Gerstman Schwartz & Malito (GSM), one of New York’s premier government relations and litigation law firm, has inaugurated its new Cuba trade mission business initiative with a successful initial trip to the island last week.

The Cuba trip, an exploratory venture taken to gauge the nature of various business opportunities, was undertaken by GSM’s Brad Gerstman, and Antonio Martinez, GSM’s chair of its Cuba & Latin America Trade practice area. By all accounts the trip was a rousing success.

In just this initial effort, GSM identified several privately owned “cuenta propista” restaurants, bed and breakfasts “casa particulares”, and artisans “artesania” that are eager for engagement with American businesses.   In addition the firm is currently working hard at developing promising contacts in the health care and medical device sectors.  Similarly the firm met with Cuban Radio & Television representatives to develop telecommunications openings including the announcement of the International Television and Radio Exposition in Havana, Cuba this October 25-30, 2015.  But, according to Mr. Martinez, GSM has only begun to scratch the surface of the potential that exists on the island;

“Cuba is ripe for development in a wide range of business sectors.  However, the embargo remains as the prime stumbling block.  That is an issue anyone interested in doing business with Cuba must make a priority item.   It is still a great time for entrepreneurs looking for opportunity especially in Cuba’s emerging privately employed sector and the expansion of Cuba’s state enterprises in food, telecommunications, and health care.  GSM is well positioned to help those who see Cuba, just as we do, as a land of highly educated people with tremendous business promise.”

As Brad Gerstman states, “Gerstman Schwartz & Malito is excited about the future of Cuba and American business relations. Our firm’s Cuba and Latin America practice area, lead by our chair Antonio Martinez, is robust with businesses from all over the country seeking assistance in working with Cuba’s private sector and the Cuban Government to understand and develop permissible business now and what will be possible when the embargo is lifted.”

Gerstman Schwartz & Malito Cuba trade group offers the following services:

  • Assisting individuals, businesses and other trade associations develop and forge    relationships with key US and Cuban officials and policymakers.
  • Monitoring of legal, political and business developments affecting US-Cuba trade and      diplomatic relations;
  • Strategic advice on pursuing possible business opportunities in Cuba now;
  • Legal advice on statutory and regulatory issues affecting US-Cuba trade and diplomatic   relations in the future;
  • Lobbying to change federal laws and regulations that presently limit US-Cuba trade and   diplomatic relations;

Gerstman Schwartz & Malito is committed to assisting U.S. companies and organizations pursue business and humanitarian opportunities that will benefit both the American and Cuban peoples, while respecting the differences in the American and Cuban economic and political systems.

Interested parties can consult with this City and State presentation by Mr. Martinez to get an in-depth look at his incisive views about Cuban business prospects.

The firm expects to return with business leaders over the summer in organized legal trade missions of 5 and 7 days.  Interested businesses should contact the firm for dates, costs, and logistics.

Please contact Brittany Scalise at or 516-880-8170.

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