MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions: The firm has developed a broad and important corporate and commercial law practice. Having been trained in the firm’s philosophy of quality service, its lawyers maintain an ongoing communication with the firm clients to protect their needs always seeking to provide effective and efficient legal advice. Among services provided in this field are those related to the incorporation, amendment, dissolution and liquidation of all types of commercial companies, as well as corporate restructurings and reorganisations; legal counsel in negotiating and executing partnership and participation agreements and joint ventures, as well as shareholder agreements; assistancein the negotiation and structuring of corporate mergers and business acquisitions; as well as organising and monitoring the relevant closing and post-closing schedules and managing all post-closing activities involved thereof. In this type of work the firm has participated and has experience in transactions involving specific legal issues that concern industries with special regulations such as energy, mining, food, petrochemical products, oil gas and lubricants, as well as in banking, insurance and telecommunications. Banking/Financial: The firm assists a wide range of clients in the banking and finance industries and has a broad experience in secured and unsecured lending, syndicated lending, project finance, acquisition financings, inventory and accounts receivable financings, among other financings. It actively provides legal counsel to major banks in the handling of its personal and commercial loans to the Dominican market among other legal matters involving banking operations.
Intellectual Property: The firm provides advise in the protection and defense of trademarks and trade names rights to large volume of Dominican industries and business. It represents most of the largest multi-national companies in the protection of their trademark and patent rights. The firm handles a substantial portion of the total trademark filings and more than 60% of the patent applications filed at the National Office of Industrial Property. In conjunction with the litigation team, the IP experts have successfully enforced trademark and patent rights in local courts, having handled most of the IP litigations brought before Dominican Courts.
Real Estate & Construction: The firm’s Real Estate and Construction practice includes: purchase, sale and development of industrial, office, retail, hotel and residential property; zoning and planning issues; building conditions and construction contracts, real property lease agreements; mortgage financing, loan administration and foreclosures.
Tax: The firm has extensive experience with stock and asset acquisition and dispositions, reorganisations, liquidations, distributions and affiliated group transactions, as well as with issues relating to cancellation of indebtedness income and to the availability of loss carryovers and other business deductions and credits. The firm is frequently called upon to render legal advise on the development of strategies for minimising tax.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: The firm integrates alternative dispute resolution mechanisms into both its transactional and its litigation practices. The firm has also a substantial and continuing practice defending and prosecuting all forms of business litigation in Courts of First Instance, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Justice. The firm has considerable experience in handling a wide variety of complex business litigation matters, in arbitrations, mediations, First Instance, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Justice.
Energy: The firm has provided legal counsel in the development of Ethanol production project in the Dominican Republic. The firm’s legal counsel also covers electricity law and regulations, and negotiation with state utilities and generators companies.
Telecommunications: The firm provides advice on all issues relating to the start-up and operation of telecommunication companies, and has assisted emerging telecommunications companies in obtaining necessary certificates and approvals, filing tariffs and pricing information, and bringing operations into compliance local laws and rules.
Mining: The firm provides legal advice to the mining and natural resource industry since our firm inception almost a century ago. The firm’s has a broad and long lasting mining practice which covers all segments of the business.
Administrative Law, Privatisation & Government Contracts: The firm renders legal advice on all kinds of administrative procedures, the prosecution of administrative litigation, assistance to contractors and subcontractors in government procurement services, concessions for public works and in the participation of Dominican and foreign companies in tender bids issued by the Dominican Government.
Foreign Investment, Industrial Free Zones & Tourism: The firm represents foreigners in relation with their investments in the Dominican Republic, including the best corporate form to do business, the obtainment of any permits, acquisition of property and registration of the foreign investment.