Mr Ricardo Pellerano > Pellerano & Herrera > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

Pellerano & Herrera
Dominican Republic

Work Department

Financial services department and tourism- real estate practice group


Managing partner and head of the financial services department of the firm. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, banking, tourism, real estate and telecommunications.


Ricardo Pellerano joined Pellerano & Herrera in 1975, and became a partner in 1986. His practice is additionally focused on mergers and acquisitions, having advised local and foreign companies in various industries. He has also been actively involved in transactions related to investments and tourism industry developers in the country, with extensive experience in real estate matters. He has represented commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and financial institutions in financing, securitization, restructuring and project finance. For several consecutive years, Ricardo has been recognized as an outstanding lawyer in the market by prestigious compendiums and directories. In 1991, he received the award “Joven sobresaliente de la República Dominicana” (outstanding young professional of the Dominican Republic), awarded by Organización Mundial de Líderes Jaycees JCI ’72, Inc., while in 2010, he received the Award of Merit granted by the Navy of the Dominican Republic for his pro-bono work in reviewing and updating the Navy’s legal framework.


• Spanish • English


• President of the Pellerano & Herrera Foundation • Member of the Dominican Chapter of the Young President’s Organization • Member of the Interamerican Federation of Lawyers • Member of the Dominican Bar Association • Member of Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic’s Circle of Leaders • Member of Babson College’s Global Advisory Board • Secretary of the Caribbean Trade Consortium • Member of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra’s Board of Directors • Supernumerary Fellow Member of the Center for Innovation, Legal Research and Development for Garrigues Latin America, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico • Former President of the Banking Lawyers Committee of the American Federation of Banks (FELABAN) • Former President National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE)


LL.B. from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (1979). “Survival Skills for the New Economy” management program, Kellogg Executive Education Program, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (2000). “E-Commerce, E-Business and Information Technology Strategies”, Strategic Management on the Information Age program at MIT Sloan Management Business School in Boston, Massachusetts (2000-2002)

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Ricardo PelleranoPellerano & Herrera

Pellerano & Herrera has a solid reputation in the Dominican Republic corporate market as well as internationally, as shown by its high number of prominent multinational clients and projects. Its expertise in corporate, commercial, labour and tax law enables the team to provide full-service advice in different sectors, with a particular emphasis on telecoms, banking and technology. Key lawyers include managing partner Ricardo Pellerano, who acts in transactions primarily involving the banking, real estate and tourism industries; Mariángela Pellerano, who is an expert in trusts, mining and energy projects; Carolina Léon, who heads up the energy team and co-heads the telecoms, media and entertainment industry groups; and Alessandra Di Carlo, whose activity is characterised by a strong involvement in joint ventures, project finance and the entry of global companies into the Dominican market. The firm also stands out for its digital and fintech practice and for having a dedicated China desk focused on Chinese investors. Additionally – as of August 2021 – it has signed a collaboration agreement with services firm Andersen Global.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

Pellerano & Herrera stands out for its highly international client base. It represents investors, lenders and underwriters in real estate finance transactions, while also counselling clients in the tourism sector. These include airlines – which the team is able to assist leveraging its aviation practice, led by Vitelio Mejía Ortiz – booking companies and cruise lines, among others. Ricardo Pellerano, who acts as managing partner and co-head of the firm’s Chinese desk, is often involved in complex transactions in the banking, real estate and tourism sectors. Caroline Bonó heads up the tourism industry group and regularly advises real estate developers and clients in the tourism sector entering the Dominican Republic. Special counsel Ramón Luciano leads the real estate practice, focusing on mortgage financing, contracts and regulations affecting real estate transactions.