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 multijurisdictional 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 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 May 22, 2020

Robin Rathmell and Nathaniel Barber Ranked on Citywealth’s Top 100 Trust Litigators List 2020

Congratulations to Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell and Nathaniel Barber for their inclusion on Citywealth’s Top 100 Trust Litigators List 2020!

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Publications May 21, 2020

Kobre & Kim on the U.S. TRAP Act and the (Potential) End of INTERPOL Notice Misuse in Law360

In recent years, the INTERPOL notice system has been misused by certain countries aiming to target and intimidate political rivals. But with the proposal of the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act in U.S. Congress, this is a problem that might finally be addressed. 

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Publications May 14, 2020

Podcast: Robin Rathmell on the Compliance Risks for Companies that Deal with High-Net-Worth Clients

Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell was interviewed by Corporate Counsel Business Journal for their “In House Warrior” podcast, released on May 14, 2020, where he discussed the biggest legal risks for companies that work with high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

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Publications May 8, 2020

Robin Rathmell Speaks with The New York Times on Ultra High-Net-Worth Individual Matrimonial Disputes in the time of COVID-19

Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell recently spoke with Paul Sullivan, who runs the New York Times’ “Wealth Matters” column, on how court closures and operational changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have affected divorce proceedings involving ultra high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs).

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Accolades April 24, 2020

Nicholas Surmacz Ranked in Global Investigations Review’s 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Kobre & Kim’s Nicholas Surmacz, who was selected by Global Investigations Review (GIR) to be on the third edition of their “40 Under 40” list recognizing highly-accomplished young investigations specialists shaping the future of this fast-evolving area of law.

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Events April 10, 2020

Robin Rathmell and Polly Wilkins on Managing High-Stakes International Private Client Litigation

Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell and Polly Wilkins will be hosting a webinar in association with The Private Client Global Elite on Wednesday April 15, 9am EDT / 2pm BST.

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Publications March 24, 2020

Robin Rathmell Speaks with Forbes on Digital Threats to High-Net-Worth Individuals

Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell sat down with Forbes to discuss the increasing threats faced by high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), including a rise in cyber threats during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Publications January 21, 2020

Robin Rathmell on the Legal, Commercial and Reputational Risks for UHNWI’s with Forbes

Kobre & Kim’s Robin Rathmell sat down with Forbes to discuss the idea that for ultra high-net Worth Individuals (UHNWI’s), “with great wealth comes a legal and societal target on your back.”

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Client Alert June 18, 2019

Extradition & Due Process: U.S. Asylum Seekers Are on “Notice” Too

  • The January 2017 Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” broadens the categories of immigrants who can face deportation to include those who pose, in the judgment of an immigration officer, a “risk to public safety or national security.”
  • Under “Project Red,” ICE has collaborated with state and local law enforcement agencies, the United States Marshals Service, Europol, and Interpol to target and arrest individuals wanted by foreign governments. This is a departure from precedent for the U.S.
  • In a recent demonstration of Project Red, ICE arrested 105 immigrants and foreign nationals in a five-day enforcement operation in New Jersey. Several of these individuals were the subject of Interpol Red Notices for alleged crimes in their home countries.

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Client Alert May 22, 2019

U.S. Increasingly Enforcing Against India

  • Relations between India and the U.S. have recently experienced a few blows, including the termination of the former's preferential trading status with the U.S.
  • For future Indian defendants, it will be of paramount importance to understand the strategies and tactics of U.S. enforcement agencies in charge of bribery, national security and fraud investigations.
  • When regulators come knocking, those who choose to sit idly by will find themselves at a disadvantage.

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Client Alert December 20, 2018

U.S. Enforcement Against the PRC: Preparing for the Next Wave

  • The U.S. government has made its intentions clear that it will investigate and prosecute PRC-based companies and individuals that it believes employ illegal tactics to compete with U.S. companies in key sectors.
  • Future U.S. actions could come from any number of directions.
  • Whatever action comes next, a cross-border perspective and willingness to represent PRC-side clients against the U.S. government will be essential to an effective response.

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Client Alert August 20, 2018

Beware the Reach of U.S. Sanctions

  • The web of U.S. sanctions across the globe is dynamic and complex, and it can affect companies doing business in any corner of the world, even those with limited ties to the U.S.
  • Inadvertent sanctions violations can be considered “egregious” by OFAC and subject violators to significant fines.
  • Secondary sanctions are an often unwitting risk. 

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