Michael R. Koblenz
Michael R. Koblenz has years of experience in Litigation and general corporate law; commodities, securities, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, director’s and officer’s liability cases, real estate, entertainment law, and regulatory matters. Mr. Koblenz has provided advice on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Law. The practice includes hedge funds, mergers, acquisitions, and private and public offerings. Mr. Koblenz has represented commodities futures exchanges, clearing organizations, and broker/dealers as well as individual traders and brokers. Having served as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Koblenz also engages in the defense of white-collar criminal cases involving violations under the Sherman Antitrust Act, securities, commodities, telemarketing, and postal fraud. He defends corporate and individual clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the National Futures Association, the U.S. Postal Inspector Service, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York State Human Rights Commission. Mr. Koblenz is a Registered Legal Practitioner in the DIFC Courts (Dubai).
Honors / Memberships
- Recognized in Lawyers of Distinction, 2021
- The American Registry, 2021
- Martindale Hubbell: 2022, 2021 Judicial Edition: rated AV Preeminent (highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards); AV Peer Review rated
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- Who's Who: Finance and Industry; American Law; Emerging Leaders in America
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
- Recognized in Super Lawyers, New York Metro, Business/Corporate, 2012-2021
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- Board of Directors of the Long Island Insurance Community (LIIC)
- National Council for Arts & Sciences, Columbian School of George Washington University
- Diversity Law Institute
- The Trial Law Institute
- New York County Lawyers’ Association
- International Bar Association
- Co-author, “LIBOR: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask,” MCWG Newsletter, originally published December 2012, updated summer 2013, and published in Volume VI, No. II of The Journal of Business Entrepreneurship & the Law, Pepperdine University School of Law.
- Mediator, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Quoted in articles on CNBC.com and Yahoo.com regarding Raj Rajaratnam’s conviction of insider trading on May 11, 2011.
- He participated in the Ross Roundtable on ‘Conflicts of Interest at Credit Rating Agencies,’ hosted by The Vincent C. Ross Institute of Accounting Research, New York University’s Stern School of Business, April 5, 2011. He previously participated in the 2009 Ross Roundtable on ‘Regulating Broker-Dealers and Other Investment Entities.’
- Co-author, “New Suitability and Fiduciary Standards for Financial Advisers Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and FINRA Rules,” March 2011 issue of the Securities Arbitration Commentator.
- Author, “Beyond Energy: Financial Service Opportunities in Arabian Gulf,” Spring 2008 edition of The John Liner Review.
- His articles have also appeared in The American Bar Association Journal, The Magazine of Bank Administration, Trusts and Estates Magazine, and The Commodities Law Letter, and he served on the editorial board of the latter for ten years. Of particular note, Mr. Koblenz authored an article titled “The SEC’s New Regulatory Agenda: What Every Hedge Fund Manager Needs to Know which was published in BNA, Inc.,” Securities and Regulation Law Report, November 21, 2005.
- In October 2006, Mr. Koblenz presented a full day program on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and is frequently called upon to speak on corporate matters.
- Mr. Koblenz was called upon to provide expert commentary for an article that appeared in the October 31, 2005 issue of USA Today on the collapse of Refco, a financial services company primarily known as a broker of commodities and futures contracts.
- In a book, :Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for Mergers and Acquisitions,” published by Aspatore Books, Mr. Koblenz authored a chapter called “Mergers and Acquisitions: A Closer Look At Due Diligence and Negotiation Strategies.”
- Mr. Koblenz is Mayor of the Village of East Hills, Long Island, NY. He is credited with successfully acquiring the Roslyn Air National Guard property for the village, which was the subject of a New York Times story on December 24, 2000 and a Newsday story on January 21, 2001, in which Newsday called it “The ‘Deal of the Century.'”
- Graduate of Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy, New York Division Community Outreach
- Graduate of Nassau County Police Department, Citizen’s Police Academy
- Recipient of the Burton 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing Award.
- Honoree at the 11th Annual Woodbury Ball for Autism
- Mr. Koblenz was quoted in May 2014 in Newsday regarding Ex-Roslyn air base veterans
- Recognized in Super Lawyers
- Mr. Koblenz was quoted in June 2011, The New York Times and Newsday articles regarding buying real estate in East Hills
- Former Federal Prosecutor, US Department of Justice
- Former Special Assistant US Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
- Former Assistant Director of Enforcement for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Former Regional Counsel for the Eastern Regional Office of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Served as a director of Globe International Life Insurance Company, among others
- January 21, 2001, Newsday featured him: “The ‘Deal of the Century.’”
Registered Legal Practitioner in the DIFC Courts (Dubai), 2009
New York, 1980
New Jersey, 1972
LL.M., George Washington University National Law Center, 1974
J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 1972
B.A., George Washington University, 1969