Managing Partner: Jennifer Grady
Number of partners: 28
Number of other lawyers: 33
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP (RK&O) is a world leader in financial sector law, business transactions and high-stakes litigation. For more than 25 years, the firm has consistently been at the forefront of emerging legal issues and investment activities, pioneering not only the trading market for distressed debt but also standards and practices that have revolutionized the secondary loan marketplace. The sophistication, intelligence and intensity that have made RK&O a global leader in complex financial transactions and compliance issues have also driven the firm’s success in representing institutional clients and individuals confronting government investigations, securities law violations and business disputes.
With a long track record of achieving positive outcomes for clients, RK&O is trusted by the financial and business community to navigate the most difficult legal issues while maintaining a commitment to absolute discretion. Quite simply, no other mid-sized financial and business transaction firm has RK&O’s experience, reputation and caliber of clients.
The firm’s attorneys are recognized as being among the most qualified legal practitioners in the financial services sector, both in the US and around the globe. Before joining RK&O, several firm partners gained years of experience in senior positions at financial institutions and at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies. The firm’s attorneys have been involved in every aspect of corporate law, civil litigation and government investigations, uniquely qualifying them to navigate the most difficult issues facing the financial industry and business leaders. RK&O has approximately 65 lawyers located in New York, Washington, DC and London.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust; business and commercial disputes; class action and multidistrict litigation; complex financial products; creditors’ rights and intercreditor disputes; legal ethics and malpractice defense; securities and shareholder suits.
Corporate & Finance Transactions:
Bankruptcy and special situations investments; derivatives; distressed debt and claims trading; fund formation and investment management; lending transactions; marketplace lending; mergers and acquisitions; private equity securities transactions; tax; venture capital.
Regulation & Compliance:
Boards, directors and special committees; operational advice; private fund advisers; regulatory risk evaluation; securities regulation advice and training; trading/ethical policies and compliance.
Investigations & Enforcement:
Anti-corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; anti-money laundering and economic sanctions; commodities trading; financial and accounting fraud; securities trading and market manipulation; tax investigations; white collar criminal defense.
The firm represents some of the world’s largest investment banks, financial institutions, public corporations and hedge funds – including eight of the top ten global investment banks, six of the ten largest private equity funds, and 31 of the top 100 hedge funds by assets under management.
In addition to representing financial institutions and corporate leaders in complex business transactions and disputes, RK&O works on behalf of institutions, executives and corporate board members facing government investigations, white collar litigation and other high-stakes legal issues.
The proof of RK&O’s success lies not only in the institutions and individuals it represents, but also in the fact that many clients turn to the firm time and time again when facing complex legal situations.