Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Colin S. Kelly has joined the Firm as a partner in the Tax Department. He will be based in the New York office.
At Fried Frank, Mr. Kelly will provide tax counsel with a focus on the Firm's growing Asset Management Practice, including advising investment funds and their portfolio companies on a variety of complex international and domestic transactions, particularly in connection with the formation of funds and fund managers, joint ventures, divestitures, and mergers and acquisitions.
“Colin is a strong addition to our robust Tax Department and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Firm,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “His arrival will allow us to further serve our clients' growing legal needs.”
Mr. Kelly has significant experience representing clients on a broad range of tax issues relating to investment funds, inbound and outbound cross-border investments, foreign governments and sovereign wealth funds, bankruptcies and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and financial products.
“Colin brings with him a strong knowledge of the sophisticated nature of the work we provide our clients,” added David I. Shapiro, co-chair of Fried Frank's Tax Department. “We are very excited to be working with him.”
In addition to his regular client representations, Mr. Kelly has conducted diverse and significant pro bono work, including representing clients in tax controversies, advising charitable organizations on various 501(c)(3) issues, and representing Edith Windsor in her landmark civil rights victory overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the U.S. Supreme Court. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, a nonprofit that provides free civil legal services to low-income Brooklyn residents.
Mr. Kelly joins from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was counsel in the Tax Department. He received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the online editor of Columbia Law Review, and his AB, cum laude, from Harvard College.
Fried Frank's international Tax Department regularly advises clients on the most sophisticated matters involving public and private corporations and partnerships and a variety of asset management transactions. The team has represented the world's leading fund sponsors in fund formations in both private equity and hedge funds and has worked with most of the major investment banks in devising transaction structures that are creative and efficient from both a domestic and international tax viewpoint. The department's practice also encompasses all principal forms of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, spin-offs, and joint ventures.