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Eli Kay-Oliphant




Kobre & Kim LLP









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Complex civil litigator with experience with government enforcement defense and internal investigations on behalf of major financial institutions.

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What Makes Us the Go-To Boutique for International Disputes and Investigations?

We are 100% devoted to litigation and investigations. We are aggressive, trial-ready and focus on the heart of a dispute. We are conflict-free, and able to advocate in situations involving overlapping institutional interests across multiple jurisdictions.

Our Focus.

We focus only on disputes and investigations. Other lawyers regularly appoint us as special advocates for their clients in sensitive situations involving conflicts of interest. We do not ordinarily maintain repeat clients of our own. Our firm focuses on:

conducting litigation, arbitrations or investigations via special engagements
partnering with law firms who continue as client advisors while we conduct in-court advocacy


By avoiding repeat client relationships, and the conflicts of interest that come with them, we maintain our independence as advocates ready to litigate against virtually any institution.
The Premier Boutique for International Disputes and Investigations.

Recognized for excellence by virtually every major industry standard rankings publication, including Chambers & Partners, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500, and Vault in its “Top 10 Litigation Boutiques” list, we are the premier choice for clients seeking a conflict-free litigation firm to handle a complex international dispute. We are the only litigation boutique that offers the skill and experience of former U.S. prosecutors as well as English barristers and solicitors in an integrated advocacy team. We regularly handle cross-border disputes in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and various offshore jurisdictions.

Our unique team of trial lawyers includes:

former members of the U.S. Department of Justice's Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force,
three English Queen's Counsel with extensive trial experience in complex commercial disputes,
a former Chief of the Criminal Division of a major U.S. Attorney's Office,
a former Counselor to the Attorney General of the U.S.,
several former Senior Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
five former New York Assistant District Attorneys with extensive experience in New York State criminal and investigatory matters,
English barristers and solicitors qualified to practice under the laws of the United Kingdom and leading offshore jurisdictions, and
a team of analysts who work under the supervision of our lawyers on matters requiring industry-specific or financial products expertise.

Goal-Oriented Trial Lawyers.

Our firm attacks each engagement using an aggressive, trial-focused strategy designed to get to "the heart of the matter" as quickly as possible. All of our professionals are trained in a specific model of litigation. We do not engage in time-consuming pre-trial jousting that is immaterial to a victory. Our clients trust us to keep their objectives in sight and to focus all of our efforts on key aspects of the controversy that are material to ultimate success.
Innovative Fee Structures.

In many cases, our clients can take advantage of our services for fixed fees with premiums for achieving specific solutions to the problem at hand. We are also experienced in obtaining third-party funding for litigation where appropriate. Our innovative approach to valuing professional services affords our clients a rare measure of certainty regarding the expenses associated with each stage of the litigation.
High Quality, Low Volume.

We only accept a limited number of engagements to ensure that our institutional and private clients enjoy access, responsiveness, and service consistent with the highest standards of the profession. Because we do not ordinarily maintain repeat clients, our professionals are not tied to any particular clientele as in traditional law firms. When we make a commitment to take on an engagement, we have the ability to focus significant manpower and resources where needed.