Arthur & Castillo

International Business & Private Services Law Firm

Arthur & Castillo

Av. Roberto Pastoriza, No.2
Edificio Ely, Suite 302, Naco

Santo Domingo 10122
Dominican Republic

Phone+1 809 472 6662 or+1 305 809 7020
Fax +1 809 472 2220

E-mail  Contact Felipe Isa Castillo

Other Offices: Punta Cana  

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Law Firm Overview

Arthur & Castillo is a leading Law Firm in Dominican Republic with emphasis in corporate & business law, foreign investment, international trade, real estate & tourism, tax law & private client services.

Our attorneys are experts in their areas and practice law with a highly strategic approach to deliver excellent representation and quality legal services.

We are committed to successfully developing our client’s interests and achieving results efficiently.

Year this Office was Established: 2000

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Private client services, real estate property due diligence, corporate legal due diligence, corporate tax due diligence, notary services

Areas of Law Description

Arbitration & Litigation

Our firm recognizes the importance and advantages of alternative dispute resolution methods as a good alternative to the ordinary judicial court system. Our attorney’s have participated as civil and commercial arbitrators, conciliators, mediators, negotiators and as legal experts before national and international institutional and ad-hoc dispute resolution centers, panels, courts and associations.

In addition, the firm handles a wide range of litigation disputes arising out of commercial and corporate transactions involving finance, international trade, shareholder disputes, property claims, contractual breach and damages claims, employment disputes, personal injury and consumer claim actions.

Our firm’s dispute resolution attorneys use a highly strategic and flexible approach for assisting our clients to achieve their objectives. In addition to offensive and defensive litigation, the firm will also advise on alternative dispute resolution methods such as conciliation, mediation, negotiation and adjudication taking into consideration time, costs, privacy and effectiveness of the proposed dispute resolution methods.

Corporate & Business

The firm specializes in corporate & business law and can successfully advise clients on the legal and corporate compliance aspects of their day- to- day operations. We provide company formation and corporate governance services, corporate due diligence and corporate finance law advisory.

The firm participates in corporate transactions involving the purchase and sale of corporate assets and the acquisition of regulated and operating business entities, mergers, spin offs and divestitures.

Our ability to work as a team of experts in the different areas such as corporate, tax and business law, allows us to analyze business registrations and corporate transactions in a broader sense, identifying risks and opportunities and implementing best practices.

Through our companies department, we provide a full range of services, including the incorporation of companies, registration of branches of foreign corporations in the Dominican Republic, provision of company registered office, and the maintenance of statutory books and records.

Foreign Investment


Our firm advises investors on Dominican foreign investment and tax incentives laws, including free zones law, export promotion law, tourism incentives law, among others special sector and industry- specific laws.

The firm also assists clients in devising the best choice of entity to operate in the Dominican Republic, including local branch registration and the incorporation of local subsidiaries, registering the investment and other relevant commercial, labor, tax, social security and regulatory matters.

Labor Matters

Our Firm’s labor and employment practice covers the full range of labor and employment issues in the Dominican Republic, including advising on labor and employment law matters, the drafting of employment contracts, confidentiality, non- compete and other restrictive labor related agreements.

The firm advises clients on rights, obligations and other issues on the part of employers or employees, under the Labor Code of the Dominican Republic and its Regulations, as well as in matters related to Social Security Law and employee Health and Safety regulations.

The firm also represents clients in labor and employment conciliation and litigation before the labor courts.

Private Client Services

It is vital to form the correct relationships with the correct people, not only in our personal lives, but also in relation to the obtainment of professional legal counseling.

At Arthur & Castillo we care for the best interests, the confidentiality and tranquility of our clients through personalized attention and discretion in the handling of their matters.

Our Private Client services encompass legal assistance in marriage agreements, divorce, donations, preparation of contracts and obtaining personal legal documents.

Our advisers explore the different alternatives for the organization, acquisition or transmission of individual and family assets, for present or future generations. Through strategic planning, our professionals aim at developing client’s personal goals in a tax efficient manner.

Real Estate & Tourism

Our firm advises clients on Dominican real estate property purchases, sales, and leases and has broad experience in drafting and preparing real estate transfer documents.

Our firm also assist clients on real estate mortgages and their perfection as collateral and guarantee for the closing of any business financing, as well as in matters related to real estate litigation.

We work with project developers through the entire development process, from the due diligence and early stage of land acquisition, drafting of required project legal documentation to the ultimate disposition of the development.

We have extensive experience dealing with real estate and tourism oriented projects and developments and the obtainment of certain tourism activity licenses and tax exemptions which may be applicable to tourism enterprises in certain areas of the country.

Tax Law

Our firm advises local and foreign corporate clients in taxation matters applicable to their activities and operations in the country and in planning their prospective or future business for tax efficiency as part of an essential item of their corporate agenda.

Our skilled and experienced tax attorneys have been exposed to tax systems of the United States of America, Canada, Spain and Central America, being able to work with clients in structuring their local or cross border transactions, operations, incorporations, investments, projects and reorganizations.

Our firm also assists clients in the filing of proceedings and appeals before tax and customs authorities and tribunals.

Trade & Free Zones

Our Firm assists local and foreign clients in all aspects of their international business transactions and activities in the Dominican Republic, including the drafting of international commercial contracts involving agency, distribution, franchise, licensing and manufacturing, while counseling on the applicable legal framework of free trade treaties, including the Free Trade Agreement with Central America and the United States (DR-CAFTA), the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EPA), etc.

We also assist export, industrial, services and technology free zone enterprises to obtain authorizations and licenses from the Dominican Free Zones Council, Customs Administration, and all other related government agencies and institutions. Our firm assists in reviewing and negotiating leases, purchase and supply agreements and provides legal counsel on applicable free zone, corporate, labor, tax and social security laws.

Wills & Successions

Our attorneys advise clients in the legal processes related to the preparation of wills and by devising sustainable estate planning for the organization, administration and disposition of family assets and businesses in the Dominican Republic. Through the firm’s connections with tax advisors worldwide, we also assist clients with multi jurisdiction estate planning.

Our firm assist clients in the preparation and presentation of decedent estate and intestate succession filings before Dominican Tax Administration, Real Estate Jurisdiction and Banking Institutions in relation to legal inheritance and bequests of property via wills and trust dispositions.

Our team also handles disputes relating to inheritance, contested wills, probate and trusts.


Maria Arthur Dra. Maria Arthur
Corporate Taxation, Divorce, Estate and Trust, Estate Planning, Family Law



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  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAMDR)
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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 Dominican Republic Limited Liability Companies

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 Inheritance of Property in the Dominican Republic

Under Dominican Law, there are two very important aspects which have an impact on the inheritance of assets of a deceased individual: the time and domicile of the deceased.

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 Purchasing Real Estate Property in the Dominican Republic: The Due Diligence Process

Persons, be either Dominican nationals or foreigners desiring to buy, resell or in any way dispose of real estate in the Dominican Republic should note that Dominican Republic real estate laws and regulations particularities make it preferable to conduct a due diligence and review process through independent counsel in order to verify legal and tax status of the property before any formal decisions or payments are made.

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 Dominican Law 158-01 of Tourism Incentives for Development

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