Kimberly A. Chi

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Kimberly Chi focuses on public and private financing and investment transactions. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, she practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson for over 15 years. She also was a member of the legal department of an oil and gas exploration and production company, where she worked closely with the treasury group in advising on a variety of finance, cash management and other credit-related matters. She began her practice in the London and Hong Kong offices of an international law firm, where she focused on equity capital markets transactions.

Kimberly is co-chair of the Opinions Committee of the Business Section of the California Lawyers Association and a member of the board of directors of the Working Group on Legal Opinions.

Practice Focus

Kimberly has extensive experience advising borrowers and lenders on establishing credit facilities and other financing matters. She represents public and private borrowers across a broad range of industries in corporate revolving and term loan facilities, private equity fund subscription lines, margin loans, asset-based revolving facilities and acquisition finance. On the lending side, Kimberly advises family office and private equity lenders in secured and unsecured loan transactions.

She also represents issuers and investors on a variety of debt and equity instruments in public offerings and private placements. She regularly counsels clients as to compliance with their ongoing obligations under debt instruments. In addition, Kimberly assists clients with the formation of joint ventures and private equity funds.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining the Firm, Kimberly was involved in several notable transactions, including:

  • Advised Berkshire Hathaway in a variety of transactions including: its USD 10 billion investment in Occidental Petroleum; its acquisition of Pilot Travel Centers (known as Pilot Flying J); an agreement with Home Capital Group, a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (HCG), for an equity investment of up to CAD 400 million and a new CAD 2 billion credit facility; and the USD 3 billion financing of the merger between Burger King and Tim Hortons.
  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on its revolving credit facility and various private notes offerings.
  • Represented Edison International and Southern California Edison in connection with the issuance of a series of a novel form of trust preferred securities, as well as revolving credit and term loan facilities.
  • Advised Nexus Capital Management in secured financings for various portfolio companies.
  • Advised a venture partner on the recapitalization of a privately owned auto dealership group.
  • Advised a smart glass manufacturing company in connection with a USD 1.1 billion investment from a private equity investor.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Opinions Committee of the Business Section of the California Lawyers Association - Co-Chair


  • California
  • Texas


  • Yale Law School (J.D.) (2002)
  • University of Michigan (B.S.) (1997)
  • Kalamazoo College (B.A.) (1996)