." He benefits from a market-leading position in the real estate and tourism sphere, and regularly advises major foreign investors on corporate issues.

Sources highlight key partner Llilda Solano, whom they describe as "a very solid lawyer," with peers also praising her experience in banking matters. In addition to her practice in the areas of company law, franchising and distribution agreements, she offers niche expertise in antitrust matters.

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Legal advice in foreign investment regarding corporate, tax, labor, AML, delivered to foreign companies wishing to operate in the country; cross-border M&A deals, and project finance; market-leading expertise in real estate and tourism.

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The work of the firm isproduct of the legal advice delivered to small and large domestic andmultinational companies;  individual clients; financial institutions; domestic and Global Law Firms. 


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Type of work handled: 

Legal advice in foreign investment regarding corporate, tax, labor, AML, delivered to foreign companies wishing to operate in the country; cross-border M&A deals, and project finance; market-leading expertise in real estate and tourism.

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The work of the firm is product of the legal advice delivered to small and large domestic and multinational companies;  individual clients; financial institutions; domestic and Global Law Firms. 

CENTRAL LAW delivers legal advice through a team of more than 100 expert lawyers formed with continued legal education either in national Universities and the leading world Schools of Law .  




JJ Roca & Asociados - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Jaime Roca and Sharin Pablo de Roca
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact practice offering a wide range of services across the corporate and commercial field, with capabilities spanning M&A transactions, distribution agreements and foreign investment. Team also renders advice in the areas of taxation and migratory issues.

Strengths Clients endorse the firm's service as "very professional, diligent and timely," and go on to say: "Its strength is the lawyers' ability to understand our business needs and provide solutions that give us confidence."

Significant clients Optimax, Earthport, Amzak Capital Management, Varden Consulting, Bravo.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Jaime Roca is widely endorsed by market sources, who deem him "a capable and hard-working lawyer," and add: "He is an excellent professional with extensive legal knowledge and great capacity to respond immediately to his clients." He offers broad-ranging expertise in the field, including in restructurings, securities and franchising matters.

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Medina Garrigó Abogados - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Marielle Garrigó and Laura Bobea
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic player in the corporate arena recognised for its strong track record in cross-border financings. Team also offers notable expertise in capital markets issues such as bond issuances and related regulatory matters. Maintains an impressive client list composed of significant names from the world of international finance.

Strengths The firm's client service is highly commended by clients, who state: "The lawyers are extremely responsive and professional. They meet all of our deadlines and the quality of their work product is excellent." Sources go on to praise the team's spoken and written English language skills.

Work highlights Counsel to Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana in relation to the structuring of a USD25 million promissory note issued by the Ministerio de Hacienda and transferred to the Panamanian bank Metrobank.

Significant clients Fintech Dominicana, Grupo Macapi, Santander, Credit Suisse, Citigroup Global Markets.

Notable practitioners

Prominent practitioner Marielle Garrigó maintains a sterling reputation in the market. Sources are full of praise, with clients commending "the outstanding job she does," and peers going on to highlight her as "a very well-known and well-recognised lawyer in this field." She is highly experienced in corporate finance work, with deep expertise spanning private equity, acquisitions and debt restructuring. She acted as lead counsel advising Banco de Reservas in the aforementioned work highlight.

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Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: José Quiroz Abreu and Hipólito García
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-recognised practice with a strong presence in handling foreign investment matters on behalf of a diverse multinational clientele from a wide range of industries, including construction, energy and telecoms. Firm is also held in high esteem for its pre-eminent presence in the fields of environment, real estate and tourism.

Strengths Interviewees recommend the team, stating: "This is a very good firm, and its lawyers have a lot of knowledge."

Work highlights Counsel to Phoenix Tower Dominicana regarding its purchase of over 145 wireless telecommunication towers from Trilogy Dominicana, in a deal worth approximately USD30 million.

Significant clients Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Phoenix Tower Dominicana, Inter-American Development Bank, Intercredit Bank, Playa Grande Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner José Quiroz Abreu is endorsed by interviewees as "a very active, capable and dedicated lawyer." His areas of experience span cross-border M&A deals and complex financing transactions. He recently advised Intercredit Bank on its lending operations between Miami and the Dominican Republic.

Key partner Hipólito García is widely praised by market sources for his established corporate practice and his involvement in a range of high-level deals. He is highly focused on transactional work, with expertise in project financing, acquisitions and secured lending.

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Raful Sicard & Polanco - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
Heads of department: Ernesto Raful, Sara Sicard and Hilda Polanco
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced corporate team providing extensive expertise in a wide array of areas, including securities, project finance and maritime law. Firm also regularly advises on transactions and regulatory issues within the telecommunications sector. Retained by a varied clientele deriving from both the domestic and international markets, the team is particularly highlighted for its strength in advising European investors.

Strengths The team receives endorsements from sources, with clients commending them as "very efficient, results-focused and easy to work with," and adding: "The lawyers provide a timely service and very precise advice."

Work highlights Advised on the structuring and incorporation of a trust fund for the development of the Conydra Bealca industrial building project in Punta Cana.

Significant clients Ageport, CODETEL, AmBev Dominicana, Zona Franca Industrial Las Américas, Philip Morris.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Sara Sicard is held in high regard by clients, who describe her as "very efficient," and go on to say: "She is an excellent lawyer who is highly capable and very dedicated." She receives additional commendations for her German language skills. She offers over 26 years of experience in a diverse range of areas, including shipping law and foreign investment.

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Senior Statesmen

Práxedes Castillo Pérez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed senior statesman Práxedes Castillo Pérez is commended as "an authority in the area" by peers, with clients describing him as "a very wise practitioner." He offers over 55 years of experience in the field, and has provided counsel to a wide variety of major financial institutions and corporations.

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Andrés Emilio Bobadilla Fernandez

Bobadilla Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed practitioner Andrés Emilio Bobadilla Fernandez of Bobadilla Abogados enjoys a stellar reputation among his peers, who deem him "one of the most recognised senior practitioners in the country," and go on to call him "a very solid, strong and well-rounded lawyer." He commands widespread respect for his prowess in both the corporate and litigation spheres, and offers extensive experience in a wide range of high-level transactions.

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Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired practitioner Práxedes Joaquín Castillo Báez earns widespread plaudits from market sources for his impressive profile in the market. Clients endorse "the effective and high-quality work he delivers," and add: "He is very sure of his knowledge and he provides an excellent service." He has in-depth experience of project finance, M&A and capital markets mandates, and continues to handle a significant number of the firm's most important transactions.

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Mary Fernández Rodríguez

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for leading practitioner and founding partner Mary Fernández Rodríguez, emphasising her "impressive technical ability, constant availability, and perfect quality of service." She is deeply experienced in providing counsel to major multinational and domestic clients on a range of transactional matters, and is also considered a prestigious figure in the IP sphere.

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Marielle Garrigó

Medina Garrigó Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prominent practitioner Marielle Garrigó maintains a sterling reputation in the market. Sources are full of praise, with clients commending "the outstanding job she does," and peers going on to highlight her as "a very well-known and well-recognised lawyer in this field." She is highly experienced in corporate finance work, with deep expertise spanning private equity, acquisitions and debt restructuring. She acted as lead counsel advising Banco de Reservas in the aforementioned work highlight.

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Leonel Melo Guerrero

OMG

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Leonel Melo Guerrero is held in high esteem by market sources, with interviewees lauding him as "a very capable and prominent lawyer," and adding: "He is responsive, knowledgeable and well respected." He offers wide-ranging expertise in transactional mandates, with recent experience including acting as co-lead counsel to Finerty Properties Corporation in the aforementioned matter, and to IFC regarding an USD87 million debt securities issuance.

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Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced partner Luis Pellerano remains a prominent figure in the corporate arena, and frequently acts as lead counsel on the firm's major transactional mandates. He earns praise from interviewees, who say: "I would highlight him as a particularly good lawyer; he provides us with very high-quality advice." He heads the firm's international and foreign investment practice, and has experience advising multinational clients from the energy, pharmaceutical and financial sectors.

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Alejandro Peña-Prieto

Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators widely endorse leading lawyer Alejandro Peña Prieto, commending his high level of visibility and recognition within the market. He is the managing partner of the firm's Santo Domingo office, and offers ample experience advising major investors from Europe and the USA as well as Latin America. He has an extensive practice across the corporate arena, with recent work including acting as adviser to AES Andres on a bridge loan facility provided by a syndicate of banks.

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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished name Roberto Rizik is widely endorsed by sources, with clients highlighting "the in-depth advice he provides," and going on to state: "He is without a doubt one of the top lawyers in the Dominican Republic." His principal areas of practice include international finance, foreign investment and M&A deals, with additional expertise in insurance law. His recent work includes advising Grupo SID on the sale of its stock in Narex.

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Georges Santoni Recio

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Georges Santoni Recio is widely endorsed by sources, with peers praising "his significant presence in the market," and clients adding: "He is a very efficient lawyer who always follows up by informing me about new laws that could affect my company." He also offers recognised expertise in dispute resolution and labour law, and provides substantial experience in the corporate field, including in major transactions within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

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Awilda M Alcántara Bourdier

Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Awilda Alcántara Bourdier is praised by market sources for her impressive activity in the transactional field. She is highly experienced in a range of areas, including tax issues and project finance, and regularly advises clients from the financial services and construction industries. Her recent caseload includes acting as co-lead partner advising Japan Tobacco International on its acquisition of 50% of the shares of Industria Tabacalera Dominicana.

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DR&R Abogados y Consultores Fiscales (De Castro, Rivas y Rodríguez)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced partner Norman De Castro of DR&R Abogados y Consultores Fiscales (De Castro, Rivas y Rodríguez) comes highly recommended by peers, who endorse his activity in the field and go on to praise his expertise in the labour and employment sphere. His areas of focus include M&A transactions, distribution operations and foreign investment.

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Enrique De Marchena Kaluche

CENTRAL LAW Dominican Republic

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced partner Enrique De Marchena Kaluche comes highly recommended by sources, with clients commending him as "a highly organised and attentive lawyer who is very good at following up with us." He benefits from a market-leading position in the real estate and tourism sphere, and regularly advises major foreign investors on corporate issues.

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Maria Esther Fernández Alvarez de Pou

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Talented lawyer" Maria Esther Fernández Alvarez de Pou is commended by interviewees for her presence in the market. She offers particular expertise in advising key players within the aviation industry, including major international airlines, as well as frequently handling corporate matters for large pharmaceutical clients.

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Squire Patton Boggs Peña Prieto Gamundi

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Pedro Gamundi is a highly active presence in the firm's transactional caseload, with broad experience in handling significant cross-border M&A deals. He is highlighted by clients, who describe him as "a very knowledgeable lawyer with a lot of experience in a number of areas." He regularly advises major foreign investors on their dealings in the Dominican Republic, including acting as co-lead counsel to Advent International on the aforementioned matter.

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Jiménez Cruz Peña

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Luis Julio Jiménez earns plaudits from interviewees, with clients deeming him "an excellent lawyer" and peers highlighting his visible involvement in significant M&A deals. He is particularly experienced advising notable clients from the telecommunications sector, and is also recognised for his expertise in the real estate and tourism industry.

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Marcos Peña Rodríguez

Jiménez Cruz Peña

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators highlight key partner Marcos Peña Rodríguez for his transactional practice. He also offers substantial expertise in the areas of dispute resolution and labour law. He recently acted as lead partner on the aforementioned acquisition for General Energy Solution, and he has also been involved in major deals in the telecommunications sector.

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Marisol Vicens Bello

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients value the service provided by partner Marisol Vicens Bello, stating: "She knows both the law and our business very well." Peers go on to endorse her high level of involvement in the market. She has particular expertise in investment projects, M&A deals, joint ventures and restructurings, and regularly advises both foreign and domestic clients.

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OMG

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Esperanza Cabral is valued by clients, who commend her as "a very diligent lawyer" and add: "Everything she has done for us has been very high quality." Her areas of focus span the transactional arena, with experience handling high-value M&A deals and restructurings. She acted as co-lead partner advising Finerty Properties Corporation on the aforementioned highlight.

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Sarah De León Perelló

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Sarah De León Perelló receives widespread commendations for her activity and involvement in the corporate arena. She focuses on M&A deals, joint ventures and foreign investment matters, and has ample experience in advising significant multinational clients.

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Rodolfo Mesa Chavez

Mesa & Mesa Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients highlight Rodolfo Mesa Chavez of Mesa & Mesa Abogados, commending his "superb expertise in corporate and commercial matters," and going on to call him "an outstanding lawyer." Sources additionally comment: "He really goes into detail and studies the law carefully." He focuses his practice on corporate mandates such as financing and restructuring.

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José A Quiroz Abreu

Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner José Quiroz Abreu is endorsed by interviewees as "a very active, capable and dedicated lawyer." His areas of experience span cross-border M&A deals and complex financing transactions. He recently advised Intercredit Bank on its lending operations between Miami and the Dominican Republic.

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Ana Isabel Cáceres Matos

Troncoso y Cáceres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Ana Isabel Cáceres Matos of Troncoso y Cáceres is an experienced figure in the corporate field, and offers capabilities spanning a range of areas including M&A, banking and commercial contracts. She regularly advises significant clients within the financial services, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

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José Cruz Campillo

Jiménez Cruz Peña

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head José Cruz Campillo is endorsed by sources, who say: "He has a great corporate and commercial practice and is very active in the market." He is experienced in advising on foreign investment concerns, and offers particular expertise in assisting clients from the energy sector.

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Hipolito Garcia Caminero

Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Hipólito García is widely praised by market sources for his established corporate practice and his involvement in a range of high-level deals. He is highly focused on transactional work, with expertise in project financing, acquisitions and secured lending.

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JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Jaime Roca is widely endorsed by market sources, who deem him "a capable and hard-working lawyer," and add: "He is an excellent professional with extensive legal knowledge and great capacity to respond immediately to his clients." He offers broad-ranging expertise in the field, including in restructurings, securities and franchising matters.

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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients endorse partner Jaime Senior for "the very high-quality work he delivers." Market commentators go on to highlight his impressive involvement in a range of high-value deals in the market, which has recently included advising Royal Gold on its USD610 million streaming transaction. He is also qualified to practise in New York.

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Raful Sicard & Polanco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Sara Sicard is held in high regard by clients, who describe her as "very efficient," and go on to say: "She is an excellent lawyer who is highly capable and very dedicated." She receives additional commendations for her German language skills. She offers over 26 years of experience in a diverse range of areas, including shipping law and foreign investment.

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CENTRAL LAW Dominican Republic

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight key partner Llilda Solano, whom they describe as "a very solid lawyer," with peers also praising her experience in banking matters. In addition to her practice in the areas of company law, franchising and distribution agreements, she offers niche expertise in antitrust matters.

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Polibio Valenzuela Scheker

DVMS - Dejarden Valenzuela Molina & Salcedo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice co-head Polibio Valenzuela Scheker of DVMS - Dejarden Valenzuela Molina & Salcedo comes highly recommended by clients, who describe him as "a brilliant and hard-working lawyer," and state: "He has in-depth knowledge of the law and he is always available - we feel very confident working with him." He offers ample expertise in the area, and regularly advises leading financial institutions as well as major hospitality companies.

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Up and Coming

Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe up-and-coming partner Joanna Bonnelly as "a very well-qualified lawyer who can handle a lot of responsibility." She has over 15 years of experience in advising on corporate transactions, and provides particular expertise in energy law.

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Mariangela Pellerano

Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mariangela Pellerano is frequently highlighted by market commentators for her activity and involvement in the corporate field. She offers a range of expertise across the area, spanning project finance, banking law and trusts. Her recent work includes advising Scotiabank on the restructuring of USD200 million worth of debt for V Energy.

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Up and Coming

Edward Piña Fernández

Biaggi Abogados - Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Edward Piña Fernández enters the rankings this year on the back of impressive feedback from clients, who state: "He is very organised and methodical; he really understands the minutiae of the matters we are discussing, and can explain issues clearly and come up with creative options." He is highly experienced in a range of corporate matters, including M&A deals, asset protection and tax planning.

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Star Associate

Monica Villafaña

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Star associate Monica Villafaña receives abundant praise from sources, who describe her as "a brilliant lawyer" and add: "She is highly efficient, responds immediately to our complex requirements, and is always able to find solutions." Clients go on to highlight "the speed of her replies, her knowledge of many different fields of law, her clear and concise responses, and her understanding of our needs."

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Associates to watch

Alessandra Di Carlo

Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Alessandra Di Carlo is praised by clients, who say: "She has provided us with a splendid service; she knows the law very well and she is highly dedicated." She plays an active role in the firm's corporate practice, regularly advising on M&A deals and joint ventures.

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Associates to watch

Sebastian M Jiménez Báez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Sebastian Jimenez Baez is highlighted by clients as "a very attentive lawyer," with peers endorsing his skill in banking and finance matters. He also offers expertise in real estate and tourism issues.

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Associates to watch

Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Carolina León earns commendations from sources for her high level of activity in the firm's caseload. Her practice in this area includes niche expertise in free trade agreements and sports law, as well as providing experience in regulatory matters and foreign investment.

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Associates to watch

Biaggi Abogados - Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Rosa María Mena offers a wide range of experience across the corporate ambit, with significant expertise in advising foreign investors on matters ranging from project finance to taxation issues. She recently formed part of the team advising Marina Puerto Bonito on its debt and equity restructuring.

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Associates to watch

María Jesus Velázquez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients praise the service provided by senior associate María Jesus Velázquez, stating: "She is very helpful with all of my enquiries." She offers particular expertise in telecommunications issues, and is also experienced in handling securities offerings such as IPOs.

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