Chair, International Practice
Akerman is recognized by Financial Times as among the most forward thinking law firms in the industry. We are known for our results in middle market M&A and complex disputes, and for helping clients achieve their most important business objectives in the financial services, real estate, and other dynamic sectors. We are consistently ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States, with a reach that extends throughout the Americas and to 35 countries.
A Cuban native, I have centered my legal career on Cuban matters, advising businesses on strategic issues related to market entry in Cuba and providing insight into the evolving regulations enacted since the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. In 2003, I started consulting with clients on Cuba and developed my practice to include advising US-based companies on the types of business transactions that are legal in Cuba under the US embargo, helping US entities that are engaged in authorized activities in connection with entering the Cuban market, and counseling foreign entities that are involved in Cuba business on implications with US law. I was a founding member of the Cuba Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and chaired Facts About Cuban Exiles, a nonpartisan antidefamation organization based in Miami. Most recently, I have advised clients on the legal risks, potential actions, and defenses relating to claims which could arise from the implementation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, activated by the Trump administration. However, with the transition to the Biden Administration, there is an expectation that certain sanctions previously placed on Cuba will be reversed. I participated in the Cuba group of Cubanos con Biden, a national grassroots, broad-based coalition of Cuban Americans who supported the Biden presidency and I am now a member of Casablanca Cubans, a support and outreach group. In addition to working with Akerman’s Cuba practice, lauded by CNN as “corporate America’s go-to team for Cuba,” I chair the firm’s International Practice. I often write and provide commentary on Cuba developments and have been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Univision, CNN, and National Public Radio, among others. I am a lecturer of Law at Columbia University School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law where I teach a seminar on Cuba.