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James Meyer quoted from his presentation as the Florida Bar Section honors Cuban dissident lawyer

On June 26, 2015, James Meyer and members of the International Law Section Executive Council of the Florida Bar International Law Section awarded Cuban dissident lawyer Dr. Rene de Jesus Gomez Manzano a plaque for defending human rights in his country. Meyer was quoted in the article, "When we talk about sacrifice, we talk about maybe having to work on the weekend," Miami attorney Jim Meyer said as he presented the award. "When we talk about courage, it usually involves driving on I-95 or U.S. 1. But there are people putting their lives in jeopardy every day fighting for things that we just take for granted."

For the full article, go to: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202730669916/Florida-Bar-Section-Honors-Cuban-Dissident-Lawyer#ixzz3hDJflNXK

George Harper and James Meyer interviewed regarding investment in Cuba for Radio Mambi

George Harper and James Meyer were interviewed by Humberto Cortina for Radio Mambi regarding their observations after a recent trip to Cuba. From what he observed and learned from the trip to Havana, Mr. Harper said that even if the embargo is lifted many changes need to occur within Cuba as well as in the U.S. to prepare the legal environment for foreign investors. Currently the risks of investing in Cuba outweigh the potential gains. Mr. Meyer concurred stating that the laws in Cuba and the U.S. will need to change to give U.S. and other foreign investors confidence that their contracts can be enforced there. While in Havana both Mr. Harper and Mr. Meyer participated in meetings with attorneys and legal scholars, including a meeting with the Havana City Historian Dr. Eusebio Leal, and with a well-known Cuban legal activist and dissident, Dr. Rene Gomez Manzano, who was one of the original “Group of Four” and who now serves as president of a group of “independent” Cuban lawyers. The Radio Mambi interview aired on June 18, 2015.

James Meyer was quoted in the article “U.S. lawyers examine promises, pitfalls in Cuba”

On June 12, James M. Meyer was quoted in the article “U.S. lawyers examine promises, pitfalls in Cuba” by Politico Journalism Institute regarding his conclusions from a recent visit to Cuba. “There aren’t any real protections for investors in a practical sense,” said Meyer. For more please visit Politico Journalism Institute's website.

June 11th Miami Herald quotes James Meyer: “Cuba is a long way away”

On June 11th The Miami Herald published Joe Cardona’s column entitled “In normalization talks, U.S. gives, Cuba takes”. Mr. Cardona has been following President Obama’s new policy track towards Cuba and so far he says there have been important concessions on the U.S. side but not one single, significant conciliatory gesture from Cuba. Mr. Cardona met with Florida Bar attorneys who just over a week ago returned from a trip to learn about the business environment there, and found most returned pessimistic. He quoted James Meyer as stating: “Cuba is a long way away. I could not advise a client to invest in Cuba because the issue of rule of law is imperative in offering a potential investor stability and confidence ― right now Cuba’s legal system is nowhere near where it needs to be.”

For the full article go to: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article23693629.html.

George Harper and James Meyer interviewed by Univision for news broadcast “Cuba isn’t ready”

On June 3rd shortly after their return from an exploratory visit to Cuba with the Florida Bar, George Harper and James Meyer were interviewed by Univision. Univision Reporter Mario Vallejo said the thirty or so attorneys who traveled to Cuba optimistic about the possibilities returned with the understanding that the embargo is not the only obstacle for foreign investors wishing to do business there. George Harper said that even if the embargo is lifted, without the necessary changes within Cuba, even if and when the laws change in the United States, it is a difficult legal environment for foreign investors and the risks outweigh the potential gains. He said about 60% of the foreign investors who entered Cuba have since left the island due to the challenges they faced doing business there. James Meyer stated that the laws in Cuba and the United States need to be further changed to give foreign investors confidence that their contracts can be enforced there. George Harper and James Meyer participated in meetings with attorneys and legal scholars, including a meeting with the Havana City Historian Dr. Eusebio Leal, and with a well-known Cuban legal activist and dissdent, Dr. Rene Gomez Manzano, who was one of the original “Group of Four” and who now serves as president of a group of “independent” Cuban lawyers.

For the full interview please go to the Univision.com site at the following link:  'Cuba no está lista' para los inversionistas

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