Kobre & Kim > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Firm Profile

Kobre & Kim
HARBOUR HOUSE
WATERFRONT DRIVE, P.O. BOX 431, ROAD TOWN
TORTOLA VG 1110
British Virgin Islands

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Disputes and investigations specialist firm Kobre & Kim has a strong reputation for representing both high net worth individuals and corporates in a range of cross-border disputes and a ‘cutting-edge international enforcement and asset recovery practice‘. In New York, co-founders Michael Kim and Steven Kobre lead the firm’s claim monetization and dilution team, Jef Klazen is noted for enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards, while Washington DC-based Robin Rathmell heads the international private client team. The group, which benefits from an ‘international mindset‘ and offices across the US, was strengthened by the arrival of former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kim; Steven Kobre; Robin Rathmell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Despite being a predominantly US firm, they have good international reach, especially in jurisdictions that are relevant for enforcement and asset tracing and recovery. Due to their experience handling international cases, they have good knowledge and understanding of many legal systems.’

‘It is mainly their international mindset and capabilities that make them stand out. Partner Jef Klazen has contacts and experience in many European jurisdictions.’

‘Kobre & Kim has the most cutting-edge international enforcement and asset recovery practice. The practice is top-notch and they deliver certain results.’

‘We worked together with a number of Kobre & Kim’s asset recovery lawyers. They leave no stone unturned to pursue asset recovery options in every corner of the world. They deliver.’

Really determined team always looking after the client’s best interests. Dedicated and aggressive.’

Jef Klazen is incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with.’

Robin is my go-to person whenever the most difficult knots need undoing.  He is also refreshingly humble with a wicked sense of humour. He is so much more than a lawyer focused on a narrow specialty – he is a master of several different areas and I am continually impressed by his intelligence, courage, creativity and relationships. All in all, I find Robin to be the best legal mind at work in his field whilst being approachable and understanding.

Key clients

Jho Low

Former Official at the Venezuelan Ministry of Oil and his family

Princess Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein

A Litigation Trust formed in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a formerly US-listed European company.

MLB Properties

UK liquidators of Dooga (Cubits).

National Bank TRUST and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation.

Beny Steinmetz

Sang Cheol Woo

Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso and Nathalie Bumba-Pembe

Luckin Coffee Inc. Chairman Charles Zheng Yao Lu and CEO Jenny Zhiya Qian

Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. and Siris Capital Group, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Jho Low, an international business executive, in a multi-jurisdictional investigation and related criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering.
  • Representing Princess Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a high-net-worth international businesswoman and strategy consultant, in a jurisdiction challenge.
  • Represented National Bank TRUST and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, two of Russia’s largest commercial banks, in filing and pursuing cross-border civil litigation against the founder and former CEO.

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kobre & Kim fields a team of ‘very experienced attorneys with extensive knowledge of asset forfeiture and money laundering law’. The practice focuses on disputes and investigations and has an international network with offices in the US, UK, Hong Kong, China and Brazil, making it well placed to handle cross-border fraud and misconduct cases. The team is headed in New York by Michael Kim and Steven Kobre; Kim is an experienced litigator who focuses on financial disputes and criminal investigations, while Kobre has considerable experience in government enforcement defense matters, financial arbitration and litigation. In January 2021, Miami’s Evelyn Sheehan was promoted to partner and in March of the same year, Michael Sherwin joined in Washington DC from the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Hartley West left the firm in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steven Kobre; Michael Kim

Other key lawyers:

William McGovern; Sean Buckley; Matthew Menchel; Michael Sherwin; Evelyn Sheehan

Testimonials

‘Evelyn Sheehan, a former federal prosecutor, is well-versed in asset forfeiture and money laundering law and in the international issues that arise in such cases.’

‘Industry expertise is higher than the largest Big Law firms, as is the level of attention we receive from the Kobre team.’

‘Kobre & Kim has a diverse group of attorneys that work on matters.’

‘The collaboration among attorneys at the firm is seamless, making them a powerhouse against any government agency.’

‘This is the firm you want to hire.’

‘Matthew Menchel is the most impressive trial attorney I have ever met.’

‘In addition to Matthew Menchel being a great trial attorney, he is a good human and nice person.’

‘Kobre & Kim has offices worldwide that provide terrific and unified support.’

Key clients

Leading Healthcare Company

John Pacilio

A major digital currency exchange

Jho Low

UK liquidators of Dooga (Cubits)

A Litigation Trust formed in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a formerly US-listed European company

Gregg Smith

A global consultant in the Latin American oil and gas industry

Parker H. Petit

The owner of a large investment advisory firm

Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso and Nathalie Bumba-Pembe

Former President & CEO of a leading healthcare company

A cryptocurrency exchange and its founder

An IRS whistleblower

Adana Investing Inc. (Adana). (AKA Nanda, Inc.)

Work highlights

  • Advising John Pacilio as defence counsel in connection with charges brought by the DOJ in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois relating to conspiring to commit wire fraud, as well as substantive counts of wire fraud, commodities fraud and spoofing.
  • Representing the parent company of a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) and mail order pharmacy and its affiliated entities in on-going national litigation and related investigations regarding the prescription and dispensing of opioids.
  • Representing Jho Low, an international business executive, on a multi-jurisdictional investigation and related criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering by the DOJ.