WENDY A. CLARKE
Senior Associate
(203) 351-8141 (203) 351-8141
WENDY A. CLARKE Senior Associate
Wendy Clarke 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 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 includes both the public and private sectors.  Prior to practicing law, she was a senior administrator in municipal government managing several agencies charged with promoting the business and economic development interests of the municipality.  Having handled complex negotiations, Wendy 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 and Bayer in the context of due diligence for M&A deals, among other matters.  As a result, Wendy is relied upon to serve as a trusted legal advisor on transactions that range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars in value, ensuring that her clients achieve their objectives while remaining  flexible and in line with current market trends.

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.

Professional Activities

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

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 a broker-dealer in regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA.

Recognized in the Corporate practice area in Super Lawyers Magazine’s Connecticut Rising Stars edition, a commercial publication, 2014-2016.
Connecticut Department of Banking, Securities Advisory Council

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

About

Wendy Clarke 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 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 includes both the public and private sectors.  Prior to practicing law, she was a senior administrator in municipal government managing several agencies charged with promoting the business and economic development interests of the municipality.  Having handled complex negotiations, Wendy 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 and Bayer in the context of due diligence for M&A deals, among other matters.  As a result, Wendy is relied upon to serve as a trusted legal advisor on transactions that range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars in value, ensuring that her clients achieve their objectives while remaining  flexible and in line with current market trends.

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.

Professional Activities

Certified Public Accountant, New York

Experience

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

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 a broker-dealer in regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA.

Honors

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

Memberships

Connecticut Department of Banking, Securities Advisory Council

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