Balsanyda & Asociados

Corporate/Commercial Department

Cuba
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What the team is known for Esteemed practice with particular expertise in shipping and shipping finance. Team is active in commercial and tourist shipping and is recognised for its strength in insurance, finance and corporate structuring. Client roster typically consists of international shipping companies, shipbrokers and protecting agents, as well as port operators and cruise liners. Recent mandates include advising foreign companies from the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors on setting up joint ventures on the island, as well as assisting international airlines with licences to operate commercial flights to and from Cuba.

Strengths One source highlights the firm's specialisation, commenting: "They are very strong in shipping and aviation," while another concurs: "For maritime issues, I would recommend them and only them."

Other interviewees praise the team's professional standards, declaring: "Their lawyers have good training, they speak English very well and they are used to working with foreign clients."

Notable practitioners

Practice head Boris Florit Quero is "a first-rate lawyer in maritime matters," who has done "a spectacular job" growing the organisation according to interviewees. He specialises in shipping and insurance law but also has a wealth of experience advising foreign companies on joint ventures, corporate governance and financing mandates. Foreign counsel appreciate that "he is well connected, highly responsive and has an excellent command of English."

Lenia Labarta assists many of the firm's key international clients with insurance claims and charter party disputes. She is also a former in-house lawyer at a major Cuban shipping company.

Seasoned practitioner Ydael León co-founded the firm and continues to be active providing regulatory advice to foreign companies and law firms, particularly in relation to maritime and aviation law where he is considered an authority. One market commentator affirms that "he is brilliant" and "very solid from a legal perspective."