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Kim joined Willkie Farr & GallagherÆs New York offices in 1997 and was a partner in its real estate department. For this firm, the fluent Korean speaker gained experience in real estate mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity offerings and securitised financings. She represented acquirors, targets, advisors, issuers and underwriters.
During her time at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Kim worked on numerous transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, including: the disposition of $1 billion of Korean non-performing loans held by Seoul Guarantee Insurance Company and the formation of joint venture with GE and Merrill Lynch for asset management and servicing; the acquisition by the Corporate Restructuring Fund of distressed Korean companies with Korea Asset Management, Colony Capital and HTIC Restructuring; the Corporate Restructuring Corporation with Seoul Guarantee Insurance Company; and GE for acquisition of distressed Korean companies; and other more US based real estate deals.
Outside of her work as a lawyer, Kim is a member of the board of visitors of Georgetown University, the School of Foreign Service and a member of the advisory board for Center for Hope (Haiti). Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the KDI School of Management and Policy in Seoul, Korea, lecturing on real estate securities. She has served as moderator of various real estate forums sponsored by the Bar Association of the City of New York. Kim is a past chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Unlawful Practice of Law, Real Property Law Section.
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