Mr Luis Heredia Valenzuela > Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Dominican Republic

Work Department





Luis Heredia Valenzuela has participated and assisted in multiple cases and transactions in the following areas of practice: Administrative Law, Civil Aeronautics Law, Corporate, Real Estate, Tax Law, Maritime Law, Monetary Issues, Foreign Exchange and Banking Law, Insurance Law, Environmental, Mining, Telecommunications and Tourism.

He has been Involved in the negotiations, management and elaboration of documents leading to contracts and awards of mining, agro industrial and telecommunications concessions; preparation of civil and commercial documents and contracts, both local and international; drafting of Joint Venture and Investment Agreements; M & A, legal audits and opinions in corporate matters; Foreign Investments; Real Estate Matters; Legal advise and assistance in banking, monetary, tax, insurance and environmental matters to foreign entities and investors; Local and International litigation.
Mr. Valenzuela is also Legal Advisor for the Mining and Petroleum Chamber of the Dominican Republic, Inc.


Spanish and English.


Dominican Bar Association (1989)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Inter-American Bar Association (IABA)
Dominican Association of Business Lawyers.


University of Wisconsin (American Law and Legal Institutions, 1983)
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (LL. B., Cum Laude, 1989)
Law Center of Georgetown University (LL. M. in Common Law Studies, 1993)

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance

José Maldonado Stark at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti handles financing for project development, notably energy and real estate developments, which has involved assisting with the structuring of credit facilities and securities. The firm acts for both domestic and international companies. The team’s cross-border work also includes overseeing the formalities for loans by foreign investors, an area that Georges Santoni Recio leads on. Luis Heredia Valenzuela is also noted.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

Led by Román Medina Diplán, the team at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti focuses on advice for individual investors on their purchases and sales of property and land, occasionally in tourist areas; work includes due diligence, title research, contracts and tax incentives. The firm also covers condominium rules, demarcation of land and litigation. José Maldonado Stark handles real estate issues for energy clients, such as advising BAS Corporation on a long-term lease, easements and due diligence on land prior to project development. Luis Heredia Valenzuela provides oversight on transactional and contentious matters.

Dominican Republic > Tax

José Maldonado Stark oversees much of the team’s tax work at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, often aided by associate Laura Fernandez-Peix, with Georges Santoni Recio and Ariel Jaquez Nuñez also leading matters. As a member of tax consultancy network BLITA International, the firm represents clients in administrative proceedings and frequently advises on the tax aspects of real estate investments, such as tax-efficient structuring for real estate investors or taxes on transfers of real estate. Luis Heredia Valenzuela and Román Medina Diplán, who acts for private clients, additionally co-head the department.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A

With experience of advising multinationals across a range of sectors, including energy, mechanical engineering, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages, Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti handles both domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Areas of strength include M&A and foreign investments, corporate restructurings, contractual matters (particularly agency and distribution agreements), and regulatory and compliance issues. Managing partner Georges Santori Recio, who is noted for his advice to foreign clients on corporate finance, M&A and commercial matters in the Dominican Republic, leads the sizeable team alongside José Maldonado Stark, an expert in advising investors in the trade, real estate, infrastructure and financial services sectors, Luis Heredia Valenzuela, whose expertise spans M&A, foreign investments and joint ventures, and Román Medina Diplán. Ariel Jaquez Nuñez is also a name to note. Angelica Noboa Pagan  joined the team from Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. in 2021 bringing with her significant expertise in regulatory, competition and international trade matters.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti‘s ‘very capable‘ team is experienced in a wide range of commercial, civil, criminal and constitutional litigation, including complex multi-jurisdictional cases. Notable areas of expertise include contractual disputes, particularly those involving distribution agents in the Dominican Republic, and fraud, insurance, tax and family law cases. Managing partner Georges Santoni Recio leads the team alongside senior associate Joan Batista Molina, who has expertise in criminal, real estate and administrative law. José Maldonado Stark and Luis Heredia Valenzuela are also names to note.