Despite being relatively young, OMG is a serious force to be reckoned with in the Dominican market. The firm places innovation at the forefront of its vision and has used this 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, setting the firm apart from some of the more traditional firms in the market. OMG’s diverse management committee is a testament to this: it includes four women out of seven members – a refreshing change compared to many firms in Latin America.
One of the firm’s principal sources of work stems from banking and financial clients, although clients regularly flock from other sectors, including energy and agriculture. OMG’s strong transactional arm is complemented well by superb 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. Companies turning here 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. In 2021, the firm further bolstered its ranks by two-thirds, with the promotions of four lawyers across multiple departments, including its energy, intellectual property and corporate practice groups, reflecting growing demand in these areas. The firm’s sheer size allows it to successfully tackle a wide range of cases across a variety of practice areas.
OMG offers lawyers at the firm a master’s degree in legal strategy, a move that has served it well in building a client-centric culture, and trains lawyers in finance and accounting as well as legal services. The firm’s department dedicated to developing new products and services also ensures a cutting-edge service offering. The team has devised legal structures for clients to allocate and manage assets through investment funds, for example. It also places foremost 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 of the firm praise its professionalism and prominent levels of broad competency, as well as the innovative solutions the firm proposes.
OMG has an international outlook and has lawyers from Spain, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Italy. A presence in Panama provides further support to the firm’s cross-border work.
The firm’s Santo Domingo headquarters, housed in an energy-efficient building, is also a clear demonstration of its commitment to environmental sustainability. 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.
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 specialising in generating value through negotiation and strategic influence. It has a non-exclusive best friends’ agreement with French firm Simon Associés.