Mrs Carolina Leon > Pellerano & Herrera > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic > Lawyer Profile

Pellerano & Herrera
Dominican Republic

Work Department

International and foreign investment department


Carolina M. Leon joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2019, leading the Energy and Telecommunications practice areas. She has more than 15 years of experience providing legal advice in the areas of foreign investment, corporate law, regulatory, contracts, free trade agreements, mergers and acquisitions, labor law, free zones, distribution and telecommunications, advising important foreign companies on Law 173 on Protection to the Importer Agents of Goods and Products.


She has also been involved in counseling Major League Baseball Teams on the acquisition of properties and drafting of related contracts for the construction of baseball training camps in the Dominican Republic, and she has also represented clients in conciliation processes under Law 173 and Law 1-02 on Unfair Trade Practices and Safeguard Measures. Her representative transactions include legal advice to the administrator of the Dominican Republic’s number portability before the local Telecommunications Regulator (lNDOTEL) with respect to the implementation of number portability in the country; negotiating agreements with telecommunications service providers; advising on the investment structure for luxury international franchises seeking to establish operations in the Dominican Republic; advising on the merger of two companies providing telecommunications services before lNDOTEL, advising international organizations on the financing and equity investment in a telecommunication service provider, and advising an international financial entity in structuring local securities for the issuance of senior notes by a Dominican company, among others.


Spanish and English


She is a member of the Dominican Bar Association.


Carolina received her Bachelor of Laws, magna cum laude, from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in 2004. In 2005, she completed her Masters in International Business, specializing in Negotiations with Latin America and Asia, at Instituto de Educación Continua of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and she received her master’s degree in law from Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School in Madrid, Spain. She has attended courses and seminars on issues related to trade, corporate taxation, legal protection of economic interests of consumers and the Dominican corporate law, among others.

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Labour and employment

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.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

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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.

Dominican Republic > Real estate and tourism

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.