About Kobre & Kim LLP

Founded in 2003, Kobre & Kim is an international law firm focused exclusively on cross-border disputes and investigations. With offices in London, Hong Kong, Seoul, the Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin islands, in addition to U.S. offices in Miami, New York, DC and San Francisco, Kobre & Kim continues to live up to its reputation as a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. And with an added bonus: the firm boasts the fact that it avoids repeat client relationships and is therefore "conflict-free." As such, it maintains a diverse client base ranging from hedge funds, joint ventures and manufacturing companies to top-level corporate executives and foreign citizens, and remains unencumbered by long-term client relationships that so often stifle the workflow of other law firms.

Dream Team

Experienced trial lawyers Michael Kim and Steven Kobre founded the firm after working together as Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of New York. There, as members of the Department of Justice's Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, they prosecuted major securities fraud cases including the $75 million case against brokerage firm Sterling Foster, said to be the inspiration for the 2000 Ben Affleck film Boiler Room. Kim and Kobre decided to harness their expertise to start their own firm and recruited colleagues from across the pond to join them. Their team now includes three English Queen's Counsel, as well as English barristers qualified to practice in the UK and other offshore jurisdictions, and Hong Kong solicitors. On the U.S. side, the firm's attorneys include a former Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, a former Counselor to the Attorney General of the U.S., several former Senior Counsels at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ten former Assistant District Attorneys. A team of analysts completes the picture, providing specialized knowledge of the financial industry that Kobre & Kim's complex cases often require.

Conflict Resolution, Without the Conflict

Kobre & Kim focuses exclusively on litigation and arbitration and prides itself on its aggressive, trial-focused strategy. And by avoiding repeat client relationships that create conflicts of interest, the firm maintains its ability to litigate against a wide range of institutions. This unique attribute, combined with its multi-jurisdictional presence, makes Kobre and Kim advantageously positioned to handle complex cross-border disputes. Kobre & Kim's fierce litigators are often brought in to handle trial work while partnering with other law firms that continue an advisory role.  It has received widespread recognition for its work in numerous areas including white-collar defense, internal investigations, debtor-creditor litigation, trusts and estates litigation, judgment enforcement and offshore asset recovery.


July 2016
Chambers Recognition

Chambers & Partners has recognized Kobre & Kim and a number of the firm's attorneys for outstanding achievements over the past year in the fields of General Commercial Litigation, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Restructuring/Insolvency.  The publication ranked the firm for its work in China and Latin America, as well as in the US and globally. In addition, the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide recognized Kobre & Kim's Corporate Investigations practice. Clients characterized the firm as a "strong team" that has "deep experience in fraud, asset recovery and investigations, with able and commercially savvy lawyers."

Top 500

Kobre & Kim has been recognized as a leading firm in General Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense in The Legal 500 2016 rankings. Of the firm's general commercial capabilities, the guide notes, "Kobre & Kim's conflict-free model sees it acting as special litigation counsel in high-stakes litigation for a variety of well-known clients. With a presence in the US, Hong Kong, London and offshore jurisdictions, it excels in cross-border disputes." The "very strong" Kobre & Kim White-Collar Criminal Defense team is noted for "an excellent reputation for representing individuals in high-profile cases, and has real strength in international investigations."

Hitting the Mark

Hailed as "truly unique," Kobre & Kim was highly ranked in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The guide praises the firm's focus on cross-border matters and disputes involving monetary amounts of $50 million and higher, as well as the firm's conflict-free business model. One peer noted "It must take a lot of discipline to do this, because your natural inclination as a firm is to want to grab at repeat business but Kobre & Kim has stayed true to its model, and it seems to be working for them because they get a ton of business that others are conflicted out of."

June 2016
London Calling

Kobre & Kim strengthens its Government Enforcement & Investigations team with the addition of Jason A. Masimore in London.  As a former prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Masimore will focus his practice on advising corporations and individuals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa facing allegations of corruption/bribery, securities, tax and accounting fraud, market manipulation, and violations of U.S. sanctions, among other violations. Mr. Masimore brings extensive experience investigating criminal matters to the firm's London office, a team that includes other former US Department of Justice lawyers permanently based in the UK-Roger Burlingame and Lara Levinson.

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Kobre & Kim LLP

800 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 488-1200
Fax: (212) 488-1220


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Founders and Managing Partners: Michael S. Kim and Steven G. Kobre
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 90

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Kobre & Kim does not offer a summer associate program.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Financial Products & Services Litigation
    Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Disputes
    International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Government Enforcement Defense
    Investigations & Monitorships
    Joint Venture & Partnership Disputes
    International Arbitrations
    Trusts & Estates Litigation
    Class & Derivative Actions

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY
  • Miami, FL
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • London
  • Hong Kong
  • George Town, Cayman Islands
  • Seoul
  • Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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