Government Enforcement Defense

Our trial lawyers have extensive experience aggressively defending clients in high-profile cases against the government. Our criminal and regulatory practice is primarily cross-border, often involving simultaneous investigations by law enforcement authorities in several countries. We are one of the only firms with former U.S. prosecutors permanently stationed in offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Publications October 27, 2021

Benjamin Sirota Examines Possible Antitrust Enforcement Against Amazon by New FTC Chair Lina Khan

With the appointment of legal scholar Lina Khan as chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency will likely bring antitrust action against Amazon – but how aggressive will it be? Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sirota, a former U.S. federal antitrust prosecutor, shared his thoughts when he sat down with Fast Company.

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Events October 22, 2021

Evelyn Sheehan Moderates American Bar Association Panel on Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture

U.S. prosecutors are increasingly aggressive in using asset forfeiture proceedings against defendants, pairing them with money laundering charges to seize assets. Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan, a former U.S. federal prosecutor focused on asset forfeiture, will moderate a panel at the American Bar Association’s 36th National Institute on White Collar Crime to discuss the latest trends in the Hyatt Regency Miami at 10:30 am Miami time, October 27, 2021.

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Accolades October 20, 2021

Kobre & Kim’s Latin American Presence Earns Key Recognitions from Legal 500

Reflecting the firm’s deepening engagement with the region, Kobre & Kim has for the first time been listed in Legal 500’s Latin America International Firms directory, earning a place among the top firms for compliance and investigations, and those with an office in Miami.

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Client Alert October 15, 2021

Traders Should Stop Running from Risk in CFTC Investigations

  • The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has quietly increased scrutiny of digital currency markets, focusing on spoofing.
  • Successful traders normally do not run from risk in their trading activities, yet they often do exactly that in the face of unfamiliar regulatory risks, leading to worse outcomes.
  • Targets of regulatory enforcement should therefore consider a range of aggressive measures before responding to inquiries from enforcement authorities.

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Publications October 8, 2021

Adriana Riviere-Badell and Alexandria Swette Explore the Future of Telehealth Payment Parity in Law360

The pandemic has led U.S. federal and state governments to increase telehealth services' accessibility and economic feasibility, including through payment parity. However, the long-term durability of parity remains uncertain, and increased enforcement against telehealth fraud has fueled further uncertainty for providers and patients, Kobre & Kim's Adriana Riviere-Badell and Alexandria Swette wrote in Law360.

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Publications October 6, 2021

Benjamin Sirota on Jonathan Kanter's Nomination to Head DOJ Antitrust Division in CQ Roll Call

Jonathan Kanter, the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, is set to face his Senate nomination hearing. Kobre & Kim's Benjamin Sirota, a former federal prosecutor in the division, shared his thoughts with CQ Roll Call on Mr. Kanter's potential tenure.

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Accolades October 4, 2021

Benchmark Litigation USA 2022 Ranks Kobre & Kim, Michael Kim, Danielle Rose and Zach Rosenbaum

Benchmark Litigation USA’s latest 2022 rankings have placed Kobre & Kim in its top spots, as well as recognized Michael Kim, Danielle Rose and Zach Rosenbaum individually.

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Accolades October 4, 2021

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes Steve Kobre, Recommends Michael Kim, Robert Henoch, Jason Masimore, Matthew Menchel, Robin Rathmell

In Who’s Who Legal’s latest Business Crime Defence 2021 ranking, Kobre & Kim founding partner Steve Kobre was recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader for representing individuals, noting his “top-tier practice that encompasses representing clients in a range of regulatory and enforcement proceedings.”

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Publications September 29, 2021

William McGovern Talks to Foreign Policy on Meng Wanzhou Deferred Prosecution Agreement with DOJ

With the signing of a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was able to leave Canada, where she was held pending extradition to the United States. Kobre & Kim’s William McGovern, a former prosecutor focused on government enforcement matters with a nexus to Asia, offered his analysis of the case when he sat down with Foreign Policy.

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Publications September 21, 2021

Benjamin Sauter to Compliance Week: SEC is “Trying to Send a Message” in Opposing Coinbase’s Lend Program

Despite engaging with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before launching its stablecoin lending platform, Coinbase abandoned the project when faced with the agency’s unexpectedly negative reaction. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter, who represents clients in the cryptocurrency industry against government enforcement actions, offered his thoughts on the case when he sat down with Compliance Week.

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Events September 21, 2021

Evelyn Sheehan Lays Out Strategies Against INTERPOL Abuse in Federal Bar Session

Authoritarian governments have increasingly abused INTERPOL’s systems to harass and seek the extradition of dissidents and other political targets. Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan, a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor who often represents clients in INTERPOL criminal matters, will join a panel on INTERPOL abuse at 1:00 pm Miami time, September 23, during the Federal Bar Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Convention at the Hilton Downtown Miami.

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Events September 20, 2021

Kobre & Kim Team to Discuss Cross-Border Government Investigations and Joint Venture Disputes Facing Korean Investors in IAKL Conference

Korean individuals and companies have increasingly internationalized their businesses, setting up corporate structures and placing assets in key offshore jurisdictions around the world. While this is good for business, it also increases their exposure to complex cross-border disputes, such as investigations by foreign government agencies or asset recovery disputes across multiple jurisdictions, that may require specialized knowledge to effectively mitigate.

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Events September 20, 2021

Jian Wu Moderates ABA China Committee Panel on Legal and Compliance Challenges of Cross-Border Trade

Parties engaging in cross-border trade and transactions will have to navigate a complex web of varying laws and regulations, as well as other laws that are extraterritorial in nature such as sanctions. Kobre & Kim’s Jian Wu, who has extensive experience in compliance and government enforcement defense across the Asia Pacific region, will moderate a panel on these issues during an American Bar Association China Committee networking event at 5:30 pm Shanghai time, September 24, 2021.

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Publications September 15, 2021

Benjamin Sauter on SEC’s Aggressive Response to Coinbase’s Lend Program

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) aggressive response to Coinbase’s proposed digital currency lending program has sparked criticism over its use of enforcement, rather than public notice and rulemaking, to engage with the crypto industry, including from Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter when he spoke with Law360.

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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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