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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.

Practice Highlights
Bullet 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)
Bullet 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
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
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 U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as a national tier one law firm for International Trade and Finance Law
Bullet U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national International Arbitration - Commercial category
Bullet Chambers Latin America: Ranked as one of the leading law firms for International Arbitration across all of Latin America
Bullet Chambers Global: Ranked as one of the leading law firms for International Arbitration across all of Latin America

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