Evelyn Kim has joined Baker & McKenzie's North American Banking, Finance and Major Project Practice as a partner, bringing more than a decade of experience advising investors, lenders and developers on project finance matters related to renewable energy facilities.
Based in San Francisco, Ms. Kim advises on financing of renewable energy generation facilities, including solar, wind and biomass projects, and she also counsels clients on project financing, development, acquisitions and divestitures. Ms. Kim has been involved with solar energy transactions since the industry’s infancy in 2005, advising on the commercial and legal aspects of solar projects, from early stage development to commercial operation.
Rick Hammett, Baker & McKenzie's North American Managing Partner, said:
"As we continue to enhance our capabilities in North America, Evelyn brings unique project finance experience in the renewable energy space, an area of growing interest to many of our clients. She is an outstanding addition to our project finance team, and I'm certain our clients will immediately benefit from her expertise."
Ms. Kim has represented both regional and national developer sponsors, as well as national and international tax equity, strategic and institutional investors for renewable energy projects in over a dozen of the most active states in renewable energy in the US, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Jose Moran, Chair of Baker & McKenzie's North American Banking, Finance and Major Projects practice, said:
"Evelyn is a top flight attorney who has built a strong reputation in the renewable energy field. Her deep knowledge of the rapidly expanding renewable energy market will be a significant asset to our practice, and I'm thrilled to have Evelyn join our growing team."
Ms. Kim also has significant experience advising clients on both distributed generation and utility scale project development, as well as managing the review of real estate and interconnection-related project contracts. In addition, she has worked on the financing of renewable energy projects, utilizing complex structures for the third-party monetization of the tax benefits associated with such renewable projects.
Colin Murray, Managing Partner of the Firm's San Francisco/Palo Alto office, said:
"Companies are increasingly seeking out the type of expertise that Evelyn brings regarding complex renewable energy transactions, and Evelyn has been a top advisor on many of the most dynamic and cutting edge renewable energy matters. As the Bay Area is the epicenter of innovation and clean energy, we are thrilled to have Evelyn join our San Francisco office. She is an excellent addition to our team."
Ms. Kim said:
"I am thrilled to join Baker & McKenzie and be a part of its growing banking and finance team. The firm's renowned global platform will be a tremendous asset to my clients, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to deliver world class solutions to our clients."
Ms. Kim is the latest in a series of prominent lateral hires to add depth to the Firm's banking and project finance expertise in North America. In recent months, corporate finance attorney Jai Khanna joined in Chicago, as well as project finance attorney Mark Tibberts in New York, and banking and finance attorney Kim Prior in Miami. The practice also recently added Michael Rechtin, an experienced real estate attorney with an expertise in data centers.
Ms. Kim is a member of the California Bar Association. She has been repeatedly recognized by Legal 500 USA for her work in renewable and alternative energy.
Ms. Kim received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Ms. Kim joins Baker & McKenzie from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.