Firm Profile > Guzmán Ariza > La Romana , Dominican Republic

Guzmán Ariza
LA ROMANA, 22000
Dominican Republic

Real estate and tourism Tier 1

Hotels and condominiums are core strengths of Guzmán Ariza's real estate department, which is also recognised for its capabilities in transactional work. Practice head Fabio Guzmán Ariza, based in the Santo Domingo office, is widely recognised in the market for his expertise across the full range of real estate matters, with a focus on condominium-related law. Christoph Sieger and Alfredo Guzmán, based in Punta Cana and La Romana respectively, advised Club Med on all aspects of a $150m acquisition of a 365,000sqm property in Miches to construct a hotel as part of a prominent tourism development project. Puerto Plata-based Julio Brea Guzmán is well known for his expertise in real estate litigation, while César Calderón and Rubén García are key contacts in Samaná. Other clients include Sunwing Travel Group, Meliá Hotels International, Dream City and Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Counting white-collar crime, civil, real estate and commercial litigation as key strengths, former dispute resolution boutique - now full-service firm - Guzmán Ariza's litigation practice is led by Fabio Guzmán Ariza. Litigation expert Rhadaisis Espinal and special counsel Melissa Sosa have been defending electricity company Edesur Dominicana in civil and damages claims. In other matters, Sosa and Fabio Guzmán Saladín are representing Colombian construction company Trevi Galante in proceedings against Opret regarding construction work for the Santo Domingo Metro; the pair are also defending the same client against the tax authority regarding a tax debt derived from credit allegedly owed by Opret. In other work, Alberto Reyes acted for Consorcio de Construcciones Planificadas in a $14m arbitration. Of counsel Michel Camacho is an expert in white-collar criminal law.

Corporate and finance Tier 3

Guzmán Ariza's department handles a broad spectrum of corporate and finance work from its seven offices across the Dominican Republic, including Santo Domingo, La Romana, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. Fabio Guzmán Saladín leads the practice; he recently teamed up with La Romana-based Alfredo Guzmán and Christoph Sieger in Punta Cana to advise Hong Kong company Fosun International on its $428m IPO. Guzmán Saladín and associate Pamela Benzán  have also been advising Netflix on corporate and other aspects of the production of a television series project, The I-Land, which is being filmed in the Dominican Republic. Founding partner Fabio Guzmán Ariza is highly regarded for his expertise in real estate matters. Other clients include Deloitte and Ikea.

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Founded in 1927, Guzman Ariza is the only national law firm in the Dominican Republic, with seven offices located in every major business and tourism centre in the country. The multilingual and multinational staff are equipped to assist international clients in a wide variety of practice areas.

Areas of practice

Corporate law: Guzman Ariza has extensive experience counseling clients, either commercial entities or individuals, in all stages of their business ventures in the Dominican Republic. As such, the team of lawyers advises local and international clients in organizing 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 in the Dominican Republic.

Mergers and acquisitions: Guzman 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, securitization, restructurings, and other legal disciplines, ready to put together all kinds of transactions in project finance.

Real estate: the real estate department is unsurpassed in its skill, experience and geographical reach. The 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: Guzman 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 minimize the impact these laws may have on their global businesses. The firm’s lawyers can advise clients on trade agreements, double taxation and international conventions involving the Dominican Republic.

Litigation: the firm has 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: Guzman 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 the manufacturing, energy/oil, municipal, protected areas, tourism, food and beverages sectors, among others.

Other offices

Punta Cana-Bavaro, Las Terrenas, Sosua-Puerto Plata, La Romana, Cabrera, Samana


Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial and corporate Fabio Guzmán-Saladín E:
Commercial and corporate Alberto Reyes E:
Finance (project finance/banking/insurance/securities) Fabio Guzmán-Saladín E:
Finance (project finance/banking/insurance/securities) Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín E:
Real estate/tourism Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza E:
Real estate/tourism Christoph Sieger E:
Litigation and arbitration Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza E:
Litigation and arbitration Julio Brea-Guzmán E:
Foreign investment Alberto Reyes E:
Foreign investment Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín E:
Taxation Christoph Sieger E:
Energy and environment Giselle Pérez-Reyes E:
Labor and employment Rubén García E:
Labor and employment Julio Brea-Guzmán E:
Other fee-earners : 36
Total staff : 113
Partners : 9