Firm Profile

OMG

Dominican Republic

Innovative firm with international outlook

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 2001

Partners: 10

Lawyers: 43

Work areas

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

OMG is a relatively young but serious force to be reckoned with in the Dominican market. It has used its innovative approach to take on the more established, traditional players with success. Founder Leonel Melo is credited with much of the firm’s success. Drawing on a postgraduate degree in management from IESE business school, he has sought to introduce a more modern management style, in contrast to some of the more traditional firms in the market. OMG proudly boasts a management committee with four women out of seven members – a refreshing change compared to the male-dominated management teams of many firms in the region. 

Banking and financial clients are a big source of work for the firm, though clients flock from other sectors including energy and agriculture. Its strong transactional arm is complemented well by excellent dispute resolution, real estate and IP law groups. Lawyers participate in clients’ strategy meetings, so they can fully understand their business objectives from the outset. Users of the firm have taken to this multifaceted approach and praise the firm’s ability to approach problems from different perspectives. 

OMG is one of the largest firms in terms of headcount in the Dominican Republican chapter of the Latin Lawyer 250. It boosted its already excellent transactional ranks in 2020 when corporate lawyer and practice head Johanna Soto was promoted to partner. The firm’s sheer size means it can take on a wide range of cases across a broad range of practice areas. 

OMG offers lawyers a master’s degree in legal strategy, a move that has served the firm well in building a client-centric culture, and trains lawyers in finance and accounting as well as legal services. The firm also ensures a cutting-edge service offering through a department dedicated to developing new products and services. The team has devised legal structures for clients to allocate and manage assets through investment funds, for example. It also places great importance on innovation, and its banking and finance area’s fintech division is evidence that clients can reap the rewards of this forward-thinking outlook among partners. 

Clients praise this firm for its high-quality and in-depth legal analysis, with a banking client commending the firm’s expertise and experience. A client from the real estate sector applauds OMG lawyers’ “knowledge and prompt attention” as well as the wide range of areas the firm offers.  

The firm has an international outlook and has lawyers from Spain, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Italy. An office in Panama provides additional support to the firm’s cross-border work. 

In line with the firm’s commitment to environmental sustainability, its Santo Domingo headquarters are in an energy-efficient building. OMG is also a signatory to the United Nations’ Women Empowerment Principles, which offer practical guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace.

Offices

OMG has offices in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. It also has a small outpost in Panama.

Alliances & Networks

OMG is a member of LEGUS, an international network of leading law firms, and the Eversheds Sutherland Latin America Alliance. It is also allied with Cambridge International Consulting, an organisation specialised in generating value through negotiation and strategic influence. It has a non-exclusive best friends agreement with French firm Simon Associés.

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