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Akerman has been at the cutting edge of Cuba policy for a decade, leading frontline discussions among the U.S. government and industry leaders on the future of U.S.–Cuba relations. Our Cuba Practice has a long-established track record of counseling clients in connection with business interests on the island.
Our dedicated team of attorneys and government affairs professionals routinely handles complex Cuba-related matters, leveraging our relationships with officials at the U.S. departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury who are responsible for regulating transactions involving Cuba. Our team likewise maintains high-level relationships in Cuba with professionals who oversee the activities of foreign companies on the island.
We provide industry-leading legal and regulatory guidance, market research, business intelligence, government affairs support, and overall project management for Cuba matters, and our team regularly collaborates with other U.S. and international firms as special counsel on Cuba regulatory issues.
Akerman is a member of the Council of the America's Cuba working group.

Practice Highlights
Bullet Conduct negotiations with Cuban entities for licensed transactions with U.S. entities, including meetings with Cuban business and governmental officials, drafting and negotiations of agreements, and procurement of collateral U.S. permits for exports
Bullet Accompany U.S. business executives to Cuba to provide counsel on permissible activities in industries covered by existing licenses, such as agriculture, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals, among others
Bullet Sophisticated industry research and business intelligence on conditions and political developments inside Cuba, customized for each clients’ needs
Bullet Counsel regarding licensing and enforcement matters before the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
Bullet Media contact assistance in connection with Cuba activities
Bullet Comprehensive market analyses for project and/or market-entry planning with an emphasis on business development
Bullet Facilitate trademark protections in Cuba for U.S. firms
Bullet Due diligence investigations for non-U.S. entities in relation to proposed activities in Cuba, including researching U.S. claim holders, potential adverse consequences under U.S. law and regulations (Helms-Burton opinions), and advising on U.S. policy issues

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