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Kobre & Kim

Fraud

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What the team is known for

Headquartered in New York, Kobre & Kim is universally recognised as a market leader in the area of asset tracing and recovery. The firm is exclusively focused on disputes and investigations, and is able to deliver the full spectrum of global asset recovery services in some of the largest international arbitration and litigation award enforcement projects. Its team consists of several former US Department of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission lawyers, as well as English barristers and solicitors.

Strengths

"Asset tracing and recovery is the firm's bread and butter. The firm is very good at explaining what's going in every jurisdiction relevant to the case; they're very knowledgeable about facts all over the world. I'd add the firm has a certain level of diplomatic skill too, where the team can manage lawyers at other firms to coordinate globally seamlessly - that's impressive."

"These guys are brilliant and pragmatic. The firm only takes on the biggest cases. They have very few conflicts too, which is helpful."

Work highlights

Kobre & Kim is acting as global counsel to Elec-Tech International, its chairman and a former employee, in defending them against Lumiled's post-judgment enforcement efforts arising from a USD66 million judgment for misappropriation of trade secrets. Kobre & Kim is advising its clients on strategies to assess the vulnerabilities of their assets and to assert their legitimate defence rights.

Notable practitioners

Michael Kim is a co-founder of the firm and acts as lead counsel in high-stakes disputes, investigations, judgement enforcement and asset tracing and recovery proceedings. His practice lies at the intersection of fraud and insolvency in situations involving government investigations and asset forfeiture, recovery of hidden assets and bankruptcy.

"He's a legend in this field," says a market peer, "he's extremely well connected and known for both managing the firm and also being an active and impressive lawyer in his own right." "He's a top-tier lawyer," adds a private investigator. One source summarises: "Overall Michael is an outstanding lawyer and has an exceptional ability to synthesise the facts and provide substantive feedback on key issues or strategies very quickly. His ability to speak three languages, English, Korean and Spanish, is a huge asset. My clients are as impressed with him as I am."

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