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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti has a longstanding track record in corporate, contractual and financial matters. The team focuses in particular on multi-jurisdictional transactions, but also covers a broader spectrum of matters; in addition to M&A, project finance and day-to-day corporate matters, the group is particularly active in cases regarding competition, consumer, data protection, fintech and anti-money laundering law. Managing partner Georges Santoni Recio is an expert in distributorship law, foreign investment and also labour and employment matters. José Maldonado Stark's workload features energy and government procurement projects, among other areas, and Luis Heredia Valenzuela's expertise spans the aviation, mining, telecoms and tourism sectors. In the Puerto Plata office, Román Medina Diplan is noted for his contractual and tax incentives practice.

Practice head(s):

Georges Santoni Recio; Luis Heredia Valenzuela; Jose Maldonado Stark; Román Medina Diplán


‘They serve the client well, taking the time to listen to its needs and from there they collaborate in the best way.’

‘Laura Cruza and Laura Fernandez are both very good professionals.’

Key clients


Platinum Equity

White Oak Global Advisors

Encina Business Credit

WCG Energy

Canada Life Reinsurance Company

BAS Projects Corporation





Richline Group

JP Morgan Chase

Kraft Heinz

Marriott International

TF Warren


Reckitt Benckiser


Eli Lilly

International Executive Services Corp

Work highlights

  • Assisted Edwards Lifesciences throughout the process of selling and transferring mobile property from Edwards to another free zone company located in the same free zone park.
  • Assisting Marriott International in the dissolution and liquidation of its branch in the Dominican Republic Westin Hotels Management.
  • Assisted White Oak Global Advisors in relation to the extension of the maturity date of a $260m loan to PCS Wireless, a large US provider of repair and re-manufacturing services of phones, tablets, accessories and other wireless equipment.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti has a broad litigation practice, and acts for clients in contractual disputes, notably those involving distribution issues in the Dominican Republic, fraud, tax, IP, labour and family law matters, among other areas. Life sciences, aviation, energy, real estate and telecoms are sectors in which the team is particularly active. Department head Georges Santoni Recio's practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation and insurance disputes, and he is also active in alternative dispute resolution and arbitration. The firm is a member of Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. Rosa Campillo Celado and Luis Heredia Valenzuela are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Georges Santoni Recio


‘I would highlight the seriousness, experience, security, knowledge of the market and its players.’

Key clients

Robert Bosch


Mead Johnson Nutrition

Dominicana de Petróleo

WCG Energy

Recio & Co.

New High Glass

Kiliç Dominik

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Arthur Jones & Compartes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Robert Bosch in defending a claim for a termination of agreement and damages.
  • Representing Bayer in relation to proceedings filed by Agroavance alleging that Bayer’s termination of a non-exclusive distribution agreement has caused damage to Agroavance.
  • Defending Mead Johnson Nutrition in a case concerning the alleged unauthorised use of an image.

Dominican Republic > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti leverages its strengths in the foreign investment, transactional and regulatory fields to assist in a range of matters in the energy sector. Combining different specialisms, the team is able to act in the evaluation, negotiation, investment, reorganisation, construction and financing of projects, including providing assistance with licences and permits. It has a particular focus on renewable energy generation, especially through solar plants, as well as conventional energy and mining projects. Managing partner Georges Santoni Recio focuses on transactions, and José Maldonado Stark is especially sought out by clients in the electromechanical engineering, energy and health sectors. Román Medina Diplan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Georges Santoni Recio; Román Medina Diplán; Jose Maldonado Stark


‘A team which is known within the Dominican market as experts in the field. The willingness to help is evident and the response times are excellent.’

‘José Maldonado Stark has demonstrated diligence, knowledge, and professionalism.’

Work highlights

  • Advised BAS Project Corporation in the due diligence and project finance for the development of a 50MW renewable energy generation project in San Antonio de Guerra, Santo Domingo.
  • Assisted Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales regarding a licence that was previously carried out with the aim of selecting the contractor to provide the operation and maintenance services of a thermoelectric power plant.

Dominican Republic > Intellectual property Tier 2

A 'professional and ethical team with great knowledge in IP matters', Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti has a well-established IP department, which covers trade mark protection, regulatory matters, privacy and publicity rights, as well as patents and copyright, both in a non-contentious context and during administrative and judicial procedures. Not only does the team assist companies with their IP rights in the Dominican Republic, but also advises on international matters and in a variety of sectors, especially pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutrition, cosmetics, consumer goods and technology. Rosa Campillo Celado leads the experienced team, which also includes Mónika Fiallo Paradas.

Practice head(s):

Rosa Campillo Celado


‘Professional and ethical team with great knowledge in IP matters.’

‘Monika Fiallo and Rosa Campillo are lawyers who show great leadership in their teams, being ethical and professionals with a great response capacity in critical moments.’

Key clients

Choice Hotels

Goya Foods

Photoshop del Caribe

Mr. Bodeguitas


Cortés Hermanos & Co.


Eli Lilly

Grupo Carval

Work highlights

  • Assisting Photoshop del Caribe in dealing with complaints filed by Adobe as worldwide owner of the trade mark Photoshop.
  • Assisting PedidosYa with its establishment in the country, protection of IP rights, compliance, distribution of regulated goods, data protection matters and adapting its business to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Mead Johnson Nutrition and its parent company in relation to a claim brought by the parents of a child whose image has been used on the packaging of a milk formula product.

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment Tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti assists corporate clients in a broad range of labour and employment matters. The team has longstanding expertise and particular strength in labour disputes, a line of business which runs parallel to its non-contentious focus. On the advisory side, the group particularly stands out for its in-depth knowledge of regulation and its ability to help foreign clients in setting up local subsidiaries, from the registration before local labour and social security authorities to providing advice on hiring, income tax and social security. The team is jointly led by managing partner Georges Santoni Recio and José Maldonado Stark, both of whom are also corporate lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Georges Santoni Recio; José Maldonado Stark


‘A team with high ethical and professional standards.’

‘The work area has great leadership, which allows a quick response to the different issues that may arise.’

Key clients

Dominican Garden Products

Renaissance Partners


Signal Dominicana


Focus Group

Antillian Marine Shipping

Americas Marine Management Services

Senosiain Laboratorios


Work highlights

  • Representing Dominican Garden Product after one of its employees died as result of a workplace accident, and the employee’s family filed a claim against the company seeking damages.
  • Acting for Renaissance Partners in relation to a claim by a former employee who resigned alleging that the company committed harassment and bullying.
  • Acting for Domicem in relation to a lawsuit filed by a former employee who resigned and is seeking severance payment and damages.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism Tier 3

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti has a notable track record acting in a wide variety of non-contentious real estate matters, spanning from sales and purchases, financing, development projects to trusts, due diligence and tax matters. Real estate litigation also features in the team's workload; in particular, the team's caseload includes eviction disputes, fraud investigations, inheritance matters and foreclosures. In the tourism space, the firm focuses on tax incentives under the Tourism Incentives Law of the Dominican Republic. Román Medina Diplan and Luis Heredia Valenzuela jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Roman Medina Diplan; Luis Heredia Valenzuela


‘They have up-to-date and accurate information on the market, and have extensive knowledge.’

‘Availability, extensive knowledge of various fields, quality of service.’

‘Able to work with clients with multiple languages; very responsive and attentive; aware of clients’ needs and attention to making sure they are updated on progress of the case.’

Key clients

Tenedora Amanda

Delivery Hero

Almacenes Sema

ICAS Ingenieros Constructores & Asociados

BAS Corporation

Recio & Co.

Rising Bay Investments

Nizao Capital 4 Enterprises

Soventix Caribbean

Work highlights

  • Assting Mr. Bodeguitas and Tenedora Amanda in a real estate operation involving land for the development of an ambitious self-storage project.
  • Assisting Delivery Hero in the implementation of a new project involving premises not open to the public for sale and dispatch of warehouse/supermarket products.
  • Advising Rising Bay Investments on the acquisition of a mall located in the tourist area of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic > Tax Tier 3

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti is known for assisting local and foreign clients with matters relating to tax compliance and personal and corporate income tax, among other areas. The key practitioners in the team include José Maldonado Stark, whose main area of activity is in corporate transactions; Luis Heredia Valenzuela, who is particularly appreciated among clients in the mining sector; managing partner Georges Santoni Recio; and Ariel Jáquez Núñez, who is also noted in the tax space. The firm is a member of BLITA International, a global association of independent tax advisory firms specialised in all areas of taxation, accounting and business consultancy services.

Practice head(s):

Georges Santoni Recio; Luis Heredia Valenzuela; Jose Maldonado Stark; Ariel Jaquez Nuñez

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.

Competition law: RV&HB offers services of the highest quality standard to its clients in comprehensive preventive advice, defense of competition rights, and the design and implementation of business compliance plans to prevent and mitigate risks of investigations for alleged anti-competitive practices (antitrust compliance).

We represent our clients in the courts of justice and before the market regulatory bodies (Procompetencia, Indotel, and Superintendencia de Electricidad) to defend their rights to free enterprise, stop the abuse of dominant position and unfair competition. We have the merit of having contributed motions that have become judicial precedents dictated by the high courts of 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.

Agency and distribution Georges Santoni Reciogsantoni@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Civil aviation and airports Luis Heredia Valenzuelalheredia@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Corporate and commercial Georges Santoni Reciogsantoni@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Energy and renewable energy/environment Jose Maldonado Starkjmaldonado@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Foreign investment Georges Santoni Reciogsantoni@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Foreign investment Luis Heredia Valenzuelalheredia@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Intellectual property Rosa Campillo Celadorcampillo@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration Georges Santoni Reciogsantoni@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Public procurement Jose Maldonado Starkjmaldonado@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Public procurement Luis Heredia Valenzuelalheredia@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Real estate and tourism Roman Medina Diplanrmedina@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Tax Jose Maldonado Starkjmaldonado@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Tax Luis Heredia Valenzuelalheredia@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Competition Law Angelica Noboa Pagananoboa@rvhb.com809-535-9511
International trade Angelica Noboa Pagananoboa@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Commercial arbitration Angelica Noboa Pagananoboa@rvhb.com809-535-9511
Telecommunications Angelica Noboa Pagananoboa@rvhb.com809-535-9511
 Joan Batista Molina  photo Joan Batista MolinaAssociate
 Gianmarco Bonarelli Valdez  photo Gianmarco Bonarelli ValdezAssociate attorney in business and corporate department of the firm.
 Rosa Campillo Celado  photo Rosa Campillo CeladoPartner
 Laura Cruz Felix  photo Laura Cruz FelixAssociate
 Laura Fernandez-Peix  photo Laura Fernandez-PeixSenior attorney and coordinator of the corporate department of Russin, Vecchi &…
 Monika Fiallo Paradas photo Monika Fiallo ParadasPartner
 Luis Heredia Valenzuela  photo Luis Heredia ValenzuelaPartner
 Ariel Jaquez Nuñez photo Ariel Jaquez NuñezPartner
 Jose Maldonado Stark  photo Jose Maldonado StarkPartner
 Angelica Noboa Pagan  photo Angelica Noboa PaganPartner
 Joan Peignand Muñiz  photo Joan Peignand MuñizIntern Lawyer
 Alanna Román Abreu  photo Alanna Román AbreuAssociate
 Jonathan Russin  photo Jonathan RussinOf Counsel
 Cesar Ariel Sanchez  photo Cesar Ariel SanchezAssociate Attorney
 Georges Santoni Recio  photo Georges Santoni RecioManaging Partner
Other fee-earners : 16
Total staff : 36
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