Firm Profile > Jiménez Cruz Peña > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Jiménez Cruz Peña
Dominican Republic

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Counting criminal defamation, labour litigation, commercial litigation, contentious insurance claims and arbitration among its areas of expertise, Jiménez Cruz Peña handles mandates for international and domestic state-owned and private companies, and counts telecoms, real estate, energy and telecoms as key sector strengths. Marcos Peña Rodríguez, highly regarded for his litigation and arbitration expertise, and Rosa Díaz, who is well known for handling labour litigation, jointly head the practice, in which José Cruz Campillo is another key contact. Clients include American Airlines and Quala Dominicana.

Corporate and finance Tier 2

Jiménez Cruz Peña reports an uptick in instructions from energy sector clients, and is especially active in high-value fund structuring, cross-border M&A, corporate and financial restructuring, and lender-side financing matters. Katherine Rosa and Marcos Peña Rodríguez, who is noted for his expertise in project finance matters, assisted a prominent financial institution with its $80m financing of the 50MW Guanillo wind farm renewable energy project in the Montecristi province. Vilma Veras is advising Celuisma on the $15m sale of a hotel in Puerto Plata to a local tourism group. Corporate and project finance expert Luis Julio Jimenez is also noted. Other clients include Citibank and Accor.

Real estate and tourism Tier 4

Jiménez Cruz Peña's practice reports an uptick in real estate investment work; development and transactional mandates are also core strengths. Vilma Veras advised Fondo de Inversión Cerrado Inmobiliario Excel I on a $5m property acquisition as part of the client's investment portfolio. Marcos Peña Rodríguez handles corporate real estate and litigation. Jennifer Beauchamps is a noted senior associate.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Jiménez Cruz Peña's founding partner Marcos Peña Rodríguez is  recommended for investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Fabiola Medina Garnes at Medina Garrigó Abogados is 'an excellent all-round dispute  resolution attorney', while Jesús Francos is 'always ahead in every matter or situation' and is 'very adaptable and personable'. At Bobadilla AbogadosAndrés Emilio Bobadilla Fernández has notable expertise in representing high-net-worth individuals and companies in arbitration proceedings; he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. Luis Pereyra at Pereyra & Asociados is also a key name to note.


The firm: Jimenez Cruz Pena is one of the largest full-service law firms in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 2003, JCP is equipped with veteran talent and all the resources to handle any legal challenge to the local and global business communities. The firm has an excellent client service, 24/7 availability and record response times. Their closely-knit, internationally trained legal team provides innovative business solutions that frequently exceed their clients’ expectations.

Because of the firm’s dedication to integrity, responsiveness and professional excellence, it has achieved a status of go-to counsel in many crucial business areas, such as corporate transactions, project finance, and tax, labour, and government relations. JCP regularly acts in cases before leading arbitration institutions, both as local and lead counsel. JCP is member of Multilaw.

Main areas of practice

Corporate and M&A: the team advises clients on operating, financing and expanding their investments in the Dominican Republic. It routinely handles large-scale cross-border M&As and spin-offs.

Banking and finance: JCP attorneys possess significant insight into the local market conditions and realities in the negotiating, structuring and documenting of financial agreements. JCP’s particular strength comes from its experience representing banks and private equity firms in investment projects.

International arbitration: the firm has unmatched expertise in matters involving Dominican interests, acting both as lead and local counsel. Members have participated in international arbitration proceedings as experts on Dominican law and as local attorneys under the rules of the AAA/ICDR, ICC and UNCITRAL.

Intellectual property: the firm provides full support during the entire life cycle of trademarks, distinctive signs, patents, industrial designs, and utility models.

Litigation: the firm handles a range of commercial and civil matters before Dominican courts of all jurisdictions, including administrative, real estate, labor, criminal, appellate and constitutional courts.

Customs and international trade: the firm’s clients rely on its reputation for export and import controls, local taxation and customs matters. The team represents foreign exporters in safeguard investigations and local producers and industry associations challenging application of import and export control regulations.

Government relations: JCP represents its clients’ position at the highest levels, while upholding its commitment to transparency and accountability in dealings with the government agencies.

Energy: JCP is the only law firm in the country experienced in handling electrical power generation, transmission and distribution. Having built a solid relationship with the country’s energy regulators, JCP is in a unique position to navigate the rapidly developing energy sector.

Aviation: the firm assists airlines and aviation-related businesses with regulatory, administrative, commercial, enforcement and litigation matters. It represents airlines in the Dominican Republic, companies providing ramp and catering services, and insurance companies working with airlines.

Hospitality and real estate: from large infrastructure, energy and commercial real estate developments to luxury residential real estate projects – JCP’s savvy approach, incorporating both legal and practical considerations, directly contributes to the success of any real estate operation.

Telecommunications: local and international telecom service providers rely on JCP’s expertise in connection with establishing, financing, operating or selling their telecom business in the Dominican Republic. JCP also represents radio stations, television channels and cable companies.

Labor and employment: the team advises on hiring and terminating employees, developing internal labor regulations, complying with labor and social security laws, and dealing with labor unions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Katherine Rosa E:
International dispute resolution Marcos Peña R E:
Litigation Rosa Diaz E:
International trade and customs José Cruz Campillo E:
Government relations Marcos Peña R E:
Energy Luis Julio Jimenez E:
Foreign investment José Cruz Campillo E:
Hospitality and real estate Luis Julio Jimenez E:
Tax Vilma Veras E:
Other fee-earners : 19
Total staff : 52
Partners : 6