WENDY A. CLARKE
Senior Associate
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WENDY A. CLARKE Senior Associate

Wendy Clarke is a senior associate in the firm’s Stamford office, where she focuses her practice on corporate, finance and securities law. Wendy represents private equity funds, global industrial companies and other entities in connection with mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, syndicated financings, other commercial transactions, and general corporate governance matters. Wendy also counsels broker-dealers in connection with regulatory, securities enforcement and transactional matters.

Drawing from prior work experience in both the public and private sector, Wendy approaches every matter from the perspective of her clients’ needs and what they hope to achieve in a transaction. She served previously as a senior administrator in municipal government with oversight of several agencies charged with promoting the business and economic development interests of the municipality. Having handled complex negotiations in that capacity, she brings this experience to bear in her corporate practice at Kelley Drye. Wendy also draws on her knowledge as a CPA and prior accounting and financial analyst roles with Aetna, Bayer and the City of New Haven in the context of due diligence for M&A deals, among other matters.

During law school, Wendy clerked at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission where she worked on special projects in the Division of Enforcement.  

Professional Activities

Certified Public Accountant, New York

Represented VersaPharm Incorporated, a pharmaceutical developer and marketer of specialty prescription products in its cash sale to Akorn, Inc.

Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare information technology company.

Represented a private equity firm in connection with the purchase of Long’s Drugs, Inc., a retail and specialty pharmaceutical chain.

Represented Trover Solutions, an outsource provider of insurance subrogation and claims recovery services, in a sale to private equity firm ABRY Partners.

Represented Freedom Innovations, a leading developer and manufacturer of premium high-technology prosthetic devices, in the sale to private equity firm Health Evolution Partners.

Represented Ralph Lauren Corporation in connection with a multi-million dollar credit facility financing.

Represented Cinedigm Corp., an independent motion picture and other content distributor, in multiple rounds of structured financings of bankruptcy-remote special purpose entities formed to finance the installation of digital cinema equipment and monetize payment streams from movie studios in connection with digital releases.

Represented a special-purpose acquisition company organized for the purpose of acquiring operating businesses located in the Commonwealth of Australia in connection with its initial public offering and private placement.

Represented an energy company in connection with its receivables securitization facility.

Recognized in the Corporate practice area in Super Lawyers Magazine’s Connecticut Rising Stars edition, a commercial publication, 2014-2016.

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Legal & Compliance Division

American Bar Association

About

Wendy Clarke is a senior associate in the firm’s Stamford office, where she focuses her practice on corporate, finance and securities law. Wendy represents private equity funds, global industrial companies and other entities in connection with mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, syndicated financings, other commercial transactions, and general corporate governance matters. Wendy also counsels broker-dealers in connection with regulatory, securities enforcement and transactional matters.

Drawing from prior work experience in both the public and private sector, Wendy approaches every matter from the perspective of her clients’ needs and what they hope to achieve in a transaction. She served previously as a senior administrator in municipal government with oversight of several agencies charged with promoting the business and economic development interests of the municipality. Having handled complex negotiations in that capacity, she brings this experience to bear in her corporate practice at Kelley Drye. Wendy also draws on her knowledge as a CPA and prior accounting and financial analyst roles with Aetna, Bayer and the City of New Haven in the context of due diligence for M&A deals, among other matters.

During law school, Wendy clerked at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission where she worked on special projects in the Division of Enforcement.  

Professional Activities

Certified Public Accountant, New York

Experience

Represented VersaPharm Incorporated, a pharmaceutical developer and marketer of specialty prescription products in its cash sale to Akorn, Inc.

Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare information technology company.

Represented a private equity firm in connection with the purchase of Long’s Drugs, Inc., a retail and specialty pharmaceutical chain.

Represented Trover Solutions, an outsource provider of insurance subrogation and claims recovery services, in a sale to private equity firm ABRY Partners.

Represented Freedom Innovations, a leading developer and manufacturer of premium high-technology prosthetic devices, in the sale to private equity firm Health Evolution Partners.

Represented Ralph Lauren Corporation in connection with a multi-million dollar credit facility financing.

Represented Cinedigm Corp., an independent motion picture and other content distributor, in multiple rounds of structured financings of bankruptcy-remote special purpose entities formed to finance the installation of digital cinema equipment and monetize payment streams from movie studios in connection with digital releases.

Represented a special-purpose acquisition company organized for the purpose of acquiring operating businesses located in the Commonwealth of Australia in connection with its initial public offering and private placement.

Represented an energy company in connection with its receivables securitization facility.

Honors

Recognized in the Corporate practice area in Super Lawyers Magazine’s Connecticut Rising Stars edition, a commercial publication, 2014-2016.

Memberships

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Legal & Compliance Division

American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements