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  • February 26, 2024

    Carol Van Cleef provided analysis in Money Laundering Bulletin on attempts by regulators to bring the cryptocurrency sector under AML/CFT control.

    Money Laundering Bulletin
  • February 20, 2024

    With just 30 days for Trump to settle a hefty penalty exceeding $350 million following Friday's civil fraud trial ruling in New York City, attorney Adam Kaufmann emphasized the mounting pressure.

    Spectrum News NY1
  • February 19, 2024

    Carol Van Cleef was quoted in Money Laundering Bulletin on the dynamic compliance frontline of sanctions enforcement.

    Money Laundering Bulletin
  • January 2024

    The National Black Lawyers is an invitation-only professional development and networking association comprised of the top African American attorneys from across the country.

  • December 12, 2023

    Former New York prosecutor Marc Scholl told Law360 that Judge Chutkan is "well-equipped" to make calls on whether Trump violated either of the requirements in question in the gag order based on the statements themselves, the "context in which any potentially violative statements are made, and any evidence that the parties wish to present."

  • November 15, 2023

    Trump's anticipated appeal would go to the intermediate New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, which has the "extraordinary power to review not just the law, but also the facts," Scholl noted.

    While it would be "unusual" for the First Department to "overrule a credibility finding of the trial judge, who is acting as judge and jury," the appellate court could "find the facts differently from Justice Engoron," he added.

  • October 24, 2023

    Investigations into the protests and acts of violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, have breathed new life into laws passed during the Reconstruction era, the period between 1865-1877 when significant reforms were passed in the wake of the Civil War.

  • October 11, 2023

    A prominent Middle East-based lawyer sets out a prescription for progress in the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. New economic opportunities based on a kind of UAE free zone development model could bring benefits to the Gaza Strip—and the Palestinian people at large—thus removing anti-Jewish animus.
  • October 4, 2023
    Abu Zubaydah was the first prisoner waterboarded by the C.I.A. He has never faced charges at Guantánamo Bay.

    Lawyers for the longest-held prisoner in the U.S. war against terrorism have begun a new legal offensive in multiple courts aimed at securing his release from Guantánamo Bay.

    The New York Times
  • September 23, 2023

    "Unlike in the last case, here, the government is alleging substantial payments made to Menendez and his wife in the form of cash, gold bars, and other direct gifts, such as a luxury car, by three businessmen," Scholl said. "Further, the government is alleging that it has better proof of direct things that Menendez and his wife did for those who paid them."

    USA Today
  • September 13, 2023
    USA Today
  • August 30, 2023

    Marc Scholl told Law360 that because the "evidence could be viewed to show that Avenatti threatened to ruin Nike's reputation for personal gain, the extortion counts were necessarily affirmed."

  • August 18, 2023

    New York federal prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence the minority owner of a financial institution to two years of probation for his failure to make sure the institution was following anti-money laundering regulations, saying he was less culpable than the company's compliance officer.

  • August 11, 2023
  • August 1, 2023

    On July 21, 2023, an Annulment Committee at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), revived the claims of Mr. Edmond Khudyan against the Republic of Armenia.  The Committee also ordered Armenia to pay Mr. Khudyan’s legal fees and costs.  Only 5% of ICSID awards have been annulled in part or in full.

  • July 27, 2023

    Rudy Giuliani's admission that he falsely accused two Georgia poll workers of rigging the 2020 election likely won't shield him from discovery requests in the defamation case and could even aid federal prosecutors in their election-interference probe of former President Donald Trump, experts say.

    Marc Scholl of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC [said], "It raises questions as to why Giuliani made these concessions and what discovery material that Giuliani has failed to produce may hold as to his culpability and the culpability of others, including Trump."

  • July 24, 2023

    An arm of the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is trying to seize two paintings, including one by Andy Warhol, to satisfy $142 million in arbitral awards that it claims the Chinese restaurateur Zhang Lan has sought to avoid by concealing her assets.

  • July 2023

    Chambers Litigation Support 2023, a guide to leading litigation professionals, has again ranked Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss in its Global-Wide Asset Tracing & Recovery category.

  • July 12, 2023

    Tom Malinowski, two-term representative for New Jersey's 7th Congressional District and former vice chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is moving to an international litigation boutique to serve as senior policy consultant. 

  • July 11, 2023

    "Not surprisingly, Trump's filing mentions no particular support to any challenge other than Trump wants to make a challenge," Marc Scholl of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC said.

  • July 2023

    On June 27, the Supreme Court held in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railroad that the assertion of general jurisdiction over an out-of-state corporation that has waived its jurisdictional defense as a condition to doing business in a state comports with Due Process.

  • June 30, 2023

    In Turkiye Halk Bankasi A.S. v. U.S., the Supreme Court held that the FSIA did not provide immunity to a Turkish state-owned bank, Halkbank, for criminal charges, and that the bank could be prosecuted for evading U.S.-imposed economic sanctions against Iran.

  • June 27, 2023
  • June 12, 2023

    Adam Kaufmann joined “Mornings On 1” to provide perspective on the Trump indictment in Florida.

    Spectrum News NY1
  • June 9, 2023
    USA Today
  • June 5, 2023
    Trump can run in 2024 even if charged in classified documents case | Fact check
    USA Today
  • May 25, 2023

    In a recent wide-sweeping decision, Twitter v. Taamneh, the United States Supreme Court dramatically reshaped liability under the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (“JASTA”), which imposes secondary, civil liability under the Anti-Terrorism Act (“ATA”) on persons who aid and abet or conspire to commit acts of international terrorism.

  • May 7, 2023

    “My view is that while the law allows the prosecutor to play it close to the vest, it seems that best practice and fairness requires they reveal — to the extent they know — what the crimes are,” said Marc F. Scholl, who served in the district attorney’s office for nearly four decades in both trial and senior investigative roles. “And because it’s a matter of such public interest,” he added of the Trump case, “you really want to show the world you’re not hiding anything.”

    The New York Times
  • May 4, 2023

    Marc Scholl, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan DA's office, said that while Trump had a chance of success, it was more likely that the case would be sent back to state court.

    "At the end of the day, New York is not trying to prosecute him for a federal crime or for anything he did in connection with his presidential duties," Scholl said. "But it's certainly a potential delaying tactic."

  • April 27, 2023

    LBKM’s Middle East team is featured in The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist 2023 for Arbitration (Middle East). The publication is designed to highlight the region's leading arbitration counsel to Legal 500's broad international readership of private practice lawyers, in-house counsel, and expert witnesses.

  • April 20, 2023

    The United States Supreme Court decided for the first time that foreign sovereigns and foreign-owned entities are subject to criminal prosecution in United States courts, rejecting the contentions of a Turkish state-owned bank that it was immune from prosecution under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”).  

  • April 2023

    Cristián Francos, partner at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss and head of the firm’s Latin America practice, has again been recognized by Who's Who Legal as a global leader in the field of investigations.

  • April 12, 2023

    According to recent policy announcements, the U.S. Department of Justice is increasing incentives for corporate cooperation to further its goal of prosecuting individuals rather than the corporations where they work.

    While the DOJ has long pursued this goal, the recent changes create firm new incentives for corporations to report wrongdoing by their officers and employees.

  • April 11, 2023
    USA Today
  • April 6, 2023
  • March 22, 2023

    Adam Kaufmann joined Dan Abrams on NewsNation to discuss the use and credibility of Michael Cohen as a witness in the Trump hush money case.

    NewsNation: Dan Abrams Live
  • March 21, 2023

    “The question is, should you prosecute or not,” John Moscow explained. “There’s some thought that falsifying business records is too small a crime. My thought is it is a very small crime. But your choices are to prosecute or not to prosecute, and if the evidence is there, you’ve got to prosecute.”

    New York Law Journal
  • March 2023

    On March 2, 2023, the US government published a multi-agency notice setting forth red flags and warning of enhanced enforcement efforts related to third-party intermediary evasion of US Russia-related sanctions and export controls.  The Financial Times subsequently reported that a senior Treasury official stated that the UAE was a “country of focus” for US investigators.

  • March 2023

    Tim Taylor KC, named to Legal 500's Private Practice Powerlist for Arbitration in the Middle East, sat down to chat about the most impressive arbitration he's worked on as counsel, how disputes differ between London and the Middle East, and more.

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  • March 9, 2023

    Marc Scholl, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office, told Reuters that Trump being given an opportunity to testify suggests that the grand jury had heard evidence implicating him in a crime. "The invitation should mean the prosecutor is preparing to seek criminal charges."

  • March 8, 2023

    Tim Taylor KC, former head of international arbitration in Dubai at King & Wood Mallesons, has joined the partnership at US disputes boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss – but will continue to be based in the Middle East.

    Global Arbitration Review