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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance Tier 1

Especially active in transactional and finance matters, Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's practice is also very strong across the spectrum of corporate work. Mary Fernández and Jaime Senior share leadership of the finance practice: recent mandates saw Fernández advise the Blackstone Group on its acquisition of Spanish company Grupo Cirsa, while Senior assisted Banco BHD León with a loan to HES Group for the acquisition of the Silver Sun Gallery and the Embassy Suites Hotel in Santo Domingo. Eileen Jiménez and Sarah De León acted as local counsel to Grupo Diesco on a $73m loan from Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group. De León and Roberto Rizik, who is well known for his expertise in M&A and project finance, jointly head the corporate practice.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s 'excellent' department houses lawyers with 'deep expertise' across a broad spectrum of dispute resolution; banking and labour litigation are core strengths of the practice, with bank fraud-related criminal cases keeping the team busy. Well-regarded litigator Francisco Alvarez and Tomás Hernández, who has 'a strategic mind' and counts labour litigation as a key strength, jointly head the practice together with Julio Camejo, who is noted for his expertise in environmental and white-collar criminal law matters. Recent work includes Alvarez and Camejo representing the Dominican General Tax Agency in criminal proceedings against the Tremols Group in a $186m tax fraud case. Manuel Madera and Jaime Senior are both active commercial litigators. Other clients include Pfizer, Banco BHD Léon and Citibank.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's 'solid' team is 'able to handle any type of intellectual property matter', including regulatory work, and has an excellent reputation for its niche strength in pharmaceutical patents. Mary Fernández is 'one of the most respected lawyers' in the market, while 'very diligent and extremely capable' senior associate and department head Lilly Acevedo 'focuses on the solution'. The group is advising clients on complying with Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health regulations. Other mandates include representing Evertec in trade mark litigation against Banco Popular Dominicano, and assisting Pfizer with regulatory matters. Associate Gabriella Villanueva is 'approachable' and handles patents and trade mark work.

Real estate and tourism Tier 2

The team at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández handles projects, transactions and regulatory real estate work, and is well known for its capabilities in administrative and corporate matters. Recent mandates include Jaime Senior assisting Playa Grande Holdings with the $150m development of the Playa Grande Golf Resort, while Marisol Vicens is advising Casa de Campo on real estate and environmental issues. Grupo Puntacana and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are regular clients; Mary Fernández advises the latter on ownership issues. Associate César Ledesma is recommended for administrative and project development work.


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
Mr Julio Camejo  photo Mr Julio Camejo
Ms Sarah De León  photo Ms Sarah De León
Mrs Mary Fernández  photo Mrs Mary Fernández
Mr Tomás Hernández  photo Mr Tomás Hernández
Mrs Annalisa Jaquez  photo Mrs Annalisa Jaquez
Ms Eileen Jimenez Cantisano  photo Ms Eileen Jimenez Cantisano
Mr Manuel Madera  photo Mr Manuel Madera
Mr Roberto Rizik  photo Mr Roberto Rizik
Mr Jaime Senior  photo Mr Jaime Senior
Ms Marisol Vicens  photo Ms Marisol Vicens
Associates : 31
Partners : 11