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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance Tier 3

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti counts multi-jurisdictional corporate and finance work as a core strength. Managing partner Georges Santoni Recio assisted Platinum Equity with its $2.1bn acquisition of diagnostic systems manufacturer LifeScan from Johnson & Johnson. José Maldonado Stark garners praise for his 'great knowledge'; he is advising Siemens on all aspects of the Santo Domingo Metro transportation project, for which the client is the main supplier. Luis Heredia ValenzuelaRoman Medina Diplan in Puerto Plata, and Ariel Jaquez Nuñez  are also key contacts. Monica Villafaña left to join Ulises Cabrera Abogados in March 2019.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti is noted for its strong capabilities in tax litigation and contractual disputes, although the group is also adept at assisting clients from a broad spectrum of sectors with a wide range of contentious matters. Georges Santoni Recio represents Bayer in a contractual dispute against agricultural company AgroAvance and Rosa Campillo Celado acted for Senosiain Laboratorios in a labour litigation case. José Maldonado Stark and Luis Heredia Valenzuela are key contacts, while senior associate Manuel Conde Cabrera is the litigation department co-ordinator.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti handles a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates regarding trade marks, industrial designs, and copyright matters. Rosa Campillo Celado and Mónika Fiallo Paradas, who was promoted to partner in February 2019, are the key contacts. The group is strong in handling instructions from the pharmaceutical industry: recent work includes assisting Novo Nordisk, Puerto Rico Hospital Supply and Labtest Diagnóstica with trade mark and sanitary registrations in compliance with medical and diagnostic equipment regulations in the Dominican Republic. The practice also handles matters pertaining to Cuba.

Real estate and tourism Tier 4

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti has a solid reputation for its real estate capabilities, handling land and property transactions, development, and construction mandates. Other areas of expertise include due diligence, litigation and regularisation. José Maldonado Stark is advising Turkish multinational Kiliç Deniz Urunleri Uretimi Ihracat Ithalat Ve Ticaret on setting up a production and processing plant and mariculture project in the Dominican Republic, and is assisting Edwards Lifesciences with its purchase of a property to develop a manufacturing plant. In Puerto Plata, Román Medina Diplan advises on tourism project developments.

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti (RV&HB) is the Dominican Republic office of Russin & Vecchi, an international law firm with an established presence in Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. It was founded in 1969 and has a team of professional multilingual lawyers that specializes in all areas of commercial law.

RVHB is a law firm with a global vision of the practice of law, committed to the excellence in service, innovation and high ethical standards. The firm has contributed significantly to the reform and legislative modernization of the Dominican Republic.

The firm is Meritas’ sole representative in the Dominican Republic, a globally recognized association of independent lawyers and is a member of several other associations including BLITA, INTA and L2B, among others.

Types of work undertaken

Agency and distributorship: RV&HB represents companies providing goods and services to Dominican economy in the negotiation and termination of agreements in light of the stringent distributors’ protection laws in the Dominican Republic.

Banking, financing and securities: RV&HB provides advice and counsel for domestic and foreign banks and other financial institutions, and it also provides assistance regarding the regulatory framework in the Dominican Republic related to this field and stock market activities.

Business: the firm’s business department offers its national and international clients advice on the development of their activities and projects in all areas of business law of the Dominican Republic.

Civil aviation: RV&HB has a high profile in this area, providing specialized legal counsel and services with respect to the specific needs of the domestic and international aviation industry and related activities.

Corporate and commercial law: its corporate practice encompasses managing a portfolio of hundreds of Dominican and foreign trade companies, including all aspects of their social lives.

Energy and telecommunications: RV&HB has had a major role working with its clients in the modernization and reorganization of the energy and telecommunications sectors in the Dominican Republic.

Intellectual property: the firm’s IP team provides all services related to the protection of intellectual and industrial property rights which intend to preserve the acquired rights protected by legislation related to copyrights and trademarks and other distinctive signs, in the digital environment as well.

Foreign investment: RV&HB is recognized for providing optimal legal advice regarding the legal requirements and registration of foreign capital in the Dominican territory, and the legal structures under which these investments are made, including direct investments and foreign loans.

Family: the department of family law is responsible for all matters related to family and everything related to the organization of family assets, rights and duties of the spouses, as well as succession matters.

Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: the litigation department at RV&HB handles all areas of practice, disputes of domestic and international scope derived from the ordinary course of business.

Real estate and tourism: RV&HB has advised developers, commercial and private investors, agricultural companies, hotels and tourism projects, in complex real estate transactions.

Renewable energy: the firm advises clients in connection with matters including renewable energy, photovoltaic energy, and biodiesel fuel, as well as advice to permit clients to obtain the incentives for developing projects according to Dominican laws.

Department Name Email Telephone
Agency and distribution Georges Santoni Recio
Civil aviation and airports Luis Heredia Valenzuela
Corporate and commercial Georges Santoni Recio
Energy and renewable energy/environment Jose Maldonado Stark
Foreign investment Georges Santoni Recio
Foreign investment Luis Heredia Valenzuela
Intellectual property Rosa Campillo Celado
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration Georges Santoni Recio
Public procurement Jose Maldonado Stark
Public procurement Luis Heredia Valenzuela
Real estate and tourism Roman Medina Diplan
Tax Jose Maldonado Stark
Tax Luis Heredia Valenzuela
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Jeanny Aristy  photo Ms Jeanny Aristy
Mrs Rosa Campillo Celado  photo Mrs Rosa Campillo Celado
Mr Manuel Conde Cabrera  photo Mr Manuel Conde Cabrera
Mrs Laura Cruz Felix  photo Mrs Laura Cruz Felix
Mrs Laura Fernandez-Peix  photo Mrs Laura Fernandez-Peix
Ms Monika Fiallo  photo Ms Monika Fiallo
Mr Victor Garrido Reyes  photo Mr Victor Garrido Reyes
Mr Luis Heredia Valenzuela  photo Mr Luis Heredia Valenzuela
Ms Sekira Hernandez Diaz  photo Ms Sekira Hernandez Diaz
Mr Ariel Jaquez  photo Mr Ariel Jaquez
Mr Jose Maldonado Stark  photo Mr Jose Maldonado Stark
Mr Jonathan Russin  photo Mr Jonathan Russin
Mr Georges Santoni Recio  photo Mr Georges Santoni Recio
Other fee-earners : 16
Total staff : 46
Partners : 6