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Catharina Y. Min

Catharina Y. Min

Covington & Burling LLP

Redwood Shores, CA, USA

Catharina Min represents both U.S. and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate partnering, securities offerings, and other corporate transactions. She also represents emerging companies in general corporate matters and venture capital financings. In addition, Ms. Min has extensive experience representing Asian clients doing business in the United States.

Ms. Min is a frequent speaker at many organizations, including the Practising Law Institute, Association of Corporate Counsel, SV Forum, the Korean IT Network, and a number of Korean incubators covering topics related to cross-border transactions and venture capital financings. She also regularly shares her insights at events for California Women Lawyers, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian Business League, and others on mentoring and advancement of women and minority lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Led many cross-border M&A transactions for technology companies.
  • Led several sell-side M&A transactions for healthcare companies to a publicly listed healthcare provider.
  • Led a complex private equity financing and acquisition which consolidated three companies in the U.S. and Korea for a manufacturer of 3D movie equipment and 3D display.
  • Led an acquisition by a publicly held Korean conglomerate of a wind turbine manufacturer with operations in the U.S. and Germany.
  • Represented many start-up companies in the high technology and life sciences sectors with incorporation and venture capital financings.
  • Led a strategic asset acquisition by a NASDAQ listed technology company.

Previous Experience

Ms. Min previously served as Vice-Chair, Business and Finance Department as well as office managing partner at an international law firm.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council of Korean Americans, past Chairwoman and Founding Director
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers, past Overseas President and Director
  • Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, past President and current Director
  • Korean-American Bar Association of Northern California, past President and past Director
  • Corporate Executive Initiative, Member
  • Practice Development Committee of the Asian American Bar Association, Past Co-Chair

News and Insights

  • "Covington Adds Reed Smith Tech M&A Partner in Calif.," May 4, 2017, Law360
  • "Covington Hires Reed Smith's Former Silicon Valley Leader," May 4, 2017, The Recorder
  • "Technology M&A Lawyer Joins Covington," May 3, 2017
  • "Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2016 ‘International Aspects’," 5/19/2016, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2014, and 4/30/2013, PLI
  • "Foreign Companies Doing Business in Silicon Valley," May 1, 2015, Drake University
  • "Common Mistakes For a Tech Company Doing Business Abroad and How to Avoid Them," March 19, 2014, Association of Corporate Counsel
  • "Doing Business in Asia," July 24, 2013, Association of Corporate Counsel


  • National Diversity Council, “Top 50 Multicultural Leader in Technology” (March 2017)
  • Diversity Council, "Most Powerful and Influential Women" (June 2016)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal, "Women of Influence 2015"
  • Diversity Journal, "2014 Women Worth Watching"
  • The Recorder, "Top Women in Technology Law" (2014-2016) and "California Women Leaders" in Law (2012)
  • Ms. Min received the 2013 Debra Zumwalt Pioneer Award, which is presented annually as part of InsideCounsel magazine's Transformative Leadership Awards West program in honor of leaders in women's career advancement. The Debra Zumwalt Award is given each year to a woman attorney who has transformed being the "first" into being a catalyst for change.
  • Korean-American Bar Association, "Named Alumna of the Year" (2012)



  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital and Emerging Companies
  • Finance
  • Private Equity


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1990
    -Virginia Law Review, Editor
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1987

Bar Admissions




Catharina Y. Min is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters International Aspects of M&A: Challenges of Cross-Border Deals (PowerPoint slides) - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, San Francisco, CA

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