Many of our engagements involve matters in which our clients face significant public attention. The following is a list of news stories about the firm, our clients, cases and the results we have achieved.

Firm News May 24, 2023

Kobre & Kim Successfully Defeats Spain’s Sovereign Immunity Challenge in UK High Court in Landmark International Enforcement Case

In one of the most significant judgments on state immunity and international arbitration in decades, the Commercial Court (High Court) in London has dismissed Spain’s challenge to the recognition of an ICSID arbitration award (the Antin Award) based on grounds of sovereign immunity and European Union case law. 

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Events May 17, 2023

Jian Wu Explores Legal and Economic Landscape Between U.S. and China in AABANY Roundtable

The legal and economic landscape between the United States and China is becoming increasingly complicated, and businesses must be attuned to new challenges and opportunities to stay ahead. Kobre & Kim’s Regional Managing Director of Asia Pacific Jian Wu explores the latest developments during a roundtable hosted by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) Asia Practice Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in New York at 6:00 pm on May 19, 2023.

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Events May 15, 2023

John Han and Jason Kang Explore Hong Kong-Based Cross-Border Enforcement Strategy in HKIAC Session

For creditors in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong can and often should be the primary springboard to launch a cross-border enforcement campaign to trace and recover funds. Kobre & Kim’s John Han and Jason Kang, who both focus on the monetization of claims involving the region, examine what a Hong Kong-based global enforcement strategy may look like during a session hosted by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in Beijing on May 26, 2023.

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Events May 12, 2023

Evelyn Sheehan Explores U.S. Jurisdictional Developments Regarding Offshore Trusts in STEP Caribbean Conference

The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are key jurisdictions for offshore private wealth practitioners, especially when their clients are at risk of becoming – or have already become – embroiled in a contentious cross-border dispute. Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan, who focuses on representing international private clients, their families and trustees in cross-border litigation, investigations and enforcement actions, discussed critical developments affecting offshore trusts during the STEP Caribbean Conference in Panama. 

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Events May 4, 2023

Steven Kobre Discusses the Ethics of Bootleg Evidence in Cross-Border Disputes During ABA Conference

For international disputes lawyers representing a multinational company victimized by wrongdoers in another country, developing a thorough evidence record is key to success. However, what should lawyers do when they encounter an offer of evidence from a questionable source? Kobre & Kim founding partner Steven Kobre explores the ethical considerations at the 2023 ABA International Law Section Annual Conference in New York during a session at 2:30 pm, May 4, 2023.

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Events May 1, 2023

Daniel Saval Explores Challenges in Cross-Border Cryptocurrency Insolvencies at ABA International Law Conference

Many crypto firms – including Three Arrows Capital, Voyager, Celsius and FTX – have become insolvent as cryptocurrency asset values cratered during the “Crypto Winter” of 2022. However, the unusual nature of the crypto industry – with many firms and creditors based outside regulated financial economies, and the asset class being largely unregulated – poses unique challenges for insolvency practitioners, trustees and liquidators. Kobre & Kim’s Daniel Saval, who focuses on complex cross-border insolvency disputes, explores these obstacles at the ABA International Law Section Annual Conference in New York during a session at 11:00 am, May 3, 2023.

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Firm News March 31, 2023

Kobre & Kim Scores Win for MLB in Judgment-Enforcement Proceeding

In a win for Kobre & Kim client Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., a federal court has ordered a Dominican broadcasting company and its New York affiliate to turn over various kinds of property to MLB, including bank account funds in New York and the Dominican Republic, certain contractual payment rights, and a helicopter.

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Events March 30, 2023

Jef Klazen Explores Arbitral Award Enforcement Against Sovereigns During 2023 Paris Arbitration Week

More global investors are engaging in investor-state arbitration to resolve disputes, but the trouble often begins once they win an award. Many sovereigns deploy their unique powers to do everything they can to avoid payment, so investors need to think creatively if they want to successfully enforce their arbitral award. Kobre & Kim’s Jef Klazen, who focuses on international asset recovery and the enforcement of judgments and awards, discusses during the Paris Arbitration Week on a session at 10:00 am local time, March 31, 2023.

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Firm News March 20, 2023

Kobre & Kim Notches Victory with Rare Set Aside of BVI Enforcement Order

Kobre & Kim wins rarely granted ruling setting aside of certain aspects of an enforcement order by the British Virgin Islands Commercial Court.

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Events March 15, 2023

Polly Wilkins, Adriana Riviere-Badell and Vicky Kay Discuss Asset Defense for African HNWIs with Oraro & Co.

Defense of wealth against litigation threats is increasingly an area of concern for many high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in Africa, and in particular, women in business have unique concerns over their assets. In collaboration with Oraro & Company Advocates, Kobre & Kim’s Polly Wilkins, Adriana Riviere-Badell and Vicky Kay examined how HNWIs and their advisors can navigate potential threats to their wealth during a panel discussion in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10.

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Events February 28, 2023

Paul Hughes to Chair Panel on Best Practices in Obtaining Information for Lawyers During RILPA Conference in Dubai

A good amount of high-quality information is the foundation of any legal strategy in global arbitral award enforcement or restructuring campaigns. Kobre & Kim’s Paul Hughes, who focuses on complex cross-border disputes with a nexus to the United Arab Emirates and wider Middle East, will chair a panel on the best practices to accessing critical sources of information during the Restructuring Insolvency and Legal Practitioners Association (RILPA) Conference in Dubai on March 9, 2023.

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Firm News February 28, 2023

Kobre & Kim Earns UK Pro Bono Success in Partnership with LawWorks

In our ongoing partnership with pro bono group LawWorks, Kobre & Kim succeeded last month in increasing a young woman’s Personal Independence Payment (“PIP”) award in London to the highest available amount, granting her an additional £95.05 per week that will be backdated to November 2021. 

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Accolades February 23, 2023

Kobre & Kim is Named Best Foreign Law Firm in Asia Business Law Journal’s Korea Law Firm Awards 2022

In recognition of the firm’s strength in handling Korea-based cross-border disputes, the Asia Business Law Journal has listed Kobre & Kim among its “Best Foreign Law Firms” in its latest Korea Law Firm Awards 2022.

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Events February 23, 2023

John Han Examines Global Asset Recovery at 7th IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference

Asset recovery is a crucial service to provide for creditors and claimants, including across the Asia Pacific region – but it is becoming an increasingly complicated endeavor. Kobre & Kim’s John Han, who focuses on the monetization and demonetization of debt instruments, claims, judgments and arbitral awards, unpacked the latest developments in global asset recovery at the 7th IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference in Singapore in a session at 1:45 pm local time, Thursday February 23, 2023.

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Firm News February 17, 2023

Kobre & Kim Honors Jane M. Bolin for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Kobre & Kim is reflecting on the unique contributions made by African Americans both inside and outside the legal industry. Today, we celebrate Judge Jane M. Bolin, the first Black woman to serve as a judge in the United States. In support of the 2023 Black History Month theme of Resistance, we are honored to recognize the career of Jane Bolin as a pioneer of resistance and representation of Black Americans in the judiciary. 

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