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The team at Castillo y Castillo is co-led by Práxedes Castillo and senior associates Maria Portes and Sebastián Jiménez. Providing its clients with a very well rounded service offering, the practice is renowned for its strength in the hotels sub-sector, where clients include investors, developers and operators. Having offices in Punta Cana and Santiago as well as Santo Domingo places the firm in an excellent position to assist a broad client roster with a wide range of real estate matters. Jiménez acted for Riu Hotels on its purchase of 50,000m² of land in Macao, and Portes advised both Iberostate Group (on its $295m combined condominium-and-villa development in Playa Bávaro) and Reinvent Properties (on a $42m condominium hotels project in Punta Cana). Other clients include Ciudad del Sol Group and, on a $5m land sale, Gulfstream Petroleum Dominica.

DMK Abogados | Central Law benefits from having offices in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samaná. ‘Prominent figure’ and ‘well-known specialist’ Enrique de Marchena heads the team, which handles project finance, project development, real estate acquisitions, real estate tax and environmental and tourism-related regulatory matters. He and associate Patricia Guzmán, an environmental expert, acted for Punta Cana Group on the development of an aqueduct in the Punta Cana-Bávaro-Macao area. The pair also advised North Shore Land Holdings on the tourism, environmental, employment and commercial aspects of its luxury Costa Norte project in Playa Grande. Other clients include Promotora Sampiñé, NSLHs 1-26 (a group of 26 developers set to develop lots owned by high-net-worth individuals), Stella Ocean Residences and Meliá Hotels International.

Renowned for its strength in condominium-related matters, Guzmán Ariza has much experience in the hotels space. The team, which is led by Fabio Guzmán Ariza from Santo Domingo, provides advice on all kinds of real estate issues, including contentious matters. Moreover, it combines strength-in-depth with an unmatched geographical presence: Guzmán is supported by Rubén García and César Calderón in Samaná, Julio Brea Guzmán in Sosúa-Puerto Plata and Christoph Sieger in Bávaros-Punta Cana. The firm also has offices in Las Terrenas, Cabrera and La Romana. The department assists Club Mediterranée, Meliá Hotels International and Noval with all their real estate work. Other recent mandates saw Guzmán and Brea advise a group of Canadian and Dominican investors on their $3m sale of an unfinished 400-room beachfront hotel (and adjacent properties).

Roberto Rizik leads the practice at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández, with support from Mary Fernández, Marisol Vicens, Sarah de Léon and Jaime Senior. The team handles developments, acquisitions and other corporate real estate transactions, project finance and lease agreements. Fernández and Senior recently acted for Third Point and Discovery Land on their purchase of the Playa Grande Golf & Resort project. Senior also advised Tropicalia Holdings on the development of a large tourist project in Samaná. In other work, the team continues to act for Grupo Puntacana on real estate, corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is another key client.

Jiménez Cruz Peña’s strengths include large real estate developments, infrastructure projects and property acquisitions and disposals; the team also handles project finance, real estate taxation, contentious matters and regulatory issues. Marcos Peña and Luis Jiménez are the names to note; Vilma Veras is also active in the sector.

Strong on development matters, construction agreements and asset transactions, OMG also has notable capability in the real estate regulatory area. Juan Alcalde leads the team with practice director Laura Troncoso, and firm founding partner Leonel Melo is also very active in the sector. Melo advsised Greincor on all aspects of its various residential projects in the Dominican Republic, and also advised Solara Real Estate on its contractual agreements with the prospective third parties that would be tasked with the remodelling, building and development of the Casas del XVI project. Other clients include Oria, Terra RD Partners and Consorcio Azuacarero de Empresas Industriales.

Jointly led by Luis Rafael Pellerano and Ricardo Pellerano, with strong support from Mariángela Pellerano and Gustavo Mena, Pellerano & Herrera’s Santo Domingo-based practice is particularly strong in the tourism sub-sector. Within this sphere it has several air transport clients, such as Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI and Uber International Holding. Recent headline matters saw Luis Rafael and Mariángela Pellerano advise Grupo Poma on its $80m development of the InterContinental Real Hotel in Santo Domingo. The team also acted for Destinations of the World on its $7m purchase of Dominicana de Turismo, and assisted Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts (as borrower) on the $80m financing of the expansion and development of a soon-to-be five-star hotel in Samaná.

The practice group at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti counts land and asset acquisitions and regulatory real estate matters among its key strengths. Partners Georges Santoni, Román Medina, María Esther Fernández, José Maldonado and Luis Heredia are all highly active in the sector and senior associate Jeanny Aristy is also noted. Recent matters saw the team represent Bayer in a court case regarding its ownership of six lots in San Pedro de Macoris, and advise Avocaribe on the partial sale of its properties to a competitor. BAS is another client.

Gabriel Dejarden and Polibio Valenzuela head the ‘agile, client-oriented, impeccable’ practice at Dejarden Valenzuela Molina & Salcedo, which is praised by clients as ‘experienced, knowledgeable and reliable’. Christian Molina is also active in the sector. The team acts on land and asset acquisitions, and assists clients with construction, developments, foreclosures and real estate tax related matters. Valenzuela advised RCD Hotels on the construction and development of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, including the necessary land purchase. Other clients include various baseball teams, such as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves.

Pereyra & Asociados’ ‘outstanding’ department is ‘trustworthy, friendly and highly professional’, and ‘always bears the client’s best interests in mind’. As well as handling land and asset transactions, leases and projects, the team also participates in contentious real estate matters, often involving disagreements over inheritance. Luis Miguel Pereyra is the key contact and Emma Mejía is also very active in the sector. Clients include Playa Grande Holdings.

With a strong line in environmental law, Quiroz Santroni assists clients with land acquisitions, due diligence, tax exemptions, obtaining licences, and the origination of novel financial structures for real estate investments. Name partners José Quiroz and environmental expert Romina Santroni are the key contacts.

Alejandro Peña-Prieto and Pedro Gamundi are the key contacts at Squire Patton Boggs. As well as regulatory and transactional capability, the team is also adept at contentious work and recently acted for Earthbound Holdings in an appellate claim regarding damages arising from the alleged breach of a lease agreement. Other matters saw Rhina Martinez Brea advise Wynn Group regarding the lease, and the developmental and regulatory aspects of one of its hotel and resort projects. Clients include Banco BHD-Léon.

Troncoso y Cáceres’ practice is led by Jesús María Troncoso and Ana Isabel Cáceres and covers project development, conveyancing and zoning issues, as well as title insurance and escrow services. Clients include Cisneros Real Estate (which the firm has represented in contentious, transactional and regulatory matters) and numerous high-net-worth individuals.

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