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DMK Abogados | Central Law

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Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 3

DMK Abogados | Central Law

DMK Abogados | Central Law’s ‘excellent’ practice is commended for its ‘practical solutions, prompt responses and reasonable fees’ and, in addition to its main office in Santo Domingo, the firm also has a presence in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Las Terrenas. Llilda Solano is singled out for the ‘high quality of her advice’ and her ‘full responses’, while senior partner Enrique de Marchena is also recommended; the pair co-lead the corporate and finance department with support from Patricia Read and Mario Franco. The team continues to advise Laurelton Jewelry (a subsidiary of Tiffany & Co) on corporate governance, operating permits and labour law; and assisted Remix Haiti with corporate issues relating to a $57m housing construction project – the largest yet undertaken by the Haitian government. Other corporate clients include Augro Fresh Group, Alcatel-Lucent, Parker Hannifin Corporation and Diamonds International. Since publication, the corporate team has been strengthened with the hire of Claudia Serra-Nova, formerly at OMG, as partner; and the return of Andrés Ceara as an associate.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DMK Abogados | Central Law

With offices in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Las Terrenas as well as Santo Domingo, DMK Abogados | Central Law’s IP team is particularly visible in the tourism and hospitality sector (and to a lesser degree in real estate) but it is also a noted player in the pharmaceuticals and retail industries. The team is led by Llilda Solano with key support from Patricia Read and associate Gleirys Cruz. Given the firm’s membership of Central Law, the department has noteworthy cross-jurisdictional capabilities, and recent mandates saw Solano and Cruz assisted Grupo Rica with protecting its intellectual property rights in Cuba. In the hospitality sector, the team advised Sol Melia Vacation Club and Inversiones Zaena (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) on licensing and product-related matters (and also consumer rights); while in the pharma sector, Read advised drugs manufacturer Roche on trade mark surveillance issues. Other clients of the practice include Univision, Stendhal, Diamonds International and Grupo Roble.

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Legal market overview

The legal market is dominated by full-service firms such as Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández; Castillo y Castillo; Guzmán Ariza; Jiménez Cruz Peña; OMG; Pellerano & Herrera; and Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti. The only international firm in the Republic is Squire Patton Boggs, although DMK Abogados | Central Law is the local outpost of Central American network Central Law. Arguably the key movement in the sector occurred as we go to press, with key IP figures Jaime Ángeles and Wallis Pons leaving their firms, Ángeles & Lugo Lovatón and Biaggi & Messina Abogados respectively, to establish new IP boutique Angeles Pons, while, at the same time, Ángeles’ former partner Zaida Lugo Lovaton moved in the opposite direction to become senior partner at Biaggi’s re-branded IP arm, Biaggi & Messina – Lugo IP.

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Real estate and tourism
Real estate and tourism - ranked: tier 1

DMK Abogados | Central Law

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.

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