Biography

THOMAS J. KIM advises public companies, their boards of directors and underwriters on a broad range of SEC disclosure and regulatory matters, capital market and tender offer transactions and corporate governance and compliance issues and practices.  He also advises audit firms on independence and financial reporting issues.  He handles matters for companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including obtaining no-action relief, interpretive guidance and waivers, as well as handling disclosure and financial statement reviews by the Division of Corporation Finance and SEC Enforcement investigations involving disclosure, registration or auditor independence issues. 

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 Division’s no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions, and under his leadership, the Chief Counsel’s Office revised and updated all of the Division’s telephone interpretations as Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations and issued several significant Staff Legal Bulletins related to shareholder proposals, legality and tax opinions and suspending reporting obligations.  Tom also led a number of notable SEC rulemakings and policy initiatives, including implementing the JOBS Act’s requirement to eliminate the prohibition on general solicitation in Securities Act Rules 506 and 144A offerings, the concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and the interpretive release on the use of company websites.

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 in Fairfield, CT.

Tom currently chairs the ABA’s Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.  As a past member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, Tom edited several editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.  He is a co-chair of Sidley’s Washington D.C. Diversity Committee. 

Tom serves as Vice Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law School’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute.

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