Sarah De León

Sarah De León

"Receives endorsement from market commentators for her corporate practice focusing on M&A, distribution agreements and contract negotiations"

Senior Partner at Headrick since 2003 and co-head of the transactional practice of the firm. Business law expert. She serves as counsel for national and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, contract execution and negotiation, the structuring and implementation of real estate projects, distribution relations, joint ventures, corporate law, as well as in processes related to foreign investments.

In her local practice, Sarah De León has been noted as a corporate law expert. She drafted a draft of Ruling of the Mercantile Registry Law, hired by the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo. As part of her pro-bono work in the National Association for Young Business People (ANJE), she actively participated at the National Congress in the review and drafting of Law 479-08 on Business Associations and Individual Proprietorship with Limited Liability and its subsequent amendment via Law 31-11. Mr. De León has published several articles on company law and has had various speaking engagement on the topic on various forums.

She was awarded a British Council Chevening Scholarship in 1994 and undertook LLM studies in International Business Law in England, UK. She is former board member of the Association of Young Businessmen (ANJE) and actively participates in the drafting and review of laws and regulations.

Sarah De León Perelló is the author of the following publications: “General Considerations on Simplified Stock Companies” (Gaceta Judicial, 2015); “Corporation´s Shareholders rights under Business Association Law” (Gaceta Judicial 2014); “Simplified Stock Companies (SAS): the most awaited vehicle of the Business Association Law Reform. (Revista AMCHAMDR, Sept. 2011); “The Separation of the Dissenting or Absent Shareholder in the Conversion into a Limited Liability Company (SRL)”. (Revista AMCHAMDR, Mar-Abr. 2011);From Individual Proprietorships with Limited Liability (EIRL) to Sole Shareholder Companies: Breaking the Myth”. (Gaceta Judicial, 2010); “The New Face of Dominican Business Association Law” (American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic Magazine (AMCHAMDR), April 2009); and “New Company Law for the Dominican Republic” (LatinLawyer Online, January 2009). She is also the coauthor of “Joint Ventures” (Colección Manuales FINJUS, June 1998) as well as of the “Real Estate” sections published by Getting the Deal Through in 2011 and Mergers & Acquisitions 2011.  Dr. De León collaborates in the drafting of the section on “Mercantile Legislation: Business Organization” in the “Investment Guide” published every year by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR).

Dr. De León received her Bachelor of Laws, Magna Cum Laude, from Universidad Iberoamericana in 1994. A year later, she obtained her LLM in International Business Law from the University of Manchester. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Italian.


  • Business law in general.
  • Corporate law
  • Foreign Investment
  • Real Estate Law
  • Distribution Law
  • International Trade
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Sports Law


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Official Dominican Bar Association (CARD)
  • Dominican Association for Business Lawyers, Inc. (ADAE)
  • National Association for Young Business People, Inc. (ANJE)
  • Manchester University Law Graduates Association (MULGA)