Kim Diamond’s dedication to solving her clients’ finance and capital markets problems is evident as soon as you meet her. Focused, clear-minded and enthusiastic, Kim’s energy radiates, whether she’s representing domestic or international commercial banks, financial institutions, asset managers, hedge funds, sponsors, large corporations or any other entities in complex, multimillion- or multibillion-dollar transactions in the public and private markets.
Her broad fund, securitization, and structured finance experience spans loans, bonds, bank trust preferred securities, insurance trust preferred securities and REIT preferred securities (including collateralized loan obligation (CLO) and collateralized debt obligation (CDO) transactions), as well as securities backed by commercial mortgages and receivables from other asset classes. Kim also has represented lenders and borrowers in asset-based lending transactions and asset-based loan facilities, including receivables and inventory borrowing base credit facilities. She has represented clients based in South America, Australia, Canada, Iceland and other countries. In addition to her extensive private practice experience in large international law firms, Kim served as Counsel for Credit Suisse’s Fixed Income Desk.
Kim is involved in various renewable and alternative energy initiatives and is a recognized thought leader in the wind energy area. Some of her representative “cleantech” clients in this area include a microgrids developer and an eco-district development company focused on energy efficiency. She is national Co-Chair of the award-winning American Bar Association's (ABA's) Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee. Kim also serves as national Vice Chair of the ABA's Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance (EEMF) Committee. She launched and served for a number of years as the editor of the ABA's Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee Newsletter, a publication covering current issues, policy matters, and other recent legal developments in the areas of project finance, commodities and derivatives, climate change mitigation, and international carbon emissions trading and regulation.
Kim has mentored professionals in the U.S., the Netherlands, and the U.K. through Women of Wind Energy's (WoWE's) mentoring program and was named WoWE's 2011 Outstanding Mentor of the Year. Her many articles on wind energy and other renewable energy topics have been published in law reviews, trade journals and other nationally recognized publications. One of her law review articles was cited in Judge Posner’s opinion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit case Muscarello v. Winnebago County Board, 702 F.3d 909 (7th Cir. 2012). She also is a frequent speaker on wind and alternative energy-related topics.
Drawing upon her mentoring background, through the Rising Tide Capital program, Kim provides pro bono legal advice to entrepreneurs in the start-up and growth of their businesses. She also provides practical guidance to New York University Law School students who work with her as a team to assist these entrepreneurs in their fledgling ventures – from fashion companies to video production, website design, and logo development companies.
She’s just as dedicated to energy outside the office, albeit with a different focus. An avid runner, she recently completed her first sprint triathlon, regularly runs in 5Ks and longer races, and encourages everyone to commit to a regular exercise regimen.
- Speaker, "A State's Electric Transmission Infrastructure, Grid Resiliency, and Offshore Wind Policies: New Jersey Demonstrates Why These are Crucial Considerations," presentation during the webinar "Powering the U.S. with Offshore Wind," UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy, July 25, 2013.
- Co-Moderator, "Smart Grids & Microgrids: The Race for Capital," American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)/American Bar Association Renewable Energy Webinar & Teleconference Series, July 17, 2013.
- Moderator, “The Electric Grid: Wind Power Integration, Hurricane Resiliency, and Other Factors Impacting Infrastructure Modernization,” panel session of the program “Forging Our Renewable Energy Future Nationally and at Home,” American Bar Association/New Jersey State Bar Association, New Brunswick, NJ, June 13, 2013.
- Moderator, “Offshore Wind: A Cost-Prohibitive Fantasy in Light of Natural Gas, or a Soon-to-be-Born U.S. Industry”, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)/American Bar Association Renewable Energy Webinar & Teleconference Series, May 15, 2013.
- Speaker, “Wake Effects and Wind Rights: What Land Professionals Need to Know,” REALTORS® Land Institute’s 2013 National Land Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 19, 2013.
- Moderator, "Stormwater Management: Current Approaches, Policies, and Legislation, and What Needs to Change," American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, January 29, 2013.
Kimberly E. Diamond is highlighted in Energy Law360 and Environmental Law360 for her role moderating the panel “The Electric Grid: Wind Power Integration, Hurricane Resiliency, and Other Factors Impacting Infrastructure Modernization” as part of the American Bar Association/New Jersey State Bar Association jointly sponsored program entitled “Forging Our Renewable Energy Future Nationally and at Home” held in New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 13, 2013.,
Energy Law360, Environmental Law360
June 13, 2013
Kimberly E. Diamond’s appointment as national co-chair of the Renewable, Alternative and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is noted in citybizlist.com.,
New York City Biz List
August 6, 2012
Kimberly E. Diamond's presentation on the benefits of utility scale offshore and onshore wind power for New Jersey, delivered at the New Jersey League of Women Voters' Alternative Energy for New Jersey Conference, is highlighted.,
April 13, 2010