Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Arnoldo (Arnie) Lacayo, a shareholder at Sequor Law, focuses his international litigation practice on financial fraud, asset recovery and cross-border insolvency. He has experience litigating complex disputes in both state and federal courts and has represented multi-national corporations, sovereign governments, Receivers, Trustees and other foreign officeholders in matters pending in U.S. Courts. Arnie regularly supervises transnational investigations and has instructed counsel in dozens of jurisdictions. He also has extensive experience working with the versatile 28 U.S.C. § 1782 discovery statute and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Published cases in which Arnie has participated include: In Re Massa Falida do Banco Cruzeiro do Sul, S.A., 567 B.R. 212 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2017) (affirming right of Chapter 15 foreign representative to assert state law fraudulent conveyance claims or other avoidance actions); Application of Consorcio Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones S.A. v. JAS Forwarding (USA), Inc., 747 F.3d 1262 (11th Cir. 2014) (affirming the applicability of the 28 U.S.C. § 1782 discovery statute in support of contemplated foreign proceedings); In re Sociedad Militar Seguro de Vida, 985 F.Supp.2d 1375 (N.D. Ga. 2013) (granting 28 U.S.C. § 1782 assistance in support of litigation pending in Curaçao); and Sallah v. Worldwide Clearing, LLC, et al., 2011 WL 5914034 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 28, 2011) (order denying various motions to dismiss fraudulent transfers and unjust enrichment claims by Receiver).
In addition to being named a “Super Lawyer” by the publication Super Lawyers, Arnie’s recent speaking engagements include: Florida International University College of Law lecture for course titled El Derecho en Estados Unidos: Aspectos Fundamentales, Litigios y Arbitraje Internacional (Miami, Florida, August 2018); C5’s Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference, Trouble in Paradise: Everything You Need to Know About Beneficial Ownership, Transparency and Disclosure (Geneva, Switzerland, March 2018); the AIJA 2016 Half Year Conference, Concrete Risks – Corruption and Money Laundering in the Acquisition and Construction of Real Estate (Chicago, Illinois, May 2016). Arnie has also contributed to or co-authored various papers and chapters, including the United States Chapter in The FraudNet World Compendium on Asset Tracing and Recovery.
Arnie is an active member of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section where he recently concluded his year as Chair of the one-thousand member-plus organization and where he continues to serve as a member of the Executive Council. He is also active with the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) where he currently serves as President of the Litigation Commission.
As a native Spanish speaker, prior to settling in South Florida, Arnie lived and studied in Latin America. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. As the Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, he authored Seeking a Balance: International Pharmaceutical Patent Protection, Public Health Crises and The Emerging Threat of Bio-Terrorism, 33 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 295 (2002), for which he received the 2003 Burton Award for Legal Achievement, an award presented annually by the Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he double majored in Psychology and History. He also completed a Concentration in Latin American Studies while at Notre Dame.
Arnie is admitted to all Florida state courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Arnoldo B. Lacayo
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law (2003)
- Cum laude graduate
- Received the 2003 Burton Award for Legal Achievement awarded by the Burton Foundation and the Library of Congress for an article he authored as Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review.
- B.A., University of Notre Dame (2000)
- Magna cum laude graduate
- The Florida Bar
- 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Honors / Achievements
Arnie has received numerous recognitions for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession, including being named to Florida Super Lawyers 2018, “Florida Rising Star” by Super Lawyers 2009 – 2017, and Latinvex Top 50 Rising Legal Star for Latin America.
He is also a sought-after speaker and member of distinguished organizations. In addition to serving as Chair and a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section, Arnie is active with the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) where he currently serves a Vice-President of the Litigation Commission and as U.S. National Representative for the United States of America to AIJA. Arnie is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) where he currently serves as Regional Officer, North America as well as the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law.
- Latinvex Top 50 Rising Legal Star for Latin America.
Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Recent published cases in which Arnie has participated include:
- Application of Consorcio Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones S.A. v. JAS Forwarding (USA), Inc., 747 F.3d 1262 (11th Cir. 2014): affirming the applicability of the 28 U.S.C. § 1782 discovery statute in support of contemplated foreign proceedings;
- In re Sociedad Militar Seguro de Vida, 985 F.Supp.2d 1375 (N.D. Ga. 2013): granting 28 U.S.C. § 1782 assistance in support of litigation pending in Curaçao
- Sallah v. Worldwide Clearing, LLC, et al., 2011 WL 5914034 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 28, 2011): order denying various motions to dismiss fraudulent transfers and unjust enrichment claims by Receiver;
- In re Application of Dr. Afonso Henrique Alves Braga, 272 F.R.D. 621 (S.D. Fla. 2011) order denying motion to vacate or amend order granting petition for judicial assistance pursuant to 28. U.S.C. § 1782;
- Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota S.A. E.S.P. v. Mercury Telco Group, Inc., 670 F. Supp. 2d 1357 (S.D. Fla. 2009): order confirming and enforcing a multi-million dollar arbitration award in favor of a Colombian telecommunications company;
- Mercury Telco Group, Inc., v. Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota S.A. E.S.P., 670 F. Supp. 2d 1350 (S.D. Fla. 2009): order dismissing lawsuit against Colombian telecommunications company and compelling arbitration.