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The team at Biaggi Abogados handles a wide range of dispute resolution, including judicial and administrative litigation and complex arbitration; real estate, criminal and medical malpractice litigation are particular growth areas for the practice. Arbitrator Wanda Perdomo, who counts the sports sector as a key strength, and criminal law specialist Edward Veras-Vargas co-lead the practice together with arbitrator and real estate litigation expert Gustavo Biaggi. Biaggi continues to act for the Dominican state in litigation to recover more than 645 million square feet of land in Jaragua National Park from allegedly wrongful owners. He also acted for the creditors, representing over 500 people with lost savings, in civil and criminal proceedings relating to fraud and embezzlement at financial institution Inversia. Other clients include Bigstar, Bretagne Holding and Verde Eco Reciclaje Industrial. Constitutional and environmental litigation are also areas of expertise.

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s practice provides ‘very satisfactory’ advice on a wide range of contentious matters; labour and banking litigation keep the department particularly busy and the team counts bank fraud-related criminal cases as a particular strength. Francisco Alvarez, who is especially strong in constitutional and administrative litigation, and Tomás Hernández, who is a labour litigator and a white-collar crime expert, co-lead the practice. Manuel Madera made partner in April 2017; he, Alvarez and Jaime Senior defended Citibank against a $4.4bn damages claim brought by bond issuer Cap Cana, a tourism development company. Julio Camejo, who is strong in all kinds of litigation, focuses on environmental and white-collar crime. Product liability and civil and commercial arbitration, including in the construction and sports sectors, are also areas of activity for the department. Other clients include Nynas, Corporación Habanos and Banco BHD Léon. Noted senior associate Kharim Maluf has left the firm.

Jiménez Cruz Peña’s contentious practice is led jointly by labour litigator Rosa Díaz and international arbitrator Marcos Peña. Domestic and international private and state-owned companies instruct the team on a range of disputes, particularly in real estate and tourism; regulated sectors such as energy and telecoms are also a core strength. In the commercial litigation space, José Cruz acted for Baterías Dominicanas in a $900,000 case regarding the wrongful termination of a distribution agreement, as well as defending EnviroGold against a $1.5m claim brought by a local subcontractor regarding work done on the Las Lagunas project. American Airlines, Bellón and the Washington Nationals are also clients. Additional areas of activity, recently, include sports arbitration, investment arbitration, contentious insurance claims and criminal defamation.

Counting domestic and international arbitration, white-collar crime and contentious antitrust matters as particular strengths, Medina Garrigó Abogados is increasingly active in constitutional and administrative litigation; it also wins praise for its industry knowledge, responsiveness and business-minded advice. Well-regarded arbitrator Fabiola Medina is the key contact; she counts contentious tax, telecoms, regulatory and administrative work as additional strengths on the contentious side. She and administrative litigation expert Jesús Francos, who are ‘great team players’, acted for Centro de Asistencia al Automovilista in an antitrust investigation launched by competition authority ProCompetencia. The pair have also been representing Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos in a case involving an allegedly selective tax on telecoms and related surcharges. Luz Díaz is noted for white-collar crime matters. Although labour litigator Arístides Trejo left the firm in January 2018, Laura Bobea, who is active in arbitration, made partner. Other clients include Banco Agrícola, Organización Nacional de Empresas Comerciales (ONEC) and Corporación Minera Dominicana.

Noted for handling a range of domestic and multi-jurisdictional contentious mandates, Pereyra & Asociados represents clients in all kinds of disputes, including civil, commercial, constitutional, criminal, labour and administrative litigation. Luis Miguel Pereyra, who is an expert in international arbitration under ICC and AAA rules, is the linchpin of the practice; he and Gregorio García defended Esso República Dominicana (ERD) in a case brought by a retailer seeking to overturn an arbitral award made to Esso after the retailer was found to have been selling fuel that had not been supplied by ERD. Pereyra and García also successfully defended Bank of Nova Scotia against a real estate claim brought by an individual plaintiff; as well as advising Banco Multiple de las Américas on document falsification-related criminal proceedings that ultimately did not come to court. Trek Bicycle is a commercial litigation client, while Altice Dominicana and Bacardi Dominicana both instructed the team on labour litigation.

Andrés Emilio Bobadilla heads the team at Bobadilla Abogados, which is well known for handling significant contentious mandates despite its fairly modest size. Bobadilla, María Del Mar Rodríguez and associates Andrés Lopez and Ernesto Bournigal are all active commercial litigators; between them they also handle arbitration and administrative and constitutional litigation. Energy, infrastructure, telecoms, and asset and estate planning are key sector strengths.

Primarily active in civil and commercial litigation, Castillo y Castillo often handles white-collar crime cases for large companies, as well as defending banks against civil and damages claims and representing them in mortgage-related cases. Hospitality and leisure-related litigation and administrative claims against the tax authority are also areas of particular activity. Práxedes Castillo Báez and senior associate José Manuel Batlle co-lead the team and jointly defended various Grupo Piñero companies against a civil lawsuit filed by the relatives of six tourists who died in a plane crash. Agencia Alemana and Grupo San Juan instructed the pair on commercial and criminal litigation. The team also handles arbitration, where it is often active in the fuel industry for clients such as Gulfstream Petroleum Dominicana. Other practice clients include Banco Popular Dominicano and Iberostar Group.

Full-service firm Guzmán Ariza began life as a dispute resolution boutique; real estate, civil, commercial and – thanks to of counsel Michel Camacho – white-collar crime litigation are core strengths of the team, which also has experience in arbitration. Fabio Guzmán Saladín and Alberto Reyes have been representing PAWA Dominicana in proceedings against the Dominican civil aviation authority, which suspended the airline’s operations, pushing it into bankruptcy. Contracts expert Reyes also defended JJH Capital in appeal proceedings in a real estate case brought by Juan José Hidalgo, who had bought a 1,236-acre Punta Cana property from the company. Tourism is a particular sector strength for the practice; Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, Sunwing Travel Group and Club Med are all clients. Other key team members include practice head Fabio Guzmán Ariza, litigator Rhadaisis Espinal, and administrative and white-collar crime litigation expert Melissa Sosa, who joined the firm as special counsel from Martínez Sosa Jiménez in November 2017.

Administrative and criminal litigator Tristán Carbuccia and civil and labour litigator Natachú Domínguez head the team at OMG, which handles civil, commercial and administrative litigation, and counts banking, telecoms, construction, hospitality and insurance as particularly active sectors. Founding partner Leonel Melo defended Altice in several competition proceedings as well as in a case regarding alleged violation of property rights. Melo also represented Biogen in a shareholder dispute and advised Vivus in administrative proceedings against the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights. Other key team members include Anya Rodríguez, an international specialist with arbitration experience; but senior associate Lucas Guzmán left to set up Guzmán & Molina, Abogados in January 2018. Clients include Lajun, INICIA and Banco Dominicano del Progreso.

The ‘very responsive, solution-orientedPellerano & Herrera has longstanding experience in dispute resolution, especially for foreign investors; it ‘really knows the local landscape’. Lucy Objío and Vitelio Mejía Ortiz co-lead a practice group which has notable strength in labour, real estate and tax litigation, customs disputes, distribution cases (under Law 173), and consumer litigation. It counts aviation and sports law as particular niche strengths, and acts for six Dominican baseball teams as well as the Dominican Baseball League. Objío defended Stonhard in a $3m arbitration against Cedimat, which is seeking damages for allegedly defective construction materials; and also acted for Task Arga in a real estate dispute with Central Romana over a 3,000sqm plot of land. In IP litigation, Japanese company Sanrio instructed Objío on an anti-counterfeiting case, including a criminal action against the local company that imported the counterfeit goods.

Civil, commercial, labour and administrative litigation are the core pillars of Squire Patton Boggs’ department, which is increasingly active in arbitration before the Chamber of Commerce and Production. The practice is led by cross-border litigator and arbitrator Carolina Soto together with practice coordinator Pedro Gamundi, who is an increasingly active litigator. Recent work saw the pair represent Thomas Cook in multi-party commercial litigation and defend Mitsubishi Motors in a product liability case. Niche strengths of the firm include representing baseball teams and players in labour and damages claims, and acting for airline insurers in passenger, cargo and damages claims. In 2017, associates Sarah Roa and Francisco Batlle arrived from SOP Legal Consortium and the Constitutional Court respectively; Roa supports Soto in local litigation and arbitration, while Batlle is dedicated to international arbitration. International arbitration expert Stephan Adell splits his time between the firm’s Paris and Santo Domingo offices.

The team at DMK Abogados | Central Law is led by Nelson Jáquez, with support from managing partner Enrique de Marchena. The pair recently acted for the Dominican Republic as local counsel in an international arbitration brought by a Panamanian company under UNCITRAL rules. In domestic arbitration, Jáquez and de Marchena represented Imagina Sports in a case concerning ownership of transmission rights of the nation’s baseball games outside the Dominican Republic. In commercial litigation, the team acted for Black & Decker (US) in proceedings arising from its termination of a contract with one of its suppliers. Other clients include Consorcio Remix, Urbanizaciones e Inversiones and Sol Mélia VC Dominicana.

Founding partners Norman De Castro, Luis Rivas and Milcíades Rodríguez are the key contacts at DR&R Abogados y Consultores Fiscales, a full-service firm with a strong line in civil, commercial and criminal litigation as well as arbitration and mediation. It acts for both small domestic companies and large multinationals in disputes across a wide range of sectors and is particularly noted for its strength in tax litigation. Class actions and the defence of public figures are also areas of expertise. Clients include Seguros Universal, Citibank, Total, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and state agencies such as the Ministry of Public Works and Communications.

Labour litigation, real estate foreclosures, sports arbitration and private international law are particularly busy areas for ECIJA DVMS’ department. Group head Edward Salcedo acted for Stewart Title Latin America (as co-trustee and collateral agent) on the foreclosure of more than 400 properties, to collect on the $350m debt incurred in a note issuance by Cap Cana. In other matters, key client Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana instructed Salcedo on various disputes, including labour, commercial and IP litigation; he also assisted the client with bringing a case against Novo Nordisk regarding a contract cancellation. Other clients include Helidosa Aviation Group, Forsa, Naco Golf & Country Club, and the Atlanta Braves. Associate Aided Ceballo is a particularly active litigator.

The ‘innovative’ practice at Mazara Abogadosadds value’ and provides advice with ‘unmatched response times’. Praised by clients for achieving ‘the best of both worlds’ by having the ‘characteristics of a boutique firm and the work capacity of a large one’, the department is led by the ‘very responsible’, ‘dedicated and exceptionally intelligent’ Yurosky Mazara, who is ‘a natural leader’ and ‘convincing litigator’. The team stands out in its handling of complex fraud cases and hydrocarbons disputes: Mazara and associate Noé Abreu acted for one of a bank’s shareholders in a bank fraud case, and, in a separate matter, represented a group of Venezuelan investors who had planned to purchase Banco de Ahorro & Credito Micro and were defrauded by directors of Peravia Group. Other clients incude Cap Cana, Asociación Nacional de Distribuidores de Gas, Banco Agrícola de la República Dominicana and Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana.

Although it counts contractual disputes and tax litigation as core strengths, the team at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti handles all kinds of litigation across a wide range of sectors. Group head Georges Santoni defended Domicem against criminal proceedings brought by Familia Vizcaín regarding an alleged violation of property; and together with Rosa Campillo, also defended Mead Johnson Nutrition in an unauthorised use-of-image case. In the energy sector, Luis Heredia acted for Isla Dominicana de Petróleo in a case brought by the Asociación Nacional de Detallistas de Gasolina and an individual concerning an alleged breach of commercial fuel-sale regulations. Litigator José Maldonado is also a key member of the team, as is Manuel Conde, who joined as a senior associate (from his own firm, Marra & Conde) and now coordinates the litigation department. However, María Esther Fernández left to join Raful Sicard & Polanco in March 2018. Other clients include Robert Bosch and Almacenes Sema.

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