Paul J. Kim

Partner
Seoul
F: +82.2.6030.3084

Education

  • J.D., Harvard University, 1993
  • A.B., University of Chicago, 1990, highest honors
  • New York
  • Republic of Korea (Foreign Legal Consultant for U.S. Law)
Overview
Honors
Experience

Overview

Paul Kim is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Seoul office.

Areas of Practice

Paul J. Kim advises clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital and securities transactions, restructurings and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Paul has more than 25 years of experience representing a diverse range of clients operating in numerous industries and in many countries, practicing for nearly 20 years in New York where he focused on advising clients in M&A and other transactional matters, before relocating to Seoul. His clients include private equity funds and investment managers, industrial and manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies and commercial banks and other financial institutions.  

Paul has particularly broad experience representing Korean, European and US clients in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, restructurings and other matters, and has been recognized on multiple occasions by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 U.S. and Asian Legal Business. 

Honors

  • Chambers Global.
  • Chambers Asia Pacific
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Legal 500 U.S.

Experience

Recent Representative Experience

  • Representing the largest chemicals company in Korea as U.S. counsel in its acquisition of certain OLED solutions technology and related assets from a Delaware company.
  • Represented one of the largest asset management companies in Korea in connection with the establishment of a program to purchase up to US$100 million of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans originated/arranged by a U.S. publicly traded company that is the world's largest peer-to-peer lending platform pursuant to a Master Loan Purchase Agreement and Master Loan Servicing Agreement.
  • Represented one of the largest asset management companies in Korea in connection with its purchases of interests in numerous U.S. leveraged loan facilities.
  • Represented Mirae Asset Global Investments, one of the largest private equity firms in Korea, and Fila Korea, a leading sportswear and apparel company headquartered in Korea in their US$1.225 billion acquisition of the Acushnet golf business, the owner of the Titleist and Footjoy golf brands, from Fortune Brands, Inc.; the transaction was named “Consumer M&A Deal of the Year” by M&A Advisor magazine and “Korea Deal of the Year” by FinanceAsia magazine.
  • Represented Korean private equity funds Mirae Asset Private Equity Partners Fund VII, Neoplux No.1 Private Equity Fund, and Woori Blackstone Korea Opportunity Fund in the sale of over 22 million shares of common stock in the selling shareholder only U.S. initial public offering (IPO) of Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF). In a related transaction immediately following the pricing of the IPO, represented Mirae Asset Private Equity Partners Fund VII and Neoplux No.1 Private Equity Fund in their private sale of over 14 million shares of common stock of Acushnet to Magnus Holdings Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Fila Korea Ltd.
  • Represented Korean private equity funds controlled by Mirae Asset Private Equity Fund VII in the sale of over 9.165 million shares of common stock of Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE: GOLF) in a selling shareholder only secondary public offering. The transaction was nominated for “Equity Deal of the Year” by Asian Legal Business for the 2018 ALB Korea Law Awards.
  • Represented an affiliate of Hanwha Asset Management Co., Ltd. in its KRW 700 billion preferred stock investment in Doosan Bobcat, the leading compact farm and construction equipment manufacturer in North America.
  • Represented Macrogen, a listed Korean biotechnology and gene sequencing company, in connection with the mergers of its three U.S. affiliates and subsequent issuance by the surviving corporation in such mergers of a convertible note to Korean investors.
  • Represented LG Chem Ltd. as U.S. counsel in its acquisition by merger of NanoH2O, Inc., a California-based, venture-backed developer, manufacturer and distributor of reverse-osmosis membranes used for desalination, for a purchase price of approximately US$200 million. Obtained CFIUS approval and early termination under HSR in connection with the acquisition.
  • Represented LG Corp. as U.S. counsel in connection with its acquisition, together with LG Chem Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc., of a controlling stake in Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc., a U.S. fuel cell systems company. Obtained CFIUS approval in connection with this transaction.
  • Represented H.I.G. Growth Partners, a leading US growth capital fund manager with more than US$1.5 billion in committed growth capital assets under management, in connection with numerous buyouts and dispositions of portfolio companies in the e-commerce, digital media, internet and other technology sectors.
  • Represented a leading phytomedicines and related health care products group headquartered in Germany in connection with, among other representations, the following:
    • Representation of its U.S. subsidiary in connection with the acquisition of the business and assets of a leading vitamin, minerals and dietary supplements maker and distributor in the United States.
    • Representation of its global holding company in connection with various transactions and representations relating to its China Operations, including representing such company in certain disputes with private Taiwanese and Hong Kong parties, the consummation of two new supply agreements, new license agreements, a noncompetition agreement and terminations of various existing agreements, with an aggregate transaction value of over €300 million
    • Representation of its global holding company in connection with the renegotiation of its license agreement with its Korean license
    • Representation of its U.S. subsidiary in connection with the acquisition of a leading maker of dietary and nutritional supplements in the United States from a private equity fund in a transaction valued at over U.S.$100 million 
  • Represented the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan in connection with the establishment of a sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program in the United States and the use of such facility in certain global executive compensation and benefit programs