Esperanza Cabral > OMG > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate and Finance

Position

Partner

Career

She specializes in corporate and commercial practice, with experience in issues related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contract engineering, tax, corporate governance, finance and European Union law. As Legal Strategy Coordinator, she collaborates and supervises multidisciplinary teams.

Languages

Spanish, English and French.

Memberships

International Bar Association (IBA). She also serves as an active member of the Board of Administration of the OMG Fiduciary and Director of the Master of Legal Strategy at the IOMG.

Education

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Bachelor of Laws, magna cum laude (1996) and Master in Corporate Law and Economic Legislation (1998); Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, Master in European Union Law (2000); postgraduate studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2000); Senior Business Management Program (PADE) from BARNA Business School, Santo Domingo (2021).

Leisure

She teaches M&A at Instituto OMG.

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance

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.

Dominican Republic > Energy and natural resources

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.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

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.

Dominican Republic > Tax

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.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A

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.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution

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.