Paola M. Molina Estévez

Paola Molina is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in the Dominican Republic on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Paola directly using the contact details listed above.

Paola is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry, advising local and multinational clients from varied sectors, and in some cases, setting up or developing their in-house legal department, such as: real estate, industrial, tourism, retail, energy, technology, health services, non-profit organisations, asset management, automotive and financial.

Paola Molina is skilled in Legal Writing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Tax, Compliance, Legal Project Management, and International Law. Paola is a strong professional with two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees; International Legal Practice from IE Business School and Tax Law/Taxation from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

Firm Overview:

GUZMÁN & MOLINA, Abogados (“GMA”) was established in March 2018, after its founders accrued over 20 years experience in the judicial service and some of the most prestigious legal and consulting firms in Dominican Republic, entering the market as an appealing alternative to legal services consumers and attracting praise and recognition from worldwide professional networks. GMA is detail-oriented, proactive and strategic while providing assertive services.

The firm focuses in two main areas of services: litigation and business.

GMA covers all areas related to conflict management and dispute resolution in private and public law, from the traditional civil and commercial (with emphasis on contractual and corporate conflicts, tort claims, foreclosures, and bankruptcy) to tax, administrative, criminal, labour, and real estate matters, as well as local and international arbitration and other alternative methods to settle disputes.

As of the business practice, GMA is strong in mergers and acquisitions, contracts, legal audit, economic regulation, corporate, environment, international trade, tax advice, labour consultations, intellectual property, and business reorganisation. GMA also provides ancillary services such as Public Notary and legal translations.

In addition to the National District, GMA is present in the most important cities of the Dominican Republic and caters to client’s international needs through several professional networks with multi-disciplinary membership advising companies and individuals in legal, accountancy, financial services covering over 155 jurisdictions.

GMA has a solid grasp in various industries, such as real estate and tourism, energy, banking, insurance, health, sports, and marketing. Has a complex, general, and high-leverage litigation practice, entering in areas of recent growth in the country such as arbitration, white-collar crimes, municipality law, bankruptcy, and private international law.

Client satisfaction is paramount for GMA and thrives to achieve optimal results, as such, the firm chooses not to bill based on traditional hourly methods and instead seek a value-billing approach.

Guillermo Estrella Ramia

The recognition of a Law firm is an aspect that cannot be improvised, as it is created through the impeccable trajectory of highly qualified professionals who works with dedication, passion and integrity. In Estrella & Tupete, Attorneys at law our greatest achievement, besides corporate improvements, has consisted in obtaining the trust and satisfaction of our initial clients and those who have integrated over the time. Our biggest commitment is to offer the best legal service and counselling, according to our client’s requirements and needs, by adopting and developing new legal strategies that ensure the success, without violating the ethical principles.

Professional Education:

  • Master of Corporate Business, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Master of Comparative Law and International Business, Université de Savoie (Chambéry), Université Pierre Mendés France (Grenoble II) and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Corporate and Commercial Law postgraduate degree, also, conflict resolution and negotiation strategies, Castilla- La Mancha University, Toledo, Spain
  • Managing innovation strategies program, Babson College, United States of America
  • Postgraduate of Management for Lawyers,Yale University, United States of America
  • Bachelor of Laws, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial arbitration
  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • International business
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Consumer rights

Professional Memberships:

  • Dominican Republic Bar Association
  • World Bank collaborator in the Doing Business-Dominican Republic
  • Santiago Apóstol Archdiocese Foundation

Brenda Calderón León

Estrella & Tupete, Attorneys at law is dedicated to offer diversified legal services in accordance with the highest quality standards. Begun its operations on June 2, 2001, in the city of Santiago, and subsequent established another practices in the cities of Santo Domingo and Punta Cana to meet the growing demand of the national and international market.

The only law firm in the Dominican Republic with ISO 9001: 2008, certification of International Standards of Process Quality. Its main objective is the pursuit of excellence through the continuous improvement made to its system, which has allowed to standardise, innovate, and expedite its internal processes.

The law practice, is based on the personalised attention that its lawyers offer to the clients. The multidisciplinary team, stands out for the commitment, efficiency and action attached to ethical and professional values; Providing solutions that favour the bidirectional success alongside with the clients. The social role, promotes actions for the benefit of employees, clients and community, based on responsible business practice, diversity and inclusion, community commitment and environmental sustainability.

Estrella & Tupete, Attorneys at law believes in the value of making a difference, exercising with integrity and transparency. The Firm has been honoured with important national recognition, a result of the seriousness and responsibility with which it has assumed its leadership. Part of the distinctions are: “Most Admired Law Firm” and “Best Company to Work for” in 2015 and 2016.

Fabio J Guzmán Saladín

Fabio J. Guzmán Saladín has more than 10 years of experience managing the Corporate and Business department of the firm and understands the needs of corporate clients and foreign investors in the Dominican Republic. As part of his experience he has participated in the negotiation and formalization of purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and due diligence processes of foreign entities entering the Dominican market.

The main practice areas of Mr. Guzmán Saladín are Corporate and Business, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Banking, Insurance and Securities, International Trade and Investments, Government Relations, Intellectual Property, Construction, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Consumer Law, Labor Law, Telecommunications and Technology, Sports and Entertainment, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Real Estate.

As the team leader of the corporate department working out of the Santo Domingo office of the firm, he has represented multinationals in the Dominican Republic in complex contract negotiations with local government entities, as well as multinational and multilateral investment banks interested in financing opportunities in the country.

Fabio is currently the President of the Dominican German Chamber of Commerce, member of SCG Legal board of directors, and arbitrator at the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognized as a “Next generation lawyers”, “Recommended lawyer” and “Notable Practitioner” in The Legal 500 Latin America surveys and IFLR1000´s 2019 rankings.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1927, Guzmán Ariza is currently the largest law firm in the Dominican Republic with 47 lawyers (9 partners and 38 associates/counsels) and seven offices throughout the country. Our multilingual and multinational staff is equipped to assist international investors across a wide variety of practice areas, including international trade and investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business law, project finance, antitrust, real estate, telecommunications, tourism, energy, mining, banking, insurance, securities, technology, transportation, environmental law, sports, entertainment, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and immigration.

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.

Guzmán Ariza’s commitment to knowledge of the law and business principles, responsiveness to clients and cost-effective practices has earned it the reputation within the international business community of a trusted and respected law firm that delivers results.

Maria Arthur

Dra. Maria Arthur has more than fifteen years of legal practice, advising national and international clients in their business operations and commercial and financial transactions in the Dominican Republic.

Dra. Arthur is counsel in the area of private client and local and international tax planning for persons and businesses, including the purchase and sale of existing business, corporate reorganizations, business restructuring, special tax regimes, strategic representation in tax litigation, ruling requests and other processes before the Tax Authorities.

She has been a lawyer and advisor in the tax department of local and international law firms, in the Legal Affairs Office of the Dominican Tax Administration (DGII), and in the International Tax Services Department of a Big Four Firm.

Education:

– Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC. Master in Tax.
– Pompeu Fabra University and Politécnica de Catalunya University, Barcelona, Spain. Master in Taxation,
– Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Santo Domingo, Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude.

Licenses:

– Attorney at Law, Dominican Republic
– Certified Translator and Judicial Interpreter
– Accountant/CPA, Dominican Republic

Firm Overview:

Arthur & Castillo is a full service law Firm in Dominican Republic providing excellent representation and highest standards legal services to businesses and individuals. Our team of attorneys and consultants are integral professionals who think strategically.

Our goal is to be our clients’ best business partner by providing them with the essential tools for reaching their objectives.

Our lawyers and consultants provide representation in business, corporate, foreign investment, free zones, international trade, private client, real estate, tourism, litigation and government law.

Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys and consultants throughout the Firm, regardless of location.

Rubén J. García

– More than 30 years’ experience in advising businesses and hotels in the Dominican Republic on labor and employment issues; recently negotiated a collective labor agreement for a very important client with a 1,600+ member union.
– Former professor of Labor Law at the Universidad Católica Nordestana and at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.
– Legal advisor for the last 34 years to the most important real estate projects in Las Terrenas and Samaná areas.
– Legal counsel since 1994 to the Boxing Federation of the Dominican Republic.

Education:

– Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, LL.M. in Labor Law, 1998.
– Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, LL.B., 1982.

Recognitions & Memberships:

– Ranked as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 Latin America survey.
– Founding member of the Asociación Humanitaria Domínico-Francesa.
– President of the Boxing Association of the Duarte Province, and national vice president of the Dominican Boxing Federation.
– Founding member of the Dominican Bar Association.
– Member of the Board of Directors of the Duarte Savings and Loans Association (Asociación Duarte de Ahorros y Préstamos).

Firm Overview:

As the largest economy of Central America and the Caribbean, and its most visited tourist destination, the Dominican Republic offers international corporations and private investors business opportunities as inviting as the clear blue-green waters surrounding it. Guzmán Ariza is positioned to help you mine those opportunities in four tactical ways.

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.