De Camps, Vásquez & Valera was founded in 2005, with the aim to satisfy the growing demand for specialized and complex legal services, from both local and international clients. Currently, De Camps, Vásquez & Valera is a leading law firm and a mandatory reference in the Dominican Republic.
We have gathered talented and well-trained legal professionals who, through continued legal education, extensive work experience, locally and internationally, and a strong common commitment to excellence, make a team of diversified and highly knowledgeable lawyers. With specialized practice areas, De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers its clients a wide array of legal services with emphasis on personalized attention, offering creative and innovative solutions, mitigating legal exposure and ensuring the effective and timely implementation of the legal solutions proposed.
Our firm understands that clients value their lawyers’ adherence to ethical rules and confidentiality in handling their personal and businesses matters. That is why we have taken great care to emphasize a culture of strict adherence and respect to ethical rules to protect the information we handle as part of our work. We value the trust our clients place upon us when working with our team and are proud to safeguard our clients’ interests, which has led us to build long-term relationships with our client base.
De Camps, Vásquez & Valera maintains working relationships with prestigious law firms worldwide, allowing us to provide comprehensive legal advice in complex international matters, regardless of the legislation or jurisdictions involved.
To provide our clients with effective solutions in all areas of law, based on specialized strategic advice within the national and international legal framework, anticipating their needs and acting efficiently, supported by a team of competitive professionals who share, promote and practice our values and principles, guided by a strict code of ethics.
We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of quality in legal service, based on our corporate values, criteria of social responsibility and business intelligence, in line with our strong professional ethics, and safeguarded by a cutting-edge technological platform.
De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers assistance in matters relating to administrative law and governmental procurement regulations. We can help in bidding processes on governmental related contracts, registration of businesses as governmental contractors, provide legal advice for the proper execution and management of governmental contracts and provide legal advice and representation in cases of administrative litigation against the central Government or the Municipal governments.
When business relationships become strained or difficult, when disagreements arise during the execution of commercial contracts, or in scenarios where damages are inflicted against our clients, their patrimony or our clients’ responsibility is compromised, directly or indirectly, De Camps, Vásquez & Valera is prepared to assist clients in solving such matters and advising on the best course of action. We understand that all means of alternative dispute resolution must be properly exhausted, starting with a good-faith negotiation process, continuing with a conciliation procedure if possible, and an arbitration procedure, should the disagreement continue. However, the Firm is aware that certain problems must be solved through litigation, which is where all the information supporting the case obtained in the previous stages strengthens the position of the clients. In all such cases, we are prepared to assist and represent clients to the best of our abilities.
De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has in-depth experience in a wide array of business transactions. In the ever changing complex world of business, our Firm offers specific and specialized contractual structures, innovative approaches to business transactions, and strategic advice to best protect our clients’ interests in such transactions and to assure proper and timely completion thereof. We work on structuring business ventures, from the internal workings of the corporate structure, in terms of bylaws and Shareholders agreements, to its contractual relations with third parties, such as, customers, service providers, lenders, creditors, purchasers or sellers. In all such operations, we work closely with our clients to understand their business and their interests, to devise the appropriate strategies and to execute agreements and transactions that best protect and benefit them.
Since the 2010 constitutional amendment, which included the creation of a Constitutional Court, Constitutional Law has become one of the most important areas of practice in the Dominican Republic. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera is highly prepared to advise its clients in all matters on which Constitutional Law and the decisions of the Constitutional Court have an impact on ordinary legal issues and to provide legal representation on the various constitutional procedures before the ordinary courts and the Constitutional Court in order to help our clients in the allocation and protection of their constitutional rights from individuals or Government actions.
The construction industry is very active in the country and clients in the sector need lawyers with expertise navigating the various rules and regulations applicable to such activities and experience with the contractual relations normally formed in construction projects. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera works with clients in matters relating to large and small construction projects, including land searches and purchases, creating a financial structure that assures success, and the body of contracts needed to execute such projects till their ultimate and successful completion.
De Camps, Vásquez & Valera assists clients on how to best structure their business ventures and advices on all changes and updates companies require, from time to time, to reflect the changing needs of all businesses. Our General Corporations Law No. 479-08 allows businesses to operate through various legal forms, and our Firm advises its clients in choosing the appropriate corporate structures, organizing its assets, and completing incorporation procedures, as well as in keeping companies up to date and in good standing. Our Firm offers services of corporate housekeeping to assure corporate matters are properly managed and that all corresponding legal paperwork is taken care of.
The legal system in the Dominican Republic provides extensive regulation within relevant economic sectors where criminal sanctions against certain conduct and omissions have been established. Relying on its experience handling legal matters concerning many economic activities of distinct nature, De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers specialized assistance and representation to clients before the criminal jurisdiction, whether corporations or individuals, that have been indicted or accused.
The firm advises clients on good compliance practice of corporate governance within the scope of the regulations as approved by Congress and other administrative agencies. As part of good compliance practices, the firm accompanies clients on risk reduction or prevention, anti-corruption measures, among others.
De Camps, Vásquez & Valera assists on election law within its wide range of topics. The firm has worked on the drafting, review and update of statutes of political parties, political movements and designing alliances or coalitions among political parties. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera expertise on election law covers litigation and has advised clients in contentious claims of administrative or constitutional nature, and electoral contentious claims before the Electoral Superior Court in defense of clients’ interests, and public interest topics. During election periods, the firm has defended and challenged candidacies as well as elections results.
The energy sector in the Dominican Republic has experienced great changes as a result of regulations and the development of new clean sources of energy. We assist clients, in both the traditional energy industry as well as in the renewable energy sector. We have specialized legal professionals that can assist all participants in the area in all matters relating to permits and authorizations, special incentives regulations, project development agreements and financial transactions.
It has become increasingly important for local businesses to know and comply with local environmental laws, whether they be new businesses starting operations in the country, or ongoing endeavors. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has a team dedicated to helping clients navigate the regulations on the matter and ensure compliance with the law.
Civil Law practice, which is the basis of our social order dealing with personal and family relations, is kept as one of the pillars of De Camps, Vásquez & Valera’s law practice. We offer services in dealing with family matters, such as marriages, civil union, divorces, adoptions, estate planning, trusts, wills, as well as changes in citizenship and immigration issues. We also handle all type of civil contracts. All situations that arise from interpersonal relationships, associated with family law or civil contracts, are managed and researched for each particular case so that the best and more adequate solutions can be proposed and executed.
With the enactment of financial and monetary laws and regulations, as well as new money laundering laws, this sector has become very specialized and complex, reaching levels of sophistication where only specialized and knowledgeable legal assistance can be useful. It is precisely in the understanding of this scenario, that De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers its legal services in the financial and banking legal practice area. We assist banks, lenders, and other financial entities to draft the appropriate finance agreements, covering all financial terms and security packages. We work with single lenders as well as bank syndicates and international banking institutions. We also help our clients in the sector in terms of compliance with the laws and regulations that apply to their operations in the country.
Foreign investment in the Dominican Republic can take many forms and be directed towards different sectors within the national economy. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers its legal services and economic consulting services to the parties interested in investing in the country, finding the best investment vehicle as well as the best structure to secure such investment and assure proper compliance with local laws and the benefit of applicable international treaties. Additionally, the firm counsels its clients in identifying the best sectors and sub sectors for investing.
De Camps, Vasquez & Valera has vast experience as legal advisors of the main actors in the industry, whether they are specialized in generation, distribution, commerce, and/or trade. The firm is well versed in handling regulatory aspects of the industry, especially in the relation of the regulated participants and the public administration in the process of installation, expansion, and transformation. Also, as a firm, we assist clients in obtaining permits, project finance and environmental issues related to gas, oil and hydrocarbon.
In a world of increasing global interconnection, digitalization and social media, Intellectual Property has become one of the most valuable assets of modern businesses. Aware of this trend, De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has a practice offering comprehensive services in intellectual property protection. We offer advise and assist in all processes regarding registration, protection, and licensing of IP as well as litigation involving IP rights infringement.
Private and Public International law provides a wide range of areas of practice. The number of situations arising under International Law require experience and prepared attorneys. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera advises and represents clients on issues related to International Private Law, under Law 544-14, and Public International Law.
International transactions, regardless of the area or industry in which they occur, require a high level of specialization. The legal analysis should not only take into consideration the interests of the parties, but also the different laws of the countries involved as well as the way those laws can be applied or interpreted in other jurisdictions. From economic multilateral agreements like GATT/WTO, DR-CAFTA, through bilateral treaties such as tax information and double taxation treaties, all must be considered to assure the best legal assistance possible. It is precisely this level and scope of in-depth knowledge and experience on which De Camps, Vásquez & Valera bases its international trade practice.
Whether our client is a small, startup boutique or an internationally established fund or investment adviser, our firm can navigate the increasingly complex regulatory landscape and advise on a full range of legal and business matters.
Our attorneys represent investment companies, investment advisers, fund independent directors, trust fund managers, mutual fund service providers, broker-dealers, business development companies, hedge funds, and private equity funds. We advise on all matters of compliance and assist with issues related to insurance, and taxation.
Labor and employment in the Dominican Republic are governed by laws and regulations that De Camps, Vásquez & Valera are fully knowledgeable on, as well as on the court decisions which affect local practice and the application of such regulations. We have extensive experience and are prepared to advise clients on the labor regulations that affect their businesses, from counseling on labor agreements, devising and executing compensation packages, union agreements, compliance of regulations, to representing them, should the need arise, in judicial proceedings as part of any type of labor dispute.
Our attorneys provide in-depth deal coverage, from initial structuring through due diligence and documentation to closing and post-closing integration, across numerous industries. De Camps Vasquez Valera attorneys represent buyers and sellers ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies in transactions that span the lower-middle and middle markets to multi-billion dollar mergers. The scale of our practice and depth of our deal experience enable us to provide cost-effective, focused solutions that meet the unique requirements of every client and transaction, no matter the deal type, company size, or industry.
Our clients include local and foreign companies of all sizes, family-owned businesses, and financial intermediaries.
Our lawyers have experience with mining regulation, including concessions, permits, environmental protection and natural resources oversight. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has actively participated in mining projects, not only assisting clients in the regulative aspects, also with its operative and corporate aims, especially with finance project development and corporate restructure.
As one of the most scarce and valuable goods, Real Estate has always required considerable legal protection and care. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers a wide range of legal services as part of its real estate law practice assisting clients with all aspects concerning land property transfers and development in the country, while protecting their interests and complying with the appropriate laws. We advise clients on land transfers and acquisitions, title searches, financial transactions involving securities and mortgages, land development, condominium creations and operation, commercial and residential leases, and all other matters involving land properties.
Bankruptcy can be a tool for restructuring debt, reorganizing to meet new business challenges, and maximizing the value of assets. Our bankruptcy and restructuring team has the skills and experience to guide the process—and to know when another solution might be more suitable. We advise on all facets of financial distress, including restructurings, workouts, the refinancing of debt, creditor-debtor litigation, distressed asset acquisitions and dispositions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, and liquidations, both in and outside of formal proceedings.
From startup financing to public offerings, our Securities and Capital Markets Group advises private and public companies through all stages of development and capital-raising activities. Our attorneys provide assistance to public and private companies, underwriters, selling stockholders, and officers and directors, as well as private equity funds, venture capital firms, and institutional investors in compliance matters, capital-raising activities, and other transactions.
Appropriate counseling regarding the fiscal implications of all operations and transactions should be sought when making business decisions and strategizing on growth or restructuring. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has the experience to advice its clients regarding tax law matters to minimize the fiscal costs related to all such transactions and operations while assuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations on the matter. We sit down with clients and look at all possible scenarios regarding any potential transactions or business operations, expansion or restructuring, to inform and advise on choosing the most cost-effective alternative available under Dominican legislation and following the corresponding process to its proper completion.
After the approval of the General Telecommunications Law No. 153-98, and its regulations, the Dominican Republic acquired a legal framework designed to protect national and foreign investments in the telecommunications sector. In this area, De Camps, Vásquez & Valera offers legal assistance to companies that offer public telecommunications services, as well as television and radio companies, on all issues before the telecommunications regulating body, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL). The Firm represents service providers before the INDOTEL regarding claims from users, on interconnection issues and all other regulatory matters.
The Dominican government understands the importance of the tourism sector for its economic development and wellbeing and has therefore created a special legal framework to regulate it and grant incentives to investments in the area. De Camps, Vásquez & Valera assists clients that wish to invest in tourism through new projects or in pre-existing ones in all touristic zones within Dominican territory, on the applicable regulations of the sector, on structuring tourism projects, ensuring proper land documentation and ownership, drafting and executing construction agreements as well as financial transactions and security packages.
De Camps, Vásquez & Valera has assisted clients in the legal processes related to organization, administration and disposition of estate, in the framework of the main legal provisions of the Dominican Republic, including, but not limited to, those regarding intestate succession, gifts and other mechanisms for the transfer of rights or assets. Likewise, the Firm has extensively worked in the estate planning of its clients, which is done using different judicial mechanisms, such as Trusts. Wealth preservation Trusts involves managing your assets in such a way to ensure that the value of your assets does not decrease or erode.