Edward H Davis, Jr, founding shareholder of the international law firm Astigarraga Davis in Miami, heads the firm's asset recovery and financial fraud group which represents victims of serious fraud and grand corruption including governments, corporations, insolvency practitioners and individuals by investigating and prosecuting civil fraud and asset recovery actions. The group has pursued assets in the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, including numerous secrecy havens. He and his firm have helped to develop and expand various creative discovery and asset seizure methodologies to obtain recoveries for clients of the firm. He has both led and worked collaboratively on various asset recovery teams – another concept he helped pioneer – on cross-border asset recovery engagements. He has championed and coordinated asset recovery efforts between civil and criminal systems as a means to penetrate and defeat complex opaque asset-hiding structures used by fraudsters. Mr Davis was recently recognised by Latin Lawyer (2016) for his efforts in this practice area.
Included by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America (2014) and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Ed Davis is a certified fraud examiner and has lectured before the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. Other memberships include the anti-corruption, international litigation and inter-American law committees of the international law section of the American Bar Association; under his leadership, Astigarraga Davis is also a leading member of the London-based ICC Commercial Crimes Services FraudNet network. Also, he served as the inaugural chair of the asset recovery sub-committee of the International Bar Association anti-corruption committee. He sits on the advisory boards of Offshore Alert and Global Investigation Review and assisted in drafting the certified specialist in asset recovery (CSAR) examination.
Admitted to practise in Florida and before the US District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Davis is also a member of the Florida Bar’s international law section for which he has served as the chair, chair-elect, secretary, treasurer, and on the executive council. He is the founding chair of its international litigation/arbitration committee. Davis is also a member of the Bankruptcy Bar of the Southern District of Florida, and of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Davis was also the recipient of the Florida Bar G Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award for organising aid to Haitian victims of the 2010 earthquake. In 2013, he was named Global Lawyer of the Year by Who's Who Legal: Asset Recovery, its first ever award in that field (winning again in 2014, 2015 and 2016). The firm also won the Who’s Who Legal Firm of the Year Award for asset recovery in 2015 and 2016. Ed also serves as the co-general counsel to the Custodian of Bancafe International Barbados and to the joint co-liquidators of Stanford International Bank. He has represented the governments of Trinidad and Tobago, and Antigua and Barbuda, in grand corruption asset recovery cases.
In 2015, Edward Davis was honoured by the University of Miami School of Law’s Inter-American Law Review for making significant contributions in the field of international law in the Americas, as the 33rd recipient of the Lawyer of the America Awards.
WWL says: Edward Davis Jr is famed as “a luminary in the fraud space” with “unparalleled experience in the Americas and Caribbean”.
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