Ed Kim, co-founder of the firm, represents multinational companies and individuals in cross-border disputes, criminal and regulatory enforcement actions, and investigations.
Ed is an accomplished trial lawyer whose cases have involved allegations of securities and financial frauds, cryptocurrency fraud, money laundering, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
Ed co-founded the firm after serving for nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was an Assistant United States Attorney and supervisor of two units in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
Ed has significant experience handling matters involving international enforcement agencies as well as domestic regulatory authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Ed has tried a dozen federal cases, including numerous high-profile FCPA, fraud, and national security cases. Ed also has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Ed was appointed to lead two units within the Southern District’s Criminal Division.
Ed served as a Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrimes and cryptocurrency frauds, money laundering, FCPA violations, criminal tax offenses, and healthcare fraud. Ed supervised the prosecutions of offshore financial institutions and international bank employees for tax offenses; the investigation of fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs); the indictment of Chinese nationals for obtaining and trading on confidential information obtained through breaching the servers of international law firms; the prosecution of a multi-million dollar fraud and kickback scheme committed by an executive at a publicly traded pharmaceutical manufacture and the Chief Executive Officer of a specialty mail-order pharmacy company, and significant FCPA matters, including two of the Department of Justice’s largest criminal corporate bribery and corruption resolutions.
Ed also served as a Chief of the General Crimes Unit, where he trained and supervised dozens of the Southern District’s newest prosecutors.
Ed also was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he handled significant securities matters, including the prosecutions of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company for accounting fraud and market manipulation; an international bank executive for insider trading through the use of foreign investment products; a bank executive and a finance analyst at a pharmaceutical company for participating in an insider trading conspiracy; and investment advisors for market manipulation, securities fraud, and investment advisor fraud. Ed also prosecuted a variety of other crimes, including money laundering, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, and national security offenses.
Ed was a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Justice Department’s second-highest honor. He also received the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award and was named a prosecutor of the year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ed practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP. Ed also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Ed worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, Inc.
+ REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
• A former public official in a money laundering and FCPA prosecution that was tried by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
• A hedge fund founder in an insider trading investigation being conducted by the DOJ and the SEC.
• A FinTech executive in a cryptocurrency investigation being conducted by the SEC.
• A cryptocurrency exchange executive in a commodities fraud investigation being conducted by the DOJ and the CFTC.
• A hedge fund in an FCPA prosecution being conducted by the DOJ.
• An individual in parallel criminal/forfeiture proceedings initiated by Taiwanese authorities.
• A former bank executive in a securities fraud and wire fraud prosecution being conducted by the DOJ.
• The Chief Financial Officer of a marketing company in a wire fraud investigation being conducted by the DOJ.
• A former executive of a publicly-traded technology company in a disclosure investigation being conducted by the DOJ and the SEC.
• An insurance holding company in a foreign exchange rate investigation being conducted by the DOJ.
• The Chief Executive Officer of a defense contractor in connection with an internal investigation related to potential False Claims Act violations.
• An individual in an insider trading and hacking investigation being conducted by the DOJ and the SEC.
• A company executive in a Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise investigation being conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
+ SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
• “Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Financial Laws” (International Association of Korean Lawyers, September 15, 2018)
• “Cryptocurrency Risks for Banks” (New York Bankers Association, May 8, 2018)
• “When Lawyers Need a (Criminal) Lawyer” (Practicing Law Institute, April 26, 2018)
• “Hedge Fund Association’s 2017 Global Regulatory Briefing” (Bloomberg, November 1, 2017)
• “Navigating the Shifting Landscape of Financial Crime and AML Regulations” (Bloomberg, September 27, 2017)
• “The Yates Memo Turns Two: A Survey of its Impact on Corporate Cooperation” (American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York, August 10, 2017)
• “Cybersecurity for Law Firms: Does Size Matter?” (American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York, August 10, 2017)
• “Cybersecurity Enforcement” (Practicing Law Institute, May 12, 2017)
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004 cum laude
A.B., Brown University, 1998 magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald, U.S. District Court, SDNY (2005 – 2006)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY (2008 – 2017)
Chief, Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit (2016 – 2017)
Chief, General Crimes Unit (2015 – 2016)
U.S. District Court, SDNY
U.S. District Court, EDNY
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit