Investigations, Examinations & Monitorships

We are often called in to assist when an organization with multiple stakeholders requires an independent and objective review. We do not ordinarily maintain repeat clients of our own and are therefore reliably free of relationships to major banks, nongovernmental organizations or other typical stakeholders with an interest in the outcome of the investigation.

Accolades May 15, 2024

Kobre & Kim’s Michael Bahn Listed as 2024 Rising Star in Legal Times Korea

Kobre and Kim’s Michael Bahn was listed as a 2024 Rising Star in Korean legal publication Legal Times Korea.

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Accolades June 28, 2023

Nicholas Surmacz Recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2023

Who’s Who Legal has recognized Kobre & Kim’s Nicholas Surmacz among the world’s leading practitioners in its latest “Investigations 2023” report. 

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Accolades December 19, 2022

Kobre & Kim Placed in 2022 Global Investigations Review 100

Global Investigations Review has again placed Kobre & Kim in its 2022 GIR 100, a leading list of the world’s top firms handling sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations of corporates and individuals.

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Events September 20, 2022

Jason Kang on How Chinese Companies Can Manage Compliance and Enforcement Risks from Multilateral Financial Institutions

Many Chinese companies operating overseas have seen increasing compliance and enforcement risks from many multilateral development banks and financial institutions, with a growing number of investigations, sanctions and settlements. Kobre & Kim’s Jason Kang, who focuses on China-related cross-border disputes and complex international regulatory schemes including multilateral development banks sanctions and monitorships, explores how companies and their senior management can manage these risks during the 2022 China Global Compliance Summit in Shanghai in a session at 2:00 pm local time, September 22, 2022.

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Events September 15, 2022

Martin De Luca and Scott Nielson Discuss U.S. Anticorruption Laws & Internal Investigations

When U.S. government agencies investigate potential violations of laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), internal investigations can help companies understand the facts and mount a defense, as Martin De Luca and Scott Nielson explained in a lecture offered by the IBCCRIM (Brazilian Institute for Criminal Sciences).

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Publications February 3, 2022

Wade Weems to the Anti-Corruption Report: Expect More Compliance Monitors Under Biden Administration

In her eponymous Monaco Memo, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced a number of changes to DOJ policies, including how the Biden administration will weigh the costs and benefits of imposing a corporate monitor. Speaking with the Anti-Corruption Report, Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems outlined expectations for an increase in the use of monitorships. 

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Accolades November 16, 2021

Kobre & Kim Placed in GIR 100 2021

Global Investigation Review’s latest GIR 100, a guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices, has listed Kobre & Kim among their top firms.

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Events September 10, 2021

Jonathan Cogan on Employment Issues Facing Executives During Government Investigations in New York City Bar Panel

When corporate executives and other employees become subject to a government investigation, complexities arise for both the company and the employee over a multitude of legal and employment issues. Kobre & Kim’s Jonathan Cogan, who has extensive experience defending executives in internal and government investigations, will share his expertise in a New York City Bar virtual panel at 12:00 pm New York time, September 13, 2021.

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Publications August 25, 2021

Wade Weems and Chang Liu Investigate the Possible Limits of China’s New Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law

The Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law (AFSL), recently passed by the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee, indicates a hardening of the Chinese government’s position against foreign sanctions and enforcement. While imposing the AFSL threatens these foreign companies’ ability to operate in China and worries foreign investors and trading partners, fears may be assuaged by bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that could limit the scope of the law. Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems and Chang Liu delve into this emerging dynamic in an article for International.

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Publications August 3, 2021

Jason Kang and Jian Wu on Mitigating Compliance Risks for Chinese Companies in Belt and Road Initiative

In 2020 alone, Chinese companies have signed 5,611 new contracts worth over US $141 billion as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. But with the relative recency of Chinese companies’ overseas investments comes increased legal risk exposure, particularly from the multilateral development banks (MDBs) that underpin many of these projects. Kobre & Kim’s Jason Kang and Jian Wu untangle the complexities in an article for Chinese news website Guancha News (观察者网).

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Events June 24, 2021

Daniel Lee to Join Panel on Managing the Discovery Process of Cross-Border Disputes

Korean companies face an increasing number of cross-border disputes that require costly and complex discovery processes. Alongside the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), Kobre & Kim’s Daniel Lee will join a panel to discuss managing the complexities of discovery in cross-border litigation matters on Monday, June 28 at 12:00 PM GMT / 9:00 PM KST.


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Client Alert May 26, 2021

When Investments Lead to Investigations: Navigating Korea’s Disclosure Rules for Foreign Investors

  • South Korea is an attractive destination for investors in private equity and venture capital, but the country’s changing disclosure rules could risk a drawn-out government investigation.
  • Recent changes, designed to relax disclosure for most investors, adds complexity that could be used by the government against international investors to protect domestic companies.
  • International parties investing in a Korean company can and should anticipate this risk in a way that maintains both independence and confidentiality.

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Accolades May 18, 2021

Hartley West Recognized in GIR Women in Investigations 2021

In its most geographically diverse survey to date, Kobre & Kim’s Hartley M.K. West has been recognized as one of 100 exceptional women in the field of white-collar crime as part of the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 2021 Women in Investigations survey.

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Accolades December 18, 2020

Chambers and Partners Again Recognizes Kobre & Kim as Top International Law Firm in Korea and China for 2021

Chambers and Partners has once again recognized Kobre & Kim as among the top international law firms in South Korea and in China for 2021.

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Accolades December 3, 2020

Kobre & Kim Makes the GIR 100 for 5th Consecutive Year

For the fifth consecutive year running, Kobre & Kim has made the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100 as one of the world’s leading law firms to handle cross-border investigations.

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