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Castillo y Castillo’s 13-strong practice group is co-led by Práxedes Castillo and senior associate Maria Portes. The practice has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and a client roster to match, advising (among others) Riu Hotels, Iberostar Group, Cadena Mar Group, and Hard Rock Hotels on the tourism side, and Centro Cuesta Nacional (CCN), Grupo Ramos and Sol Melia Group on real estate matters. Recent finance matters include obtaining a credit facility for a new hotel and mortgage-backed loans; in the development sub-sector, the team is particularly active in ongoing hotel development and operational legal assistance; and real estate activity has primarily involved the purchasing of beachside lots and other plots of land for future development (including associated land purchase agreements and title regularisation).

Enrique de Marchena leads the team at DMK Abogados | Central Law, with key support from Llilda Solano and junior partner Patricia Read. Recent mandates saw De Marchena and Solano assist Inversiones Isadher with the reorganisation of its property portfolio and with land registry issues, as well as advising it on the sale of several of its real estate assets to a leading Dominican university. The team also acted for luxury tourist project Costa Norte at Playa Grande during its construction and into the operational phase with regard to tourism, real estate and environmental matters and permit procurement; and continues to advise the client on labour, corporate and environmental issues. Associate and environmental practice head Patricia Guzman Parra is also noted. Other clients include Sol Melía Vacation Club and Piñero Group.

Fabio Guzmán Ariza’s ‘responsive, reliable’ department at Guzmán Ariza is praised for its ‘technically detailed work’. Supported by Julio Brea-Guzmán, Rubén García, Christoph Sieger and César Calderón, the team can call on expertise across the sub-sectors of the practice and counts Meliá Hotels International, Club Med, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort and Blue Jack Tar on its roster of prominent tourism clients. Recent mandates saw the ‘very experienced’ Sieger advised Noval on a joint venture for the development of a $25m, 74-unit condominium project. The team also acted for Constructora del País on construction contracts for the development of the $65m Carnival Cruise port facility on the Republic’s north coast.

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s real estate and tourism practice is led by Roberto Rizik, with support from Mary Fernández, Marisol Vicens, Sarah de Léon and Jaime Senior. The team advised CEDIMAT on the construction of a major cardiology hospital in the Republic, which involved an investment of $78m, and assisted the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints with real estate ownership issues and the subdivision of its land, as well as with obtaining more title certificates. Other clients of the department include Cobinca, Royal Gold, Grupo Punta Cana and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The real estate and tourism practice at Jiménez Cruz Peña is led by Luis Jiménez and Marcos Peña and handles infrastructure and energy projects as well as commercial real estate developments, luxury residential projects and the full range of hospitality matters. The team is strong on all corporate and finance aspects of the sector, advising a client roster which includes banks, funds, investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals on matters including senior and mezzanine financing transactions, restructurings, foreclosures, tax issues and the registration of real estate-backed securities. It is also active on related contentious matters such as title disputes and the enforcement of mortgagee rights. Recent matters include joint venture negotiations, land purchases and sales, project development, and retail and franchise matters.

Commended for its ‘strategic thinking’, OMG’s ‘accurate, knowledgeable’ practice is led by Juan Alcalde and Laura Troncoso and advises a client roster ranging from Norwegian Cruise Lines to major local conglomerate Vicini. The team’s recent caseload includes advising Venezuelan developer Greincor on various residential developments in the Republic, including a 400-unit project in Santiago de los Caballeros; and assisting Phoenix Tower International with transactional activity, including the potential purchase of several large telecoms asset portfolios. In other significant work, Barceló Hotels & Resorts instructed the firm on corporate and real estate due diligence to be carried out on all entities owned by Occidental Hotels & Resorts, as part of Barceló’s purchase of Occidental. Mairení Silvestre is also recommended.

The team at Pellerano & Herrera, led by Luis Pellerano and Ricardo Pellerano with support from Mariangela Pellerano, counts Grupo Roble, North Shore Land Holdings, Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts and Jet Blue Airways among its clients. In a recent standout mandate, Luis Pellerano and senior counsel Carolina Léon advised Carnival Corporation on the construction and development of a $65m sea port in Puerto Plata, the first port to be built on the Republic’s north coast. Among other matters on the corporate side, the team advised Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) on the sale of its holding company to France’s Vinci group; and, on the finance side, it advised Banco Popular Dominicano, as underwriter, on a $100m bond offer by Meliá group subsidiary Desarrollos Sol. The practice also assisted RC24 Foundation on a pro bono basis, with acquisition of property and related zoning and permitting matters for the construction of a school for children in need.

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti’s ‘excellent’ practice has particular experience in representing local and international developers on real estate projects, including the acquisition of land and other assets. Georges Santoni, Roman Medina, María Esther Fernández and José Maldonado are the key partners active in the real estate and tourism sector and recent activity saw Maldonado advise the Martinez Garcia family on the $1.7m sale of 2,500m² of land to supermarket Bravo. He also assisted the Gadala Maria family with the distribution of 115 properties among family members. The ‘experienced, dedicated’ Medina is praised as ‘thoughtful, thorough, intelligent and hardworking’.

The 15-strong team at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Alejandro Peña Prieto and Pedro Gamundi, with support from Awilda Alcantara Bourdier and Rhina Martinez Brea. Recent mandates saw Gamundi advise SCB Anil Dominicana (a subsidiary of CIRSA Corporation), on a lease and administration agreement signed with Napolitano Hotel’s casino; while Peña Prieto assisted Implementos y Maquinarias with procuring construction permits for various projects. PAWA Dominicana is another client of the department, and instructed it on securing licences allowing the company to operate as an international airline in the Republic.

Led by Jesús María Troncoso and Ana Isabel Cáceres, the team at Troncoso y Cáceres handles development projects and zoning issues as well as conveyancing, escrow services and title insurance. It frequently represents high-net-worth individuals, and recently mandates include acting for a client on the $800,000 sale of a luxury property in Rio Mar; and assisting another with the $13m sale of a beachfront villa in La Romana and the $3m purchase and sale of a condominium in Santo Domingo. Other clients include Cisneros Real Estate, which instructed the firm on contentious real estate matters and on the purchase of several luxury properties on the east coast of the Republic.

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