ECIJA DVMS > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Firm Profile

ECIJA DVMS
Calle Rafael Augusto Sánchez Nº86
Torre Roble Corporate Center, Piso 1
Suite 201D, Piantini, Santo Domingo
10148
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism Tier 2

In the real estate space, ECIJA DVMS is best known for assisting high-end hotel clients with their acquisition and construction projects. Another significant focus for the practice is the sports industry; here, the firm stands out for advising sport teams with the acquisition of real estate and construction projects. Gabriel Dejarden focuses on the hospitality, baseball and financial services sectors, and Polibio Valenzuela combines his real estate expertise with experience acting in the tourism sector, including handling construction financing and construction agreements; the duo co-head the department. Christian Molina, who additionally covers trusts, affordable housing and public infrastructure, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Dejarden; Polibio Valenzuela

Testimonials

‘Very fast response and availability, experience and competence. ECIJA lawyers are fast and reliable with respect to what is asked of them.’

Key clients

Limburg Investment

CCI Puesto de Bolsa

Capital Crédito e Inversiones CCI

Apple Leisure Group

Texas Rangers

Atlanta Braves

Qualita Constructora

Fundación Fuente de Amor

Work highlights

  • Assisting Limburg Investment with the building of a new high-end hotel in downtown Santo Domingo, including taking all steps necessary to remedy the real estate issues affecting its land.
  • Assisting Capital Credito e Inversiones CCI in negotiating with Terra RD Partners and Constructora Aybar regarding the development of a residential, commercial and office project.
  • Providing counsel to Texas Rangers with all due diligence and title insurance aspects, and the drafting and negotiation necessary to complete the purchase of the land where the team is operating a new baseball academy.

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance Tier 3

ECIJA DVMS's banking and finance practice is recognised for its experience in debt and equity capital markets, particularly in connection to IPOs, and financing operations and financial regulation. The broad expertise of the team is of particular benefit when the group is acting as general counsel for financial institutions, trust companies and private clients, among others. The department is also able to draw upon practice head Polibio Valenzuela's involvement as co-chair of the International Finance and Securities Committee of the American Bar Association, and Christian Molina's experience as executive president of the board of the Dominican Trust Companies Association. Additionally, Gabriel Dejarden has a good reputation in the real estate financing area, thanks in part to his position as co-chair of the Cross-Border Real Estate Committee of the American Bar Association.

Practice head(s):

Polibio Valenzuela; Christian Molina

Testimonials

‘They are particularly distinguished by their ability to propose and analyse alternative and efficient solutions to the challenges set for them. Professionalism and accessibility.’

‘They compare with advantage over other law firms in the area.’

‘Christian Molina has a capability for analysis, response and creativity that exceeds the standards of legal practice in the Dominican Republic.’

‘Polibio Valenzuela adequately guides clients with every aspect of the matter.’

Key clients

CCI Puesto de Bolsa

CCI Group

Italbank

Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society

Inversiones 0719

Inter-American Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted Asociacion de Fiduciarias Dominicanas in the successful negotiation of tax regulations affecting the trust industry, and extensive regulation by the Superintendence of Securities.
  • Assisted Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society in the review, revision and negotiation of loan agreements and ancillary documents with Dominican debtors, as well as in the drafting and negotiation of guaranty agreements.
  • Assisting the CCI Puesto de Bolsa in developing innovative structures for its clients, in order to raise debt through the capital markets.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

ECIJA DVMS's corporate team has distinguished itself in recent years through its work on a series of successful corporate and M&A projects. Highlights included international acquisition projects worth up to $8.1bn and the team's assistance on the implementation of first-of-their-kind IPOs, securities offerings, as well as tourism and sports-related matters. The group is co-led by Polibio Valenzuela, who is especially known in the hospitality and consumer products industries, and Gabriel Dejarden, who has an extensive transactional practice and focuses on the hospitality, financial services and sports sectors. The firm also operates ECIJA Tech, which aims to help clients in the digitalisation process through the implementation of legal tech and cybersecurity solutions. In the same area, it also carries out pro bono work under the campaign #Digital4All.

Practice head(s):

Polibio Valenzuela; Gabriel Dejarden

Testimonials

‘A multidisciplinary team, with a high capacity to organise its projects, and that manages with efficiency, seriousness, and great capacity for resource management.’

‘It is a firm of highly trained people, who combine professionalism, experience, quality of service, at reasonable prices.’

Key clients

Stewart Title Latin America

Lopeyano

Asset Wealth Management

CCI Puesto de Bolsa

RCD Hotels

Pfizer Central America & Caribbean

Google

Apple Leisure Group

St. Louis Cardinals

Atlanta Braves

DHL

Texas Rangers

BAS Distribución

Inter-American Investment Bank

Grupo Lácteo del Caribe

Milwaukee Brewers

I-Med

Mercantil Farmaceutica

Italbank

Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society

Costa Farms

Work highlights

  • Assisting Stewart Title Latin America in the design and implementation of the strategy required to undertake the foreclosure of 442 real estate properties and  to collect a $364m debt.
  • Assist Mullen Real Estate Holding in the negotiation of an agreement for the sale and purchase of membership interests in Aqua Caribe Cooperatief, and its transaction documents, as the ultimate holding company of the Zoetry Aqua Hotel in Punta Cana.
  • Assisting Lopeyano in the negotiation of a joint venture with Empresa Cigari, for the development of a water bottling plant to serve the local and regional markets.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 3

ECIJA DVMS has a particularly good recognition in the sports and baseball industries, areas in which practice head Edward Salcedo excels. He is well known for acting as main litigation counsel for several Major League Baseball clubs, and is also often involved in cases regarding foreclosure proceedings, liquidations, arbitration and private international law matters. Associate litigators Erika Gomez and Arístides Victoria stand out for representing clients in matters involving employment, real estate, public policy, data protection and intellectual property matters.

Practice head(s):

Edward Salcedo

Testimonials

Intelligent, dynamic and diligent team.’

Edward Salcedo is always available to provide practical, efficient and realistic solutions.’

Key clients

Deloitte RD

St. Louis Cardinals

Atlanta Braves

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

DHL

Helidosa Aviation Group

Minnesota Twins

Houston Astros

Colport Development

Oben Holding Group

San Diego Padres

Grupo Lácteo del Caribe Gruplac

New York Mets

K & B Family Office

Constructora Moll

Hormicondo

Colorado Rockies

Midland Trust Company

Work highlights

  • Assisting Houston Astros with a $5m sports arbitration filed by a former player before the Centre for the Resolution of Disputes of Santo Domingo.
  • Acting for the restructuring court as judicial liquidator on the first judicial liquidation case before the new specialised court for restructuring and liquidation proceedings under recently enacted restructuring legislation.
  • Represented a private client in a $10m damages claim.

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment Tier 3

ECIJA DVMS is particularly experienced in defending labour claims for international and local clients. Major League Baseball and sports industry companies in general are the firm’s most active clients, as the team has a strong specialism in the sports sector, including in labour and employment matters. The group’s offering also covers restructuring operations, which have been very prominent recently, including those involving terminations, suspensions, negotiations and salary reductions of large groups of employees. Gabriel Dejarden assists employers with the design and implementation of labour manuals and policies, hiring of high-level executives and cross-border assignment of employees. Edward Salcedo represents multinationals in all types of labour claims, while also providing pre-litigation advice to mitigate labour risks and assessing labour risks in M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Edward Salcedo; Gabriel Dejarden

Testimonials

‘They have knowledge about the issues and give the answers on time. They are friendly, diligent, and have a sense of urgency.’

Key clients

Club de Descuentos Vacacionales

Theorem

Work highlights

  • Assisting Theorem with the termination of 58 employees and with the request of approval to shut down all operations, which was submitted to the Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic.
  • Providing Club de Descuentos Vacacionales with general labour and employment advice in connection to labour issues arising out of its day-to-day operations.

The firm: ECIJA is a European law firm with headquarters in Spain and offices in Portugal, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and El Salvador. ECIJA has a multidisciplinary team of over 300 professionals, with exceptional experience in their areas of specialization, enabled to work in different jurisdictions, with extensive knowledge of the different industries and international markets. ECIJA is a client-focused law firm with the agility and personal service of a high-end boutique firm and the multidisciplinary experience of a large firm. ECIJA is a full-service firm with significant experience and is specialized in the practice areas required by international clients to invest and operate in Central America and the Caribbean.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: the firm provides corporate and M&A services for both local and international clients. The practice in M&A is multi-jurisdictional, focused on transactions with a regional component in Central America and the Caribbean markets. The team is trained in legal project management tools in order to control time and cost of any transaction.

Banking and finance: the team includes prestigious attorneys who have assisted important international and local banks with sophisticated transactions. The firm’s services involve many aspects of the complex regulatory financial world, including syndicated credit facilities, project finance and banking products such as leasing, factoring, confirming, mortgages, pledges and credit cards.

Dispute resolution: ECIJA has a strong practice for dispute resolution both in local courts and arbitration. The disputes include commercial, civil, investment and government. Regarding arbitration, the firms has a regional practice of several partners with strong experience and skills in international arbitration using the ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL rules, and also with local rules in each country.

Technology and data privacy: ECIJA in one of the leading firms in LatAm for technology and data privacy practices. The team focuses on the technology industry for complex transactions, M&A and software developments.

Employment and human rights: the firm has a strong practice in employment matters from the employer perspective. The services include litigation, technology issues relating to employment, company restructuring, immigration and compliance. ECIJA’s practice in human rights is focused on compliance with international standards in five areas: gender, age, functional diversity, social origin, and diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Administrative and infrastructure: the services provided by ECIJA range from managing regulatory aspects of the relationship from the regulatory point of view between the client and the government throughout the execution of agreements with public entities.

Energy: ECIJA is one of the most recognized and acknowledged law firms in the structuring and development of energy projects in the Central American region because of its vast experience in the field. The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorizations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies. The relevant experience and knowledge of energy project developments also covers construction and financing agreements.

Trusts: the firm has advised regional and foreign clients in connection with the incorporation of trust companies, the opening of internal trust departments and the design of business transactions which employ trust structures, including philanthropic, administration, guaranty, and real estate development trusts. Likewise, ECIJA has advised local banks in connection with the implementation of trust operations that include financing structures.

Foreign investment: ECIJA has a regional legal team that is prepared to advise foreign investors on how to structure their investment in any country of the region, including aspects such as obtaining the benefits of various tax incentive regimes and dealing with customs issues that come up when importing or exporting goods and services.

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Gabriel Dejarden photo Gabriel DejardenManaging Partner at ECIJA DVMS Dominican Republic
Christian Molina photo Christian MolinaPartner
Edward Salcedo photo Edward SalcedoPartner
Polibio Valenzuela photo Polibio ValenzuelaPartner

The firm: ECIJA is a Iberoamerican law firm with offices in Dominican Republic, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. ECIJA has a multidisciplinary team of over 750 professionals, with exceptional experience in their areas of specialization, enabled to work in different jurisdictions, with extensive knowledge of the different industries and international markets. ECIJA is a client-focused law firm with the agility and personal service of a high-end boutique firm and the multidisciplinary experience of a large firm. ECIJA is a full-service firm with significant experience and specialized in the practice areas required by international clients to invest and operate globally.

The firm offers an unrivalled integrated cross-border platform in the Iberoamerican market. Since 2019, ECIJA has merged with 16 law firms and has become the largest Iberoamerican law firm in Latin America. Nowadays, ECIJA has 29 offices in 16 countries. Furthermore, in 2019 ECIJA signed the biggest strategic agreement between an Iberoamerican and a Chinese firm to create a joint venture with the 4th largest firm in China (Grandall Law). The agreement brought together 3,500 lawyers and 54 offices in Iberia, Latin America and Asia. “To put that in perspective, that is comparable with CMS and Norton Rose Fulbright, some of the biggest firms in the world by headcount.” Law.com

Main areas of practice
Corporate: the firm provides corporate and M&A services for both local and international clients. The practice in M&A is multi-jurisdictional, focused on transactions with a regional component in Latin American markets. The team is trained in legal project management tools in order to control time and cost of any transaction.

Banking and finance: the team includes prestigious attorneys who have assisted important international and local banks with sophisticated transactions. The firm’s services involve many aspects of the complex regulatory financial world, including syndicated credit facilities, project finance and banking products such as leasing, factoring, mortgages, pledges and credit cards.

Dispute resolution: ECIJA has a strong practice for dispute resolution both in local courts and arbitration. The disputes include commercial, civil, investment and government. Regarding arbitration, the firms has a regional practice of several partners with strong experience and skills in international arbitration using the ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL rules, and also with local rules in each country.

Technology and data privacy: ECIJA in one of the leading firms in the LatAm market for technology and data privacy matters. The team focuses on complex transactions, M&A and software development engagements.

Employment: the firm has a strong practice in employment matters from the employer perspective. The services include litigation, technology issues related to the employment, company’s restructuring, immigration and compliance.

Energy: The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorizations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies. The relevant experience and knowledge of energy project developments also covers construction and financing agreements.

Trusts: the firm has advised regional and foreign clients in connection with the incorporation of trust companies, the opening of internal trust departments and the design of business transactions which employ trust structures, including philanthropic, administration, guaranty, and real estate development trusts. Likewise, ECIJA has advised local banks in connection with the implementation of trust operations that include financing structures.

Foreign investment: ECIJA has a regional legal team that is prepared to advise foreign investors on how to structure their investment in any country of the region, including aspects such as obtaining the benefits of various tax incentive regimes and dealing with customs issues that come up when importing or exporting goods and services.

Real estate: ECIJA is a well-known player in the real estate market in Latin America.  The team has developed special capacities in the baseball industry, and the development of multi-purpose and touristic projects.  ECIJA provides its services from developers of projects to individual investors seeking a second home.  The firm advises developers since the acquisition of the land through the permit process and until a final product is delivered to customers.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner | Corporate/M&A, Labour Law, Real Estate, Leisure & Tourism, Trust, Banking and Finance Gabriel Dejardengdejarden@ecija.comT. +1 (809) 289-2343
Partner Trust, Banking, Real Estate, Leisure & Tourism, Corporate/M&A, Labour Law, Dispute Resolution Christian Molinacmolina@ecija.comT. +1 (809) 289-2343
Partner Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Labour Law, Sports and Entretaiment Law Edward Salcedoesalcedo@ecija.comT. +1 (809) 289-2343
Partner Banking & finance, Energy, Foreign Investment, Trust, Corporate/M&A, Leisure & Tourism Polibio Valenzuelapvalenzuela@ecija.comT. +1 (809) 289-2343
Lauren Baez : Office Manager & Compliance Officer
Pamela Madera : Project Manager
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