Victories

We offer an aggressive, trial-focused approach to solve problems.

Below are some recent victories we have achieved for our clients.


United States of America
  • Kobre & Kim won a cross-border dispute involving a New York law promissory note and distressed collateral subject to Scottish insolvency proceedings. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment for the plaintiff, finding that the defendant was liable under the note as a matter of law. The court also held that 100% of Kobre & Kim’s time was reasonable, finding that the terms of the note required the defendant to pay for the costs of litigating the dispute and that Kobre & Kim had employed a litigation strategy aimed at keeping costs low and maintained lean, appropriately allocated staffing.

  • Kobre & Kim won the dismissal of a putative U.S. federal securities class-action complaint against Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News International, arising out of the News of the World and The Sun’s newsgathering practices, including the much publicized phone-hacking allegations. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over Ms. Brooks and another defendant (NI Group) and that the plaintiffs otherwise failed to state a claim against all defendants, which included News Corp., its subsidiary, NI Group and other individual defendants.
  • Kobre & Kim’s London and New York teams successfully negotiated a settlement agreement with UK-based Woodsford Litigation Funding Limited on behalf of Chevron Corporation. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement, Woodsford agreed to withdraw all financial support related to litigation brought against Chevron in Ecuador and relinquish its interest in a US $9.5 billion judgment to Chevron.
  • Kobre & Kim's Miami team obtained a landmark acquittal on behalf of Raoul Weil, former head of UBS Wealth Management and the highest-ranking Swiss banker to stand trial in the U.S., on allegations that he conspired with wealthy Americans to hide US $20 billion in secret offshore accounts. Kobre & Kim was brought in as special litigation counsel for the trial in Florida, where the firm's aggressive cross-examinations of government witnesses and closing arguments played a key role in crippling the government's case.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams secured a court order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, granting their contested application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to take discovery in connection with an alleged hacking and cyber corporate espionage scheme in aid of a US $1 billion commercial dispute currently being litigated in the Netherlands.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams obtained dismissal of its client Korea Advanced Institute of Technology, one of the top educational and research institutes in the Republic of Korea, from a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey involving a partnership dispute over the development of mobile ship-docking technologies.
  • Kobre & Kim's New York team helped secure a noncustodial sentence for the former chief financial officer of DHB Industries Inc., n/k/a Point Blank Solutions Inc., a body armor supplier. After pleading guilty in 2007 to her role in an alleged US $200 million+ fraudulent scheme to inflate company earnings and profits, she had faced years in prison.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold a lower court’s complete dismissal of a lawsuit against our client alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) related to the sale and leaseback of commercial properties in Florida, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams persuaded the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to explicitly recognize an agency’s right to assert the bank examination and deliberative process privileges in cases alleging multibillion-dollar claims against the nation’s top banks.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams persuade the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not have subject-matter jurisdiction to bring a manipulation case against Brian Hunter, the former head of energy trading for US $9 billion hedge fund Amaranth Advisors LLC, who had traded only in the commodities derivative markets. This case marked the first-ever court challenge to the scope of the FERC’s anti-manipulation rule.
  • Kobre & Kim's Miami team obtained dismissal of a civil asset forfeiture lawsuit in which the U.S. government sought to forfeit about US $11 million in U.S. bank accounts belonging to an Italian precious metals company on a claim that the company was involved in money laundering. Through a quick but rigorous investigation, Kobre & Kim convinced the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that its lawsuit was unfounded and, as a result, the U.S. government voluntarily agreed to dismiss the complaint and unfreeze the company’s bank accounts.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams achieved a favorable settlement for its clients, two UK citizens, in a civil U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement case involving charges of securities fraud stemming from an alleged internet-based stock promotion scheme.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team defeated claims against its client for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract, heard by a FedArb Inc. panel. The claimant’s demand for arbitration was dismissed, and the claimant’s subsequent motion for leave to amend was denied.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams successfully obtained a term of no incarceration and a US $1,000 fine for a client charged by the DOJ Antitrust Division in its much-publicized prosecution of bid-rigging in the municipal bond market.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team obtained the complete, prediscovery dismissal of all claims brought by a group of investors in Delaware Chancery Court against a former officer and director of a hedge fund that invested with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Miami teams obtained a US $30 million award on behalf of US Airways Inc. against Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. before a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel in New York for alleged violations of securities laws and broker-dealer duties.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams obtained dismissal with prejudice attacking plaintiffs’ standing and other claims in a US $500 million class and derivative action challenging Solvi’s acquisition of beverage company Crunk.
  • After successfully persuading New York and California federal courts to dismiss two lawsuits against our client alleging fraud and RICO violations in connection with the sale and leaseback of commercial property in Florida, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania, Kobre & Kim's New York team obtained a court order requiring the plaintiffs in the New York action to pay our client’s attorney's fees and costs.
  • Shortly after initiating the case, Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams secured favorable settlement for a prominent hedge fund against an investment bank for short-position trading losses.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York and Washington DC teams persuaded the DOJ Antitrust Division to refrain from prosecuting a high-level executive of a global automotive supplier implicated in an investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team secured transfer of key legal issues from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of MAXAM Capital and other clients, in a US $230 million+ Madoff-related litigation against the Securities Investor Protection Corporation liquidator of Bernard L. Madoff Securities Inc.
  • Kobre & Kim’s Washington DC and Miami teams obtained acquittal on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and money laundering charges, secured mistrial as to remaining charges, and prevailed on motions excluding important evidence on behalf of UK resident Pankesh Patel in a highly publicized "FCPA sting" prosecution of military products brokers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, leading to the abandonment of all prosecutions by the DOJ.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team obtained a temporary restraining order in Louisiana courts on behalf of a hedge fund adviser regarding a US $300 million+ repurchase agreement with a large investment bank.
  • Kobre & Kim’s Washington DC team prevailed against the DOJ and the government of Brazil in voiding a freezing order of US $400 million+ alleged to be associated with illicit activity in Brazil.
  • Kobre & Kim’s Miami team won dismissal of 21 suits filed in Florida state court against investment fund and certain individuals alleging claims of civil RICO, fraud, breach of contract, unfair trade practices and civil conspiracy related to real estate venture financing.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team used emergency injunctions to enjoin a large investment bank from seizing collateral pursuant to default of US $100 million+ in repurchase agreements on behalf of two regional banks in New York state court.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team obtained a US $60 million+ summary judgment in New York state courts on behalf of mezzanine financing house GSO RE Onshore LLC against billionaire real estate developer Tamir Sapir over loan default relating to large New York development.
  • Kobre & Kim’s Miami and New York teams secured the dismissal of a federal complaint alleging multimillion-dollar damages for violations of RICO and other causes of action against a senior real estate broker in connection with widely publicized allegations of conspiracy to use fraudulent sale and leaseback agreements to artificially inflate commercial property rental prices.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team secured dismissal of all charges in the U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for a former KPMG partner in the highly publicized KPMG tax products prosecution by the DOJ.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team obtained an order in Pennsylvania state court vacating the client’s conviction of serious felony charges and dismissal of bail-jumping charges based on rule-of-specialty objections after international extradition to Pennsylvania from the UK.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team assisted a leading manufacturer of flat-panel liquid crystal displays in transferring a case filed by the New York Attorney General’s Office, from New York state court to California federal court, based on a novel theory of removal in the context of antitrust litigation.
  • Kobre & Kim’s Washington DC and New York teams convinced the DOJ and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to drop filed insider trading charges against a former corporate officer.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team achieved a favorable settlement for a hedge fund consortium in litigation against the company alleging breaches of anti-dilution and price-protection provisions of a securities purchase agreement.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team secured National Futures Association arbitration dismissal for a commodity futures broker accused of improper trading and market manipulation after a rare grant of preliminary hearing with the arbitration panel.
  • Kobre & Kim’s New York team prevailed on behalf of a major financial institution in a multimillion-dollar FINRA arbitration after a full evidentiary arbitration in Philadelphia.
  • Kobre & Kim’s Miami and New York teams secured removal of three co-trustees of an estate worth US $600 million+ established by the late Dr. Robert Atkins (creator of Atkins Diet) in New York State Surrogate’s Court.