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DMK Abogados

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THE FIRM: DMK Lawyers was founded in 1992 as a full service law firm, highly praised, top tier commercial, tourism, environmental, real estate and intellectual property law firm in the Dominican Republic. The firm distinguishes itself as a top-rated firm with renowned practices in foreign investment, tourism and real estate, corporate affairs such as mergers and acquisitions, tax and advisory guidance in project finance, environmental law and affairs, franchising and distribution agreements, mining, alternative and renewable energy, banking, international trade, telecommunications, civil aviation, contractual affairs, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, government affairs and Public Private Projects (PPP), civil and commercial litigation, labor law and immigration, consumer protection and anti-trust, amongst other areas.  

With over 15 multilingual legal professionals, all committed to excellence and notable for their ability to find innovative solutions to the most complex of legal problems, DMK Lawyers offers clients four regional offices in the Dominican Republic. The Santo Domingo office –the firm´s largest- advises the majority of clients and is complemented by three regional offices located in Puerto Plata, Punta Cana-Bavaro and Las Terrenas-Samaná.  

The firm is recognized for its client-centered approach to provide comprehensive legal advice and assistance, extensive to major projects in the Dominican Republic, for providing exceptional legal services and helping deals close successfully. The team excels as active legal practitioners, efficient negotiators, and collaborators of the vision, concept and purpose of clients and investors while conducting important transactions, which is what key project developers are looking for.  

DMK Lawyers (previously ranked as CENTRAL LAW DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) and its lawyers have been recognized both nationally and internationally by highly claimed publications in numerous occasions.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE: The firm concentrates its practice on Business and Corporate Law, with a strong emphasis on Foreign Investment, Tourism, Real Estate, Agribusiness, the Environment, Commerce, Mining, Projects, Renewable Energy, Telecommunications, Civil Aviation and Labour. Also, offers advice on corporate and company affairs, financing, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, tax, antitrust legislation, property legislation, intellectual property, immigration and litigation.

Tourism & Real Estate: The firm is considered the leading legal firm in this field. The firm represents many of the major leisure property developments, hotels, airlines, tour operators, theme parks, restaurants, time-share companies, and others in the country. Having participated in umpteen successful tourism development projects nationwide, the Tourism Department offers clients coordinated, multidisciplinary advice complimenting its legal advice. Understanding the goals and missions of the developers and main role players in the tourism industry has been the aim of the Tourism Department to offer the best perspective and comprehensive legal and business advice possible. The firm has structured and obtained approval of tax exemptions for more than 50 projects and advised developers regarding environmental matters, permits, land use and related matters.
Highlights: The firm currently represents the two most eco-tourist and high end resorts in the Dominican Republic,with investment amounts over US$2 billion. Also, clients such as Cisneros Group of Companies, Northshore Land Holdings, Inc., Sol Meliá, Grupo Gigansol at Cap Cana, Hyatt and Hilton, among others, have placed their confidence in DMK as permanent counsel for the development of their tourist projects in the Dominican Republic.

Environmental Law: In any project, attention to environmental safety is of vital importance for its sustainability. In this sense, the firm has provided legal support on environmental issues right from the start, following through on all stages of the projects development, including the obtainment of environmental permits, environmental management agreements, and negotiation with public agencies for the main projects in the country.

Mining: DMK provides legal services for several of the main mining companies in the Dominican Republic. Strong advisers with excellent and strategic judgment and outstanding skill to effectively counsel many of the main international mining companies such as Everton Resources, Estrella Gold, Brigus Gold and Barrick Gold, who trust the firm for the development of their projects in the Dominican Republic.

Corporate Finance & Commercial Law: With broad experience in corporate issues, the firm defends the interests of its local and international client’s portfolio in different aspects, such as structuring of investment in overseas jurisdictions, business planning strategies, capital obtainment, settlement of branches and subsidiaries, goods importation, execution and termination of international agreements, negotiation of agreements and structuring of commercial projects.

Mergers & Acquisitions: DMK has handled a range of transactions related to the purchase and acquisition of divisions of companies. The firm’s clients range in this regard, goes from multinational corporations with sophisticated business development programs to deals for the purchase and sale of smaller business.

LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and French.

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