Firm Profile > Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance Tier 1

At Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández, the corporate practice is jointly led by Roberto Rizik, who is highly regarded for his expertise in project finance and M&A, and Sarah De León, noted for her experience in joint ventures and foreign investment work, among other areas. The department is adept at handling a wide range of corporate matters, and is well known for its capabilities in finance and transactional work, which it handles for banking, technology, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. Mary Fernández and Jaime Senior jointly head the finance practice. Eileen Jiménez has expertise in project finance and M&A; senior associate Fernando Marranzini is 'completely business-oriented' and provides 'timely, clear and useful advice'.


Senior associate Fernando Marranzini has the necessary knowledge, but in addition to this he is completely business-oriented and provides timely, clear and useful advice‘.

Key clients

Banco BHD León

Cisneros Group / Tropicalia



Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

Zona Franca Industrial de Las Américas

Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)

Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE)

Cooperativa de Leche Dos Pinos

Johnson & Johnson


Uber BV

Subway International


CMC Coal


Dispute resolution Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández balances a large litigation caseload, and also stands out for its experience in cases before the Supreme Court. The team is noted for its strong capabilities in labour and banking litigation, although the group is also adept at assisting clients with a broad range of contentious mandates. Francisco Alvarez, who has an excellent reputation for his litigation expertise, is representing the Dominican General Tax Agency in long-running criminal proceedings against the Tremols Group regarding a multimillion-dollar tax fraud. Alvarez heads the team in conjunction with labour litigation expert Tomás Hernández. Julio Camejo is a key contact for white-collar criminal and environmental law cases; Jaime Senior and Manuel Madera are noted for their expertise in commercial litigation.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's 'well-organised' team 'works well together and is highly knowledgeable about intellectual property and regulatory law'. The practice is noted for its solid capabilities in pharmaceutical patents; other recent mandates include contentious and non-contentious trade mark and copyright work. The highly regarded Mary Fernández, together with newly promoted partner and department director Lilly Acevedo, are the key names at the partner level. Associates Gabriella Villanueva, Melissa Marrero and Marializ De León are also noted.

Practice head(s):


Their advice is always on target‘.

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández is well organised, with a team that works well together and is highly knowledgeable about intellectual property and regulatory law‘.

Lilly Acevedo has excellent legal judgement and knowledge of the subject, and is very diligent‘.

Mary Fernández is an eminent specialist in regulatory law and pharmaceutical matters. She is very proactive and attentive‘.

Lilly Acevedo works swiftly and is very professional, attentive and always available. She has a lot of experience in trade marks and in regulatory issues‘.

Key clients


Johnson & Johnson



Grupo SID


Molson Coors Brewing Company


Productos Farmacéuticos S.A. de C.V.


The Hershey Company




Vuelos Baratos

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Experienced in handling high-value transactions and energy-related project finance, Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's practice is jointly led by Marisol Vicens and Eileen Jiménez. Together with corporate law expert Mary Fernández, Jiménez is advising three development banks on a $60m financing to Montecristi Solar FV for the construction of a 57MW solar power plant in the Dominican Republic. Associate Elizabeth Silfa is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Key clients


Agua Crystal



Labour and employment Tier 2

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's 'highly professional and knowledgeable' team balances a busy caseload of labour disputes, including cases before the Supreme Court. Other areas of instruction include restructuring, union conflicts and contracts-related work, and the team acts for an international client base, with particular expertise in the telecoms sector. Practice head Tomás Hernández is considered 'one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in labour matters in the Dominican Republic'. Manuel Madera and senior associate Federico Pinchinat are also noted.

Practice head(s):


The team is highly professional and knowledgeable‘.

Tomás Hernández is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in labour matters in the Dominican Republic‘.

Manuel Madera and Federico Pinchinat have good client care and availability‘.

Key clients

New York Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies

LA Dodgers

MercaSID, S.A.

Consorcio Azucarero Central

Johnson & Johnson

ARS Palic Salud



Claro Dominicana

Real estate and tourism Tier 2

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández has extensive experience in regulatory real estate matters, transactions and projects, with prominent tourism development mandates keeping the team busy. Corporate real estate and litigation are other areas of strength for the department. Jaime Senior, who is well known for his expertise in corporate matters, heads the practice in conjunction with Marisol Vicens, who has a broad corporate and real estate practice. Senior associate César Ledesma is active in project development work.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Tropicalia Holdings

Grupo Punta Cana

The Philadelphia Phillies

Third Point LLC

Discovery Land Group Inc.

Parque Zona Franca Las Americas

Asociacion Dominicana de Empresas Turisticas Inmobiliarias (ADETI)

Playa Nueva Romana

New York Yankees

Los Angeles Dodgers

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)

Induveca, S. A.

Induspalma Dominicana, S. A.

After more than three decades leading the market, Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez continues to be one of the largest and most distinguished law firms in the country by providing practical experience, responsiveness and commitment to rendering high-quality legal services at cost-effective rates. The firm offers clients a comprehensive legal platform for transactions and litigation in the Dominican Republic. In recent years, the firm has been top-ranked by several organizations in its different practice areas and various attorneys have been individually distinguished in their respective practice areas.

Areas of practice
M&A/corporate: HRA&F has a broad transactional practice, both in domestic and cross-border transactions. The firm recently served as counsel to Centro Financiero BHD in its $5.5bn acquisition by merger of Groupo Financiero Leon, the largest financial institutions transaction in the history of the Dominican Republic. The firm was also counsel to Vinci Airports SAS in its acquisition of Aerodom, the operator of six airports in the country, including that of the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Banking and finance: the firm has participated in transactions involving bank and commercial lending, securities offerings, securitizations, public finance and project finance. Recently, the firm represented industrial concern Diesco in a US $60m secured financing from Goldman Sachs, and Aerodom in US $533m multi-jurisdictional refinancing.

Litigation/alternative dispute resolution: the firm offers clients extensive litigation experience and participates in local and international arbitration processes. The firm successfully defended Nynas AB at the trial court and appellate levels in a complex product liability case involving multiple jurisdictions related to an explosion at the largest electric generating plant in the country.

Intellectual property: the firm is known for its significant IP practice, considered to be among the most innovative in the country. This department has played a leading role in protecting the copyrights, patents and trademarks of many international firms, particularly in the pharmaceutical area (Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and GSK, among others).

Real estate and tourism: the firm provides a wide array of services in the real estate and tourism market. The firm assists clients in the purchase, lease and other commercial operations for all types of real estate property and tourism-related transactions. The firm represents Inversiones Cuatro Estaciones, part of the Cisneros Group, in the development and financing of the Tropicalia and Four Seasons tourist complex in Miches and leading hospitalilty group Grupo Puntacana on various matters.

Energy: the firm’s energy practice concentrates on the negotiation of power supply contracts, power purchase agreements, regulatory matters, construction and operation of plants, and permitting issues. The firm is currently representing a number of developers in renewable energy projects, as well as the construction of large conventional plant projects. It also represents financial institutions in such transactions.

Sports law: the firm assists sports organizations and teams, such as Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in labor matters, litigation, corporate law, real estate and other practice areas. HRA&F also serves as counsel to Dominican baseball and basketball teams.

Pro bono: the firm represents the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, and is actively involved in various initiatives of the NYSBA and The Vance Center.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Roberto Rizik E:
Corporate Sarah de Leon E:
Corporate Jaime Senior E:
Banking and finance Mary Fernández E:
Banking and finance Jaime Senior E:
Litigation/labor Francisco Alvarez E:
Litigation/labor Tomás Hernández E:
Intellectual property Mary Fernández E:
Real estate and tourism Roberto Rizik E:
Energy Marisol Vicens E:
Sports Sarah De León E:
Sports Tomás Hernández E:
Tax Marisol Vicens E:
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Francisco Alvarez  photo Mr Francisco Alvarez Founding Partner. Specialist in litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of…
Mr Julio Camejo  photo Mr Julio Camejo Partner. Specialist in criminal litigation, particularly related to economic or financial frauds…
 Sarah De León  photo Sarah De León Partner. Advises on the structuring and negotiation of real estate projects, mergers…
 Mary Fernández  photo Mary Fernández Founding Partner. Wide practice in foreign investment, corporate law, banking and international…
 Tomás Hernández  photo Tomás Hernández Partner. Specialist in the areas of litigation and arbitration, with a focus…
Mrs Annalisa Jaquez  photo Mrs Annalisa Jaquez Partner. er exercise is focused on business matters, including, civil and commercial law,…
Ms Eileen Jimenez Cantisano  photo Ms Eileen Jimenez Cantisano Partner. Her practice is focused corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, project…
Mr Manuel Madera  photo Mr Manuel Madera Partner. His exercise is focused in the areas of commercial, civil and labor…
Mr Roberto Rizik  photo Mr Roberto Rizik Founding partner. His professional practice is focused in the areas of general…
Mr Jaime Senior  photo Mr Jaime Senior Partner. Counsels foreign and local clients in civil, commercial and business organizational…
Ms Marisol Vicens  photo Ms Marisol Vicens Partner. Coordinates the implementation of investment projects; practices in energy law, negotiation…
Associates : 31
Partners : 11