Mr Jose Maldonado Stark > Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Dominican Republic

Work Department

Government procurement, Merger and Acquisitions, Project Financing and Securities and Financial Law.




Member of the business department of the firm since 2001 and Partner from 2009. Mr. Maldonado Stark has focused his practice on transactions, international project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions, energy, government procurement and agency and distribution.

Mr. Maldonado has advised local and foreign investors in areas of trade, real estate, infrastructure, and financial intermediation services. List of clients include multinational corporations on electromechanical engineering, energy and health, financial intermediaries and institutions, investment funds and asset ownership and administration, distributors and producers of beverages and lubricants, corporations dedicated to the business sales department.

He assisted to the leading company of the consortium awarded the procurement of the Line 2-B of the Metro of Santo Domingo. Likewise, assisted the state-owned corporation of energy holdings in the international tender context for the construction of two new power plants, holding and potential financing schemes with state warranty. He served as Legal Counsel of an Australian bank in the finance and structuring of the guarantee package for the development of a mining project. Mr. Maldonado-Stark has advised mayor financial intermediaries, investment banks and global enterprises in local debt acquisitions. Also has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions with transnational corporations and assisting to the real estate developers on finance and real estate transactions. Acted as key attorney in the acquisition of a 49% shares interest in the most important local steel and construction material manufacturer, representing the buyer, a Brazilian steel producer considered the largest producer in America and one of the most important in the world as steel maker. Represented the Dominican sector, of the most important producers of soft drinks of the country, in the strategic alliance and later purchase, by one of the most important breweries of the world.

Currently, has been providing assistance to a major financial corporation in its evaluation and structuring a financing of a project as well as provided support to major distributors of products on their negotiations for the termination or maintenance of their agency, manufacturing and distribution agreements.


English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Maldonado Stark is a former member of the Meritas Board of Directors and current member of its quality assurance committee. Meritas is an association of business law firms, with 170 law firms affiliated from more than 70 countries. Meritas selects its members by invitation only, and in order to keep with their membership, the firms must follow strict quality standards, submitting every three years to a rigorous evaluation and re-certification process. Maldonado Stark also serves on the Energy and Legal Committees of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) and on the Investment Committee Association of Foreign Investment Companies (ASIEX).  


  • Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) (JD, August 1999) Magna Cum Laude;
  • Boston University School of Law, LLM in American Law (Concentration on Corporative Law and Securities Regulation), 2001.
  • University of Paris (Pantheon-Sorbonne), France, Certificate “Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law”, Cornell Law School.
  • LLM in Constitutional Law at Universidad de Castilla de la Mancha and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Corporate and finance

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti is commended for providing ‘timely, in-depth corporate advice‘ to clients in the energy, banking, technology and healthcare sectors, among others. The practice is well known for its solid track record in cross-border finance and corporate matters. Managing partner Georges Santoni Recio heads the department in conjunction with José Maldonado Stark, who is very experienced in international project finance; Luis Heredia Valenzuela, who is noted for his expertise in contractual matters for mining, telecoms and agribusiness companies; and Puerto Plata-based Román Medina Diplan. Ariel Jáquez Núñez, who made partner in 2019, is also a name to note.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution

Counting contractual and tax disputes among its key areas of expertise, Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti‘s litigation practice is equipped to represent clients in the engineering, food, pharmaceutical, real estate and energy sectors in a broad range of contentious matters. Practice head Georges Santoni Recio is defending Bayer in an ongoing contractual dispute against agricultural company AgroAvance. Senior associate Manuel Conde Cabrera is the litigation department co-ordinator. José Maldonado Stark handles administrative and commercial litigation, while Luis Heredia Valenzuela stands out for his strength in insurance litigation. Associate Sekira Hernández Díaz is also noted.

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment

Georges Santoni Recio leads the practice at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, which is ‘knowledgeable about regulatory matters‘; outsourcing agreements, labour disputes and contracts-related work are also prominent in the group’s recent workload. José Maldonado Stark and Ariel Jáquez Núñez are also key contacts, as is senior associate Yissel De León Burgos, who joined from an in-house role in 2019 and draws on previous experience as a labour law judge.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti‘s department has established strength in development work, land and property transactions, construction mandates and due diligence, and is also adept at handling real estate-related disputes. Puerto Plata-based Román Medina Diplan heads the department in conjunction with Luis Heredia Valenzuela, who is based in the Santo Domingo office. José Maldonado Stark acts for international and domestic investors, and also assists real estate developers with transactions. Associates Ana María Frías and Pierina Poloney, both based in the Puerto Plata office, are also noted.