Katherine H. Ku is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
Ms. Ku practices general corporate law. She serves as counsel in a variety of contexts, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. She represents both publicly traded and privately held companies. She has counseled these clients in a range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, and corporate governance and securities compliance matters. She also has represented special committees of boards of directors in buy-out matters.
Ms. Ku earned her law degree from UCLA School of Law in 2003, where she served as editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review.
Ms. Ku served as a law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2003 to 2004 and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 2004 to 2005.
- Air Lease Corporation, a global aircraft lessor, in its initial $2.8 billion capital raise and subsequent $923 million initial public offering, notes offerings, and governance and other compliance matters.
- Internet Brands Inc., an Internet media company, in its initial public offering, subsequent $640 million sale to Hellman & Friedman, 2011 creation of a joint venture with Chrome Systems, Inc., a DealerTrack company, 2013 creation of a joint venture with LexisNexis, and 2014 acquisition by global investment firm KKR.
- Guardian Industries, a global manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products, in a complex recapitalization and minority equity investment by Koch Industries in 2012 and in the sale of its insulation division to Knauf Insulation in 2014.
- KB Home, a homebuilder, in its recent public offerings of common stock, convertible senior notes, and senior notes.
- City National Corp., a bank holding company, in a 2012 offering of subordinated notes and in governance and compliance matters.
- Encompass Digital Media, a U.S.-based digital media services provider, in its $120 million acquisition of the global content distribution business of Ascent Media Corp. and in the company’s subsequent sale to Court Square Capital Partners.
- Berkshire Hathaway, in crafting a unique preferred stock that would work under Swiss law for its investment in Swiss Re and in its acquisition of newspaper properties from Media General.
- The special committee of independent directors in a proposed going private transaction of Herbalife Ltd.
- The independent directors of Optical Communication Products Inc. in the acquisition of the company by Oplink Communications Inc.