Judith Kitano is corporate partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson and has been with the firm since 1988. Ms. Kitano is a magna cum laude graduate of UCLA and holds a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Kitano's practice encompasses a wide variety of business transactions, including private and public financings and mergers and acquisitions. She has represented companies in a variety of industries, including insurance, banking, entertainment, energy and manufacturing.
Some of Ms. Kitano's recent professional experience includes:
- Counseling companies in the establishment of bank credit facilities and the issuance of debt in true private, 144A and public transactions, as well as workouts of troubled loans.
- Representation of lenders, including a $5.6 billion secured loan to a troubled financial company and related structured financing and establishment of novel tranches of debt.
- Representation of a large investor-owned utility in establishing a $1.6 billion credit facility with unique security features.
- Assisting an issuer in creating a $400 million innovative “negative yield” structured security.
- Acquisition of public companies by merger or tender offer, including a $22 billion reinsurance company and publicly traded building products and apparel concerns.
- Representation of private equity funds in various transactions, including preferred equity investments, purchase of convertible instruments, and negotiation of related corporate governance and other agreements.
- Representation of strategic purchasers in the acquisition of insurance companies.
- Negotiation of joint ventures providing PCS services in numerous states, including exchanges of joint venture interests for stock of an international telecommunications issuer.
- Financial institution acquisitions and dispositions, including purchases and sales of banks, savings and loans, branches, credit card portfolios and deposits.
- Representation of a Japanese conglomerate in connection with a manufacturing joint venture.
- Representation of an energy company in a $540 million issuance of convertible preferred securities.