Firm Profile > ECIJA DVMS > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Real estate and tourism Tier 2

Well known for its strength in tourism projects, including large-scale hotel developments, ECIJA DVMS is also adept at handling M&A-related real estate deals, financings and land acquisitions and disposals. Baseball teams are prominent in the department's client base, which also includes hospitality and financial services-sector companies. Gabriel Dejarden, who is experienced in advising baseball teams on real estate matters and acting in hotel-related mandates, heads the practice in conjunction with Polibio Valenzuela, who is adept at handling large tourism projects. Christian Molina often acts for developer-side clients on acquisitions of hotels and affordable housing developments, while Edward Salcedo handles M&A-related real estate litigation. Associate Deydania Comas is also noted.


The passion for their work, the commitment of the partners and their knowledge of the sector makes them stand out‘.

Corporate and finance Tier 3

ECIJA DVMS has 'solid knowledge of the financial regulations of the Dominican Republic and of the region, which makes them an invaluable partner in financial transactions in the capital markets'; its broad office network and significant presence in Spain and Latin America are particular draws. Recent work for the department includes assisting CCI Puesto de Bolsa with the structuring of an equity securities trust, launched on the stock market by Pasteurizadora Rica, as the first share-based public offering trust to be issued in the Dominican Republic. Gabriel Dejarden, well known for his corporate expertise, jointly heads the practice alongside financing expert Polibio Valenzuela.


They are friendly, service-oriented and professional‘.

A very well-prepared team‘.

The team has solid knowledge of the financial regulations of the Dominican Republic and of the region, which makes them an invaluable partner in financial transactions on the capital markets‘.

Key clients

RCD Hotels

Pfizer Central America & Caribbean

Stewart Title Latin America


Findasense República Dominicana, S.R.L.

Texas Rangers

Falconbridge Dominicana

St. Louis Cardinals

Atlanta Braves

CCI Puesto de Bolsa, S.A.

Asset Wealth Management, S.A.

BAS Distribución

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Edward Salcedo leads the practice at ECIJA DVMS, which has a solid track record in sports litigation and arbitration, particularly cases involving baseball teams. The department is also recognised for its strength in acting for clients in the hospitality, real estate and construction sectors. Salcedo has notable expertise in private international law. Associates Arístides Victoria and Erika Gomez are noted; associate Aided Ceballo left the firm in 2019.

Practice head(s):


The team provides personalised attention‘.

Deep and extensive analysis‘.

Key clients

Deloitte RD

St. Louis Cardinals

Atlanta Braves

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana


Helidosa Aviation Group

Minnesota Twins

Houston Astros

Colport Development, Inc.

Oben Holding Group

San Diego Padres

Grupo Lácteo del Caribe Gruplac, S.A.S.

New York Mets

Colorado Rockies

Turkoise Foundation

Oros Patrimonial Fund

Labour and employment Tier 3

ECIJA DVMS counts labour litigation as a core strength, although the team is also adept at handling restructuring, dismissals, outsourcing and regulatory matters. The firm benefits from its broad office network, and acts for a client base of high-profile sports teams, banks, technology companies and pharmaceutical corporations. Gabriel Dejarden and Edward Salcedo jointly head the practice; associate Arístides Victoria is noted for his expertise in labour disputes.

Key clients

Atlanta Braves

Texas Rangers

Houston Astros

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.