Gabriel Dejarden > ECIJA DVMS > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

Dominican Republic

Work Department

Corporate/M&A, Labour Law, Real Estate, Leisure & Tourism, Trust, Banking and Finance


Managing Partner at ECIJA DVMS Dominican Republic


Gabriel is partner of the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labour Law, Real Estate, Leisure & Tourism, Trust, Banking and Finance at ECIJA Dominican Republic.

Gabriel has a diverse transactional practice focused in Real Estate and Tourism Law, Financial and Banking Services, Labor Law, Trusts and Corporate Law. He represents North America, Latin American and European clients with significant interests in the Dominican Republic in a variety of sophisticated business transactions.

He represents money lenders and borrowers in corporate financing, assisting clients in commercial real estate, energy projects and assisting employers in complex labor matters, such as investigations and audits for internal compliance. Also, is regularly involved in commercial contracts, asset acquisitions and sale transactions.

Gabriel was professor on the subject of Corporate Practice in the Master in Corporate Business and International Litigation offered by Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

He currently serves as Senior Advisor of the young lawyers interest network and Co-Chair of the cross border real estate committee of the American Bar Association, an entity of which he has been a member since 2009 and which recognized him in 2016 and 2017.

Gabriel also serves as Alumni Admissions Interviewer in the Admissions Office at Georgetown University Law Center.



Experienced’ name partners Gabriel Dejarden and Polibio Valenzuela head the firm’s professional, reliable and responsive’ practice“, Legal 500 Corporate and Finance 2017 

I greatly appreciate the level of understanding that Gabriel has on subjects related to labour and general business due diligence. He helps you understand all possible outcomes in a very simple yet precise manner that allows you to make right decision. He is very detailed oriented and maintains close contacts with his clients at all times” IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate 2018

Gabriel Dejarden head an agile, client-oriented, impeccable practice“, Legal 500 Real Estate and Tourism 2017



Gabriel speaks Spanish, English and French (working knowledge).


Member of Dominican Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, and Willem C. Vis Moot Alumni Association.


He obtained a LLM International Legal Studies from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

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.

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment

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.

Comparative Guides

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