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

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
CALLE GUSTAVO MEJIA RICART NO 106
TORRE PIATINI, 6TH FLOOR
SANTO DOMINGO
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández‘s practice often involves acting as local counsel for international clients, with Eileen Jiménez securing credit facilities for multinational manufacturer Grupo Diesco worth $275m, and practice co-head Jaime Senior advising Panamanian financial institution CIFI on a Dominican investment fund and French energy client Stoa on its investment in a renewables project. A highlight for the firm is its work on the first issuance of green bonds in the Dominican Republic securities market, led by Senior and assisted by newly promoted partner Fernando Marranzini. Aided by practice co-head Sarah De León and founding partner Roberto Rizik, the team additionally focuses on the payments industry, counting CardNet as a client in this space.

Practice head(s):

Sarah De León; Jaime Senior

Key clients

Banco BHD León

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

CIFI

Citibank

JP Morgan Securities

Wells Fargo Bank

Bank of America

Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) / Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE)

Fitch Ratings

Banco Santa Cruz

Work highlights

  • Acted as Dominican Republic counsel to Grupo Diesco, a multinational conglomerate with investments in the plastic and beverage (water and soft drinks) industries and operations in the Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Colombia, in connection with the credit facilities granted to Grupo Diesco by Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, L.P. and other lenders.
  • Retained by CIFI to act as local counsel of Fondo de Inversión Cerrado Libre para el Desarolllo de Infraestructuras Dominicanas I (a Dominican investment fund) as lenders in relation to a credit facility ascending to RD$3,731,700,000 (approximately $56m) in favour of Allard Industries Ltd., owner of Blue Mall Center, and Orion Industries, Ltd., owner of JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo.
  • Advised the settlor and trustee of the Fideicomiso de Oferta Publica de Valores Larimar I No. 04 – FP trust in connection with the structuring and organisation of the trust itself, as well in obtaining the approval for the issuance of green bonds for up to $100m.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions is reflected in an impressive client roster of large local and multinational companies. The team is skilled in M&A, corporate reorganisations, foreign investments and the creation of joint ventures, as well as advising on day-to-day corporate issues and regulatory and compliance matters, with a recent focus on e-commerce and data protection. At the head of the sizeable team, Jaime Senior is highly regarded for his expertise in transactions in the energy sector, and Sarah De León has a broad practice spanning M&A, contracts and distribution agreements, joint ventures and foreign investments. Eileen Jiménez, who stands out for her advice on M&A and distributorship agreements, Mary Fernández and newly promoted partners Fernando Marranzini and Carolina Silié are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Sarah De León; Jaime Senior

Testimonials

‘They stand out both for their knowledge of the business environment and the clients’ needs. This allows them to respond by going the extra mile and exceeding client expectations. The quality of HRAF is at an international level – I work with firms on several continents and HRAF is at the level of the very best.’

‘The best thing about the firm is the service and attention to what the client needs. There will always be risks but the team are always looking for alternatives to mitigate them, and naturally the experience they have gives us peace of mind that they will think of solutions. Fernando Marranzini and Jaime Senior are the partners in charge of our account and they are absolutely wonderful.’

‘It is a firm that provides a high level of service and specialised technical knowledge. What makes the team special is that it combines technical knowledge of the law with knowledge of the policies, values and processes of our company, and deals with matters in a practical and urgent manner.’

‘The plus that makes the firm stand out, in my opinion, is undoubtedly its diversity and the new generation of highly qualified lawyers, who have been guided by the experience and knowledge of the firm’s experienced members. Both complement each other: some provide a new vision and approach supported by the use of technology and others the wisdom and knowledge that is undoubtedly obtained through experience. Among the partners, it is worth highlighting the work of Mary Fernández.’

‘HRAF is a multidisciplinary firm that always successfully assists us when required. I would like to highlight the team’s promptness, availability and 24/7 client service; they have the flexibility to support us with the speed we require. The team demonstrates a personal touch from contact calls to billing. I feel that the costs are appropriate, not excessive, and correspond to a business relationship of mutual support. I am always satisfied with their services.’

‘Jaime Senior, Eileen Jiménez and their team are excellent lawyers who are professional, focused and always support me to come up with the best strategy to protect the company.’

‘The team builds close relationships with clients and provides excellent quality deliverables. They follow up on issues with their clients, which I think is a strong point. Additionally, when required, the partner responsible for the account has always been directly available. The firm has a very good international reputation.’

‘Mary Fernández and Carolina Silié stand out for their immediate availability, close relationships with clients and follow-up on important matters.’

Key clients

SK E&S

BBB Foods

Advanced Asset Management

Tabacalera de García

STOA Energy

Cardnet

Grupo Diesco

Grupo SID

Isla Dominicana de Petroleo

Imperial Brands

Work highlights

  • Advised Advanced Asset Management, as manager of investment fund Fondo Cerrado de Desarrollo de Sociedades Advanced Oportunidades de Inversión, in the execution of its roll-up strategy with respect to companies in the industrial bakery and bread manufacturing market of the Dominican Republic.
  • Advised Isla Dominicana de Petróleo Corporation in connection with its partnership with Sol Investments, a subsidiary of Parkland Corporation, in order to create the Dominican Republic’s largest network of gas stations.
  • Advised STOA on the minority acquisition of Los Guzmancito wind farm on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘excellent‘ team at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández is highly active in litigation before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Justice, and is also noted for its ‘extensive experience‘ in arbitration. Key areas of strength include civil, commercial, administrative, labour and constitutional litigation, as well as disputes in the banking, sports, telecoms and real estate sectors. Founding partner Francisco Alvarez, who has particular expertise in banking, corporate and telecoms-related litigation, leads the team with Tomás Hernández, a specialist in labour disputes. Julio Camejo, who focuses on criminal cases, and newly promoted partner Juan José Espaillat, who handles civil, commercial, administrative and labour litigation, are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Alvarez; Tomás Hernández

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience in arbitration and diverse expertise in handling substantive issues brought before the arbitration court.’

‘The team are professional and constantly keep clients up to date. They stand out for their mastery of cases and of the client’s industry beyond the legal issues.’

‘It is an excellent team that maintains quality and extraordinary service even under high-pressure circumstances.’

‘They have tremendous expert lawyers in different subject matters and one can always trust them. They adjust the strategy of the case, taking into account the needs and interests of the client.’

‘The Headrick team is of the first order, with good training, great experience and an identification with the clients that makes them special.’

‘They are always available and fulfill their commitments. Tomás Hernández’s experience and strategic vision is of great support and value for clients.’

Key clients

Central Bank of the Dominican Republic

De La Rue

Danosa

New York Yankees Partnership (Latin America Academy New York Yankees)

Banco BHD – Leon

Nynas

Zoetis, Zoetis Costa Rica

Claro

Frederic Schad

Grupo Sid – Mercasid, Induveca and Agua Crystal

Los Angeles Dodgers

Work highlights

  • Represented Banco Múltiple BHD León in several claims related to the failed acquisition and financing of the Silver Sun Gallery Hotel and Mall in Santo Domingo.
  • Successfully defended at the appellate level international oil manufacturer Nynas in a product liability case brought against it by AES, the largest electric company in the Dominican Republic, and a local insurance company related to a transformer explosion.
  • Serving as Dominican counsel to De La Rue, a global manufacturer of security documents, in actions against its former distributor in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic > Intellectual property Tier 1

Mary Fernández leads and associate and deputy director Gabriella Villanueva assists with the majority of Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández‘s IP work, collaborating to advise on trademark applications and portfolios for consumer goods clients, with the firm overseeing Grupo SID’s 1,900 trademarks. The pharmaceuticals sector is another key area, with the team advising Johnson & Johnson on its IP portfolio, handling 2,100 trademarks, and representing ORGANON in a patent protection case before the Supreme Court, aided by associate Luciano Jiménez. The firm both prosecutes and defends in trademark litigation, working on a dispute to pursue the annulment of a registration for a tourism client as well as defending technology and insurance clients against oppositions to their applications. Copyright matters are also covered, with the firm bringing lawsuits against illegal copyright collection agencies. Associate Melissa Marrero worked on the IP aspects of an acquisition and on trademark applications for a children’s entertainment client. Senior associate Miguelina Figueroa rejoined the firm after ten years as legal adviser to the government, becoming Headrick’s director of IP, life sciences and healthcare, while former practice co-head Lilly Acevedo joined the District Attorney Office.

Practice head(s):

Mary Fernández-Rodríguez; Miguelina Figueroa; Gabriella Villanueva Paulino

Testimonials

‘Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández Law Firm does a fantastic job adapting to the client’s needs and particular situation. They are attentive to our specific questions, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable. They are also well connected to the greater Dominican community and able to seek out resources as needed.’

‘Everyone we have worked with at the firm has been extremely kind and service oriented. They always work to understand our needs and situation so they can respond accordingly. I have been treated with respect by all associates at the firm and am grateful for their attention to detail. Specifically in reference to intellectual property and life sciences, I have had the pleasure of working with Miguelina Figueroa, Gabriela Villanueva, Melissa Marrero, Kyra Duquela and Mary Hernandez. All the mentioned associates have provided excellent service.’

Key clients

DR Government [Vice President of The Dominican Republic and Health Cabinet for Covid-19]

Johnson & Johnson and Affiliates

Grupo Sid (Mercasid, Induveca, Agua Crystal, among others)

Mujeres Por La Igualdad De Derechos

Gunk

Mejía Arcalá

Transparency International

Merck & Co

Bigwise

Caesars Entertainment

Grupo Puntacana

Hershey´s

Sandoz/Novartis Caribe

Toy Cantando

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment Tier 1

The ‘excellent‘ team at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández stands out for its expertise in handling labour disputes, including appearing before the Supreme Court, on behalf of major clients from the telecoms, financial services, education, pharmaceuticals and sports sectors, among others. The practice also has experience of advising on negotiations with labour unions, the implementation of HR policies, the termination of employment relationships and calculation of severance, and compliance with labour and social security regulations. At the head of the team, Tomás Hernández advises on employment contracts, the design and restructuring of benefits, and risk prevention, as well as handling labour litigation. Litigator Julio Camejo is another key contact for labour disputes and union negotiations, and senior associate Federico Pinchinat is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Hernandez

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent team, which stays up to date on our matters and which exhibits a high level of quality that give us comfort when we delegate a case to them.’

‘Among the qualities to highlight are the team’s proactivity, constant communication and customer service.’

‘It is a team that is well led and maintains a high standard of quality. Their advice takes into account the particularities of the client and achieves extraordinary results. When a new person joins the litigation team, they receive excellent support to ensure they get results.’

‘In Tomás Hernández, they have an expert lawyer in labour matters, in whom we trust 100%. He is a well-rounded lawyer who knows how to give advice depending on the client’s needs and makes recommendations which take into account the risks but support the client’s business. As a litigator, he is careful and strategic. We are 100% satisfied with the team and we fully trust its expertise.’

Key clients

Levapan Dominicana

Sanofi

KPMG

New York Yankees

Philipp Morris Dominicana

LA Dodgers

MercaSID

GBM Dominicana

American Móvil Teleservices/OPITEL

Isla Dominicana De Petróleo Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the LA Dodgers in a labour claim brought by an ex-academy player seeking payment of severance and acquired rights as an ordinary employee in the Dominican Republic.
  • Acting for United Petroleum and Transporte Lizandro in a claim brought by 28 workers, seeking allegedly unpaid salary and damages.
  • Advised Isla Dominicana de Petróleo Corporation on the labour aspects of its partnership with Sol Investments.

Dominican Republic > Tax Tier 1

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández often advises on the tax implications of corporate matters, such as transactions, establishment and closure of operations, and restructurings, as well as on preferential tax treatment rights, including exemptions. An example of the former is the firm’s advice for manufacturer BBB Foods on the tax component of its restructuring and expansion, led by Jaime Senior, who also provides ongoing tax advice to Citibank and the Digital Economy Group. Fellow practice co-head Marisol Vicens worked on amendments to the Tax Code and Free Zones Law. The firm frequently advises clients from the tech and manufacturing sectors, as well as financial institutions, which includes local tax structuring advice for international clients.

Practice head(s):

Marisol Vicens; Jaime Senior

Key clients

McKinsey & Co. Inc.

Nielsen

Digital Economy Group

BBB Foods SRL

Citibank

The Nature Conservancy

National Council of Private Enterprises

Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Golf & Resort

One Park Dominicana

Work highlights

  • Representing the ‘Digital Economy Group’, a group of high-tech and digital companies, in matters related to tax advice and initiatives of the digital economy.

Dominican Republic > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández oversees the due diligence for clients involved in acquisitions of, or investments into, energy generation projects, such as representing STOA in its investment into Poseidón Energía Renovable, the owner of a 100MW wind farm project. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are another area of work, with the team structuring a trust to own the rights to receivables under a PPA. Marisol Vicens and Jaime Senior co-head the practice, with Vicens bringing experience in energy regulation and Senior advising international clients on investing in Dominican projects, as well as working on a partnership for the operation of gas stations. Carolina Silié, who works on natural gas projects, and Fernando Marranzini, who assists with energy acquisitions, were both promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marisol Vicens Bello; Jaime Senior

Testimonials

‘I would like to commend this firm for their responsiveness. As a client based in Europe, we were dependent on Headrick to be our “eyes and ears” in the Dominican Republic when dealing with complex tenders.’

‘I would make special mention of Carolina Silié. Carolina has been our main contact point for a number of years. She has always offered concise and useful advice on DR legal matters. In addition Carolina has been supremely accommodating in satisfying very demanding and time-pressured requests.’

‘Technical and business-level knowledge of the industry is a major strength of the team. They support their clients to understand the market from a legal perspective and from a business reality perspective. Availability and customer service is a high point of the team. For quick or urgent queries, they provide us with their WhatsApp for greater agility. Their customer service and industry knowledge compare favorably to other firms.’

‘The partner Carolina Silié has great knowledge of the energy regulatory part. Better judgement comes from having some technical knowledge about how power plants work. Her mapping of market players, both public and private, is exceptional.’

Key clients

CIFI

SK E&S

Green Street Power Partners

Puerto Quetzal Power

Isla Dominicana de Petróleo Corporation

STOA

Fideicomiso de Oferta Pública de Valores Larimar I No. 04

Work highlights

  • Advised STOA on its investment in Poseidón Energía Renovable, the company in charge of the development, financing and management of the 100MW Los Guzmancito wind farm project in the municipality of Luperón, Puerto Plata.
  • Advised Isla Dominicana de Petróleo Corporation in connection with its partnership with Sol Investments SEZC, a subsidiary of Parkland Corporation, in order to create the Dominican Republic’s largest network of gas stations.
  • Advised the settlor and trustee of the Fideicomiso de Oferta Publica de Valores Larimar I No. 04 trust in connection with the structuring and organisation of the trust itself, as well in obtaining approval for the issuance of green bonds for up to USD$100m: the Dominican Republic’s first issuance of green bonds in the Dominican securities market.

Dominican Republic > Environment Tier 2

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández advises on compliance with environmental regulations, such as performing impact studies for industrial and tourism projects.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism Tier 2

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández has handled the development of the Playa Grande Golf Resort, with the ‘attentive’ and ‘realistic’  Jaime Senior taking on purchase, sale and construction agreements, contracts and permits. Marisol Vicens oversees acquisitions of plots for development, notably for a plastics manufacturer, while Mary Fernández covers easement disputes and due diligence on land. Free trade zones are an area of experience, with Sarah De León negotiating leases for buildings in an industrial free trade zone park for a cigar factory.

Practice head(s):

Mary Fernández; Marisol Vicens; Sarah De León; Jaime Senior

Testimonials

‘The professional and human integration between the different professional specialties of lawyers, and their interaction with clients, means that they can resolve the issues submitted to their consultation with confidence and competence.’

‘Jaime Senior and Francisco Alvarez have an analytical capacity with a strategic approach to the issues that goes beyond the purely legal vision and enriches the wider analysis of the matter in question.’

‘Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández Law Firm adapts fantastically to the client’s needs and particular situation. They are attentive to our specific questions, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable. They are also well connected to the greater Dominican community and able to seek out additional resources as needed.’

‘The individual I have worked with in this specific area is Cesar Ledesma. He is attentive and able to explain complex issues in a way I can understand. His attention to detail and the process of establishing land title are exceptional. I am grateful for his support.’

‘The experience to date with Jaime Senior leading two conditional purchase-sale real estate transactions and contribution to a real estate development trust has been unbeatable. His disposition and availability in the different moments of the negotiation and preparation of documents have left us with peace of mind when navigating complex conversations with many internal and external stakeholders.’

‘Jaime Senior has helped us handle the negotiations in a timely manner in each of the stages, always aiming to protecting our interests without sacrificing the viability of the transactions. His expertise in Dominican and American law has served as a bridge to facilitate communication with international counterparts and their legal teams. He is always on top of and attentive to the dynamics and needs of internal and external stakeholders.’

‘They are usually very practical when it comes to dealing with issues and proposing solutions. They give the client security in the advice provided.’

‘Jaime Senior not only has a sense of legal practice but also of business, so he tends to be very realistic in his recommendations. He is skilled not only in local business, but with the US market too.’

Key clients

Tropicalia (Cisneros Group)

One World Surgery

Parque Zona Franca Las Americas

Grupo Puntacana

Grupo Campollo

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Consorcio Azucarero Central, S. A.

Third Point LLC and Discovery Land Group Inc.

Asociacion Dominicana de Empresas Turisticas Inmobiliarias

Playa Nueva Romana (Grupo Piñero)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Playa Grande Holdings in the drafting of all of the contracts, permits and other legal requirements for the development of the Playa Grande Golf Resort.
  • Assisting Induspalma, a major producer of palm oil, in the reorganisation of its land holdings in the Dominican Republic. The company owns approximately 112 different parcels of land, spanning almost 100m sq m.
  • Advising Tabacalera de Garcia SAS, one of the largest handmade cigar factories in the world, on its deal with Operadora Zona Franca La Romana, part of Central Romana group, to carry out improvements and transformations of existing buildings and an industrial complex located at the industrial free trade zone park of La Romana (Parque Zona Franca La Romana) in a built-to-suit-lease format.

After more than 35 years 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Roberto Rizik E: rrizik@headrick.com.do
Corporate Sarah de Leon E: sdeleon@headrick.com.do
Corporate Jaime Senior E: jsenior@headrick.com.do
Corporate Marisol Vicens E: mvicens@headrick.com.do
Banking and finance Mary Fernández E: mfernandez@headrick.com.do
Banking and finance Jaime Senior E: jsenior@headrick.com.do
Litigation/labor Francisco Alvarez E: falvarez@headrick.com.do
Litigation/labor Tomás Hernández E: thernandez@headrick.com.do
Intellectual property Mary Fernández E: mfernandez@headrick.com.do
Real estate and tourism Jaime Senior E: jsenior@headrick.com.do
Energy Marisol Vicens E: mvicens@headrick.com.do
Sports Sarah De León E: sdeleon@headrick.com.do
Sports Tomás Hernández E: thernandez@headrick.com.do
Tax Marisol Vicens E: mvicens@headrick.com.do
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Francisco Alvarez photoMr Francisco AlvarezFounding Partner. Specialist in litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of…
Julio Camejo photoMr Julio CamejoPartner. Specialist in criminal litigation, particularly related to economic or financial frauds…
Sarah De León photoMs Sarah De LeónPartner. Advises on the structuring and negotiation of real estate projects, mergers…
Mary Fernández photoMrs Mary FernándezFounding Partner. Wide practice in foreign investment, corporate law, banking and international…
Tomás Hernández photoMr Tomás HernándezPartner. Specialist in the areas of litigation and arbitration, with a focus…
Annalisa Jaquez photoMrs Annalisa JaquezPartner. er exercise is focused on business matters, including, civil and commercial law,…
Eileen Jimenez Cantisano photoMs Eileen Jimenez CantisanoPartner. Her practice is focused corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, project…
Roberto Rizik photoMr Roberto RizikFounding partner. His professional practice is focused in the areas of general…
Jaime Senior photoMr Jaime SeniorPartner. Counsels foreign and local clients in civil, commercial and business organizational…
Marisol Vicens photoMs Marisol VicensPartner. Coordinates the implementation of investment projects; practices in energy law, negotiation…
Associates : 31
Partners : 13