Dominican Joint Ventures

Dominican Republic joint ventures are recognized by Law as business entities which are contractual in nature and called “joint participation” entities. They are considered as business entities as long as their purpose and scope of activities are commercial in nature.

These entities are incorporated through a contract by which two or more persons who have the condition of businesspersons take interest in one or several determined and transitory business operations, who one of them must execute in its own name and personal credit, with the condition of being accountable and dividing with its participants the earnings and losses in the covenanted proportion.

It is important to note, that the creation of these entities will not create a new entity with legal personality, the entity will not operate under a separate corporate name, assets and corporate domicile, but instead will be recognized as a matter of contract.

Therefore, contractual joint venture agreements must be carefully drafted to ensure clear and balanced partner representation, management powers and accountability rules.

Finally, joint venture entities function, dissolve and liquidate, lacking special provisions, pursuant to the provisions for general partnerships as long as they are not contrary to the legal provisions indicated in the section of law applicable to accidental or participation entities.

Our professionals can assist you in the interpretation, preparation, review and adaptation of contractual international joint venture agreements for optimized best results.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Felipe Isa Castillo is a Partner, Head of International Business, Foreign Investment & Real Estate at ACLAW, a law Firm in the Dominican Republic. He specializes in international business, foreign investment and real estate law (International Legal Studies LLM in Georgetown University Law Center & Masters in International Business in Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Spain) with more than 20 years of experience in International Business and Trade, Foreign Investment, Free Trade Zones and Cross Border Real Estate practice. Dr. Felipe Castillo is also a Certified Bankruptcy Conciliator and Liquidator and Legal Interpreter.

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