• Type: Development Professional
  • Organization: Russin Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
  • Title: Managing Partner
  • Years of Experience in the field: 30+

Georges Santoni Recio

Theme Areas: Education, Governance and Transparency, Other (Elections)


Mr. Georges Santoni is the Managing Partner of the international law firm Russin Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti. He specializes in Foreign Investment, Agency and Distributorship Law, Commercial Litigation, and Arbitration. He is also a practicing litigator, specializing in general civil and commercial litigation.

Mr. Santoni has served on the Boards of several Dominican non-profit institutions. He is a member and Past President of the Board of Directors of the Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Inc. (FINJUS), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote institutions and rule of law in the Dominican Republic. He is also a member and Past President of the Board of Directors of Acción Empresarial para la Educación, Inc. (EDUCA), a non-profit institution dedicated to the improvement of public education in the Dominican Republic. He currently serves on the Organizing Committee of the Coalición por la Educación Digna, a community group seeking compliance with the General Education Law of the Dominican Republic, which requires that 4% of GDP be designated to pre-university public education.

Mr. Santoni has written extensively in the fields of agency and distributorship law, foreign investment and companies law, including: “Changes in Securities Regulations; Applicability in the Privatization of State-Owned Enterprises,”Cedempresa Law Review; “Agency and Distribution Agreements in Dominican Republic,” Butterworths Treatise; ”Le Statut de Protection des Agents et Distributeurs”, Revue St. Domingue Affaires,” ; the Dominican Chapter for the International Encyclopedia of Agency and Distribution Agreements; Co-author of “A Practical Guide for the Incorporation of Dominican Companies,” Corporate UK and Global Law and Business.

Professional Affiliations and/or Academic Background in Field

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, (LL. B., Cum Laude, 1982)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Certificate in United States Law & Legal Institutions (Summer of 1983)
L’Université de Droit, d’Economie et de Sciences Sociales de Paris (D. S. U., Commercial Law, 1984)

Dominican Bar Association
Board of Directors of the Center for Research and Study of Business Law
Dominican Association of Business Lawyers
Fundación Institutionalidad y Justicia, Inc. (FINJUS)
Acción Empresarial para la Educación, Inc. (EDUCA)
American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic
Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo, Inc.
Arbitrator of the Chamber of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo, Inc.
Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)
Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
Inter-American Bar Association (IABA)