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Guzmán Ariza | Abogados y Consultores
Palma Real Shopping Village Business Center
Suites 8, 9 and 10, Second Floor
Bávaro – Punta Cana

Tel: +1 (809) 552-8900
Fax: +1 (809) 552-8894


Dr. Sieger is resident partner of the firm in the Bávaro, Punta Cana office and head of the firm in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana, Bávaro, La Romana, Bayahibe, Miches). He received his Doctorate in Law at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany (magna cum laude). He later did postgraduate studies in International Tax Law at the Robert Kennedy University in Zurich, Switzerland and obtained his degree in Dominican Law at UAPA University in Santiago, Dominican Republic (magna cum laude).

His international background and legal training —Doctorate in German Law, postgraduate studies in International Tax Law in Switzerland, law degree in Dominican Law— provides him with a unique perspective: understanding the needs, expectations and concerns of the foreign investor in the Dominican Republic, while knowing the ins and outs of its legal system and customs.

Dr. Sieger is the legal advisor to major international hotel chains, resorts, condominium projects, and real estate developers on real estate, tourism, corporate, construction, labor and tax matters. He is also an expert on international taxation and estate planning.

He lectures nationally on tax and corporate law and internationally on Dominican real estate law. He is currently the President of the Dominican German Chamber of Commerce.

The Real Estate Law Practice:

Guzmán Ariza’s real estate department is unsurpassed in its skill, experience and geographical reach. With eight offices throughout the island, we advise more clients in more transactions and locations than any other law firm in the Dominican Republic. Our top-ranked department works 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.

Our name partner, Fabio J. Guzman Ariza, has published the only annotated version of the Dominican real estate statute: Ley 108-05 de registro inmobiliario, comentada, anotada y concordada con sus reglamentos. He is also the leading authority in the country in the field of condominium law, and has published the only annotated version of the Dominican condominium statute: Ley 5038 de 1958 sobre condominios, comentada, anotada y concordada con la ley 108-05 de registro inmobiliario, con su formulario.

In addition, it is important to note that most real estate transactions, especially in the tourism industry, take place in regions far away from the country’s capital city of Santo Domingo, which is not a major tourist destination. For this reason, the fact that we have offices in Santo Domingo and in every developed tourist destination – where they are generally the largest – give us a decisive competitive advantage over other firms, 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 in other firms.

Guzmán Ariza | Abogados y Consultores:

Guzmán Ariza is a national law and business consulting firm – the first and only one in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1927, our seven offices are strategically located to serve you in every major business and tourism center in the Dominican Republic: the Santo Domingo metropolitan area, including Juan Dolio and Boca Chica; the northern part of the island –Sosúa-Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Cabrera, Las Terrenas, Samaná–; and the southeast –Punta Cana, Bávaro, Miches, Macao and La Romana, including Casa de Campo and Bayahíbe. Our experienced attorneys live with the local issues that matter to you, and work regularly with the local government offices and courts in each particular city or region. We are right where you need us – not 100 miles away!

Our firm is client-focused and full-service. Intent on servicing the needs of international clients, our multilingual attorneys and business consultants are equipped to help you, in both business and personal matters, across a wide variety of practice areas, including but not limited to 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. Also, our lawyers have regularly served as experts on the laws of the Dominican Republic in foreign jurisdictions.

Recognized as an outstanding Dominican law firm by Legal 500, Chambers and IFLR, the premier guides to the world’s leading law firms, Guzmán Ariza is the exclusive member in the Dominican Republic of SCG Legal, a worldwide network of leading law firms, as well as of Geneva Group International (GGI), one of the top ten global alliances of well-established and experienced law, accounting and consulting firms. Membership in these organizations allows us to assist our clientele effectively in international transactions

We achieve cost-effective results by aligning our strategies with your needs. We are the first and only large Dominican law firm to offer services on a fixed-fee and incentive-fee basis instead of the familiar hourly rate, although we will bill you by the hour if requested. Our guiding principle is to obtain the best results in the least amount of time at a cost known to you before the work begins. We work toward a speedy, satisfactory resolution to problems. All fee arrangements are transparent and allow you to budget easily for your legal costs. No hours to bill –no hours to kill!

Our commitment to knowledge of the law and business principles, responsiveness to clients, and cost-effective practices have earned us the reputation within the international business community as a trusted and respected law firm that delivers results.

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