Publications August 20, 2021

Benjamin Sirota Analyzes Second FTC Antitrust Case Against Facebook

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) second attempt at alleging Facebook of antitrust violations is already affecting the legal landscape. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sirota, who focuses on government enforcement defense and is a former federal antitrust prosecutor, analyzed the new case when he spoke with Bloomberg Law.

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Publications August 18, 2021

John Han and Henry Cheung in Reorg: Creative Strategies for Tahoe Group Bondholders to Maximize Returns

Chinese property developer Tahoe Group has been embroiled in financial crisis, facing a large-scale bond redemption and cross-default at over US $800 million for its dollar-denominated bonds alone. "No-action" clauses tie bondholders, but an exception at bond maturity gives many investors a chance to recoup a return. Kobre & Kim's John Han and Henry Cheung outline creative strategies beyond restructuring that can maximize returns in a blog post for Reorg

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Publications August 18, 2021

Benjamin Sauter Talks Antinalysis and the Future of Blockchain Analytics Tools with Forkast News

The shutdown of a darknet blockchain analytics tool, Antinalysis, marks the ongoing showdown between malicious actors looking to launder their illicit digital assets, and the exchanges and law enforcement looking to stop them. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter shared his thoughts on the future of these analytics tools when he sat down with Forkast News.

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Publications August 13, 2021

Jef Klazen, Marcus Green and Chris Cogburn Author Chapter on U.S. Enforcement of Arbitration Awards for Global Arbitration Review

In a chapter for Global Arbitration Review’s “The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2022,” Kobre & Kim’s Jef Klazen, Marcus Green and Chris Cogburn take a deep dive in the steps and nuances for parties looking to enforce an arbitration award in the United States.

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Publications August 3, 2021

Polly Wilkins Spotlighted in WWCDA Newsletter for Private Client Reputation Work

Kobre & Kim’s Polly Wilkins, who co-chairs the Women’s White Collar Defense Association’s (WWCDA) Young Professional’s Committee in London, was recently highlighted in the association’s quarterly newsletter as one of their rising stars.

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Publications August 3, 2021

Jason Kang and Jian Wu on Mitigating Compliance Risks for Chinese Companies in Belt and Road Initiative

In 2020 alone, Chinese companies have signed 5,611 new contracts worth over US $141 billion as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. But with the relative recency of Chinese companies’ overseas investments comes increased legal risk exposure, particularly from the multilateral development banks (MDBs) that underpin many of these projects. Kobre & Kim’s Jason Kang and Jian Wu untangle the complexities in an article for Chinese news website Guancha News (观察者网).

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Publications July 23, 2021

“Sticking to One Thing”: Michael Kim on Distinctiveness as the Key to Firm Success

Kobre & Kim was one of the few midsize Am Law 200 firms to have had double-digit revenue growth in 2020. Founding partner Michael Kim shared the key to this success when he sat down with The American Lawyer.

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Publications July 23, 2021

John Han on New York State Court Win Against Charles Spackman in New York Law Journal

“Mr. Spackman is running out of places to hide,” Kobre & Kim’s John Han told New York Law Journal after a New York state appeals court ruled businessman Charles Spackman was rightfully held in civil contempt for not complying with a subpoena, part of a long-running global enforcement campaign on behalf of Korean investor Sang Cheol Woo to collect over US $10 million owed by Mr. Spackman.

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Publications July 22, 2021

Polly Wilkins and Lara Levinson on Responding to Legal Risks for NFT Investors in Sotheby’s Arts & Collections

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have taken the art world by storm, but the unique nature of these digital assets present new legal risks for artists, galleries, auction houses and high-net-worth investors. Kobre & Kim’s Polly Wilkins and Lara Levinson outline how NFT stakeholders can protect themselves, their assets and their reputations in an article for Arts & Collections, a magazine associated with fine arts company Sotheby’s.

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Publications July 22, 2021

Vasu Muthyala, Nick Cherryman, Kiran Unni, Jef Klazen in Legal Era: How Indian Debtors Can Stand Up to Aggressive Global Lenders

As loan moratoria around the world, including the one set by the Reserve Bank of India, are set to expire in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian debtors are likely to hear from their global creditors. But as Kobre & Kim’s Vasu Muthyala, Nick Cherryman, Kiran Unni and Jef Klazen explain in an article for Legal Era, debtors still have numerous tools to deploy if they face the wrong end of a financial giant’s global enforcement campaign.

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Publications July 20, 2021

Benjamin Sirota Shares Insights with Law360 on DOJ’s Criminal Antitrust Prosecutions Against No-Poach Agreements

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) focus on pursuing criminal antitrust prosecutions against employers agreeing not to recruit from one another is expected to intensify. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sirota, a former DOJ Antitrust Division prosecutor, shared what to expect from prosecutors when he recently spoke with Law360.

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Publications July 20, 2021

John Han, Jason Kang and Gabrielle Liu on New Opportunities from PRC-HK Cross-Border Insolvency Agreement

By signing a new cross-border insolvency agreement with China, Hong Kong is positioned to become the only jurisdiction outside the mainland where mutual recognition and assistance of insolvency proceedings is allowed, opening new doors for creditors in building a global asset enforcement campaign. Kobre & Kim’s John Han, Jason Kang and Gabrielle Liu explore the implications in an article for Law.com International.

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Publications July 8, 2021

Evelyn Sheehan on the Coming Anti-Money Laundering Regulations over the U.S. Art Market

The U.S. art market has long been shielded from anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, but lawmakers, regulators and law enforcement are set to change this status quo. Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan shared her insights on this development with Global Investigations Review.

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Publications July 6, 2021

MEA Regional Managing Director Mahmoud Selim Discusses Renaissance Dam Sovereign Dispute with Bloomberg Asharq

Sitting down for a live television interview with Bloomberg Asharq News, Kobre & Kim’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) Regional Managing Director Mahmoud Selim, who leads the firm’s strategy handling matters involving fraud and misconduct in the region, discussed the latest international legal developments in the Renaissance Dam dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

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Publications July 2, 2021

Benjamin Sauter Digs into U.S. Crypto Enforcement in Brave New Coin’s Crypto Conversation Podcast

Following an article he wrote with Evelyn Sheehan and Amanda Tuminelli in Brave New Coin on fighting the U.S. government’s aggressive playbook in crypto cases, Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter sat down with the publication’s senior editor Andy Pickering to dive deeper into the enforcement issues in an episode of the podcast, “Crypto Conversation.”

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