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, a notable practitioner by IFLR1000 2019 and a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019.
Kelly has advised:
- Mercury NZ Ltd on the sale of its smart-metering business, Metrix, to intelliHUB Group for a cash consideration of $270m
- 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.