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Pellerano Nadal
Dominican Republic
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Managing Partner


With four decades of legal practice, Luis Rafael Pellerano is recognized as one of the most complete lawyers in Central America and the Caribbean. His practice focuses on project financing, capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, debt restructurings, government relations, conflict resolution, mining, energy, natural resources, securities, banking, technology, and complex international and cross-border transactions.

He has led most of the flagship transactions in the Dominican Republic as well as numerous high-profile infrastructure projects and transactions in the country that have been recognized internationally. For example, the only registration of a Dominican public company in the New York Stock Exchange, the largest acquisition in the history of the country, for an amount greater than USD $ 2,000 million, the largest foreign investment made in the country, for more than USD $ 6,000 million, and the first international issuance of sovereign bonds, among others.

Luis Rafael has been twice president and a founding member of the Dominican Mining and Oil Chamber of the Dominican Republic, member of the Board of the Popular Association of Savings and Loans (1995-2003), secretary of the Board of Directors of Banco Adopem (2012-2017), member of the Board of Directors of LexMundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.


Spanish and English.


Luis Rafael has been vice president of the Dominican-Canadian Chamber of Commerce; President of the Dominican Association of Exporters (1994-1996), member of the Board of the Popular Association of Savings and Loans (1995-2003), secretary of the Board of Directors of Adopem Bank (2012- 2017) and twice president of the Dominican Mining and Petroleum Chamber of the Dominican Republic. Luis Rafael is a member of the Bar Association of the Dominican Republic and the New York State Bar Association.

He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of LexMundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.


Luis Rafael received his Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in 1984. In 1985, he studied at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance

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Pellerano Nadal brings together regulatory and transactional knowledge to handle a wide range of matters in the banking and finance arena. The team can now call upon the expertise of three partners, following the promotion of Urania Paulino in January 2023 and the arrival of Marielle Garrigó in February 2023 from Medina Garnes Abogados. The pair lead the practice alongside Luis Rafael Pellerano, an expert in project finance and cross-border transactions, with significant experience of advising US clients. Associate Eduardo Pellerano handles matters in the infrastructure, technology, tourism and energy sectors, among others.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A

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The leadership group at Pellerano Nadal was strengthened significantly in 2023 with the promotion to the partnership of Urania Paulino (whose broad practice covers foreign investment, international trade and M&A) in January and the arrival of experienced transactional lawyer Marielle Garrigó from Medina Garnes Abogados in February; they lead the practice alongside ‘superstar‘ managing partner Luis Rafael Pellerano. The group is instructed by a diverse client base from the energy, technology, tourism, aviation, retail and consumer goods sectors, among others, to advise on a wide range of matters, including multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and entry to the Dominican market.

Dominican Republic > Energy and natural resources

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Pellerano Nadal, which is praised for its ‘good service and attention to each request made‘, has a strong track record of advising on the development of major domestic energy projects; its recent highlights include assisting Energas with the tender for the construction and operation of an LNG plant in the port of Manzanillo. In addition, the team handles energy-related corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, environmental issues and significant disputes. Gustavo Mena, who has over 30 years of experience in environmental law, including handling international arbitration in this space, leads the team alongside Luis Rafael Pellerano, who is a high-profile name for project finance and transactions in the energy and mining sectors. Senior associate Eduardo Pellerano provides key support.

Dominican Republic > Environment

Pellerano Nadal has a strong track record of handling environmental compliance matters relating to projects and transactions in the real estate, mining and energy sectors, among others. The team is also adept at handling environmental litigation; its recent highlights include representing a local mining company in a dispute over environmental damage in the area. Gustavo Mena, who has extensive experience in environmental law (including acting as an expert in international arbitration cases), heads the practice. Senior associate and regulatory expert B Génesis Rodríguez frequently advises on environmental services, management and compliance. Managing partner Luis Rafael Pellerano lends senior expertise to the team.

Dominican Republic > Tax

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Caroline Bonó leads the team at Pellerano Nadal, which offers advice on the full spectrum of tax issues, both within the Dominican Republic and internationally. The group is a go-to for multinationals looking to set up businesses in the country, as well as advising on the tax side of M&A and foreign investments. Aviation, retail, consumer goods, and free zones are among the areas in which the team has expertise. Bonó is a sought-after practitioner when it comes to the development of tax strategies and defending regulated legal entities before the tax authorities in the Dominican Republic, supported by senior associate Eduardo Pellerano, whose practice is focused on tax issues in general business law. Managing partner Luis Rafael Pellerano and Gustavo Mena are also names to note at senior level.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

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Pellerano Nadal‘s multidisciplinary team, which has ‘deep knowledge of the real estate sector’ and is part of a ‘one-stop-shop firm which is able to solve any scale of legal challenge in the country’, leverages practitioners’ skill sets in corporate, M&A, finance and energy matters to advise on local and cross-border real estate transactions and regulatory issues. Managing partner Luis Rafael Pellerano leads the practice alongside Marielle Garrigó and Urania Paulino; all three are skilled in a wide variety of transactional matters, and Paulino has addition expertise in the aviation field.