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Dominican Republic Real Estate & Tourism
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About

Provided by Guzmán Ariza Abogados

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

Chambers Review

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Real Estate & Tourism - Dominican Republic
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What the team is known for

Guzmán Ariza Abogados boasts a powerhouse practice group with a longstanding tradition advising on complex real estate transactions and the development of tourism projects. Their 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 land and asset acquisition deals. Guzmán Ariza Abogados provides further counsel on permitting and licences, as well as environmental compliance. Ani Villas is a recent addition to the firm's client roster.

Strengths

"Guzmán Ariza Abogados offers high-quality advice in a good time frame. They always offer us alternative solutions and their client service stands out because they are always ready and willing to help you."

"The firm is highly involved in the tourism sector and they have an important client portfolio in this area."

Work highlights

Guzmán Ariza Abogados assisted Club Med with the obtaining of operating licences for its hotel, restaurant and tourist activities, as well as negotiating with the government for an extension of the main highway that connects the new developments with the rest of the city of Bavaro.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesperson Fabio Guzmán Ariza "is one of the most respected lawyers in the country," according to a peer, who adds: "He not only has the seniority, but also the knowledge and expertise." Another observer further adds: "Fabio Guzmán Ariza is a reference in the sector."

Julio Brea-Guzmán "is a very complete lawyer who is very active in the sector," according to a client. A different interviewee goes on to state: "He has an amazing work ethic." Julio Brea-Guzmán is the head of the firm's real estate department for the Puerto Plata-Sosúa-Cabrera area.

Up-and-coming partner Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín "is a very good young lawyer who has an interesting profile of clients in the area and does an excellent job," according to an interviewee. A different market commentator further endorses Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín for his strong practice in the tourism industry.

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Fabio Guzmán Ariza
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Julio Brea-Guzmán
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Alfredo A. Guzmán-Saladín
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