Richard K. Kim

Richard K. Kim

Richard K. Kim is a partner with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specializes in representing domestic and foreign banks, fintechs, and other 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 supervisory matters. He was also Assistant General Counsel with NationsBank Corporation.

Representations include:

  • Capital One in its pending acquisition of Discover
  • Bank of Montreal in its acquisition of Bank of the West
  • SoFi in its acquisition of Golden Pacific and conversion to a bank holding company
  • Umpqua in its merger with Columbia
  • Webster Financial in its merger with Sterling Bancorp
  • Banco Santander in its take private of Santander Consumer USA and its acquisition of Amherst Pierpont
  • Cadence in its merger with BancorpSouth Bank
  • PNC in its acquisition of BBVA USA
  • Huntington in its acquisition of TCF
  • BB&T in its merger with SunTrust
  • TD Ameritrade in its merger with Charles Schwab
  • JPMorgan Chase in its acquisition of Instamed
  • Square, Inc. in its establishment of an FDIC-insured industrial bank

Other notable representations:

  • The United States Department of Treasury in its conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • Bank of America in its acquisitions of Merrill Lynch, MBNA, Montgomery Securities, Barnett and Boatmen’s
  • JPMorgan Chase in its acquisitions of Bear Stearns and Bank of New York’s retail bank branches
  • Capital One in its acquisitions of Cabela’s bank assets, ING Direct, HSBC’s domestic credit card business and Chevy Chase Bank
  • Wells Fargo in numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including its acquisition of Wachovia Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley in its conversion to a bank holding company
  • GMAC in its conversion to a bank holding company
  • CIT in its conversion to a bank holding company and its acquisition of OneWest Bank

Richard has been recognized as a Law360 MVP, one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon and as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal and the Chambers guide.  He is Co-President of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and a member of the City Year New York Advisory Board.

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