Firm Profile

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Dominican Republic

Transactional firm with disputes strength

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 1985

Partners: 12

Lawyers: 41

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández’s strong disputes and restructuring and insolvency abilities help it stand out from the crowd, as well as the size of its partnership ­– among the biggest in our Dominican Republic listing. The firm is well respected by clients and competitors alike, who appreciate the cross-practice approach many of its teams take to ensure clients receive the very best tailored service. Its IP practice – one of the largest at any Dominican firm – is another distinguishing factor.

Headrick is at the forefront of the country’s legislative developments; its lawyers have helped draft some key legislation shaping business in the country today. Unsurprisingly, then, its administrative law and regulatory affairs offering is strong.

Its transactional capabilities are also impressive: its corporate and M&A and banking and finance teams are eagerly sought after by international firms looking to establish themselves in the country – be that through mergers, acquisitions or investments. Its project group, complemented by its real estate team, is also kept busy.

Client demand for competition and restructuring law advice has increased over the years, and 2020 was no exception. It is not just companies turning to the firm for advice i– Headrick lawyers are training judges on the new restructuring law and its impact. The firm intends to build both practices as demand increases, as well as its tax group.

Headrick is proud of its largely homegrown partnership. Its leaders emphasise that the firm does not have a traditional, pyramid structure and instead prefers the more hands-on approach that its sizeable group of partners can offer. Its large partnership stands out compared with similarly-sized firms that have smaller headcounts at the top end. The firm has a horizontal management structure through which a committee, rather than a single partner, oversees operations. Roberto Rizik chairs the committee, which also includes Sarah de Léon and Jaime Senior, two of the firm’s younger partners. Its partnership is 50% female, and the firm is committed to diversity and meritocracy.

Client relationships are important to the firm, which has been known to second lawyers to major clients.

Headrick’s lawyers are praised for their prompt and thorough responses, always considering the risks and benefits in any transaction or dispute. A local client highlights how the firm’s lawyers are “careful and efficient in everything they do”.

Alliances & networks

The firm is a member of TAGLaw and has an informal relationship with Spain’s Uría Menéndez.

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