WENDY A. CLARKE
Special Counsel
(203) 351-8141 (203) 351-8141
WENDY A. CLARKE Special Counsel
Wendy Clarke focuses her practice on corporate, finance and securities law.  Wendy represents global companies, private equity funds and other entities in connection with mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, syndicated financings and other commercial transactions, as well as general corporate governance matters.  Wendy also counsels broker-dealers in connection with regulatory, securities enforcement and transactional matters.

Wendy’s previous work experience spans both the public and private sectors.  Immediately prior to practicing law, she was a senior administrator in government where she saw oversaw municipal project development and financing instruments among other economic development incentives.  Having handled complex negotiations, Wendy brings this experience to bear in her corporate and transactional practice at Kelley Drye.

Wendy also draws on her knowledge as a CPA and as a former financial analyst for two Fortune 500 companies in negotiating complex corporate transactions.  As a result, Wendy is relied upon to serve as a trusted legal advisor on wide-ranging transactions, ensuring that her clients achieve their objectives while remaining flexible and results oriented.

A Connecticut Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Wendy is valued for her honed negotiation skills.  She is dedicated to achieving the right result for her clients and colleagues alike, and is appreciated for her ability to enhance relationships between her clients and their constituencies throughout the negotiation process.

Notably, Wendy clerked at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission during law school, where she worked on special projects in the Division of Enforcement.  Her hands-on experience at the SEC is an asset to the clients she serves.
 

Professional Activities

Certified Public Accountant, New York
 
Represented a global lifestyle products leader in connection with a multimillion-dollar credit facility financing.

Represented a pharmaceutical developer and marketer of specialty prescription products in its cash sale to a private equity firm.

Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of a healthcare information technology company.

Represented a private equity firm in connection with the purchase of a retail and specialty pharmaceutical chain.

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

Represented a leading developer and manufacturer of premium high-technology prosthetic devices, in a sale to a private equity firm.

Represented indenture trustee in connection with industrial revenue bonds for the acquisition and construction, solid waste disposal and recycling facilities.

Represented indenture trustee in connection with the acquisition, construction and operation of an anaerobic digester facility.

Represented 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.

Represented broker-dealers and registered investment advisors in regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA.

Represented a publicly traded land trust in the negotiation of a variety of service and licensing agreements.

Advised non-profit corporations in connection with obtaining tax exempt status, implementing best practices and general corporate governance matters.
 
Recognized in the Corporate practice area in Super Lawyers Magazine’s Connecticut Rising Stars edition, a commercial publication, 2014-2018.
 
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Board Member

Connecticut Department of Banking, Securities Advisory Council

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

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association
 

About

Wendy Clarke focuses her practice on corporate, finance and securities law.  Wendy represents global companies, private equity funds and other entities in connection with mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, syndicated financings and other commercial transactions, as well as general corporate governance matters.  Wendy also counsels broker-dealers in connection with regulatory, securities enforcement and transactional matters.

Wendy’s previous work experience spans both the public and private sectors.  Immediately prior to practicing law, she was a senior administrator in government where she saw oversaw municipal project development and financing instruments among other economic development incentives.  Having handled complex negotiations, Wendy brings this experience to bear in her corporate and transactional practice at Kelley Drye.

Wendy also draws on her knowledge as a CPA and as a former financial analyst for two Fortune 500 companies in negotiating complex corporate transactions.  As a result, Wendy is relied upon to serve as a trusted legal advisor on wide-ranging transactions, ensuring that her clients achieve their objectives while remaining flexible and results oriented.

A Connecticut Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Wendy is valued for her honed negotiation skills.  She is dedicated to achieving the right result for her clients and colleagues alike, and is appreciated for her ability to enhance relationships between her clients and their constituencies throughout the negotiation process.

Notably, Wendy clerked at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission during law school, where she worked on special projects in the Division of Enforcement.  Her hands-on experience at the SEC is an asset to the clients she serves.
 

Professional Activities

Certified Public Accountant, New York
 

Experience

Represented a global lifestyle products leader in connection with a multimillion-dollar credit facility financing.

Represented a pharmaceutical developer and marketer of specialty prescription products in its cash sale to a private equity firm.

Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition of a healthcare information technology company.

Represented a private equity firm in connection with the purchase of a retail and specialty pharmaceutical chain.

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

Represented a leading developer and manufacturer of premium high-technology prosthetic devices, in a sale to a private equity firm.

Represented indenture trustee in connection with industrial revenue bonds for the acquisition and construction, solid waste disposal and recycling facilities.

Represented indenture trustee in connection with the acquisition, construction and operation of an anaerobic digester facility.

Represented 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.

Represented broker-dealers and registered investment advisors in regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA.

Represented a publicly traded land trust in the negotiation of a variety of service and licensing agreements.

Advised non-profit corporations in connection with obtaining tax exempt status, implementing best practices and general corporate governance matters.
 

Honors

Recognized in the Corporate practice area in Super Lawyers Magazine’s Connecticut Rising Stars edition, a commercial publication, 2014-2018.
 

Memberships

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Board Member

Connecticut Department of Banking, Securities Advisory Council

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

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association