The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work +809 535 1414
Fax +809 535 8181

Ana Isabel Messina

Work 18095351414
Biaggi Abogados

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Corporate


Vice-President, Partner Intellectual Property, Civil Law, Commercial Law, Foreign Investment, Free Zones, Privatization, Energy and Aeronautics Law


Partner. Ana Isabel Messina is a pioneer in the Dominican Republic in the field of intellectual property, in which she has achieved recognized prestige, both nationally and internationally. As former president of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property, she is a member of numerous international associations in this field in which she participates actively. The World Trademark Review 1000 classifies her as "absolutely fantastic" and "the dean of trademarks" in the Caribbean region. Her activities are not limited to intellectual property, given that she assists important clients in the corporate area. Ranked by Legal 500 as Leader Intellectual Property Lawyer.


Spanish, English, French, Italian


American Chamber of Commerce Dominican Association of Intellectual Property (ADOPI) International Trademark Association (INTA) Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle (AIPPI) Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) Pharmaceutical Trademark Group (PTMG) American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) International Bar Association (IBA) Asian Law American Bar


Sorbonne University; Georgetown University; Law School of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU, 1985)

Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance

Within: Corporate and finance

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.

[back to top]

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • New requirement for all issuers operating on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

    On 10 August 2017 the Luxembourg Stock Exchange announced that all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market (Bourse de Luxembourg) or on the multilateral trading facility (Euro MTF) of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange must provide their legal entity identifier (“LEI ”) codes to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange before 15 September 2017.
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
  • VAT in the GCC – Q&A updates from the UAE Ministry of Finance

    On 9 July the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance (MOF) published an update of the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section of its website.
  • PRIIPs KID: The final pieces of the puzzle

    The pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. The long-awaited level 3 and 4 measures have been published earlier this week, half a year before the PRIIPs KID becomes compulsory.
  • MiFID II: Further guidance on product governance requirements

    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
  • Arendt & Medernach is again the “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year”

    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.