Paul Hastings Accelerates Securities and Capital Markets Growth with Addition of Prominent Partner in Seoul

February 09, 2021

Seoul – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that experienced corporate lawyer Iksoo Kim has joined the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets practice as a partner in Seoul. His arrival builds on Paul Hastings’ strong flow of corporate partner additions in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong.

“With increasing scrutiny and investment restrictions in global markets, clients are turning to us to guide them through large and ever more complex finance matters such as critical cross-border investments,” said Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. “The extensive experience Iksoo brings representing corporate and private equity clients in the full range of capital markets transactions and strategic mergers and acquisitions, helps further increase the depth and breadth of our global Securities and Capital Markets practice.” 

“Paul Hastings’ strong Korea practice, diverse client portfolio and exceptional global resources were all very attractive to me,” said Mr. Kim. “I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with the firm’s many outstanding lawyers around the world to help our clients grow at home and abroad.”

Mr. Kim focuses his practice on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and leveraged buyouts. He regularly advises on initial public offerings and securities offerings, as well as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions for Korean companies and multinational enterprises. His clients include corporations, banks, investment companies and governmental entities.

The global Capital Markets practice at Paul Hastings has advised on several landmark transactions in recent years, including Hanwha Systems’ US$345 million Korean IPO; US$5.5 billion of high-yield notes issued in connection with Altice USA, Inc.’s combination of Suddenlink and Optimum; Minera Mexico’s US$1 billion senior notes offering; representing Barclays, BBVA and other banks in Prime Health Services’ debut US$700 million offering of senior secured notes; representing Jefferies, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America in The Providence Service Corporation’s debut US$500 million notes offering to finance the acquisition of the Simplura Group; representing Citigroup and other banks in Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s follow-on public offering of class A common stock; and China Bohai Bank’s US$1.77 billion Hong Kong IPO.

Investing in Korea and developing relationships with Korean companies have been a critical part of the firm's strategy in building our leading practice in Asia. Our Korea practice focuses on international capital markets, cross-border M&A and joint ventures, complex cross-border litigation and private equity.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

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