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Jason A. Masimore
Lawyer
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 6577
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 6577

Jason Masimore, a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice is an experienced trial lawyer and investigator who represents institutions and individuals in designing and executing cross-border claim monetization and de-monetization strategies, often on matters involving fraud and international money laundering.

Mr. Masimore focuses on advising clients based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  For corporations and individuals victimized by fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, or other financial crimes with impacts of US $50 million+, Mr. Masimore counteracts the geopolitical structural problems leading to the inability of international law enforcement agencies to cooperate effectively across borders and to interfere with and seize hidden assets of high-level participants in large-scale improper activities by designing and leading law enforcement-style offensive investigations to identify illicit transactions; assets hidden in various jurisdictions, including key offshore financial centers; and the vulnerabilities of participants and their advisers, and he designs and executes asset-focused strategies to deter such conduct and recover market share and money for his clients.  Similarly, Mr. Masimore acts for international clients to design and execute cross-border asset recovery strategies in disputes involving US $50 million+ pre-litigation.  Calling upon his experience as a former U.S. prosecutor, Mr. Masimore also assists sovereign entities in developing their own criminal cases and advising on how to maximize chances of recovery through asset confiscation when the alleged criminals’ assets are located in foreign jurisdictions.

Mr. Masimore also advises international clients alongside their existing advisers in developing proactive strategies taking advantage of jurisdictional arbitrage, or using certain features of one country’s laws to activate legal tools in another jurisdiction, for the purpose of achieving his clients’ objectives, and often in support of specific commercial objectives.  Mr. Masimore also advises and defends ultrahigh-net-worth individuals and executives and corporations in Europe and the Middle East in connection with cross-border investigations and attacks on internationally located assets by U.S. or other government authorities acting directly or through proxies.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Masimore was a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice (as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York). During his tenure, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of matters including those involving asset forfeiture, bribery, securities fraud, bank fraud and wire fraud, international money laundering and public corruption, and he developed a public reputation as a highly skilled and creative trial attorney.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Masimore was a member of the white-collar and regulatory defense group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

 

 

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District and Eastern District of New York

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude (Order of the Coif)
  • San Francisco Conservatory, MM
  • Eastman School of Music, BM

Select Engagements

  • Representation of a former senior managing director for an international financial services company charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with securities and wire fraud.
  • Representation of an EMEA-based company in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of bribery and money laundering.
  • Representation of a UK-based futures trader facing criminal and civil charges of commodities manipulation, fraud, and "spoofing" by the DOJ and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Representation of more than 40 individuals pursuant to a DOJ, U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT), Federal Reserve, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, and New York State Banking Department investigation into alleged violations of various banking regulations and the Iranian sanctions regime.
  • Representation of an Asia-based business executive in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering.
  • Representation of a medical professional in connection with an investigation by the DOJ regarding a conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • International Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • European Criminal Bar Association, Member
  • European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers, Member
  • Extradition Lawyers' Association, Committee Member

Publications & Presentations

  • “Active Investors and Responsible Shareholders Focusing on Compliance” February 2017, Advanced Conference on International Compliance, Legal Risks and Corporate Integrity in Frankfurt
  • “Conflict of Interest” June 2017, European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers Conference in Frankfurt
  • “Corruption Risks and Pitfalls in M&A Transactions” June 2017, C5 Anti-Corruption London  
  • “Recent Developments in National Jurisdictions” October 7, 2017, European Criminal Bar Association Autumn Conference in Spain
  • “Global Trends in Corporate Criminal Responsibility” May 2018, American Bar Association, Criminal Section Global Corporate Criminal Liability and International Internal Investigations in Frankfurt
  • Contributing author, "Securities Regulation and Investigations across EMEA" (The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review, Global Investigations Review, June 2017)
  • Author, "How to manage complex cross-border internal investigations" (Global Risk Regulator, March 2017)
  • Co-author, "When it comes to the crunch: what to do when you discover bribery in your business" (Fraud Intelligence, October 2016)
  • Speaker, "Regulatory Investigations — Reduce the Costs, Minimize the Risks" (Advisen, Webinar, September 2016)
  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned from Recent White Collar Trials" (PLI's White Collar Crime 2016: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, September 2016)

Credentials

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District and Eastern District of New York

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude (Order of the Coif)
  • San Francisco Conservatory, MM
  • Eastman School of Music, BM

Engagements

  • Representation of a former senior managing director for an international financial services company charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with securities and wire fraud.
  • Representation of an EMEA-based company in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of bribery and money laundering.
  • Representation of a UK-based futures trader facing criminal and civil charges of commodities manipulation, fraud, and "spoofing" by the DOJ and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Representation of more than 40 individuals pursuant to a DOJ, U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT), Federal Reserve, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, and New York State Banking Department investigation into alleged violations of various banking regulations and the Iranian sanctions regime.
  • Representation of an Asia-based business executive in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering.
  • Representation of a medical professional in connection with an investigation by the DOJ regarding a conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

News

Professional & Community Involvement

  • International Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • European Criminal Bar Association, Member
  • European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers, Member
  • Extradition Lawyers' Association, Committee Member

Publications & Presentations

  • “Active Investors and Responsible Shareholders Focusing on Compliance” February 2017, Advanced Conference on International Compliance, Legal Risks and Corporate Integrity in Frankfurt
  • “Conflict of Interest” June 2017, European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers Conference in Frankfurt
  • “Corruption Risks and Pitfalls in M&A Transactions” June 2017, C5 Anti-Corruption London  
  • “Recent Developments in National Jurisdictions” October 7, 2017, European Criminal Bar Association Autumn Conference in Spain
  • “Global Trends in Corporate Criminal Responsibility” May 2018, American Bar Association, Criminal Section Global Corporate Criminal Liability and International Internal Investigations in Frankfurt
  • Contributing author, "Securities Regulation and Investigations across EMEA" (The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review, Global Investigations Review, June 2017)
  • Author, "How to manage complex cross-border internal investigations" (Global Risk Regulator, March 2017)
  • Co-author, "When it comes to the crunch: what to do when you discover bribery in your business" (Fraud Intelligence, October 2016)
  • Speaker, "Regulatory Investigations — Reduce the Costs, Minimize the Risks" (Advisen, Webinar, September 2016)
  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned from Recent White Collar Trials" (PLI's White Collar Crime 2016: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, September 2016)