Carolina O. Soto Hernández

Carolina O. Soto Hernández

Partner

Carolina Soto Hernández focuses her practice on civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

She represents multinational clients in collection, breach of contract and damages claims, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, agency law matters (Law 173), insurance claims, compliance, foreclosures, and others. Carolina has developed significant expertise in arbitration matters and analysis of contingencies on litigation and compliance matters in due diligence processes for local and international transactions.

Prior to completing law school, Carolina was a law clerk in the district attorney’s office. She was also an assistant for Justice Luz Berenice Ubiñez de Barinas of the Superior Land Court, as well as for Justice Samuel Arias Arzeno of the Civil and Commercial Chamber of the Court of First Instance of the National District.

As an adjunct professor at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) Law School, she teaches classes on alternative dispute resolution. She also teaches commercial arbitration as part of the Masters in business law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions in the Dominican Republic as part of the Masters in business law and international litigation jointly offered by the PUCMM and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. Since 2012, Carolina has been an arbitrator for the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo.

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  • Obtaining an exequatur for recognition and enforcement in the Dominican Republic of several foreign arbitral awards, including partial and final awards rendered by arbitral panels, constituted according to the rules of the ICDR (AAA), JAMS and LMAA.
  • Acting as Dominican team leader on behalf of the second largest telecommunications carrier in the Dominican Republic, and the only Dominican company ever listed in the New York Stock Exchange, in coordinating the discovery process resulting from motions filed in a Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Representing the Czech Republic in an international arbitration under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Convention involving a claim in excess of US$50 million brought under the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Israel and the Czech Republic.
  • Leading issues related to the litigation of various acquisitions of companies in various industries including electricity, consumer products and mining.
  • Preparing defense arguments for potential arbitration under Chapter X of DR-CAFTA.
  • Advising a major sports association in review of the arbitration clauses of contracts with players and staff.
  • Representing foreign banks with collection claims and enforcement of guarantees in the Dominican Republic.
  • Representing clients in various litigation matters related to possible arbitration under ICDR arbitration rules, including the validity of AAA arbitration under Dominican law and matters related to public policy.
  • Providing legal representation of multinational clients in lawsuits based on Dominican agency law.
  • Leading voluntary recall process of electronic equipment in the Dominican Republic, Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Drafting dispute resolution clauses under national and international arbitration rules.
  • Advising multinational companies on intellectual property criminal complaints regarding trademark, trade dress and copyright violations.
  • Assisting clients with antibribery and money-laundering regulations including the preparation of company policies.
  • Providing legal representation on behalf of an international financial institution against debtors and former shareholders, before regulatory authorities.
  • Counseling a major bank in a criminal complaint against a former executive resulting from fraud against the bank and its clients.

Education

  • University of Alcala de Henares, Post Graduate Degree in Spanish Law for Foreign Lawyers, 2012
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, LL.M., 2007
  • Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, LL.B., cum laude, 2002

Admissions

  • Spain, 2012
  • Dominican Republic, 2003

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (Dominican Republic)
  • Member, Legal Committee of ArbitralWomen
  • Member, editorial board of the National Association of Young Attorneys’ magazine/bulletin

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Recognized in the Revista Mercado 40 Under 40 2016, the Dominican Republic’s young talent ranking