Overview

Adam Kaufmann practices in the areas of white-collar crime, asset tracing and recovery, investigations, complex commercial fraud, and judgment enforcement.  He has handled civil, criminal, and investigative matters on behalf of U.S. and international clients, both individuals and companies, throughout the world.  These include high-profile multi-jurisdictional criminal matters and complex civil matters both in the United States and through coordinated legal strategies in multiple jurisdictions.  Mr. Kaufmann is a recognized expert in international criminal law, corruption, and fraud, and has lectured on these topics in jurisdictions around the world and has testified twice before the United States Senate. 

High-profile clients facing exposure to reputational, regulatory and criminal risk have turned to Mr. Kaufmann for assistance.  He provided counsel to Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks basketball team when allegations of sexual harassment within the Mavericks organization were published in Sports Illustrated.  Mr. Kaufmann coordinated the independent investigation on behalf of the organization, communicated with NBA senior executives, and helped guide the team to a successful resolution of the matter.  Mr. Kaufmann represented Manhattan art dealer Michael Shvo who was accused of a $3.5 million tax fraud, obtaining a non-jail settlement of all charges.   He also represented former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer when Mr. Spitzer was first blackmailed and then accused of crimes by a Russian national, ensuring that the blackmailer was prosecuted and Mr. Spitzer was exonerated.  In other criminal matters, Mr. Kaufmann represented a Long Island-based engineering company with 300+ employees charged in a bribery case in Manhattan, and obtained a deferred prosecution agreement for the company. In international matters, he has represented a number of Brazilian individuals and companies implicated in the Brazilian Lavo Jato (“Car Wash”) investigation, as well as U.S. citizens and foreign nationals charged with FCPA, corruption, and money laundering conspiracies by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Many of those matters involve the coordination of legal defenses in multiple jurisdictions working closely with foreign counsel.  In 2018, Mr. Kaufmann was selected as an expert in Business Crimes Law by Global Expert. 

Mr. Kaufmann also represents clients seeking to identify, trace, and recover stolen assets, and has brought numerous actions seeking discovery in support of foreign litigation and asset recovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782.  He has represented clients tracing assets all over the world, including the representation of two sovereign states of Mexico seeking to recover funds stolen by former public officials.  Mr. Kaufmann’s expertise was recognized in 2016-18 when he was selected to Who’s Who Legal for Asset Recovery.  In civil and arbitration matters, Mr. Kaufmann has worked on numerous complex fraud and business dispute matters.  He negotiated a favorable settlement for a civil client in a civil clawback action brought by the court-appointed receiver in a multi-hundred million dollar Ponzi scheme and has counseled numerous clients on aspects of U.S. law in international arbitral matters.

Professional Affiliations

  • 2016-17 Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery
  • 2013 District Attorney’s Association of New York, White Collar Crime Task Force
  • 2012 New York City Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee

Experience

  • Executive Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Representative Matters

White-Collar Criminal

  • Represented numerous foreign businessmen and corporate entities in corruption inquiries by federal prosecutors and U.S. Senate
  • Conducted investigation into tax fraud and securities violations by U.S. hedge fund
  • Represented taxpayer in criminal tax evasion case with New York County DA
  • Represented construction executive in federal over-invoicing investigation
  • Represented suspect in international Ponzi scheme investigation
  • Represented sports executives in FIFA investigation
  • Represented major NY engineering firm in corruption investigation

Asset Recovery/Commercial Litigation

  • Represented offshore hedge fund in civil clawback suit to recover assets lost from Ponzi scheme and in parallel federal criminal investigation - obtained substantial recovery for fund
  • Represented client in Latin America in global asset recovery matter and recovered substantial funds
  • Represented whistle-blowers bringing information to U.S. law enforcement authorities
  • Successfully negotiated pre-litigation settlement to investment contract dispute between two high profile parties in Manhattan, collecting 100% of client’s demand

Financial Crimes Compliance

  • Advised UK global media company on compliance with U.S. sanctions law and recovered blocked assets on their behalf
  • Represented U.S. companies in OFAC investigations, including conducting internal investigations

Publications & Events

In the News

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1994)
  • Cornell (B.A. 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • New York