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.

Overview

Private equity funds and businesses in key industries rely on Kelly to structure their most complex financings and transactions. Kelly skillfully 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.

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.

Experience

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 advises on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including public offerings for Spire Missouri Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spire Inc. (NYSE: SR) of $400 million aggregate principal amount of its Series First Mortgage Bonds, 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 also routinely handles private securities offerings for key industry clients and has represented investors, including family offices 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.*

Prior to joining the firm, Kelly was an associate in the New York office of a global law firm where he advised financial and corporate clients on capital markets and other corporate transactions.

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Speaking Engagements

ACC Mid-America – Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance 7.12.2023

Publications

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

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2013
  • New York, 2010 

Education

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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