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OMG
RAFAEL AUGUSTO SANCHEZ 86
ROBLE CORPORATE CENTER, PISO 9, PLANTINI
SANTO DOMINGO, 10148
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

OMG advises a wide range of domestic and international clients on M&A, the structuring of foreign direct investments and the establishment of free trade zones, as well as commercial and regulatory matters including distribution and sales agreements and import and export issues. The firm also draws on a number of international affiliations, as part of the Legus network and the Eversheds Sutherland Latin America Alliance, to provide multi-jurisdictional services. The practice is led by firm president Leonel Melo, legal strategy co-ordinator Esperanza Cabral, who stands out for her expertise in M&A and restructurings, Johanna Soto, who advises on M&A, restructurings, foreign investments and estate planning, commercial department head Laura Piantini and senior director Gloria Gassó, who focuses on cross-border corporate transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. The practice was bolstered in August 2021 with the addition of senior consultant Melissa Valdez from Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

Leonel Melo; Esperanza Cabral; Johanna Soto; Laura Piantini; Gloria Gassó

Testimonials

‘The team’s capability, experience and command of corporate and M&A matters is outstanding. When working with OMG you always have confidence that you’re in the best of hands. OMG’s team is made up of very skilled and talented individuals – they are forward-thinkers, business oriented and strategically focused.’

‘Laura Piantini is extremely competent, sharp and dependable. Her vast experience makes her a great asset.’

‘Melissa Valdez is a very knowledgeable, diligent and detail-oriented lawyer.’

‘Leonel Melo is a brilliant strategist and a superb adviser when dealing with complex matters.’

‘Esperanza Cabral is a top-notch attorney and a veteran in the field. I especially value her calm approach.’

Key clients

Delivery Hero

Inveravante

San Pedro Bio-Energy

Finerty Properties

INICIA

Fiduciaria Reservas

Bolsa de Valores de la República Dominicana

Haina Investment

CAF Asset Management

Meliá Hotels International

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Alere Advisors

Ascend Fund

Lactalis

Akuo Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Finerty Properties on the transfer of 70% of its shares of common stock within the paid-in capital of V Energy to Total Dominicana.
  • Advised the IFC on the exercise of its put option right to a portion of existing IFC shares in Centro Financiero BHD León in favour of Grupo Financiero León.
  • Advised Ascend Fund on the restructuring of Lagarde, a local distributor of meat and other foods.

Dominican Republic > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

OMG‘s energy work is boosted by the presence of specialists in the team, with energy practice head Michelle Abreu promoted to partner in December 2021 and energy consultant Emily Sucart hired from Guzmán Ariza in January 2022. Since their promotion and hire, Abreu and Sucart have worked on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for Streamline Integrated Energy regarding one of the first waste-to-energy plants in the Caribbean. Esperanza Cabral brings corporate expertise to the practice, regularly co-leading on matters such as acquisitions of renewable energy assets, including due diligence, financing for a solar energy project, and reducing the tax implications of the sale of shares in a wind farm. With oversight from firm president Leonel Melo, the firm often takes on regulatory matters, entering into negotiations with regulators such as the Dominican Tax Authority and working on regulatory elements of transactions. Clients are usually energy companies, but the firm also advises investors on energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Leonel Melo; Esperanza Cabral; Michelle Abreu

Testimonials

‘OMG is the firm offering the greatest variety of services.’

Key clients

Streamline Integrated Energy

Putney Capital Management

EGE Haina

Haina Investment Corp.

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Streamline Integrated Energy in obtaining a power purchase agreement for one of the first waste to energy (WtE) plants in the Caribbean.
  • Assisted Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd on its participation in the process being carried out by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC for the potential acquisition of a 52.5MW wind farm and an ancillary 1.5MW photovoltaic solar plant in the Dominican Republic.
  • Assisted Akuo Energy in a complex project financing package granted by a local energy-focused hedge fund, and the largest privately held commercial bank in the Dominican Republic, to the client, an international energy venture that is developing a solar energy project in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance Tier 2

OMG‘s Manuel Troncoso leads or co-leads on all of the firm’s banking work, often working in tandem with corporate partner Esperanza Cabral and aided by senior manager Aldana Fernández and consultant Diego García. The team takes on a range of work, including structuring and registering a $880m public issuance for Fiduciaria Reservas and negotiating a project financing package for an energy client. A highlight for the firm is its work on crypto assets; since 2019 it has analysed Dominican regulations on licensing and registration for Latham & Watkins LLP. The firm also advises banks on both commercial lending and loans to the Dominican state, recently acting for Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana in its collection of public debt. Firm president Leonel Melo provides further oversight. Associate Lyna Desangles left in 2021 to join consultancy OV.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Troncoso; Leonel Melo

Key clients

Banreservas

CIFI

BPR Bank, S.A.

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Akuo Energy

San Pedro Bio-Energy, S.R.L

Primma Valores, S.A. Puesto de Bolsa

Alpha Finanzas

Bolsa y Mercado de Valores de la Republica Dominicana, S.A.

Haina Investment Co., Ltd

Fiduciaria Reservas

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fiduciaria Reservas, S.A, as its leading counsel, in the structuring and registration of a new public issuance of the Red Vial Trust before the Superintendence of Capital Markets.
  • Acted as Dominican counsel of Haina Investment Co., Ltd. on a bank lending transaction for the purposes of a subsidiary to acquire 100% of the beneficiary rights in a trust incorporated under Colombian laws, holding assets from several entities and with secured creditors involved.
  • Assisted Akuo Energy in a complex project financing package, granted by a local energy-focused hedge fund and one of the largest privately held commercial banks in the Dominican Republic to the client, an international energy venture that is developing a solar energy project in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 2

OMG‘s dispute resolution team counts major domestic and multinational companies from a range of sectors, including healthcare, financial services, aviation, telecoms and tourism, among its clients. Notable recent areas of activity include commercial, administrative, insurance and real estate-related litigation. Director Tristán Carbuccia leads the practice and has experience in foreclosure and collection proceedings, domestic and international arbitration, and criminal, administrative and constitutional law. Corporate partners Leonel Melo and Esperanza Cabral are also key contacts for related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tristán Carbuccia

Testimonials

‘It is a very responsible team, which is prepared and has a lot of experience in the issues they handle.’

‘They always provide you with a 360-degree view of the issues, and they suggest very innovative alternatives that go beyond merely legal advice.’

Key clients

Agua Planeta Azul

Warren & Warren Productions

InterCaribbean Airways

Banco Promérica

Baxter Healthcare

Oxygen Development

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Lajun Corporation

Altice

Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales (CAEI)

AV Blandino

SCN Lavalin

BASF

Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales

Work highlights

  • Acted for InterCaribbean Airways to achieve the revocation of the cancellation of routes in violation of the international agreement between the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic concerning civil aviation.
  • Successfully defended Agua Planeta Azul and its current majority shareholder Loganville in several ongoing lawsuits regarding several deviations from the representations and guarantees given by the former shareholders of the company in relation to its EBITDA for the year 2019 and its financial statements.
  • Defending Infinity Vacations Dominicana in a dispute with the Dominican Internal Revenue Agency, which in 2021 initiated a collection process against the client despite having a tax exemption granted in its favour by the Tourism Development Council.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism Tier 2

Structuring trusts for real estate project developments is a key part of OMG‘s work, as well as designing corporate structures for purchase and ownership of projects, led by corporate specialist Esperanza Cabral and often aided by associate Mairení Silvestre. Silvestre and fellow associate Patricia Losada assisted Park Adventure Group with the building and operation of a sustainable theme park and hotel, including permits, financing and corporate structures, and zoning specialist Losada also advised an NGO on architectural and engineering interventions in cities. The team also cover restructuring of time shares for Meliá Hotel International and condominium regulations. Former practice head Laura Troncoso left the firm to become general counsel for Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club.

Practice head(s):

Esperanza Cabral

Key clients

Meliá Hotel International

Andares del Mirador Trust

Murales Trust

Park Adventure Group

Macao Beach Real Estate

Hotchkiss Ltd

Traza.Do

Luis Abinader

Lafe Development Company

Talbot Limited

Greincord, RD

Work highlights

  • OMG is acting as lead counsel regarding all strategic and legal related components in the development and execution of a mixed-use project
  • OMG is working as project manager in the client’s new venture, the building and operation of the Korala theme park and hotel, an immersive sustainable resort situated along the RioMunoz, in Puerto Plata, on 40 acres of land.
  • OMG is assisting and advising Talbot Limited in the design and execution of the legal strategy for the application of condominium laws regarding the designed master plan of the project.

Dominican Republic > Tax Tier 2

OMG‘s tax department head Ana Taveras, who was made partner in December 2021, co-leads on all the firm’s tax work with either corporate partner Esperanza Cabral or firm president Leonel Melo, assisted by tax specialist associate Montserrat Viñals. The practice advises on either standalone matters or as part of cross-department work, such as the tax aspects of restructurings and transactions. The team is experienced in negotiating with the tax authority; recently it contended the authority’s opinions over the tax impact of transactions, such as a sale and purchase of shares and a real estate transaction involving CGT, and successfully acquired a waiver of withholding tax for a renewable energy client.

Practice head(s):

Ana Isabel Taveras

Key clients

Cargill Caribe, S.R.L.

Alere Advisors

Compañía Anónima de Explotaciones Industriales, S.A.

Loganville, S.A.

Finerty Properties Corp.

Putney Capital Management

Primma Valores, Puesto De Bolsa SA

Inicia, Ltd.

Meliá Hotels International

Generavante

Work highlights

  • Assisted Generavante with the presentation of a formal consultation before the Dominican Tax Authority to request the applicability of the provisions of the Double Tax Treaty signed between the Dominican Republic and Spain.
  • Assisted Compañía Anónima de Explotaciones Industriales with managing a process before the Dominican Tax Authority seeking the negotiation of an opinion (ruling) related to the tax impact of a real estate transaction executed with a Dominican government entity.
  • Assisted Finerty Properties Corp in executing an important agreement with regards to the sale and purchase transaction of 30% of the equity shares owned by the seller shareholder in an important group of fuel services stations and the distributor of a lubricant business group.

Dominican Republic > Intellectual property Tier 3

OMG‘s IP practice is boosted by IP specialist and consultant Angeannette Tejeda, who has experience of IP law in the Andean Community. Department head Luis Eduardo Aquino often negotiates between foreign manufacturers and local distributors regarding IP rights; for example, he acted for distributor AG Mercantil in negotiations with Philips over exclusivity to distribute AVENT products. In turn, he advised Brazilian manufacturer Ourofino Saúde Animal on assignment of sanitary registrations during the termination of its contract with a distributor. The firm’s cross-border work also covers registrations of assets in multiple jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Luis Eduardo Aquino

Testimonials

‘They are specialists in media law.’

‘Deep knowledge in their fields.’

Key clients

AG Mercantil

Aid for Life International

Entertainment ONE

Ourofino Sáude Animal

Asistencia y Gestión Logística

Laboratorios Andifar

Ilender Perú

Nexus Caribbean Technologies

Concilia Dominicana

Sabores Cosco

Alpha Finanzas

Rigo Trading

Work highlights

  • Led a negotiation process with Philips on behalf of client AG Mercantil regarding proposed new conditions for the distribution of Avent products in the Dominican Republic.
  • Assisting AFL, a not-for-profit, in the incorporation of Aid for Life República Dominicana as the entity that will channel its efforts towards generating positive social impacts for vulnerable people in the Dominican Republic.
  • Assisting Ourofino Saúde Animal in the strategy, design and implementation of contract termination with a local distributor while mitigating its effects.

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment Tier 3

OMG focuses on labour litigation and is particularly active in defending employers in wrongful termination claims brought by former employees, including senior executives. The team also provides assistance to its wide-ranging roster of clients, which spans the financial services, food and beverages, energy, healthcare, tourism and real estate sectors, on compliance, internal policies, labour issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic (such as the reduction of working hours and salaries) and the transfer of employees following M&A transactions. Consultant Luis Pantaleón, who specialises in litigation, is the key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Luis Pantaleón

Key clients

Green Conversion Systems

Baxter Healthcare

Iniciativa Empresarial para la Educación Técnica

Funeraria Blandino

Oxygen Development

Bon Agroindustrial

Barna Business School

SNC Lavalin

Contact Centers Dominicana

Agua Planeta Azul

Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales (Ingenio Cristóbal Colón)

Work highlights

  • Representing Green Conversion Systems in a claim brought by its former CEO, seeking compensation for alleged wrongful termination.
  • Representing Funeraria Blandino in labour claims filed by former commission agents, seeking protection under labour legislation.
  • Assisting Iniciativa Empresarial para la Educación Técnica with drafting the paperwork to implement Ordinance 03-2017 issued by the National Council of Education (which established mandatory workplace training modules for all students in the public high school system).

A general practice firm and one of the largest in the Dominican Republic, OMG is known for its skill in handling the most sophisticated and demanding legal and business challenges. With a depth of experience across a range of industry sectors, the firm has been at the forefront of important deals and transactions in the country. The firm’s vast experience, combined with its commitment to innovation and a ground-breaking approach to analysis and research, results in solutions that meet the most specialized needs of its clients.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: OMG has earned a strong reputation assisting clients in the financial sector. The firm’s approach to financing is grounded on providing value-added solutions to its clients’ needs in commercial lending, project financing, securities, investments and insurance.

Corporate: having comprehensive expertise in a broad range of industries and their legal needs, OMG assists clients in their strategic planning process and delivers legal solutions in the areas of M&A, business law, commercial law, legal entities and contracts. The firm’s practice focuses on identifying and reducing the risks and contingencies associated with the implementation of deals, always developing in each case the proper fiscal structure and an adequate corporate governance framework.

Government: OMG understands that doing business successfully is contingent upon sound interaction with public authorities. The firm has experience advising private enterprises, public institutions and regulatory bodies in all the specialized areas of legal practice, including financial regulation, telecommunications, social security, taxation, antitrust, energy, and constitutional and human rights law.

Intellectual property (IP): the firm handles all aspects of IP, including consultation, registration and maintenance of distinctive signs and inventions, copyright and related rights, entertainment law, defense of rights, dispute resolution, as well as negotiations and drafting of licensing, franchising and distribution agreements.

Litigation and dispute resolution: OMG provides legal representation to its clients in the management of their conflicts. The practice applies the tools of traditional litigation, arbitration, mediation or negotiation, depending on the circumstances of each case, the needs of its clients and the economics involved. The firm’s thriving practice covers all areas of law.

Real estate and tourism: OMG is renowned for providing legal assistance with the highest and most sophisticated standards in the real estate, construction, hospitality and tourism sectors. The firm provides strategic legal counseling on a range of transactions and assists clients in the design and implementation of corporate structures for the entire life cycle of their projects, acting for developers, hoteliers, portfolio managers, financial institutions, funds administrators and contractors.

Tax: OMG’s tax team is regarded as a talented and innovative group of experts on income tax and VAT; it is also recognized for a practical bottom-line approach that looks for the most efficient organizational structures and measures the efficacy of the solutions proposed against the tangible net savings resulting from such solutions to clients. The firm undertakes tax planning projects on a stand-alone basis or as an integral part of its engagement in other projects or practices through a dynamic cross-service structure.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
President Leonel Melol.melo@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Banking and Finance Manuel Troncosom.troncoso@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Banking and Finance Rebeca Garcíar.garcia@omg.com.do809.381.0505
General Coordinator of Legal Strategy Esperanza Cabrale.cabral@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Partner Director Knowledge Mónika Melom.melo@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Intellectual Property Luis E Aquinol.aquino@omg.com.do809.381.0505
International Juan Alcaldej.alcalde@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Labour & Employment Natachú Dominguez (On Government Leave)n.dominguez@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Tristán Carbucciat.carbuccia@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Tax Ana I Taverasai.taveras@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Corporate Johanna Sotoj.soto@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Commercial Laura Piantinil.piantini@omg.com.do809.381.0505
Partners : 7
Associates : 37
Total staff : 85
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