Kelly is highly regarded by his colleagues for his corporate finance knowledge and experience, especially relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and capital raises and other complex business transactions.


Private equity funds and businesses in key industries rely on Kelly to structure their most complex financings and transactions. He adroitly navigates and closes domestic and cross-border M&A deals and capital markets transactions, and advises companies on the increasingly complex challenges and opportunities relating to securities laws and corporate governance.

Kelly represents publicly- and privately-held companies and private equity funds through a variety of complex transactions and governance matters. He has significant experience assisting companies through acquisitions and sales of businesses and complex joint ventures. His capital markets experience and knowledge encompasses public and exempt offerings of securities and the issuance of high yield and investment grade debt securities. Kelly also advises companies with respect to corporate governance matters and interactions with shareholders and with respect to Securities Act reporting requirements.


In the past few years alone, Kelly has represented clients in acquisitions and sales of technology, waste management, biotechnology and home security companies, the sale of a communications business and several joint ventures relating to the oil and gas and waste management industries. He has also formed several investment funds and has assisted companies in the FinTech industry through capital raises.

Kelly advised on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including public offerings for EPR Properties (NYSE) of $450 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes and H&R Block, Inc, (NYSE) of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.

He handles private offerings for key industry clients, such as Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, in connection with private offerings, including its $525 million aggregate principal amount of six percent senior notes due 2019 and other non-public transactions, and has represented investors in connection with multimillion dollar venture capital transactions.

In the course of his career, Kelly has structured corporate finance transactions for market-leading companies and financial institutions conservatively estimated at more than $13 billion.*

Before joining the firm, Kelly worked as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

* Several matters were handled by the attorney while he was employed at another firm.

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Speaking Engagements


  • "Update on Director and Officer Compensation: Say-on-Pay/Clawback/Proxy Advisory Voting Policies" White Paper, Directors Institute & 2013 Proxy Season Workshop, November 2012


  • Missouri, 2013
  • New York, 2010 


Cornell Law School, J.D., 2009

Cornell International Law Journal, Managing Editor

Kansas State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2006

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