News

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.


Accolades May 18, 2022

Kobre & Kim Wins Gold in Reputation Management Law Firm of the Year at Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2022

Kobre & Kim is delighted to win Gold in the category of Reputation Management Law Firm of the Year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards, a recognition of the firm’s exceptional reputation services and offerings for international private clients.

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Events May 18, 2022

Kobre & Kim and Global Restructuring Review To Host Discussion on Cross-Border Insolvencies and Cryptocurrency

The rise in cross-border insolvencies of cryptocurrency exchanges and trading platforms creates new challenges for stakeholders, from bankruptcy trustees, liquidators and creditors to victims of fraud looking to recover their stolen digital assets. Differing insolvency regimes make global asset recovery difficult, and bankruptcy estates increasingly have to compete with aggressive government regulators to collect stolen assets.

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Firm News May 18, 2022

Sacramento-based Propel Fuels Sues Phillips 66 Over Alleged Trade-Secrets Heist

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2022 -- Propel Fuels, Inc. ("Propel"), a retailer of low-carbon fuels at branded stations throughout California, has filed a lawsuit against Phillips 66 Company ("Phillips 66"), claiming the Texas-based oil company misappropriated Propel's trade secrets and engaged in unlawful business practices in violation of California's Uniform Trade Secrets Act and Unfair Competition Law.

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Firm News May 13, 2022

Kobre & Kim Honors Dale Minami for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Kobre & Kim is reflecting on the achievements of Asian Americans in and out of the legal industry. Today, we honor Dale Minami for his leadership and accomplishments working on behalf of Asian Americans.

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Firm News May 10, 2022

Kobre & Kim and Human Rights First Win Asylum for Pro Bono Client

On May 2, 2022, Kobre & Kim succeeded in gaining asylum for a client, Jackie, and her two children, in a partnership with Human Rights First as part of our continued commitment to pro bono work.

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Events May 9, 2022

Adriana Riviere-Badell Explores Family Governance in Trust Disputes and Litigation During STEP Miami Annual Summit

High-net-worth families want to avoid contentious wealth transitions and trust disputes that not only could lead to costly litigation, but also unwanted attention from regulators and tax authorities across the globe. Though there are no “right” ways for families to make decisions, successful families have one thing in common: strong family governance. Kobre & Kim’s Adriana Riviere-Badell – who focuses on high-profile trust and estates disputes and multijurisdictional civil litigation – discusses during STEP Miami’s 11th Annual Summit in a session at 3:15 pm Miami time, Friday May 13, 2022.

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Events May 9, 2022

Amanda Tuminelli Joins Chainalysis Link NYC 2022 Conversation on Identifying and Seizing Virtual Assets

The rise in popularity of digital assets like cryptocurrency is inevitably paired with a concurrent rise in fraud and theft. How should victims and other stakeholders approach tracking down and recovering stolen assets when they take a virtual form? Kobre & Kim’s Amanda Tuminelli, who represents clients in the digital currency industry in cross-border asset recovery campaigns, shares her insights during a Chainalysis Link NYC 2022 session at 4:15 pm New York time, May 18, 2022.

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Firm News May 6, 2022

Kobre & Kim Honors Milestones in the U.S. Federal Judiciary for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Kobre & Kim is reflecting on the achievements and representation of Asian Americans in the United States judiciary. 

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Events April 29, 2022

Amanda Tuminelli Shares Litigator Tips on Recovering Cryptocurrency During OffshoreAlert Miami 2022 Conference

As the use of digital and cryptocurrency rises, so too do instances of crypto fraud and theft, increasing the need for asset recovery specialists, investigators and litigators to adapt their techniques to handle this new technology. Kobre & Kim’s Amanda Tuminelli, who represents clients in the digital currency industry in government investigations, shared her experience in this area at the OffshoreAlert Miami 2022 conference during a panel discussion on April 25, 2022.

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Events April 15, 2022

Jef Klazen Discusses Russian Nationalization of Foreign Assets and Investor-State Disputes in Columbia Law Panel

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and imposition of sanctions, many foreign companies and investors have sought to divest from and leave Russia. However, Russia has proposed a bill to nationalize the operations of companies that leave, raising the possibility of investor-state disputes and ISDS claims. Kobre & Kim’s Jef Klazen, who focuses on international judgment enforcement and asset recovery against sovereign entities, examined the unique issues presented by this situation during a panel hosted by Columbia Law School on April 12, 2022.

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Events April 12, 2022

Miranda Ching Joins STEP Hong Kong Webinar on Impact of Russia Sanctions on Trustees

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many countries have imposed unprecedented sanctions on its economy and many individuals. Governments have already frozen or even seized assets, and further sanctions are widely expected. What can and can’t law-abiding trust and corporate service providers do in this rapidly evolving environment? Kobre & Kim’s Miranda Ching – a former case controller and prosecutor at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office – discusses at a STEP Hong Kong webinar at 6:00 pm Hong Kong time / 11:00 am London time, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

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Events April 5, 2022

Gabriela Ruiz Unpacks Asset Recovery in Select Latin American Jurisdictions in University of Florida Levin College of Law Lecture

For creditors trying to recover assets, getting their arbitration awards or judgments recognized in Latin America can be a challenge. Kobre & Kim’s Miami and São Paulo-based Gabriela Ruiz, who focuses on asset recovery and other disputes in Latin America, unpacks the key issues in a virtual lecture hosted by the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Center for Governmental Responsibility at 12:00 pm Miami time, Wednesday April 6, 2022.

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Events March 29, 2022

Calvin Koo Discusses Blockchain Technology and Arbitration in 6th CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration

As blockchain-related technologies – including cryptocurrency and smart contracts – proliferate, related disputes will grow as well, many of which will have to be resolved through arbitration. However, blockchain arbitrations remain rare, and unprecedented challenges may arise. Kobre & Kim’s Calvin Koo, who focuses on APAC digital assets disputes, will discuss these issues during the 6th CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration in a virtual panel at 5:00 pm India time / 7:30 pm Hong Kong time, April 1, 2022.

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Events March 29, 2022

Daniel Lee Surveys Evolving Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Landscape in IACA Lecture

Global anti-corruption agencies are increasingly teaming up and pooling together tools to investigate and enforce against corruption around the world, exemplified by the June 2021 U.S. memorandum establishing the fight against corruption as a core national security interest. Kobre & Kim’s Daniel Lee, who focuses on responding to multijurisdictional government enforcement actions from the U.S. and Asia, surveyed the new enforcement landscape in a lecture for the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) on March 22.

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Firm News March 28, 2022

British entrepreneur Harvey Boulter exonerated after UK liquidators’ allegations of fraud are rejected in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands

Kobre & Kim has secured a victory in the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands for Harvey Boulter in proceedings arising from his former role as a director of two Cayman companies within his own venture capital group, Porton Capital, as well as his role as a director of Enigma Diagnostics Ltd. 

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