Jiménez Cruz Peña

Dominican Republic

Address:
Av. Winston Churchill 1099
Citi Tower, Piso 14
Santo Domingo, D.N. 10148
Dominican Republic

+1 809 955 2727

+1 809 955 2728


Key contacts:

Founding Partner: Marcos Peña Rodríguez
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Marketing and Customer Relationship Manager: Laura Matos M.
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Quick facts:

Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 24
Total staff: 52
Network memberships: Multilaw
Languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian


Jimenez Cruz Peña is one of the largest full-service law firms in the Dominican Republic, founded in 2003; JCP is equipped with veteran talent and all the resources to handle any legal challenge to the local and global business communities. 

The firm has an excellent client service: 24/7 availability and record response times, their closely-knit, internationally trained legal team provides innovative business solutions that frequently exceed their clients’ expectations. Thought leadership: regularly draft key legislation and contribute to professional publications.

Because of the firm’s dedication to integrity, responsiveness and professional excellence, they have achieved a status of go-to counsel in many crucial business areas, such as corporate transactions, project finance, and tax, labour, and government relations. A pioneer of the international arbitration in the Dominican Republic, JCP regularly acts in cases before leading arbitration institutions, both as local and lead counsel. JCP is member of Multilaw.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Corporate & M&A: The team advises clients on all legal and business aspects of operating, financing and expanding their investments in the Dominican Republic. The firm has become a leader in the M&A practice in the Dominican Republic. It routinely handles large-scale cross-border mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs of businesses with presence in the country. JCP 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. It also participates in negotiations outside the Dominican Republic of transactions involving -Dominican corporate branches or subsidiaries. 

Banking & Finance: Jiménez Cruz Peña draws value from the unique experience it gained representing global financial institutions and financial services companies in local and cross-border deals. JCP attorneys possess significant insight into the local market conditions and realities in the negotiating, structuring, and documenting financial agreements of all types. Although our clients include both borrowers and lenders, JCP’s particular strength comes from its experience representing both national and international banks and private equity firms in investment projects.  

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 Cruz 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).

Intellectual Property: The robust intellectual property practice of Jiménez Cruz Peña handles a full range of matters in the country’s rapidly developing intellectual property area. JCP provides full support during the entire life cycle of trademarks, distinctive signs, patents, industrial designs, and utility models - from search, clearance, and registration to ongoing maintenance, commercialization, and administrative or judicial defense, both in the country and in other jurisdictions.

Litigation: The firm handles a wide range of commercial and civil matters before Dominican courts of all jurisdictions, including specialized administrative, real estate, labor, criminal, appellate and constitutional courts. 

Customs & International Trade: The firm’s clients increasingly rely on its reputation for export and import controls, local taxation and customs matters. The team represents foreign exporters in safeguard investigations and local producers and industry associations challenging application of import and export control regulations.

Government Relations: JCP has responsive advocates with a direct line to policymakers across all branches of the government in shaping emerging financial, tax, energy, and investment policy. Excel at contract negotiations with the state, obtaining approval for initiatives protecting the interests of our clients at the administrative and congressional levels, promoting and obtaining modifications in regulatory proposals of interest to our clients, while upholding our commitment to transparency and accountability.

Energy: JCP is the to-go-to firm when it comes to both, traditional and renewable energy projects. It is the only law firm in the country experienced in handling electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution. Having built a solid relationship with the country’s energy regulators, JCP is in a unique position to navigate the rapidly developing energy sector, including electrical, hydrocarbon, wind, solar, thermal and biomass energy projects. The firm’s clients include private developers, public companies, commercial lenders, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, and contractors, among others, who JCP counsels on a variety of issues from project finance and mergers and acquisitions, to environmental and dispute resolution.

Aviation: The firm has one of the largest aviation practices in the country with bustling tourism industry, assisting airlines and aviation related businesses with regulatory, administrative, commercial, enforcement, and litigation matters. We represent the largest airlines in the Dominican Republic, companies providing ramp and catering services to airlines, and insurance companies working with airlines.

Hospitality & Real Estate: The JCP team is well known across the region for its ability to tackle the complex challenges of the Dominican real estate sector, one of the backbones of the country’s economy. From large infrastructure, energy, and commercial real estate developments to luxury residential real estate projects – JCP’s savvy approach, incorporating both legal and practical considerations, directly contributes to success of any real estate operation.

Telecommunications: JCP’s telecommunication practice is one of the most thriving in the country. Both local and international telecom service providers have relied on its expertise in connection with establishing, financing, operating, or selling their telecom business in the Dominican Republic. JCP also represents radio stations, television channels and cable companies. 

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.

We represent global financial institutions and financial services companies in local and cross-border deals.

Negotiating, structuring, and documenting financial agreements of all types. Although representing both borrowers and lenders, our particular strength is in representing both national and international banks and private equity firms in investment projects. Regularly advise multilateral development banks, such the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), European Investment Bank (EIB), and French Development Agency (AFD). Experts in securing investment in an emerging market, such as the Dominican Republic: locally based collateral - mortgages, asset liens, share pledges, holding trusts, and receivables, among others – from their registration to enforcement. 

Services:

Corporate Maintenance 

  • Set-up, dissolution and liquidation of corporations, partnerships, and joint ventures
  • Annual corporate maintenance 
  • Compliance with all disclosure and filing requirements 
  • Tax planning

Corporate Governance

  • Corporate control
  • Directors’ duties and liabilities
  • Shareholders relations
  • Stock plans

Cross-Border Corporate Transactions and Finance

  • Mergers
  • Acquisitions 
  • Spin-Offs
  • Auctions
  • Tender Offers 
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Private Equity Investments

Multi-Tranche Finance 
Capital Markets 
Workouts and Restructuring
Financial Contracts and Products

Meet the team.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Client: Total 
Lead partner: Luis Julio Jiménez, ljimenez@jcpdr.com
Recent transactional highlights:

  • Assist the client in the acquisition of 70 % share of V Energy, the company that manage Shell operation in the Dominican Republic.

Project Finance:
Client: International Finance Corporation 
Lead Partner: Katherine Rosa, krosa@jcpdr.com
Recent transactional highlights:

  • Advised the International Finance Corporation in connection with the legal due diligence for an ongoing project finance, consisting in a proposed secured syndicated loan to be provided to Parques Eólicos del Caribe, S.A. (PECASA), sponsored by Akuo Energy, for the construction, operation and maintenance of a 50 MW wind farm in the town of Guanillo, Montecristi, Dominican Republic. 

Energy: 
Client: General Energy Solution
Lead Partner: Marcos Peña Rodríguez, mpena@jcpdr.com
Recent transactional highlights:

  • Assisting GES with the development of the second phase to add 30MW project, assisting the client on negotiation of commercial contracts and corporate structure for its investment. This is the largest photovoltaic power plant in the Dominican Republic and the largest Taiwanese investment.

  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Traditional and Renewable Energy 
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Real estate
  • Utilities
  • Public Infrastructure 
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality