Guzmán Ariza Abogados

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Firm Overview:

Guzmán Ariza is known predominantly for the representation of international corporations and individual investors in the Dominican Republic. We handle every matter for our international clients: from the simple purchase of a vacation villa to complex commercial litigation and transactions involving mergers and acquisitions or the development of large real estate projects. As one of the oldest law firms in the Dominican Republic, our lawyers offer clients the benefit of hundreds of years of cumulative experience as legal practitioners in our different areas of expertise.

Guzman Ariza’s growth to a nationwide legal powerhouse has been fueled by our ability to quickly adapt to client needs and changes in the Dominican legal market. Our lawyers believe that, as in any business, innovation is vital to achieving client satisfaction. Thanks to the constant reinvention of our services, our clients can benefit from Guzman Ariza’s expertise in a wide and equally sophisticated array of areas of law and industries carefully selected to respond to the most challenging legal issues facing international corporations and individuals alike in the Dominican Republic.

Managing Partner: Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza
Senior Partners: Rubén J García, Rhadaisis Espinal, Julio Brea-Guzmán, César Calderón, Alfredo A Guzmán-Saladín, Alberto Reyes-Báez, Fabio J Guzmán-Saladín
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 49

Expertise:

Corporate:
Guzmán Ariza has extensive experience counseling clients, either commercial entities or individuals, in all stages of their business ventures in the Dominican Republic, the largest economy of Central America and the Caribbean. As such, the team of lawyers advises local and international clients in organising start-ups, managing risks while growing in the local or international markets, incorporating new partners into their ventures, seeking funding for expanding operations, or just helping them in complying with all local laws that relate to doing business in the Dominican Republic.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Guzmán Ariza is actively involved in complex corporate transactions in which whole or portions of businesses are transferred, divested or restructured. Members of the corporate team include two partners with both law and MBA degrees, as well as in-house tax and accounting counsels, which generally results in smooth transactions with less time spent on due diligence and negotiations.

Banking:
The firm’s expert team of attorneys advises international financial institutions, as well as companies seeking traditional or alternative sources of funds, in the negotiation, structuring, documentation and execution of all types of financial transactions related to banking, insurance and securities.

Project Finance:
The firm has deep expertise in advising clients in any type of financing transaction involving large infrastructure and industrial projects, regardless of the role its clients may play in them. The firm has a comprehensive team of experts in corporate law, taxation, banking and finance, securitisation, restructurings, and other legal disciplines, ready to efficiently and securely put together all kinds of transactions in project finance.

Real Estate:
Guzmán Ariza’s Dominican real estate department is unsurpassed in its skill, experience and geographical reach. Real estate lawyers work as a cohesive team with other disciplines, including tax, financing, environment, and litigation to ensure that all issues that could impact a transaction are properly and thoroughly addressed.

International Trade:
Guzmán Ariza offers a wide range of services to clients in international trade and investment. Multinationals operating across borders need legal advice on international and domestic laws to minimise the impact these laws may have on their global businesses. The firm’s lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to advise clients on trade agreements, double taxation and international conventions involving the Dominican Republic.

Litigation:
The firm has a large team of lawyers with extensive litigation and arbitration experience to handle all disputes its clients may find themselves involved in before local courts, once all negotiations and alternative solutions have been explored, expended or discarded. The firm’s litigation team has a reputation for fast and cost-effective service and for exploring and providing helpful strategies to better reach the client’s goals in a litigation scenario.

Environment:
Guzmán Ariza advises clients on all regulatory, legislative and transactions required for the development of environmental projects in the Dominican Republic. The firm’s lawyers help clients with the structuring, financing, permitting and implementation of the projects, as well as all transfer, operation and restructuring agreements related to them. The team counsels local and foreign companies in Cinema, Sports, Manufacturing, Food and Beverages sectors, and protected areas in Tourism by Confotur, among others.

Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Flemish

Contacts:

Corporate & Project Finance: Fabio J Guzmán-Saladín, Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín
International Trade & Foreign Investment: Alberto Reyes-Báez, Alfredo Guzmán Saladín
Mergers & Acquisitions: Fabio Guzmán-Saladín, Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín
Taxation: Fabio J Guzmán Saladín, Alfredo Gumán Saladín
Banking & Insurance: Fabio Guzmán-Saladín, Alberto Reyes-Báez
Government & Intellectual Property: Fabio Guzmán-Saladín
Capital Markets. Securities: Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín
Real Estate: Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza, Julio Brea Guzmán, César Calderón
Litigation & Arbitration: Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza, Rhadaisis Espinal, Julio Brea-Guzmán
Tourism & Hospitality: Julio Brea-Guzmán, Alfredo Guzmán Saladín Construction: César Calderón, Alberto Reyes
Labour & Employment: Rubén J García
Energy & Environment:
 Giselle Pérez-Reyes
Sports & Entertainment: Rubén J García, Alfredo Guzmán Saladín
Telecommunications: Alberto Reyes-Báez

Key Contacts

Managing Partner

Fabio J. Guzmán Ariza
fguzman@drlawyer.com
+1 (809) 255 0980

Firm Rankings

Corporate/M&A
Band 4

4.0

Dispute Resolution
Band 3

6.0

Environment
Band 2

8.0

Labour & Employment
Band 1

Real Estate & Tourism
Band 1

Lawyer Rankings

Alfredo Guzmán Saladín

Band Three

Real Estate & Tourism
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Fabio Guzmán Ariza

Eminent

Real Estate & Tourism
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Fabio Guzmán Saladín

Band Three

Corporate & Finance

Notable

Corporate/M&A
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Giselle Pérez Reyes

Band Two

Environment
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Julio Brea Guzmán

Band Three

Real Estate & Tourism
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