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Guzmán Ariza Abogados

Real Estate & Tourism

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What the team is known for

Powerhouse practice group with a longstanding tradition advising on complex real estate transactions and the development of tourism projects. Strong team of highly experienced lawyers stand out for their breadth of expertise, which ranges from counselling hotel groups on day-to-day operations to project financing and acquisition deals. Provides further counsel on permitting and licences, as well as environmental compliance. Viva Wyndham Resorts, Ani Villas and Athelia Blue Finance are new client wins.

Strengths

Clients report that Guzmán Ariza Abogados is the best law firm they have worked with in this area, with one source further praising that "they remain in contact with us 24/7 and provide a high-quality legal service."

Another client is quick to highlight the firm's multinational vision and "their experience in the wider tourism market, not just in the Dominican Republic."

Work highlights

Advised Dream City on the development of a residential real estate and community commercial project on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, currently assisting with the corporate structure, tourism tax incentives and permitting strategy. This matter is valued at USD1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesperson Fabio Guzmán Ariza remains a highly regarded and respected lawyer who, according to one market commentator, "has a longstanding career in the real state and tourism field," while one client simply comments: "He is brilliant."

Head of the firm's real estate department in Sosua and Cabrera, Julio Brea-Guzmán is recognised here for the first time. Brea-Guzmán offers broad experience advising on real estate transactions and disputes. A client comments: "He is very well qualified, proactive, detailed and straight to the point."

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Overview

Guzmán Ariza is the largest law firm practicing real estate and tourism law in the Dominican Republic, and the only one with a large nationwide clientele, divided among the island’s three major tourist destinations, and the city of Santo Domingo. We advise more clients in more transactions and locations than any other firm in the Dominican Republic.

It is important to note that most real estate and tourism-related transactions on the island take place outside of the city of Santo Domingo, which is not a major tourist destination. For this reason, the fact that we have offices not only in Santo Domingo but also in every developed tourist destination – where we are the largest law office in existence – gives us a decisive competitive advantage since we can provide clients in those regions with more cost-efficient and timely service than our competitors, not to mention that our lawyers are abreast of many local issues ignored by our colleagues from other firms.

Our capabilities span all aspects of the real estate industry, including the following:

  • Due diligence
  • Purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties
  • Purchase and sale of developments and hotels
  • Condominiums and Homeowner Associations
  • Tax incentives for real estate developments
  • Rental / lease agreements
  • Brokerage arrangements
  • Timeshare projects
  • Condominiums and owners’ associations
  • Foreclosures and evictions
  • Title insurance
  • Boundaries, easements and rights of way
  • Mortgages
  • Liens
  • Construction contracts
  • Property management

Members

Brea Guzmán, Julio

Brea-Guzmán, Julio

Calderón, César

Guzmán Ariza, Fabio

Guzmán Saladín, Alfredo

Real Estate & Tourism Department

Guzmán Ariza Abogados

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Pablo Casals 12

Serrallés

Santo Domingo

Distrito Nacional

Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic

Real Estate & Tourism


Fabio Guzmán Ariza
Senior Statespeople
Julio Brea-Guzmán
Band 3