Practice/Industry Group Overview
Duane Morris’ Cuba Business Group has been advising clients on how to maintain legal compliance with U.S. laws governing relations with and commercial activities involving Cuba. The law firm also has been active throughout the Caribbean and Latin America for many years.
Duane Morris attorneys are familiar with the statutes and regulations that embody U.S. policy on Cuba, including the U.S. embargo, the 2015 changes to travel and trade regulations, the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 and the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, as well as the Cuban Assets Control Regulations promulgated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations. Our attorneys are experienced in obtaining OFAC licenses, along with structuring and restructuring import and export transactions and resolving customs disputes.
To maximize our ability to assist our clients, Duane Morris has established collaborative relationships with entities and individuals with prior and current on-the-ground experience in Cuba. In addition, some of our attorneys have visited Cuba on informational and legal exchange trips that have extended our personal contacts on the island.
With offices in South Florida, a global platform that includes Asia and Europe and top-ranked practices such as private equity, construction law and intellectual property, our firm is well-positioned to assist clients in navigating the changing U.S.–Cuba landscape. A key differentiator for our firm is its strong focus on private equity in the United States and abroad. We have extensive experience in the transactional, regulatory and business climate for private equity; our lawyers can help formulate strategies, deal structures and terms designed to ensure optimal solutions for clients interested in doing business in Cuba. Among our industries of focus are: pharmaceutical, technology and telecommunications, consumer and retail, energy and energy services, financial services and insurance, hospitality and leisure, life sciences, construction, healthcare, education and infrastructure for development.
Duane Morris has bilingual attorneys, paralegals and staff, including Cuban-Americans, who are familiar with Cuban history, culture and traditions. In addition, our attorneys have served in management positions within U.S. governmental agencies and as leaders in their respective communities, South Florida included.