Jamie (Ji) Kim

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  • Cannabis
  • Private Funds, Sponsors & Family Offices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Ji is a corporate transactional lawyer with extensive experience representing financial sponsors, investor groups and companies in a variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestures, joint ventures, venture capital investments and securities offerings. He has advised clients in diverse industries, including cannabis, financial services, manufacturing, real estate, media, education, technology, software, e-commerce, food and beverage, packaging, biotech, pharmaceutical, energy, shipping and aerospace. He regularly represents family offices, private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and individual investors in connection with investments in the cannabis industry.  His cannabis practice is nationally recognized by Chambers and Partners.

Ji attended Rutgers University where he received his B.S. in Accounting in 1998 and was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honor Fraternity. He attended Fordham University School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2004 and served as a Notes & Articles Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

Following his graduation from law school, Ji spent six years as a corporate associate in the New York office of Vinson & Elkins LLP and four years as an M&A associate in the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Prior to joining Berkowitz, Trager & Trager in 2016, he was a partner at Sadis & Goldberg LLP in New York. In 2013, he received a Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award for his efforts in pro bono services. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to practicing law, he was a tax manager at Deloitte LLP.

Ji has been acting as pro bono counsel to the Association for Autism and Neurodiversity since 2019 and has served on its board of directors from July 2020 through June 2023.

 

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Rutgers University – New Brunswick, B.S. (Accounting), 1998

Admissions and Licenses

  • State of New York
  • State of Connecticut
  • Certified Public Accountant (Inactive)

Representative Transactions

  • Representation of a consortium of lenders in lending over $100 million to a cannabis company.
  • Representation of various family offices, private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and individual investors in investments in excess of $100 million in the cannabis industry in various opportunities, including sponsoring a REIT, investments in REITs, sale-leaseback of dispensaries, and investments in MSOs (multi-state operators), brands, cultivation facilities and other cannabis companies in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • Representation of an infrastructure company in a $500 million joint venture with a real estate investment company.
  • Representation of a mutual fund manager in the sale for over $230 million.
  • U.S. counsel to an Israeli artificial intelligence recruiting company in the sale to a NASDAQ-listed company for $150 million.
  • Representation of a national auto parts chain in the acquisitions of multiple divisions in excess of $100 million.
  • Representation of an executive recruiting firm in the acquisitions of multiple divisions (domestic and international) in excess of $60 million.
  • Representation of an investor group in multiple traches of investment in a chemical company that later merged with a SPAC valued at $1.8 billion.
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 company in the sale of a division to a SPAC for $215 million.
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 company in the sale of a division to a private equity fund for $180 million.
  • Representation of a publicly traded limited partnership in the merger with a publicly traded corporation valued over $1.2 billion.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition of a coal mining company for $200 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in multiple investments in an offshore drilling company in excess of $500 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition of an alternative energy company in the amount of $400 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition of a supermarket chain for $262 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the sale of a power generation company for $100 million.
  • Representation of an investment bank in the acquisition of an energy trading business for $335 million.
  • Representation of an investment bank in an $800 million commercial real estate mortgage joint venture with a sovereign fund.
  • Representation of an investment bank in the acquisition of a global commodities business for $420 million.
  • Representation of an aircraft leasing company in multiple investments by various hedge funds in excess of $300 million.
  • Representation of an education company in the acquisition of an online K-12 school for $400 million and an online college degree program for $650 million.
  • Representation of a hedge fund in the acquisition of multiple wind power projects in excess of $70 million.
  • Representation of a European pharmaceutical company in the strategic acquisition of a U.S. competitor for $70 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisitions of multiple divisions (domestic and international) of a multinational conglomerate in excess of $350 million.
  • Representation of a management team in the sale of a financial services company for $120 million.
  • Representation of U.S. issuers and foreign private issuers in IPOs, follow-on offerings and PIPE offerings in excess of $1 billion.
  • Representation of a U.S. microbrewery in a Brazilian joint venture.
  • Representation of a U.S. burger chain into the entry of China’s market.
  • Representation of a Canadian private equity fund in an investment in a U.S. asset manager.
  • Representation of seed investor and backstop guarantor of a read estate credit fund.
  • Representation of a management team in a spin-off from an internet advertising company.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA-2022 and 2023 Nationwide Cannabis Law: Eastern United States
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award (2013)