Edward H Davis, Jr is a founding shareholder of the international law firm Astigarraga Davis in Miami. He 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 in North America, including numerous secrecy havens. He and his firm have helped 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 of all types. He has long championed combined 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.
Included by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America (2014) and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Ed Davis is also 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; and under his leadership, Astigarraga Davis is also a leading member of the London-based ICC Commercial Crimes Services FraudNet Network. In addition, he currently 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 Investigations Review and assisted in drafting the certified specialist in asset recovery (CSAR) examination.
Admitted to practice 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 and treasurer as well as on the executive council. He is the founding chair of its international litigation and arbitration committee. Davis is also a member of the Bankruptcy Bar of the Southern District of Florida, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Edward Davis was also the recipient of the Florida Bar G Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award for organizing aid to Haitian victims of the 2010 earthquake. In 2013, he was recognised as the global Lawyer of the Year for asset recovery by Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery, its first ever award in that field (and again in 2014 and 2015). The firm also won the Who’s Who Legal Firm of the Year Award for this practice area in 2015. 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 also 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 having made significant contributions in the field of international law in the Americas, as the 33rd recipient of the Lawyer of the America Awards.