State Bar of New York
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Government and Regulatory
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Bribery, Corruption and FCPA
Investigation, White Collar and Fraud
Financial Services Litigation
Securities and Enforcement
Corporate Governance and Shareholder Litigation
E-Discovery and Information Risk
Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency
Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers (2013-2017)
New York Law Journal’s 2015 Lawyers Who Lead by Example Award
Empire State Counsel Honoree by New York State Bar Association (2013-2014)
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York Chinese Cultural Center (Board of Directors)
Science Language & Arts International School (Board of Trustees)
J.D., The George Washington University Law School
B.A., Engineering, University of Maryland College Park (Honors and Gemstone citations)
Kristie Blase is a partner and chair of the Global Regulatory Group in the New York City office. Ms. Blase brings over 15 years of experience on advising privately- and publicly-held companies, their directors and officers, and financial services industry clients to help them minimize and address business risks.
Ms. Blase’s goal is to create positive outcomes for her clients. She assists clients with complex commercial litigation, white-collar and securities enforcement, internal investigations, and bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Blase regularly litigates employment-related issues, including non-competes, non-solicits, trade secrets, and finders’ fees. She also represents high net worth individuals in business and personal disputes.
Ms. Blase has a strong commitment to pro bono service, focusing her efforts on arts, education, and access to justice issues. She was the lead attorney with the NYCLU in the historic settlement of a class action seeking systemic reform of the public defense system in New York State that has led to major changes across New York State.
Prior to joining CKR, Ms. Blase was an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York and worked in-house at Och-Ziff Capital Management. While studying for her J.D., Ms. Blase served on the Moot Court Board.
- Private equity fund in 13D litigation and proxy fight litigation in Delaware Chancery Court and US District Court, including obtaining TRO to stop challenged transaction and installing new board at public company.
- Large international telecommunications company in internal bribery and corruption investigations involving subsidiaries and third party contractors in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, including self-reporting to the DOJ and SEC in the US and FSA in the UK, resulting in no action taken by US or UK Governments against the company.
- Large private real estate investment company in multiple disputes with former joint venture partner, ending in positive global settlement for client.
- Private equity company and CLO/CDO collateral managers in Delaware Chancery Court trial concerning investor access to manager files.
- Law firm in connection with litigations and government investigations arising from failure of multiple CLOs and CDOs, successfully avoiding liability for the firm.
- Several international companies on revamping corporate anti-corruption, bribery, and whistleblower policies, designing and implementing trainings for companies, and assisting companies in hiring the appropriate internal staff to monitor and maintain the compliance programs.
- Investment advisor arm of a large national bank in connection with an SEC investigation concerning alleged disclosure violations, resulting in no action taken by the SEC.
- Funds and managers in connection with fraudulent conveyance actions stemming from Tribune and Lyondell bankruptcies.
- Offshore fund directors in connection with SEC and DOJ investigation and litigation concerning fund’s manager and its principal.
- Group of investors in investigating criminal and fraudulent activities of an investment manager.
- Pension funds in connection with corruption and fraud recoveries.
- Private company in connection with DOJ, DOL, and ICE investigation into employment and immigration issues, including conducting full internal investigation to assess scope and risks.
- Large private equity fund in connection with Mervyn’s bankruptcy and subsequent fraudulent conveyance litigations.
- Insurance company in dispute concerning liability for vehicle service contract obligations following Chrysler bankruptcy, ending with settlement in favor of insurance company.
- International sporting governing body in dispute and arbitration with country-member entity, resulting in complete award for governing body.
- Charitable fund in disputes arising from real estate investments, resulting in positive settlement for fund.