Provided by Uría Menéndez
Spain has robust cultural, diplomatic and economic ties to Cuba and has been one of the leading investors in Cuba, initially in the tourism and hospitality sector but currently in all sectors of Cuban economy including finance and infrastructure, which has become a priority for the Cuban Government focused in attracting foreign investments. UM has been at the forefront of these developments.
Uría Menéndez has a double qualified Cuban-Spanish lawyer, Lourdes Dávalos, with broad experience advising foreign companies and investors on establishing their businesses in Cuba. She is backed by a team of lawyers based in Madrid with experience in Cuban matters. UM lawyers regularly travel to Havana and work closely with local lawyers from Cuban State-owned law firms. We have an outstanding relationship with Cuban authorities and the important players in Cuba’s legal and business market.
We are mentioned in the ranking of Cuban section in Chambers Latam since its beginning. We are recognised as leading law firm in Cuban practice ranked in Band 1 of the 2020 Edition of Chambers Latam in Cuban Corporate/Commercial section.
Prestigious full-service firm with a highly respected Cuba practice and longstanding involvement on the island. Uría Menéndez represents multinational companies in significant investment deals and is a market leader in tourism and real estate work. Advice covers leasing, loan agreements and management contracts, as well as setting up joint ventures with Cuban state-run companies. Team has a notable track record in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors and has also represented financial institutions, including national development banks, as well as major companies from the agribusiness, fashion and drinks industries.
Outstanding practitioner Lourdes Davalos Leon heads the Cuban desk at Uría Menéndez's Madrid office and has a distinguished track record of representing international hotel chains on complex mandates. "She is responsive, commercially minded and very technically oriented," an interviewee reports. Another observer says: "She always looks for the best approach to solve complex issues and provides long-term solutions."
A market insider endorses Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira for being "a very knowledgeable Spanish lawyer who has a lot of knowledge of the Cuban legal arena." As head of Uría Menéndez's Latin American practice, Eduardo Rodríguez-Rovira boasts extensive expertise advising multinationals on foreign investments across Latin America.