Harper Meyer meets with activist Dr. Rene Gomez Manzano

George Harper, Steve Harper, James Meyer and Beatriz Delgado traveled to Cuba 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. René Gómez Manzano, a well-known Cuban legal activist who serves as president of a group of “independent” Cuban lawyers that represents dissidents in actions brought against them by the Cuban government.  Dr. Gómez is a member of the Group of Four, with whom he co-authored a paper in 1997 entitled “The Homeland Belongs to All,” which criticized Cuba’s human rights record and called for widespread political and economic reforms.  He has been arrested three times and spent several years in jail, where he undertook two hunger strikes.

Pictured above from left to right: Steve Harper, James Meyer, Dr. René Gómez Manzano and George Harper

Harper Meyer attorneys in Cuba

Steve Hagen, George Harper, Steven Harper and James Meyer along with Beatriz Delgado, a Paralegal with the  firm, traveled to Cuba as part of a group tour organized by the Florida Bar’s International Law Section, as well as a smaller group engaging in a series of professional meetings with lawyers, government officials and dissidents to exchange ideas on the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

George Harper interviewed on recent trip to Cuba by Doral News TV

Maria Fernanda Silva of Doral News TV interviewed George Harper on June 1st regarding his recent fact-finding visit to Cuba with The Florida Bar International Law Section. She asked Mr. Harper to respond to the rumor that anyone can now travel freely to Cuba. Mr. Harper responded that only certain sectors in Cuba are open for trade or business with foreign entrepreneurs. He clarified that sending comestibles and pharmaceuticals to Cuba has always been open for humanitarian reasons, but that other sectors such as banking and related services remain tightly controlled by the Cuban government. Ms. Silva asked Mr. Harper to comment on the possibility of settling corporate and individual property claims against the government of Cuba. Mr. Harper responded that the ability to negotiate a settlement of these claims will depend largely on the Cuban government's willingness to seek a settlement, and its desire for real trade relations with the U.S.

The full interview can be seen in Spanish at the Doral TV news YouTube link:

James Meyer featured on Channel 10 This Week in South Florida on his trip to Cuba

On Sunday, May 31st the Channel 10 news roundtable program This Week in South Florida featured James Meyer, Peter Quinter of Gray Robinson and Jennifer Olmedo of Buchannan Ingersoll who had all returned from Cuba the night before. Roundtable host John Michael Putney told the three attorneys that they represent the legal vanguard traveling to Cuba following the major move towards the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. James Meyer, Partner with Harper Meyer, helped organize the group of 38 attorneys who traveled to Cuba under the auspices of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section. He also organized a smaller group from his own firm to conduct a series of professional meetings with Cuban lawyers, high level government officials and dissidents. Roundtable host John Michael Putney asked James Meyer about his impressions on the legal environment and any advice he would give either other lawyers or those who have an interest in doing business in Cuba. James Meyer advised that there is still no independent judiciary in Cuba so there are still real risks involved in doing business and enforcing any contracts there. He also advised that changes must take place within Cuba and in our legal system before investors can enter this emerging market.

George Harper and James Meyer interviewed on Telemundo regarding their recent trip to Cuba

George Harper and James Meyer were interviewed by Alejandro Isturiz from Telemundo regarding their recent visit to Cuba. James Meyer stated there needs to be more changes in the laws of the U.S. and of Cuba, but that for the moment, we are starting a new hopeful era. George Harper said that even though the government says foreign investors don't need the Cuban government as a business partner, it doesn't decrease the risks.

To see full segment, please go to: Telemundo June 2nd, 2015 Interview.