Helena Kim is counsel in Latham & Watkins’ Seoul office and a member of the Corporate Department. Ms. Kim practices as a Foreign Legal Consultant (USA) registered with the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea. Ms. Kim’s practice focuses on equity and debt capital markets and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Ms. Kim has experience advising clients on private equity and investment fund-related cross border transactions, including acquisitions and joint ventures.
Prior to moving to Asia, Ms. Kim spent three years at Latham's Doha office and advised Middle East clients on capital markets and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Kim practiced with major law firms in the US and South Korea. She is dedicated to public service and previously served as Deputy Public Defender for the City and County of San Francisco, California.
Ms. Kim's representative transactions include advising:
- Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited in connection with its share repurchase from Crown Asia and concurrent US registered offerings
- Melco Resorts Finance Limited on US$650 million initial offering and US$350 million follow-on tap offering of 4.875% Senior Notes due 2025 listed on SGX
- The initial purchaser in Hanjin International Corp.'s offer of US$300 million guaranteed floating rate notes due 2020
- Zhone Technologies, Inc. on its merger with Dasan Network Solutions to create DASAN Zhone Solutions, a provider of broadband access, mobile backhaul, ethernet switching, and passive optical LAN solutions
- HKBN Ltd. on its HK$700 million acquisition of telecommunications and online marketing solutions business and related acquisition financing
- The underwriters on the IPO of Hong Kong Broadband Network on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
- Hong Kong Broadband and Metropolitan Light International on a US$450 million high yield offering
- Deutsche Bank AG on the US$2.485 billion 4.5% Senior Notes due 2020; and €625 million 4.625% Senior Notes due 2020 by SoftBank Corp.
- On leveraged buyout financing by Blackstone consortium in connection with a going-private transaction of a Nasdaq listed company
- Morgan Stanley, Macquarie, and Mandiri Sekuritas in the initial public offering by an Indonesian issuer (US$225 million 144A/Regulation S offering by ABM Investama, an Indonesian integrated resources company)
- BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered Bank in the first-ever high yield direct issuance by a Turkish issuer (US$200 million Regulation S offering by Yüksel Inşaat A.Ş., a Turkish construction company)