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Global Leader

Banking - Regulatory 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Richard Kim is known among peers in the US market as a consummate finance regulation expert, especially when it comes to M&A briefs and enforcement actions. 


Richard K Kim is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specialises in representing financial institutions in a broad range of regulatory matters, including in connection with mergers and acquisitions, enforcement actions, compliance and related matters. Previously, he was an attorney with the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he worked on a wide range of bank supervisory matters. He was also assistant general counsel with NationsBank Corporation.

Representations include: numerous money centre, foreign, regional and community banks in enforcement and compliance matters relating to a wide range of topics, including Dodd-Frank, anti-money laundering, Basel III capital requirements, Section 4(m) agreements, risk management and affiliate transactions; BB&T in its acquisitions of the the Bank of Kentucky and BankAtlantic; CIT in its acquisition of OneWest Bank and in its conversion to a bank holding company; Santander Consumer USA in its initial public offering; Itau Unibanco in its merger with Corpbanca; CapitalSource in its merger with PacWest Bancorp; Capital One in its acquisitions of ING Direct, HSBC’s domestic credit card business and Chevy Chase Bank; PNC in its acquisitions of the US retail banking subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada, National City and Riggs; the Bank of America in various mortgage-related and other regulatory matters as well as its acquisitions of Merrill Lynch, MBNA, Montgomery Securities, Barnett and Boatmen’s; Morgan Stanley in its conversion to a bank holding company and the formation of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; the United States Department of Treasury in its conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; JPMorgan Chase in its acquisitions of Bear Stearns and the Bank of New York’s retail bank branches; Wells Fargo & Co in its acquisition of Wachovia; GMAC in its conversion to a bank holding company and its agreement to provide financing to Chrysler dealers and customers; and Warburg Pincus in its investments in Primerica, Metavante and National Penn Bancshares.

Richard is a graduate of Stanford University (AB, 1983) and Columbia Law School (JD, 1986). He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association, where he previously served as chair of the mergers and acquisitions subcommittee of the banking law committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Asian American Legal Defence and Education Fund, the board of trustees of the Rye Country Day School and a former trustee of the Stanwich School.

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