Kobre & Kim, a company specialised in disputes and investigations involving international fraud and misconduct, has hired Ulrich Payne as a partner in the Cayman Islands office, effective January 2020. He joins from Ogier.
The firm said Payne will bolster its offshore capabilities to address complex, cross-border disputes on behalf of clients in major global financial markets around the world.
Payne represents clients in a range of cross-border matters, including those involving complex financial products, contentious restructuring and insolvency proceedings, contentious boardroom and shareholder issues and asset recovery efforts.
His experience spans court proceedings in the English High Court and the Cayman Islands Grand Court, as well as the English and Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and the Privy Council – almost always where those proceedings have formed part of multi-jurisdictional litigation in the U.S., Middle East, Russia and Asia.
“In the kinds of high-stakes global disputes that we work on, we are seeing a growing demand for top-tier offshore litigation capabilities,” said Steven Kobre, founding partner of Kobre & Kim. “Bringing Ulrich on board will complement our offshore offerings in matters such as insolvency and cross-border judgment enforcement, where we exclusively serve as special litigation counsel in partnership with other law firms.”
Payne said: “I’ve long admired Kobre & Kim’s specialized focus on cross-border disputes and investigations, conflict-free business model, and deep talent. For a litigator with my background, the firm is ideal.”
Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Payne practiced at Ogier, where he advised on multi-million and multi-billion-dollar global disputes and worked on regulatory and internal investigations for international corporate clients. Before joining Ogier, he practiced at Kirkland & Ellis in London.
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