Gonzalo Zebellos

Gonzalo Zeballos 

Partner, BakerHostetler (New York)

With a focus on multinational dispute resolution, be it mediation, arbitration, or litigation, Gonzalo Zeballos brings a global perspective to solving his clients’ problems. Gonzalo also provides preemptive and transactional advice and has extensive experience in multinational discovery.

Gonzalo oversaw the publication of BakerHostetler’s International Compendium of Data Privacy Laws. In connection with BakerHostetler’s data privacy practice, Gonzalo has advised clients on multinational data breaches involving several jurisdictions around the world.

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  • Lead attorney since 2009 on the BakerHostetler team that serves as court-appointed counsel to the SIPA trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, working on the global investigation of the Madoff Ponzi scheme—the largest financial fraud in history—and related litigations seeking recoveries for the BLMIS Customer Fund. Responsible for overall coordination and oversight of international investigations and legal proceedings occurring in multiple jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Represented an Alaskan fisheries industry client before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully reversing a grant of summary judgment based on third-party collateral estoppel arising from a foreign arbitral award.
  • Part of the team representing the court-appointed receiver of international investment advisor Michael Kenwood Group, LLC, during investigation and recovery of investor funds’ assets that were misappropriated from international hedge funds created and run by the Michael Kenwood Group. Advises the team and the receiver on international issues at play in the management and liquidation of assets of the receivership estate.
  • Advised a Middle Eastern bank during a multinational contract dispute arising from the mortgage-backed securities crisis.
  • Advising a hedge fund client during a breach of contract dispute arising under English law.
  • Former assistant general counsel for American International Group, Inc. Managed international litigation and arbitration for the parent company and its subsidiaries, as well as coordinated global e-discovery policies.
  • Represented Zaha Hadid, one of the world’s leading female architects, in an action for defamation and trade libel. Ms. Hadid was selected to design one of the stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Al-Wakrah stadium in Qatar. In June 2014, the New York Review of Books published an article by Martin Filler claiming that Ms. Hadid was indifferent to thousands of worker deaths at the construction of the Al-Wakrah Stadium she designed. At the time the article was written, construction had not yet even begun on the Al-Wakrah Stadium. In response, Ms. Hadid brought an action for defamation and trade libel in the New York State Supreme Court. The New York Review of Books and Mr. Filler printed a retraction, admitting that the claim was inaccurate and apologizing for the error. The case was settled, and the settlement payment was donated to an undisclosed charity.

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