Gonzalo S. Zeballos

Partner

New York
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Overview

Gonzalo Zeballos focuses on sophisticated cross-border disputes and investigations, including cases involving complex jurisdictional and choice of law issues. He works closely with foreign counsel around the world and has since 2009 been involved in one of the largest and most complex fraud asset tracing and recovery cases in history. Recommended by The Legal 500 in the area of international-litigation, and listed by Who’s Who Legal for asset recovery, he has been involved in litigation, investigations and recovery efforts in dozens of jurisdictions spanning Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Well-versed in civil and common law proceedings, as well as civil, criminal and arbitral actions, Gonzalo brings a global perspective to resolving problems for clients.

Since 2009, he has led and managed international investigations and foreign recovery efforts in the representation of Trustee Irving H. Picard for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Through his efforts, along with those of the BakerHostetler asset-recovery team, more than $14 billion in assets have been recovered from the decades-old Madoff Ponzi scheme – the largest of its kind in U.S. history.

Gonzalo often presents on fraud, asset tracing and recovery tools, cross-border investigations, and managing multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Select Experience

  • Lead attorney for international recovery efforts of misappropriated assets and related litigation in the representation of Trustee Irving H. Picard for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Representing a U.S. investor and U.S.-controlled renewable energy company in an ICSID case against the Republic of Peru.
  • Counsel to H.M.B. Holdings, in expropriation proceedings against the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
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Experience

  • Lead attorney for international recovery efforts of misappropriated assets and related litigation in the representation of Trustee Irving H. Picard for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Representing a U.S. investor and U.S.-controlled renewable energy company in an ICSID case against the Republic of Peru.
  • Counsel to H.M.B. Holdings, in expropriation proceedings against the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Lead attorney for TTP Inc. and Tonejet Ltd., UK-based technologies companies in cross-border breach of contract proceedings.
  • Counsel to Cardinal Health Inc., in proceedings relating to opioid class action cases pending in Puerto Rico.
  • Represents Mathew Clingerman, as Receiver for the M3 Fund in multi-million dollar global proceedings to recover fraudulently misappropriated assets.
  • Counsel to Brazil-based Jive Investments in proceedings to enforce Brazilian judgments in New York.
  • Served as expert witness before Spanish courts in cross-border dispute on behalf of a major Spanish energy company.
  • Represented German investment company SKD e.V in proceedings for discovery in aid of foreign litigation under 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
  • Advised the court-appointed receiver on international aspects relating to misappropriated global assets from international hedge funds created and run by Michael Kenwood Group, LLC.
  • Advised large Middle Eastern bank during a multinational contract dispute arising from the mortgage-backed securities crisis.
  • Lead counsel for a confidential hedge fund client in arbitration under UK Arbitration Act for breach of contract.
  • Successfully represented Zaha Hadid, renowned international architect, in a defamation and trade-libel case.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2017 to 2020)
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution: International Litigation
  • Who's Who Legal: Asset Recovery (2017 to 2019)
  • New York Metro “Super Lawyer” (2013 to 2019)
    • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2011)
  • New York State Bar Association: Empire State Counsel Award

Memberships

  • The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators: Founding Member (2018)
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • International Section: Senior Vice-Chair
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Departmental Disciplinary Committee, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Judicial Department: Appointed Member (2012 to 2017)

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Community

  • SUNY Center for Latin American Studies: Former Advisory Board Member

Pro Bono

  • Involved in the New York office’s collaboration with inMotion, an organization providing free legal services to underprivileged women in New York City.
  • Has worked on cases on behalf of political asylum applicants, and has represented asylum applicants hailing from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Prior Positions

  • American International Group, Inc.: Assistant General Counsel

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001
  • New York, 2001

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2000; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review; Class of 1912 Prize for Contracts; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Certificate of Achievement, The Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1997, History
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1994, Latin American Studies, FLAS Fellowship
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1992, English, College Honors Program

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish