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Corporate Counsel Magazine: Doing Business in Cuba: First, Let's Settle Up

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:35

topicIn the cover story of the April 2015 edition of Corporate Counsel magazine, Sue Reisinger takes a look at how recent U.S. government policy and regulatory changes could impact U.S. companies interested in potential enterting the Cuba market. 

Corporate Counsel's Reisinger is one of the first to take a close look at an issue that has gone underreported ever since President Obama announced the policy shift on December 17, 2014.

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AP: US families who fled Cuba generations ago wonder if new diplomacy will pay for what they lost

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Monday, 30 March 2015 12:47

Associated Press quoted Mauricio Tamargo in a recent story about U.S. certified claims against the government of Cuba: 

But Mauricio Tamargo, commission chairman until 2010 and now a Washington attorney representing claimants, said confiscations inflicted lasting damage on families."Many of them never recovered financially," Tamargo says. 

You can read the entire AP story here: US families who fled Cuba generations ago wonder if new diplomacy will pay for what they lost

 

WSJ: US Cleans Up Cuba Blacklist as Relations Thaw

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Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:35

Jason Poblete was quoted in a recent WSJ Risk & Compliance Journal story about recent updates by the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to the specially designated nationals list for the Cuba program:

“If the president wants people to be able to travel to Cuba you better make sure that list is as clean as possible,” said Jason Poblete, an export control specialist at Poblete Tamargo LLP, who has been critical of President Obama’s overtures to Havana.

You can read the entire story here: US Cleans Up Cuba Blacklist as Relations Thaw

 

PT Law Attorney Discusses Confiscated Properties in Cuba

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Saturday, 14 February 2015 11:55

(Washington, DC) Mauricio Tamargo was interviewed by the Globe and Mail in Canada about unresolved U.S. claims against the government of Cuba for unlawfully confiscated properties, businesses, as well as unpaid financial obligations and other claims that the government of Cuba owes American citizens and other persons:

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 1.41.28 PM"Former chair of the U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Mauricio J. Tamargo, says that, in fact, the American claims are not based on paper values; rather, Washington arrived at its final tally by looking at a combination of real-estate property taxes, comparables in sales prices at the time of the revolution, and receipts of improvements at the time of expropriation.

Now a lawyer at law firm Poblete Tamargo in Washington, the Havana-born Tamargo adds that the list of claimants isn’t up-to-date: Many individual claimants have passed away, and their relatives have not given notice; some corporate claimants could have gone into bankruptcy or have new owners who are unaware of any claim. “The U.S. government,” he explains, “has been somewhat negligent in setting up a system for keeping the claims current.”

"Regardless, he insists, what has happened to property since its seizure does not affect the value of a certified claim – that is a precept of international law.

You can read the rest of the story at the Globe and Mail.

 

 

WSJ: Sanctions Experts Warn Against Cuba ‘Irrational Exuberance’

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Monday, 02 February 2015 20:04

(Washington, DC) Jason Poblete, an attorney with Poblete Tamargo was interviewed and quoted by the Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal about recent developments in U.S.-Cuba policy:

"U.S. companies are excited about taking advantage of new openings so close to home. But it will be years before the thaw in relations materializes into large-scale opportunities for U.S. firms, say attorneys that specialize in sanctions law. “There is a lot of what I’d call ‘irrational exuberance about Cuba right now,” said Jason Poblete, a trade attorney at Poblete Tamargo LLP."

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PT Law Attorney Quoted by the Washington Examiner Newspaper on US-Cuba Policy

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Friday, 30 January 2015 15:19

(Washington, DC) Poblete Tamargo Attorney Jason Poblete was interviewed by the Washington Examiner newspaper for a recent story on U.S.-Cuba policy. You can read the entire story, "Castro's new Gitmo demands stir fierce debate," at the Washington Examiner website.

 

Poblete Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: The U.S.-Cuba Deal Heightens the Spy Threat

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Monday, 12 January 2015 16:41

The following excerpt is from op-ed by Jason and Yleem Poblete that was recently in The Wall Street Journal editorial page:

In addition to freeing three Cuban spies on Dec. 17, President Obama announced additional concessions and sanctions-easing proposals as part of his effort to “normalize” relations with the Castro regime in Cuba. Perhaps most troubling is his administration’s desire to upgrade the U.S. and Cuban diplomatic posts to embassy status and restore full recognition to the dictatorship.

Since at least the 1980s, a number of Cuban nationals accredited as “diplomats” at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., as well as Cuba’s United Nations Mission in New York, have been expelled for “hostile intelligence activities” against the U.S., according to the State Department.

More recent expulsions have been due to “a pattern of unofficial activities deemed harmful to the United States.” These continuing pursuits by Cuban agents should provide sufficient reason for any responsible policy maker to refrain from normalizing relations.

The rest of the op-ed can be accessed at The Wall Street Journal website (subscription may be required).

 

PT Law Quoted in Spain's El Pais Newspaper on US-Cuba Policy Matters

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Monday, 05 January 2015 15:23

(Washington, DC) The following item on U.S.-Cuba policy was included in El País, a daily news publication based in Madrid, Spain:

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CLIENT ALERT - US-Cuba Policy; US Certified Cuba Claims, D17 Announcement

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:22

Appended please find our preliminary thoughts on the December 17 announcement by the Obama Administration on Cuba, especially as it relates to U.S. Certified Cuba Claims. The "Client Alert" is an informational tool, and should not be relied on as for legal advice. Please contact your attorney to discuss any particular issues specific to your claim or potential Cuba transactions. More updates to follow. Thank you.

2014-12-30 Cuba USCCC D17 Client Alert

 

PT Law Attorney Quoted in Bloomberg News on US-Cuba Policy

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 20:25

From Bloomberg News:

Another proposal has been floated by Mauricio Tamargo, who was chairman of the settlement commission from 2002 to 2010 and is now in private practice as a lawyer at Poblete Tamargo LLP in Washington. He urges creation of licensing fees on companies doing business in Cuba, with the cash returning to claimants.

Read the entire Bloomberg story here.

 
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