Jiménez Peña

Santo Domingo Office

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Senior Partners: Luis J. Jiménez, Marcos Peña R., Katherine Rosa, Vilma Veras, Rosa Díaz.
Number of partners: 5
Number of other lawyers: 18
Total staff: 51
Languages:English, French, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Established in 2003, Jiménez Peña is one of the largest full-services law firms in the Dominican Republic. The firm has a veteran talent and all the necessary resources to handle any legal challenge that a local and global business community may face in the Dominican Republic. The closely knit and internationally trained legal team offers innovative business solutions that exceed clients’ expectations.

At JP the firm treats its clients as its business partners. The firm integrates them into the process, working as a team to achieve a common goal. The firm’s clients’ projects become the firm’s own and the firm measures its success based on the satisfaction of clients’ needs. JP does not take its success for granted and always look for ways to improve its services. Because of the firm’s dedication to integrity, responsiveness, and professional excellence, JP has become the expert attorneys to turn to in many crucial areas, such as mergers and acquisitions, project finance, labour, and government relations. Pioneer of international arbitration in the Dominican Republic, JP regularly intervenes in cases before many arbitration institutions, as local and as lead counsels.

JP’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, multilateral organisations, national and foreign financial institutions, private investment funds, individual investors and government entities, among others. Many of its clients have been with the firm since the founding of JP; many come to the firm on the recommendation of other clients and law firms. JP’s legal team has experienced and internationally recognised talent. The firm and its lawyers have received a high position in Chambers Global; Chambers Latin America; The Legal 500 Latin America; IFLR 1000; Who ‘s Who Legal and Latin Lawyer 250.

JP has been selected by TRACE International as the TRACE Partner Firm in the Dominican Republic, for its valuable experience in anti-bribery laws and regulations for the benefit of TRACE’s multinational members and intermediaries.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & M&A:
This team advises clients on all legal and business aspects of operating, financing and expanding their investments in the Dominican Republic. Leader in the M&A practice in the Dominican Republic; routinely handles large-scale cross-border mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs of businesses with presence in the country.

JP attorneys possess vast experience representing Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, capital providers, as well as local state and private entities, across a wide specter of industries, from energy and mining to hospitality and manufacturing.

Banking & Finance:
The firm has been the only firm that has so far participated in a process with the monetary authorities for the acquisition of bank assets and liabilities as a result of the implementation of the Systemic Risk Prevention Program. Experienced in the implementation of the legal operating platform of various banks with a focus on retail, including drafting of contracts to be used with the public as well as the service contracts with their suppliers, and the review and adaptation of their digital platforms. The firm assists and provides opinions to financial institutions in connection with local regulations and obtaining approvals from the Superintendence of Banks.

The firm represents national and international banks and multilateral financial institutions in corporate and project financing in the Dominican Republic in a wide range of sectors, including energy, real estate development, tourism, amongst others.

International Arbitration:
A pioneer of the international arbitration practice in the Dominican Republic, the firm possesses unmatched expertise in matters involving Dominican interests, acting both as lead and local counsel. The members of Jiménez Peña have participated in international arbitration proceedings as experts on Dominican law and as local attorneys in arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA/ICDR), ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The firm played a pivotal role in drafting and passing the country’s UNCITRAL based law on commercial arbitration. The firm has represented both foreign investors and the Dominican State in major arbitrations relating to energy, infrastructure, mining, and hospitality sectors, among others.

The firm handles a wide range of matters before Dominican courts of all jurisdictions, including specialised administrative, real estate, labour, criminal, appellate and constitutional courts.

JP is particularly strong in labour matters. It is also required to participate in large and complex multi jurisdiction matters as strategy leader.

Government Relations:
Responsive advocates with a direct line to policymakers across all branches of the government in shaping financial, tax, energy, and investment policies.
JP excels at contract negotiations with the State, obtaining approval for initiatives protecting the interests of its clients at the administrative and congressional levels, promoting and obtaining modifications in regulatory proposals of interest to clients, while upholding the firm’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

With respect to lobbying, the firm represents for-profit corporations before the legislative and executive branches, tracks legislative initiatives affecting clients’ position, and present alternatives.

JP is the go-to firm for both traditional and renewable energy projects. The only firm in the DR experienced in electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution. The firm has a solid relationship with energy regulators, in a unique position to navigate the rapidly developing alternative energy sector, including wind, solar, and biomass projects.

Known for stellar handling of local due diligence process, structuring of the securities, negotiating project agreements. The firm successfully represented both lenders and borrowers in energy projects; its clients include private developers, public companies, commercial lenders, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, and contractors, among others.

Hospitality & Real Estate:
The JP team is well known across the region for its ability to understand the unique needs of the country’s sprawling real estate and hospitality industry and it is well equipped to provide a full range of services perfecting real property rights, obtaining construction permits, licenses, tax exemptions, condominium regime qualifications, as well as protecting real property rights in courts and administrative agencies. From large infrastructure, energy, and commercial real estate developments to luxury residential real estate projects – JP’s savvy approach, incorporating both legal and practical considerations, directly contributes to success of any real estate operation.

Clients include commercial real estate projects, tourism projects, hotel chains, resorts, golf courses, restaurants, franchises, agribusinesses, food manufacturers, as well as their lenders, investors, joint ventures and operating partners.

Labour & Employment:
The team advises local and multinational companies on hiring and terminating local and foreign employees, developing internal labour regulations, complying with labour and social security laws, and dealing with labour unions.

JP attorneys possess vast experience representing Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, capital providers, as well as local state and private entities, across a wide specter of industries, from energy and mining to hospitality and manufacturing.