Managing Partner: Jennifer Grady
Number of partners: 27
Number of other lawyers: 26
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is a world leader in the representation of participants in the financial sector and in business transactions and high-stakes litigation. For more than 30 years, the firm has 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, allegations of 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. In 2019, RK&O launched a dedicated Board & Director Advisory Group that helps keep boards and directors out of legal and media cross-hairs by proactively identifying and remediating critical governance and regulatory risks before they can spark a crisis.
RK&O 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, many partners gained experience advising leading financial institutions and public companies or working at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and other government agencies. As a result, the firm’s attorneys have been involved in every aspect of corporate law, civil litigation and government investigations, making them uniquely qualified to navigate the most difficult issues facing the financial industry and business leaders.
Main Areas of Practice:
Investigations & Enforcement:
Anti-corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; commodities trading; cryptocurrency and blockchain technology; economic sanctions and anti-money laundering; financial and accounting fraud; securities trading and market manipulation; tax investigations; white collar criminal defense.
Antitrust; appellate litigation; 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; commercial litigation funding; derivatives; distressed debt and claims trading; finance; investment management; marketplace lending; mergers and acquisitions; private equity securities transactions; structured transactions; tax; venture capital.
Regulation & Compliance:
Board and director advisory group; operational advice; private fund advisers; regulatory risk evaluation; securities regulation advice and training; trading/ethical policies and compliance.
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 40 of the top 200 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.