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Thomas J. Kim

Thomas J. Kim

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Tom Kim is a partner, focusing his practice on advising companies, underwriters and boards of directors on registered and exempt capital markets transactions, SEC regulatory and reporting issues, and corporate governance, as well as on general corporate and securities matters.

Prior to joining Sidley in 2013, Tom served for six years as the Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC. As Chief Counsel, Tom was responsible for the no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions taken by the Division on a wide range of matters, including Securities Act exemptions, the registration process, Rule 144, and a broad range of Exchange Act issues, including deregistration, succession, Section 16, proxy solicitation and shareholder proposal rules, and executive compensation disclosure, among others. Under his leadership, the Chief Counsel’s Office revised and updated the Division’s telephone interpretations as Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations and issued several significant Staff Legal Bulletins.

Tom also oversaw the Division’s Office of Enforcement Liaison, which refers matters to the Division of Enforcement and advises on offering and disclosure-related issues in enforcement cases. 

Prior to joining the SEC in 2006, Tom served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for the General Electric Company. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and was editor of Harvard Law Review.

Tom currently chairs the ABA’s Disclosure Effectiveness Working Group, which is working with the SEC on the disclosure reform initiative led by the Division of Corporation Finance. As a member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, Tom edited several editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.

Tom has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Securities: Regulation: Advisory since 2015, where Chambers noted that he is “well respected for his regulatory expertise and is often sought after by public companies and their boards of directors, as well as underwriter clients, to advise on complex SEC reporting and corporate governance issues.”

Thomas J. Kim is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding” - Private Placement and Hybrid Securities Offerings 2018, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies - Private Placement and Hybrid Securities Offerings 2018, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations - Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations, Monday, November 13, 2017
Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding” - Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding”, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies - Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations - Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations, Monday, November 13, 2017
Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies - Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding” - Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding”, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations - Focus on Disclosure: Regulatory Action and Practical Considerations, Monday, November 13, 2017
Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding” - Rule 506(c); General Solicitation; “Accredited Investor Crowdfunding”, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies - Resales of Restricted Securities; Secondary Sales of Securities of Privately Held Companies, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Private Placement and Hybrid Securities Offerings 2018, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
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