Sandro O. Monteblanco
What areas of the law does your firm focus on?
Monteblanco Law Group focuses mainly on international law, this area is divided into three main practices that include corporate, criminal, and family law. Under the umbrella of international corporate law, we practice maritime law, mining law, gaming law, immigration law, and common corporate practices that include banking, startups, and IP. International Family Law often focuses on IPCA (International Parental Child Abduction) under The Hague Convention Treaty. We also mediate/litigate high-net-worth international divorces as well as child support/custody cases. In the area of international criminal law, we handle matters regarding money laundering, drug trafficking, and Bitcoin scams, among others that may have yielded Interpol’s feared Red Notice alerts, that often end up with the arrest of the warranted party in a foreign country.
Are there any legal areas that you often feel the most personally invested in?
Personally, I am fond of two distinct areas of the law; international family law and international criminal law, which is primarily due to the relevance that we as legal practitioners have on the life of our clients. The tremendous pressure to be the very best at what we do; added to the realization of how this will have a direct impact on our client’s lives is what motivates my Firm and I to give it all we have and more.
What cases have had the most impact on you?
There are two that come to mind.
The first case involved Interpol, and the removal of a Red Notice issued by them against our client. Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) is an inter-governmental organization that works together to fight a range of international crimes. A Red Notice is issued to alert police worldwide about internationally wanted fugitives so that they may be apprehended and incarcerated while awaiting extradition to the requesting country. Unfortunately, most legal professionals are neither knowledgeable nor experienced in dealing with Interpol Red Notice removals, whereas our firm is very experienced in that area. In this particular case, it involved a Middle Eastern client, who had been a whistleblower against corrupt officials in his native country thus causing their arrest. He later fled his home country, converted to Christianity, and wrote a book telling of his experience in his former country. His former country wanted to make an example of him and falsified documents with the intent of wrongly accusing our client of a crime and made the case before Interpol so as to achieve an international warrant for the arrest of our 80-year-old client, who unaware of said issuance, traveled on vacation with his family to Peru and was arrested upon entry and sent to one of the most inhumane prisons in the world. Arduous work went into this defense that involved three separate jurisdictions; the country of his former citizenship, the country of his new citizenship and the country where he was arrested. A great deal of work went into this defense and while my team handled the local case directly, I was in charge of the international defense that would subsequently be submitted before the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s files for their consideration. The final result was not only the release from prison of our client even before Interpol had issued a decision, but we also won the case before Interpol who removed the Red Notice of our client, thus rendering him a free man, able to continue traveling the world.
In the second case, I was defense attorney to two foreign clients; one who was not only the biological father to his little girl and also exercised sole custody of her and despite of this, he was charged with aggravated kidnapping of his own daughter and incarcerated facing a 35-year prison sentence, and the second was his friend; a British national who was simply accompanying the first, yet was also arrested and charged with the same crime and faced the same prison term. From the very beginning, the case was riddled with technical complexities but also fueled by a media frenzy that only served to mitigate the law and exacerbate a would-be lynch mob mentality. Despite all the odds, through relentless dedication and a resilient pursuit of the law we were able to demonstrate to the court that it was impossible for the biological father to be charged with kidnapping his own daughter, especially when he exercised full custody of said child in his home country. The case was tried in a civil court and due to the overwhelming and undeniable evidence we presented, we were able to get both our clients acquitted and able to go back to their lives in the US and the UK respectfully.
What gives your firm an advantage over other firms in your industry?
I think that the main advantage is that my firm is comprised of a team of experienced attorneys in New York, Peru, and Spain. As an example, while in the U.S., we have an associate who is a former federal prosecutor. In Spain and Peru, we have one that is a former judge and another a leading international arbitrator and past president of the local bar association, all of which provides us with valuable insight when it comes to trying our cases. As experienced litigators in multijurisdictional matters, it is one thing to have a textbook knowledge of the law and an entirely different one to have hands-on experience in our fields, it is precisely the latter that allows my team and I to welcome the challenging cases that come across our desks on a daily basis. As for myself, I focus primarily on IPCA cases and Interpol-related matters, where I have been quite effective in achieving the results our clients needed. The majority of our cases have yielded us ample and valuable experience in dealings with entities such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Justice, the State Department, the London Police, the Royal Courts of Justice (London), as well as various others throughout the world.
Where are your offices located?
We are headquartered in Lima, Peru, and it is from this location that we quarterback all our international operations. We also have an office strategically located in the middle of the financial district in New York City that primarily caters to corporate and white-collar cases before both state and federal courts. Our Madrid presence mainly serves a more corporate clientele that either already have a presence in South America as well as the United States, or they are interested in entering these jurisdictions. This office however employs seasoned and experienced attorneys in the field of corporate, tax, immigration and EU law.
Why is international law so important to you?
For many colleagues, international law is but a mere niche in the ample field of specialties, however, to me it represents the driving force that compels an angst of continuous self-improvement through endless training and education. It is this very field that enthralls me and affords me the unique opportunity to learn the laws that comprise foreign jurisdictions which in turn makes up the very culture which I am fortunate enough to witness firsthand. Moreover, I am fascinated by how the incessant need of unremitting learning causes an unmitigated effect on every single member of my Firm which unequivocally results in the sublimity known as; experience.
Where are your clients from?
We serve a diverse range of clients with various needs from the United States, most countries in the European Union, non-EU countries, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and several in South and Central America as well.
Do you have any immediate plans for expansion?
Growth projections have us launching our newest operation in London, England, before the end of 2019. The London office is planned to coincide with the Brexit and the business opportunities that this will represent for foreign firms versed in international law. We also expect to launch an office in Dubai in mid 2020, which will be established as a result of the increase in clients that we have been seeing from the U.A.E. retaining the legal services of our New York office. We expect that local representation will make it easier for these clients to do business with us.
How can potential clients get in touch with your firm?
Depending on their location or jurisdiction, they can contact us through the office that is closest to them but any of our offices can point them in the right direction. In Peru, our contact information is listed with the US Embassy, the British Embassy, and the Australian Embassy websites, as well as in various other embassies.
Sandro O. Monteblanco, Esq.
NYC: Law Offices of Monteblanco & Associates
11 Broadway, Suite 615, New York, NY 10004
Office: (212) 480.4147
Lima: Manuel de la Fuente 676 Barranco,
Office.: +51 (1) 595.3600
Madrid: C/ Serrano 110-1
28006 Madrid, Spain
Office.: +34 910.800.926