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 June 8, 2022

Kobre & Kim, Michael Kim and Robin Rathmell Recognized in Latest Legal 500 USA Rankings

Kobre & Kim has earned top recognitions in both international litigation and white-collar criminal defense in the latest rankings of The Legal 500 USA 2022.

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Publications June 8, 2022

Alexandria Swette and Lara Levinson Explore Headwinds in the U.S. Art Market in Citywealth Magazine

Undeterred by the pandemic, the U.S. art market is still going strong, but market participants should not let their guard down. Art fraud continues to be an issue, and fresh headwinds caused by increased regulatory scrutiny – both in the U.S. and abroad – and by the rise of digital art and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) means continued vigilance is advised, Kobre & Kim’s Alexandria Swette and Lara Levinson explained when they sat down with Citywealth.

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Firm News June 2, 2022

Harvey Boulter Awarded Indemnity Costs In Dispute with Liquidators of Enigma Diagnostics

On May 17, 2022, the Honourable Justice David Doyle, CBE, in the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, awarded Harvey Boulter indemnity costs incurred in his successful defense of proceedings raising serious allegations of fraud brought by the liquidators of Enigma Diagnostics Limited.

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Accolades May 18, 2022

Kobre & Kim Wins Gold in Reputation Management Law Firm of the Year at Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2022

Kobre & Kim is delighted to win Gold in the category of Reputation Management Law Firm of the Year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards, a recognition of the firm’s exceptional reputation services and offerings for international private clients.

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Events May 9, 2022

Adriana Riviere-Badell Explores Family Governance in Trust Disputes and Litigation During STEP Miami Annual Summit

High-net-worth families want to avoid contentious wealth transitions and trust disputes that not only could lead to costly litigation, but also unwanted attention from regulators and tax authorities across the globe. Though there are no “right” ways for families to make decisions, successful families have one thing in common: strong family governance. Kobre & Kim’s Adriana Riviere-Badell – who focuses on high-profile trust and estates disputes and multijurisdictional civil litigation – discusses during STEP Miami’s 11th Annual Summit in a session at 3:15 pm Miami time, Friday May 13, 2022.

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Client Alert May 9, 2022

The Differences Between UK and EU Russian Sanctions

  • The United Kingdom and the European Union are two critical jurisdictions that have implemented influential sanctions regimes against Russian entities.
  • Given the UK’s departure from the EU, key differences exist that outside stakeholders must be attuned to.
  • Learn the subtle yet consequential details in this reference guide, put together by Kobre & Kim’s International Private Client team.

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Events April 12, 2022

Miranda Ching Joins STEP Hong Kong Webinar on Impact of Russia Sanctions on Trustees

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many countries have imposed unprecedented sanctions on its economy and many individuals. Governments have already frozen or even seized assets, and further sanctions are widely expected. What can and can’t law-abiding trust and corporate service providers do in this rapidly evolving environment? Kobre & Kim’s Miranda Ching – a former case controller and prosecutor at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office – discusses at a STEP Hong Kong webinar at 6:00 pm Hong Kong time / 11:00 am London time, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

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Publications April 12, 2022

Miranda Ching Discusses Prosecutorial Independence of UK Serious Fraud Office in Fountain Court Chambers Podcast

Recent events – including continuing doubts about the UK Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) existence, the ousting of the head of London’s Metropolitan Police, the lack of investigation into alleged misconduct by politicians and the sustained trend of private prosecutions – have led to questions about the independence of prosecution authorities in England and Wales. Kobre & Kim’s Miranda Ching – a former case controller and prosecutor at the SFO – shared her perspective during an episode of The Fountain Court Chambers Podcast.

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Publications April 5, 2022

Benjamin Sauter Analyzes Whether Crypto Can Help Evade Russian Sanctions with Raconteur

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many in both countries have turned to crypto and digital currencies – Ukrainians received almost US $100 million in crypto donations, and ordinary Russians used crypto as a haven against the falling ruble and capital controls. But there is a concern that cryptocurrency can be used to facilitate wrongdoing, including to evade sanctions. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter, who focuses on government enforcement and asset recovery in the crypto space, analyzed this issue when he spoke with the magazine Raconteur of The Times.

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Publications March 29, 2022

Jason Short on Scope and Risks of New Whistleblower Program Aiding Sanctions Against Russia

The U.S. Department of Treasury launched a new whistleblower program for information leading to the seizure of stolen assets linked to foreign government corruption, just in time to join global sanctions efforts against Russian oligarchs. Kobre & Kim’s Jason Short, who represents high-net-worth individuals in asset forfeiture proceedings and sanctions enforcement, spoke to USA Today on the program’s scope – as well as its risks and limitations.

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Firm News March 28, 2022

British entrepreneur Harvey Boulter exonerated after UK liquidators’ allegations of fraud are rejected in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands

Kobre & Kim has secured a victory in the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands for Harvey Boulter in proceedings arising from his former role as a director of two Cayman companies within his own venture capital group, Porton Capital, as well as his role as a director of Enigma Diagnostics Ltd. 

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Firm News March 24, 2022

Spain’s Emeritus King Denied Right to Sovereign Immunity in Harassment Case

The High Court of Justice in the UK ruled today that Juan Carlos de Borbón y Borbón, the King Emeritus of Spain, does not have the right to sovereign immunity in relation to the claim brought against him by Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein in the English courts.

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Events March 11, 2022

Martin De Luca Explores Sports Disputes in Exclusive Cambridge Forums Event

The world of global sports is rife with disputes and investigations, from issues related to integrity, conflict of interest and antitrust surrounding the increasingly lucrative ownership of sports teams by ultra-high-net-worth individuals, investors and companies; to ethics, governance and justice in sports law; to the impact of COVID-19 on the balance sheets of sporting properties. 

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Publications March 8, 2022

Evelyn Sheehan Contrasts U.S. Sanctions and Asset Seizures Against Russian Oligarchs on NPR’s Planet Money

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led the United States and its allies to sanction Russian oligarchs and seize their yachts, condos and other assets. Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan, a former U.S. federal prosecutor who led asset forfeiture efforts from South Florida, sat down with NPR’s “Planet Money” to explain the difference between sanctions and asset seizures, and to offer a word of caution against ensnaring innocent third parties.

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Publications February 28, 2022

Miranda Ching, Robin Rathmell, Edward Smith, Polly Wilkins in WealthBriefing: UK Supreme Court Confirms HNWI Privacy Rights

A recent landmark UK Supreme Court ruling confirms a reasonable expectation of privacy for individuals who are under criminal investigation but have not been charged. Kobre & Kim’s Miranda Ching, Robin Rathmell, Edward Smith and Polly Wilkins – part of the International Private Client team in London – write in WealthBriefing what the implications of this ruling are for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) sensitive to press intrusion.

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