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H.P. Goldfield and Richard Popkin, senior partners in the international trade group of D.C.’s Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, pushed the policy envelope and finally obtained a license for the U.S. subsidiary of SmithKline Beecham to do business with Cuba’s premier biotech research center. At stake was a joint venture to co-produce, market, and sell a highly effective meningitis B vaccine. The lawyers, who started on the case 18 months ago, were granted a license to travel to Cuba to negotiate the deal and then lobbied Congress to provide political and public support for the license. “We received overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle for this lifesaving vaccine project,” says Goldfield.

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