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On August 19, Sequor attorney Nyana Abreu Miller will speak to Sarah Murray, Head of Dispute Resolution at Stevens & Bolton (UK) and Felipe Vieira, Attorney at Duarte Forssell Advogados (Brazil) about the recent developments in the area of cross-border insolvency and litigation in the United States, Great Britain, and Brazil. The podcast will provide three unique perspectives:

  • A Brazilian lawyer will discuss Brazil’s recent implementation of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency
  • An English solicitor will look at remedies available in the English courts to support efforts to recover assets, in accordance with the principles in the Model Law and more generally through Mareva/freezing injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal Orders
  • A U.S. lawyer will address the treatment of corporate groups in cross-border cases and recent decisions of interest arising under the Model Law
On August 25, attorney Amanda Finley will discuss the case law regarding the GDPR as interpreted under U.S. law. The episode will address the following topics:

  • The various approaches that U.S. courts have taken in response to objections to discovery based on the GDPR
  • Practical actions that both plaintiff and defense counsel may take in order to resolve these disputes effectively
On August 31, attorney Carolina Goncalves and Director of Investigations Barbara Miranda will speak to Julieta LaMalfa, Director of Disputes, Compliance & Investigations at Stout (US) about the use of nominees, aiders, and abettors to transfer and hide assets. More specifically, this podcast will:

  • Give an introduction into the types of nominees, aiders and abettors
  • How to identify them
  • The availability of records reflecting ultimate beneficial ownership in various jurisdictions
  • Potential legal tools to use once you have sufficient evidence to show a judge that these individuals and/or entities are in fact nominees, aiders and/or abettors of the debtor
On this month’s Attorney Spotlight, we interviewed Carolina Goncalves, an up and coming attorney, who’s giving us a sneak peek into her career and providing her insights on the legal industry.
What inspired you to study law?

My grandfather, who’s always been a huge role model for me, was a lawyer and academic who was known for using his gifts to influence his community. Also, growing up in an immigrant community allowed me to use my language skills to connect with and help people from all over, so I knew early on that whatever I did would involve working with people from diverse backgrounds. I’ve also always taken to sports and learning opportunities that involve a lot of problem solving, strategizing, and teamwork and knew I wanted to utilize those skills on a daily basis. Studying law was a natural progression from that. It sounds corny, but the law has done a lot to influence history, culture, and society, and it’s exciting to be in a profession that’s part of that.

What practice areas do you focus on?

I focus on international commercial disputes, cross-border insolvency, fraud and asset recovery, and foreign judgment domestication and enforcement work.

What is most exciting to you about being a lawyer in this day and age?

It’s exciting how much technology impacts our lives, including different aspects of the law. Cryptocurrency is a perfect example. We’re seeing cryptocurrency banks, investment firms, exchanges, and more pop up all over the world. It’s important for lawyers (especially those in our practice area) to really understand crypto as it becomes more mainstream. It’s pretty cool to be a young attorney while something like crypto is developing, especially since the law usually takes a while to catch up to technological advances. It means we get to be creative with the current state of the law and help develop it.

What advice would you give to young attorneys?

The three biggest pieces of advice that I'd give would have to be:

  1. Do no harm. This was a lesson that I learned from Judge Leo Gordon of the U.S. Court of International Trade. He tells his clerks and interns that no matter what job we have, what our role is, or how simple a task we have before us, our responsibility is to do no harm. In other words, keep in mind that what you do doesn’t only impact or reflect on you. It also impacts your clients, superiors, peers, and also the judges, clerks, and court staff who review everything you submit. Make sure everything you do is polished so that it makes everyone’s life easier.
  2. Your reputation is everything. Always be professional, courteous, and patient, especially in litigation where it’s very easy to be hot-headed and reactive. The legal community is small and people talk, so once your reputation’s tarnished, it’s hard to come back from that. It doesn’t matter where you work or where you are either, and it definitely applies beyond the courtroom. For example, if you’re having dinner with friends, don’t be rude to the waiter or mouth off about what you think was a bad decision in a case because you never know who could be at the table next to you! Let your capabilities as a bright, professional attorney be what make you stand out.
  3. Trust your gut. It’s natural for young lawyers to feel lost when starting out. You’re not quite sure if you’re doing things right and may be hesitant to ask questions because you don’t want to appear incompetent, but remember that most of what we do is logic. If you have a question or feel like you’ve hit a roadblock, speak up. Your peers can be great soundboards, and I’ve definitely learned a lot from mine! Of course, it’s important to do your homework beforehand to see if your instinct is sound. But if your gut is telling you that something isn’t right or that you should look at something a different way, trust it. You may be surprised by how often you’re on to something.
Shareholder Arnoldo Lacayo, Counsel Daniel Coyle, and intern Alejandro Anselmi have co-authored an article for Chambers and Partners titled, “Global: An Introduction to Asset Tracing & Recovery (Law Firms)”. They explore the impact of cryptocurrency on asset recovery practices, the ambiguity of existing regulations, and the challenges that courts and practitioners are facing.
Congratulations to Leyza Blanco, who was selected as one of the Top 50 2021 Women Florida Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers evaluates attorneys across the United States for its annual list of top attorneys. It utilizes a rigorous process with 12 indicators of peer recognition and personal achievement. 

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Shareholder Leyza Blanco was featured in the Daily Business Review article titled “How US Companies Have Responded to Calls for Equality, Inclusion and How Law Firms Can Follow Suit”. As the first Hispanic chair of the Florida Bar Business Law Section, she is part of the shift in the legal community to foster change. 
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