Firm profile submitted by Guzmán Ariza Abogados
Managing Partner: Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza
Senior Partners: Rubén J García, Rhadaisis Espinal, Julio Brea-Guzmán, Christoph Sieger, César Calderón, Alfredo A Guzmán-Saladín, Alberto Reyes-Báez, Fabio J Guzmán-Saladín
Number of partners: 9
Number of other lawyers: 41
Corporate & Project Finance: Fabio J Guzmán-Saladín, Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín
International Trade & Investment: Alberto Reyes-Báez
Mergers & Acquisitions: Fabio Guzmán-Saladín, Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín
Taxation: Christoph Sieger
Banking & Insurance: Fabio Guzmán-Saladín, Alberto Reyes-Báez
Government & Intellectual Property: Fabio Guzmán-Saladín
Securities: Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín
Real Estate: Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza, Christoph Sieger, César Calderón
Litigation & Arbitration: Fabio J Guzmán-Ariza, Rhadaisis Espinal, Julio Brea-Guzmán
Tourism & Hospitality: Julio Brea-Guzmán Construction: César Calderón
Labour & Employment: Rubén J García
Energy & Environment: Giselle Pérez-Reyes
Sports & Entertainment: Rubén J García
Telecommunications: Alberto Reyes-Báez
Founded in 1927, Guzmán Ariza is the first and only national law firm in the Dominican Republic, with seven offices strategically located to serve clients in every major business and tourism centre in the country. The firm’s multilingual and multinational staff is equipped to assist international clients across a wide variety of practice areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the manufacturing, energy-oil, municipal, protected areas, tourism, food and beverages sectors, among others.
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