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Gustavo Mejia Ricart No. 106

Torre Piantini, Suite 802

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

809-547-4748

jrizek@diazreus.com

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Background

Jose earned his Master in Economic Regulation of Utilities from Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Highlights of his career include:

  • Legal counsel for CODETEL, the incumbent telecoms operator of the Dominican Republic, with over 4.5 million lines in service and over $1Bn in total revenues. (The company was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications (VZ) until it was sold to America Movil (AMX) in early 2006.)
  • Legal & Regulatory Senior Director for Centennial Dominicana, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centennial Communications (CYCL) and operated in the Dominican Republic as a full service provider. (In 2007, Centennial sold the asset to Trilogy International Partners who now manages the company under the brand “Viva.”)
  • Executive Director of INDOTEL, the Dominican telecommunications regulatory agency. Executive Director of Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, the most renowned NGO in the Dominican Republic, created in 1990 by prominent business leaders and practicing attorneys. It is the sole recipient of USAID funds for all judicial reform and transparency projects being implemented in the country.

 

In addition, Jose holds or has held teaching positions, including:

  • Professor, Market Regulation, OMG Institute, 2013-Present.
  • Professor, Telecommunications Law, Master in Economic Regulation, PUCMM, 2006-Present.
  • Professor, Commercial Arbitration, PUCMM, 2008-2012.
  • Professor, Contract Law, Ibero American University, PUCMM, 2000-2005.

Education

  • Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., Master in Economic Regulation of Utilities.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santo Domingo, D.R., J.D., cum laude.

Admissions

  • Dominican Republic

Professional Leadership

  • Center for Dispute Resolution, CRC, Santo Domingo.
  • Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Santo Domingo.
  • Dominican Association of Corporate Attorneys, Santo Domingo.
  • National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, Santo Domingo.
  • Dominican Bar Association, Santo Domingo.
  • Inter American Bar Association, Washington, D. C.
  • Hispano American Association of Telecommunications Companies and Research Centers, Madrid, Spain.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Relevant Markets,” Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, August 2015.
  • “Competition Law Principles and Market Opening Strategies,” Ciber Regulation, San José, Costa Rica, April 2012.
  • “Eight Years of Administrative Jurisprudence: INDOTEL’s Main Precedents,” Gaceta Judicial, Año 11, No. 253, December 2007.
  • “10 Years of Telecommunications Regulation,” Santo Domingo conference, June 2008.
  • “The Regulatory Challenges of the Convergence Era,” XI Summit of Operators and Regulators, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2008.
  • “The New Model of Regulation for Convergence,” Regulation Forum, Barcelona, Spain, April 2008.
  • Weekly Publication “Regulación y Mercado,” El Caribe newspaper, Santo Domingo, April 2002- Sept. 2004.
  • “Judicial Reform: Check and Balances,” Gaceta Judicial, Nov. 2003.
  • “Best Practices in Market Entry Rules”. Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia conference, Santo Domingo, December 2002.
  • “Notes on Competition Law,” National Association of Young Entrepreneurs conference, Santo Domingo, July 2002.
  • “Regulating a Competitive Market,” Inter-American Bar Association. Santo Domingo, June 2001.
  • “The Regulatory Action and Intervention in Telecoms,” Inter American Bar Association, July 2001.
  • Weekly Publication “Regulación y Mercado,” El Siglo newspaper, Santo Domingo, Jan – Oct 2001.
  • “The Dominican Interconnection Regime,” I Forum on Telecommunications Regulation, 2001.
  • “Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones,” El Salvador, March, 2000.
  • “The Telecommunications Regulatory Framework,” Seminar Energy 2000, Colegio Dominicano de Ingenieros, Arquitectos y Agrimensores, March, 2000.