Squire Patton Boggs

Corporate/Commercial Department

Dominican Republic
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What the team is known for

Leading international firm garnering widespread endorsements for its strong corporate practice. Routinely called upon to advise a distinguished roster of multinational clients on big-ticket M&A transactions and bond issuances. Represents clients involved in a wide range of economic sectors, with particular experience in real estate and finance. Also advises clients on day-to-day corporate and compliance mandates.

Strengths

The firm receives glowing praise from clients, with one source signalling: "I consider them to be one of the best firms in the country. They stand out for their professionalism, reliability, availability and understanding of the law."

Work highlights

Advised Promerica Financial Corporation on the local law implications of the client's acquisition of Citibank's credit card and consumer banking business for USD223 million.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Alejandro Peña-Prieto is the managing partner of the firm's Santo Domingo office. His position and visibility in the corporate ambit are widely remarked upon by interviewees. He has extensive experience in acting as counsel to major investors from Latin America, Europe and the US, with his recent work including advising Caterpillar Financial Services on the structuring of a number of asset-based financing transactions.

"Excellent" partner Awilda Alcántara Bourdier is praised for her ample experience in corporate matters. Her practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and tax issues, advising clients from the finance, construction and real estate industries. She recently advised Japan Tobacco International on acquiring a 50% stake in Industria Tabacalera Dominicana.

Department co-head Pedro Gamundi is highly regarded by peers for his high level of involvement in the corporate arena. He has extensive experience advising notable foreign investors on cross-border transactions such as M&A deals, with additional expertise in banking and finance. His recent work includes acting as lead partner advising Banesco on acquiring a banking licence to operate locally.