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JANE KIM

PARTNER
direct: 415.364.6793
EDUCATION:
  • Columbia College, Columbia University (B.A., cum laude, 1999)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
ADMISSIONS:
  • California, including all federal courts
  • New York, including Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
BIOGRAPHY

Jane Kim focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring law, as well as bankruptcy and general commercial litigation. Ms. Kim has represented debtors in possession, secured lenders, creditors, including members of official committees, prospective investors, and directors and officers of corporations.

Ms. Kim currently serves as bankruptcy co-counsel for Pacific Gas & Electric Company in its chapter 11 case, the largest chapter 11 filing in the Northern District of California in over a decade. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January 2019 as a result of challenges relating to a series of catastrophic wildfires that occurred in Northern California in 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Kim’s other recent representations include the chapter 11 representation of an internet protocol TV provider, the out-of-court restructurings and/or bankruptcy preparation for various technology, manufacturing, and other businesses, and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Before joining Keller Benvenutti Kim in 2014, Ms. Kim was associated with Cleary Gottlieb, a large international law firm, in New York. Ms. Kim represented Nortel Networks Inc. as it filed its chapter 11 petition and operated within bankruptcy, and she advised the company through many of the sales of its businesses and assets, which generated a total of $7.5 billion in sale proceeds and involved coordinating insolvency proceedings across multiple regimes around the world.

Ms. Kim was selected to serve as a lawyer representative for the Northern District of California and has been recognized as a noted star in the bankruptcy practice area by Benchmark Litigation California.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Keller Benvenutti Kim LLP

Partner

(July 2014 – present)

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Associate
(2002 – 2014)
sPEAKING & WRITING engagements
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco: Rules of Engagement: Conflicts, Ethics and Bankruptcy (January 2020) – San Francisco, California

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Winter Leadership Conference: The Intersection of the Federal Arbitration Act and Bankruptcy (December 2019) – Rancho Palos Verdes, California

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association National Convention: Perspectives on Crisis Management (November 2019) – Austin, Texas

  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges’ Conference: Ethical Issues in Chapter 11 (September 2019) – San Francisco, California

  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference: Bankruptcy Issues Spawned by the Supreme Court’s Recent Arbitration Decisions (July 2019) – Spokane, Washington

  • Select Counsel CLE Presentation: Standing Guard – Protecting Privilege and Work Product (October 2018) – webinar

  • International Association of Korean Lawyers, 2018 Annual Conference: Comparative Review of Pre-Packaged Restructurings in Korea, US, UK and Canada (September 2018) – Atlanta, Georgia

  • Select Counsel CLE Presentation: What GCs Need to Know About Vendor, Customer and Competitor Bankruptcies (May 2018) – webinar

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association National Convention: Wheel of Misfortune: Dealing with Financially Distressed Tech Companies (November 2017) – Washington, D.C.

  • Bar Association of San Francisco: Bankruptcy Basics for Booming Businesses (September 2017) – San Francisco, California

  • “Bankruptcy Basics for Booming Businesses,” California Business Law Practitioner (Summer 2018) (co-author with J. Hayes)

organizations & groups
  • Northern District of California, Lawyer Representative
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Restructuring Committee Co-Chair
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (Northern California Network), Secretary
  • Minority Bar Exchange, Member
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Education Committee
REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS
  • Imperial Toy LLC, USBC, N.D. Cal. (2020) – represented DIP lender/stalking horse bidder in negotiating debtor-in-possession financing.

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company, USBC, N.D. Cal. (2019-present) – co-counsel for debtors in chapter 11 case of $71 billion public utility employing over 24,000 employees and servicing 16 million customers.

  • JadooTV, Inc., USBC, N.D. Cal. (2019-present) – lead debtor’s counsel for internet protocol TV provider focused on South Asian and Middle Eastern content.

  • Confidential Vehicle Manufacturer, Out of Court (2018-present) – lead counsel to assignee in assignment for the benefit of creditors in negotiating sale of intellectual property and other assets.

  • Confidential Nutritional Supplement Manufacturer, Out of Court (2018-2019) – lead counsel to nutritional supplement manufacturer in negotiating and closing sale of business.

  • Confidential Software Company, Out of Court (2017-2018) – counsel to venture-backed software company in negotiating its wind-down budget, wind-down financing package, and terms of a “friendly foreclosure” to first lien lender.

  • New Cal-Neva Lodge, LLC, USBC, D. Nev. (2016-2018) – debtor’s counsel for historic casino and resort in chapter 11 case involving sale of resort and confirmation of plan.

  • Delivery Agent, Inc. et al., USBC, D. Del. (2016-2017) – debtor’s counsel for e-commerce company chapter 11 case involving divestiture of one business and sale of the core business to venture lender after auction.

  • Stemcells, Inc., Out of Court (2016) – represented publicly-traded biotechnology company in wind-down negotiations and coordination of reverse merger (securities work performed by associated firm).

  • In re Fisker Automotive, USBC, D. Del. (2014-present) – represent Hybrid Technologies, LLC as senior secured lender in post-confirmation claims resolution and class action litigation brought by former employees.

  • In re Nortel Networks, Inc., USBC, D. Del. (2009-2014) – represented U.S. debtors in multi-billion dollar cross-border insolvency through multiple sales.

  • Lehman Brothers (2008) – advised the Federal Reserve System in preparation for Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy filing

* Other representations available upon request.

 
 
 
 

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