JC Choi

J.C. Choi

Industry Experience:

J.C. CHOI has practiced corporate finance for over 20 years and participated in landmark investment-banking transactions. Throughout his career, he has been an employee of three Fortune 100 companies two of which were Wall Street bulge-bracket banks. His investment-banking experience spans across M&A, financial restructuring, equity and debt financing (public and private), initial public offerings (IPO), high-yield merchant banking, and fairness opinions, (bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy).

Jung Min’s most recent Wall Street experience was as Managing Director of Westminster Securities, where he focused mostly on the Asian markets, with a particular focus on renewable and clean energy. Prior to joining Westminster Securities, Jung Min was a Vice President in the Financial Restructuring Group of Houlihan Lokey, where he helped source and successfully complete Houlihan Lokey’s largest ever debtor-side financial restructuring assignment as a Senior Associate of the firm. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Jung Min was an Associate in the Telecommunications Group of Salomon Smith Barney (the investment-banking arm of Citigroup), where he worked on some of the most legendary telecom transactions of all time. Before coming to Wall Street, Jung Min was a Finance Manager at Ford Motor Company, focusing on both domestic and international finance. His first direct Wall Street experience was as an Investment Banking Summer Associate at JP Morgan Chase.

Education:

Jung Min received his B.A. degree in Economics from Brandeis University (1988), where he was a recipient of a full merit scholarship. Additionally at Brandeis, he was one among eight students selected by the Economics Department chiefs for the prestigious Lemberg Program for International Economics and Finance. He also attended The International University of Japan (IUJ) , a graduate school, located in Niigata, Japan, as a Brandeis University Lemberg Scholar representative. Jung Min received his MBA degree from The University of Michigan Business School in finance, where he graduated with honors distinction.

Transaction Highlights:
  • Advised GTE Corp., a nationwide telecom provider, in its $70-billion merger with Bell Atlantic Corp., to create Verizon Communications Inc., the largest telco in the U.S.
  • Advised WorldCom Inc., a local and long distance telecom provider, in its $40-billion merger with MCI Corp., a long-distance provider, including a fairness opinion.
  • Advised Paging Network, Inc. – then the largest paging company in the U.S., through its financial restructuring of $2.2 billion in distressed debt/liabilities. Worked with Paging Network to effectuate a complex, three-part, pre-arranged Chapter 11 filing whereby the company emerged from bankruptcy by (i) merging with Arch Wireless (then the second largest paging company in the U.S.), (ii) partial reinstatement of secured bank debt, and (iii) debt-for-equity swaps for the remaining claims holders, all which closed contemporaneously.
  • Advised Danka Business Systems PLC, an independent copy-machine distributor and provider of outsourced reprographics services in the U.S., in its successful restructuring of over $800 million in funded debt involving (i) the sale of Danka Services International (DSI).
  • Advised HQ Global Holdings, a commercial-office-space aggregator (a “re-lessor” of commercial real-estate office space), in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with over $600 million in distressed debt/liabilities
  • Advised AmeriServe Food Distribution Inc. in its Chapter 11 proceedings with over $1.6 billion in distressed debt/liabilities.
  • Co-managed a $1.6-billion secondary equity offering of Cable & Wireless Communications plc stock, which was Bell Canada’s entire 14.2% stake in the Cable & Wireless.
  • Arranged a $400-million high-yield and bank-debt refinancing for U.S. Foodservice Inc., a major foodservice distributor.
  • Advised IMPSAT Fiber Networks, Inc., a facilities-based, high-bandwidth telecom Internet & data service provider, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with over $1.2 billion in distressed debt/liabilities.
  • Co-managed a $325-million cumulative convertible preferred stock 144A offering for Omnipoint Corp., a New York-based digital GSM cellular provider which was subsequently acquired by T-Mobile.
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