U.S. Bankruptcy Chief Judge Laurel M. Isicoff in the Southern District of Florida has settled a long-running dispute over who really owned a string of defendant companies, siding with the trustee, who can now recover more than $600 million in assets and interest in a bankruptcy case.

The debtor, Leonidas Ortega Trujillo, a Miami businessman from a wealthy Ecuadorian family, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in June 2015. But since 1996, he had been in litigation with the Ecuadorian government, represented by Boston K&L Gates partner Michael DeMarco and Miami partner Jeffrey Kucera, over the failure of what once was the country’s fourth-largest bank, run by the family.

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