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Kim, Richard K.
Partner, Corporate
tel 212.403.1354
fax 212.403.2354

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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 
  • BB&T’s acquisitions of Susquehanna Bancshares, National Penn, BankAtlantic and Bank of Kentucky 
  • Capital Bank’s sale to First Horizon; its initial public offering; and acquisitions of CommunityOne, Southern Community, Green Bankshares, TIB Financial 
  • Huntington’s acquisitions of FirstMerit, Camco Financial and Unizan
  • Sterling Bancorp’s mergers with Astoria Financial, Hudson Valley Holding and Provident New York and the sale of its wealth management business
  • Capital One in its acquisitions of Cabela’s bank assets, ING Direct, HSBC’s domestic credit card business and Chevy Chase Bank
  • Associated Banc-Corp’s acquisition of Bank Mutual
  • Sun Bancorp’s acquisition by OceanFirst Financial
  • PrivateBancorp’s acquisition by CIBC
  • Cadence Bancorporation’s formation, initial public offering and acquisitions of Encore Bancshares, Superior Bank and Cadence Bank
  • Cathay General’s acquisitions of Far East National Bank, Asia Bancshares, United Heritage Bank and Great Eastern Bank
  • Bank of America’s multiple divestitures and branch sales; various regulatory matters; and its acquisitions of Merrill Lynch, MBNA, Montgomery Securities, Barnett and Boatmen’s
  • NBH’s formation, initial public offering and acquisitions of Peoples, Inc., Pine River Bank , Community Banks of Colorado, Bank Midwest and Hillcrest Bank
  • Wells Fargo in numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including its acquisition of Wachovia Corporation
  • PNC in its acquisitions of the U.S. retail banking subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, National City and Riggs
  • CIT in its conversion to a bank holding company and its acquisition of OneWest Bank
  • Itau Unibanco in its merger with Corpbanca
  • 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
  • GMAC in its conversion to a bank holding company and its agreement to provide financing to Chrysler dealers and customers 
     

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 and a former trustee of the Rye Country Day School and The Stanwich School.

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