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Kelly Whitfield

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Teacher Stern LLP

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Corporate & Commercial


Kelly is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with broad transactional expertise in a wide range of sectors. Kelly advises on all aspects of private company mergers,
acquisitions, investments and disposals acting for both buyers and sellers and has experience in working in, amongst others, the transport, property investment and management,
media and advertising, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. 

Kelly also handles certain financing arrangements, including debt/equity conversions, convertible loan note and invoice discount financing, and advises on a broad spectrum of commercial
contracts, including complex manufacturing and distribution agreements, white label licensing agreements, shareholders’ agreements and limited liability partnership arrangements.

Another area of Kelly’s expertise is employee benefits, in particular share schemes (both HMRC approved and unapproved schemes) where she has spent much time developing
this area of practice around the concept of using an analytical approach to create effective business solutions for clients that genuinely contribute to improved performance
across their business. 
Together with the rest of the employment team, Kelly works with our clients to fund cost reductions, ways to improve motivation and performance and attain staff retention targets
through arrangements such as share option schemes, flexible working and salary sacrifice schemes.

Kelly has:

• acted as one of the lead advisors on the acquisition by Metroline Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation) of 31 bus routes operated from five separate bus depots in West London from First Group plc for a consideration of £57.5 million

• advised on a complex joint venture arrangement between two significant healthcare providers collaborating to provide comprehensive specialist treatments to patients at single geographical locations

• acted as the lead corporate advisor on a complex restructuring and refinancing of an extensive London based property holding and management business for a family owned and managed enterprise

• acted for the trustees of a significant London based property portfolio on its restructuring from a trust arrangement into a limited liability partnership structure

• advised on the sale of a corporate entity operating a central London based hotel

• acted on the investment into a successful South Kensington based patisserie venture

Kelly leads the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility team which is comprised of employees from all aspects of the firm creating an enthusiastic and imaginative team of people that are passionate about making a difference in the community. Kelly and the CSR team have been involved in baking cakes, rowing dragon boats on the river Thames and painting walls to name but a few.

Kelly also heads up Teacher Stern's training team and is responsible for overseeing the training of all staff. In particular, Kelly is responsible for monitoring the training provided across the firm to its legal advisors and ensuring that the continuing competence requirements are met and that all staff receive a wide range of training and support to enable them to provide their skills to the highest possible level both to clients and others within the firm.


Qualified at Teacher Stern in 2003


University of Exeter – LLB (Hons)

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Sport sector expert David Salisbury heads the team at Teacher Stern LLP, which has handled transactions in the restaurant, hotels and leisure, TMT, energy and transport sectors, among others. Martine Nathan, who specialises in technology, acted for online game company Eyecon on its £50m sale to Playtech; Kelly Whitfield focuses on private M&A, while Claire Rollo regularly advises family-owned businesses. Senior associate David Bath is also noted. Clients of the practice include Burger & Lobster Group, Charlton Athletic and El Al Airways. Dov Katz, who specialises in capital markets work, recently left the firm for Greenwoods GRM.

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