Kobre & Kim Earns Top Recognitions in Chambers USA New York Rankings

June 1, 2023

Kobre & Kim and several lawyers have been recognized in the latest Chambers USA rankings for New York, placing among the top firms and lawyers in several categories for commercial, white-collar and financial litigation.

Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded

Kobre & Kim placed in Band 1 for this category.

Chambers describes the firm’s “prominent” practice as providing “individual and institutional clients with top-flight representation in high-profile commercial disputes as well as criminal and regulatory investigations.” The publication adds that Kobre & Kim “is increasingly commended for its handling of complex multijurisdictional and international disputes on behalf of a broad client base,” and “the firm offers particular strength in asset recovery and arbitral enforcement matters, as well as representation of trustees in financial products litigation.”

The publication also quotes testimonials on how the firm “carefully considers its clients’ underlying problems and goals and carefully crafts bespoke solutions using the wide range of legal and business tools.” Others praise Kobre & Kim as “an excellent firm of litigators” who are “skilled and effective” and “very good, nimble and smart.”

Michael Kim and Danielle Rose are also both individually recognized among the top litigators in this category.

Chambers notes Mr. Kim “is well regarded for his work in financial litigation, as well as in cross-border investigations and enforcement matters” and “has significant experience in bankruptcy-related cases.” Testimonials praise Mr. Kim as “a really impressive lawyer,” “a very strong player in the market” who “has done a great job on recovering judgments internationally,” and “a very high-profile guy and a tremendous lawyer.”

The publication notes Ms. Rose’s “particular strength in cases relating to complex financial products,” highlighting testimonials lauding her as “thoughtful, experienced and really knows the market,” and “a leader and very good at mobilizing teams” who is “everything you want in a litigator.”

Securities: Institutional Plaintiffs: Mainly RMBS Litigation

Zachary Rosenbaum was also ranked in Band 1 in this category. Noting his handling of “high-value securities matters for institutional investors, banks and broker-dealers,” Chambers quotes testimonials praising Mr. Rosenbaum as “pleasant and very good at communicating issues and strategizing,” and as “an adept courtroom litigator who has considerable expertise in securities litigation.”

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: The Elite

Kobre & Kim has increased its ranking from last year to Band 2 for this category.

Chambers notes the firm’s criminal defense offering is “complemented by extensive cross-border expertise and courtroom experience,” and that Kobre & Kim “regularly defends clients from proceedings conducted by bodies such as the SEC and CFTC” and is noted “for its handling of complex multijurisdictional disputes on behalf of a broad client base.”

Testimonials note that Kobre & Kim’s lawyers “are extremely knowledgeable, with a rich experience in all matters, including issues on the practical side and the legal side,” the firm “proactively taps their expert attorneys to ensure all facets of the matter at hand, including the potential consequences, are fully explored before proceedings,” and “the team offer practical, realistic and expert advice.”

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Founding partners Michael Kim and Steven Kobre have maintained their Band 2 positions for this category.

Chambers notes Mr. Kim or his “impressive experience handling major cross-border investigations involving fraud and asset forfeiture” and “in a range of complex criminal disputes,” with testimonials praising him as “very much a trusted counselor for all sorts of companies and people.” Mr. Kobre is recognized for counseling on “complex criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as high-stakes commercial litigation.”


Both Kobre & Kim and Benjamin Sirota are recognized among the top firms and practitioners in this category.

Chambers praises the firm’s “strong practice in the antitrust space,” pointing out that “the team is particularly skilled in handling issues involving multiple jurisdictions,” has “considerable experience of engaging with the DOJ and the FTC,” and is “renowned for their ability to advise on international cartel cases.”

Benjamin Sirota “draws strength from his previous experience as a prosecutor within the DOJ,” Chambers explains, and he “defends both individuals and companies in antitrust matters across a range of sectors including agriculture and healthcare.” Testimonials praise Mr. Sirota as “a highly knowledgeable, savvy practitioner who knows his way around the government process,” who is “very knowledgeable about every aspect of criminal antitrust” and “brings to the table his years of experience as a DOJ antitrust prosecutor, which is very valuable to his clients,” and “can handle complex matters seamlessly.”