Miguel Valera Montero

Professional Practice:

De Camps, Vásquez & Valera (2007 – Present), Founding Partner

PUNTACANA Resort & Club (2004 – 2007), General Counsel

Headrick Rizik Álvarez & Fernández (2002 – 2004), Senior Associate

Pellerano & Herrera (1999 – 2002), Associate

Education and Honors:

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas (2004) LL.M J. William Fulbright Scholarship recipient (2003)

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre & Maestra (1999), LLB Summa Cum Laude

Publications (books):

The Concentrated Judicial Review in the Dominican Republic (1999) (Author)

Constitutional Decisions of the Judicial Branch: Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court of Justice decisions on Constitutional Issues (1910-2012) (Librería Jurídica Internacional, 2013) (Author)

Comments to Articles 233 to 244 of the Dominican Constitution, in “The Annotated Dominican Constitution” (Finjus, 2011) (Co-Autor/Collaborator)

Considerations on the abstract judicial review in the Dominican Republic, in “Memories of the VII Ibero-American Forum on Procedural Constitutional Law” (CARMJ, 2011) (Co-Author/Collaborator)

Constitutional Justice in Presidentialist Democracies, in “Presidentialism and Democratization in the Dominican Republic (1994-2010)” (PUCMM-CUEPS, 2012) “” (Co-Author/Collaborator)

Tax Law:

Appropriate counseling regarding the tax impact that could be generated by private or business decisions at local or foreign level is indispensable. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has the experience to advice its clients in tax law matters in order to mitigate their legal exposure by allowing them to take informed decisions regarding their most cost and risk effective alternative under Dominican legislation and, if necessary, to assume our clients defense before the Administrative or Judicial authorities.

 

Fabiola Medina Garnes

Fabiola Medina Garnes is the founding Partner of Medina Garrigó. She has ample experience in the public administration and in private practice. Ms. Medina served as Head Assistant to the Chief Legal Advisor of the President of the Dominican Republic (1982-1985) and has been an Associate and Partner of renowned law firms in the Dominican Republic, during such time concentrating in the areas of Litigation, Arbitration, Administrative Law, Telecommunications Law and Tax Law. In 1992 she began a corporate career at Verizon Dominicana (today known as CLARO), the leading Telecom Company in the Dominican Republic, and became the company’s Vice-President Legal-Regulatory and as well the Secretary of its Board of Directors (1996-2005).

Ms. Medina was the Dominican member of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) (2005-2012) and she is renowned as a leader in the field of arbitration in the Dominican Republic. She presided over the Center of Alternative Resolution of Controversies of the Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo (CRC), and currently functions as Second Vice-President of its Board of Directors. Ms. Medina is co-author of the Arbitration Regulations and the Complementary Rules of the CRC, and had a prominent participation in drafting and sanctioning Commercial Arbitration Law 489-08 and the amendment of the Arbitration Chapter in Law 50-87 on Chambers of Commerce.

In addition, Ms. Medina served as President of the Disciplinary Board of the Dominican Bar Association, the Dominican Corporate Lawyers Association (ADAE), the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (FINJUS) and the Board of Trustees of the university “Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo” (INTEC). She has been a professor for prominent universities in the Dominican Republic: “Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña” (UNPHU), “Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo” (UASD), and “Universidad Iberoamericana” (UNIBE).

Education:

Ms. Medina graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the School of Law of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU). She was bestowed Grande Distinction on her Masters of Law (LLM) in International Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, as well as Plus Grande Distinction in her paper for the doctorate candidature.

Languages:

Spanish, English and French. Working knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.

Medina Garrigó Attorneys At Law:

Medina Garrigó Abogados (MGA) is a boutique law firm founded in the Dominican Republic by Fabiola Medina Garnes in 2004, under the name Medina Garnes Asociados. Since its inception, the firm has acquired extensive experience assisting clients in handling legal matters in the areas of telecommunications, administrative law, taxation, litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution. Additionally, following a strategy of careful and steady growth in recent years, MGA has been able to expand its law practice to include new areas of the law, thus developing a broader and comprehensive practice, with emphasis in providing services with the highest standards of quality, cost-efficiency, and focused on client-based solutions.

Most recently, MGA welcomed Marielle Garrigó as a Partner and Head of the Department of Finance and Business, in order to expand the Firm’s Finance and Business Department. Ms. Garrigó has more than 20 years of experience in corporate law, project financing, mergers and business acquisitions, finance projects and capital markets. Her addition to the firm confirms MGA’s commitment to covering all its clients’ legal needs, and has established itself as the best offer in the market in terms of experience, knowledge and dedication.

MGA has the distinction of being recognized as one of the most prominent law firms in the Dominican Republic, and this merit has beget from it flawless performance and many successful achievements handling relevant cases for clients in the private and public sector. The Firm has been also distinguished by its constant and outstanding participation in recent and important legislative processes aimed towards the creation and reform of key legislative processes, which has provided its lawyers a unique perspective into the workings of the Dominican regulatory system and its effect on business activities and transactions. However, the most meaningful accolade for MGA, is the continued trust and confidence of its clients.

The firm offers a diverse array of legal teams composed of specialists in different areas of the laws. The experience earned by our lawyers allows MGA to handle complex matters through a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach that draws from all relevant sources within MGA, providing clients with efficient legal solutions that maximize the identification and management of all potential risks while minimizing costs.

What sets MGA apart from other firms in the Dominican Republic, is its core philosophy: to thoroughly know the client and become part of its business in a proactive manner, always by adding value. Our lawyers have learned during their many years of practice that taking the time to know, identify, and understand their clients’ needs, is the only way to add true value to their endeavors, whether in the context of a transaction, when providing constructive advice by taking preventive measures, or by simply keeping clients updated on the relevant local aspects of their industries.

Jaime Angeles

Jaime R. Angeles specializing in corporate law and intellectual property, with a strong emphasis on Technology Law (Information Technology) and electronic commerce in general, including unfair competition and litigation experience in these areas.

An important part of their professional work involves drafting and negotiating contracts for technology companies, such as confidentiality agreements and licensing.

Jaime Angeles in 1997-1998 was appointed by the President of the Dominican Republic as an official member of the Commission to work on the draft Code of Market Orders, which proposed laws are in force today, all materials generated by the project: Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection, Unfair Competition and Free Competition.

Mr. Angeles also participated in discussions on the drafting of various legal instruments:

Implementation Act of DR-CAFTA

Law Against Crimes and High Tech Crime No. 53-07

Documents and Digital Signatures No. 126-02

Regulations for Implementation of the Law 65-00 on Copyright

Jaime Angeles, has published articles in their areas of experiticios in national and international publications, including a UNESCO publication in 2005, “Electronic Commerce: From an American perspective to an international vision.”

He has been Professor of Commercial Law, Contracts, E-Commerce in both the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo and Santiago (PUCMM). Presently teaches Intellectual Property.

Mr. Angeles is a frequent panelist at international conferences, most recently in Paris last June, where he lectured on virtual worlds and Intellectual Property in an activity of the International Federation of Computer Law (IFCLA), spoke in 2000, 2002 and 2004 in Buenos Aires, Paris, Santo Domingo and Amsterdam events of the Computer Law Association (now ITECHLAW) UNESCO workshops in the Cyber Space Law, 1998, Lectures at the Office of Patents and Trademarks United States (USPTO) (1986 and 2000); CCLA Conference in Miami, Florida (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001).

Periodically coordinates seminars on crime and high-tech crimes and intellectual property for the Foundation for Institutionalism and Justice (FINJUS).

He has also had the opportunity to speak at seminars and workshops organized by the Supreme Court of the Domincan Republic (1995-1997 and 2001) and in workshops for judges and prosecutors in Honduras 2000 and 2004 in El Salvador and Guatemala.

Awilda Alcántara Bourdier

Awilda Alcántara Bourdier focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and tax matters. She represents multinational clients regarding the structuring of their business interests and investments in the Dominican Republic, primarily in the electric, financial services, manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as in general project finance.

She provides ongoing advice on commercial and tax-related matters, as well as strategic transactions, and advises clients on the drafting and negotiation of complex contracts such as share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements and loan and security agreements. Awilda provides tax counseling to non-Dominican corporations in the structuring of their direct foreign investments in the country.

Awilda is recognized for corporate/commercial matters in the Dominican Republic by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America. She was also noted by LatinLawyer 250 2012 for corporate governance and finance and mergers and acquisitions.

She teaches Mergers and Acquisitions at the Masters Program in business law and international litigation jointly offered by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain and is a frequent speaker on issues related to corporate law.

Pedro Gamundi

Pedro Gamundi focuses on international commercial and financial transactions. He assists multinational clients in the structuring and placement of foreign direct investments in different sectors of the Dominican Republic’s economy and advises them while negotiating, executing and securing international financial transactions including institutional private lending, asset-based lending, project financing, bond issuances and securitizations. Pedro also advises on taxation, monetary, banking, corporate, aviation, telecommunications, energy, mining and environmental matters and assists corporate clients in cross-border reorganization and insolvency matters, and while addressing complex labor situations.

Having taught economic law and foreign investment law for a number of years at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo, Pedro acts as coordinator of the master program in business law and international litigation jointly offered by PUCMM and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. From 1991 to 1992 he worked as a consultant to the Harvard Institute for International Development and the United Nations Development Program in the tax reform project of the Dominican Republic.

Pedro is co-author of “Dominican Republic Eases Rules for Foreigners” for The National Law Journal and “Tax and Investment in the Dominican Republic” in the Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation. He is also a co-author of “Legal Regime of Bankruptcy in the Dominican Republic,” a paper presented at a meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Pedro is listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers Latin America, IFLR1000 2009 and noted in LatinLawyer 250 2012 for his work in the Dominican Republic and region-wide.

From 2000 to 2012, Pedro served as a member and then as president of the Board of Directors of Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo (FDD), a not-for-profit organization recognized as a regional pioneer in adopting micro-financing as a tool for social promotion and economic development. He is also a member of Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia (FINJUS) and the Dominican Bar Association.