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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.


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Publications September 24, 2020

Scott Hulsey Discusses the New Legal Perils Triggered by the Pandemic with The Wall Street Journal

“The coronavirus pandemic has created a legal minefield for companies,” opens the Wall Street Journal in a recent article exploring vulnerabilities such as remote working, complex government regulations and travel restrictions. Kobre & Kim’s Scott Hulsey, who specializes in complex government investigations and was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and Chief Compliance Officer at General Electric, sat down with the Journal to discuss the ins and outs of investigations work in an almost fully remote world.

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Publications September 24, 2020

Wade Weems Weighs In on Prospects of a “Probable” TikTok Deal in Politico

The ownership over TikTok is just the latest geopolitical fight between the U.S. and China, and a recently announced deal between TikTok and Oracle is now shrouded in uncertainty. Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, a Shanghai-based former U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division prosecutor, offers his thoughts on the deal in Politico.

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Publications September 18, 2020

Wade Weems, Chang Liu and Nan Wang on U.S. Enforcement Risks to Wealthy Chinese Individuals

As the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou demonstrates, Chinese high-net-worth individuals can easily become targets of U.S. criminal charges and U.S. civil and regulatory penalties based on alleged economic crimes, even if they never step foot on U.S. soil. Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, Chang Liu and Nan Wang walk through the risks and offer some mitigation strategies in an article in China Banking News.

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Events September 18, 2020

William McGovern Joins Virtual Panel to Discuss the Role of Whistleblowers in the U.S.

Whistleblowers are behind virtually every major fraud investigation in the United States, but are whistleblowers a force for good, or a source of trouble? Kobre & Kim’s William McGovern joins a Wake Forest University Center for the Study of Capitalism virtual panel to discuss on September 22, 1pm EDT.

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Publications September 18, 2020

Wade Weems Analyzes Herbalife FCPA Settlement with Anti-Corruption Report

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. has settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) after a years-long investigation into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in China. Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, a Shanghai-based former DOJ prosecutor, analyzed the settlement with the Anti-Corruption Report.

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Publications September 18, 2020

John Han, Evelyn Sheehan and Wade Weems on the Risks of Wealthy Hong Kong Individuals’ Moving Assets Abroad

China’s enactment of the Hong Kong national security law, as well as the U.S. response, have caused many Hong Kong-based ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) and family offices to consider moving assets out of the region. Kobre & Kim’s John Han, Evelyn Sheehan and Wade Weems analyzed the relevant risks and offered some advice in an article for Law.com International.

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Accolades September 17, 2020

Kobre & Kim Ranked Among Vault’s Top Law Firms for Quality of Life and Diversity

Kobre & Kim was featured for the first time on Vault’s 2021 Quality of Life and Diversity rankings, where the firm was among the top 25 midsized law firms. Among the notable recognitions, the firm was ranked 23rd for “Best to Work For” firms, including making the top 10 in terms of compensation and top 20 for diversity.

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Publications September 16, 2020

Wade Weems Looks at Next Steps after TikTok’s Oracle Deal with South China Morning Post

With TikTok’s partnership deal with Oracle cutting it close to the Trump administration’s September 20 deadline and falling short of an outright sale, Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, a Shanghai-based former U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division prosecutor, sat down with the Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post to examine the likely next steps.

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Publications September 16, 2020

Ulrich Payne Analyzes Offshore Insolvency and Litigation Finance Trends with Burford Capital

Despite, and in some cases because of, the pandemic, offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) central to global restructuring efforts have been undergoing notable changes. Kobre & Kim’s Ulrich Payne sat down with Burford Capital’s The Burford Quarterly as part of a roundtable discussion to examine these ongoing trends.

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Events September 16, 2020

Kobre & Kim to Host Virtual Panel on Battle-Tested Techniques to Enforce Judgments and Awards Against Sovereigns

Monetizing judgments and arbitration awards against sovereign entities can lead to significant returns for investors, but it can become incredibly complicated. Kobre & Kim will be hosting a virtual panel to discuss recent challenges and opportunities within this space, as well as battle-tested and unconventional techniques to use against sovereign entities on Tuesday, September 29, 11am EDT / 4pm BST.

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Publications September 15, 2020

International Private Client Video Series: Wade Weems on U.S.-China Trade War and Risks to Chinese Individuals

In the first installment of a ten-episode series partnership between Kobre & Kim’s International Private Client (IPC) team and Wealth Briefing on the spectrum of litigation scenarios facing high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) around the world in 2020, Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell sat down for a Q&A with Wade Weems, a Shanghai-based former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor, on risks facing international private clients in Greater China amidst ongoing U.S.-China trade tensions.

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Events September 15, 2020

Farrington Yates Chairs INSOL International Panel on Fraud and the Pandemic

As the pandemic threatens the survival of countless businesses around the world, many struggling to stay afloat may find themselves accused of fraud. Join Kobre & Kim’s Farrington Yates as he chairs a panel on this very topic, hosted by INSOL International at 1:40pm EDT, September 17.

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Events September 11, 2020

Alan Guy Joins Virtual Panel on How Thinking Like a Litigation Funder Improve Client and Law Firm Decision Making

What can the techniques of litigation funders teach law firms and in-house counsel about their own litigation decisions? Kobre & Kim’s Managing Director for Underwriting and Value Optimization Alan Guy will share insights on this and other topics in a webinar on September 16, 12pm EDT.

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Events September 9, 2020

Kobre & Kim Hosts Webinar on Proactive Strategies to Protect Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals in Central America

As Central America faces a rise in both civil disputes and criminal investigations, ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) can be easy targets to become reeled into cross-border proceedings. On Wednesday September 23, 10am EDT, Kobre & Kim’s Gabriela Ruiz, Adriana Riviere-Badell and Evelyn Sheehan will host a discussion on anticipating and understanding each stage of litigation (both potential and actual) to protect a UHNWI's assets, liberty and reputation. 

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Publications September 9, 2020

Benjamin Sauter on Responding to the Ethereum Classic Attack and the Implications for the Blockchain Industry

What is the response to the latest attacks on the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain, and what does this mean for the blockchain and digital currency industry as a whole? Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter, joined by CEO of ETC Labs Terry Culver, discussed these issues and more in a video interview with Forkast News.

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