Kobre & Kim Strengthens Conflict-Free International Insolvency Disputes Team

February 14, 2017

Kobre & Kim has bolstered its international insolvency capabilities with the addition of senior lateral hire D. Farrington Yates in New York.

Mr. Yates joins the firm’s Bankruptcy & Debtor-Creditor Disputes team, bringing his extensive knowledge of cross-border insolvency actions. His practice focuses on guiding non-U.S. clients through high-value Chapter 11 proceedings and non-U.S. insolvencies in pursuing recoveries through Chapter 15 proceedings.

Co-founder Michael Kim noted that Mr. Yates will reinforce the firm's strength in multijurisdictional insolvency disputes: "One of our firm's core strengths is handling matters relating to fraud and asset recovery.  Many of these matters involve international insolvency issues, and Farrington's addition is a key part of our strategy to expand our team working in this complex area."

The firm's Bankruptcy & Debtor-Creditor Disputes group currently serves as special litigation counsel and international asset recovery counsel in insolvencies originating from various jurisdictions, including Brazil, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Delaware, New York and Spain.

"I have built my practice as an adviser to entities worldwide involved in complex and contested cross-border insolvency proceedings," Mr. Yates said. "I am excited to join a unique firm that offers integrated investigation and insolvency disputes capabilities in key jurisdictions throughout the world."

Mr. Yates' arrival was covered by news outlets including Global Restructuring Review and The Deal.