Christopher R. Kim

Senior Managing Director
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Christopher R. Kim is a senior managing director in our Washington, DC, office, focusing on investigations, due diligence, monitorships, and compliance. He brings over 25 years of investigative and/or legal experience in U.S. criminal cases, multilateral development banks sanctions cases, and internal corporate cases.

Mr. Kim’s practice is focused on engagements involving investigations including internal investigations, defense investigations for federal, state and/or multilateral development bank sanctions cases and compliance matters involving regulatory actions.

Prior to his private practice, Mr. Kim was a Senior Investigator at the World Bank Group, where he planned, managed, and directed multi-disciplinary teams in the audits of multi-national corporations alleged to have been involved in fraud, corruption and/or collusion in various regions, i.e., Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. He also led due diligence efforts involved with the World Bank International Finance Corporation.  He has a wealth of experience involving the World Bank Group’s sanctions process, i.e., investigations, settlement, litigation, and sanctions board.  In addition, he coordinated cases with other multilateral development banks including the Asian Development Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, European Investment Bank, and the African Development Bank.

Mr. Kim started his career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he spent 14 years as a Special Agent, Associate Division Counsel (FBI-New York) and Supervisory Special Agent (International Operations Division). In these different roles, he led major investigations and/or advised on legal/policy matters involving transnational organized crime, public corruption, U.S. export-controlled technology, cyber security, and national security issues.  He led and/or worked on task forces with numerous federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, IRS, and ATF. He also worked on international matters in the International Operations Division and in South Korea as the Acting FBI Legal Attaché.

Did You Know?

The highlight of Chris’ baseball career was at Bronx Science where he played against Manny Ramirez, Major League All Star Player, in the New York City Public School Playoffs.

Leading investigations for criminal and/or civil matters before federal or state agencies:

  • Lead investigator for a complex Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) matter covering numerous countries and jurisdictions in Asia involving an international company and its subsidiaries for a whistleblower’s submission to the SEC.
  • Lead investigator for a law firm defending a former high profile state official being investigated for federal bribery and other federal charges.

Leading advisor to Multilateral Development Bank sanctions matters:

  • Sanctions investigation advisor for a Chinese law firm defending a World Bank sanctions investigation for alleged fraudulent and corrupt practices.
  • Sanctions litigation advisor for a U.S. based law firm defending an Asian Development Bank investigation of an Asian company for alleged fraudulent practices.
  • Lead compliance advisor for a Canadian company debarred by the World Bank group reviewing its compliance program and designing a program to remediate its compliance program in accordance with World Bank compliance requirements.


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Pennsylvania Bar


  • Juris Doctor, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Tufts University


  • Korean

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