Polibio Valenzuela > ECIJA DVMS > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

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

Banking & finance, Energy, Foreign Investment, Trust, Corporate/M&A, Leisure & Tourism




Polibio is partner in the areas of Banking & Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Foreign Investment and Special Regimes, Leisure and Tourism, Trust, and Corporate/M&A at ECIJA Dominican Republic.

Polibio focuses his practice in financial and banking services, advice on capital markets, mergers and acquisition matters, international business transactions, development and operations of hotels, and conventional and renewable energy.

Represents on a regular basis lenders and borrowers in working capital loans, asset-based financings and project financing; issuers and underwriters in securities offerings and securitizations; private entities in restructurings and reorganizations; financial institutions, including banks, exchange bureaus, broker/dealers and investment funds, in transactional and regulatory matters. He also represents sellers and buyers in mergers and acquisitions of business entities and assets, in areas that include banking and financing, retail, utilities and hospitality services, and assists producers, developers and investment funds in the development of energy projects.

Polibio, who is admitted to practice law in the Dominican Republic and New York, has worked as attorney in the Dominican Republic, Houston, Texas and Washington DC; in preeminent global firms and in the Legal Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Likewise, he regularly participates in discussion forums on securitizations, trusts, public offerings, restructurings and due diligence processes

He currently serves as Co-Chair of the International Finance & Securities Committee of the American Bar Association, where he has been a member since 2009, and is also Vice-President of Centrocámara de Comercio de la República Dominicana, the chamber of commerce of all the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. Polibio is also an independent Board Member of several corporations.


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He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Dominican Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, Enlaces, Angeles Investors Network, Inc., and the Willem C. Vis Moot Alumni Association.


He obtained an MBA from Barna Management School, an LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University, a Master Degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), and an LL.B., summa cum laude, from PUCMM.

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

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.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A

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.

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance

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.

Comparative Guides

Dominican Republic: Mergers & Acquisitions July 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic: Private Client January 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Client laws and regulations that may occur in Dominican Republic.