Karel Suarez is a Cuban-American attorney that has been representing U.S. and foreign companies interested in doing business in/with Cuba since President Obama opened the relationships with Cuba. Mr. Suarez is the managing partner of the law firm, The Legal Team, PLLC, where he represents clients in the corporate, litigation and international law practice. He helps our clients to navigate the regulatory environment of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) so that our clients feel safe before embarking in their business opportunity.
Mr. Suarez was born in Cuba and attended his first law school year at the University of Havana, Cuba. He came from Cuba when he was 19 years old, which helps our clients to understand the culture of the island. At his arrival to the U.S., Mr. Suarez attended Florida International University where he received his Bachelor in Business Administration Management. Then, he went on and obtained his law degree at Florida International University College of Law.
In 2014, he joined MDO Partners, where he collaborated with the managing partner of this boutique law firm to develop and implement its strategy focusing on the corporate law, global compliance and Cuba practice areas. Mr. Suarez prepared and organized a detailed itinerary for the managing partner to meet with attorneys, investors and others in Cuba after President Obama announced the opening of the relationships. Mr. Suarez is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He was the National President for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Law Student Division from 2015 to 2016. He is also a member of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), and the Cuba Committee of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar.
With regards to Cuba, Mr. Suarez created and developed the Cuba Practice Group for the firm, with a focus on advising U.S. and foreign companies entering the Cuban market. He developed relationships with officials at the Cuban Embassy in D.C. and with Cuban agencies such as Minrex and Mincex. He assisted and negotiated a potential agreement between Cubamax and Airbnb regarding remittances from the U.S. to Cuba. He worked closely with the CEO of West Indies Cruise Line to commence operations in Cuba. He negotiated and traveled to Cuba with the owner of a Brazilian company wanting to export food products to Cuba. He worked with Fortune 500 companies interested in doing business in Cuba.
Mr. Suarez has been invited in multiple occasions to panels to discuss the business and regulatory relationships between U.S. and Cuba. He has been published in the following newspapers and magazines: Trump’s Changes to US-Cuba Deal Headed Our Way Soon, June 30, 2017, Daily Business Review; La Nueva Politica de Trump Hacia Cuba, July 24, 2017, Cinco Dias (Spain); What’s Next for South Florida’s Relationship with Cuba, June 5, 2017, Miami Herald; and What Will a Change in Leadership Mean for Cuba? December 11, 2017, the Dialogue.