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Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A Tier 1Pellerano & Herrera stands out for its strength in advising international clients, acting for a wide-ranging roster of multinational companies from the technology, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and fashion sectors, among others. The team has particular expertise in assisting multinational companies with entering the Dominican market, as well as advising on foreign investments, local and cross-border M&A, and corporate restructurings. In addition, the firm entered a collaboration agreement with global firm Andersen Legal in August 2021, expanding its international reach. The practice is led by managing partner Ricardo Pellerano, who is experienced in high-profile transactions in the banking, real estate and tourism sectors in particular, and Alessandra Di Carlo, who is noted for her expertise in cross-border deals. Carolina Leon is also recommended for her advice to international clients on M&A and foreign investments.
Ricardo Pellerano; Alessandra Di Carlo
‘Alessandra Di Carlo makes time for the client and makes provision for fee negotiations.’
Smurfit Kappa Republica Dominicana
Avance Capital Dominicana
Dolce & Gabbana
Davis & Geck
Procter & Gamble International Operations
- Advised French technology group Gfi on the cross-border acquisition of 100% of the shares of El Corte Ingles’s IT subsidiary, IECISA.
- Acted as lead counsel to Avance Capital Dominicana (a subsidiary of Grupo Popular) on its expansion into Colombia, Panama and Guatemala.
- Assisted Dolce & Gabbana with the formal establishment of its operations in the Dominican Republic, including the opening of a store in a high-end shopping mall in Santo Domingo.
Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution Tier 1Praised for its ‘excellent technical knowledge‘, Pellerano & Herrera‘s wide-ranging dispute resolution practice spans high-profile criminal litigation, shareholder disputes, distributor protection, product liability and consumer rights cases, and real estate and sport-related litigation. In particular, the team stands out for its niche expertise in cybercrime litigation, acting for a number of major international clients. Vitelio Mejía Ortiz, who has longstanding experience in tax disputes and sports litigation and arbitration, co-heads the department with the ‘proactive and diligent‘ Lucy Objío, an expert in commercial, criminal, maritime insurance and labour disputes. Senior associates Yolemny Cruz and Sheila Oviedo provide key support. Since publication, Oviedo has been promoted to the partnership - effective as of April 2023.
Vitelio Mejia Ortiz; Lucy Objío
‘The team is highly qualified.’
‘Lucy Objío is proactive and diligent.’
‘Excellent technical knowledge, collaboration and case follow-up.’
‘Sheila Oviedo is a lawyer who transmits a lot of confidence, follows up on issues and makes valuable contributions on complicated issues.’
David Ortiz “Big Papi”
Wartsila North America
AFESA Medio Ambiente
Corporacion Minera Dominicana (Cormidom)
- Acting for Dominican-American retired professional baseball player David Ortiz in ongoing criminal proceedings after he was shot and severely wounded while at a bar in Santo Domingo.
- Representing Wartsila North America in a lawsuit filed by Alesca, which was seeking $3m for the brokerage services of two electric generators valued at $200,000.
- Representing Bayridge Group in criminal proceedings against a former partner over an alleged $1.6m fraud, resulting from the lack of payment derived from the sale of a commercial tower they jointly built.
Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism Tier 2Aviation is a key area for Pellerano & Herrera and practice co-head Ricardo Pellerano, with Vitelio Mejía Ortiz covering permits and authorisations for Interjet, as well as corporate and financial advice for tourism resorts, and Alessandra Di Carlo working on property financing and acquisitions. Day-to-day advice for clients in the tourism sector is also covered; Di Carlo and Mejia Ortiz advise Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts on operational matters as well as defending the client against IP and negligence lawsuits. Carolina Leon oversaw service agreements for the restart of Carnival Cruise Corporation’s operations, including tour operator and lease agreements, as well as counting Expedia, for whom she provides day-to-day assistance, as a client. Practice co-head Ramón Luciano advised on land demarcation issues for both a tourist resort and Avon, as well as real estate matters for individuals such as recovery of real estate in a will dispute, and property sales for foreign investors. Tourism industry partner Caroline Bonó left the firm to join Pellerano Nadal.
Ricardo Pellerano; Ramon Luciano
‘They adapted to the rapid response rate that our company requires and supported us in the negotiations of an operation that was not easy.’
‘What I value most about this office is the ease of access and contact in the most complicated moments of the operation.’
DR Cruise Port LTD
Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts
Magic Magnum Ventures (RE/MAX RD)
NH Hotel Group
- Assisting Carnival Cruise Corporation with a comprehensive revision of all service agreements for the restart of operations of the Amber Cove cruise port in Puerto Plata, following the Covid lockdown.
- Advising Interject on the setup of commercial operations in the Dominican Republic and commencing regular commercial flights between Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
- Assisting the Mexican conglomerate Grupo Vidanta with the land demarcation process for US$10m real estate property earmarked for the development of a new hotel.
Dominican Republic > Tax Tier 2Pellerano & Herrera‘s tax practice received a double blow in 2021 with the departure of practice head Caroline Bonó to Pellerano Nadal and partner Félix Fernández, who worked on tax litigation, to DMK Abogados. Senior associate Nathalie García, who joined the firm in 2022, now oversees its tax work from a corporate perspective. The practice advises on tax audits and planning, the tax elements of corporate restructurings and due diligence on transactions, as well as providing representation in administrative and judicial proceedings.
Dominican Republic > Banking and finance Tier 3Pellerano & Herrera stands out for its cross-border work for multinational clients, including investment banks and asset management groups, and at times works together with global law firms to provide local counsel. It has a niche in advising Chinese investors, often on energy and natural resources projects, an area that is overseen by practice co-head and managing partner Ricardo Pellerano. The firm focuses on advice to lenders, frequently on financing infrastructure and real estate projects. Practice co-head Alessandra Di Carlo leads on work advising Citigroup, JP Morgan and Scotia Capital as underwriters of a $300m bond offering by an energy corporation. Members of the corporate team are closely involved in the practice, with corporate partner Carolina Leon overseeing investment, secured financing and trust indenture matters and senior associate Maria Montero acting as a key support in much of the firm’s work.
Ricardo Pellerano, Alessandra Di Carlo
‘The team is very responsive and provides good training.’
JP Morgan Securities
Banco Popular Dominicano
Banesco Banco Multiple
Bank of America
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Scotia Capital Inc.
- Advised the underwriters Citigroup Global Markets Inc, JP Morgan Securities LLC and Scotia Capital (USA) Inc on the $300m bond offering of 5.70% notes due 2028, issued by energy corporation AES Andres B.V.
Dominican Republic > Labour and employment Tier 3Pellerano & Herrera is experienced in both labour disputes and advisory work for an impressive roster of multinational clients. Litigator Lucy Objío heads the contentious side of the practice, which focuses on representing major employers in claims brought by employees, while special counsel Isabel Andrickson leads the consultancy practice, advising on the labour aspects of M&A and reorganisations, the recruitment and dismissal of employees, and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. Corporate partner Carolina Leon assists with the employment aspects of transactions, and senior associates Sheila Oviedo and Laura Patiño handle labour disputes and consultancy matters, respectively.
Lucy Objío; Isabel Andrickson
‘The team has the necessary knowledge of the practice area, as well as solid communication and time management skills.’
‘The team stands out for its customer service, attention to detail, project management skills, clarity and assistance to clients in making the best decisions.’
‘A good firm with a lot of resources and excellent lawyers.’
‘P&H’s labour lawyers have high professional and intellectual standards, and are always seeking to protect our company within the framework of full compliance and respect for local legislation. They are lawyers with a comprehensive vision, whose advice always entails an in-depth analysis of the matters submitted for their consideration, so that the decisions that are made are fully supported.’
‘What sets the firm apart is the outstanding quality of the lawyers that it has and the close relationships and availability that they always have for the client, even from a distance. Isabel Andrickson is an outstanding lawyer who has assisted us with implementing technology in the workplace, taking care of all the risks and legal aspects.’
Dominican House of Representatives
Procter & Gamble International
Ricoh Latin America
The Boeing Company
Peace Corps Dominican Republic
Dolce & Gabbana
- Defended Uber in a lawsuit brought by Sindicato de Transporte Turistico of Punta Cana, a group of four trade unions, which sought the suspension of Uber’s operations in the province, alleging that the relationship between Uber and its drivers is illegal based on the Dominican Labour Code.
- Advised Medtronic on the regulatory requirements to register for the government’s Employee Solidarity Assistance Fund, and the subsequent suspension of employees under the scheme.
- Advising the Dominican House of Representatives on the drafting of a new bill on remote working in the Dominican Republic.
Pellerano & Herrera > Firm Profile
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, Booking.com 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.
|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|
|Free zones; international business and trade; tax||Ricardo Pellerano|
|Intellectual property||Mariángela Pellerano|
|Mrs Isabel Andrickson||Isabel Andrickson joined Pellerano & Herrera in 1995 and became a Special…||View Profile|
|Mrs Yolemny Cruz||Yolemny Cruz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2017 as a senior associate…||View Profile|
|Miss Alessandra Di Carlo||Alessandra Di Carlo joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner…||View Profile|
|Mrs Carolina Leon||Carolina M. Leon joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Ramón Luciano||Ramón Luciano joined the firm in 1996 as manager of the firm’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Vitelio Mejía Ortiz||Vitelio Mejía Ortiz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2014 and is a…||View Profile|
|Mrs Lucy Objío||Partner of litigation department leading the Sports practice area and concentrating her…||View Profile|
|Mrs Sheila Oviedo||Sheila Oviedo joined the firm in 2010. She has 11 years of…||View Profile|
|Mrs Mariángela Pellerano||Partner of the international and foreign investment department, concentrating her practice in…||View Profile|
|Mr Ricardo Pellerano||Managing partner and head of the financial services department of the firm.…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresOther fee-earners : 30 Total staff : 65
LanguagesAll main business languages
OtherPartners : 5
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