2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Expectations that associates will play an integral role in every case team.”
“Friendly, smart and competent colleagues.”
“Interesting and varied work.”
“Work demands can be very significant.”
About Kobre & Kim LLP
Kobre & Kim is a 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 in 2003, Kobre & Kim 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 once again received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the United States’ foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Kobre & Kim’s top marks also earned it the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
A federal bankruptcy judge has dismissed Chapter 11 cases filed by subsidiaries of the IT multinational company Rolta India Ltd., finding that they “did not have a realistic ability to effectively reorganize.”
On January 26, 2021, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Clifton R. Jessup, Jr. of the Northern District of Alabama granted a motion to dismiss the Chapter 11 cases filed by Kobre & Kim clients Pinpoint Multi-Strategy Master Fund, Value Partners Fixed Income SPC – Value Partners Credit Opportunities Fund SP, and Value Partners Greater China High Yield Income Fund, who hold bonds issued by Rolta. Collectively, they are owed more than $200 million based on judgments arising from Rolta’s default of the bond debt.
For the fifth consecutive year running, Kobre & Kim made the Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100 as one of the world’s leading law firms to handle cross-border investigations. In its profile of the firm, GIR praised Kobre & Kim for building “an impressive team of former U.S. prosecutors” and for being “a go-to firm for defendants facing spoofing charges.”
Kobre & Kim has asked a federal judge to grant its motion for summary judgement in its FOIA suit against the CFTC, which seeks to shed light on the agency’s infamous US $16 million “gag” settlement last year with Kraft and Mondelez over allegations of wheat futures manipulation. The firm is seeking an order compelling the CFTC to produce a trove of unredacted documents and communications, including records from the two days after the CFTC retracted its press releases about the settlement, which accused Kraft of market manipulation in apparent violation of the consent order that had just been entered by a federal judge.
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 2021:
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
Wilmington, DE | 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.