Olga Pina and Ella Shenhav to Speak on Helms-Burton and Cuban Investments


Shutts & Bowen LLP partners Olga M. Pina and Ella A. Shenhav will be speaking to the Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade on the topic, “Helms-Burton Unleashed: Uncertainty Ahead for Investors in Cuba.”

Olga and Ella will break down the Helms-Burton Act with particular focus on the more controversial right to private action against persons trafficking in properties confiscated by the Cuban government, as now permitted under the Trump administration.  The “unleashing” of litigation under these provisions may be of particular relevancy to U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies, as well as to foreign companies with assets or affiliates in the United States. The discussion will take place at the Tampa International Plaza Brio Tuscan Grille (2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607) on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

The Tampa Bay Chapter of Women in International Trade (TBOWIT) was established in 1997 and is one of more than 30 worldwide chapter organizations created to enhance the status and interests of women in the field of international business. Olga currently serves TBOWIT as the Immediate Past President and is the founder of the Tampa chapter.

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About Olga M. Pina

Olga M. Pina is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Corporate Practice Group. Olga practices in the areas of corporate, securities, international business transactions and export compliance, including compliance with U.S. Treasury (OFAC) regulations relating to embargoed countries and customs seizures. She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including cross-border joint ventures and securities issues in Latin America. Olga is Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® since 2009 in corporate law. Olga serves as a member of the firm’s Cuba Task Force. She is the founder of the Tampa Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (TBOWIT), having served several terms as its president, and is instrumental in bringing in international speakers to Tampa and coordinating events for TBOWIT’s members and potential members. Olga has written and presented to various groups on legal issues in international transactions.


About Ella A. Shenhav

Ella A. Shenhav is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group and the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Ella focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts as well as arbitration, including contract disputes, non-compete agreements, employment and real estate litigation, and False Claims Act (qui tam) actions. Ella’s legal abilities regularly earn her recognition from her peers, the judiciary and the community. She has been recognized by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee for “Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer” and has been featured as a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for three consecutive years. Ella is the Executive Director of Project H.E.L.P., a pro bono project which provides legal assistance to the homeless and indigent population.


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