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Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 3

Biaggi & Messina Abogados

Biaggi & Messina Abogados’ department, which is active across sectors including banking, hospitality, retail, technology and insurance, is co-directed by name partner Gustavo Biaggi, Edward Piña and Edward Veras, who joined the firm in September 2015 from a private practice, as did associate Rosa Estela Antuña. Recently acquired clients include Hertz, Bank of Nova Scotia, Soventix and CMA CGM; Grupo Cirsa, BUPA and Barclays Bank are more longstanding ones. The team is active in contentious matters, and advised Delta Incur Bond Holders on the successful renegotiation and recovery of $17m-worth of investments. Most of its corporate and finance work, however, is non-contentious; Piña acted for NH Hotel Group on the structuring of a high-yield bond issue worth $250m, and assisted JMMB Group with the $5m purchase of over 80% of the ownership stakes in two nascent Dominican financial institutions. Along with name partner Ana Isabel Messina, Piña is also advising TVP Management on the establishment of one of the Dominican Republic’s first REITs. Other clients of the department include BBVA Fundación Microfinanzas, Grupo Dumont and Western Union Company.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Biaggi & Messina Abogados

The ‘excellent’ five-partner department at Biaggi & Messina Abogados is led by name partner Gustavo Biaggi, who acts in primarily civil, commercial and real estate cases, as well as arbitration. Recommended partner Edward Veras handles criminal and administrative litigation, and the ‘principled’ team is praised for its ‘extensive knowledge of the market’. The practice has numerous high-profile clients, and is currently representing the Dominican state in a real estate dispute involving the recovery of 60 million square metres of protected public land in Jaragua National Park. Biaggi acted for bottling group BEPENSA in a lawsuit brought by a party claiming ownership of the client’s premises in the country; and, on the tax side, represented Asociación de Industrias de la República Dominicana in a dispute regarding the constitutionality of municipal taxes on advertisements placed in vehicles.

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Gustavo Biaggi - Biaggi & Messina Abogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Biaggi & Messina Abogados

The ‘responsive, business-focused and insightful’ team at Biaggi & Messina Abogados is commended for its value for money and ‘clear, detailed advice’. Senior partner Ana Isabel Messina is an acclaimed IP lawyer and both a former President of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property (ADOPI) and national delegate of ASIPI. Recent work has seen the four-strong team assist Baxter International with a cancellation action against Model Farma, which had allowed the CLINIZOL trade mark to fall into disuse; and represent Société des Produits Nestlé in a $1m infringement action against Quala Dominicana, which had used Nestlé’s registered industrial design for stock cubes. However, in May 2016, practice head Wallis Pons – who led on much of this work – departed to establish new IP boutique Angeles Pons; she has, in turn, been replaced by Zaida Lugo Lovaton of the now defunct Angeles & Lugo Lovaton, who joins as senior partner of the firm’s IP arm, now re-branded as Biaggi & Messina – Lugo IP. The practice is also active in anti-counterfeiting and assisted Federal Mogul Corporation with a criminal lawsuit against Claritza Alcántara Fermín regarding the import of counterfeit boxes. Other clients include L’Oréal and Univision Corporation.

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Zaida Lugo - Biaggi & Messina Abogados

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