Kelly specialises in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on intellectual property, transactions and projects involving technology, infrastructure and outsourcing.
Kelly advises a wide range of clients across a variety of industries and returned to Chapman Tripp in 2010 after working for Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, Kelly was part of a team providing preliminary advice to clients across a variety of industries in relation to the licensing, marketing and distribution of goods and services in China and across the Asia-Pacific region, in addition to providing advice on technology and telecommunication transactions and issues.
Kelly is recognised as an Up and Coming lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.
Kelly has advised:
- ANZ Bank New Zealand on its sale of OnePath Life NZ for $700m to specialist global insurer Cigna Corporation
- a financial services provider on the technology transitional services arrangements associated with the proposed acquisition of a consumer finance business with a loan portfolio of approximately US$1b
- a funds management provider on the outsourcing of its back office functions
- an insurance provider on the separation of its technology contracts and the negotiation of various vendor services and supply agreements
- a Hong Kong based company in relation to the licensing of recipes and formulations from, and joint development of, new products with a French/Japanese patisserie for use in franchised stores across Asia
- a global textiles manufacturer on the licensing of branding, product specifications and know-how to various downstream manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region
- the Bitzer Group on the establishment and operation of a brand, product design, repair and system licensing regime in the Asia-Pacific region
- a luxury department store on its brand and store design licences with high fashion houses for standalone stores and store-in-stores in Hong Kong, China and Macau
- a global telecommunications provider on a variety of project and contractual issues including regulatory issues in relation to the provision of network and other services in various jurisdictions
- IT vendors and customers in Hong Kong and in New Zealand on a range of contractual and major IT project issues including licensing, procurement of services, consumer and regulatory issues
- a major theme park on various internet and privacy related issues in relation to the operation of the theme park’s website and day-to-day operations
- PepsiCo Inc. on its acquisition of Bluebird Foods from Burns Philp for $245m, and
- various clients in the health sector on a range of matters including supply and distribution agreements, public procurement agreements and clinical trial agreements.