Address

Calle Luis F. Thomén 110, Torre Ejecutiva Gapo, 7th floor, suite 709, Santo Domingo, D.N., Dominican Republic.

Tel: 809.535.4962
E-mail: m.almonte@maelegal.com

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Practice Areas

Competition Law

We have broad experience representing firms before the Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia (the Dominican competition authority), both in investigative proceedings conducted by the Executive Directorate and in administrative enforcement procedures before the Board of Directors of the Commission, based on the implementation of the General Law for the Defense of Competition No. 42-08. We audit contractual schemes, commercial policies and corporate practices to verify that they are in accordance with the provisions of the General Law for the Defense of Competition No. 42-08. We design tailor-made compliance programs according to the level of risk in each case. We represent clients in claims concerning misleading advertising and unfair competition practices.

Consumer Protection

We advise on the regulations applicable to consumer rights and provide legal representation in relation to claims based on the General Law for the Protection of Consumer and Users’ Rights No. 358-05, both at the administrative level and before judicial courts. We represent providers of goods and services against  product liability claims. We offer legal auditing services to verify the compliance of corporate policies with the provisions of consumer protection laws; a well as staff training and drafting of compliance programs.

Agency and Distribution

We have broad experience advising foreign and domestic clients on the regulations applicable to agency and distribution agreements under Law 173 on Protection of Importer Agents of Merchandises and Products and the DR-CAFTA (Dominican Republic Central America Free Trade Agreement). We draft and/or review Agency Agreements governed by the DR-CAFTA and Law 173, and file compensation claims under this Law.

Real Estate Businesses

Our services in this area focus on business transactions, encompassing all aspects relating to the acquisition, individualization, registration, transfer and encumbrance of ownership rights, starting with the initial due diligence of the legal status of the property until the execution of the contracts and/or acts involving the property. We advise in negotiations for the conclusion of Construction Agreements and project development, as well as with respect to the different actions that may be necessary for their execution and implementation. We represent our clients in proceedings of administrative and contentious nature before the Land Jurisdiction, particularly legal actions under the Condominiums Law No. 5038 of 1958.

Information Technology and Telecommunications

We can assist in drafting and reviewing software licensing agreements and IT maintenance and project management contracts. We represent our clients in e-commerce claims, both at the litigation and the arbitration stages. We advise on the regulations applicable to data protection and the use of personal information for marketing purposes, and we assist in drafting privacy policies, terms of use and disclaimer clauses.

Corporate Businesses

We provide legal advice on the different kinds of corporate entities provided for in the Dominican legislation, as well as on the most suitable corporate structure for each type of investment or business that our clients intend to undertake. We maintain a close relationship with providers of corporate services in other countries, which allows us to assist with the incorporation of offshore entities in a number of jurisdictions around the world, including those characterized by the flexibility of their fiscal regime.

Public Procurement

We assist our clients preparing tender proposals and providing professional support throughout the tender process; reviewing contracts with the State and filing applications before the National Registry of State Providers.

Family Law

Every decision that may have an impact on the family and on personal assets is important. This is why it is essential to obtain good legal advice prior to implementing any such decisions. At MAEL, we listen to our clients and, after a reasoned legal assessment of the situation, recommend the most suitable alternatives with respect to matrimonial regime, divorce, partition of common possessions, estate planning, international adoptions, and so forth. We treat each case confidentially and tactfully.

Immigration

We advise on the regulations applicable to the status of foreigners who want to establish their residence and/or obtain a work permit in the Dominican Republic, as well as to national firms contracting foreign personnel. We assist foreign retirees or recipients of foreign income who wish to take up residence in the Dominican Republic, so that they can apply for the benefits set forth on this subject by the Dominican legislation on tax incentives. We work in conjunction with firms specialized in Immigration Law in the United States to help clients navigate the requirements and procedures for immigration into the United States.

Notarial and Legal Translation Services

As part of a service strategy devised to comprehensively cover our customers’ needs, we also provide notarial services and translation of legal documents (English/Spanish) to our clients, in addition to our professional counseling.