Rodrigo Callejas leads the insolvency, fraud, and asset recovery practice at the Guatemalan law firm Carrillo y Asociados. He joined the firm in 2000 and earned his law degrees and notary public certifications from Francisco Marroquín University in 2002. He holds additional qualifications from the Central America Business Institute (INCAE) and Georgetown University Law Center. Mr Callejas is a fellow of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International).
Through Mr Callejas' expertise and leadership, Carrillo y Asociados is spearheading the development of insolvency/asset recovery law practice in Central America through its involvement in two of the largest bank failures/multi-jurisdictional frauds in the history of the Latin America and Caribbean region.
Mr Callejas leads the firm's team, working for the custodian of Bancafe International Bank, incorporated in Barbados, with operations in Guatemala, in performing groundbreaking computer forensics and physical data recovery, to unravel a complex web of offshore non-regulated entities allegedly used to capture and launder money. In pursuit of $150 million in lost assets, Mr Callejas has effectively led asset tracing, seizure, and recovery strategies for the liquidation, in collaboration with a team of highly skilled legal, audit and forensics professionals from several jurisdictions. Consequently, the custodian has pursued local and international criminal actions for fraud against directors and executives of the failed entities.
Mr Callejas is also lead multi-jurisdictional Latin American counsel for one of the largest international asset recovery/bank liquidations in history: the $4.2 billion Stanford International Bank (Antigua) Ponzi scheme. In addition to initiating successful legal actions in Panama, Colombia and Venezuela, he developed the legal strategy to recover tens of millions of dollars through claw-back claims against former SIB clients throughout Latin America.
Mr Callejas' experience includes coordinating and obtaining recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, and recognition of cross-border insolvency processes before local, US and European authorities.
Mr Callejas and his firm are the exclusive Guatemalan representatives of ICC FraudNet, the world's leading asset recovery legal network. He speaks Spanish and English.
WWL says: Aquino is praised by peers for his “perceptive and rigorous approach” with one respondent claiming “he is always the first port of call in Guatemala”.
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