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The Dominican Republic’s economy continues to grow apace, and though social spending remains low, the proportion of impoverished Dominicans has been declining for the last two years. A net importer of oil and gas, the country has benefited from the fall in commodity prices that has hurt so many other economies across the region. Foreign investors continue to eye the Republic with interest.

President Danilo Medina and his Dominican Liberation Party won a second election in May 2016, and as a result, business-friendly modernisation continues: February 2017 saw a change in the law regarding restructuring and insolvency, making full-scale reorganisations easier and ushering in a specialised court to cater for restructuring rather than leaving the bulk of the work to banks. A new trust law has expedited the procedure for foreclosing on mortgages, which is a boon for Dominican banks; and in late 2016, the Competition Commission gained a new executive director, which should lead to more security for small-scale strategic M&A players.

In the field of dispute resolution, ‘Law 544’ (enacted in December 2014) saw the introduction of a formal procedure to seek the recognition of foreign court judgements, which has been yielding work for lawyers for the last two years. Otherwise, there have been few changes in the sector, where litigious activity remains high (particularly white-collar crime litigation), and arbitration –both local and international- growing steadily. IP litigators continue to be kept busy by trade mark infringement litigation, thanks partly to the frequency with which counterfeit goods enter the country. On the regulatory side, data privacy and data protection are burgeoning areas of practice.

There is more activity on the renewable energy front, especially as regards solar power, thanks to increasingly friendly renewable energy legislation. Tourism remains hot, though foreign companies are buying up farmland as well as hotels, second homes and malls. Tax incentives for affordable housing projects continue to impact investors’ behaviour.

A handful of large firms, first and foremost Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández and Pellerano & Herrera, but also Castillo y Castillo, Jiménez Cruz Peña, OMG and DMK Abogados | Central Law, dominate the legal landscape by providing strength in depth across a number of practice areas. There are also numerous boutiques: Troncoso Leroux, Angeles Pons and JJ Roca & Asociados, for instance, are noted for their IP expertise. Squire Patton Boggs, which is the only US firm with significant presence in the Dominican Republic, is particularly strong in corporate and finance matters.

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  • Luxembourg introduces draft legislation to create beneficial ownership registers

    Luxembourg’s government has published draft legislation to incorporate into national law the requirements under articles 30 and 31 of the European Union’s Directive 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, better known as the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Placed before the Chamber of Deputies on December 6, 2017, draft law no. 7217 would establish a central register of beneficial owners of Luxembourg legal entities such as companies and partnerships under the authority of the minister of justice, while draft law no. 7216 would create a similar register of beneficial owners of fiduciary contracts, that is express trusts, under the authority of the Administration de l’Enregistrement et des Domaines, Luxembourg’s indirect tax authority.
  • The new EU regulation on general data protection 2016/679 (“GDPR”)

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  • Raspberries and IT: New Sector Inquiries by the Serbian Competition Commission

    The Serbian Competition Commission (the " Commission ") recently finished sector inquiries concerning quite distinct industries – raspberries and the public procurement for software and hardware. The aim behind the inquiries was to perform extensive market research and analysis in order to acquire a clearer picture of the possible antitrust issues and risks in two sectors widely perceived as strategic for the development of the Serbian economy.
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  • The Public Administration Electronic Market: the future of public procurement

    The Public Administration Electronic Market is a digital marketplace, created in 2002 and managed by Consip S.p.A., the Italian central purchasing body, on behalf of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. Through the Ministry, registered authorities can purchase goods and services offered by suppliers that have been vetted and authorised to post their catalogues on the system for values below the European threshold.
  • Even More Sector Inquiries: Sportswear And Oil Retail Under Scrutiny By The Serbian Commission

    The Serbian Competition Commission (the " Commission ") continues its diligent examination of the Serbian competitive landscape in specific industries, this time with inquiries in two more industries – sportswear (including footwear and sporting equipment) and oil (petroleum products). Once again, the aim behind the market test was to identify potential issues on the relevant markets and provide broader insight into the functioning of the relevant markets.

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