The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Guzmán Ariza

Work +1 809 255 0980
Fax +1 809 255 0940
La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 4

Guzmán Ariza

With seven offices across the Dominican Republic, including in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and La Romana, Guzmán Ariza advises clients from a wide range of sectors on corporate and finance matters. The practice is led by founding partner Fabio Guzmán Ariza, counts contract law and property finance as particular strengths, and prides itself on its inter-departmental approach. Fabio Guzmán Saladín and senior associate Leandro Corral have been advising German company 12Tree Finance on corporate and other aspects of several potential cacao projects, a coconut farm development and a hydroelectric project. Guzmán Saladín also teamed up with Alfredo Guzmán4 to advise Elof Hansson on renegotiating an agreement with its largest Dominican buyer of rebar steel products. Reckitt Benckiser is another client on the contracts side.

Next generation lawyers

Fabio Guzmán Saladín - Guzmán Ariza

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Guzmán Ariza

Full-service firm Guzmán Ariza began life as a dispute resolution boutique; real estate, civil, commercial and – thanks to of counsel Michel Camacho – white-collar crime litigation are core strengths of the team, which also has experience in arbitration. Fabio Guzmán Saladín and Alberto Reyes have been representing PAWA Dominicana in proceedings against the Dominican civil aviation authority, which suspended the airline’s operations, pushing it into bankruptcy. Contracts expert Reyes also defended JJH Capital in appeal proceedings in a real estate case brought by Juan José Hidalgo, who had bought a 1,236-acre Punta Cana property from the company. Tourism is a particular sector strength for the practice; Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, Sunwing Travel Group and Club Med are all clients. Other key team members include practice head Fabio Guzmán Ariza, litigator Rhadaisis Espinal, and administrative and white-collar crime litigation expert Melissa Sosa, who joined the firm as special counsel from Martínez Sosa Jiménez in November 2017.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Guzmán Ariza

As well as handling trade mark portfolios, Guzmán Ariza’s Santo Domingo-based practice has experience in copyright and industrial rights and is active across a wide range of sectors. Group head Fabio Guzmán Saladín and key senior associate Leandro Corral advised a major travel company on registering several industrial designs for boats, as well as on filing associated marine copyrights. Other matters saw Industria Farmo Química instruct Guzm¬án Saladín and associate Pamela Benzán on obtaining sanitary registration for its medicines. Europamundo Vacaciones, Goldstar Tobacco and bio-science group Chr. Hansen are clients on the trade mark side.

[back to top]

Real estate and tourism
Real estate and tourism - ranked: tier 1

Guzmán Ariza

Guzmán Ariza is well known in the market for its real estate capabilities, especially when it comes to hotels and condominiums. In Puerto Plata, Julio Brea Guzmán frequently assists high-net-worth individuals with purchasing second homes, while in Punta Cana Christoph Sieger handles a wide range of matters including corporate work, permits and developments. Santo Domingo-based group head Fabio Guzmán Ariza provides a full real estate service, including litigation, while Rubén Garcia and César Calderón round out the practice in Samaná. Transactions are the department’s core strength: Sieger and Alfredo Guzmán4 advised Sunwing Travel Group on obtaining a $95m loan from Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana to complete the construction of the Royalton Bávaro Resort & Spa. Other clients include Club Med, Grupo GHR, Anex Tours and Meliá Hotels International.

Leading lawyers

Christoph Sieger - Guzmán Ariza

Fabio Guzmán Ariza - Guzmán Ariza

[back to top]

Further information on Guzmán Ariza

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Guzmán Ariza in other jurisdictions.

Dominican Republic

Offices in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, and La Romana

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Korean Financial Regulators Advance Legislation to Introduce Regulatory Sandbox to Spark FinTech

    The 2018 year in review in Korea was notable for the sluggish overall economy, uncertainty surrounding the geo-politics and impact on Korea due to the global trade wars, on-going concerns related to the lack of jobs and unemployment, increased taxes and burdens for businesses and families, and no meaningful improvement or clarity in the current situation for 2019. In response, the Korean National Assembly passed a legislation called the Financial Innovation Support Act (the “FinISA”) on December 7, 2018 to spark the financial services industry in conjunction with FinTech products and services. The FinISA, which will soon take effect in March 2019, is intended to lay the legal foundation to introduce a regulatory sandbox for innovative financial services, where FinTech firms test their new products and services without certain regulatory oversight pursuant to exemptions for a limited period of time (“Sandbox”). As the FinISA exempts or defers application of existing finance-related regulations for new financial technology, products or services with the purpose of fostering the creation of innovative and new financial products and services, it will also support the stabilization of such services in the financial services market at the end of the testing period and is expected that the FinISA will support a revitalization of the FinTech industry which experienced sluggish growth in recent times. In particular, as companies and investors become more interested in security tokens and Security Token Offerings (“STO”) which are regulated by the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (the “FSCMA”), there have been on-going discussions and debates as to whether the FinISA could lead to a breakthrough in the crypto-asset industry based on blockchain technology. Crypto assets encompasses those assets which utilize blockchain technology where the asset is digitalized by utilization of cryptography, peer-to-peer networks and a public ledger of verified transactions resulting in a ‘units’ of such a crypto asset without any involvement by middle-persons or brokers (e.g., cryptocurrency.

    The sacking of Nissan’s high-profile chairman may have beenproof that nobody is infallible. But Nicola Sharp argues that it should also beseen as an indicator that no company can be considered safe from wrongdoing.
  • 2018 FCPA Enforcement Actions and Highlights

    Overall, 2018 was a more active year in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") enforcement actions compared to 2017.
  • Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

    Advertisements featuring statements on the effects of medical treatments are only permissible if they are supported by sound scientific evidence. This was reaffirmed by the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.
  • Sayenko Kharenko announces new partner promotion

    Sayenko Kharenko announces new partner promotion
  • ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

    For a sign to be capable of being registered as an EU trade mark, it must be distinctive across the entire European Union. This was confirmed by the Court of Justice of European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 25 July 2018.
  • Supporting local and international charitable organizations

    As one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, we are active promoters and supporters of local economic growth by sponsoring local events, applying environmental-friendly practices, minimizing our ecological impact, and most importantly, by raising money for local charities and non-profit organizations.
  • BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

    The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.
  • Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio

    Recently there were a lot of publications within the European Union expressing concerns about the allegedly very high number of Cypriot passports being given to foreign investors the last few years. The Council of Ministers has decided on 9th January 2018 with the decision with number 84.069, to impose a stricter supervision of all the parties involved in the Scheme for the naturalisation of non-Cypriot investors in Cyprus by exception.
  • 19% VAT on Plots

    In order to harmonize the  Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.