2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Flexibility to work remotely.”
“Wonderful colleagues and interesting work.”
“Occasional long hours during busy periods.”
About Kobre & Kim LLP
Founded in 2003, Kobre & Kim is global law firm focused exclusively on international disputes and investigations, often involving allegations of fraud or misconduct. Kobre & Kim has developed a reputation as a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. Founded by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, the firm has organically grown to more than 250 employees who work out of offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S., and the Caribbean. And with an added bonus: the firm boasts the fact that it generally avoids repeat client relationships and is therefore “conflict-free.” As such, it maintains a diverse client base—including Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, 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 and instead is often engaged by other law firms to act as special litigation counsel to handle complex disputes on behalf of their clients.
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 lawyers include more than a dozen former federal prosecutors and former enforcement lawyers of the SEC almost half of which are based outside of the U.S. the firm’s Hong Kong, Seoul, London and Tel Aviv offices. 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 prides itself on its aggressive, trial-focused strategy. And by generally avoiding repeat client relationships that create conflicts of interest, the firm maintains its ability to litigate against a wide range of institutions. This unique approach combined with its multi-jurisdictional presence make Kobre & 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, international judgment enforcement, asset forfeiture/confiscation, and offshore asset recovery.
News & Awards
Kobre & Kim is proud to announce that it has received a score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
“We are thrilled to earn this recognition in the Corporate Equality Index,” said Kobre & Kim co-founder Steven G. Kobre. “The diversity of perspective and experience among our lawyers and staff not only reflects the communities around the globe where we live and work, but also has played a foundational role in the firm’s success. We take tremendous pride in our inclusive culture.”
Zachary D. Rosenbaum, an experienced litigator with a long track record of success in high-stakes civil disputes, has joined Kobre & Kim in its New York office. Mr. Rosenbaum’s wide-ranging experience in New York and abroad spans securities and structured finance, M&A, secured and unsecured financing, real estate investments, and intellectual property. His clients include hedge funds, bondholders, shareholders, foreign and domestic asset managers, private equity funds, trustees, and other institutional investors.
“I’ve long admired the special position that Kobre & Kim occupies in the high-stakes disputes market,” said Mr. Rosenbaum. “It is the perfect fit for the kind of work that I do, and I’m excited to be part of it.”
A federal bankruptcy judge has ordered the transfer of Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting’s personal Chapter 11 case from Delaware to California. The ruling is a major win for creditor Shanghai Lan Cai Asset Management, represented by Kobre & Kim, which has been seeking to enforce a $11 million arbitral award against Jia Yueting.
Transfer orders in bankruptcy cases are relatively rare. Making this order even more notable was the official committee of unsecured creditors’ opposition to the transfer. Jia Yueting’s Chapter 11 petition lists $500 million to $1 billion in assets and $1 billion to $10 billion in liabilities, making this one of the largest—if not the largest—individual bankruptcy filings in U.S. history.
A team of Kobre & Kim attorneys, together with other legal counsel, are handling enforcement of the largest arbitration award in the history of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), on behalf of U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips against the Republic of Venezuela. Leading commercial arbitration news source GAR highlights this record-breaking, U.S. $8.7 billion award and next steps in enforcement.
Why Work Here
Kobre & Kim is an international law firm focused exclusively on cross-border disputes and investigations. With offices in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, 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. Many of our attorneys have local legal knowledge and our team fluent in more than a dozen languages. Though we are a global firm, we are committed to maintaining a close-knit and team-oriented atmosphere where attorneys from each of our offices work together to provide clients an integrated advocacy team that addresses all aspects of cross-border matters.
800 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 488-1200
Managing Partners: Michael S. Kim and Steven G. Kobre
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year+: $340,000
Monica A. Girardi
Talent Acquisition Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 6
No. of International Offices: 9
New York, NY (HQ)
San Francisco, CA
British Virgin Islands
Claim Monetization & Dilution
Financial Products & Services Litigation
Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Disputes
International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery
International Private Client
Government Enforcement Defense
Investigations & Monitorships
Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
Joint Venture & Partnership Disputes
Trusts & Estates Litigation
Class & Derivative Actions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.