Richard Chul Kim

Counsel
Tokyo
  • Marunouchi Building, 32nd Floor
  • 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
  • Tokyo 100-6332
  • Japan
Profile Experience

Richard Chul Kim is counsel in the Tokyo office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on project development and finance, and structured finance. He also has experience on various aspects of general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Mr. Kim regularly works on transactions involving Korean, Japanese, and other international sponsors, lenders, and government agencies in the energy sector on their global financing and development needs, focusing on various aspects of general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Kim is actively involved in Latham’s Korea Practice and Japan Practice, particularly in the energy sector on international financings.

Prior to coming to Japan, Mr. Kim worked as an attorney in Los Angeles and was a judicial extern to Judge Stephen V. Wilson in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Kim is qualified to practice before the California Bar and in Japan as Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Lawyer, California Law).

Mr. Kim's representative matters include representing:

  • Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd, as sponsor, manager, and subordinated note investor, in the first infrastructure project finance securitization in Asia. The US$458 million issuance included four classes of Notes issued by Bayfront Infrastructure Capital Pte. Ltd. and three classes of investment grade rated notes (Class A, B, and C Notes) listed on the SGX-ST.
  • Rantau Dedap Geothermal Power Project, Indonesia – the export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in the US$701 million project financing of the 98.4-MW Rantau Dedap Geothermal Power Project in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • The export credit agencies, commercial banks, and underwriters on the project financing of the US$7 billion Cameron LNG project in the USA sponsored by Sempra Energy, GDF Suez, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsubishi Corp., and Mitsui & Co.
  • Lenders in connection with the US$20 billion financing and development of the off-shore Ichthys LNG project in Western Australia.
  • The export credit agencies, commercial banks, and underwriters in connection with the US$14 billion financing of the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea.
  • The export credit agencies and commercial banks in connection with the US$1.5 billion financing of the Mong Duong 2 2x600MW coal-fired power plant, in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.
  • Mitsubishi Materials Corporation and PT Smelting in the US$350 million refinancing of the Gresik Copper Smelter & Refinery project in Gresik, Indonesia.
  • NEXI and commercial banks in connection with the Solaben 2/3 and Solacor 1/2 IPP solar projects in Spain.
  • NEXI in connection with advising on certain legal regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa for future renewable energy IPPs in the region.
  • An export credit agency in connection with the proposed US$5.4 billion financing of the Long Son petrochemical project in Vietnam.*
  • An export credit agency in connection with the US$3.7 billion senior financing and US$200 million mezzanine financing of the Egyptian Refining Company petroleum. refining project in Egypt.*
  • An export credit agency in connection with the US$3.6 billion financing of the Liwa Plastics petrochemical project in Oman.*
  • An export credit agency in connection with the US$1 billion financing of the Clean Fuels Project in Kuwait.*
  • An export credit agency in connection with the US$1 billion financing of the Banten LNG regasification terminal project in Bojonegara, Indonesia.*
  • An export credit agency in connection with the proposed €800 million financing of the Plomin C IPP project in Croatia.*
  • An export credit agency in connection with the US$300 million financing of the 262 MW Ras Ghareb wind farm project in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt*
  • Lion Power Holdings Pte Limited, a consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation, The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Kyushu Electric Power Co., Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and GDF SUEZ S.A., in the SGD3.65 billion acquisition of Senoko Power Limited, Singapore's largest power generation company, from Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.
  • JGC Corporation in the sale of its 45% stake in M.W. Kellogg Limited, a UK engineering contractor specializing in the petrochemical industry.
  • Hitachi Plant Technologies in connection with joint ventures in Saudi Arabia with the El- Seif Group and in Qatar with SIS for the establishment of infrastructure and industrial construction companies in the Middle East.
  • Kanematsu Textile Corporation, a subsidiary of Li & Fung, in the acquisition of textile trading company Fenix International Co.
  • Perfect World Europe B.V. in the acquisition of C&C Media Co., Ltd., a Japanese online gaming company.
  • Beckman-Coulter, Inc. in the US$800 million acquisition of a global medical device business headquartered in Japan from a manufacturer of high-tech medical and healthcare equipment.

*This matter was handled whilst on secondment

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