Overview

Adam Kaufmann specializes in helping clients navigate crises and mitigate their exposure to reputational, regulatory and criminal risk.  Mr. Kaufmann handles complex white-collar criminal matters, internal investigations, and financial crimes compliance issues with a particular emphasis on sanctions, as well as international commercial litigation and asset recovery.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaufmann served as a prosecutor for 18 years at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, finishing his tenure as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division.  In that capacity, he supervised all investigations and prosecutions of white-collar crime, financial crime, political corruption, organized crime, cybercrime, money laundering, sanctions evasion, and terror finance.  Mr. Kaufmann supervised the first prosecutions under New York State’s terrorism statute, prosecuting two domestic “lone-wolf” terrorists plotting to blow up churches and synagogues in New York City and to kill servicemen returning from combat tours in Afghanistan.  In addition, Mr. Kaufmann advised the District Attorney on matters of policy, media communications, and administration, and served on the executive hiring panel.  During his 18-year career at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Kaufmann investigated and tried numerous felony offenses, including violent crime, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, and domestic abuse.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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 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 construction executive in federal over-invoicing investigation
  • Represented suspect in Ponzi scheme investigation
  • Represented unindicted co-conspirator in FIFA case

Financial Crimes Compliance

  • Advised UK global media company on compliance with U.S. sanctions law and recovered blocked assets in their behalf
  • Represented U.S. company in internal investigation and OFAC self-disclosure for violations of Iranian sanctions

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 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

Publications & Events

In the News

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1994)
  • Cornell (B.A. 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • New York