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

Pellerano & Herrera
Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance Tier 1

The 'extremely reliable' team at Pellerano & Herrera provides 'clear and practical solutions' for international and domestic clients, including a number of household name companies, on a broad range of corporate matters. The department has solid capabilities in financing mandates, and is equally adept in high-value M&A, where it has an impressive track record. Recent work includes assisting Parkland Fuel Corporation with the acquisition of a 75% stake in Sol Investments, with an aggregate value of $1.21bn; Carolina Léon led on this matter. The firm also stands out for its dedicated Chinese desk, which draws on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team to assist Chinese companies investing in the country. Managing partner Ricardo Pellerano is noted for his extensive expertise in M&A and transactional work, and Mariángela Pellerano counts project finance as a key strength. Joanna Bonnelly handles financing mandates, and Alessandra Di Carlo is very experienced in capital markets transactions.


Extremely reliable team‘.

They provide clear and practical solutions‘.

Key clients

Uber International Holding

Novartis International AG

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Banco Popular Dominicano

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Tofane Global

International Finance Corporation

International Development Bank

Nomura Securities

UBS Securities

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Counting aviation and sports litigation as traditional areas of strength, Pellerano & Herrera's team of 'excellent lawyers' is equally adept at handling labour, tax, customs, criminal, consumer and real estate disputes; energy, tourism, technology and healthcare have been particularly busy sectors. Cybercrime is a niche strength for the team. Vitelio Mejía Ortiz, with almost four decades of experience in litigation, heads the team in conjunction with Félix Fernández and Lucy Objío, who counts arbitration and labour litigation as key areas of expertise. The trio are representing retired Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz, who was shot in the back in a case of reported mistaken identity, in criminal proceedings against the suspects.


The team is highly qualified and experienced in the Dominican market‘.

Excellent lawyers‘.

Key clients

Pittsburgh Pirates



Jet Blue Airways Corporation

Daimler AG

Planet Fitness

Seguros Universal

Banco Popular Dominicano


Real estate and tourism Tier 2

Pellerano & Herrera has a solid reputation for its real estate capabilities. Financing work is a core pillar of the practice; other areas of expertise include property acquisitions and disposals, and real estate-related litigation. On the tourism side, the group is very experienced in handling instructions from an established portfolio of aviation-sector clients. Managing partner Ricardo Pellerano heads the practice in conjunction with Joanna Bonnelly, who is well known for her corporate expertise, and special counsel Ramón Luciano, noted for his expertise in real estate litigation. Litigator Vitelio Mejía Ortiz handles aviation work. Carolina Léon and Alessandra Di Carlo are also key contacts.

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

Carnival Corporation

Uber Holdings

Amhsa Marina Hotels and Resorts

Faro del Este

NH Hotel Group

Jet Blue Airways Corporation

Banco Popular Dominicano

Grupo Vidanta

IDB Invest


Labour and employment Tier 3

The 'highly prepared' team at Pellerano & Herrera advises multinational companies on labour law matters connected to their operations in the Dominican Republic; clients includes technology, tourism and pharmaceutical companies. Carolina Leon, who was promoted to partner in 2019, led the advice to Carnival Cruise Lines on hiring employees and regulatory matters. The group is led jointly by labour litigation expert Lucy Objío and special counsel Isabel Andrickson.

Practice head(s):


The team is highly prepared, and has a lot of knowledge of employment matters in the Dominican Republic‘.

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 Joanna Bonnelly
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
Energy; environment; mining Joanna Bonnelly
Tax Caroline Bono
Litigation Félix Fernández
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Isabel Andrickson  photo Mrs Isabel Andrickson Isabel Andrickson joined Pellerano & Herrera in 1995 and became a Special…
 Caroline Bonó  photo Caroline Bonó Caroline Bonó joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2017 as senior associate and…
Mrs Yolemny Cruz  photo Mrs Yolemny Cruz Yolemny Cruz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2017 as a senior associate…
Miss Alessandra Di Carlo  photo Miss Alessandra Di Carlo Alessandra Di Carlo joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner…
 Félix Fernández  photo Félix Fernández Félix Fernández Peña joined the firm in 2017 and became a partner…
Mrs Carolina Leon  photo Mrs Carolina Leon Carolina M. Leon joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner…
 Ramón Luciano  photo Ramón Luciano Ramón Luciano joined the firm in 1996 as manager of the firm’s…
 Vitelio Mejía Ortiz  photo Vitelio Mejía Ortiz Vitelio Mejía Ortiz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2014 and is a…
 Lucy Objío  photo Lucy Objío Partner of litigation department leading the Sports practice area and concentrating her…
Mrs Sheila Oviedo  photo Mrs Sheila Oviedo Sheila Oviedo joined the firm in 2010. She has 11 years of…
Mr Ricardo Pellerano photo Mr Ricardo Pellerano Managing partner and head of the financial services department of the firm.…
 Mariángela Pellerano  photo Mariángela Pellerano Partner of the international and foreign investment department, concentrating her practice in…
Other fee-earners : 50
Total staff : 120
Partners : 8