George Harper and James Meyer assess the risks of investing in Cuba for the DBR

The June 4 issue of Daily Business Review (DBR) interviewed lawyers from the Florida Bar’s International Law Section (ILS) who traveled to Havana to learn more about the possibility of doing business and investing in Cuba after the country’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism and an imminent diplomatic rapprochement. Cuban lawyer Osvaldo Miranda Diaz spoke to the attorneys on investment opportunities under the new Cuban Law of Foreign Investments. Several of the ILS attorneys expressed misgivings about advising their clients to invest in Cuba at this time. Upon his return from the trip to Havana, George Harper stated: “No one can point to one case where there has been a joint venture between the Cuban government and a private investor in which the government paid out an arbitral award, and that makes me nervous. Until there is rule of law, you can’t have major investment and trading going on.” James Meyer agrees; he observed that the Cuban government would not now allow investments in the telecommunications and aviation sectors.

George Harper and James Meyer interviewed by Martínoticias on their recent trip to Cuba

George Harper and James Meyer were interviewed by Television Martí shortly after their return from Havana where they met with attorneys and law firms licensed by the Ministry of Justice.  Ricardo Quintana of Martínoticias asked George Harper and James Meyer for any advice on investing and conducting business in Cuba. Both Mr. Harper and Mr. Meyer concluded that at the present time the potential risks outweigh the potential rewards of investing in Cuba. Ricardo Quintana also interviewed Beatriz Delgado, a Paralegal at the Firm, as the youngest person in the delegation of 38 people who traveled to Cuba on the visit organized by the Florida Bar. The interview was published June 1st on Martí, for the full interview please go to:

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James Meyer speaks on Cuba at RPPTL Annual Luncheon in Miami Beach

On June 5, 2015 James Meyer was a guest speaker during the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section annual meeting and lunch at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.  James Meyer shared experiences and impressions from his recent trip to Cuba, and focused on potential real property and probate issues which may be on the horizon.  Michael Dribin is the outgoing Chair of the RPPT Law Section of the Florida Bar and helped to organize the three day annual conference in Miami Beach.

George Harper and James Meyer featured as guests on Pedro Sevec's program on their recent trip to Cuba

On June 3rd George Harper and James Meyer featured as guests on Pedro Servec's program “Al Fondo,” on Americateve.  The interview related to their recent trip to Cuba with The Florida Bar’s International Law Section. Harper and Meyer were asked for their thoughts regarding investments in Cuba, based on what they had observed and on their conversations with people they met while there. Messrs. Harper and Meyer both agreed that, for now, the risk of investing in Cuba is too high for U.S. persons, and that laws must change on both sides in order to provide stronger guarantees to investors. In addition, however, Mr. Meyer said that he noted an enthusiasm for business that he had not seen on any previous trips.

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Harper Meyer meets with Havana City Historian Dr. Eusebio Leal

George Harper, Steve Harper, James Meyer and Beatriz Delgado traveled to meet with various professionals and legal scholars to gain firsthand knowledge about conducting business in Cuba and its potential risks and rewards.  One such meeting was with Dr. Eusebio Leal, the Historian of the City of Havana and Official Delegate to the National Assembly.  Internationally renowned for his vast works and studies involving the restoration of historical centers around the world, Dr. Leal is in charge of the important restoration projects taking place in the city, including throughout La Habana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pictured above from left to right: George Harper, Beatriz Delgado, Dr. Eusebio Leal, James Meyer and Steve Harper