Jonathan Kim


Jonathan Kim


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3855 | +1 212 698 3599


Jonathan Kim represents strategic buyers and sellers and financial sponsors in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. His experience includes both domestic and cross-border transactions spanning various industry sectors including technology, healthcare, financial services and business services. Mr. Kim has worked on some of the market’s most significant transactions in recent years, including the second largest private equity-backed acquisition in the past three years and the largest private equity exit in 2019, according to Bloomberg.  

Mr. Kim has been recognized as a leading corporate/M&A lawyer in New York by Chambers USA, a legal directory based on the opinions of clients and peers. Chambers USA cites him as being a "terrific” and "tireless worker" “who garners praise for his strategic thinking.” Clients have also noted he is a “trusted, go-to partner” whose “attention to detail and drive in a transaction is fantastic” and that he is "extremely diligent, always available and solutions oriented." In addition, Mr. Kim is listed as a recommended lawyer for both M&A and Private Equity Buyouts in The Legal 500 (U.S.) where he is cited as being “an exceptional attorney” and “terrific to work with.” He was recently selected as a Rising Star for M&A in the IFLR1000.  Mr. Kim has also been recognized from 2015 - 2018 as one of Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars, which represents a listing of the brightest and most talented practitioners in the area of business law and related practices. Recently he was selected as an Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor in its 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards and was recognized as a 2017 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal.

  • Binghamton University, State University of New York, B.S., 1999
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2002
  • New York

Examples of recent transactions on which Mr. Kim has counseled include:

  • GIC in the proposed US$27 billion sale of Refinitiv by a consortium (consisting of Blackstone, an affiliate of GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Thomson Reuters) to London Stock Exchange Group plc, representing the largest PE exit in 2019, according to Bloomberg
  • GIC in its strategic partnership between Blackstone-led consortium and Thomson Reuters for Refinitiv (f/k/a Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business) at overall valuation of US$20 billion.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the sale of USRP Holdings, Inc. to Kohlberg & Company.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the sale of Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant to Sentinel Capital Partners.
  • Public Pension Capital (PPC) in connection with its acquisition of Viteos Fund Services, a leading provider of middle- and back-office technology and services for the investment management industry.
  • GIC in its acquisition of a substantial equity stake (along with Silver Lake) in
  • Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd., the global producer of excavators, loaders and diesel engines, as U.S. counsel in connection with the sale of its global machine tools business to MBK Partners, a private equity firm based in Korea. 
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the sale of Monte Nido, a leading provider of treatment for eating disorders and exercise addiction to adults and adolescents, to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.
  • Affiliates of Bregal Partners in connection with its investment in American Seafoods Group, LLC, the largest harvester of wild-caught fish for human consumption in the United States, as part of a broader deleveraging recapitalization of American Seafoods Group, LLC.
  • Lumara Health Inc. in the sale of its business in two separate transactions for up to US$1.1 billion.
  • Flavors Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., in connection with its acquisition of Merisant Company, a manufacturer and seller of tabletop sweeteners, including Equal®, Canderel®, and Pure Via®.
  • Command Alkon, a portfolio company of Quilvest, in its acquisition of FiveCubits Inc., a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) fleet management and mobile computing solutions.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the sale of Ross Aviation, LLC to Landmark Aviation, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
  • GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, in its US$350 million investment in Kronos Inc., a company focused on delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud, as part of a broader recapitalization of Kronos. 
  • Morgan Creek Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of the alternative funds business of Signet Capital Management.
  • Affiliates of Sterling Investment Partners in connection with the sale of Miller Heiman, Inc., a professional sales performance company, to Providence Equity Partners.
  • Affiliates of Sterling Investment Partners in connection with the acquisition of Service Logic, an energy and HVAC/mechanical services company. 


  • Corporate Law Committee, Asian American Bar Association of New York
Speaking Engagements
  • Healthcare Panel — Harvard Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, Boston, Mass. (February 8, 2020)


  • Succeeding in a Fully-Priced Market — NYU Stern’s Annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference, New York, NY (February 22, 2019)

    Moderator, "Succeeding in a Fully-Priced Market" panel.

  • Harvard Business School's 24th Annual VCPE Conference — Boston, Mass. (January 27, 2018)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 2015: Trends and Developments — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (January 15, 2015)
  • Perspectives from Private Equity and Debt Capital Providers — Hosted by CPEN, New York, NY (June 12, 2014)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 2014: Trends and Developments — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (January 16, 2014)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 2013: Trends and Developments — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (January 16, 2013)