LONDON (June 16, 2016) – Global disputes and investigations firm Kobre & Kim announces today that it has strengthened its Government Enforcement & Investigations team with the addition of Jason A. Masimore in London.
As a former prosecutor for the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. Masimore will focus his practice on advising corporations and individual clients in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa facing allegations of corruption and bribery; securities fraud and tax and accounting fraud; market manipulation; and violations of US sanctions, among other violations.
When asked about joining the firm, Mr. Masimore said, “I am delighted to be joining Kobre & Kim in London. The firm has built an impressive team that has an unparalleled reputation. I am excited for the opportunity to help enhance the firm’s abilities to advise international clients facing investigations and cases from US regulators.”
Mr. Masimore brings extensive experience investigating criminal matters to Kobre & Kim’s London office. With his addition, a total of five former DOJ lawyers will be based at that location. Among these are Lara Levinson and Roger Burlingame; they and Mr. Masimore are permanently based in London. Other former DOJ lawyers on the team include Robert Henoch, who splits time between Tel Aviv and London, and the firm’s co-founder, Michael Kim, who also practices part of the time from the London office.
All five of the firm’s former DOJ lawyers in London focus on Europe/Middle East/Africa matters, and are part of a larger group of 13 former US government lawyers throughout the firm, including a specialty Asia-focused team based in Hong Kong and Seoul, and another focusing exclusively on Latin America.
“The DOJ and other US authorities investigate EMEA-based entities and individuals without regard to national boundaries, and the level of US enforcement activity is only increasing,” Mr. Burlingame said. “Jason’s deep white-collar experience from both sides of the table will strengthen our ability to serve EMEA-based clients facing US government inquiries.”
Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Masimore served for years with the US government, serving as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he tried numerous federal criminal cases involving charges including corruption, tax and accounting fraud, and securities fraud, among others. Prior to his tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. Masimore was an associate in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. He received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
About Kobre & Kim
Kobre & Kim is an international disputes and investigations firm comprised of over 150 lawyers and analysts based in New York, London, Seoul, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington DC. The firm’s conflict-free profile focuses exclusively on serving as special counsel, allowing it to advance aggressive positions against virtually any adversary.
Kobre & Kim is one of the few firms to have former US government prosecutors and investigators permanently based in Europe and the Middle East (currently in London and Tel Aviv). The EMEA team, led by five former US Department of Justice lawyers and investigators, includes a diverse group of professionals with local experience and native language skills such as French, German, Italian, Russian, Dutch, and Hebrew, with a particular focus on advising companies, boards of directors, and individual executives in internal investigations and related cross-border government enforcement actions.
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