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 leading 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.  In 2018, Mr. Kaufmann was selected as an expert in Business Crimes Law by Global Expert. 

High-profile clients facing exposure to reputational, regulatory and criminal risk have turned to Mr. Kaufmann for assistance.  In criminal matters, Mr. Kaufmann has recently represented a Manhattan art dealer accused of tax fraud, a NY based company implicated in a bribery scandal, and a number of Brazilian companies and individuals implicated in Lavo Jato/Petrobras.  He has also represented U.S. citizens and foreign nationals charged with FCPA 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 civil matters, Mr. Kaufmann has represented fraud victims in their efforts to identify, trace, and recover stolen assets, and has brought actions seeking discovery in support of asset recovery and judgment enforcement in the United States.  He negotiated a favorable settlement for a civil client in a clawback action brought by the court-appointed receiver for an onshore-offshore hedge fund involved in a multi-hundred million dollar Ponzi scheme.  In another matter, his team filed lawsuits in New York against foreign banks for their involvement in aiding and abetting the theft and disposition of assets.  He frequently brings discovery actions in the United States on behalf of foreign clients seeking to trace assets.  Mr. Kaufmann’s expertise was recognized in 2016-18 when he was selected to Who’s Who Legal for Asset Recovery. 

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