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Harper Meyer featured on Univision as a prestigious law firm to visit Cuba

The firm’s partners, George R. Harper and James M. Meyer, were interviewed by Univision on the eve of their first visit to Cuba. George R. Harper, James M. Meyer, Steven M. Harper and Steven H. Hagen traveled to Cuba on Wednesday, May 27th to meet with Cuban attorneys and business leaders to discuss and explore the possibilities that exist there for U.S. persons. For the full interview go to: http://video.univision.mobi/noticias/cuba/video/2015-05-26/abogados-miami-gira-exploratoria-cuba?id=605249

James Meyer as guest columnist on Cuba Standard on the dual role of U.S. lawyers in Cuba

James Meyer was featured in the Cuba Standard’s monthly publication Guest Column this month. He addressed the excitement at the prospect of doing business in Cuba in a new era of U.S.-Cuba rapprochement. James Meyer states: “The sheer volume of laws, regulations, and treaties in both countries that will need to be changed in order to trigger significant business activity is somewhat daunting, not to mention the political and bureaucratic quagmires along the way to implement those changes.” He advises that attorneys handling commercial matters between the U.S. and Cuba should be prepared to serve their clients as counselors as well as negotiators, analysts, arbitrators, lobbyists, entrepreneurs, advocates and scholars. For the full article go to: https://www.cubastandard.com/

Cuba Standard is an independent print and digital news service that provides reliable, factual information and insightful analysis on the Cuban economy. It is “the standard” for people doing business on and with the island.

James Meyer of Harper Meyer quoted in the Economist regarding Investment in Cuba

The April 2015 edition of The Economist features an article entitled “The Thrill of the Thaw” and quotes James Meyer among other international law experts who warn of the many obstacles that lie ahead. In addition to the challenges of obtaining credit, Cuba lacks the energy, food, and infrastructure to support big business and a large number of tourists. Some law firms have drafted Iranian specialists into their Cuba teams to advise on a post-sanctions future, Henry Tricks writes.  “We have heard horror stories,” says James Meyer.

To see The Economist article go to: http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21648006-american-business-eager-cross-florida-strait-obstacles-remain-thrill

 

James Meyer one of Cuba Committee members that met with The Economist magazine reporter Henry Tricks

Since President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will seek to normalize relations with Cuba there has been a frenzy to learn how to do business there and how to enter the Cuban marketplace. The Economist magazine reporter Henry Tricks met with several international business and transactions lawyers from the Florida Bar’s International Law Section, including James Meyer, to learn what they thought about the challenges of trade and investment there.  In May 2015, the Florida Bar is planning to send a team of international lawyers to Havana to learn about Cuba’s judicial system.

To see the ILS article go to: http://internationallawsection.org/gallery/cuba-conference-2015-members/

James Meyer (far left) one of Cuba Committee members that met with The Economist magazine reporter Henry Tricks.

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