International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery

Kobre & Kim has worked as enforcement counsel on the two largest international arbitration award enforcement projects in the world. As the only firm able to deliver the full spectrum of global asset recovery services, our team has been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal and recognized repeatedly in legal industry publications as one of the most highly regarded judgment enforcement/asset recovery firms.

Events November 22, 2023

Ana Frischtak Examines Role of Arbitrators in AmCham Brasil Event

Arbitration has become an increasingly important and preferred method for international parties to resolve their disputes, putting more scrutiny on the role of arbitrators. Kobre & Kim’s Ana Frischtak, who focuses on high-stakes cross-border government enforcement defense matters with a nexus to Latin America, discusses during the AmCham Brasil Arbitration Event in São Paulo on November 24, 2023.

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Events November 16, 2023

Nada Oteifi on Overcoming Hurdles in Recovering Assets from Fraudsters During Dubai Arbitration Week Panel

What can targets of large-scale fraud do to get their assets back? Kobre & Kim’s Nada Oteifi, who focuses on cross-border award and judgment enforcement matters, explained how claimants can overcome the most common hurdles to tracing and recovery assets – including by using tools in the Middle East – during Dubai Arbitration Week on a panel on November 15, 2023.

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Events November 15, 2023

Richard Clarke and Nada Oteifi on Unlocking Value in Claims, Judgments and Awards at Dubai Arbitration Week

Obtaining an arbitral award or judgment is usually only the first step for creditors to recover against their debtors. What are some strategies creditors can use to accelerate this process and unlock value? Kobre & Kim’s Dubai-based Richard Clarke and Nada Oteifi, together with Omni Bridgeway, co-hosted a panel discussion during the Dubai Arbitration Week to explore these issues and more on November 14, 2023.

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Client Alert November 9, 2023

Middle Eastern Investors Have Options to Protect Their Investments in China

  • Investments from the Middle East into Mainland China are growing recently as many see increasing opportunities for returns.
  • However, there are risks that may materialize if investors become embroiled in a global dispute with Chinese companies.
  • Investors should consider ways to increase their leverage and expand their options, including by bringing disputes directly into China through Hong Kong.

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Events October 13, 2023

Andrew Stafford KC Unpacks Collectability Risk for Litigation Finance at C5 Paris Panel

Evaluating legal risk is the bread and butter of litigation finance -- but as an increasing number of financial institutions come under financial strain and claimants fight over a shrinking pool of assets, collectability risk has become just as important a consideration. Kobre & Kim's Andrew Stafford KC, who focuses on international judgment enforcement and asset recovery, explores collectability in the context of litigation funding at C5's Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery conference in Paris during a panel at 2:45pm local time, October 26, 2023.

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Events October 12, 2023

Andrew Stafford KC and Kiran Unni Unpack Challenges and Opportunities in International Arbitral Enforcement at Istanbul Arbitration Week

The international arbitration award enforcement landscape has shifted in recent years. Recent developments have revealed both opportunities and challenges for practitioners, including in disputes against sovereign entities. Kobre & Kim’s Andrew Stafford KC and Kiran Unni, both of whom focus on the enforcement of international judgments and awards, shared their insights at the Istanbul Arbitration Week during a panel on October 3, 2023.

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Events October 5, 2023

Adriana Riviere-Badell Explores Issues in Arbitration Award Enforcement During Atlanta International Arbitration Society Conference

The international arbitration award enforcement landscape has seen major developments over the past year. Kobre & Kim’s Adriana Riviere-Badell, who focuses on international judgment enforcement and asset recovery, explored what this means for practitioners during the 12th Annual Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on a panel on October 5, 2023.

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Client Alert October 5, 2023

Powerful Option for Creditors Enforcing Judgments from Common Law Courts in the United Arab Emirates

  • It is commonly assumed that it is difficult and impractical to enforcement judgments in the United Arab Emirates.
  • However, this is increasingly untrue – even when no bilateral enforcement treaty exists, creditors can obtain recognition of their common law judgments.
  • A recent Kobre & Kim case shows how that can happen.

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Events September 27, 2023

Carolina Leung Explores Best Practices in Asset Recovery Investigations on Asset Recovery Americas Panel

Fraud and corruption investigations can run for months or years, involving complex considerations that might make or break the investigation. Kobre & Kim’s Carolina Leung, who focuses on representing clients in complex cross border investigations, shared best practices for practitioners on an Asset Recovery Americas panel on September 21, 2023.

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Client Alert September 14, 2023

Cross-Border Strategies for Maximizing Returns Against Sovereign Debtors

  • More investors are taking their disputes against sovereign states and entities to arbitration and judicial forums.
  • However, demanding payment of a defaulted debt, judgment or award does not always lead to the sovereign paying up.
  • We explore aggressive non-traditional strategies investors should deploy to ensure a sovereign debtor agrees to a settlement.

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Events August 14, 2023

Robin Baik Shares Inside Perspective on US $108 Million Investment Treaty Arbitration Win at Breakfast Event

Unlike many other investment treaty arbitrations, Elliott Associates v Republic of Korea is a case where the parties’ submissions are public, providing valuable insight into the international arbitral process. Kobre & Kim’s Robin Baik, who led the firm’s team in representing Elliott to win their recent US $108 million award against the Korean government, shares his perspectives on the case and investment treaty disputes more broadly during a breakfast event hosted by Three Crowns on Thursday, August 31 in Singapore.

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Events July 17, 2023

Jian Wu and Jason Kang Explore Hong Kong-Based Cross-Border Asset Recovery and Protection in HKIAC Session

For creditors in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong can and often should be the primary springboard to launch a cross-border enforcement campaign to trace and recover funds. Kobre & Kim’s Jian Wu and Jason Kang, who both focus on the monetization of claims involving the region, examine what a Hong Kong-based global enforcement strategy may look like during a session hosted by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in Shenzhen on July 21, 2023.

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Events July 12, 2023

Calvin Koo Featured on GAR Academy Course ‘Fundamentals of International Arbitration’

Kobre & Kim’s Calvin Koo joined a panel featured on the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Academy course ‘Fundamentals of International Arbitration’ to discuss Award Enforcement planning and strategy.

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Firm News June 22, 2023

Kobre & Kim Helps Elliott Obtain US $108 Million Arbitral Award Against the Republic of Korea

SEOUL, JUNE 22, 2023 – Kobre & Kim LLP, together with law firms Three Crowns and KL Partners, have obtained a US $108 million award for Elliott Associates, L.P., resolving an international arbitration against the Republic of Korea over its alleged unlawful intervention in the 2015 merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries, both affiliates of Samsung Group, Korea’s largest chaebol.

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Events June 14, 2023

Evelyn Sheehan on New Lessons in Handling Crypto Disputes in C5 Session

The field of fraud and asset recovery in the high-tech world of blockchain and cryptocurrency evolves every day, especially affecting the standard suite of relief for fraud victims. Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan, who focuses on global asset tracing investigations and recovery efforts, explored what’s new in crypto fraud and asset tracing during the C5 Crypto and Digital Asset Fraud & Recovery conference in London on June 13, 2023.

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