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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández Offices
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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández > The Legal 500 RankingsHeadrick 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.
Sarah De León; Jaime Senior
Banco BHD León
The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
JP Morgan Securities
Wells Fargo Bank
Bank of America
Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) / Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE)
Banco Santa Cruz
- 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.
Sarah De León; Jaime Senior
‘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.’
Advanced Asset Management
Tabacalera de García
Isla Dominicana de Petroleo
- 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.
Francisco Alvarez; Tomás Hernández
‘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.’
Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
De La Rue
New York Yankees Partnership (Latin America Academy New York Yankees)
Banco BHD – Leon
Zoetis, Zoetis Costa Rica
Grupo Sid – Mercasid, Induveca and Agua Crystal
Los Angeles Dodgers
- 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.
Mary Fernández-Rodríguez; Miguelina Figueroa; Gabriella Villanueva Paulino
‘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.’
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
Merck & Co
‘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.’
New York Yankees
Philipp Morris Dominicana
American Móvil Teleservices/OPITEL
Isla Dominicana De Petróleo Corporation
- 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 1Headrick 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.
Marisol Vicens; Jaime Senior
McKinsey & Co. Inc.
Digital Economy Group
BBB Foods SRL
The Nature Conservancy
National Council of Private Enterprises
Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic
Playa Grande Golf & Resort
One Park Dominicana
- 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.
Marisol Vicens Bello; Jaime Senior
‘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.’
Green Street Power Partners
Puerto Quetzal Power
Isla Dominicana de Petróleo Corporation
Fideicomiso de Oferta Pública de Valores Larimar I No. 04
- 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.
Mary Fernández; Marisol Vicens; Sarah De León; Jaime Senior
‘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.’
Tropicalia (Cisneros Group)
One World Surgery
Parque Zona Franca Las Americas
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)
- 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.
Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández > Firm Profile
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.
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