E&M Is the leading maritime, legal, logistic and commercial advisory firm within the Dominican Republic.
It also provides consultancy in marine insurance and port activities, as well as, special investigations and marine & cargo surveys.
It was founded in 2006 by Vinicio Mella and Lludelis Espinal, forerunners and prominent figures in the shipping industry. Both of them have dedicated their lives to undertaking projects that have benefitted the national and international logistic, port and maritime sector.
Renown for the excellence and efficiency of their services, E&M is profoundly proud to be listed as correspondent by twelve P&I Clubs of the IG Group, both in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
E&M offers a wide scope of services throughout the region, thanks to its deeply rooted network of collaborators that cover the entire area of the Caribbean. The firm is also member of the South American Association of P & I Correspondents (SAPIC) as well as an associated member of the Inter-American Ports Commission of the Organization of American States (CIP/OAS).
By creating the non-profit organization, Ramón E. Mella Foundation, E&M demonstrates its full commitment to contribute to the development of maritime commerce by promoting the training to increase high standard service for the global shipping industry.
Lludelis Espinal, with more than 25 years of experience, currently works as President of the consulting firm, E & M International Consulting, S.R.L.
She is also a lawyer offering advice in the areas of Maritime, Port and Customs Law, business structuring related to logistics and transportation services companies in general, maritime, land and air, handling of protection and indemnity cases (P & I) and claims. maritime Expert in drafting international contracts, such as distribution, franchises, logistics services, agency, international sales, documentary credits. Likewise, it is well versed in dredging, towing and, in general, all types of contracts related to the maritime and port business. He has extensive experience in Administrative Law especially related to maritime practice, environment and immigration. He has extensive experience in insurance and business law and foreign investment.
Ms. Espinal holds a Bachelor of Laws degree "Cum Laude" from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), Dominican Republic; Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Master in Maritime Law at the European Institute of Maritime Studies (IEEM) of the University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain. Post-graduate in Management and Port Administration by the Valencia Port Foundation.
Editor of the curriculum of the first Maritime Law Master of the Tito Mella Foundation and taught by the Apec University.
Founder of the following companies that serve the national and international maritime sector: E & M International Consulting, Pandi Dominiana, Dominican Portcollect, NC Marine Experts, among others.
Mr. Mella has served as an advisor for numerous international and local companies in several matters related to the Maritime Transportation.
He has also acted as Executive Vice-President for a holding company of companies dedicated to the food sector (pastas, cookies, crackers and flour manufacturing). Mr. Mella has also served as president of the largest flourmill in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Mella has a vast trajectory in the Investment Sector, including the Maritime sector having participated and/ or currently participating in companies dedicated to General Investments, Real States Investments, Operators of Ports, Companies dedicated to the import and distribution of food, dredging services, local agents for the Ferry Service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, and also in companies that preform as ship agents and brokers freight forwarders and logistics.
He has also performed as Member of the Board of Director of the National Council of the Private Corporation (CONEP), Director of the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic, and City Councilman of the City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
At present time Mr. Mella also performs as Administrative Vice-President on E&M International Consulting, company dedicated to the Commercial, Legal and Maritime advisory.