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Commercial Services Team Secures OFAC License for Client to Conduct Business in Cuba

March 24, 2017

Larry Waks (Of Counsel-Dallas), Elizabeth Sandza (Partner-Washington, DC) and Mark Materna (Associate-Washington, DC) succeeded in helping a client obtain a rarely granted license to conduct business in Cuba. The license, granted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to the Cuban International Network (CIN), is one of only a handful of OFAC licenses issued since 2015 when the U.S. restored relations with the island nation.

CIN, made up of professionals with programming experience from prior Super Bowls and Olympic games, is now the first American production company to be granted the right to open a studio in Cuba. The license allows them to shoot and transmit to the U.S. on-location events such as baseball, classic car grand prix racing and telenovelas. Wilson Elser team’s work also included securing for their client an FCC international license, permission to hook up to the Cuban undersea cable and a Department of Commerce export license to bring to Cuba two fully loaded production vans.

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