International Private Client

Kobre & Kim provides offensive and defensive cross-border litigation and crisis management strategies to ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) with global business interests, to preserve their assets, liberty and reputation. Our team of former U.S. government lawyers and commercial litigators have a proven track record of coordinating multi-jurisdictional offensive, counter-offensive and defensive strategies on behalf of international private clients in anticipation, or as a result of, high-stakes civil and criminal proceedings and investigations aimed at asset forfeiture or confiscation. Our multidimensional approach to UHNWI disputes, which includes the deployment of both in-court and out-of-court strategies, is the premier solution for resolving business disputes and sovereign-driven investigations, tracing and recovering misappropriated funds, defending against asset attacks, as well as acquiring and strategically deploying information to provide UHNWIs with a commercial advantage in their disputes and investigations.


Accolades February 15, 2024

Chambers Global 2024 Recognizes Kobre & Kim and Multiple Global Lawyers

In recognition of our strong cross-border capabilities and deep bench of talent, Chambers & Partners listed Kobre & Kim and several lawyers around the world in their latest Global Guide rankings for 2024.

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Accolades February 7, 2024

Polly Wilkins is Recommended Reputation Lawyer on Spear’s Reputation Management Index 2024

In recognition of her extensive experience representing ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) and their families on reputation defense and cross-border litigation strategies, Kobre & Kim’s Polly Wilkins is featured on Spear’s Reputation Management Index 2024 as a Recommended Reputation Lawyer.

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Publications January 31, 2024

Polly Wilkins and Jason Masimore on How Private Clients Can Manage Reputational Risks in Article with DRD Partnership

For high-net-worth individuals and private clients involved in contentious situations, misinformation created and spread by bad-faith opponents is a real and tangible threat. Falsehoods can easily spread online and get picked up by established media following a coordinated campaign, threatening reputational harm around the world. Kobre & Kim’s Polly Wilkins and Jason Masimore unpacked the dangers and offered strategies to manage the risks in an article written with international strategic communications consultancy, DRD Partnership.

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Accolades January 26, 2024

Private Client Global Elite Directory Recognizes Adriana Riviere-Badell, Evelyn Sheehan, Mark Rowlands, Nicholas Surmacz and Polly Wilkins

In recognition of Kobre & Kim’s deep experience representing private clients around the world, the 2024 Private Client Global Elite Directory has recognized Adriana Riviere-Badell, Evelyn Sheehan, Mark Rowlands, Nicholas Surmacz and Polly Wilkins among its list of the world’s top private client lawyers.

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Client Alert January 26, 2024

Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals Can Mitigate Two Hazards Lurking at Free Ports

  • Free ports enable ultra-high-net-worth individuals to store, trade and transport assets, including artwork, with benefits of security, favorable tax and customs regulations and, often, privacy.
  • However, free ports cannot mitigate threats to assets when authorities make allegations of misconduct and issue freezing or seizure orders.
  • With a free port in Dubai under construction, UHNWIs and their advisors should contemplate proactive steps to protect their global portfolios.

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Client Alert January 11, 2024

New U.S. Bribery Law Could Put Non-U.S. Officials Under Unwarranted Scrutiny

  • A new law criminalizing the demanding or receipt of payments from U.S. individuals or entities gives the U.S. Department of Justice new tools to extend its targeting of non-U.S. individuals in corruption investigations.
  • This puts politically connected individuals at risk of becoming subject to aggressive U.S. investigations, initiated by politically motivated domestic rivals.
  • At-risk individuals should take proactive steps to protect their reputations, assets and liberty.

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Client Alert January 4, 2024

Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals Should Prepare For the End of Privacy in Offshore Jurisdictions

  • The United Kingdom is pushing its overseas territories, including offshore centers such as the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, to publicly identify ultimate beneficial owners of corporate structures.
  • This loss of privacy for ultra-high-net-worth individuals with legitimate needs could see their reputations and interests threatened by unwarranted scrutiny.
  • Proper preparation can help individuals and their advisors to not only limit potential damage, but also allow them to react expediently if a crisis arises.

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Client Alert December 15, 2023

Politically Exposed Persons Should Preemptively Manage Risks from Change in Government in Argentina

  • The new administration of Javier Milei in Argentina marks a shift away from the political establishment, with his promises to purge the “political caste.”
  • Politically exposed persons may be at risk – new authorities around the world often engage in politically motivated investigations.
  • At-risk individuals and businesses should take proactive steps to protect their assets, liberty and reputation.

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Accolades November 13, 2023

Kobre & Kim, Polly Wilkins, Alexandria Swette Shortlisted for Top Citywealth Awards

In recognition of the firm’s talent and strength in the wealth sector, Citywealth has shortlisted Kobre & Kim for “Reputation Management Law Firm of the Year” and Polly Wilkins for “Woman of the Year” at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2024. In addition, Alexandria Swette is nominated for “Woman of the Year – Fintech/Crypto” at the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards USA 2024.

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Client Alert November 1, 2023

Responding to U.S. DOJ Actions Against Latin American Individuals

  • The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing to extend its long arm jurisdiction into aggressively scrutinizing individuals in Latin America.
  • Many targets may become embroiled in what can be overstated allegations, threatening their assets, liberty and reputation.
  • Targets need to work with cross-border counsel knowledgeable in the DOJ’s tactics to push back as early as possible.

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Client Alert October 19, 2023

Mitigating Sanctions Risks For Individuals and Their Cyprus-Based Assets

  • As governments increasingly use sanctions as a geopolitical tool, ultra-high-net-worth individuals – including those with connections to Cyprus – are at risk.
  • Cypriot officials and financial institutions have already taken steps to target certain individuals, even those who are not sanctioned.
  • We explain pre-emptive steps at-risk individuals and their advisors can take to mitigate the risks and protect themselves.

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Accolades October 6, 2023

Kobre & Kim Ranked by The Legal 500 UK for White-Collar Crime Defense and Reputation Management

Kobre & Kim has received recognition in The Legal 500’s latest United Kingdom rankings for the firm’s capabilities in providing individuals with advice in white-collar crime and fraud defense, as well as in reputation management.

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Client Alert September 7, 2023

Defensive and Counteroffensive Strategies in Delaware for Business Disputes that Turn Personal

  • Cross-border disputes involving ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) can often turn personal.
  • Commercial counterparties may try to make the UHNWI individually liable, putting their personal assets at risk.
  • However, if there is a connection to Delaware, UHNWIs can leverage the favorable tools available in the jurisdiction to resolve disputes in their favor.

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Firm News September 5, 2023

U.S. Federal Prosecutor Michael Keilty Joins Kobre & Kim

NEW YORK, September 5, 2023 – Kobre & Kim, an international disputes and investigations law firm, has announced that former Eastern District of New York (“EDNY”) Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Keilty has joined the firm to enhance its International Private Client (“IPC”) offering.  He will be based in the firm’s New York Office but is expected to travel regularly to the firm’s other offices serving IPC clients, including Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cyprus, Hong Kong and London, among others.

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Client Alert August 31, 2023

How Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals Should Respond When Their Cyprus-Based Assets Are Under Attack

  • As global geopolitical tensions rise, Cypriot-held assets are increasingly under threat.
  • Governments, competitors and other counterparties are increasingly launching aggressive and often unwarranted attacks against the Cyprus assets of ultra-high-net-worth individuals.
  • At-risk individuals should work with a cross-border team and local counsel to take strategic steps to defend their assets.

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