Jonathan Kim

jonathan-kim

Jonathan Kim

Partner

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

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Jonathan Kim represents strategic buyers and sellers and financial sponsors in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. 

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 M&A in The Legal 500 (U.S.) and was recently selected as a Rising Star for M&A in the IFLR1000. He 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.

Experience

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

  • 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 Ancestry.com.
  • 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. 
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
Speaking Engagements
  • 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, MA (January 27, 2018)

Moderator, panel focused on Diversity in PE/VC.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions 2015: Trends and Developments — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (January 15, 2015)

Speaker, "Advising the Board of Directors" panel; "Role Playing - Board of Directors Meeting" panel; "Legal Issues Involved in Financing the Transaction" panel.

  • 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)