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Subcommittee Hearing: The Future of Property Rights in Cuba

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 17:31

On Thursday, June 18, the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere held a hearing titled “The Future of Property Rights in Cuba.” Two panels composed of former counsel members of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission and multiple certified claimants testified including Mauricio Tamargo, former Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission:

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Kansas Republican Aims to Break Stalemate in Congress Over Cuba Embargo

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Friday, 12 June 2015 08:45

Poblete Tamargo Attorney Jason Poblete was recently interviewed by McClatchy Washington Bureau about the status of various legislative proposals pending in Congress related to U.S.-Cuba sanctions:

One possible intermediate victory for the pro-trade lawmakers might be to ease restrictions on credit sales of products that are exempted from the embargo, even if the overall embargo remains in effect. Removing the cash-only payment for food and health care items would allow Cuba to buy American products on credit. Such a bill, with its smaller scope, might have a more realistic chance of passing. But that’s far from certain as well.

“It’s not the silver bullet – but for their side it would be a victory and a further erosion of the sanctions,” said Jason I. Poblete, a former Republican congressional staffer who’s an international regulatory lawyer with Poblete Tamargo LLP. As for the ongoing debate, Poblete said, “I’ve been watching this for 20-plus years, and it looks like more of the same – great for sound bites, great for politics, but it doesn’t move product.”

You can read the entire article here.


Radio Martí: Petition for Precautionary Measures Filed Before OAS

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:28

In a radio interview with Radio Martí news, Jason Poblete discuses a request for precautionary measures that was deposited on May 20, 2015 with the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights on behalf of the Apostolic Movement in Cuba and its leader, Reverend Yiorvis Bravo Denis.

The case centers around a long-term dispute with Cuban government officials to confiscate property owned by the Apostolic Movement in Camagüey, Cuba that is used as a home and church. It is part of a larger campaign by the Cuban government to restrict religious liberty and property rights on the island.

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Macon Telegraph: As some U.S. farmers see markets in Cuba, those in Florida see worries

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:12

(Washington, DC) Congress this week will be talking up the possibility of expanding agricultural markets to Cuba – a shift encouraged by U.S. farmers and some members of Congress, who see a $2 billion market just 90 miles from U.S. shores. But if they’re going to be successful, one group needs convincing: The farmers who live in the state that’s just 90 miles away from Cuba ... 

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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.

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