Conflicted Kirkland Team Hangs On In Turkish Trader Case

By Andrew Strickler (February 15, 2017, 6:33 PM EST) -- A Kirkland & Ellis team representing a Turkish businessman accused of money laundering and breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran can stay in the case despite a maze of conflicts surrounding the firm's work for banks named in the government's case, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Calling Kirkland & Ellis LLP's conflicts related to eight banks federal prosecutors say were victimized by Reza Zarrab more theoretical than actual, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman denied the government's disqualification bid.

After extensive briefings on the conflict issues and proposed solutions, and check-ins with legal ethics experts, Judge Berman said he was...

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