Leonel Melo > OMG > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

Dominican Republic

Work Department

Corporate and Finance




He served as Telecom Commissioner during the 2004-2012 period. He seats in many board of directors and committees in industries as diverse as banking, securities, insurance, food, construction, and tourism. In 2005 he founded the OMG Institute, dedicated to promoting the formulation of strategy and sound public policy for the Dominican Republic through research and teaching. He is currently President of the OMG Institute.


Spanish, English and has extensive knowledge of French.


Dominican Bar Association; Director of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic.


Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Bachelor of Laws, magna cum laude (1989); University of Notre Dame, Master of Arts (1993); Harvard Law School, Program of Instruction for Lawyers (1997); IESE Business School, Advanced Management Program (2011).


A part time academic, he teaches courses in Business Planning, Tax, and Contracts.

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Tax

OMG‘s ‘very knowledgeable‘ team is well equipped to advise clients on the tax aspects of corporate transactions; benefiting from its cooperation with the firm’s strong corporate department, it focuses on prominent M&A deals and restructuring matters. The tax team’s clients are drawn from the banking, tourism, agro-industrial and telecoms sectors. Leonel Melo, Esperanza Cabral and director Ana Taveras, who counts tax as a core area of expertise, jointly lead the practice.

Dominican Republic > Energy and natural resources

The team at OMG is well equipped to handle prominent, cross-border energy transactions and investment mandates, where it often works closely with the finance and corporate departments to provide a broad service. The team is particularly notable in the renewable energy space, having recently been involved in several projects involving biomass, wind and solar power plants. Esperanza Cabral, well known for her corporate expertise, director and energy project specialist Michelle Abreu and Leonel Melo, whose practice spans corporate, finance and tax, jointly lead the practice.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

The team at OMG is noted for its expertise across a broad spectrum of real estate matters; areas of instruction include development projects, construction, corporate real estate deals, planning, permits and real estate tax. Juan Alcalde, who has expertise in condominium matters, jointly heads the practice with director Laura Troncoso, who is well known for handling corporate real estate transactions. Esperanza Cabral and Leonel Melo are also active in this sector.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution

OMG handles a broad range of contentious matters for clients drawn from a wide spectrum of sectors; instructions from banking, energy, telecoms, construction, media, real estate and tourism companies have been especially prominent in the group’s recent caseload. Natachú Domínguez, who is strong in civil and labour litigation, jointly leads the practice with Tristán Carbuccia, who counts international and domestic arbitration as key strengths. Founding partner Leonel Melo is a key name in this space.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and finance

(Leading individuals)

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The ‘dynamic‘ team at OMG stands out for its ‘high level of commitment and dedication‘. The practice is noted for its strong capabilities in assisting clients from the financial sector, with lender-side mandates keeping the group particularly busy recently. It is also adept at handling high-value M&A, restructuring work and acquisitions, and financial regulation is another area of expertise. Key names in the team include corporate law expert Leonel Melo; Esperanza Cabral, noted for her expertise in restructurings and M&A; Manuel Troncoso, who is very experienced in financing work; and international practice director Juan Alcalde.