With a history spanning over three-quarters of a century, Pellerano & Herrera keeps a hold on its status as one of the top firms in the Dominican Republic, as well as the go-to counsel for many international clients looking to venture into the country. Local companies love the firm’s deep bench and high quality of services in transactional and non-transactional practice areas.
Pellerano & Herrera has modelled itself in the shape of top global firms when it comes to sophistication and institutionalisation. It has also put an emphasis on technology tools and non-legal support services to aid clients’ needs, which have proven advantageous to many companies that turn here.
The firm boasts one of the largest headcounts in the market, giving it the firepower to specialise in multiple practice groups. Its corporate and finance groups remain its best assets, though the tax and technology divisions are exemplary too.
The firm also excels in disputes, telecoms and media, and sports and entertainment. A China desk offers banking and finance, corporate and M&A advice to investors, including those from Beijing and Shanghai. Lawyers at the firm are encouraged to build industry-specific experience. A separate company, Servi Cobros, offers debt collection services to clients, complementing the litigation practice. Meanwhile, the firm entered into a collaboration agreement in 2021 with global professional services firm Andersen Global, further consolidating its ability to advise local clientele seeking to expand globally and international companies operating in the Dominican Republic.
Pellerano & Herrera’s partnership is primarily female, setting it apart from firms in Latin America and, indeed, globally. This market leader is mindful of the need to retain and nurture talent to stay ahead of the competition and offered flexible work to all lawyers long preceding the pandemic. Meanwhile, it recently boosted its litigation offering by promoting Sheila Oviedo to the partnership.
The tax department has been kept especially busy in recent years, particularly in the wake of the global health emergency and recent tax reforms. The regulatory affairs practice group has also been kept busy in these matters.
The technology, digital and fintech departments at Pellerano & Herrera have grown exponentially in recent years. With many companies shifting to e-commerce, these teams became highly sought after for M&A, financing and disputes counsel. The firm also has stellar tax and technology practice areas, kept busy by recent OECD digital tax recommendations.
One of Pellerano & Herrera’s core priorities is investing in technology. Its database of court rulings is especially advanced and has proven useful to the litigation team. It has also automated administrative processes, enabling the targeting of small and medium-sized enterprises with affordable services that use these technologies. Pellerano & Herrera’s accounting and administrative staff have been on board to help a growing number of clients looking to outsource this kind of work in the move towards digitalisation.
Lawyers here benefit from Pellerano & Herrera having a close alliance with one of the Dominican Republic’s leading universities, demonstrating the high importance the firm places on postgraduate training. This has fostered a large team of internationally educated professionals at partner and associate levels. The firm prioritises nurturing junior lawyers, who can benefit from intensive professional development programmes.
Clients have frequently highlighted the partners’ availability, citing their prompt and thorough responses to initial and follow-up queries.
For over 30 years, the firm has published an international guide on how to do business in the Dominican Republic, which it updates twice a year.
Alliances & networks
Pellerano & Herrera is the Dominican member of the Club de Abogados network, as well as of Lex Mundi and the World Services Group. The firm also belongs to ISFIN, the Islamic finance law network. Pellerano & Herrera has a collaboration agreement with global professional services firm Andersen Global.