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EKLJ Partners Named to NY Super Lawyers

EKLJ partners Ilene Jaroslaw, Mark Elliott and Matt Levine were named to 2023 New York Metro Super Lawyers. Published annually, Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys with a high degree of peer recognition and outstanding expertise in their practice areas. Fewer than 5% of lawyers in the state are named to this list.

Benjamin Qiu Joins EKLJ as Partner

Benjamin Qiu partner at Elliott Qwok Levine & Jaroslaw

Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP Expands China Corporate Advisory Practice  Benjamin Qiu Joins as Partner New York – Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP will expand its China Corporate Advisory Practice with the addition of Benjamin Qiu, who joined the firm as partner on September 5, 2023. Qiu will co-lead the practice with founding …

Jaroslaw Moderates ABA Panel on Ethical Issues in Government Investigations

Ilene Jaroslaw speaking at ABA

Partner Ilene Jaroslaw moderated a stellar presentation on professional responsibility at the 2023 ABA Annual Meeting in Denver earlier this month. Gabrielle Friedman, Andrea Moseley, Andrea Surratt, Jana Volante Walshak, and Jaroslaw presented an ethics CLE on a topic that was ripped from the headlines: “The Ethics of Simultaneous Representation: Navigating Pool Counsel Waters.” If …

Jaroslaw Quoted in Law360 About Trump Attorney-Conspirators

Ilene Jaroslaw

EKL&J Partner Ilene Jaroslaw was interviewed by Law360 on what’s next for the as-yet unindicted co-conspirators in the January 6 insurrection and why attorney-conspirators’ communications with the former president are admissible at trial: “While attorney-client privilege broadly works to keep communications between lawyers and their clients private, the crime-fraud exception to that privilege ensures that …

Elliott Secures Trial Win in Fiduciary Duty and Executive Compensation Case

Mark Elliott

After a bench trial spanning three months, EKLJ partner Mark Elliott secured a significant victory for trust beneficiaries in Nassau County Surrogate’s Court in a case pertaining to fiduciary duty and executive compensation. The court ordered that the trustee be removed and pay significant damages to the trust at issue. The trust’s assets primarily consist …

Kwok Speaks at Parliament Hill

Kwok Speaks at Parliament Hill

While speaking at the Parliament Hill in Ottawa to celebrate the launch of Hong Kong Watch Canada, Dennis Kwok emphasized the need to respect and honor human-rights defenders in the global fight against authoritarianism, and to cherish the deep bonds between Hong Kongers and the Canadian society.

Kwok Launches China Strategic Risks Institute

Kwok Speaking

Dennis Kwok launched the nonprofit, bipartisan China Strategic Risks Institute in May at the House of Lords of the United Kingdom. CSRI is a public-policy think tank dedicated to looking at China-related issues through the global lens of risks and opportunities. Read the CSRI launching report, which analyses strategic risks across geopolitics, economics, security, technology, …

Kwok Speaks at U.S. Capitol Against Authoritarianism

Kwok Speaks at U.S. Capitol Against Authoritarianism

Dennis Kwok recently spoke at the U.S. Capitol, inside the Mike Mansfield Room, as part of a bipartisan conference organized in defense of democracies and the rule of law around the world. As the international rule-based order is under threat by the rise of authoritarianism, Kwok drew on his Hong Kong experience and called on …

Kwok Featured on ABA Podcast About New Legal Risks in China and Hong Kong

Hong Kong has historically served as an important base of operations for international companies working in media, financial services, manufacturing, and distribution. Attorney and former Hong Kong legislator Dennis Kwok talks about the new risks posed by recent legislative and political developments in China and Hong Kong with Alicia Downey on the American Bar Association …

Elliott Secures Dismissal for Grievance Committee Chief Counsel

Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott and Rachel Rodriguez secured the dismissal from an SDNY lawsuit of our client Diana Kearse, chief counsel to the New York State Grievance Committee for multiple judicial districts. The suit was brought to mandate that New York State make public grievance complaint proceedings against prosecutors. The case also claimed Kearse and others violated …

New Corporate Crime Policies Announced at ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime

New Corporate Crime Policies Announced at ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco this morning announced new corporate crime policies at the ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime. The Department of Justice is expanding its 2021 Corporate Criminal Enforcement Policies beyond Main Justice to all 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, increasing predictability in enforcement and outcomes. Particularly striking is the DAG’s announcement …

Jaroslaw Gains Win for Courageous Figure Skater

Craig Maurizi achieved what the U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Figure Skating could not or would not. Thanks to Maurizi, his former figure skating coach, Richard Callaghan, a known child sexual predator, will never again coach figure skaters under the age of 18. Callaghan was protected by organized sport for decades because of his …

Laura Longobardi Joins EKL&J

Laura Longobardi

We are thrilled to announce that Laura Longobardi has joined EKL&J as counsel. Laura can do it all for our clients. She has experience in every aspect of litigation: antitrust, appellate, arbitration, aviation, bankruptcy, class action defense, commercial, contracts, corporate control, criminal, discovery, guarantees, insurance, labor and employment, mediation, real estate, securities defense, trusts and …

Kwok Speaks at Committee to Protect Journalists About Risks for International Media Companies and Journalists Operating in China Region

Kwok Speaking

Dennis Kwok spoke at the Committee to Protect Journalists on Dec. 5. He spoke about the risks for international media companies and journalists operating in the China region, and particularly, about the travesty of justice concerning Jimmy Lai and his media company, Next Digital. “The political persecution against him and other foreign non-PRC media organizations …

Kwok Quoted in “China Business Law Journal”

China Business Law Journal Surviving the deluge

According to China Business Law Journal, “The world’s economies are facing one of their most difficult periods since the global financial crisis, and China is unlikely to escape the consequences.” In “Surviving the Deluge,” legal experts, including Dennis Kwok, shared their opinions on how clients can draw on experience from damage control practice around the …

Kwok Pens Foreword in Report on Forced Labor in China

Passively Funding Crimes Against humanity title

Dennis Kwok penned the foreword in a recent report from Hong Kong Watch and Sheffield Hallam University titled, “Passively Funding Crimes Against Humanity: How Your Savings May Be Financing Internment Camps and Forced Labor in China.” The report found that “major institutional investors are funding companies known to be involved and benefiting from the crisis …

Kwok Speaks at Halifax International Security Forum About “U.S. China Decoupling”

Kwok Speaking

Dennis Kwok spoke at the Halifax International Security Forum, which gathers international experts on military defense, national policies and geopolitical studies. He was asked to share his insights on “U.S. China Decoupling” at a roundtable of experts on Nov. 19. The decoupling process is fraught with complex legal and political risks, policy-makers and international businesses …

Kwok Speaks on FBC Panel on Russia and China

Kwok Speaks on FBC Panel on Russia and China

Dennis Kwok joined friend-of-the-firm Tom Firestone of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Jessica Bartlett of Barclays on a panel titled, “Russia, China, Sanctions, and The Rule of Law: Practicing Law in a Changing International Environment” at the Federal Bar Council retreat in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Honorable Taryn Merkl, U.S. magistrate judge for …

Kwok Speaks About Evergrande at TMA Conference

Dennis Kwok spoke at the TMA Conference in Boston on Nov. 4 about the financial crisis of Evergrande and the Chinese property development sector. “The Unprecedented Financial Crisis of the Evergrande Group” was sponsored by ArentFox Schiff LLP, and speakers included Dennis Kwok; Tanya Meerovich, CFA, CTP, of FTI Consulting; and Steven Wilamowsky of ArentFox …

Levine Speaks About Implementation of Monitorships at ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Institute

Levine Speaks About Implementation of Monitorships at ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Institute

Matthew Levine spoke about the implementation of monitorships from the points of view of the criminal defense bar, regulators at the New York Department of Financial Regulation and federal prosecutors, during a session of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 10th Annual London White Collar Crime Institute in October, alongside Nina Marino Vincent DiCianni, …

Jaroslaw Speaks on Rule of Law at ABA White Collar Crime Institute in London

Jaroslaw Speaks on Rule of Law at ABA White Collar Crime Institute in London

Ilene Jaroslaw returned this year to the ABA White Collar Crime Institute in London and presented a heady topic at one of the plenary sessions — “Are We Witnessing an Erosion of the Rule of Law?” — together with panelists from the UK, France and Italy (Richard Sallybanks, Victoire Chatelin, Fabio Cagnola and Clare Montgomery).

Kwok in Asia Business Law Journal on U.S.–China Decoupling implications

Dennis Kwok was quoted in Asia Business Law Journal in the article “Riding Out the Storm,” in which legal experts discussed the implication of U.S.–China decoupling. “The great decoupling from the China supply chain has already begun,” Kwok said. “However, it is not easy for international companies to suddenly pull out completely from China.”

Kwok in WSJ on China Evergrande Restructuring Plan

The value of Evergrande’s key listed subsidiaries has become harder to gauge following a stock market selloff in China — and the revelation that banks had seized about $2 billion from the property-services unit that had been pledged as security for loans. Some of Evergrande’s largest creditors recently demanded further details on the episode, which had prompted …

Kwok and Elliott in New York Law Journal: “New Risks Facing Companies Operating in China and Hong Kong”

  If a military conflict over the Taiwan Strait occurs, in addition to the resulting global instability, a host of complex legal issues will need to be confronted. Read Dennis Kwok and Mark Elliott’s article in New York Law Journal: “New Risks Facing Companies Operating in China and Hong Kong” for an in-depth analysis.

Rachel J. Rodriguez Joins EKL&J as Counsel

Rachel Rodriguez, Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP

Senior Attorney Brings Diverse Litigation Background to New Litigation Boutique Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP named attorney Rachel J. Rodriguez as counsel to the firm. Rodriguez will support and expand the firm’s litigation capabilities by focusing on complex commercial disputes, internal and government investigations, and white collar defense. Throughout her career, Rodriguez has maintained …

Dennis Kwok Op-Ed on Hong Kong in Globe and Mail

Dennis Kwok

Anniversaries are important events in the Chinese Communist Party political calendar, and 2022 marks a big one for Hong Kong: the 25th anniversary of its 1997 handover from Britain to the People’s Republic of China. So on July 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping will come to the island to swear in the new chief executive, John Lee — the former senior police officer and security minister who was the lone candidate for Hong Kong’s top job. The following excerpt is from an op-ed by Dennis Kwok that appeared in The Globe and Mail on May 25, 2022.