Peter Quinter Presents at the DR Logistics Mission and the International Trade Commissioners Association

Peter Quinter and Sophie Labarge

On June 3, 2019 Peter Quinter, Chair of GrayRobinson’s U.S. Customs and International Trade Practice, presented at the DR Logistics Mission hosted by the Florida Foreign Trade Association at Port Everglades. Quinter’s presentation provided an overview of the interaction between four key participants in facilitating trade – government, seaports and airports, logistics companies and customers.



On June 6, 2019 Peter Quinter presented for the International Trade Commissioners Association (“InTrade”) on U.S. Customs Regulations. Quinter’s presentation, which took place at the Canadian Trade offices in Miami, focused on a variety of topics, including customs valuation, Free Trade Agreement import requirements by Customs and Border Protection, country of origin marking requirements, tariff classifications, and U.S. President Trump’s updated tariffs under Section 232 and Section 301. Quinter also touched on NAFTA and the proposed U.S. – Mexico – Canada Free Trade Agreement and the new OFAC requirements regarding trade and travel to Cuba.

Peter Quinter and attendees of the InTrade presentation


For additional information on GrayRobinson customs and international trade practice, please visit

Andrew J. Markus Appointed Republic of Bulgaria’s Honorary Consul for Florida

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria has appointed Carlton Fields Shareholder Andrew J. Markus as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria. His consular jurisdiction is the state of Florida, with the seat of the Consulate in Miami.

In his role as the Honorary Consul, Markus will promote trade and academic, cultural, business and professional exchange and arrange for official visits to Florida and from Florida to the Republic of Bulgaria. Markus will also coordinate with the Bulgarian community of Florida.

To read Carlton Fields’ press-release, click here.

Diane Nobile Named as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar’s 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee ‘K’

Diane Nobile, founding partner of a Miami-based international law firm, has been named as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar’s 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee ‘K’.  The position will is effective since May 1, 2019 through the term per Oath of Service. Ms. Nobile is currently in her third year of membership with the committee.

“I am honored to have been chosen as Vice Chair of the committee,” says Nobile. “Grievance committees are a vital part of our system, ensuring the correct use of professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida. I look forward to working with this team in the coming months.”
Each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits has at least one grievance committee. The grievance committee reviews complaints with much the same purpose as a grand jury and decides, after a case is submitted to them by bar counsel, whether there is probable cause to believe a lawyer violated the professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida and whether discipline against the lawyer appears to be warranted.
In her legal practice, Ms. Nobile serves as a trusted legal advisor to her clients, providing a complete legal approach to new businesses and international investors requiring legal guidance in the United States. She specializes in working with international investors on pre-immigration tax planning, estate tax planning, international investors seeking to purchase or invest in US real estate, and business law.
For more information on the  Florida Bar’s 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, visit

MDO Partners Adds Associate Counsel, Priscila Bandeira

Priscila Bandeira

MDO PARTNERS announces the expansion of its global compliance and corporate law practices with the addition of Associate Counsel, Priscila Bandeira.

Ms. Bandeira graduated with a L.L.M./J.D. joint degree from the University of Miami (UM) School of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar. She previously served as the firm’s law clerk, and now joins the firm as an attorney. Ms. Bandeira will assist clients with corporate governance, corporate and international transactions, and compliance programs with emphasis on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
“I have learned immensely and have enjoyed doing a great amount of interesting work in my role as the firm’s law clerk. I am thrilled to continue assisting clients with their corporate and compliance needs at MDO Partners and to expand my role at the firm.”
“We are excited to have Priscila as an attorney on our team,” said Managing Partner, Richard Montes de Oca.  Her legal, language and cultural experience, especially with Brazilian clients and interests is a tremendous value to MDO.”
Bandeira is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she previously received a law degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She is currently registered with the Brazilian Bar and has experience in Brazilian Corporate Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and International Investments and Contracts. Bandeira is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and is fluent in Portuguese and French, and conversational in Spanish.
Priscila Bandeira can be contacted at

Davide Macelloni Appointed to The Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Davide Macelloni

On April 30, 2019, Davide Macelloni was appointed by The Florida Bar President-Elect John Stewart to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the upcoming year.

The mission of the Committee is to increase diversity and inclusion in The Florida Bar so that the Bar will reflect the demographics of the state, to develop opportunities for community involvement, and to make leadership roles within the profession and The Florida Bar accessible to all attorneys, including those who are racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community and persons with disabilities.

Diaz Trade Law speaks at “CBP Compliance and Enforcement”

Jennifer Diaz, President of Diaz Trade Law

Denise Calle, Associate at Diaz Trade Law

On April 17, 2019, Jennifer Diaz, President of Diaz Trade Law, and Denise Calle, Associate at Diaz Trade Law, were speakers at “CBP Compliance and Enforcement,” a seminar for compliance professional in partnership with the Organization of Women in International Trade – South Florida (OWIT South Florida).

Joined by Elena Asturias, President of 305 Cargo Services, Inc., Jennifer Diaz and Denise Calle discussed how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates importation of products, the role of the importer versus the broker, best practices and how to avoid or respond to CBP enforcement actions.

Additional information is available at

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Internationally Noted Attorneys Establish Sequor Law

New Firm to Focus on International Asset Recovery, Financial Fraud, Cross-Border Insolvency and Financial Services Litigation

April 11, 2017

Edward H. Davis, Jr., a founding shareholder of Astigarraga Davis, today announced the opening of Sequor Law to focus on representing clients internationally in asset recovery, financial fraud, cross-border insolvency and financial services litigation. Sequor Law’s attorneys include all members of the Astigarraga Davis top-ranked asset recovery team.

Jose Astigarraga and the other attorneys in the firm’s international arbitration practice have moved their practice to join a global law firm.

Davis and Gregory Grossman, another founding shareholder, consider this a natural next step in the development of their respective law practices.

“We are energized about the evolution of our practices. The new platform of Sequor Law will better position us to meet a growing global demand for our high-quality legal counsel,” said Davis, a certified fraud examiner who has been recognized as the Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year for the past four years by Who’s Who Legal and who has an internationally recognized financial fraud, asset recovery and international litigation practice. “It will enable the attorneys at Sequor Law to continue building upon our unique strengths and pursue significant new opportunities in areas we excel, while also becoming more nimble in today’s ever-changing legal environment.”

Added Davis: “Sequor Law derives its name from the Latin word ‘to pursue, to chase, to attain,’ and signifies our core values: the agile, aggressive, and relentless pursuit of assets and success on behalf of our clients.”

Sequor Law’s international insolvency and financial services litigation practice is headed by Grossman. He will focus his practice on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, insolvency litigation, and operational bank litigation.  Grossman filed the first Chapter 15 Petition in the state of Florida and is recognized as a thought leader in the use of cross-border insolvency proceedings on behalf of creditors and fraud victims.

Sequor Law’s multi-lingual team includes:

  • Annette Escobar, a shareholder and certified financial crime specialist who focuses her practice on representing insolvency practitioners in international insolvency cases
  • Arnoldo Lacayo, a shareholder, certified specialist in asset recovery, and incoming chair of The Florida Bar International Law Section who focuses his practice on international corruption investigations and asset recovery for governments and state-owned enterprises
  • Daniel  Coyle, an associate who represents creditors and insolvency practitioners in domestic and international insolvency matters
  • Nyana Abreu Miller, an associate who focuses her practice on asset recovery for women in cross-border divorce cases
  • Andrés Sandoval, an associate focusing his practice on international judgment and arbitral award collection
  • Cristina Vicens Beard, an associate focusing her practice on representing victims in the recovery of assets in cross border frauds

In addition, attorney John Silbermann, most recently with the Office of Collection in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, joins the firm as senior counsel and will focus his practice on international asset recovery.

At Sequor Law, the attorneys will continue their collaboration with ICC FraudNet, a world-class network of specialized attorneys, best-in-class investigators, and forensic accountants.

About Sequor Law

Sequor Law is a Miami-based international law firm representing financial institutions, sovereign governments and state owned enterprises, public and non-public companies, insolvency practitioners and individual clients in the areas of asset recovery, financial fraud, insolvency and financial services litigation. More information is available at

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Ava Borrasso Publishes ABA Article on Privilege & International Implications

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Ava Borrasso authored “Privilege and International Implications against the Backdrop of the Panama Papers” in the July 2016 issue of Business Law Today published by the American Bar Association. The article addresses certain key issues involved in cross-border application of legal privilege. As principal of Ava J Borrasso, P.A. in Miami, Florida, Ava’s practice is focused on business and international arbitration and litigation. She was recently admitted to the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Arbitrators. Additional information is available at

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Neil Mooney to join the Inductees into the FCBF Hall of Fame

NBM-PictureNeil Mooney has been chosen by a Committee of peers to join the inductees into the FCBF Hall of Fame. This honor is awarded to those individuals selected by the FCBF in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Committee. Honorees must meet the criteria set forth by the Association including but not limited to, the number of established years in the industry, commitment to the continued advancement of the trade and logistics industry, and an overall clean and clear reputation and operating record within the industry.

Steven M. Harper Elected Officer of Inter-American Bar Association

Steven M. Harper, a partner at the Miami law firm of Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O’Connor Albert & Dribin LLP, has been elected to the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer, of the Inter-American Bar Association, an organization formed in 1940 as a cooperating entity of the OAS and composed of lawyers and law firms from throughout the Americas and Europe.