Luis Rafael Pellerano has over 40 years of experience, concentrating his practice in banking and finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, capital markets, government relations and other complex corporate matters.
He has vast experience counseling foreign companies and multinationals entering the Dominican market in highly regulated industries, such as energy, mining, aviation, pharmaceuticals and financial institutions. Luis Rafael’s practice also includes advising clients on financial structuring, corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on the development and financing of international projects, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate finance. He has participated in most of the country’s high-profile infrastructure projects and M&A transactions.
Throughout his career he has led emblematic transactions in the Dominican Republic as the only record of Dominican public company on the New York Stock Exchange, the largest acquisition in the history of the country for more than US $2.0 billion, the largest foreign investment in the country's history for more than $6 billion, the first international sovereign bond issue, among others.
Mr. Pellerano has been recognized by Chambers & Partners, the leading international legal directory, among the best lawyers in the Dominican Republic in corporate, real estate and tourism since 2009. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by prestigious directories such as International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000), Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA), The Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.
In addition, he was awarded the Star Partner Recognition Award for Supportive Partner by the commercial office of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic, for his assistance in embassy activities aimed at strengthening trade between the two nations.
Luis Rafael received his Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in 1984. In 1985, he studied at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He is a member of the Dominican Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.
Memberships and Associations
Luis Rafael has served as Vice President for the Dominican-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, President of the Dominican Association of Exporters (1994-1996), Member of the Board of Directors of Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos (1995-2003), Member of the Board of Directors of the Dominican-French Chamber of Commerce, Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of Banco ADOPEM 2012-2018), and former President of the Dominican Mining and Oil Chamber.
He also previously served in the Board of Directors of Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms.
English and Spanish.