Kelley Drye


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Timothy R. Lavender
Practice Chair

Phone: (312) 857-2630
Fax: (312) 857-7095

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Kelley Drye helps corporate clients worldwide with the legal aspects of achieving business success, from supporting major strategic moves to forming alliances; from funding growth to dealing with core operational challenges. Lawyers in this practice area assist clients with public and private offerings, and meeting compliance requirements. They also represent a range of financial institutions, in the United States and abroad, and across the spectrum of their bank or non-bank activities. Kelley Drye provides sophisticated counsel to clients that are involved in complex transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions. The firm also represents venture capital, private equity and other investment funds. Kelley Drye has extensive experience in project financing, providing advice to clients involved in complex foreign and domestic projects and transactions. Clients appreciate the firm's comprehensive range of services, sometimes calling upon our firm to execute large-scale projects, while at other times seeking highly-specialized counsel on a difficult legal issue.

Kelley Drye attorneys are able to respond to the needs of corporate clients comprehensively, and have particular depth in these areas:

Corporate Finance and Securities

Representing underwriters, placement agents or issuers (foreign and domestic) in connection with public and private offerings, ranging into the hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to these offerings, the firm represents issuers, shareholders, directors and officers, broker-dealers and other market professionals in connection with compliance with reporting, registration and other requirements under federal and state securities laws.

Financial Institutions

Representing U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions, their holding companies and affiliates and major non-bank financial companies across the spectrum of permissible bank and non-bank activities. Such activities have included bank and commercial lending, secured and unsecured lending, asset-based lending, leasing, project finance, structured finance, asset securitization, debt and equity securities offerings, trust services and regulatory counseling and representation before federal and state agencies. Kelley Drye also represents non-financial corporate clients in all of their lending and borrowing requirements, including unsecured and asset-based lending, leasing and securitized transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Helping a broad range of U.S. and non-U.S. industrial corporations and financial institutions in transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, across a broad range of industries and businesses. Kelley Drye's attorneys most often are called into transactions at an early stage and so they can provide advice regarding the development of strategies for achieving our clients' business objectives, structuring the transaction and addressing financing arrangements, when required.

Private Equity

Representing venture capital, private equity and other investment funds investing in or acquiring portfolio companies, as well as companies seeking capital from such funds. Clients appreciate the business sense, availability, responsiveness and the consistently efficient and cost-effective services provided by the firm's private equity lawyers. Kelley Drye partners stay involved in day-to-day interactions with each client and are available to resolve issues and accelerate progress to closing each transaction related to that client's business.

Project Finance

Providing clients with legal advice and assistance in connection with the structuring, financing and implementation of complex foreign and domestic energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, natural resources, environmental, and industrial projects and transactions. Kelley Drye has acted as legal counsel in hundreds of projects around the world. These projects have involved project and limited recourse financing and other asset-based financing techniques, such as leveraged leases, BOO/BOT and securitization structures. The firm's attorneys have performed matters on behalf of sponsors, lenders, lessors, rating agencies, equity investors, financial advisors and foreign sovereigns.

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