Firm Profile > Pereyra & Asociados > Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Pereyra & Asociados
Dominican Republic

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Well-regarded international arbitrator Luis Miguel Pereyra heads Pereyra & Asociados' department, which is active in labour, commercial, civil, administrative, constitutional and criminal litigation for multi-jurisdictional and domestic clients; banking, real estate and energy have been particularly busy sectors. Pereyra and Gregorio García are representing Superintendenciade Bancos de la República Dominicana in criminal proceedings regarding the liquidation of Dominican bank Banco Peravia as part of a $35m fraud allegedly committed by the directors of the bank, some of whom were Venezuelan nationals who fled to Venezuela. Other clients include Esso República Dominicana, Bank of Nova Scotia, Embraer and 3M Dominicana.

Corporate and finance Tier 3

Pereyra & Asociados is especially strong in multi-jurisdictional M&A, although it also handles day-to-day corporate work, contractual matters and financing mandates; telecoms, energy, manufacturing, retail, and food and beverages are included in the practice's sector strengths. The 'incredibly knowledgeable and efficient' Luis Miguel Pereyra is 'an outstanding lawyer', and along with practice co-head Emma Mejía Batlle, advised Bank of Nova Scotia on all aspects of its acquisition of Banco del Progreso. Other clients include McDonald's, Starbucks, Mondelēz International, TransUnion, and Eaton Corporation.

Real estate and tourism Tier 4

Managing partner Luis Miguel Pereyra heads the department at Pereyra & Asociados, which has strengths in real estate litigation, projects, transactional work and leases. The group is well known for handling instructions from foreign clients: Pereyra and Gregorio García represented the Bank of Nova Scotia in a property rights dispute in Puerto Plata. On the transactional side, the group is assisting McDonald's with acquiring properties in the Dominican Republic. Emma Mejía Batlle has expertise in corporate real estate matters. Hospira is another client.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Jiménez Cruz Peña's founding partner Marcos Peña Rodríguez is  recommended for investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Fabiola Medina Garnes at Medina Garrigó Abogados is 'an excellent all-round dispute  resolution attorney', while Jesús Francos is 'always ahead in every matter or situation' and is 'very adaptable and personable'. At Bobadilla AbogadosAndrés Emilio Bobadilla Fernández has notable expertise in representing high-net-worth individuals and companies in arbitration proceedings; he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. Luis Pereyra at Pereyra & Asociados is also a key name to note.


Over 25 years in the market have garnered Pereyra & Asociados a well earned reputation of rendering cost effective and efficient services to its clientele under the highest of ethical and quality standards. Pereyra & Asociados is a full service law firm with ample experience in assisting both foreign and domestic corporations and individuals. The law firm is a leader in the Dominican legal market, being at the forefront of complex corporate operations/transactions and high profile litigation cases with a capable team of lawyers and qualified personnel who provide the high quality and personalised services that the firm is known for, within a wide range of legal expertise.

Networks and Alliances: Pereyra & Asociados is the sole member in the Dominican Republic of Elite legal network INTERLAW, with members in around 125 cities across the globe, which are thoroughly evaluated and join by invitation only; exclusive member in the Dominican Republic of premier legal network Employment Law Alliance (ELA), “the world’s largest network of labor and employment lawyers. With leading employment, labor, and immigration attorneys in more than 120 countries, all 50 U.S. states and every Canadian province”. Firms become ELA members by invitation, “after a rigorous due-diligence process, including consultation with experienced in-house counsel, judges, current members, and industry leaders”.; and is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Areas of practice

Corporate/commercial: having deep knowledge in corporate/commercial matters, the firm advises foreign and local corporations and individuals, amongst myriad industries. Pereyra & Asociados has satisfactorily assisted clients in complex transactions and corporate ventures of different natures. Amongst many other relevant transactions, the firm advised local brewery, Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana in the merge with AmBev, valued at over US$2bn, it is one of the largest transactions in Dominican history. Pereyra & Asociados successfully handled the process of allocation of senior notes for electric generating company EGE-Haina. The firm represented Darby Franklin Templeton (Equity Fund) in the merger between Leon and BHD bank, valued at about US$5.5bn. The firm counseled the Dominican state in the renegotiation of the mining contract with Barrick Gold, valued at over US$2bn.

Dispute resolution: vast experience in litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. The firm is a key player in the dispute resolution market successfully handling high profile litigation cases of different nature. Pereyra & Asociados is currently representing the Superintendence of Banks in the actions filed against several individuals for the commission of the Bank Frauds corresponding to both, Banco Peravia and Banco Providencial, valued at around US$29m and US$13m respectively.

Labour and employment: the firm is highly active in matters pertaining to labour and employment, whether it be advising clients on internal affairs of the company or representing them in labor related disputes. The team also has experience with union related matters and collective bargaining agreements.

Intellectual property: the firm advises clients in intellectual property law, whether it be standalone procedures or corporate/commercial operations, providing general legal counsel and advice on local regulations. The department renders, amongst others, legal services pertaining to registration (including renewal, modification, cancellation, etc.); due diligence procedures of intellectual property nature within company premises and before local authorities for filing or evaluation purposes. The firm is also active in intellectual property litigation, having participated in landmark cases.

Banking and finance: Pereyra & Asociados is a key player in the banking and finance sector, with long lasting experience advising clients in financial related matters, whether they are litigious or not. The firm has assisted, amongst others, The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) in different regulatory matters and high profile financial transactions.

Tax: the team at Pereyra & Asociados has vast knowledge in tax regulation. The firm constantly advises clients on tax related matters, whether as part of corporate transactions or as standalone procedures.

Real estate: the law firm has ample experience handling real estate in different sectors, such as the development of tourism projects in the country, real estate finance matters (ie foreclosures, transfer and/or sale/purchase of private property); assistance to companies that wish to establish in the country as a company with matters pertaining to real estate (ie free zone parks); and general counsel regarding real estate related matters.

Agency and distributorship: the firm constantly assists foreign clients in order to structure their relationship with local parties in a way they are not bound by local regulations applicable to licensor/licensee relationship, which are biased and extremely overprotective of local parties.

Antitrust and trade regulations: the firm is a leader in the field of antitrust and unfair practice of commerce, assisting domestic and international corporations and individuals. In the past, the firm has also assisted the regulator of the sector.

Energy: the firm has an established reputation as a market leader in the energy sector, having successfully advised clients in major operations in the industry. The team has rendered services to generators operating in the Dominican electric market; distribution companies; the National Commission of Energy; the Superintendence of Electricity, which is the regulator of the system, among others.

Telecommunications: Pereyra & Asociados is well versed in the telecommunications sector. The firm has advised major industry clients, such as France Telecom (Orange), Altice, Verizon, GTE, on regulatory matters, business transactions, as well as on contentious matters.

Free zones: Pereyra & Asociados represents major international companies doing business at the different free zone parks in the country, on topics related to free zone regulations and other practice areas relevant to entities in the sector.

Foreign investment: the firm assists on all intricacies corresponding to investment, whether they entail corporate/commercial aspects; intellectual property aspects; real estate; employment; immigration; etc; with long lasting experience assisting companies of different industry sectors establishing their operations locally and develop business ventures of different nature.

International work: the firm constantly represents international clients in their ventures and operations in the country, and their other legal needs locally. Likewise, the firm has assisted clients on international financial transactions, including loans, issuance of bonds, etc.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Luis Miguel Pereyra C. E:
Corporate Emma Mejia E:
Banking and Finance Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Banking and Finance Emma Mejia
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Gregorio Garcia E:
Labor and Employment Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Labor and Employment Gregorio Garcia
Tax Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Tax Emma Mejia
Telecommunications Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Telecommunications Emma Mejia
Administrative Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Administrative Gregorio Garcia
Intellectual Property Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Intellectual Property Lorena Pereyra E:
Real estate Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Real estate Emma Mejia
Real estate Gregorio Garcia
Regulatory Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Regulatory Emma Mejia
Energy Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Energy Emma Mejia
Agency and Distributorship Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Agency and Distributorship Emma Mejia
Free Zones Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Free Zones Emma Mejia
Tourism Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Tourism Emma Mejia
Arbitration Luis Miguel Pereyra C.
Arbitration Emma Mejia
Other fee-earners : 15
Total staff : 25
Partners : 3