Kimberly E. Diamond Counsel

New York
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Kim Diamond’s dedication to solving her clients’ finance and capital markets problems is evident as soon as you meet her. She is focused, clear-minded and enthusiastic, and 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.

Clients value Kim for her ability to gain their confidence and trust. In addition to characterizing her as “highly professional and approachable,” clients appreciate her ability to provide thorough explanations, guide them through various processes, and interface with other parties to make transactions run more smoothly.

Kim is involved in various renewable, cleantech and alternative energy initiatives and is a recognized thought leader in the wind energy area. She is national Co-Chair of the award-winning American Bar Association's (ABA's) Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee and also serves as national Vice Chair of the ABA's Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance 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 also is Chair of the New York/New Jersey chapter of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). She has mentored professionals in the U.S., the Netherlands and the U.K. through WoWE's mentoring program and was named WoWE's 2011 Outstanding Mentor of the Year.

Kim is a recognized thought leader in the wind and renewable energy space. 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.

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Creating Scale, Addressing Deliverability Issues & Integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid: Lessons Learned from Overseas & at Home That Can Be Applied to Atlantic Wind Connection’s New Jersey Energy Link,” panel session of the program “The State of Our State and Beyond: Local and National Perspectives on Grid Modernization, Infrastructure Resiliency, and Carbon Emissions Reduction Initiatives,” American Bar Association/New Jersey State Bar Association, New Brunswick, NJ, September 24, 2013.

  • 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.

Publications

Commercial Real Estate CLOs: Features That Make Them an Attractive Asset Class
The Journal of Structured Finance, Fall 2014
Kimberly E. Diamond
Illegal Cartel Sheds Light on Antitrust Importance
North American Windpower, August 2014
Jeffrey Blumenfeld, Kimberly E. Diamond, Eric Jesse
The Implications of Muscarello v. Winnebago County Board: Are Setback Limits, Scientific Findings, and Legislative Activism a Downwind Landowner's Only Protections Against Wind Wake Effects?
Terra Firma, September 2013
Kimberly E. Diamond
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Press Mentions

Kimberly Diamond comments on the NJ BPU’s rejection of Fishermens’ Energy’s appeal regarding building of New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm in Law360. , Law360 , November 26, 2014
Kimberly Diamond is quoted in a Law360 article, which focused on recent developments with respect to a recent court order from the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division regarding the Fishermen’s Energy proposed offshore wind demonstration project off the coast of Atlantic City, and the remand hearing the NJ Board of Public Utilities has been ordered to convene in light of a $47 million Department of Energy federal grant awarded to such project. , Law360 , August 21, 2014
We recently represented long-time Lowenstein Sandler client, Bel Fuse Inc., in connection with a $265 million syndicated financing lead by KeyBank. The credit includes a working capital component and term loans to be used to finance acquisitions. The debt is secured by all personal and real property of the Company and its several domestic subsidiaries. The members of the financing team included Lowell A. CitronStuart S. Yusem, Kimberly E. Diamond and Edward J. Newlands. , June 19, 2014
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Related Areas

Corporate
Environmental Law & Litigation
Investment Management
Lending & Financial Services
Mortgage & Structured Finance

Education


Cornell University Law School ( J.D. , 1998 )
University of Michigan ( A.B. , 1989 )

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Affiliations


  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    • Co-Chair, Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee
    • Vice Chair, Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee
    • Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (“RADER”) Committee Named “Best Committee – Energy and Resources” for the 2013 – 2014 ABA year
  • Women of Wind Energy (WoWE)
    • Chair, New York/New Jersey Chapter
    • Winner, Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award, 2011
    • National Mentoring Steering Committee
  • Women's Network for Energy, Environment & Transportation
  • Environmental Commission, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (2009-2011)
    • Mayor-Appointed Member
    • Chair, Water Usage Team, Sustainability Subcommittee
  • Rising Tide Capital