Akerman has emerged as one of the leading practitioners in the U.S. in matters related to Cuba. In the course of handling transactions, we have developed a working relationship with officials in both the U.S. and Cuban governments. We work with officials at the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Agriculture that are responsible for regulating U.S. transactions with Cuba.
Akerman has established relationships with key lawyers and ministry employees responsible for handling U.S. transactions in Cuba, including the island's central purchasing entity. We have also established relationships with banks that handle letters of credit issued on Cuba transactions.
Akerman is a member of the Council of the America's Cuba working group.
|Representation in front of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including obtaining Specific Licenses pursuant to 31 CFR 515 (the Cuban Assets Control Regulations)|
|Responses to audits and letters of investigation, freeing blocked funds and assets, negotiating fines and penalties, and obtaining clarification on the application and interpretation of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations|
|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|
|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|
|"A national corporate group that serves clients across the U.S., and in Latin America, [with] a strong focus on middle market transactional work. The partners combine good business acumen with excellent legal insights, and the senior partners are not only highly accessible, but they lead all deals." (The Legal 500)|
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|The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts law firms for Middle Market in the U.S.|
|Law360: Ranked among the top 100 M&A law firms|
|Corporate Counsel magazine: "Go To" law firm for corporate transactions/M&As|
|SPAC Report by Deal Flow Media: Listed among top law firms in the U.S. for SPAC IPOs and is ranked #3 in the U.S. in terms of number of deals completed and #6 in dollar volume|
|Chambers USA: #1 Corporate practice in Florida; recognized as market leader in Florida since 2003 for Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity|
|PLC Which Lawyer?: Leading Corporate M&A law firm in Miami, FL|
The Legal 500 Ranks Akerman Senterfitt's Middle Market M&A and Real Estate Practice Groups Among Best in U.S.