Astigarraga Davis is a firm of advocates with a focused practice: the representation of clients involved in significant disputes arising from their international business operations primarily in Latin America. It has an extensive cross-border practice, its lawyers having handled business disputes emanating from virtually every country in the Western hemisphere. Its clients include multinational companies, financial institutions, other public and non-public companies, as well as sovereign states and their instrumentalities. The firm’s strengths are international arbitration, international litigation, including in fraud prosecution and asset recovery, and financial services litigation, including creditors’ rights and bankruptcy.
The firm has an extensive international arbitration practice handling cases before the major international arbitral institutions. Astigarraga Davis is routinely engaged in international arbitrations arising out of Latin America. The firm’s cases often have little or no connection to the United States. Many of the firm’s engagements deal exclusively with foreign law, and the firm handles cases in both English and Spanish. Its lawyers are also active in arbitration initiatives. José Astigarraga, for example, was one of ten delegates appointed by the US government to advise the NAFTA Commission on the development and use of international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He served as vice-president of the London Court of International Arbitration for many years, and is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration.
Astigarraga Davis litigates in US federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. The firm is well versed in all aspects of international litigation including issues involving personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, and choice of law issues. The firm often represents foreign litigants in obtaining or opposing discovery assistance from US courts pursuant to 28 USC § 1782, which authorises discovery in the US to obtain evidence for use in foreign proceedings, either pending or contemplated. Using its extensive international experience, multilingual capabilities, multicultural background and broad network of regional contacts, the firm manages substantial disputes in Latin America having administrative, criminal, or other complicating dimensions and supervises litigation in courts there.
The firm’s work includes asset recovery and fraud prosecution. Working with an international network of contacts developed over the years, the firm seeks to preserve and recover fraudulently obtained assets transferred and concealed around the globe. In 2013, practice head Edward H Davis, Jr was awarded the global "Lawyer of the Year" award for asset recovery from Who’s Who Legal, its first award ever in that field. He received the award again in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016. The firm also won Who’s Who Legal “Firm of the Year Award” for this practice area in 2015 and 2016. Among its engagements in this field, Astigarraga Davis acts as co-general counsel to the joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank, in connection with the liquidation of the Antigua-based bank at the centre of a multibillion dollar fraud affecting more than 20,000 victims. The firm has been involved in liquidation-related activities and litigation across the globe.
Astigarraga Davis has extensive litigation experience representing lenders, creditors, banks and other financial institutions in disputes in the United States and abroad. The firm represents investors in disputes arising out of investments and other financial transactions. It represents lenders and creditors in bankruptcy courts in Florida and elsewhere. Experienced in prosecutions of Chapter 15 petitions under the US Bankruptcy Code, the firm regularly represents foreign trustees seeking to enlist the aid of US bankruptcy courts to recover estate assets in the United States. Practice head Gregory Grossman has broad bankruptcy experience.
The firm’s commercial litigation work includes significant experience in class action litigation and in intellectual property disputes. Edward Mullins has represented media and non-media clients in lawsuits involving libel, slander, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, tortious interference, trademark infringement and copyright infringement.Astigarraga Davis
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