In 2018, a Brazilian asset manager contracted Gryphon to investigate the assets of a prominent Brazilian real estate developer that had defaulted on a large loan to which the asset manager was a creditor.
An initial investigation and review of records in Brazil found that the developer was heavily in debt and appeared to have no assets against which to collect. However, a review of social media postings for the developer and his family uncovered a possible connection to a condominium unit located in New York.
Investigating further, Gryphon identified a web of corporations that the developer had established in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico which were actively involved in the purchase and sale of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of real estate.
After presenting these findings to the civil court in Brazil, Gryphon’s client received authorization from the court to seize all of the developer’s known assets in the United States. The seized property was to be auctioned off in order to cover the amount of the unpaid loan and interest that had been unpaid for about two decades.