Noun  |  kap.tus  |  ˈkäpt̪ʊs̠  A taking, a seizing


Todos tenemos una reserva insospechada de fuerza en el interior, que surge cuando la vida nos pone a prueba.” – Isabel Allende

"We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside, which emerges when life puts us to the test." – Isabel Allende

“This quote reminds me that I can always give a little more, even when things seem impossible. It is a reminder that we can achieve more than we often give ourselves credit for.” - Maria Jose Cortesi

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Christopher A. Noel

Promoted to Counsel

Congratulations to Christopher A. Noel on his promotion to Counsel for his outstanding contributions in international litigation and asset recovery. Throughout his career, he has represented sovereign governments, individuals, and corporate and institutional victims of fraud, corruption, and financial misconduct around the world. We look forward to supporting many more career successes. Read more about Christopher’s promotion here.

New Attorney Positions with Legal Services of Greater Miami

We congratulate Jennifer Mosquera for being named the new Chair-Elect for the Legal Services of Greater Miami. Additionally, after cycling off the Young Professionals Council executive committee at the end of last year, Christopher A. Noel is now serving as a member of Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Leaders Council.

Sequor Law Dinner at Bunbury Miami

Click below to view highlights of the dinner hosted by Sequor Law at the award-winning Argentine restaurant and wine bar, Bunbury Miami. Our attorneys and colleagues indulged in a night of reconnecting with longstanding and new colleagues, accompanied by authentic culinary offerings and libations, during the C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Miami conference.

Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA) Goes Into Force

On December 22, 2023, President Biden signed the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA) into law. The FEPA makes it a crime for foreign officials to demand or accept bribes within the territory of the United States or from United States persons anywhere in the world. The FEPA amends an existing federal statute governing domestic bribery, but it is modeled after and intended to extend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an influential tool of the Department of Justice increasingly used to combat bribery of foreign officials by U.S. persons. The penalties under the FEPA are much steeper than under the FCPA, including a fine of three times the amount of the bribe or a fine of up to $250,000 (whichever is greater) and up to 15 years in prison. Also, in contrast to the one division of the U.S. Department of Justice that prosecutes FCPA cases, FEPA cases may be prosecuted by any regional U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

These differences from the FCPA are promising for civil asset recovery and cross-border insolvency practitioners because the expanded prosecution of foreign and domestic bribery by the Department of Justice is likely to shine a light on more fraud schemes active in the United States. The FEPA also requires the U.S. Attorney General to publish an annual report highlighting prominent cases prosecuted under FEPA that year. Additionally, the broad definition of a “foreign official” under FEPA casts a wider net than the FCPA and offers the possibility that more foreign fraudsters operating in the United States will be identified and publicly prosecuted.

To read the Act in its entirety, click here.



Our Sequor Law attorneys are true thought leaders and have extensive knowledge in their industry, so it is no surprise that they are invited to participate on esteemed panels and to engage in prominent events.


January 23-24 in Miami: Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery - Edward H. Davis, Jr., and Nyana Abreu Miller dove into their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field as they led discussions on the latest in fraud and asset recovery.

December 6-8 in Vienna: IBA Asset Recovery Committee Conference - Edward H. Davis, Jr. and Arnoldo B. Lacayo attended the inaugural International Bar Association Asset Recovery Committee Conference in Vienna, Austria. The firm's association with this committee relates back to Ed's initiative in establishing its predecessor sub-committee of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee in collaboration with other esteemed practitioners. Arnie is an officer for the new committee. During the event, Ed delivered insights on a panel on The Rights and Role of Victims in Asset Recovery and Third-Party Interference, moderated by Kate McMahon.

December 4-5 in London: OffshoreAlert London - Sequor Law proudly served as a Justice sponsor for OffshoreAlert London, featuring Edward H. Davis, Jr. and Christopher A. Noel as distinguished panelists. Ed took on the role of moderator for a panel delving into the intricacies of a prominent bank's downfall, in addition to moderating and contributing to the High-Value International Recovery Panels' "Ask Me Anything" sessions, Parts One and Two. Chris participated as a panelist in Part One of these sessions.


Catch up with our Sequor Law attorneys at these future events around the globe.

  • February 16 in Miami - FL Bar ILS iLaw Conference
  • February 23-24 in Dublin - TL4 FIRE Starters Global Summit
  • February 23-24 in Grand Cayman - NAFER International Conference
  • February 28-29 in Bangkok - OffshoreAlert Bangkok
  • March 12 in Cartagena - Insol Cartagena
  • March 12-13 in Vevey - TL4 FIRE & ICE Circle Europe
  • March 14-15 in Geneva - C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Conference


Get to Know Maria Jose Cortessi

What inspired you to pursue a law career?

I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and I also like to think that I am creative. For me, a legal career just made sense, since a lot of what we do as lawyers is craft creative solutions for our clients, both based on prior precedent, or where relevant, by advocating for a change in the legal landscape. I liked the structure that laws bring to society, and I knew I would be challenged intellectually in my day-to-day. 

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