Pellerano & Herrera > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Firm Profile

Pellerano & Herrera
Av. Abraham Lincoln 1019
Edificio Federico Pages More
5to piso
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Pellerano & Herrera stands out for its experience in handling foreign investment matters for international companies looking to access the market in the Dominican Republic, as well as cross-border acquisitions. The team also provides ongoing advice to a host of household-name multinationals from the technology, pharmaceuticals, automotive and fashion industries, among others. Managing partner Ricardo Pellerano is a key point of contact for advising major international clients (and also co-heads the China desk). He leads the team with Carolina León, who has particular experience in transactions in the energy and telecoms sectors, Mariángela Pellerano and Alessandra Di Carlo, a go-to name for cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Pellerano; Mariángela Pellerano; Carolina León; Alessandra Di Carlo


The team has vast knowledge when it comes to corporate matters, and they are always up to date with changes to the laws of the Dominican Republic. This allows them to advise their clients in a proactive manner, mitigating their legal risks.

Carolina León is a very competent lawyer, with a lot of knowledge and a willingness to help her clients.

Key clients


Parkland Corporation

JT International (Japan Tobacco)

Space Exploration Technologies

Novartis International

eXp Realty






Avance Capital Dominicana


Ernie Green Industries

Work highlights

  • Assisted US consumer credit reporting multinational Equifax with the acquisition of 100% of Data-Crédito’s shares.
  • Advised Parkland Corporation on the execution of a share exchange agreement with Simpson Oil.
  • Advised JT International on the transfer of its shares in La Tabacalera to the Dominican state through Fondo Patrimonial de las Empresas Reformadas (FONPER), which represents 50% of the capital of the company.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Pellerano & Herrera‘s dispute resolution practice remains the first port of call for plaintiffs and defendants in high-profile criminal cases – something which is reflected by its representation of former Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz in ongoing criminal and civil proceedings – and also stands out for its strength in shareholder disputes, distribution-related litigation, and administrative and tax cases. At the head of the practice, Vitelio Mejía Ortiz has a wealth of experience in litigation (with significant expertise in tax and sports-related disputes) and Lucy Objío is a key name for commercial, criminal and labour litigation. Sheila Oviedo, who was promoted to partner in April 2023, and senior associate Yolemny Cruz are also skilled in the full range of litigation.

Practice head(s):

Vitelio Mejía Ortiz; Lucy Objío

Key clients

David “Big Papi” Ortiz

Uber Technologies

Wartsila North America

Seguros Universal


Magna Motors

Expeditors International

JetBlue Airways

Subway International

Hard Rock International

Work highlights

  • Represented Wartsila in a lawsuit filed by local plaintiff Alesca, seeking $3m for brokerage services provided during the construction of two power generation plants.
  • Acting for David Ortiz, a former Red Sox baseball player, in criminal proceedings after he was shot and severely wounded while at a bar in Santo Domingo.
  • Defending US shipping company Expeditors International and its Dominican subsidiary in a lawsuit brought by their former local agent seeking damages for the early termination of a contract.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism Tier 2

Pellerano & Herrera has wide-ranging expertise in the real estate and tourism sector, covering real estate finance, acquisitions, disposals and leasing, project development and disputes, with an impressive client base in the hotels and aviation spaces. The team is headed by managing partner Ricardo Pellerano, who is experienced in advising international clients on real estate transactions, senior counsel Ramón Luciano, who leads the real estate industry group and frequently handles the sale and purchase of commercial and residential real estate, and senior associate Stephanía Céspedes. Other key members of the practice include foreign investment specialist Carolina León and Alessandra Di Carlo, a name to note for advising hotel investors and developers.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Pellerano; Ramón Luciano; Stephanía Céspedes

Key clients




DR Cruise Port

Servicios Turisticos Exclusivos Sad (Grupo Vidanta)

Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts


Complete Property Services

Jet Blue

Sol Melia

Work highlights

  • Assisted DR Cruise Port with all real estate issues in relation to its operations.
  • Advised a group of private investors on the indirect sale of a property located in the exclusive Sea Horse Ranch project, located in Puerto Plata.
  • Represented Servicios Turisticos Exclusivos in a land demarcation lawsuit worth $10m.

Dominican Republic > Tax Tier 2

Pellerano & Herrera has a wealth of experience in tax law, regularly assisting both corporate and individual clients with tax audits and tax planning. Special counsel Isabel Andrickson is a key team member.

Dominican Republic > Banking and finance Tier 3

Among the core areas of specialism for the banking and finance group at Pellerano & Herrera are project and corporate finance transactions. Ricardo Pellerano, Mariángela Pellerano, Carolina León and Alessandra Di Carlo lead a sizeable team which is particularly well versed in cross-border matters, frequently advising leading multinational investment banks, although it also counts major domestic banks among its clients. The team handles syndicated loans and cross-border listings of securities, and has a growing digital and fintech practice.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Pellerano; Mariángela Pellerano; Carolina León; Alessandra Di Carlo

Key clients

JP Morgan Securities

Banco Popular Dominicano

Bank of Nova Scotia

Banesco Banco Multiple

Brookfield Asset Management

Belfond Enterprise


Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

Citigroup Global Markets

Banco Santander


Work highlights

  • Acted as local counsel to J.P. Morgan (as the lender) on a term loan facility granted to the Dominican state for $54.5m.
  • Assisted Banco Santander with all the regulatory authorisations necessary to close its representative office, Banco Santander Madrid, in Santo Domingo and subsequently establish a new representative office, Santander International.
  • Assisted Caixabank with the preparation of all documents for the amendment and formalisation of the guaranties of a mortgage agreement that amounted to $4m, as a loan to pay off another debt.

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment Tier 3

Pellerano & Herrera‘s labour and employment practice is split into contentious and advisory matters; Lucy Objío leads the group’s labour litigation practice, which has a strong track record of representing prominent multinational clients in high-stakes cases, while special counsel Isabel Andrickson heads up the labour consultancy practice, covering the labour elements of M&A and corporate reorganisations, the dismissal of high-level employees and compliance. Senior associate Sheila Oviedo is also active in both individual and collective labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Objío; Isabel Andrickson


The team at Pellerano & Herrera is spectacular. They always deliver favourable results for our company, and they give us advice that allows us to anticipate occupational risks. They know our business and provide us with advice tailored to our needs. I recommend them 100%.

Sheila Oviedo’s procedural strategy and her participation in hearings is impeccable. She is always up to date with the latest jurisprudence, and she has such a sound business vision that it allows judges to understand our business model perfectly. We have not had a single case that we have not won with her advice.

Key clients

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

Uber Technologies

Procter and Gamble



Jet Blue Airways

Productos Avon

Abbott Laboratories

Pittsburgh Pirates

Morena Mia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Japan Tobacco International (JTI) with designing the structure for the disassociation of its employees from La Tabacalera, following JTI’s sale of its stake in the company.
  • Advised Uber Technologies on employment terminations, the revision of internal policies linked to employees’ social security rights, and health and safety in the workplace.
  • Assisted Procter and Gamble International with labour and social security-related matters pertaining to distinct types of leave, including maternity leave, established under the Dominican Labour Code.

Pellerano & Herrera, the leading law firm in the Dominican Republic for over 30 years, was established in 1952. The firm is typically involved as counsel in all major transactions in the country, and its multidisciplinary team of lawyers is recognized as the most comprehensive and sophisticated in the market with experience in more practice areas than any other Dominican firm. Pellerano & Herrera is especially well recognized for its expertise in handling complex matters in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project and structured financings, bond issuances, antitrust and unfair competition, among others.

Areas of practice
Banking, finance, insurance and capital markets: Pellerano & Herrera is involved in virtually all complex finance deals in the country. The firm acts as legal counsel to lenders, underwriters and borrowers and provides assistance to its clients on regulatory and compliance issues, covering a wide range of credit facilities, including syndicated loans, secured and unsecured lending, project financing and acquisitions, issuance of securities in the local markets and international issuances under US 144 A Reg S. The firm acted as local counsel to underwriters in a $2.5bn sovereign bond offering, the largest bond offering to date by the Dominican state.

Corporate and M&A: the firm counsels clients in all aspects of routine and complex corporate matters and assists major international companies in expanding their operations in the Dominican Republic. The firm assists clients in negotiating, implementing, contracting and terminating international commercial agreements and also represents key players in virtually every transaction related to M&A, including the country’s largest acquisition deal to date, assisting the buyer, global brewery AmBev, in the US$2bn+ acquisition of Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana.

Digital and technology: Pellerano & Herrera is the only firm in the country with an established practice in this area. Among the firm’s clients are renowned companies such as: Expedia, and Uber. The firm is also providing advice on fintech to major banks and financial institutions of the country regarding the relevant digital changes that will drastically affect this sector.

Real estate, tourism and hospitality: the firm assists its clients on issues relating to transactional and M&A matters, litigation, environmental permits, property management and leasing, construction licenses, project finance and tax planning, among others. The firm assisted Carnival Cruise Lines in the development and construction of a $65m sea port in Puerto Plata and Grupo Poma in the development of the Real Intercontinental Hotel Santo Domingo, an investment of over US$80m.

Energy, natural resources and environment: the firm is accredited by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources for providing environmental services. Pellerano & Herrera provides assistance to the major energy and mining players in the country and advises clients on the process of privatization and development of the energy sector. The firm is also involved in the generation and distribution of electric and renewable energy projects, start-ups and expansion of operations. The firm assisted Barrick Gold Corporation in the financing of the largest mining project and largest foreign investment registered in Dominican history, including the implementation of a $1bn environmental remediation program.

Dispute resolution: Pellerano & Herrera is involved in the country’s largest, most complex and groundbreaking litigation cases. The firm’s expertise includes arbitration and administrative, civil, commercial, labor, tax, IP, insurance and constitutional litigation, as well as cases involving multiple jurisdictions, including local enforcement of foreign judgments. The firm has litigated before all courts and government agencies and has established a number of important legal precedents under Dominican law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance, insurance and capital markets Mariángela Pellerano
Banking and finance, insurance and capital markets Alessandra Di Carlo
Corporate; mergers and acquisitions Mariángela Pellerano
Digital and technology Isabel Andrickson
Digital and technology Carolina Leon
Telecommunications, media and entertainment Carolina Leon
Telecommunications, media and entertainment Isabel Andrickson
Real estate; tourism and hospitality Ricardo Pellerano
Real estate; tourism and hospitality Alessandra Di Carlo
Energy; environment; mining Mariángela Pellerano
Litigation Vitelio Mejía Ortiz
Litigation Lucy Objío
Free zones; international business and trade; tax Ricardo Pellerano
Intellectual property Mariángela Pellerano
Photo Name Position Profile
Isabel Andrickson photo Mrs Isabel Andrickson Isabel Andrickson joined Pellerano & Herrera in 1995 and became a Special…
Yolemny Cruz photo Mrs Yolemny Cruz Yolemny Cruz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2017 as a senior associate…
Alessandra Di Carlo photo Miss Alessandra Di Carlo Alessandra Di Carlo joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner…
Carolina Leon photo Mrs Carolina Leon Carolina M. Leon joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner…
Ramón Luciano photo Mr Ramón Luciano Ramón Luciano joined the firm in 1996 as manager of the firm’s…
Vitelio Mejía Ortiz photo Mr Vitelio Mejía Ortiz Vitelio Mejía Ortiz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2014 and is a…
Lucy Objío photo Mrs Lucy Objío Partner of litigation department leading the Sports practice area and concentrating her…
Sheila Oviedo photo Mrs Sheila Oviedo Sheila Oviedo joined the firm in 2010. She has 11 years of…
Mariángela Pellerano photo Mrs Mariángela Pellerano Partner of the international and foreign investment department, concentrating her practice in…
Ricardo Pellerano photo Mr Ricardo Pellerano Managing partner and head of the financial services department of the firm.…
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Total staff : 65
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