Dual-qualified as an English barrister and U.S. lawyer, Robin Rathmell represents high-net-worth individuals and institutions in international litigation involving allegations of fraud, money laundering and other forms of misconduct. Mr. Rathmell has particular experience in formulating offensive and defensive global litigation strategies for international private clients, including in relation to civil and criminal asset forfeiture, trusts, commercial and insolvency litigation, INTERPOL, and international sanctions regimes. He also has extensive experience handling the parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.
All of his engagements have an international element and, given the complex nature of the assets and fact patterns involved, usually span several jurisdictions, legal systems and asset-holding structures. In recent engagements, Mr. Rathmell has acted as counsel in cases involving all of the world’s key offshore financial centers, as well as Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. As a result, in addition to his regular interface with U.S. regulatory and intelligence agencies, Mr. Rathmell also has extensive experience coordinating legal strategies in matters involving action brought by non-U.S. authorities located around the world. Mr. Rathmell’s work interfacing with government agencies in multiple jurisdictions has led to him being noted in Chambers & Partners as “very bright and very knowledgeable on international issues,” and in the Legal 500 as “a cutting-edge expert at cross-border investigations.”
Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of his practice, Mr. Rathmell is recognized in numerous publications for multiple areas of practice, including for white-collar and commercial litigation in the Legal 500, for financial crime defense of high-net-worth individuals by Chambers & Partners where a client notes his “unwavering commitment to client service... the best communication and service of any lawyer I have ever dealt with,” and as a Prominent Barrister in contentious trust matters and regulatory work by Citywealth, where he is described as, “the go-to lawyer for complex international litigation concerning high net worth individuals and trusts” and “a star in his field.” Mr. Rathmell has also been named as one of Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite lawyers, reflecting his position as one of the leading private client and trust and estates litigators in the world.
Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Rathmell practiced as a barrister at Serle Court in London. At Serle Court, he focused on offshore trusts disputes and international commercial litigation and appeared as an advocate in 15+ trials and 100+ contested hearings. Mr. Rathmell graduated in law from Cambridge University with double first-class honors. He also has an international diploma in antimoney laundering and a professional postgraduate diploma in financial crime compliance. He is a trust and estates practitioner of STEP and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association.