Arthur & Castillo

Full-Service Boutique Law Firm in Dominican Republic

Arthur & Castillo

Av. Roberto Pastoriza 2, Suite 302,
Santo Domingo 12202
Dominican Republic

Phone(809) 472-6662 or(305) 809 7020
Fax (809) 472-2220

E-mail  Contact Felipe Isa Castillo

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Law Firm Overview

Arthur & Castillo is a Dominican Republic Law firm based in Santo Domingo specializing in Dominican Republic legal services, with offices serving the metropolitan area and the east, south and north areas.

Our English- speaking attorneys are experts in their areas with a combined experience of more than thirty years in a broad variety of industries and practice areas.

We put into practice personalized client representation and are committed to successfully developing our client’s interests.

Year this Office was Established: 2001

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Areas of Law

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 in matters related to energy. environmental, food & drug law, health & safety, social security, telecommunications, among others, to help ensure their compliance with specific areas of regulation.

The firm also represents clients in the drafting, review and negotiation of government contracts and their financing, client registration in the national register of government suppliers and their participation in public bidding contests.

We can help in the following areas:

Administrative adjudications
Administrative agency practice
Administrative hearings and appeals
Administrative litigation
Judicial review
Public law

- Corporate

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 participates in corporate transactions involving Mergers & Acquisitions, including 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.

We can help in the following areas:

Incorporation of limited liability companies
Establishment of foreign company branches
Transfer of business and assets
Shareholders agreements and joint ventures
Corporate conversions
Rights and duties of shareholders and directors
Loan agreements and securities
Corporate Litigation

- 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.

We can help in the following areas:

Divorce Law
Quick divorce for foreigners
Separation agreements
Financial settlements
Prenuptial agreements
Inheritance Law
Decedent estates
Administration of estates
Wills & trusts
Official documents

- 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.

- Investment & Trade

The Firm represents 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.

We can assist with agency, distribution, franchise, licensing and manufacturing contracts and counseling on treaty based international law, including investment protection and 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, etc.

Our lawyers advise on Dominican Republic foreign investment and tax incentives laws and devising the best entity to operate in the Dominican Republic, including company branch registration, local subsidiary incorporation, joint ventures, foreign investment registration and corporate, labor, tax and regulatory matters.

We can help in the following areas:

Agency & Distribution
Customs law
Import- export law
International trade
International treaty law
Trade & customs litigation
Export free zones
Tourism incentives laws
Private investments
Project finance
Foreign investment litigation

- Labor & Immigration

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.

We can help you in the following areas:

Compliance with employment legislation
Drafting and advising on employment contracts
Rights and obligations of employers and employees
Employee personal data and privacy issues
Advice on restrictive covenants
Application for employment visas
Termination of employment
Preparation of hearings at labor tribunals

-Mergers & Acquisitions

Our attorneys specialize in corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital structures by successfully advising clients on all legal and tax aspects that intertwine with the changes in form of client’s businesses, which are essential for achieving the desired enhanced results in schedule.

Our ability to work as a team of experts in the different areas such as corporate, finance, tax and business law, allows us to analyze corporate mergers, acquisitions, divisions and capital restructurings in a broader sense, identifying risks and opportunities, and implementing best practices and process.

Practice areas:

Business divestitures
Capital restructuring
International mergers & acquisitions
Purchase, sale and transfer of business and assets
Shareholder agreements and joint ventures
Spin-offs, split-offs and split-ups
Tax free reorganizations

- 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.

We can help in the following areas:

Estate planning
Income tax planning
Quick divorce for foreigners
Separation agreements
Financial settlements
Prenuptial agreements
Custody disputes
Official documents

- 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.

We can help in the following areas:

Ad Valorem tax
Corporate tax
Employment taxation
Excise tax
Inheritance & gift taxation
Individual taxation
International taxation
Tax incentives
Tax litigation
Tax planning
Trusts & estates taxation

- Tourism & Real Estate

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.


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

Felipe Isa Castillo Dr. Felipe Isa Castillo
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Business and Industry, Business Law, Commercial Law


Emil Josue Heyer
Banking and Finance, Civil Rights, Corporate Law, Data Protection, E-Commerce

Francisco Rodriguez


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

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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

The tax benefits of Law 158-01 may extend to the purchase and acquisition of Dominican Republic real estate such as second homes and vacation villas of projects located in designated tourist zones.

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