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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Colin Kelly

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Tax partner. Mr. Kelly provides tax counsel with a focus on asset management, 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. Mr. Kelly has significant experience representing clients on a broad range of tax issues relating to investment funds, qualified opportunity zone investments, public and private C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and LLCs, individuals, inbound and outbound cross-border investments, foreign governments and sovereign wealth funds, bankruptcies and restructurings, and financial products. 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.


Mr. Kelly joined the Firm as a partner in 2018.


Mr. Kelly received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2008 and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, as well as an Online Editor for Columbia Law Review.  Mr. Kelly received his AB, cum laude, from Harvard College in 2005.

United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

The ‘talented and creative’ tax group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP can ‘solve any complicated tax issue with ease and is great at translating technical tax issues to a variety of audiences’. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record in public M&A, fund formation and capital markets transactions, where its counts Morgan Stanley and BlackRock as recent clients. Kenneth Rosenfeld and Washington DC-based Michelle Gold are ‘the leading experts in private equity’ according to some clients, and Eli Weiss is ‘a safe pair of hands for corporate tax law’. Joseph Fox, who was made partner in March 2018 and is ‘one of the best advisors for registered funds taxation’, handled several capital markets transactions on behalf of issuers ONEOK and T-Mobile. David Shapiro and Christopher Roman represented Bain Capital on its acquisition of Harvard Management Company’s real estate team. In Washington DC Alan Kaden advised Aleris on its acquisition by Novelis for approximately $2.6bn, and Michael Alter was involved in Jacobs Engineering Groups’ $3.3bn acquisition of CH2M Hill in a cash and stock transaction. Associate Shane Hoffmann is also recommended for structuring corporate acquisitions and spin-offs. Colin Kelly joined in July 2018 from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and advises on tax issues relating to investment funds and asset managements. Daniel Paulos left for KPMG (New York) in April 2018. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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