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; Member of the Advisory Board of the LEGUS International Network of Law Firms.


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 > Corporate and finance

(Leading individuals)

Leonel MeloOMG

OMG‘s department provides ‘practical and timely advice‘ to investor and lender clients, and is well known for assisting international banks and private equity firms with a broad range of financing matters. Recent mandates include Leonel Melo and Esperanza Cabral advising Banco Dominicano del Progreso on its partial acquisition by the Bank of Nova Scotia; the bank purchased a 97% stake in the client, with an aggregate value of $350m. The pair also advised Altice Dominicana on the $168m sale of its telecoms towers to Phoenix Tower International. Melo and Manuel Troncoso assisted CIFI with structuring a $285m infrastructure investment fund. International practice director Juan Alcalde is very experienced in domestic and cross-border mergers, joint ventures and acquisitions.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution

The ‘excellent‘ team at OMG is led jointly by Tristán Carbuccia, who ‘conducts his practice with an excellent balance between strategic intelligence and discipline‘, and Natachú Domínguez, who has extensive expertise in labour and civil litigation, as well as arbitration. The department has been busy handling instructions from telecoms, construction, banking, energy, and real estate sector clients, among other areas. Founding partner Leonel Melo (‘an outstanding lawyer‘) is representing the heirs of a Saudi Arabian businessman in litigation regarding the liquidation of real estate assets in the Dominican Republic. Other clients include Inicia, Banco Dominicano del Progreso, Vivus, Lajun and Altice. In 2018 Anya Rodríguez left to join financial services company Valora.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

The ‘excellent‘ OMG is ‘very reliable‘ and houses ‘a very professional‘ team, which has extensive experience in real estate tax, construction, planning, development, permits and zoning, and due diligence work. Juan Alcalde and Leonel Melo are advising Terra RD Partners on its joint venture with a Spanish hospitality brand to develop a $15m hotel in Santo Domingo, and are also assisting the client with designing a low-income housing project in Guayacanes. Alcalde jointly heads the practice with director Laura Troncoso, who has expertise in corporate real estate law. Greincor, Casas del XVI, and Playa Hotels & Resort are also clients.