Jonathan Kim

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Jonathan Kim

Partner

New York | 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3855 | +1 212 698 3599

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Jonathan Kim focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, and leveraged finance matters. He represents strategic buyers and sellers and financial sponsors in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. In addition, he represents borrowers, equity sponsors, and lenders in domestic and international leveraged finance transactions in the United States and Asia, and advises on securities offerings of equity and debt.

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.” In addition, Mr. Kim is listed as a recommended lawyer for M&A in The Legal 500 (U.S.) and was selected as a Rising Star for M&A in the IFLR1000. He was also recognized in both 2015 and 2016 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.

Significant Representations

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

  • 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.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners Management in 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 Centre Partners in connection with the sale of Ross Aviation, LLC to Landmark Aviation, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the acquisition of Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant from Sun Capital Partners.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the US$157.5 million sale of Gray Wireline to Seawell Limited.
  • Affiliates of Centre Partners in connection with the sale of Hyco International Inc. to Germany-based Weber-Hydraulik. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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®.
  • 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.
  • GIC in its acquisition of a substantial equity stake (along with Silver Lake) in Ancestry.com.
  • Kumho Investment Bank and a group of other Korean investors in connection with the acquisition of AIG’s headquarters at 70 Pine Street and 72 Wall Street, New York.
  • Lumara Health Inc. in the sale of its business in two separate transactions for up to US$1.1 billion.
  • Mood Media Corporation (as U.S. counsel) in connection with various cross-border acquisitions, including its US$345 million acquisition of Muzak Holdings LLC, and US$86 million acquisition of DMX Holdings, Inc.
  • Morgan Creek Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of the alternative funds business of Signet Capital Management.
  • One Equity Partners in connection with the combination of Expert Global Solutions, Inc. (f/k/a NCO Group, Inc.), a portfolio company of One Equity Partners, with APAC Customer Services, Inc., and related first and second lien financings of US$995 million.
  • One Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Prodigy Health Group, Inc., and subsequent strategic acquisitions for Prodigy Health Group.
  • One Equity Partners in connection with the US$660 million senior secured debt financing in connection with the acquisition of Vertrue Incorporated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Affiliates of Sterling Investment Partners in connection with the business combination between Opinionology Inc. and Survey Sampling International.
  • Versa Capital Management and Allen-Vanguard in connection with the sale of two of Allen-Vanguard’s operating units to Safariland Group.
Education
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York, B.S., 1999
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2002
Admissions
  • New York
Memberships
Corporate Law Committee, Asian American Bar Association of New York