Bufete de Servicios Especializados

Corporate/Commercial Department

Cuba
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What the team is known for Outstanding practice acclaimed for its prowess in commercial litigation and arbitration. Exclusively represents foreign individuals and companies trading with or investing in Cuba, or Cubans who are legal residents of foreign countries. Aside from contentious mandates, the team has experience advising on joint ventures, commercial contracts and the establishment of branch offices on the island. Active across a wide range of sectors, including tourism, transport and pharmaceuticals. Recently signed a co-operation agreement with Uría Menéndez.

Strengths"They have a dynamic team, they work to get things done quickly and they want to find solutions. We wouldn't work with them if we didn't think they were the best in Cuba," reports one source.

Another interviewee adds: "They are one of the few bufetes with the profile and experience representing foreign clients and they have very good lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Odalys de la Caridad Alvarez Lima is "one of the best and brightest around" and someone who "has shone as a litigator," reports one interviewee. Other sources note: "She is a specialist and a great professional," and state: "She has real distinction and prestige in Cuba." Aside from her work on contentious mandates, she has also been particularly active of late advising international airlines and cruise liners.

Rodolfo Hernández Fernández is held in the highest esteem by peers, with one source noting: "In my judgement, he is one of the best lawyers in Havana." Another interviewee describes him as "a standout lawyer in commercial law and foreign investment." Hernández Fernández is equally adept sitting as an arbitrator as he is litigating or providing advisory services to foreign investors.

Sources call Yanet Souto Fernández "an excellent lawyer" and highlight her expertise in both IP and private law. She is well versed in foreign investment and often acts as both an arbitrator and a mediator in disputes before the Cuban Court of International Commercial Arbitration.

Up-and-coming individual Zulma Echeverria is "a name you hear" and "a very good professional," according to market commentators. She routinely advises and litigates on behalf of foreign parties in investment disputes.