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Elisha Kobre, a highly experienced former federal prosecutor, is a partner in the firm’s Government Enforcement and Investigations and Litigation practice groups. He principally represents corporations, executives, high net worth individuals, and financial institutions in criminal investigations and trials, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and complex civil litigation.  He also conducts internal investigations, transactional diligence, and advises on compliance matters. Elisha has particular experience in matters involving securities and commodities fraud, FCPA enforcement, healthcare fraud, and criminal and civil asset forfeiture.

The Second Circuit last week in United States v. Halkbank significantly limited the immunity granted under the ForeignSecond Circuit Broadly Interprets Exception to Immunity for Foreign Entities Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) by giving a broad interpretation to the act’s “commercial activity” exception. Entities that could otherwise claim FSIA immunity should be aware that the commercial activity exception is likely to present a significant obstacle