Akin Gump Named Among Leading Advisors to Business on Cuba Matters

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump has been named by Cuba Trade magazine to its inaugural list of the leading legal and consulting firms advising businesses seeking to engage in Cuba.

In its published profile of the firm, Cuba Trade spotlighted Akin Gump partners Scott Parven and Wynn Segall and senior policy advisor Anya Landau French as key people in the firm’s Cuba practice.

Regarding the biggest mistake U.S. companies make in Cuba, the team notes: “To assume that Cuba needs or wants assistance. Cuba is seeking trade and investment partners, and companies in the U.S. are well-positioned to respond to that interest. But we always advise our clients to approach Cuban counterparts with an open mind, and advise that they offer partnership, rather than help.”

The profile lists among the specialty areas for the firm’s Cuba practice, advocacy, aviation, biotechnology, energy, health care, infrastructure, international sanctions programs, international trade policy, Internet technology, manufacturing, public private partnerships, real estate and hospitality, telecommunications and transportation. (To learn about how Akin Gump brings together practices in support of ongoing developments in Cuba-U.S. relations, click here.)

As to why clients come to Akin Gump for Cuba advice, the team says, “To help them assess the landscape and opportunities in Cuba, to make connections and build relationships on the island, to help win U.S. approval for their projects and to assist them with routine and complex transactions.”

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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