Awilda M. Alcántara Bourdier
Awilda Alcántara Bourdier focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and tax matters. She represents multinational clients regarding the structuring of their business interests and investments in the Dominican Republic, primarily in the electric, financial services, manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as in general project finance.
She provides ongoing advice on commercial and tax-related matters, as well as strategic transactions, and advises clients on the drafting and negotiation of complex contracts such as share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements and loan and security agreements. Awilda provides tax counseling to non-Dominican corporations in the structuring of their direct foreign investments in the country.
Awilda is recognized for corporate/commercial matters in the Dominican Republic by Chambers Global
and Chambers Latin America.
She was also noted by LatinLawyer 250 2012
for corporate governance and finance and mergers and acquisitions.
She teaches Mergers and Acquisitions at the Masters Program in business law and international litigation jointly offered by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain and is a frequent speaker on issues related to corporate law.
Awilda is a member of the Asociación Dominicana de Promoción y Protección de la Libre Competencia and of Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios.
- Assisting a client in a US$38 million acquisition of a majority stake in the largest ice cream producer and distributor in the Dominican Republic including the drafting and negotiation of share purchase and shareholders’ agreements.
- Assisting a client in the acquisition of a local bank in distress including drafting and negotiation of complex transaction documents such as a memorandum of understanding, guaranty of RD$6 billion from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, and management and share purchase agreements, among others. Assisting the same bank in the sale of its assets and liabilities to a second banking entity and rendering advice on the process for the cancellation of its banking license and negotiation of certain liabilities with the Monetary Authorities.
- Acting as Dominican corporate counsel to the second largest telecom carrier in the Dominican Republic and the only Dominican company ever listed on the New York Stock Exchange in complex Chapter 11 restructuring involving more than US$650 million in debt. Acting as counsel to the same telecommunications carrier in the merger of its operations with its cable services subsidiary.
- Representing banking clients during transformation processes from credit and savings entities to full service banks.
- Representing a client in the termination of a joint venture agreement and buyout of shares of the joint venture company, as well as termination of the distribution agreement and execution of a new distribution agreement.
- Counseling a multinational company in the implementation of an equipment financing structure in the Dominican Republic including advice on tax and the granting of a security interest, and drafting and negotiation of several security and financing agreements with local clients, and with the Dominican state.
- Representing various financial institutions in the drafting and negotiation of infrastructure loans.
- Representing a multinational company in matters related to the establishment of an electric generation company in the Dominican Republic to install a 100 MW electric generating plant including advice on placement of foreign direct investment and tax structure; the attainment of all governmental approvals; drafting and negotiation of joint venture agreements, loan and security documents; and several complex agreements with the Dominican government and its agencies.
- Advising a major credit card company in the creation of a joint credit card processing structure in conjunction with several of the primary banking institutions in the Dominican Republic.
- Representing US investors during privatization of Dominican state-owned companies including the Dominican power company, the state-owned tobacco company and salt/plaster mines.