Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders -- a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems.
Our distinctive structure defines our approach.  We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms.  We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.
Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence.
Kim, Richard K.
Partner, Corporate
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fax 212.403.2354


Richard K. Kim is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specializes 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 center, 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  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 U.S. retail banking subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, National City and Riggs
  • 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 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 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
  • Warburg Pincus in its investments in Primerica, Metavante and National Penn Bancshares

Richard is a graduate of Stanford University (A.B., 1983) and Columbia Law School (J.D., 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 Defense & Education Fund, the Board of Trustees of the Rye Country Day School and a former trustee of The Stanwich School.

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