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Robin J. Baik
Lawyer
Seoul
9F, Tower B, The-K Twin Towers
50, Jong-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 03142
South Korea
+82 2 369 1255

Robin Baik focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement matters, with a particular focus on representing Korean and other Asia-based corporations and individuals in cross-border disputes. He regularly advises clients facing investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Conduct Authority with regards to corruption/the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forex and tax violations, among others.

Mr. Baik also has experience in international judgment enforcement and asset recovery matters, including those relating to insolvency proceedings and involving fraudulent schemes to hide and embezzle misappropriated assets. His experience in this area includes representing clients such as sovereign entities, energy and technology companies, and financial institutions.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Baik practiced at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he focused on U.S. bankruptcy proceedings and U.S. federal tax issues for various U.S.- and Korea-based clients.

Admissions

  • Korea, Foreign Legal Consultant (U.S. Law)
  • New York

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, JD
  • Seoul National University School of Law, LLB

Languages

  • Korean

Accolades

  • Who's Who Legal, Asset Recovery

Select Engagements

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of Asia-based electric utility company in responding to an inquiry by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation.
  • Representation of a Korea-based officer at a major U.S. investment bank in addressing issues arising from an internal investigation and related U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation regarding alleged violations of the FCPA due to the bank's hiring practices in Asia.
  • Representation of several Asia-based traders at a large multinational investment bank in response to an investigation conducted by the DOJ, SEC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in relation to a forex investigation.
  • Representation of the CEO of a technology company in Korea in assisting client to respond to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigation into possible identity theft committed using applications developed by the company.
  • Representation of a former senior executive of a nutritional product manufacturer and distributor during an internal investigation into potential FCPA violations in China.

International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery

  • Representation of the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) as a plaintiff in litigation in the U.S. courts regarding recovery of the assets of Yoo Byung Eun, the former owner of the ferry company involved in the Sewol disaster.
  • Representation of an Asia-Pacific sovereign entity in enforcing judgments of US $120 million+ against assets and defendants in multiple jurisdictions in the U.S., the Caribbean and Asia.
  • Representation of an international transportation company in pursuing global asset recovery of US $36 million+ arising out of an embezzlement scheme perpetrated by former employee in Asia.
  • Representation of DuPont in enforcing a US $920 million judgment against Kolon Industries, a South Korean conglomerate operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Insolvency & Debtor-Creditor Disputes

  • Representation of a multinational telecommunication company in its Chapter 11 proceeding.
  • Representation of several creditors in bankruptcy proceeding of Lehman Brothers.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Korea University Law School, Adjunct Professor

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Securities & Related Investigations” (Global Investigations Review, September 2016)
  • Co-author, “Asset Recovery – Korea” (Getting the Deal Through, 2016)
  • Author, "Substantive Consolidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court - A Case Study of Lehman Brothers' Bankruptcy Proceeding" (SungKyunKwan Law Review, 2012)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Korea, Foreign Legal Consultant (U.S. Law)
  • New York

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, JD
  • Seoul National University School of Law, LLB

Languages

  • English
  • Korean

Accolades

  • Who's Who Legal, Asset Recovery

Engagements

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of Asia-based electric utility company in responding to an inquiry by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation.
  • Representation of a Korea-based officer at a major U.S. investment bank in addressing issues arising from an internal investigation and related U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation regarding alleged violations of the FCPA due to the bank's hiring practices in Asia.
  • Representation of several Asia-based traders at a large multinational investment bank in response to an investigation conducted by the DOJ, SEC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in relation to a forex investigation.
  • Representation of the CEO of a technology company in Korea in assisting client to respond to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigation into possible identity theft committed using applications developed by the company.
  • Representation of a former senior executive of a nutritional product manufacturer and distributor during an internal investigation into potential FCPA violations in China.

International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery

  • Representation of the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) as a plaintiff in litigation in the U.S. courts regarding recovery of the assets of Yoo Byung Eun, the former owner of the ferry company involved in the Sewol disaster.
  • Representation of an Asia-Pacific sovereign entity in enforcing judgments of US $120 million+ against assets and defendants in multiple jurisdictions in the U.S., the Caribbean and Asia.
  • Representation of an international transportation company in pursuing global asset recovery of US $36 million+ arising out of an embezzlement scheme perpetrated by former employee in Asia.
  • Representation of DuPont in enforcing a US $920 million judgment against Kolon Industries, a South Korean conglomerate operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Insolvency & Debtor-Creditor Disputes

  • Representation of a multinational telecommunication company in its Chapter 11 proceeding.
  • Representation of several creditors in bankruptcy proceeding of Lehman Brothers.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Korea University Law School, Adjunct Professor

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Securities & Related Investigations” (Global Investigations Review, September 2016)
  • Co-author, “Asset Recovery – Korea” (Getting the Deal Through, 2016)
  • Author, "Substantive Consolidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court - A Case Study of Lehman Brothers' Bankruptcy Proceeding" (SungKyunKwan Law Review, 2012)