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Greenberg Traurig and The European Chambers of Miami Host CEO Roundtable on Cuba

MIAMI - April 22, 2016 - Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP joined The European Chambers of Miami to host the seminar: “Is Cuba Open for Business?” on April 14 at the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig.

Yosbel A. Ibarra, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Latin American and Iberian Practice, participated as a panelist in the roundtable discussion along with an esteemed panel of experts that included: Robert Barcelo, Business Cargo Development Manager for Port Everglades; and John Price, Managing Director of American Market Intelligence.

“This seminar reflects Greenberg Traurig’s ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront of developing trends in Cuba,” Ibarra said. “Coming together with The European Chambers over our shared interests in Cuba is another way for us to ensure we are providing the business community with timely legal advice regarding the island’s evolving business climate.”

The event included The Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce; The German American Business Chamber of South Florida; The French American Chamber of Commerce; The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce; and The British American Business Council Miami.

The speakers and audience engaged in a lively roundtable discussion regarding risks and opportunities of doing business in Cuba. The discussion included investment hurdles stemming from Cuba’s corroded infrastructure. Speakers also shared insights and experiences related to how the development of the new Mariel port and container terminal west of Havana will affect business activity in South Florida and around the world.

Since President Obama’s historic announcement on December 17, 2014, that the U.S. would re-establish closer diplomatic ties with Cuba, Greenberg Traurig attorneys have advised U.S. and non-U.S. clients seeking to take advantage of possible business opportunities in Cuba.Greenberg Traurig is widely recognized as having one of the leading Latin American transactional practices, having acted as lead counsel on numerous complex M&A and other corporate transactions. On matters related to Cuba, our corporate team is led by Ibarra. Born in Cuba, Ibarra is a frequent speaker on Cuba-related issues.

In addition, the firm’s Washington, D.C.-based Export Controls & Trade Sanctions group advises clients on a wide range of international goods, software and technology transfer issues. Kara Bombach, a senior Global Trade and Investment lawyer with broad experience advising companies in numerous industries, advises on matters related to the Cuban embargo, regularly practicing before the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and U.S. Department of Commerce.

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