Melissa Sosa joins Guzmán Ariza as Special Counsel

Guzmán Ariza, Attorneys at Law, is pleased to announce that, effective October 2, 2017, Melissa Sosa has joined the firm as Special Counsel to the Litigation Team.

Melissa Sosa practices in the firm’s Litigation department, where she focuses on complex administrative, commercial and criminal litigation. She has assisted foreign companies, individual clients and international non-profit entities in administrative litigation proceedings.

She has created jurisprudential precedents in terms of the Writ procedures (Amparo), as well as free access to public information.

Mrs. Sosa received her LL. B. from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, magna cum laude, and three LL. M. from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad Panthéon-Assas.

Guzmán Ariza is a Dominican law firm, founded in 1927, with more than 40 lawyers and seven offices throughout the Dominican Republic. Our multilingual and multinational group of attorneys are capable of assisting international investors across a wide variety of practice areas.

[November 2017]

Partner Fabio Guzmán Saladín elected member of SCG Legal board of directors

Fabio Guzmán Saladín, partner in the law firm Guzmán Ariza, was elected member of the board of directors of SCG Legal for the period 2018 – 2020.

Guzmán Ariza is the exclusive member in the Dominican Republic of SCG Legal, a global alliance of 148 top, independent law firms, with more than 11,000 attorneys in nearly 450 offices in 82 countries and six continents.

[September 2017]

Legal 500 ranked once again Guzmán Ariza as a top tier firm in the Dominican Republic

The Legal 500 Latin America 2017 survey, once again, ranked Guzmán Ariza as a Top Tier Firm in real estate and tourism in the Dominican Republic, and our founding partner Fabio Guzmán- Ariza has been selected as a “Leading Lawyer” in the field. The firm also received recommendations in Corporate and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Intellectual property.

For the first time, partner Fabio Guzmán Saladín has been recognized as a “Next generation lawyers” in Corporate and Finance.

Thirteen Guzmán Ariza lawyers have also been recommended in The Legal 500 Latin America editorial: in real estate and tourism, Fabio Guzmán-Ariza, Christoph Sieger, Julio Brea-Guzmán, Rubén García and César Calderón. In corporate and finance practice, Fabio Guzmán Saladín, Fabio Guzmán-Ariza, Alberto Reyes and Alfredo Guzmán-Saladín. In dispute resolution, Fabio Guzmán-Ariza, Rhadaisis Espinal, Julio Brea Guzmán, Alberto Reyes, Alfredo Guzmán, Manuel Bonnelly and Michel Camacho. In intellectual property, Fabio Guzmán-Saladín, Alberto Reyes y and Pamela Benzán.

[September 2017]

Guzmán Ariza among the best firms to work for in Dominican Republic

Guzmán Ariza, Attorneys at Law, was ranked as one the best Dominican companies to work in 2017 by Mercado magazine’s annual survey of 80 leading Dominican businesses.

The firm placed in the top five businesses with less than 100 employees and in the top seven of all companies in employee satisfaction.

The magazine highlighted Guzmán Ariza’s culture of constant innovation, the many training programs offered to employees, and the emphasis on organization, proclivity, communication, honesty and transparency.

Mercado is one of the most prestigious and respected business publications in the Dominican Republic.

[June 2017]

Guzmán Ariza advises Sunwing Travel Group in one of the single largest non-syndicated financings awarded by Banco del Reservas in the Dominican Republic.

Guzmán Ariza, Attorneys at Law, advised the Sunwing Travel Group in one of the single largest non-syndicated financings granted by the Banco del Reservas in the Dominican Republic.

The facility will be used by Sunwing Travel Group to complete the construction of the Royalton Bávaro Resort & Spa, at an estimated total investment of $200 million which is expected to generate thousands of jobs.

This new Blue Diamond Resorts complex (a subsidiary of Sunwing Travel Group), will be the third Royalton resort in the country and first under the Royalton Luxury Resort flag. The 730- room Resort will be built in Arena Gorda beach, Bávaro and will operate under its signature All-in Luxury® concept.

Guzmán Ariza has assisted Sunwing Travel Group since 2013 in arbitration, project finance, and investments matters, as well as in commercial contract and litigation.

[May 2017]

Alberto Reyes is appointed member of the legal committee of the French-Dominican Chamber of Commerce

Alberto Reyes Báez, partner of Guzmán Ariza, was appointed permanent member of the Legal and Security Commission of the French-Dominican Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFD).

The CCIFD legal committee, created in May 2017, is a permanent consultative body for the support of its members, the French and Dominican legal culture, as well as spokespersons for issues related to legal aspects of local, international, immigration and institutional trade.

Alberto Reyes has more than 13 years of experience and a postgraduate degree at the University of Paris, Panthéon – Assas.

[May 2017]

Partner Alfredo Guzmán contributes to Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Real Estate Global Guide 2017

Alfredo Guzmán, partner at the Guzmán Ariza law firm, recently authored the Dominican Republic chapter of Thomson Reuters Practical Law’s Corporate Real Estate Global Guide 2017.

The Q&A guide gives a high level overview of the corporate real estate market; real estate investment structures, including REITs; title; tenure; sale of real estate; seller’s liability; due diligence; warranties; real estate tax and mitigation, including VAT and stamp duty/transfer tax; climate change targets; restrictions on foreign ownership; real estate finance; leases; planning law; and proposals for reform.

The Dominican chapter may be seen at

[April 2017]

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Former Judge Aura Celeste Fernández attends congress on bioethics and human rights in Panamá

Former Judge Aura Celeste Fernández, president of the National Council of Health Bioethics of the Dominican Republic (CONABIOS, by its Spanish acronym) will attend the symposium Bioethics, Courts and Human Rights to be held on April 10, 11 and 12 at the University of Panamá.

The symposium is being held on the 20th anniversary of the European Convention on Biomedicine and Human Rights to promote a comparative law analysis of the relationship between bioethics and human rights in the development of the jurisprudence of Latin American and European courts.

Aura Celeste Fernández, partner at the Guzmán Ariza Law Firm, is a specialist in public law with more than three decades of professional practice.

[April 2017]

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Partner Alberto Reyes participates as keynote speaker at conference on contract law

Alberto Reyes Báez, partner at Guzmán Ariza Law Firm, will participate as keynote speaker at the conference The French Reform of Contract Law: A Source of Inspiration for Dominicans?, which will be held on April 7 and 8 at the Dominican Supreme Court of Justice.

Alberto Reyes, professor of Contracts at the Pontificia Universidad Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo, will make his presentation on The Current State of Dominican Contract Law.

The activity corresponds to the first Dominican-French interactive colloquy about the present and future of contract law in France and the Dominican Republic.

[April 2017]

Brooklyn Law School students visit Guzman Ariza Law Firm

Guzman Ariza Law Firm received four students from the Brooklyn Law School as part of a collaboration agreement between the two institutions.

The Firm was proud to support the initiative of the students to complete 50 hours of legal work in Non-Profits Organizations in the region of Las Terrenas and Samana, as part of the requirements of the New York State Bar.

Valery Cury Sepúlveda, Jasiel Morales, Erica Molina and Kristina Todorovic spent a week at the firm’s offices in Santo Domingo, Las Terrenas and Samaná learning about the legal profession and working with the Non-Profits Organizations in the Dominican Republic.

Guzman Ariza is a strong supporter of internships for college undergraduates and students from different Law Schools around the world, as part of their diversity programs.

[March 2017]