International Judgment and Arbitral Award Collection

Domestic and International Judgment and Arbitral Award Collection

Sequor Law has decades of experience enforcing large judgments rendered in the United States or elsewhere.  Sequor Law uses cash-flow and asset tracing methods to expose concealed assets.  Sequor Law has substantial experience in post-judgment evidence gathering and recovery methods including garnishments, freeze orders, sequestration orders, and execution writs.  Beyond identifying assets of the debtor, Sequor Law vigorously pursues people (“nominees”) and entities (“alter egos”) holding assets for the judgment debtor and those who improperly received monies or property from the debtor.  Additionally, where professionals such as accountants, attorneys and other “asset protection” specialists have participated in the debtor’s asset concealment scheme, Sequor Law pursues actions against those “facilitators”, including actions for conspiracy and aiding-and-abetting liability.  Good litigators know that post-judgment enforcement has become a highly sophisticated and specialized practice area, which is why the top litigators in the U.S. and internationally refer their hard-earned judgments to Sequor Law to enforce.

Representative Cases

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Represents Novoship (UK) limited and other entities part of a shipping conglomerate, ultimately owned by the Russian Government, in a judgment domestication and enforcement matter in the State of Florida. In December 2012 and January 2013, Novoship obtained two judgments, totaling approximately US$98 million with interest and costs, in the English High Court of Justice. The judgments were entered against a Venezuelan national and his companies for fraudulent acts related to certain charter party contracts. Although the parties settled in 2013 for US$40 million, the judgment debtors breached the settlement and Novoship sought to enforce the full amount of the judgments. Novoship sought and obtained a freezing injunction entered in the English Court freezing the judgment debtors’ assets, up to US$98 million, on a worldwide basis. Within 24 hours, Sequor Law successfully sought and obtained recognition of the English freezing injunction and was able to freeze assets and begin taking discovery prior to obtaining full recognition of the English judgments in Florida. Further, after extensive discovery by way of subpoenas, numerous depositions, and discovery-related motion practice, Sequor Law uncovered and froze nearly US$3.5 million in funds held at local banks and an additional approximate US$1.5 million in real estate within the State of Florida. Sequor Law successfully defended a motion seeking to vacate the Florida Court’s order recognizing and enforcing the English freezing injunction. Following coordinated legal action in Florida, Switzerland, and London, the judgment debtors tendered payment of the full US$40 million settlement amount.

Since 2008, we have represented two major creditors of the Republic of Argentina in pursing collection of over US$1 billion in judgments in the State of Florida. As a result of the 200I default by the Republic of Argentina on billions of dollars of bonds it issued, thousands of bondholders around the world were drastically affected. Working with our clients’ New York counsel, we pursued collection from assets located in Florida, including at the Miami office of Banco de Ia Nación de Argentina, an Argentine bank I00% owned by the Argentine government.

Represented a class of 2,232 victims of the Leadenhall Bank & Trust and Cash-4-Titles fraud in the British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas to recover US$I4.4 million. In this case, the fraudsters, who were convicted and sentenced to multiple years of incarceration for their fraud in the early 2000s, used Leadenhall Bank & Trust in the Bahamas to launder a portion of the proceeds of their fraud. Leadenhall went into liquidation and was sued by the class of victims before the U.S. District Court in Miami in 2003. This led to a final money judgment in the sum of US$313 million in September 2007 from the U.S. District Court. The enforcement of that Judgment has resulted in a collection of US$I4.4 million, with a further US$7 million to be distributed to the class in the following 12 months or so.

Represented Robert J. Lodge and Robert K. Orr against SunTrust Bank. Sequor Law represented a judgment creditor attempting to collect a multi-million dollar judgment against an influential group of defendants. After successfully obtaining an order for proceedings supplementary in aid of execution and extensive discovery and depositions of various targets, a favorable settlement was reached in which significant funds were recuperated by the judgment creditor’s successor-in-interest.