Welcome 2018, another year full of opportunities

Dear Friends,

All of us have different customs when the year comes to its end and we envision how the next one will be like. We happen to live in a country with very unique traditions, like carrying a suitcase around the block hoping for lots of travelling during the year, eating 12 grapes representing 12 different wishes, or even wearing yellow underwear on New Year’s eve for good fortune.

Here at Gutierrez Group, our team has a different, probably less colorful but equally memorable approach. We like to sit down during the last week of the year to think about that very special goal that will define the course of our organization during the upcoming calendar, and evaluate if what we envisioned for the year about to expire was successfully achieved.

Back in 2015, when we formed Gutierrez Group, it was all about setting ourselves up through condensing over 15 years of accumulated experience. Establishing was the objective. For such we recruited excellent professionals who are even better human beings, constructed our corporate offices, reinforced our strategic alliances and mindsets towards devoting to serving our clients.

Then in 2016, the word was escalating. We opened new lines of services, such as property management, and launched new investment products, like Colombian Timber (www.colombiantimber.com), an equally fascinating and gratifying project; or Sutax Capital, our taxi/medallion financing project, which complemented our already existing taxi dealership. We also developed Manila House (www.manilahouse.com.co), Gutierrez Group’s vision of a truly high-quality short-term rental building in El Poblado, Medellin.

 

Gutierrez Group in Vichada, visiting our timber plantations. November 2017

 

2017 was all about consolidating. We set our minds into bringing new clientele and strengthening the cluster of companies and businesses under management. A couple more professionals joined our group and we reinforced our skills and manpower to always be on top of our game and never let opportunities slide away.

As we look back to all these years, we can honestly say that the hard work paid off and that we complied, year after year, with what we had envisioned.

We now face an exhilarating 2018, which couldn’t have started better as we had the opportunity to share with our friends a Live and Invest Overseas private event in Medellin.

 


Dinner after LIO’s Private Access consulting weekend in Medellin.
Gutierrez brothers with Lief Simon, Mike Cobb and Joel Nagel. January 2018

 

Within this year of our efforts are going to be continuity and communication. We will continue to imprint our seal and essence to everything we do, including the new “stuff”. Whether it’s legal services, taxes, back office, project management, reports or property admin, the Gutierrez Group’s know-how and philosophy of personalized attention and genuine care for how things are done is going to be present, unnegotiable.

Along with that, and to respond to the many of you who have requested a more constant flow of information and updates of what our minds and hearts are up to, we will also be writing and sharing more often. We will gladly be providing you all with information, both social and business oriented, in a much more frequent basis: from relevant news about Colombia and how it continues to be one of the best expat destinations to both invest and live in; to important updates about our services, projects and investment opportunities, as well as their evolution and performance; to residency, tax or legal novelties, we are basically aiming to transmit what we think you are going to find useful.

 

Manila House short-term rental building in El Poblado, by Gutierrez Group. Unit 5 Living Room.
Contact us at manilahouse@gutierrezgroup.com.co to stay here in your next visit to Medellin

 

Also, we plan to share more this year because well, there’s more interesting content out there than we ever had and we wish to make you a vital part of what we are doing, because at the end of the day we wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for each and every one of you.

This being said, the following are some of the topics that will be covered in our few next communications:

» Obtaining a Colombian visa became even easier with the change of migratory regulation. How to apply for this while obtaining double-digit returns.

» Colombian Timber: plan of action for 2018 and beyond after having purchased over 10.000 acres of land in the region of Vichada.

» Private Mortgage Loans: an alternative approach to the real estate industry through which yields are higher and hassles are lower than traditional rental property.

» Factoring with Judgments: how the biggest news in Colombia’s recent history is also the worst thing that happened to one of the safest investments out there.

» Property Management: Gutierrez Group’s vision of property management and how compliance and satisfaction can coexist.

» Our take on this year’s presidential elections and considerations regarding the opportunities that emerge.

So, here’s to an extraordinary 2018!

Yours truly,
Felipe Gutierrez
Gutierrez Group

Corporate Law

 

250+ successfully incorporated companies.

Whether you are considering incorporation for the purpose of establishing a business in Colombia, shielding an ongoing venture or for estate planning in connection with your affairs in this part of the world, our highly trained lawyers specialize in legally structuring investment and/or holding vehicles that will allow you to achieve your goals in our country.

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Real Estate Law

 

350+ lawfully acquired properties.

With hundreds of successfully handled real estate transactions, our team of experts has unparalleled experience to properly and integrally guide you in connection with your real estate needs. From title searches, drafting or analyzing real estate contracts, dealing with liens, to handling closings and even negotiating terms, our skilled lawyers will offer comprehensive service.

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Immigration Law

 

450+ effectively obtained visas.

In turbulent economic and political times such as the ones we live in, the ability to immigrate presents itself more as insurance than anything else. Our experienced and skillful group of experts has timely and successfully handled several hundreds of Colombian visa applications of all natures. From permanent investment visas, to real estate ownership, pension, capitalist, student, work, spouse, family related and beneficiary visas, we have experience with them all and offer full turnkey service.

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Foreign Investment Law and Banking

 

2.500+ duly registered foreign investment operations.

Lots has been written about how cumbersome it is to send funds in or out of Colombia, about how accounts for foreigners are even unavailable. When you know the regulations, the system, the procedures, the authorities and the participating agents like our experts do, you realize that such appreciations are nothing but misconceptions. Thanks to more than a decade of reputation and experience in dealing with financial operations, our team has seamlessly created countless individual and corporate accounts at financial institutions as well handled thousands of investment and repatriation transactions.

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Accounting and Tax Law

 

+10 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping and tax matters.

Whether you are just starting up or your business is an already consolidated project, our accounting professionals offer a decade of experience and all year round service in connection with accounting, bookkeeping and tax matters so that clients may concentrate in growth and productivity while resting assured that tax contributions are being rationalized.

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Estate Planning

 

Comprehensive service in non-business related matters.

Business matters are just as critical to our clients as civil and family ones, which is why our team brings broad experience to the table in regards to estate planning matters. Those who have decided to invest or relocate in Colombia count on our firm´s knowledge towards properly structuring their assets so as for avoidance of probate and smooth generational transfer of wealth to take place. Our services in this realm of the law include wills and structures such as companies, trusts and escrows.

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