US companies (and US lawyers) tend to see Cuba from an “America-Centric” point of view, which is understandable from a cultural standpoint. As a “bi cultural lawyer” -I was a Civil Law lawyer before I became a Florida Bar Member over thirty years ago- I have experienced firsthand the consequences of this “mistake” in many countries.
But in Cuba the “mistake” is magnified by the fact that most Americans, businessmen and lawyers included, have been exposed to a heavy dose of biased and misleading propaganda for almost six decades now. This is slowly changing for the better due to the growing number of Americans now visiting the island for the first time in half a century who are thus able to make their own assessment of what Cuba really is, warts (and there are many) and all.
I was recently asked which was the most frequent reason people sought my advice on Cuba. Unfortunately, the answer to that question has not changed one bit for over twenty years: they want to see how they can plan ahead to get back the property their families owned before the Revolution came to power on January 1st, 1959. [Read more…]