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Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP


About Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

Richards Kibbe & Orbe is a midsize firm with offices in New York; London; and Washington, DC. With a heavy focus on the banking and finance industries, the firm offers clients a full set of legal services in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, civil litigation, corporate finance and transactions, investigations and enforcement, and regulation and compliance.

Financial Foundation

RK&O was founded in 1990 to serve clients in the financial and business industries. True to its initial purpose, the firm now has a client base consisting of hedge funds, investment banks, public companies, and accounting firms. With a roster of about 55 attorneys, the firm is a tight-knit team.

Creating and Investigating Deals

In the early 1990s, when investors first became interested in purchasing and trading distressed bank loans, founding partner Jon Kibbe spearheaded RK&O’s effort to assist them by creating the structures and documentation to facilitate such transactions. The legal groundwork was so well executed that it is still the framework used by the firm’s Distressed Debt and Claims Trading practice group. But these processes are not limited to the firm; in fact, the terms that RK&O created for distressed-loan investments have since been adopted throughout the entire secondary loan marketplace. Language drafted by the firm is embedded into standard contracts throughout this area of practice.

RK&O’s work on distressed bank loans is just one aspect of its broader practice. The firm facilitates trading in bank loans (both distressed and “par”), claims against troubled and insolvent companies, portfolios of real estate loans and other illiquid assets.

RK&O also boasts a strong corporate practice—which is particularly adept at handling complex financial transactions—and a top-notch white collar and investigations practice, among other areas.

Experienced Professionals Only

RK&O prefers that senior partners have direct, personal client contact. As a result, the ratio of partners to associates is approximately one-to-one. For this model to work, the firm hires only experienced associates—generally, those who have spent at least three years in private or government practice. Both corporate attorneys and litigators come to RK&O from top firms on the Vault 100, and its litigation team boasts strong ties to the public sector.

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281-1003
Phone: (212) 530-1800

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Jennifer Grady
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
50 - 100

Employment Contact

Emerita Ruiz
Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager
(212) 530-1875

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I London

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Civil Litigation
Corporate Finance & Transactions
Investigations & Enforcement
Regulation & Compliance