Here’s One U.S. Cancer Center’s View on Cuba’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Sectors

Here’s One U.S. Cancer Center’s View on Cuba’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Sectors

The persistent news coverage about Cuba’s biotech and pharmaceutical sectors suggests there is a boom underway. The reality is not as expansive as the level of attention warrants, but there are several examples of credible collaborations that point to the potential for Cuba to contribute to the medical community. Here is one example. In 2011, … Read more

Trademarks, State-owned Enterprises, and Cuba’s Rum and Cigar Industries

Trademarks, State-owned Enterprises, and Cuba’s Rum and Cigar Industries

Bacardi’s recent US marketing campaign for its Havana Club® brand feels like a typical Barardi campaign, but the look is quite different from the brand’s original label seen mostly outside the US. The Bacardi bottle’s trade dress is vintage-style packaging that features the Arechabala family crest – not the familiar red oval – and the … Read more

Investing in Cuba: The Approval Process

Investing in Cuba: The Approval Process

Establishing an FDI project in Cuba requires case-by-case government authorization at the highest levels of government. Projects must be authorized by either the Council of State or the Council of Ministers, depending on the circumstances of the particular project, as described below. According to observers, the Cuban government is most likely to approve investment proposals … Read more

Investing in Cuba’s ZED Mariel

Investing in Cuba’s ZED Mariel

The Cuban government developed a port and special economic development zone in Mariel called ZED Mariel (Zona Especial de Desarrolo). ZED Mariel was built in partnership with the Brazilian government and the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for roughly $900 million. Established on November 1, 2013, the zone’s aim is to create a modern, multimodal trading … Read more