Areas of Practice

RAFUL SICARD POLANCO & FERNÁNDEZ provides legal services to national and international companies relating to commercial, corporate, labor affairs and Litigation. In addition, the firm offers its services to clients that are operating or proposing to operate in different areas such as energy, telecommunications, maritime transport, stock market, free trade zones, insurance and other regulated areas.

Most of RAFUL SICARD POLANCO & FERNÁNDEZ´s lawyers are distinguished by their achievements in litigation; which is the firm’s primary area.

The following list of specializations is a concrete expression of the different areas in which the members of the firm provide legal services.

Our firm offers legal services related with Competition and Consumer Law, offering legal advice in areas that have special legislations such as telecommunications, public contracting, stock market, among others. Also, our firm is recognized for the extensive experience in Consumer Law, providing our legal services against claims and legal proceedings submitted before public institutions such as The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL), the National Institute of Consumer Rights Protection (Pro Consumidor) among others.

Raful Sicard Polanco & Fernandez is recognized for its extensive experience in the litigation, performing mostly in the areas of civil law, commercial law, real estate law, and labor law. The firm has participated in a large number of major contentious procedures, representing internationally recognized companies.

The RSPF litigation team focuses its practice in resolving disputes through strategic avoidance, negotiation and trial.  We also provide consultation and advise clients on transactional matters. RSPF has played a central role in significant disputes and complex litigation; several of these represent key industry precedent. We handle any litigation challenge, but the majority of our work is for corporate clients in different areas, with domestic and international scope. We have extensive experience in arbitration and mediation processes, acting in different roles, as lawyers, arbitrators and mediators.

The Firm stands out in the area of telecommunications, representing the most important provider companies in the Dominican Republic through the Administrative departments that regulate this area, as well as through the civil and commercial courts of the country.

RSPF handles telecom user claims as well as litigation stemming from the same. We also specialize in telecommunications regulation matters with varied clients of this sector such as Regional Cable companies and other telecommunications companies.

This is also a main area of the firm, among the various services that our firm brings in this area, we perform any service required by the company during its operation; dissolutions; fusions; we also assist in the acquisitions of off-shore companies in the jurisdiction of the client´s choice; managing and maintenance of off-shore companies; among others.

Our firm offers legal services in shipping and maritime affairs and contentious proceedings related to shipping and commerce, as well as matters related to port concessions, naval mortgages, and maritime insurance, among others.

RSPF is of counsel to one of the biggest local shipping agencies. RSPF also handles cargo claims, environmental claims and other claims in general, on behalf of maritime claims adjusters, shipping lines and their P&I Clubs, either directly or through the local agent of the major P&I Clubs.

We offer services to national or international financial institutions, regarding pension fund management, as well as to participants of the Stock Market. Our firm provides services in the process of incorporation and accreditation of stock market participants before the regulatory authorities.

Our services in the labor area include without limitation, consulting and advising in labor affairs, preparation of labor contracts, disclaimers, sworn statements, among others; assistance in Administrative affairs before the Ministry of Labor; advice in filing forms that must be registered at the Ministry of Labor; we also provide workshops addressed to companies and their staff regarding training in handling labor issues.

RSPF has vast experience in the labor matters, including the provision of labor consultations, advice on labor processes and litigation related to labor matters.

RSPF has the highest level of aviation expertise, providing creative and efficient solutions on the full range of aviation related matters and needs. We have successfully represented Airlines, Financiers, Lessors, Insurers and Airports, among others.

RSPF clients include important and representative corporations, state/local agencies and foreign governments. The Firm aims to achieve solutions for our clients that often exceed their expectations by providing lawyers and professionals with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in addition to the experience in all areas of Dominican business law.

RSPF offers advice to domestic and international government contractors on all stages of the process for the acquisition of goods and services. The firm also provides legal assistance on government regulatory issues and defends clients in a wide range of civil and administrative matters.

RSPF helps businesses to familiarize themselves with tax rules and, where necessary, to adapt their business model accordingly, with special focus in special tax regimes. Our firm is playing an increasingly role in tax related legal disputes with the tax and judicial authorities.

RSPF is of counsel to important industry leaders as well as important Industrial Free Zone Companies regarding incorporation and permit process, labor matters, commercial and contractual matters, restructuring and expansion of business, closing procedure and free zone matters in general.

RSPF assists their clients in their needs in terms of customs operations, including licenses, support, evaluation and review of authority actions in both practical and regulatory matters, as well as assistance in the facilitation of customs operations and international trade, logistics and cargo transportation.

RSPF has substantial experience in supporting businesses with their agency and distribution relationships and agreements, both internationally and domestically.

RSPF handles mercantile restructuring procedures that guarantee the operational continuity of the companies while complying with their payment obligations assumed towards third parties.

RSPF has handled and/or is of counsel to important local real estate transactions on behalf of clients in the health sector, industrial free zone sector, and institutional sector, among others.

RSPF has significant experience participating in the development of renewable energy projects in the Dominican Republic, with the participation of local and international investors.

RSPF provides specialized assistance in all procedures related to the protection of copyright, industrial property and related rights regarding its registration and its defense at all levels, including the judicial stage of such protection and defense. Our experience includes all types of intellectual property.