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Guzmán Ariza

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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