Thompson Coburn securities litigator Helen B. Kim has been named to Law360’s first-ever list of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law.” The new feature will profile “an elite group of women in securities law, showcasing top regulators and attorneys who have broken glass ceilings and shattered assumptions” about the practice of securities law.
The list includes securities litigators and practice chairs from around the country, as well as former top regulators for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Helen is the vice co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Business Litigation group and represents public and private companies, their directors, officers and principal shareholders before the courts and in arbitration proceedings. She has successfully defended clients in multiple shareholder derivative suits, nationwide securities and commodities class actions, and related opt-out litigation, and guided companies and their officers through regulatory investigations.
In just one career highlight that will be featured in Law360’s profile of Helen, to be published this summer, Helen represented the former general counsel of Refco, LLC, once the largest commodities broker in the United States, in securities class actions arising from Refco's failure to disclose a $400 million account receivable in a bond offering and its initial public offering. Helen obtained her client's dismissal from the suit in April 2011 and recently appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to argue in opposition to a pending appeal of that ruling.
Helen presently serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Securities Litigation and previously served as co-editor of the ABA Securities Litigation Journal for several years.
Helen is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, where she was note editor of the Yale Law Journal. She also holds a degree from the Julliard School of Music for classical piano performance. She has previously been honored by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles with its 2014 Civic Leadership Award, and by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association with its 2012 Women's Leadership Award.