Firm profile submitted by Castillo y Castillo
THE FIRM: Established in 1933, Castillo y Castillo is a pre-eminent law firm dedicated to providing creative solutions to the most complex issues. The firm supports its clients’ business goals across a range of sectors and industries, with practical advice tailored to their objectives. The firm´s team represents a wide range of major domestic and international companies in sophisticated, market-leading transactions. Castillo y Castillo is consistently ranked among the region’s leading law firms for its teamwork, high levels of client service, responsiveness and excellent attention to detail. The firm’s values and ethical principles are embedded into its culture and practice, reflecting its commitment to operating in compliance with the highest professional standards.
Partners: Dr. Práxedes Castillo Pérez, Práxedes Castillo Báez and Tania Castillo Báez
Total numbers of lawyers: 46
Languages: English, French, Japanese, Romanian, Spanish
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Castillo y Castillo has become the go-to firm in the Dominican Republic for M&A transactions. The firm’s attorneys have substantial experience advising buyers, sellers and intermediaries in the structuring of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, collaborations and joint ventures, equity investments, privatization of public entities, and strategic alliances.
Corporate & Commercial:
From the formation or registration of a company, through day-to-day operations and major transformations, to working on franchising, licensing and technology agreements, ownership transfer matters, corporate restructurings and dissolutions; Castillo y Castillo leverages its thorough understanding of clients’ businesses and the markets in which they operate.
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets:
The firm represents clients on financial products including loans, securitization, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, syndicated lending, asset finance, project financing and structured financings. We also advise on banking and securities market regulation.
Real Estate & Tourism:
The real estate sector in the Dominican Republic is dominated by tourism. The firm assists major international hotel chains, condominium developers, marina owners and managers, and tour operators in securing the best locations, regulatory approval for developments, obtaining licenses, permits and grants, tax structuring, leasing, joint ventures and financing. The firm also advises on general sale and purchase, freeholds and leasing agreements, and provides a specially tailored service to high net worth individuals and retirees looking to move to the Dominican Republic.
Castillo y Castillo´s wealth of experience enables them to advise on advantageous structures, such as tax exemptions for investments in tourism, and immigration laws and the specific laws of each industry that govern foreign investments in those areas and insurance. The firm works with clients on the establishment of export free zones, direct foreign investment, foreign investment and reinvestment, and national investment.
Castillo y Castillo has been consistently noted as one of the leading IP firms in the Dominican Republic. The firm works with clients on all aspects of the registration and maintenance of trademarks, patents, domain names and copyrights, including advising on packaging, labeling, food and drug regulatory requirements, licensing and franchising, as well as manufacturing and distribution agreements.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s experienced team advises on a wide range of disputes including financial, IP, corporate, commercial, real estate, labor and civil actions. The firm also represents clients in arbitration procedures and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Castillo y Castillo´s highly experienced lawyers understand that the client´s business needs comprehensive, time- and profit-saving assistance that ensures legal, regulatory and fiscal tax compliance. The firm offers more than advice, providing a hands-on service drawing up accounts, maintaining records, filing declarations and efficient, cost-effective tax planning in the Dominican Republic.
By industry sectors (*as most of our clients are confidential):
Automobile, banks, charities/not for profit, chemicals, commercial and professional services, construction, consumer product manufacturing, education, energy, financial services, food and drink producers, forestry & paper, health care, insurance, Private clients/individuals, real estate, retail, telecoms, transportation, aviation, hotel.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Praxedes Castillo Báez
Corporate & commercial
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets
Práxedes Castillo Báez
Real estate and tourism, foreign investment
Tania Castillo Báez
Litigation & dispute resolution
Jose Manuel Batlle