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John S. Kim

John Kim represents domestic and international purchasers and sellers in private and public domestic, cross-border and global mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and equity investments in a broad range of industries, as well as in private and public domestic, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and equity investments in a broad range of industries as well as in general corporate and corporate governance matters, indemnity issues, and commercial disputes.

John has also been involved in pro bono matters, pursuing court orders on behalf of domestic violence victims.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Quad-C Management, Inc., a private equity fund, and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including:
    • its acquisition of Vaco Holdings, a professional staffing company which offers consulting, contract and direct-hire solutions in the areas of accounting, finance, technology, healthcare, operations, and general administration, as well as the eventual sale of Vaco Holdings to Olympus Partners.°
    • several add-on acquisitions for Vaco Holdings, including: (i) Pivot Point Consulting, LLC, a Seattle-based healthcare IT consultant; (ii) Greythorn, Inc., a Washington-based specialist technology and healthcare IT recruitment company; (iii) the managed services division of Binary Semantics, an India-headquartered software development and systems integration company; and (iv) Lannick, Canada’s largest regional finance and accounting recruitment and consulting firm.°
    • its sale of InterWrap Holdings Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing underlayment and packaging materials, to Owens Corning.°
  • Tengram Capital Partners, a private equity fund, in:
    • its acquisition of Earth Treks, Inc., an operator of commercial indoor climbing gyms in Maryland, Virginia and Colorado.°
    • its acquisition of the Zanella brand and related assets, an Italian luxury menswear brand.°
    • its minority investment in Tommie Copper Holdings, Inc., a producer of copper-infused sportswear and other performance apparel and accessories.°
  • Altaris Capital Partners, LLC and WindRose Health Investors (f/k/a MTS Health Investors) relating to their acquisition of AGS Health, an India-based provider of outsourced revenue cycle management services to U.S.-based healthcare providers and billing companies.°
  • Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., a private equity fund, in its acquisition of all resort and spa management contracts and related IP rights of Six Senses and Evason-branded resort and spa properties in Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. ("Merger & Acquisition Deal of the Year 2012" – Hotel Investment Conference: Asia Pacific).°
  • Harvest Partners, a private equity firm, in its acquisition of:
    • Bartlett Holdings, Inc., which provides radiological protection services and skilled technicians to the US nuclear, fossil, wind and hydro power industries and the federal government.°
    • Athletico Physical Therapy, a Chicago-based, clinician-owned physical therapy business.°
  • Nestlé S.A. in its acquisition of a majority interest in Terrafertil, a company based primarily in Latin America selling natural, organic, plant-based foods and healthy snacks.°
  • Peninsula Gaming Partners, LLC, a closely held company, in the $1.45 billion sale of its casino and other gaming operations in Kansas, Iowa and Louisiana to Boyd Gaming Corporation, a public company which operates casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.°
  • American Glass Products, a global leader in state-of-the-art specialty glass production, in connection with its private offering of preferred stock to Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing.°
  • A Chinese conglomerate in connection with:
    • multiple investments in New York real property development projects.°
    • its acquisition of real property assets in New York and New Jersey.°
    • its minority investments in various companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.°
  • SunPower AssetCo, LLC in the sale of a 110 MW photovoltaic solar power facility located in La Higuera, Chile, to a subsidiary of Actis LLP.°
  • Hess Corporation in:
    • its acquisition of NYSE-AMEX listed American Oil & Gas, Inc., a company engaged in developing and producing hydrocarbon reserves, in a stock-for-stock merger valued at $458.4 million.°
    • its sale of its interests in Bayonne Energy Center, LLC, a wholesale electricity generator located in New Jersey, to its joint venture partner, ArcLight Energy Partners Fund III, L.P.°
  • Roust Trading Ltd., an affiliate of Russian Standard Corporation (a leading Russian premium spirits distributor), in its acquisition of Central European Distribution Corporation (n/k/a Roust Corporation), one of the largest vodka distributors in the world, through its Chapter 11 reorganization.°
  • Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., as a member of a consortium of convertible noteholders, in the Chapter 11 reorganization of K-V Pharmaceutical Company, a women’s health-focused pharmaceutical company, pursuant to which Deutsche Bank acquired a minority equity interest in K-V.°
  • A consortium of institutional bondholders in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Visteon Corporation, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive parts, pursuant to which the consortium acquired approximately 95 percent of Visteon’s new equity through a $1.25 billion equity capital raise.°
  • Sequential Brands Group, Inc., a public intellectual property management company, in its acquisition of:
    • the brand Gaiam and related fitness, yoga and wellness consumer products (including accessories, apparel and media) business, from Gaiam, Inc.°
    • the brand Joe’s (a casual chic lifestyle brand) and related assets from Joe’s Jeans Inc.°
    • the brands Ellen Tracy (a leading fashion brand) and Caribbean Joe (an island inspired lifestyle brand) for a combination of cash and shares of Sequential’s common stock.°
    • the REVO brand (an active lifestyle brand known worldwide for its sunglasses polarized lens technology), including all related intellectual property and certain other assets, from Oakley Inc.°
  • Iconix Brand Group, Inc., a public intellectual property management company, in its sale of OP Japan Holdings, Ltd. (which held certain intellectual property rights relating to the Ocean Pacific and OP marks (action-sports lifestyle apparel brands) in certain Asian jurisdictions) to Itochu Corporation.°
  • Design Investors WW Acquisition Company LLC in its sale of Waterworks Inc., a premier luxury bath and kitchen brand and business, to Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.°
  • The owners of Vector Media, LLC, operating in the large-format transit advertising industry, in the sale of Vector to Spire Capital Partners III, L.P.°
  • Excel Maritime Carriers, a NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company, relating to its $2.45 billion acquisition merger with Nasdaq-listed Quintana Maritime, an international dry bulk shipper.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Kim prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Commitment to Justice Award from Her Justice, 2010

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Rice University
Admissions
  • New York