Mr. Santoni has worked all his professional career at Russin & Vecchi (the Dominican Republic), starting as a law clerk in 1980, becoming a partner in 1990, and then a managing partner in 2000, the position which he still holds. He has developed a strong practice in foreign investment law, international trade and related matters.
Mr. Santoni is also a practicing litigator, specializing in general civil and commercial litigation. He has advised multilateral lenders on a variety of structured and corporate finance transactions, including a broad range of financing, M&A, real estate, commercial, government contracts, and project finance. He has also been consulted as an expert witness on Dominican civil law matters on an international arbitration between the Dominican State and a foreign company that holds a State concession on the construction and maintenance of one of the major highways of the country. He acted as legal counsel for clients developing renewable energy as well as gold and silver mining projects in the country. He also assisted clients in public tenders.
Mr. Santoni has been internationally ranked by Chambers and Partners (Band 1 for Corporate/Commercial; Band 2 for Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution). According to Chambers and Partners, “Clients describe him as one of the best lawyers to work with; he is resourceful with a good focus on our needs”. He has also been recommended by Legal 500 Latin America as “Leading Individual” defined as a true market leader in his sector. In addition, he is an active member of MERITAS and EDUCA, a Dominican nonprofit organization that seeks the educational system development and growth in the Dominican Republic.