Richard Chul Kim is counsel in the Finance Department of Latham & Watkins Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise. He advises clients on project development and finance, and structured finance.

Mr. Kim has practiced in Asia since 2008. He regularly works on transactions involving Korean, Japanese, and other international sponsors, lenders, and government agencies in the energy sector on their global financing and development needs. He also advises clients on various aspects of cross-border corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Kim previously served a secondment with Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) from 2015 to 2017.

Prior to his career in Asia, Mr. Kim worked as an attorney in Los Angeles and was a judicial extern to Judge Stephen V. Wilson in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Kim is qualified to practice before the California Bar and in Japan as Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Lawyer, California Law).

Mr. Kim's experience includes advising:

  • The export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders on the financing of SK E&S’s 37.5% share of the Barossa LNG gas field
  • Z Holdings, the holding company of Yahoo Japan, in its US$30 billion business integration with LINE – the largest Japan tech deal announced in 2019, and winner of the ALB Japan Law Awards’ M&A Deal of the Year and TMT Deal of the Year, and ALB Korea Law Awards’ M&A Deal of the Year
  • The export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in the US$1.6 billion project financing for Northvolt’s development of two gigafactories for lithium ion battery cell production in Europe
  • Air Products, as project owner, on the development of a US$2 billion coal-to-methanol production facility in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, the first project of this kind in the region
  • The export credit agencies and commercial banks in the US$1.5 billion original financing and the US$1.1 billion refinancing of the 1,240-MW Mong Duong 2 thermal power project in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
  • The export credit agencies and commercial banks in the US$2.55 billion partial refinancing of the Australia Pacific LNG liquefaction facility in Queensland, Australia
  • Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd, as sponsor, manager, and subordinated note investor, in the first infrastructure project finance securitization in Asia
  • The export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in the US$701 million project financing of the 98.4-MW Rantau Dedap geothermal power project in South Sumatra, Indonesia
  • The export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in the US$440 million project financing of the 80-MW Muara Laboh geothermal power project in West Sumatra, Indonesia
  • The export credit agencies, commercial banks, and underwriters in the project financing of the US$7 billion Cameron LNG project in the United States, sponsored by Sempra Energy, GDF Suez, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsubishi Corp., and Mitsui & Co.
  • The lenders in the US$20 billion financing and development of the offshore Ichthys LNG project in Western Australia
  • The export credit agencies, commercial banks, and underwriters in the US$14 billion financing of the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea
  • NEXI and commercial banks in connection with the Solaben 2/3 and Solacor 1/2 IPP solar projects in Spain
  • An export credit agency in the US$3.6 billion financing of the Liwa Plastics petrochemical project in Oman*
  • An export credit agency in the US$1 billion financing of the Banten LNG regasification terminal project in Bojonegara, Indonesia*
  • An export credit agency in the US$300 million financing of the 262-MW Ras Ghareb wind farm project in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt*
  • Hitachi Plant Technologies in connection with joint ventures in Saudi Arabia with the El- Seif Group and in Qatar with SIS for the establishment of infrastructure and industrial construction companies in the Middle East

*This matter was handled whilst on secondment

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • Japan (Registered Foreign Lawyer)

Education

  • MA in Law, Kyoto University, 2008
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2000
  • BA, Williams College, 1996

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean
  • Japanese