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CALLE GUSTAVO MEJIA RICART NO 106, TORRE PIATINI, 6TH FLOOR, SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Advising on a full range of corporate and finance matters, the cost-effective’, 18-strong practice group at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández is ‘capable, dynamic and responsive’, and is commended for its ‘diverse industry knowledge’. Jaime Senior (who ‘unites both common and civil law knowledge’) and the ‘impressive’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ Mary Fernández are the key contacts on the finance side, while Roberto Rizik and Sarah de Léon co-lead the corporate department; Rizik is singled out for his ‘strength in M&A and corporate structuring’. On the finance side, although best known for advising lenders, the team advised on several impressive sponsor-side matters during 2016: Senior and Fernández advised Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI on a $533m capital increase, comprising a $317m note offering and a $216m loan from a three-bank syndicate, to refinance the debt incurred by a 2012 bond issuance. On the corporate side, Senior advised Isla Dominicana de Petroleo on the $145m sale of 50% of its stock to Grupo Corripio. Other clients include VINCI Airports, Mercasid, Third Point and Discovery Land. Eileen Jiménez and Annalisa Jáquez made partner in January 2017.

Leading lawyers

Roberto Rizik - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Next generation lawyers

Eileen Jiménez - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Jaime Senior - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s ‘excellent’ practice is highly active in litigation across a broad array of industry sectors, and also handles arbitration – particularly in the sports sector. Co-led by Tomás Hernández and constitutional law expert Francisco Alvarez, the department has an especially strong line in criminal cases involving bank fraud: recent mandates saw the pair act for the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic in a case against the alleged perpetrators of $34m fraud committed at Banco Peravia. ‘A real talent’, Julio Camejo focuses on white-collar matters related to economic or financial fraud and criminal environmental cases; civil responsibility, contractual and commercial litigation; judicial debt recovery; and representation before labour and administrative bodies. He and Alvarez defended Banco BHD Léon against a $2m damages claim brought by Constructora Immobiliaria Cuesta Brava. Manuel Madera, whose contentious practice focuses on commercial, civil and labour litigation, made partner in January 2017; however, Luisa Nuño has left the firm to move in house at Banco BHD Léon. Senior associate Kharim Maluf is also noted.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Alvarez - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

As well as handling a large, diversified trade mark portfolio, and being active in trade mark infringement litigation, Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández has stand-out strength in patent prosecution. Widely recommended senior associate Lilly Acevedo heads the ‘capable, dynamic, responsive and cost-effective’ team, which counts Merck Sharp & Dohme, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis among its clients. Recent matters include advising Grupo SID on regulatory and compliance-related matters, as well as assisting the client with the IP aspects of its acquisition of an oatmeal company. Other matters included trade mark infringement cases on behalf of clients including Corporación Habanos and EGE Haina, and the practice also assists clients with the IP elements of criminal fraud cases. Partner-in-charge Mary Fernández is ‘deeply knowledgeable’ and provides ‘swift, accurate IP advice’; however, Luisa Nuño -whose practice included patents work- has left the firm to move in house at Banco BHD Léon.

Leading lawyers

Mary Fernández - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Next generation lawyers

Lilly Acevedo - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

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Real estate and tourism
Real estate and tourism - ranked: tier 2

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Roberto Rizik leads the practice at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández, with support from Mary Fernández, Marisol Vicens, Sarah de Léon and Jaime Senior. The team handles developments, acquisitions and other corporate real estate transactions, project finance and lease agreements. Fernández and Senior recently acted for Third Point and Discovery Land on their purchase of the Playa Grande Golf & Resort project. Senior also advised Tropicalia Holdings on the development of a large tourist project in Samaná. In other work, the team continues to act for Grupo Puntacana on real estate, corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is another key client.

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