International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery

Kobre & Kim currently acts as enforcement counsel on the two largest international arbitration award enforcement projects in the world. As the only firm able to deliver the full spectrum of global asset recovery services, our team has been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal and recognized repeatedly in legal industry publications as one of the most highly regarded judgment enforcement/asset recovery firms.


Events April 13, 2021

Stephen Hayes to Discuss Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against Sovereign State Debtors

Kobre & Kim’s Stephen Hayes will join the “State Immunity and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: Protecting Against What and Whom?” webinar hosted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) European Branch on April 16, 2021 at 11:00 am CEST. 

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Events April 9, 2021

Nick Cherryman to Lead Panel on Arbitration and Asset Recovery in a Post-Pandemic World

Kobre & Kim’s Nick Cherryman will moderate a panel on trends in arbitration and asset recovery in a post-pandemic world at the virtual Arbitration and Fraud in Russia & CIS conference hosted by Informa on April 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm EET / 9:00 am EDT.

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Events March 26, 2021

John Han Examines China Fortune Land Development Default in Webinar

The failure of Chinese developer China Fortune Land Development to repay noteholders US $530 million has put their entire US $4.6 billion offshore debt in doubt, sending shockwaves through the Chinese high-yield market. Kobre & Kim’s John Han examines potential recovery mechanisms for activist investors in a Reorg webinar on April 7, 5pm HKT.

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Events March 19, 2021

Nicholas Surmacz to Lead Panel on Extradition Claims at C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Conference

Kobre & Kim’s Nicholas Surmacz will moderate a panel on defending and prosecuting extradition claims in fraud matters at the virtual Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Geneva conference hosted by C5 on March 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm CET / 8:30 am EDT. 

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Events March 16, 2021

Farrington Yates to Join Virtual Panel on Digital Cross-Border Asset Recovery

Please join Kobre & Kim’s Farrington Yates for an INSOL International virtual panel discussion on the new tools available to track, trace and seize assets in the digital age on Tuesday, March 23, 4pm GMT.

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Publications March 10, 2021

John Han, Merrick Watson and Timothy de Swardt Unpack Their “Groundbreaking” BVI Judgment in Global Restructuring Review

In a groundbreaking judgment obtained by Kobre & Kim, the BVI Commercial Court for the first time made a committal order against a personal defendant residing outside of the British Virgin Islands for failing to appear at a hearing. With their colleague John Han, Kobre & Kim’s Merrick Watson and Timothy de Swardt, who obtained the ruling, explained the significance of the judgment in an article for Global Restructuring Review.

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Events February 16, 2021

Timothy Haynes to Join Panel on Insolvency Powers in Cross-Border Asset Recovery Cases

Kobre & Kim’s Timothy Haynes will join a panel on insolvency powers in cross-border asset recovery cases at the Asset Recovery Middle East virtual conference hosted by Informa on February 17, 2021 at 11:20 am Arabian Standard Time. 

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Events February 5, 2021

Carrie Tendler to Discuss Recovering Assets From Sovereign State Debtors

Kobre & Kim’s Carrie Tendler will join the “Sovereign States – a Rorschach Test?” panel hosted by ThoughtLeaders 4 Fire to discuss asset recovery against sovereign states on February 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST. 

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Publications February 5, 2021

Benjamin Sauter Explains Precedent-Setting Digital Currency Recovery Case

A precedent-setting case has shown how recovering stolen digital assets may now be even easier than traditional asset recovery. Kobre & Kim’s Benjamin Sauter, who took part in that case, spoke with Forkast News about the case’s impact on the wider industry.

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Client Alert January 28, 2021

Keeping Offshore Assets Offshore

  • Prevailing case law in BVI and Cayman has historically not allowed injunctions to be granted by the offshore courts unless there is an existing claim against the defendant within the jurisdiction of the Court granting the injunction.
  • Fortunately, that position has changed in the Cayman Islands and now in BVI, with claimants, including those from onshore jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China, able to obtain “free-standing” injunctive relief in both offshore jurisdictions.
  • With the advent of the new law in BVI, and the continuing willingness of the Cayman Islands’ Courts to make protective orders, victims of fraud are now in a better position than they have ever been to guard against a defendant’s dissipation of its offshore assets whilst they are waiting for a judgment.

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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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Publications December 15, 2020

Tim Haynes, John Han and Jason Kang Dispel Myths on Enforcing Chinese Judgments and Awards Overseas in Caixin

As the recent case of Jia Yueting demonstrates, the commonly shared idea among Chinese companies that Chinese court judgments and arbitral awards cannot be enforced outside China, particularly in offshore jurisdictions, is a misconception. Kobre & Kim’s Tim Haynes, John Han and Jason Kang explain in an article for the Chinese investigative media Caixin.

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Publications December 11, 2020

John Han, Su Mien Tee and Francesca Ip Analyze Implications of Recent Hong Kong Ruling on Challenging and Enforcing Awards in GAR

A recent decision by a Hong Kong court demonstrates the importance of the initial decision by both arbitral award creditors and debtors of where and when to enforce or challenge an award, Kobre & Kim’s Hong Kong-based lawyers John Han, Su Mien Tee and Francesca Ip, along with patent attorney Dr. Marc Labgold, wrote in an article for Global Arbitration Review

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Events December 4, 2020

Rebecca Hume and Jef Klazen Attend Exclusive Cambridge Forum as Steering Committee Members

Kobre & Kim’s Rebecca Hume and Jef Klazen will be attending Cambridge Forum’s Forum on International Enforcement of Judgments & Awards, taking place virtually from December 4 to 8, 2020.

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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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