Full-Service Law Firm in Dominican Republic
Law Firm OverviewArthur & Castillo was founded in 2005 by leading international attorneys with a combined experience of more than thirty years, on the premise that our clients should access high quality solutions in a timely and efficient manner.
Our Firm is the first Dominican Republic Law Firm to adopt a client focused, ethically consistent and results driven practice, including personalized attention, independent representation, and alternative fee structures.
Our philosophy is to place our clients first and to successfully develop their requirements.
Year this Office was Established: 2005
Languages: Spanish, French, English
Areas of Law
- Administrative Law
- Agency & Distributorship
- Agricultural Law
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Business Law
- Business Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Civil Rights
- Collaborative Law
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Computer & Software
- Construction Law
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Litigation
- Corporate Taxation
- Customs Law
- Data Protection
- Entertainment Law
- Environmental & Natural Resources
- Environmental Law
- Estate & Trust
- Estate Planning
- Family Law
- Food & Beverages Law
- General Practice
- Homeowners Association
- Hospitality Law
- Import & Export
- Information Technology
- Inheritance Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Arbitration
- International Investments
- International Law
- International Trade
- Internet Law
- Investment Law
- Joint Ventures
- Land Use & Zoning
- Licensing Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Personal Injury
- Personal Property
- Pre-nuptial Agreement
- Privacy Law
- Private Equity
- Project Finance
- Property Law
- Real Estate
- Regulatory Law
- Science & Technology
- Sports & Recreation
- Tax Planning
- Telecommunications Law
- Tourism & Travel
- Venture Capital
- Workers Compensation
- Wrongful Termination
Areas of Law Description
- Administrative Law
Our attorneys provide legal advisory and assistance to private sector clients in their relationships with government agencies and institutions.
Our firm has represented clients in matters related to Environmental, Food & Drug Law, Health and Safety, Social Security Law, among others, in order to help ensure their compliance with specific areas of regulation.
- Business & Finance
Our attorneys’ background in business & finance matters and expertise in Dominican commercial laws, sector- and- industry- specific regulations, can guide you in your business undertakings.
- Corporate Law
Our lawyers specialize in corporate law and can successfully advise our clients on their legal rights, responsibilities and obligations in order to satisfy the corporate compliance and corporate governance aspects of their day- to- day operations.
The Firm counsels and participates in corporate transactions involving the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts and other business agreements for the acquisition of business, purchase of assets, mergers, spin offs and divestitures.
Through our companies department, we provide company secretarial services, including company formation, company branch registration, provision of company registered office, maintenance of statutory books and records, among others.
- Family Law
Our family lawyers provide the legal assistance needed for advisory on marital regimes and laws applicable to marriage, drafting and registration of prenuptial agreements, legal advisory when considering or anticipating a divorce, separation agreements, mutual consent divorce, quick divorce for foreigners, default divorce, fault and contested divorce.
Our lawyers also advise clients in the legal processes related to the preparation of wills and sustainable estate planning for the organization, administration and disposition of family assets and businesses in the Dominican Republic.
Our Firm is also qualified to assist in the preparation 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. Our team also handles disputes relating to inheritance, contested wills, probate and trusts.
Our firm can assist in obtaining personal legal documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates, official documents, legalizations, travel permits for minors, among others.
- Free Zones
Our firm assists export, industrial, services and technology free zone enterprises established, setting up and expanding their business in the Dominican Republic 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.
- International Trade
Our lawyers represent clients in all aspects of their international business transactions and export trade activities in the Dominican Republic and the application of Dominican laws and regulations to their International Trade activities.
Our firm assists in drafting agency, distribution, franchise, licensing and manufacturing contracts and counsels clients on treaty based international law, including free trade agreements like the Free Trade Agreement with Central America and the United States (DR-CAFTA), the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EPA), etc.
- Labor Matters
Our labor and employment lawyers advise on the full range of labor related matters in the Dominican Republic, including compliance with employment legislation, employers and employees rights and obligations, the drafting of employment contracts, confidentiality, non- compete and other restrictive labor related agreements.
Our firm counsels clients in matters related to employee benefits, personal data privacy, social security law, health & safety regulations, employment termination and preparation of conciliation and litigation hearings before the labor courts.
Our firm recognizes the advantages of alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration, mediation, negotiation and adjudication over courtroom disputes.
Our lawyers participate as civil and commercial arbitrators, conciliators, mediators, negotiators and legal experts before national and international dispute resolution centers.
- 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.
In 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, charitable giving, preparing contracts and obtaining personal legal documents.
We explore estate planning alternatives for the organization, acquisition or transmission of individual and family assets, for present or future generations. Through strategic planning, we develop client’s personal goals in a tax efficient manner.
- Property & Real Estate
Our lawyers advise clients on Dominican commercial and residential real estate property matters, including purchases, sales, transfers, leases, and have broad experience in drafting and preparing real estate transaction documents.
Our firm assists clients on real estate property mortgages and their perfection as collateral and guarantee for business financing, as well as in matters related to real estate litigation.
We work with real estate & tourism project developers from the due diligence and early stage of land acquisition, drafting project documents, obtaining tourism licenses and tax exemptions to the disposition of the development.
- Tax Law
Our tax attorneys advise clients in taxation matters applicable to their economic activities and operations in the country and in planning their prospective business for tax efficiency.
Our Firm works with clients in structuring their local or cross border transactions, operations, incorporations, investments, projects and reorganizations.
Our Firm also assists clients in monitoring new and pending tax legislation and litigating the tax treatment of controversial tax positions before tax authorities and tribunals.
- Tourism & Leisure
The firm provides services in connection with the establishment of tourism oriented projects and the obtainment of certain tourism activity licenses and tax exemptions which may be applicable to tourism enterprises in certain areas of the country.
The firm assists in the evaluation of tourism project development, investment and financing for meeting foreign investment and tax incentives law criteria and requirements, as well as through the filing of the applicable environmental impact studies for review by the Environmental Protection Ministry.
Dra. Maria Arthur Rodger
Corporate Taxation, Divorce, Estate and Trust, Estate Planning, Family Law
Dr. Felipe Isa Castillo
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Business and Industry, Business Law, Commercial Law
- ij International Jurists
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAMDR)
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Articles Published by Arthur & Castillo
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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.Read Article
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