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 August 16, 2019

Benjamin Sauter Discusses CFTC Overreach with the Financial Times

Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter provided insights to the Financial Times on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s settlement overreach in the CFTC v Kraft Foods Inc. and Mondelez Global LLC decision, as well as its impact on the futures market.

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Publications August 7, 2019

Hartley West Unpacks Her Government Enforcement Defense Practice in Vault Q&A

As part of Vault’s 2019 Guide to Legal Practice Areas, Kobre & Kim’s Hartley West provided an in-depth Q&A laying out her practice area and its focuses on white collar criminal and asset forfeiture matters. 

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Publications July 30, 2019

Ben Sirota Discusses a New Development in Antitrust Compliance from the DOJ Antitrust Division

Kobre & Kim’s Ben Sirota teams up with Crowell & Morning’s Juan A. Arteaga to discuss a new development from DOJ’s Antitrust Division in the article titled: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: DOJ’s Policy Shift Allows Companies To Receive Credit for Antitrust Compliance Programs. 

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Client Alert July 24, 2019

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Could Lead to a Trail of Global Corruption Investigations

  • For those considering investing in projects tied to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), corruption and bribery are major areas of concern.
  • In the event of fraud or misconduct allegations, parties and their counsel will need to understand and anticipate how global anti-corruption enforcers might approach such investigations.
  • Carrying out a series of “stress tests” or appointing an independent third-party examiner are two examples of proactive measures companies can take to mitigate the risk of being on the wrong end of an anti-corruption investigation.

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Publications July 22, 2019

Kobre & Kim in Foreign Policy: Chinese banks are the next frontline of the U.S.-China Trade War

Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, Nathan Park and Beau Barnes offered their latest insights on the U.S.-China trade war in Foreign Policy this weekend, discussing a U.S. federal courts’ order against three Chinese banks to comply with a subpoena in connection to violations of sanctions against North Korea.

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Events July 22, 2019

Vasu Muthyala Conducts Anti-Corruption and Compliance Workshop in Washington DC

On July 23, Kobre & Kim’s Vasu Muthyala will be conducting a workshop at American Conference Institute’s Anti-Corruption Compliance for High Risk Markets in Washington DC.

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Events July 2, 2019

Vasu Muthyala Discusses Volkswagen and Compliance at the TRACE Bribery and Economic Crime Summit

On Wednesday, June 26, Kobre & Kim’s Vasu Muthyala moderated a session entitled “What Went Wrong – The Volkswagen Story” at TRACE International’s Bribery and Economic Crime Summit in Vancouver, Canada.

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Publications June 27, 2019

Beau Barnes speaks with GIR on Sanctions Enforcement in the Digital Currency World

With his experience advocating on behalf of clients under investigation for potential sanctions violations, Beau Barnes spoke with Global Investigations Review on the latest regulatory challenge facing the cryptocurrency industry: Sanctions compliance.

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Events June 20, 2019

Shaun Wu on Compliance for China-based Corporations at Shanghai In-House Legal Summit

On June 20, Kobre & Kim lawyer Shaun Wu moderated a panel discussion on internal investigations and compliance at this year’s Asian Legal Business (ALB) Shanghai In-House Legal Summit.

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Events June 18, 2019

William McGovern Discusses Shifting U.S. Immigration Enforcement at the Annual Conference on Immigration Law

New U.S. policies now permit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to use Interpol red notices as a basis to detain non-citizens in the United States.

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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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Publications June 17, 2019

Wade Weems quoted in New York Times Investigation on Corruption within China’s Healthcare Industry

Kobre & Kim’s Wade Weems, who regularly counsels PRC-based corporations and individuals in cross-border bribery investigations, recently spoke to The New York Times in their investigation on issues of corruption within China’s health care industry.

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Events June 6, 2019

Shaun Wu and Jian Wu on How U.S. Investors Can Navigate Opportunities in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

On Friday, June 7th, Kobre & Kim’s Shaun Wu and Jian Wu will be joining a panel discussion on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and how U.S. based investors can evaluate both risks and opportunities tied to the project.

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Events June 5, 2019

Evelyn Sheehan Discusses the Challenges of Conducting Internal Investigations

Kobre & Kim’s Evelyn Sheehan will join the panel “Challenging Issues in Internal Investigations” at Latin Lawyer’s GIR Live Anti-Corruption & Investigations symposium on June 6th in Mexico City to address the key components of selecting an effective and reliable counsel to carry out compliance measures.

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Publications May 23, 2019

Robert Henoch Examines Potential for FCPA Enforcement Actions into Israel in Haaretz

Kobre & Kim lawyer and former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor Robert Henoch spoke with the independent Israeli newspaper Haaretz to explain the function and application of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in cases of suspected bribery.

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