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Latin-America Guide

Environment — Dominican Republic


Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores - Environment 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: Romina Santroni
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed boutique known for its first-rate representation of market-leading clients from the real estate and tourism industries. Experienced in the full spectrum of environmental matters, with a strong practice advising on compliance issues. Team also provides additional capabilities in handling complex environmental disputes.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's quality of service, stating: "The lawyers are attentive and they put the needs of the client first. They provide us with an excellent service." Sources go on to highlight the team's knowledge of tourism and environmental issues.

Work highlights Acted as adviser to Real Hotels & Resorts on the implementation of its environmental management programme, including compliance and auditing.

Significant clients CEMEX Dominicana, Cascadas de Coson, INICIA, Amanera Resort, Hotel Casas del XVI.

Notable practitioners

Respected practitioner Romina Santroni is commended by clients, who say: "She is an innovative and creative lawyer who always analyses every issue that could affect us." She goes on to earn plaudits from peers for her considerable experience and involvement in the field. She offers vast expertise spanning the practice area, with high-level capabilities in advising on projects of significant environmental impact.

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

Sustainable development has become an imperative objective for every economic sector. The purpose is to ensure environmental compliance to prevent and solve social and legal conflicts.

Consulting in sustainable business includes, among others, the assistance in legal and environmental compliance of every project or company, organizing comprehensive planning with regard to feasibility of projects as well as licensing processes, and promoting implementation of environmental and good practice systems to successfully assure sustainability in businesses.

The team’s actions at Quiroz Santroni are based on a strong commitment to both their client’s goals and the environment, in order to achieve the right balance between development and conservation.

In this sense, clients like Playa Grande Holdings and Lantica Media have retained the team to achieve their goals.

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DMK Abogados - Environment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of the department: Patricia Guzmán
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Highly regarded team advising on a broad range of environmental matters. Adept at handling issues surrounding permits and licences for a variety of major projects on behalf of key clients within the real estate and tourism industry. Provides additional support on matters relating to foreign investment.

Strengths Clients value the firm's support, stating: "The team has provided us with an excellent service, great-quality advice and very good response times."

Work highlights Advised The Punta Cana Group on environmental protection issues surrounding the development of a major aqueduct in Punta Cana.

Significant clients Las Terrenas Country Club, Augro Fresh Group, Costa Norte at Playa Grande, Promotora Sampiñe, The Cove at Playa Diamante.

Notable practitioners

Associate Patricia Guzmán heads the firm's environment department. She is endorsed by clients, who state: "She responds quickly and provides us with very good legal opinions." She focuses her practice on environmental matters, as well as tourism and mining law.

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Guzmán Ariza Abogados - Environment 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: Giselle Pérez Reyes and Fabio Guzmán Saladín
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm specialising in a variety of issues within the environment field, spanning residue management, audits and liability studies. Team additionally offers advice on environmental issues relating to major energy and mining projects. Also highly recognised as a prominent name within the real estate sector.

Strengths Clients commend the team, stating: "We have had a very good experience with the firm. The lawyers are very efficient and hard-working." Sources go on to add: "The team is highly technical and has a lot of experience."

Work highlights Assisted Spanish company Levitals Grupo Investor with the environmental permits and energy licences for a solar photovoltaic project valued at approximately USD56 million.

Significant clients Sierra Parima, Probuffet, Club Med, Suncoast Asset Management, Ciudad Sanitaria del Nordeste.

Notable practitioners

Counsel and department co-head Giselle Pérez Reyes is valued by clients, who commend her technical knowledge of environmental matters, and add: "She is very efficient and hard-working." She has experience advising both domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of environmental concerns.

About the Team (content provided by Guzmán Ariza Abogados)

Guzmán Ariza advises its clients on all legal issues in the Dominican Republic concerning the application of  Environmental Law 64-00, as well as all other provisions that seek to regulate business activities to protect public health and the environment.

The firm has a multidisciplinary team of advisors specialized in law, geology, archeology, engineering, economy, biology, sociology, surveying, cartography, botany, ornithology, among others, for each particular project.

Guzman Ariza has extensive experience advising companies and tourism and real estate projects on environmental issues related to:

  • Sustainable business consulting
  • Environmental legal compliance
  • Permisology
  • Environmental litigation and disputes
  • Environmental education


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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández - Environment 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: Mary Fernández and Julio Camejo
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established firm supporting notable clients in a range of environmental matters relating to permits, licences and impact assessments. Additional capabilities include advising on noise regulation and contamination issues in relation to major projects. Advises a variety of key clients in the energy, real estate and construction industries.

Strengths Clients highlight "the lawyers' experience and availability" as key strengths.

Work highlights Advised The Phillies and The Minnesota Twins on obtaining environmental licences in relation to the construction of their Baseball Academies in the Dominican Republic.

Significant clients Dominican Twins, Fenwal International, ISLA Dominicana de Petróleo, Industrias Nigua, Grupo Diesco.

Notable practitioners

Mary Fernández Rodríguez and Julio Camejo are the key client contacts.

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Pellerano & Herrera - Environment 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: Luis Rafael Pellerano and Gustavo Mena
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised team providing environmental services for a range of major clients within the real estate and telecommunications industries, among others. Regularly assists with environmental due diligence, regulatory matters and authorisations. Also offers experience of advising on environmental issues relating to arbitration claims.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's effective service, stating: "The lawyers are very efficient, hard-working and always very helpful."

Work highlights Assisted Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI with the environmental due diligence related to its acquisition by VINCI Airports, a deal worth approximately USD800 million.

Significant clients Gildan, Scotiabank, Phoenix Tower International, Carnival Corporation, FMO.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Gustavo Mena is held in high esteem by sources, with peers describing him as "a tremendous professional and a pioneer in the field," adding: "He is a reference in this country for environment work." Clients go on to state: "He is an expert who is truly passionate about environmental matters, and who is helpful, knowledgeable and articulate." He has considerable expertise in the field, and previously spent five years as the legal director of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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, projects and complex finance deals in the country, and to provide advice for most major international players. As the leader in real estate, mining, construction and energy, the firm maintains a thriving environmental practice as an integral part of the firm’s corporate and commercial department.

 The firm offers to its clients the “Environmental Protocol,” a comprehensive and systematic set of environmental services, which includes environmental assessment, generation of a matrix of environmental regulations applicable to a given project or activity, verification of compliance with environmental regulations, detection of any issues of non-compliance which may have administrative or criminal implications, environmental audits, environmental reports, and technical opinions and consultancy. The Environmental Protocol aims to prevent, identify, manage and/or eliminate regulatory liabilities which may put an otherwise very successful project at risk.

 The first law firm accredited as environmental services provider (PSA) by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic.

 The firm is a member of the Legal Sector Alliance, an international organization that promotes sustainable environmental practices.

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Band 1

Pellerano & Herrera

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Gustavo Mena is held in high esteem by sources, with peers describing him as "a tremendous professional and a pioneer in the field," adding: "He is a reference in this country for environment work." Clients go on to state: "He is an expert who is truly passionate about environmental matters, and who is helpful, knowledgeable and articulate." He has considerable expertise in the field, and previously spent five years as the legal director of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Band 1

Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Romina Santroni is commended by clients, who say: "She is an innovative and creative lawyer who always analyses every issue that could affect us." She goes on to earn plaudits from peers for her considerable experience and involvement in the field. She offers vast expertise spanning the practice area, with high-level capabilities in advising on projects of significant environmental impact.

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Band 2

Giselle Pérez Reyes

Guzmán Ariza Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Counsel and department co-head Giselle Pérez Reyes is valued by clients, who commend her technical knowledge of environmental matters, and add: "She is very efficient and hard-working." She has experience advising both domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of environmental concerns.

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Associates to watch

Patricia Guzman Parra

DMK Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Patricia Guzmán heads the firm's environment department. She is endorsed by clients, who state: "She responds quickly and provides us with very good legal opinions." She focuses her practice on environmental matters, as well as tourism and mining law.

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