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Acquisition Finance

"Strong track record of advising clients on innovative deal structures."
– Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Overview

In conjunction with its leading role among Korean law firms in M&A transactions, Kim & Chang has developed broad expertise in acquisition financing.  The Acquisition Finance Practice at Kim & Chang consists of partners and associates with extensive experience and know-how in acquisition financing transactions involving different industries and businesses.  

We have dealt with various types of financing contracts, securities and other instruments, and wide-ranging financing structures, including syndicated loans, securities offerings, and leveraged buy-out financings, in each case to address the specific interests of our clients.  Our rich experience in acquisition financing extends to all types of clients, including general corporations, financial institutions, and private equity funds acting as acquirers or lenders.  Further, we have assisted many Korean clients in overseas M&A transactions involving related financings, building country-specific knowledge of various legal environments and policies.

Internationally Recognized Law Firm

Kim & Chang has been recognized by Chambers Global as “the best of the best,” “head and shoulders above the rest” and "a benchmark for the other local firms, always providing effective and innovative solutions."  As an integral part of the firm, our Acquisition Finance Practice’s reputation has continuously been unrivaled.  

Unparalleled Experience, Comprehensive Services 

Kim & Chang’s Acquisition Finance Practice consists of both Korean and foreign-licensed attorneys with extensive experiences and knowledge in acquisition financing projects.  With such experiences and know-hows, our Acquisition Finance Practice has capability to lead, document and complete complex transactions involving multiple parties with differing interests in an efficient manner.  In addition, our practice has the resources to offer comprehensive services covering all legal and tax matters catering to the clients’ interests by working together with other expert teams at Kim & Chang, such as our M&A Practice and Tax Department.

Key Servicesshow

Advice on Structuring Acquisition Finance Transactions

The Acquisition Finance Practice assists our clients in developing the structures and key terms of acquisition financing in collaboration with firm experts specializing in tax and finance.  Our practice materializes such structures and key terms of the transactions based on negotiations with other deal participants and due diligence exercises using its extensive knowledge and experience in the field.

 
Documentation for Acquisition Finance Transactions

Based on its extensive experience and know-how in the market, the Acquisition Finance Practice assists our clients in preparing, negotiating and submitting (if necessary) transaction agreements as well as other ancillary documents (including documents required to be submitted to government agencies) necessary for each client’s specific acquisition financing transaction. 

 
Provide Solutions for Resolving Issues on Local Regulations

The Korean legal and regulatory environment of acquisition financing for M&A transactions is complex and often involves Korean foreign exchange, tax, and corporate governance issues.  In addition, establishment and perfections of security interests over assets in connection with an acquisition financing often involves practical complications.  ‘The Acquisition Finance Practice provides our clients with practical and efficient solutions to resolve such regulatory issues which often arise in Korea.  We help our clients successfully complete the transactions with the obtainment of governmental consents and establishment, perfection, and registration of security interests necessary for acquisition financings. 

 
Post-Completion Services

After completing a transaction, the Acquisition Finance Practice helps our clients perform various post-completion obligations under the terms of acquisition financing, including notices to counter-parties or submission of reports to government agencies.  In addition, if necessary, the Group assists the clients in refinancing or amending the terms of existing acquisition financings.

Key Experiencesshow

Our rich experience in acquisition finance extends to all types of clients, including general corporations, financial institutions, private equity funds and pension funds.  Further, we have assisted many Korean clients in financing complicated overseas M&A transactions.

 
Some of the major acquisition finance matters for which we acted as counsel include: 
  • MBK Partners in its acquisition of Woongjin Coway.
  • Han & Company in its acquisition of Daehan Cement and Hannam Cement.
  • Affinity and other investors in its acquisition of shares in Kyobo Life.
  • MBK Partners in its acquistion of subsidiary SOs of C&M.
  • Affinity in its refinancing of the acquistion financing of OB Brewery.
  • LS Cable in its acquistion of Superior Essex in US.
  • Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of the Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses from Ingersoll Rand Company, Ltd.
  • CCMP Capital, Asia in its acquisition of Buytheway, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its acquisition of Ssangyong Corporation for the financing.
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of non-memory semiconductor business from Hynix for the financing of the closing cash payment.

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