Sharin Pablo de Roca
Partner / Director Corporate & Intellectual Property
As partner in the firm, Sharin oversees the Corporate & Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Her practice has focused on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, restructurings, project finance and foreign investment. As a specialist in Competition Law and Intellectual Property, she advises a wide variety of clients in both regulated and non-regulated sectors of the economy.
In December 2012 she was elected by her Dominican colleagues as National Delegate for the Dominican Republic before the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Currently she serves as the President on the Board of Directors of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property (ADOPI). She is also a member of the Competition Committee of ASIPI and member of the Anticounterfeiting Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Her practice began as paralegal in the law firm Pellerano & Herrera in the Contracts and Banking Practice. Once graduated as Bachelor of Law, Summa Cum Laude, in the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), she went on to join the team of professionals that worked as project managers in the Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia (FINJUS). FINJUS is the most important nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic, created by a prominent group of Dominican jurists and entrepreneurs, with the mission to support the strategic reform process and modernization of the State, to ensure democratic institutions, the rule of law and legal certainty in the country. In just a few months, she went from Project Manager to General Coordinator of FINJUS, directly assisting the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in the coordination and management of the different projects that were being prompted as a means of strengthening the transparency, the institutionalization of the Dominican Government and the reform of the Judicial Branch.
Under her coordination, some of the projects that were carried out included, among others: (i) the Project for the Reform of the Penal Procedure Code, under the auspices of the USAID, that resulted in the promulgation of the new Penal Procedure Code of the Dominican Republic; (ii) the Project for Fiscal Transparency, under the auspices of Grupo E. Leon Jimenez, advocating for a just and equitable fiscal reform; and the Project for Citizen Participation, with the objective of empowering community organizations, such as neighborhood councils and local sports associations, in their constitutional rights and responsibilities as citizens and assisting them in the exercise of those rights within their communities.
Sharin was awarded in the year 2000 the Fulbright Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards program worldwide. The Fulbright Program is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants, founded by the initiative of Senator J. William Fulbright, that operates under the auspices of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State and is administered in the Dominican Republic by the Franklin Center, under the American embassy. Accepted in Georgetown University for the L.L.M., specializing in Economic Law and Competition Law, she presented her thesis on the creation of a competition regime in the Dominican Republic and the challenges it implied.
Upon her return to the Dominican Republic, she joined the firm as Partner and has been partly responsible for the development of the Corporate Practice Group and later on the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Under her leadership, ROCA has developed an intense corporate practice. She has positioned the firm as one of the leading firms in intellectual property in the country. The depth and scope of her experience includes, among other transactions, the merger and restructuring of one of the major Dominican companies acquired by foreign capital. Her client portfolio includes the representation of foreign and national capitals for the reorganization of real estate assets, intangible assets, as well as real estate projects for urban and tourist development.
Her practice has led her to interact with clients and collaborate with colleagues from the United States, Spain, Germany, China, India, Singapore, Argentina, Haiti, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico, many of the islands of the Caribbean, among other countries. She is the author of numerous publications on competition, corporate governance, telecommunications and intellectual property topics.