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Ulises Cabrera
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Intellectual property Tier 3

At Ulises Cabrera Abogados, the IP department recently expanded its offering, which now also includes new technologies, publicity and data protection capabilities. In traditional IP, the team has recently been especially busy advising on matters for healthcare sector clients, representing them before the authorities and organising their product portfolios, allowing importation proceedings and advising on marketing issues. The 'talented, intelligent, dedicated and organised' Magdalena Almonte heads the department, which includes standout associate Aidaluz Pimentel, whose practice concentrates on enforcement and prosecution matters regarding IP portfolios, consumer law, health regulation, competition law, advertising, data protection and new technologies.

Practice head(s):

Magdalena Almonte


‘Agile in their responses, proactive, efficient, professional.’

‘The main elements that differentiates this team are its youth, speed of response, and practicality in solving problems.’

‘Magdalena Almonte is talented, intelligent, dedicated and organised. A leader of a team that has a great future, in an already competitive market.’

‘Quick response times, and excellent quality of service. Magdalena Almonte provides efficient and easy solutions to our clients. Aidaluz Pimentel provides fast and quality answers.’

Key clients

King & Wood Mallesons

Grupo Familia

North Life Pharma

Novo Nordisk

Fresenius Medical Care

Químicos y Lubricantes



Premier Electric Japan Corporation

Kellogg Sales Company


Fundación Juan Bosch

General Mills

Campbells Soup Company

Aditya & Associates

Quirch Foods

Trividia Health

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers

Otis McAllister

Kao Kabushiki Kaisha

Altian Pharma Gruppe

DIDI Chuxing Technology


Shenzhen Woody Vapes Technology

Work highlights

  • Defending Productos Familia regarding the Familia trade mark, in the face of an anti-competitive practice by a relevant competitor.
  • Registering Meditron’s portfolio of distinctive signs, finding interferences against its main trade mark Meditron, for which the team defended it in administrative actions.
  • Engaging in the defense for Premier Electric Corp in an action for annulment initiated against it in bad faith by a Dominican merchant.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ulises Cabrera Abogados‘ corporate team, which has seen significant growth in recent years, now includes a number of experts with skills to cover all the main areas of corporate law, including M&A, project development and acquisition finance but also tax, public procurement and distribution. Key professionals include Ulises Cabrera, whose longstanding experience is particularly appreciated in the corporate, real estate, family law and litigation fields; José Cruz Campillo, who acts as managing partner and also takes on a workload in connection to contract law and foreign investments; and ‘excellent lawyerMonica Villafaña, who is a key advisor to multinational companies in corporate reorganisation processes, free trade zone matters and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Ulises Cabrera López; José Cruz Campillo; Monica Villafaña


‘Totally committed to the client, and the consultations are in accordance with global guidelines.’

‘They are committed to the client and with a high sense of responsibility. They have extensive knowledge in corporate and regulatory matters.’

‘Mónica Villafana is an excellent lawyer who is always available to answer a question. Response time is very fast.’

Key clients

Acquire BPO

Agroindustria Ocoeña

Almacenes Iberia

Arbaje Tours

Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos

Auto Europa – Porsche Center Santo Domingo


Bacardi Dominicana

Corporación de Servicios Financieros y Alianzas


Edwards Lifescience

Envirogold Las Lagunas Limited

Font Gamundi

Fresenius Medical Care


Gildan Activewear


Grupo Familia

Holsum de República Dominicana

Inversiones y Negocios

Lambda Diagnostics

Multi-Empaques Dominicana

QSI Perú

Siemens Energy

Siemens Mobility

Sorin Group


Zona Franca Industrial Las Americas

Work highlights

  • Representing Dufry in a merger process.
  • Advising Siemens Energy in closing a carve-out process before the Dominican Tax Department and completing all steps to locally launch the new name Siemens Energy.
  • Assisted Zona Franca Industrial Las Américas with the drafting and negotiations of an engineering procurement and construction agreement for the second stage of an industrial building within the free zone park.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Ulises Cabrera Abogados‘ dispute resolution department often acts in cases involving forced evictions, licensing contracts and contractual civil liability, as well as in judicial processes deriving from the application of sanctions resulting from financial crimes and traffic accidents. The team, which includes Ulises Cabrera and José Cruz Campillo, who joined from Jiménez Peña in March 2020, also has experience in representing domestic shipping companies and foreign insurers in civil liability and damages claims arising from maritime transport activities. Senior associate Iónides De Moya heads the department. Since publication, the practice group has been further strengthened with the hire of Ramón A Lantigua as a senior associate in November 2021; he was formerly at Philip Morris as regulatory affairs manager.

Practice head(s):

Iónides De Moya

Key clients

Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos

Seguros Universal

Asociación Dominicana de Rehabilitación


Font Gamundi


GlaxoSmithKline RD

Baterías Dominicanas

Premier Destination Service

Acquire BPO

Work highlights

  • Assisted Comercial San Esteban in a case before the Supreme Court in connection to a dispute over a fuel transportation agreement with Esso Standard Oil.
  • Representing Texquim in filing a lawsuit against Textiles Astur.
  • Representing Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos in a complaint against an individual for falsifying documents to the detriment of APAP’s clients.

Ulises Cabrera was founded in 1966 by Dr. Ulises Cabrera, whose trajectory has been devoted to the practice of his profession from his office. Its evolution has turned it into a full-service law firm  that holds consolidated standing and signature both inside and outside the Dominican Republic, leading it to assume a highlighted role in the process of adaptation and evolution of the legal system of the country, as in the cases of the Ley General de Electricidad No. 125-01 and the Ley de Registro Inmobiliario No. 108-05.

At Ulises Cabrera, we have a strong sense of commitment to the client, which we serve in a personalized, responsible, and efficient way based on agile and timely legal practices. We are mainly sought for our expertise, recognized experience and good will in the legal market of 55 years.

Nowadays, Ulises Cabrera is a solid and institutionalised Dominican law firm, with highly qualified human resources and sticks to the highest ethical standards, delivering efficient and trustworthy services. Ulises Cabrera is a model of excellence in the Dominican legal community. In this way, the experience and know how achieved, the mystique and integration of all the personnel, allows us to assure clients the satisfaction of their legal necessities.

Practice Areas

Administrative law ; Anti-corruption, investigations and compliance; Antitrust & competition ; Arbitration ; Banking & finance ; Capital markets ; Corporate and M&A ; Data, technology and privacy law ; Energy ; Environment ; Insurance & reinsurance ; Intellectual property ; Labour & Employment ; Litigation ; Mining & metals ; Private equity ; Project finance & infrastructure; Real estate & tourism; Restructuring & insolvency; Tax ;  Telecoms & media; Trade; Franchise and Distribution ; Compliance

Founding Partner Ulises Cabreraulises.cabrera@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Partner Freddy Zarzuelafreddy.zarzuela@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Partner Leslie Cabreraleslie.cabrera@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Managing Partner José Cruz Campillojose.campillo@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Partner and head of Intellectual Property and New Technologies practice Magdalena Almontemagdalena.almonte@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Partner and head of the Business and Corporate practice Mónica Villafañamonica.villafana@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Senior associate of Dispute Resolution practice. Labor & Employment Iónides De Moyaionides.demoya@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Partner and head of the Compliance practice area. Environment, Tax, Corporate Heiddy Morontaheiddy.moronta@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Senior associate of the Real Estate and Tourism practice. Jeanny Aristyjeanny.aristy@ulisescabrera.com1+ 8095667111
Magdalena Almonte photo Magdalena AlmontePartner
Ulises Cabrera photo Ulises CabreraFounder Partner
Leslie Cabrera  photo Leslie Cabrera Partner and Office Manager at Ulises Cabrera. Leslie has over 15 years of…
José Cruz Campillo  photo José Cruz Campillo Managing Partner
Heiddy Moronta  photo Heiddy Moronta Heiddy Moronta is a Partner and head of the Compliance practice area…
Mónica Villafaña  photo Mónica Villafaña Partner
Freddy Zarzuela  photo Freddy Zarzuela Freddy Zarzuela is Partner of Ulises Cabrera, with over 30 years of…
Partner : 7
Associates : 25
Total staff : 55
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José Cruz Campillo, Managing Partner

Ulises Cabrera’s Managing Partner, José Cruz Campillo, explains the firm’s expansion and innovation through the last 3 years.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Ulises Cabrera from your competitors?

Ulises Cabrera has one of the strongest and most stable work cultures, lawyers seek to come to work to Ulises Cabrera and find career development opportunities that are tailored to the needs of today’s market. In addition to this, we have an expanding multidisciplinary team, which lives up to our vision of experience in constant evolution, this allows us to offer a holistic vision to each client according to their industries. Customers get personalized and timely service for every need.

Our team is best known for providing a world-class service delivering expert legal advice with a strong local player skillset. Clients appreciate and value our local insights and the fact that we know how to implement the law, allowing that any transaction flows in the right direction. We also take the time to understand and know the clients’ business: we know the law and we know how the business operates, transferring that knowledge to the client in every deal we manage with a critical insight of their own industry.

We are mainly sought for our expertise, recognized experience, and good-will in the legal market since 1966. Clients come to Ulises Cabrera seeking our highly regarded ethical reputation and impeccable track record. Our availability and organized manner to work on matters is also and appreciated trade of the department for our clients.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Without a doubt, the practices that will experience the greatest growth over the next 12 months will be Real Estate & Tourism (thanks to an arduous campaign to promote investment in the Dominican Republic, as well as strategies focused on the tourism industry), New Technologies and Litigation.

Ulises Cabrera has always had one of the strongest real estate departments in the Dominican Republic, with a wide range of clients and cases, however, these services were never advertised for foreign potential clients, and for the last few years we have been focusing this practice and seeing very favorable results.

Our Real Estate & Tourism team is led by our partner Leslie Cabrera, who has extensive experience in the tourism industry and real estate development with foreign and local companies, likewise, the team is also led by our Senior Associate Jeanny Aristy, who has a multidisciplinary approach to real estate and tourism transactions. Jeanny is a strong player that can advise on environmental matters, permits, litigate, and of course advise on real estate matters.

On the other hand, the litigation practice is one of the most challenging, in a good way, for Ulises Cabrera. Our litigation lawyers have a wide range of cases that require innovative approaches and legal strategies that guarantee favorable results in a very high percentage.

Both departments have shown tremendous growth over the last few years and the team is expanding further into these practice areas.

As for New Technologies, is a consequence of the times we are living. Artificial intelligence, not only in the legal market, but for other industries that remain a relevant part of our daily practice such as banking, health and digital services. We move together with our clients in understanding new technologies as part of the present needs. Our highly regarded IP teams is leading in this effort.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

During the last few years, Ulises Cabrera has been strengthening its team of professional qualified lawyers and providing a series of automated legal services. We are retaining and hiring multidisciplinary professionals who are passionate about bringing innovative and creative solutions to our clients. We also had been restructuring the way we present our services and internal processes as part of our new quality services standards; this includes a wide range of LegalTech tools that helps us enhance our internal processes and improving our response times, which is an aspect that clients highlight as positive about our services.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The short answer is yes. Unequivocally, the COVID-19 sanitary emergency catapulted the use of technology to never seen levels. Pre COVID-19, Ulises Cabrera took the visionary decision to invest in improving its technology platform allowing associates to work remotely (as if we knew what was coming) and adding technological tools to improve productivity geared to provide cost-effective service. During and post the COVID-19 emergency, Ulises Cabrera continued to invest and to train its personnel in the use of the new technology, allowing us to provide service wherever an internet connection is available. Videoconferences have replaced in a very high percentage, in-person meetings, even traveling, which, again, have helped us provide cost-effective services.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Ulises Cabrera has been involved in numerous establishments of foreign companies in the Dominican Republic. By understanding the clients’ business as well as the applicable regulation, we have been able to assist our clients in creating a business structure suitable for their needs. In that sense, we recently advised a company whose main main purpose is to vertically integrate premium commodities, primarily cacao, enabling farmers to capture 40x the value of the raw crop by operating equitably across the value chain (fermenting beans, refining and producing cacao paste, butter through a premium brand). We have assisted our client in the structuring and setup of its operations in the Dominican Republic. Such assistance has included legal opinions in connection with the most beneficial tax and corporate structure to be implemented, set up of the Dominican branch, obtaining its classification as an export free zone company; as well as drafting and assisting in the negotiations of all the contracts to be executed to carry out our client’s operations in the Dominican Republic (farmers, service, employment, real estate, providers, etc.). This representation is relevant given the intricate structure proposed as well as the involvement and benefits that our client will grant to the local cocoa farmers and the non-profit organisation of which the farmers are members.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We see Ulises Cabrera to play a role of a business partner to assist clients in strategic decision-making. Clients are looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms, if you fail on providing these aspects, I can assure you that the clients will change its perception of the firm and will seek another one who gathers these requirements. At Ulises Cabrera, a healthy work environment is vital, our work culture is based on this aspect. If your firm does not have an internal stability and strategic direction, is practically impossible to offer this to clients. In order to provide high quality services, you need to comply with your internal client needs first.