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 www.diaztradelaw.com.

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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 www.SequorLaw.com

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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 www.ajborrassolaw.com

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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.

Roy Gonas, Fulbright Specialist Grantee, Lectures in Central and Eastern Europe

125d5215-0dff-4c14-81cf-0e54735accf9ILS member and Coral Gables attorney and arbitrator Roy Gonas has been lecturing at universities in Eastern and Central Europe on topics regarding international arbitration through a Fulbright grant. In April and May of this year, Mr. Gonas lectured for two weeks at the University of Szeged in southern Hungary on the topic of International Commercial Arbitration. He then led a discussion on arbitration at the Institute for Legal Studies in Budapest; gave a guest lecture at Central European University entitled “Ethics and Management of the Arbitration Case: an Insider’s Perspective”; and presented at an international conference entitled “Investment Arbitration and National Interest: Central and Eastern European experiences in the light of the upcoming EU-US Free Trade Agreement” on the topic of “The Settlement of Investment Disputes through the Lenses of an Arbitrator.”

The last of these conferences was held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University. Participants and other presenters were from the US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe.

In September, Mr. Gonas is scheduled to give a lecture at the University of Kyiv, and in addition, give a lecture series on International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Chernivtsi and the University of Lviv (Ukraine).

Milton A. Vescovacci

The Demise of Puerto Rico Is in Part Attributed to U.S. Congressional Action

Milton A. Vescovacci

Milton A. Vescovacci
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Milton Vescovacci is a GrayRobinson shareholder in the Corporate and International Practice Groups. He represents domestic companies in a variety of corporate, tax, distribution, marketing, import, intellectual property, employment, immigration, real estate, M&A and investment matters. He advises international clients who want to do business in the U.S. Milton is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Milton was born in Puerto Rico. He grew up in New York City, attended high school and first year of college in Puerto Rico, and later trained in New York City on Wall Street as an investment banker for Bank of America and Chase and as an attorney at the law firm Sidley Austin in New York City and at Akerman Senterfitt in Miami before leading the Corporate Practice at GrayRobinson in Miami. Milton has spoken on the topic of the Puerto Rican debt crisis in various Puerto Rican chamber events and is advocating through such chambers for relief for Puerto Rico.

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Glenn Cooper Presents at 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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Glenn M. Cooper Gray-Robinson, P.A.

Business immigration attorney Glenn M. Cooper, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices, will present at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit on June 19-21, 2016, in Washington D.C. His presentation titled, “U.S. Immigration and Business Visas,” will focus on how immigration and visa policies affect doing business in the United States for large, small and start-up organizations as well as touch on their influence on innovation and research. The Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama, will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors as well as allow high-profile business and government leaders to share their insights on the latest innovations and trends.

Read more about 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

Peter A. Quinter

Panama law firm turned a blind eye to U.S. embargo on Cuba

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Peter Quinter GrayRobinson, P.A.

The Panama law firm of Mossack Fonseca provided services to companies that may have broken the U.S. embargo on Cuba or were linked to companies specifically blocked by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to the Panama Papers.

Some of the secret Cuban companies the firm helped to incorporate had ties to names on the list of people and entities the U.S. government has banned from U.S. business deals because of economic sanctions or their ties to terrorism or drug trafficking.

Three companies created by the Cuban government in offshore tax havens — Miramar Investment Corporation Ltd., Mercaria Trading S.A. and Caribbean Sugar Traders — shared a director named Porfirio Medero Paiva, who had the same Madrid address as CRYMSA Import Export. The Spanish company is on the list of blocked persons and “specially designated nationals” kept by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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Peter A. Quinter

A new dawn for Cuba as it opens for business

Peter A. Quinter

Peter Quinter GrayRobinson, P.A.

The 90-mile corridor between Key West and the north coast of Cuba is far wider, deeper and considerably more dangerous when you factor in everything that’s happened between the two countries during the last 57 years. Former ABA President Stephen Zack (with a flag from pre-revolutionary Cuba in his office) escaped from the island as a teenager two years after Fidel Castro seized power.

When Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries took control of Cuba in 1959, they established a Communist dictatorship antithetical to everything the U.S. represented—and aligned with America’s enemies. In 1961, a CIA-backed invasion by Cuban refugees to overthrow the Castro regime failed, almost from the moment it began, at the Bay of Pigs. The following year, the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly triggered World War III.

Former ABA President Stephen Zack had long expected the day would come when Cuba and the United States would finally break the Cold War-inspired status quo in place for more than half a century that has impoverished and isolated Cuba while creating a sworn enemy of America within 90 miles of its border. But like Godot saying he would be back any day now, Zack had expected a change for so long that he stopped expecting it.

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