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South Florida’s Diversity Generates New Economy Bandwith

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 18:49

Lourdes C. Acevedo

Through its close proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, South Florida has evolved into one of Latin America’s top cities for investments and business dealings by offering companies international connections, a highly diverse community, and a large concentration of foreign-born workers. With immigrants at the forefront of entrepreneurial businesses, it is no surprise that South Florida has been nationally and internationally recognized as leading the way into the next revolutionary technological wave.

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High Tech Upsurge in South Florida Raises Importance of Data Privacy Compliance

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:19

By Lourdes Acevedo

(Washington, DC) Commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the Americas,” South Florida has long served as a major business and immigration hub for individuals and companies. With its close proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, and its highly diverse ethnic population, it is no surprise that South Florida has become the newest region of choice by high-tech entrepreneurs from all over the world.

On March 25, 2014, the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation released the findings of its national study, “Lessons for U.S. Metro Areas: Characteristics and Clustering of High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs.” Though the data to this study is limited to 2000-2011, it highlights the significant changes South Florida’s technology sector has undergone since 2000.

The Kaufman Foundation study found that for high tech entrepreneurs distributed throughout the top twenty-five metropolitan statistical areas, Miami and Fort Lauderdale not only have the first and third highest rates of immigrant high-tech entrepreneurs, respectively, but the areas also proved to have the fastest growth rates of foreign-born high-tech entrepreneurs.

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PT Law Attorney Quoted in The Boston Globe on a US-Cuba Claims Story

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Friday, 18 April 2014 23:51

The Boston Globe: "Cuba, you owe us $7 billion": " ... What’s often forgotten, though, is that the embargo was actually triggered by something concrete: an enormous pile of American assets that Castro seized in the process of nationalizing the Cuban economy. Some of these assets were the vacation homes and bank accounts of wealthy individuals. But the lion’s share of the confiscated property—originally valued at $1.8 billion, which at 6 percent simple interest translates to nearly $7 billion today—was sugar factories, mines, oil refineries, and other business operations belonging to American corporations, among them the Coca-Cola Co., Exxon, and the First National Bank of Boston. A 2009 article in the Inter-American Law Review described Castro’s nationalization of US assets as the “largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in history."

Read the entire story here.

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PT Law Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Gomez Talks US Democracy Promotion

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Friday, 11 April 2014 15:00

PT Law's Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Andy Gomez, was interviewed and quoted in a recent Miami Herald story on U.S. democracy promotion programs:

“USAID may have some excellent programs around the world, but the problem here is that anything dealing with Cuba becomes politicized and in my opinion there was very little oversight of it,” said Andy Gomez, a retired University of Miami Cuba scholar and now senior policy adviser for Washington law firm Poblete Tamargo. The Associated Press reported last week that USAID established the network called ZunZuneo — Cuban slang for the sound of a hummingbird — as a text-messaging service that began gearing up in late 2009 and reached at least 40,000 subscribers before funding ran out in September 2012. USAID, however, says the number was around 68,000 at its peak.

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Dr. Andy Gomez Interviewed Tomorrow on Cuba's Foreign Investment Law

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Sunday, 06 April 2014 18:09

cuba(Miami, Florida) Dr. Andy Gomez, a senior policy advisor with Poblete Tamargo, will be interviewed tomorrow at 7:30AM (EST)/6:30 AM (Jamaica EST) on Jamaica Speaks.

Dr. Gomez will discuss Cuba's recently announced foreign investment law with Professor Trevor Munroe and Gladstone Wilson.

You can listen live by following this link

 

USAID Cuba People-to-People Program Details Leaked, PT Law Expert Dr. Gomez Quoted

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Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:57

HavanaRoad FP3Earlier this week the Associated Press revealed details of a USAID people-to-people program to counter Cuban government Internet censorship. Part of the program included a Twitter-like technology for the Cuban people called ZunZuneo.

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PT Law and Public Policy Engages With Virginia Legal Clinic, Expanding Pro-Bono Projects

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Friday, 04 April 2014 13:47

On Thursday, April 4, 2014, Lourdes C. Acevedo, Esq., Special Counsel for Poblete Tamargo, was elected as Vice President of the Borromeo Legal Project at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. The Borromeo Legal Project in Arlington, Virginia focuses on, among other things, providing legal and educational resources to the immigrant community, including assisting participants through the United States citizenship naturalization process.

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PT Law Quoted in the International Business Times on Cuba Foreign Investment Law

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Friday, 28 March 2014 14:58

The International Business Times reports that:

"Cuba is about to open itself up to foreign investment for the first time in half a century as part of a slew of reforms promoted by President Raúl Castro. The legislation, which will be voted on in parliament on Saturday, touches on all sectors of the economy except for two: education and health care."

These new partnerships will enjoy a special fiscal policy, which exempts foreign partners from paying income taxes. Mixed companies will also be exempt from paying taxes for eight years after their inception.

However, it is still unclear how effective the bill will be in enticing foreign investors. Jason Poblete, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and partner in law firm Poblete Tamargo who works with U.S. clients on claims against Cuba, told CNBC the country still lacks two key factors to investing: the rule of law, and protection of property rights. You need a stable legal system that protects investor rights and has a path to resolve disputes,” he said.

In addition, U.S. law will make it extremely difficult for these reforms, if ever implemented, to succeed.

You can read the entire story here.

 

CNBC Interviews PT Law on New Cuba Foreign Investor Law

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Friday, 28 March 2014 10:58

CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera plugs away on another Cuba story (be sure to see her special on Cuba taped from the island a few years ago). This time she’s focusing on a soon to be released foreign investor law that the regime is set to announce this week. You can read the story here.

 

Gomez Discusses Passing of Cuban Dissident Activist Huber Matos with the New York Times

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Saturday, 01 March 2014 13:10

Poblete Tamargo Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Andy Gomez, was interviewed by the New York Times this week on the passing of Huber Matos. Matos was leading figure of the 1959 Cuban Revolution who broke with the Castro brothers when he realized the Communist aims of the government.

“He was one of the first to really break with Fidel Castro openly because he felt that this revolution was actually becoming a Communist movement,” said Andy S. Gomez, a former senior fellow on Cuba issues at the University of Miami and now a senior policy adviser at Poblete Tamargo, a law firm.

You can read the entire story at the New York Times website.

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