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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

Noted for its impressive strength in depth, Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s ‘outstanding, truly reliable’ department has ‘real expertise and deep business understanding’. It handles the full range of corporate work, and is also very active on the finance side, especially for lenders, although it also often handles large mandates for borrowers such as Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI. The ‘practical, widely respected’ Mary Fernández has ‘a wealth of experience’ and ‘grasps the core issues’; she co-leads the finance team with Jaime Senior, who acted for Bank of Nova Scotia on loans with an aggregate value of $138m to Phoenix Tower International for the expansion of its wireless infrastructure. Eileen Jiménez is ‘a deeply knowledgeable commercial distribution expert’ who also handles M&A and financing; she and Fernández advised three development banks on their $60m financing of Montecristi Solar’s 57MW power plant. Business organisation specialist Sarah De Léon and M&A and project finance expert Roberto Rizik co-head the corporate practice.

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 practice provides ‘very satisfactory’ advice on a wide range of contentious matters; labour and banking litigation keep the department particularly busy and the team counts bank fraud-related criminal cases as a particular strength. Francisco Alvarez, who is especially strong in constitutional and administrative litigation, and Tomás Hernández, who is a labour litigator and a white-collar crime expert, co-lead the practice. Manuel Madera made partner in April 2017; he, Alvarez and Jaime Senior defended Citibank against a $4.4bn damages claim brought by bond issuer Cap Cana, a tourism development company. Julio Camejo, who is strong in all kinds of litigation, focuses on environmental and white-collar crime. Product liability and civil and commercial arbitration, including in the construction and sports sectors, are also areas of activity for the department. Other clients include Nynas, Corporación Habanos and Banco BHD Léon. Noted senior associate Kharim Maluf has left the firm.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Alvarez - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Next generation lawyers

Manuel Madera - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

As well as handling a high volume of trade mark filings and prosecution, Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s team handles copyright prosecution, transactional IP, regulatory IP and – particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector, but also in industrial technology and mechanics – patents work. It has also been increasingly busy advising clients on complying with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture regulations. The practice is well known for its strength in depth: Mary Fernández has deep expertise in trade mark litigation and copyright prosecution, senior associate Lilly Acevedo is very strong in regulatory IP and trade mark litigation, and a further eight IP associates round out the department. Merck Sharp & Dohme and HS Lundbeck instructed the team on patent prosecution appeal cases; The Hershey Company and Barra Júnior Payán are clients on the trade mark side. The practice also assists Grupo SID with all its contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including regulatory work.

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

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s ‘punctual, effective’ practice is particularly strong in transactions and projects, although it also provides regulatory real estate advice; it is noted for its strength in depth when it comes to corporate and administrative matters. ‘Communicative, analytical’ energy real estate expert Marisol Vicens has ‘extensive knowledge’; Jaime Senior advised Tropicalia Holdings on the development of a large tourism project in Samaná; and Mary Fernández has long advised the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on transactional and ownership issues. Grupo Puntacana is a regular client. Associate César Ledesma is noted for his administrative real estate expertise.

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