norman
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Email: n.decastro@drr-law.com
Phone: (809) 508-7100
Mobile: (849) 352-2239
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Norman G. De Castro

Practice Areas

Norman De Castro concentrates his practice in Commercial, Corporate and Labor Law. He also has extensive experience in Real Estate, Foreign Investment and International Trade, Immigration, Family Law, Free Trade Zones and Sports and Entertainment, working in virtually all areas of the Dominican law.

He is trilingual in Spanish, English and French.

Experience

With over two decades of experience in the legal field, Norman De Castro has advised local and international clients in the area of employment and labor law, especially multinationals and free trade zone companies. In corporate practice, he advices and represents in energy and oil distribution, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, capital investments, licensing and distribution operations as well as in the real estate area. He is one of the pioneers in Dominican Republic to offer legal advice in the film industry, having assisted several international film and entertainment productions held in the country, such as “Havana” and “Lost City”. Mr. De Castro also offers consultations in telecommunications, media and sports law.

During his tenure as a partner in one of the main law firms in the country, some of his most notable cases were the counseling the major group of oil, gas and petrochemical companies in the country, in their divestiture process in the country, including selling their shares in the country’s sole Oil Refinery, and selling off their retail and distributorship business; establishment in the country of several European retailers; advising the Major League Baseball and several baseball teams in their operations in the country, among others.

Education and Publications

A graduate from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws with Magna Cum Laude honors, Norman De Castro completed his Master in Corporate Law at the Bordeaux I University, Spécialité Droit des Affaires and later concluded two Diplôme Supérieur de l’Université, specializing in Civil Law and Political Science from the Paris II University, earning the distinction Assez-Bien in both studies conducted in Paris, France.

Publications

  • Noted Social Security Law, (CILS, Kluwer Law Publications, Austria, 2006)
  • Legal Framework on Labour Affairs, (CILS, Austria, 2005)
  • Business Guide: Legal and Tax Framework (Saint Domingue Affaires Magazine, French -Dominican Chamber of Commerce, Santo Domingo, 1997-2000)
  • The Legal Audit (Legal Gazette, 1993)
  • The New Labor Code: Executive Summary (PUCMM Legal Journal, 1992)

Affiliations & Credentials

He served as the Dominican Ambassador in the Republic of France and the Kingdom of Morocco and is currently the Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa in the country. He has lectured at prestigious universities in the country and has authored recognized publications and executives summaries in labor law and social security of the Dominican Republic.

He belonged for nearly five years to the Board of Directors of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery, and was a deputy member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos. He has served as Director of the Dominican Association of Corporate Lawyers, member of the Board of Directors of the Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana -one of the largest financial institutions in the country-, president of the Dominican Committee for the International Chamber of Commerce, member of the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, member of the Dominican section of the Institut International de Droit d’Expression et l’Inspiration Françaises, Vice-President of the Dominican-French Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of Trinidad & Tobago’s Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. De Castro is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française in the Dominican Republic, president and Board Member of the Lycée Français de Saint Domingue, president of the Friendship Association South Africa – Dominican Republic, a member of the Dominican Republic’s Bar Association and Treasurer of the Trampolín Children’s Museum.