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.


Publications August 18, 2020

Evelyn Sheehan and Beau Barnes Discuss the U.S. “Sledgehammer” Seizure of Iranian Oil in Global Trade Review

The seizure of 1.1 million barrels of Iranian oil bound for Venezuela by the U.S. government is a “heavy sledgehammer” based on “a tactical legal innovation,” Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan and Beau Barnes said to Global Trade Review.

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Publications August 17, 2020

Evelyn Sheehan Analyzes U.S. Seizure of Iranian Oil Bound for Venezuela in S&P Global Platts

The U.S. seizure of four Iranian oil tankers carrying 1.12 million barrels to Venezuela is an “escalation” of U.S. sanctions against both countries, Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan, a former deputy chief of the Department of Justice Southern District of Florida’s asset forfeiture division, recently told S&P Global Platts.

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Publications August 17, 2020

Wade Weems Assesses TikTok’s Legal Options in the U.S. for the South China Morning Post

The U.S. has cornered ByteDance, the Chinese parent of TikTok, leaving it with no easy options, Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, a Shanghai-based former U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division prosecutor, told the South China Morning Post.

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Publications August 13, 2020

Kobre & Kim Analyzes First OFAC Case Against an Individual in Years for the Wall Street Journal

For the first time in several years, the U.S. Treasury Department has pursued a sanctions-related case against an individual, which could be a potential sign of things to come, Kobre & Kim’s Beau Barnes told the Wall Street Journal.

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Publications August 10, 2020

Jason Short on OFAC Sanctions and Ransomware Payments

Businesses that fall victim to ransomware attacks will have to factor in the additional impact of U.S. Treasury Department sanctions, Kobre & Kim’s Jason Short told Legaltech News.

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Publications August 4, 2020

Benjamin Sauter on the CFTC’s Strategic Plan for Digital Assets

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently outlined its strategic plans for the regulation of cryptocurrencies by 2024. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter sat down with Forkast.News to explain the potential implications.

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Publications July 30, 2020

Michael Kim in Law360: On the Firm’s Past, Present and Future

Kobre & Kim founding partner Michael Kim sat down with Law360 as part of their ongoing “Law Firm Leaders” series to discuss topics such as the firm’s past and future, the lawyers the firm looks for and the effects of the pandemic on business.

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Publications July 27, 2020

Wade Weems, Nathan Park and Beau Barnes on How the U.S. Government can Hurt Chinese Social Media App “TikTok”

The U.S. cannot outright “ban” TikTok, a social media app many worry is linked to the Chinese government. However, as Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, Nathan Park and Beau Barnes wrote in Foreign Policy, the U.S. government still has numerous tools to use against the app.

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Publications July 20, 2020

Evelyn Sheehan on the DOJ’s Challenges in Returning Corrupt Proceeds

Though the U.S. Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative has recovered billions in corrupt proceeds, the return of the money to still corrupt or autocratic regimes without risking further misconduct has been a challenge, Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan pointed out when she sat down with Global Investigations Review

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Publications July 20, 2020

Ben Sirota on the DOJ Antitrust Division’s New Approach to Price-Fixing Cases

Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sirota analyzed recent trends in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s approach to price-fixing cases for Law360’s review of antitrust cases in 2020 so far.

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Publications July 17, 2020

Michael Kim and Daniel Lee Explain Extradition in South Korea for GIR

Writing in a chapter for Global Investigations Review’s “GIR Know How: Extradition”, Kobre & Kim’s founding partner Michael Kim and Seoul-based lawyer Daniel Lee detail the current landscape and legal requirements for extradition from South Korea.

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Publications July 13, 2020

Wade Weems and John Han on Hong Kong’s Loss of U.S. Preferential Trading Status

The Trump Administration’s recent announcement to end its preferential treatment of Hong Kong in regards to trade bears significant potential consequences for the East Asian city. As such, in a Hong Kong Lawyer article, Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems and John Han warned Hong Kong-based businesses to prepare for a more troubled U.S.-Hong Kong trading relationship and legal environment.

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Publications July 13, 2020

Vasu Muthyala in Law360: Indian Companies Should Prepare for Risk of U.S. Enforcement

Beneath the rosy India-U.S. relationship lies an increased risk of U.S. scrutiny and enforcement against multinational companies operating in India, as current U.S.-China relations demonstrate, Kobre & Kim’s Vasu Muthyala warned in an article for Law360.

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Publications July 10, 2020

Podcast: William McGovern on the Recent Rise and Future of Whistleblowing Programs

Kobre and Kim’s William McGovern was featured on Corporate Counsel Business Journal’s “In House Warrior” Podcast to discuss the recent rise in whistleblowing, particularly in the United States and Asia.

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Publications July 8, 2020

Lian Lian on COVID-19, cross-border trade disputes, and other global challenges facing Chinese companies in 2020

In advance of Kobre & Kim’s participation in this year’s China International Import Expo (CIIE), Managing Director of China Lian Lian sat down with event organizers to discuss the firm’s decision to attend one of the year’s biggest cross-border trade events, which features importers from every province in China and across every industry.

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