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Michael R. Koblenz

 

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).

Memberships/Honors

  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Finance and Industry,
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  • He served on the National Council for Arts & Sciences for the Columbian School of George Washington University
  • He is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
  • He is a member of the Diversity Law Institute
  • He is a member of The Trial Law Institute
  • He has served on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Insurance Community (LIIC)
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • International Bar Association

Selected Activities

  • Mr. Koblenz co-authored an article titled, “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.
  • Mr. Koblenz was quoted in articles on CNBC.com and Yahoo 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 at New York University’s Stern School of Business on April 5, 2011. He previously participated in the 2009 Ross Roundtable on ‘Regulating Broker-Dealers and Other Investment Entities.’
  • Co-author of an article titled “New Suitability and Fiduciary Standards for Financial Advisers Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and FINRA Rules” which was published in the March 2011 issue of the Securities Arbitration Commentator.
  • Mr. Koblenz authored an article titled “Beyond Energy: Financial Service Opportunities in Arabian Gulf ” which was featured in the 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 on 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 titled 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.'”

Career Highlights

  • 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 in 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.
  • Mr. Koblenz has served as a director of Globe International Life Insurance Company among others.
  • On January 21, 2001, Newsday featured him in the “The ‘Deal of the Century.’”

Admissions

New Jersey, 1972
D.C., 1973
New York, 1980
Registered Legal Practitioner in the DIFC Courts (Dubai), 2009

Education

B.A., George Washington University, 1969
J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 1972
LL.M., George Washington University National Law Center, 1974