Overview

Adam Kaufmann is an experienced attorney who specializes in helping clients navigate crises and mitigate their exposure to reputational, regulatory and criminal risk.  Mr. Kaufmann handles complex white-collar criminal cases, asset tracing and recovery matters, and commercial fraud matters, with a particular emphasis on international matters in Latin America.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaufmann served as a prosecutor for 18 years at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, specializing in international financial crime.  As head of that office’s International Financial Crime Bureau, he supervised and worked on numerous international money laundering and corruption matters, including the investigation that led to the indictment of Paulo Maluf of Brazil, the indictment of the Iranian Shipping Line (IRISL), the investigation of the Alavi Foundation in New York that led to the forfeiture of a Manhattan skyscraper, and commencing the investigations of foreign banks for laundering billions of dollars on behalf of Iranian and Sudanese banks in violation of global sanctions.  In the last matter, Mr. Kaufmann and his colleagues interrupted financial networks of terror finance and exposed sanctions violating practices at dozens of global banks.  These cases have led to forfeitures totaling billions of dollars.  In 2007, his bureau received a commendation from the Central Intelligence Agency for “Valuable Support to the National Security of the United States” for their work on Iran.

His work on international criminal cases provides Mr. Kaufmann with deep experience and extensive contacts throughout the world.  His experience allows him to understand how money moves around the globe and enables him to take apart complex fraud schemes to trace funds and recover assets.  Mr. Kaufmann’s expertise was recognized when in 2016-17 when he was selected to Who’s Who Legal for Asset Recovery. 

Mr. Kaufmann finished his tenure in public service as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division.  In that capacity, he supervised all investigations and prosecutions of white-collar crime, financial crime, political corruption, organized crime, cybercrime, money laundering, sanctions evasion, and terror finance.  Mr. Kaufmann supervised the first prosecutions under New York State’s terrorism statute, prosecuting two domestic “lone-wolf” terrorists plotting to blow up churches and synagogues in New York City and to kill servicemen returning from combat tours in Afghanistan.  He also received the United States Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service as a state prosecutor.

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