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Youn-Jin Kim ( Class of 2010)

Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea

Undergraduate school and major: LL.B. (undergraduate law degree in civil law studies)

What did you come to law school to become:

Corporate M&A Attorney

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Being dazzled by fireflies while jogging on Benton street on a late summer night.

Current employer:

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Location:

Minneapolis

Job title:

Shareholder (Partner)

Previous positions:

Senior Associate Attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Associate Attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP (formerly Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP)

Description of what you do:

My practice focuses on private equity mergers and acquisitions, strategic mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and exit transactions for private growth companies and other private capital investments. I represent national and regional private equity firms, strategic buyers, venture-backed growth companies, domestic and foreign venture capital firms, and public companies in transactions in values ranging from several billion to several million dollars. I also work on venture capital investments and private securities offering transactions representing medical technology companies and other emerging companies.

Your favorite part of your job:

Planning and modeling a structure of a deal to meet the needs of both buyer and seller parties and achieving the optimal tax efficiency

Your interests outside of work:

Yoga, Buddhism, Sailing, Chopin and Traveling

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

I could have and probably should have looked beyond the OCI opportunities.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Be serious about each assignment and professional networking, and give everything you have to each assignment.