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Ana Isabel Messina

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Biaggi Abogados

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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.

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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.

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