Doah Kim

Associate, Los Angeles

Biography

Overview

Doah Kim is an associate in the Firm's Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Her practice focuses on complex business reorganization and restructuring matters, including the representation of debtors, creditors, purchasers of distressed assets, and other stakeholders in Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Prior to joining White & Case, Ms. Kim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Donovan and the Honorable Maureen Tighe of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Doah is committed to the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion efforts, as a leader of the LA Women's Network (part of the Global Women's Initiative) and member of the Asian Affinity Network. She is also active in the Firm's culture and growth and serves on the summer associate hiring committee for the Los Angeles office.

Doah enjoys working on a variety of pro bono matters, particularly local child adoption and guardianship cases.

Bars and Courts
California State Bar
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
Education
JD
Pepperdine University School of Law
BA
Boston University
Languages
English

Experience

Hertz
Represented Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and certain affiliates in connection with their US$19 billion chapter 11 bankruptcy case and global restructuring in Europe, Australia, and Asia-Pacific. Hertz emerged from bankruptcy with about US$5.9 billion of new equity capital and about US$2.8 billion of new corporate financing on favorable terms, while reducing corporate debt by about US$5 billion. Hertz's reorganization plan provided for payment in cash, in full, of all creditors and cash, stock, and warrants to equity holders.

Swissport
Represented Swissport and its affiliates in a global restructuring involving a debt-for-equity swap facilitated by an U.K. scheme of arrangement and supported by a U.S. chapter 15 recognition order. This restructuring addressed about €1.9 billion of existing debt and resulted in improved liquidity to help the company withstand the challenges faced during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sempra Energy
Represented Sempra Energy in its $9.45 billion all-cash acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp. The transaction created the largest utility holding company in the U.S. and was named "M&A Deal of the Year" by The Deal in 2018.

GSO Capital Partners
Represented GSO Capital Partners in connection with the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Gibson Brands, Inc.

Mesabi Metallics Company 
Represented Mesabi Metallics Company in its chapter 11 reorganization and various related litigation matters.

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021