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Mary Fernández

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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

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Intellectual Property / Business / Corporate


Founding Partner. Wide practice in foreign investment, corporate law, banking and international finances, negotiation and execution of contracts, franchising and distribution relations, structuring and implementation of real estate and tourist projects and aviation law. Focus on intellectual property matters.


- Founding Partner at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández - Chair Legal Committee, American Chamber of Commerce - Board Secretary, Technological Institute of Santo Domingo - Editor of “International Opposition Guide”, INTA - Editor of Gaceta Judicial - Past President, Dominican Association of Intellectual Property - Past President, Foundation of Institutionalism and Justice - Professor of International Private Law and Economic and Business Legislation at UNIBE. Recognized by Chambers Latin America, Leading Lawyers for Business 2014, and by Latin Lawyer 250, Leading Business Law Firms, 2014, being praised in the latter for her outstanding work in the areas of Corporate Law and IP.


- Spanish - English - Moderate French


- Dominican Bar Association - INTA - Legal Committee, AMCHAMDR - Board, INTEC - Board, Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of the Chamber of Commerce - Editorial Board, Gaceta Judicial - Editorial Board, AMCHAMDR Magazine - Dominican Association of Intellectual Property


- Bachelor of Laws (Summa Cum Laude), UNPHU, Dominican Republic, 1979 - Political Science courses Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1980


Reading, traveling.

Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance

Within: Corporate and finance

The corporate team at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández is led by Roberto Rizik and Sarah de Léon, and the finance team by Rizik, Jaime Senior and Mary Fernández. Headline matters saw the team advise new client Royal Gold’s subsidiary RG Gold on a $610m minerals streaming transaction with Barrick Gold in what was one of the largest cross-border transaction (structured as a purchase and sales agreement) during 2015. The team also advised Vinci Airports, another recently acquired client, on the purchase of six major airports in the Dominican Republic; Senior advised on the due diligence process and negotiation of the transaction documents. Marisol Vicens acted for Industrias Nigua on the sale of its main business stream to Smurfit Kappa, and Rizik advised Narex on the sale of two restaurant franchises: Pizza Hut and Chilli’s. On the financing side, Senior assisted Bank of Nova Scotia with a $50m loan to Coastal Petroleum Dominicana for the extension of its LNG and fuels terminal, and with a $45m loan to Phoenix Tower Dominicana for the upgrading of hundreds of mobile phone re-transmission towers. Other clients include Citibank, Fitch Ratings and Johnson & Johnson.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The team at TAG Law-member firm Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández is led by Francisco Alvarez, Tomás Hernández and Mary Fernández. It has a substantial high-profile client roster and, with some 700 cases, one of the largest litigious portfolios in the market. In recent work, the team represented the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic in the prosecution of a $34m fraud at Banco Peravia; the case constitutes the fourth time the practice has been hired by the CBDR to handle fraud matters. In other finance sector work, the practice advised the Commercial Banking association (ABA), the Association of Credit and Savings Banks and Credit Corporations (ABANCORD) and the Dominican League of Savings and Loans Associations (LIDAAPI) in a constitutional claim against Law No.140-15 (August 2015), which regulates public notaries. On the corporate side, the team successfully defended Nynas in a $34m case brought by AES and a local insurance company regarding the failure of an electricity transformer (the case has now gone to appeal). Key partner Luisa Nuno is also recommended. Clients include Isla Dominicana de Petróleo, Corporación Habanos, Dominicus Americanus Group and CLARO.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading lawyers

Mary Fernández - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Within: Intellectual property

Commended for its strong IP knowledge and its responsiveness, the team at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández is led by senior associate Lilly Acevedo, who is recommended along with name partner Mary Fernández and associate María Gabriela Fernández. The team is active in patent prosecution, assisting clients such as Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis in the field, as well as advising MSD and Lundbeck on the implementation of DR-CAFTA provisions such as patent term adjustment. On the trade mark side, Mary Fernández and Jaime Senior advised Metro International on its brand registrations as well as on the acquisition of brands from third parties; in conjunction with Acevedo, Fernández also assists Hilton International with its trade mark portfolio. Other high-profile clients include the US Embassy.

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Real estate and tourism

Within: Real estate and tourism

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s real estate and tourism practice is led by Roberto Rizik, with support from Mary Fernández, Marisol Vicens, Sarah de Léon and Jaime Senior. The team advised CEDIMAT on the construction of a major cardiology hospital in the Republic, which involved an investment of $78m, and assisted the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints with real estate ownership issues and the subdivision of its land, as well as with obtaining more title certificates. Other clients of the department include Cobinca, Royal Gold, Grupo Punta Cana and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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