Partner Aura Celeste Fernández elected as member of the Electoral Committee of the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce

The Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce elected Aura Celeste Fernández as a member of the Electoral Commission in charge of organizing the General Assembly in which the 2017-2019 Board of Directors will be elected.
Aura Celeste Fernández is a partner at Guzmán Ariza Law Firm and member of the board of directors of the Center of Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce.

[March 2017]

Dominican Republic Law Firm Guzmán Ariza Is Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary

The Dominican Republic law firm of Guzmán Ariza – the first and only national law firm in the Dominican Republic – is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Since 1927, Guzmán Ariza has focused on serving national and international businesses and individuals.

Fabio Guzmán Ariza, the firm’s managing partner, explained that the firm was started by his father, Antonio Guzmán, working solo in his home town of Salcedo, after graduating from the University of Santo Domingo Law School.

Now, Mr. Guzmán Ariza continued, the firm has seven fully-staffed offices strategically located in every major business and tourism center in the Dominican Republic and is “the only law firm in the Dominican Republic with a national reach.”

Mr. Guzmán Ariza added that the firm’s “commitment to the law and business principles, our responsiveness to clients, and our cost-effective practices have earned us the reputation within the international business community as a trusted and respected law firm that delivers results.” He stated, “We are honored to be celebrating our 90th anniversary with our clients, employees, partners, and friends.”

The law firm of Guzmán Ariza has more than 30 multilingual and multinational lawyers equipped to assist international investors across a wide variety of practice areas, including corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, banking, insurance and securities, taxation, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and condominium law, immigration, and family law.

After 90 years in the forefront, Mr. Guzmán Ariza said, the firm remains committed to assisting clients in an effective way in the time and at the place they need.

About Guzmán Ariza

Guzmán Ariza is the first and only national law firm in the Dominican Republic, with seven fully-staffed offices strategically located in Santo Domingo, Sosúa-Puerto Plata, Cabrera, Las Terrenas, Samaná, La Romana and Bávaro-Punta Cana.

The firm has been recognized as an outstanding Dominican law firm by Legal 500, Chambers and the International Financial Law Review, the premier guides to the world’s leading law firms.

Developing countries allowed to import generic drugs

An amendment to the agreement on intellectual property entered into force securing for developing countries a legal pathway to access affordable medicines under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

The amendment to the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement provides a secure and sustained legal basis for both potential exporters and importers to adopt legislation and establish the means needed to allow countries with limited or no production capacity to import affordable generics from countries where pharmaceuticals are patented.

The TRIPS amendment gives the world’s most vulnerable people access to drugs for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

[February 2017]

Guzmán Ariza is pleased to offer this legal guide to international investors and law firms interested in the business opportunities present in the Dominican Republic. The guide provides basic information about the country and its legal system. You may download it here.

Guzmán Ariza contributes to Getting the Deal Through: Real Estate, 2017

Fabio Guzmán-Ariza, Christoph Sieger and Alfredo Guzmán, partners at the Guzmán Ariza law firm, recently coauthored the Dominican chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Real Estate 2017.

The publication provides comparative analysis of real estate regulations in different jurisdictions worldwide, with answers to crucial questions in key areas such as acquisition of real estate, conveyances, foreign investors, investment entities, leases and mortgages, and contracts and financing.

The Dominican chapter may be downloaded here: GTDT: Real Estate 2017

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. Getting the Deal Through: Real Estate 2017, (published in November 2016; contributing editor: Joseph Philip Forte, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP). For further information please visit https://gettingthedealthrough.com/area/34/real-estate-2017.

[January 2017]

Fabio Guzmán-Ariza joins the International Association of Managing Partners

The Managing Partner of Guzmán Ariza, Fabio J. Guzmán-Ariza, was invited to join the International Association of Managing Partners (IAMP), as a founding member of its Dominican chapter.

The IAMP is a global association for the Managing Partners of local, national and international law firms. Founded in London in 2004, it has grown to a worldwide membership of more than 350 individuals, ranging from sole practitioners to the leaders of some of the world’s largest law firms.

The association has chapters in more than 70 countries and now is launching its chapter in the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Guzmán-Ariza has been the managing partner of Guzmán Ariza since 1985 and has served as counsel to local and international corporations and individuals on Dominican legal issues for more than 35 years.

[December 2016]

Guzmán Ariza recommended in IFLR 2017 guide

The guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms, International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000, ranked Guzmán Ariza as a “Recognized Firm” in its 2017 global ranking of law firms.

Guzmán Ariza received recommendations by clients and competitors for its Banking, Project Finance, M&A, and Restructuring and Insolvency practices, and was praised for its innovative financial work. A client informed IFLR that “Guzmán Ariza provides accurate and reliable information, they provide several scenarios and they follow the chosen plan completely.”

In addition, Dr. Christoph Sieger, partner of the firm, was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). “Mr. Sieger is simply the best attorney I have worked with; he’s  transparent and goes to the core of things, and he is as good as it gets in technical knowledge,” said a client.

Guzmán Ariza is the first and only national law firm in the Dominican Republic, with eight offices strategically located to serve clients in every major business and tourism center in the country.

[November 2016]

Partner Christoph Sieger represents Guzmán Ariza law firm in first trade mission to Europe

Christoph Sieger, partner of Guzmán Ariza attorneys at law, represented the firm at the first trade mission to Europe, EU Roadshow 2016, organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic, visiting Brussels, Frankfurt and Madrid.

From November 7 to the 11th, participants visited eleven cities, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland, with the aim of stimulate trade, foreign investment and business collaboration between Europe and the Dominican Republic.

Several meetings were held with European business owners and investors in each city, where opportunities for growth, investment and incentives were presented and offered by the Dominican Republic, as well as the economic and legal framework on how to do business in this country.

Partner Christoph Sieger, who is also president of the German-Dominican Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, gave a lecture on “Legal Framework for International Investors in the Dominican Republic” at all locations.

[November 2016]

Former Judge and Partner Aura Celeste Fernández attends the XLVIII meeting of the CIAC in Spain

The representative of the Center of Alternative Dispute Resolution before the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (CIAC, by its Spanish acronym), Aura Celeste Fernández, attended the XLVIII meeting of the CIAC Steering Committee from November 5 to 8 in Seville, Spain.

In the framework of the event, the first Ibero-American Congress of Entrepreneurship “Entrepreneurialism in the Digital Age” and the CIAC academic meeting were held, in which the legal and effective impact in Latin American practice of international arbitration was discussed.

Aura Celeste Fernández is a partner at Guzmán Ariza Law Firm and member of the board of directors of the Center of Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce.

[November 2016]

Partner of Guzmán Ariza Julio Brea-Guzmán was appointed member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Plata

The Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Plata appointed Julio Brea-Guzmán, partner at the law firm Guzmán Ariza, as a member of the Board which will be governed by the period 2016-2018.

In commenting to his appointment, Julio Brea-Guzmán noted that the constructive joint efforts of the members of the Chamber will continue to successfully improve and redevelop the region.

The new board members were announced last October during the Annual General Assembly of the chamber. These were elected by the members of the Council and approved by the shareholders who attended the ceremony.

[November 2016]