Press Release

Latham & Watkins Adds Investment Funds Partner in New York

July 25, 2022
John Kelley represents investment managers on the formation of private investment funds and structuring and execution of secondary transactions. 

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that John Kelley has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Investment Funds Practice and member of the Corporate Department. Kelley represents investment managers in all aspects of their business and operations, with a particular emphasis on the structuring and execution of secondary transactions and liquidity solutions for fund sponsors, and the formation of private investment funds, including for firms raising private credit funds.

“We are delighted to welcome John to Latham and our New York office. His broad funds experience, particularly his focus on secondary transactions and work with private credit fund sponsors, enhances our ability to meet the demand for our market-leading funds and private equity work and stay ahead of our clients’ needs,” said Marc Jaffe, Managing Partner of Latham’s New York office.

Kelley represents sponsors on fund formations across a wide range of sectors, geographies, and strategies. His work with buyers, sellers, and market intermediaries in connection with secondary transactions includes portfolio sales, direct secondaries, preferred equity financings, multi- and single- asset restructurings, tender offers, and synthetic transactions. He also represents institutional investors in the review and negotiation of portfolio investments and financings, including investments in credit, private equity, energy, natural resources, real estate, venture capital, and hedge funds.

“John’s focus on GP liquidity solutions, as well as the formation of private investment funds – particularly private credit funds – is perfectly aligned with the cutting edge work that Latham is known for. John brings tremendous value to our private equity client base and we are excited to welcome him to our group,” said Alex Kelly, Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Private Equity and Investment Funds Practices.

Kelley said, “Latham offers unique opportunities for me to enhance my support of funds clients, who will benefit from a phenomenal team, a global platform, and a multidisciplinary approach. The firm also fosters a collegial culture that motivates practitioners to think creatively and strategically, bringing forth powerful solutions for clients. So it is with great anticipation that I take this step to further build my practice.”

Kelley is the third partner to join Latham’s Investment Funds Practice in recent months. The firm announced in June the arrival of Jamie Lynn Walter to the Washington, D.C. office and in May the arrival of David Sherman in New York.

Kelley received his JD, summa cum laude, from the Suffolk University School of Law, and a BA, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He joins Latham from Kirkland & Ellis.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors

1 Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi, a limited liability company, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.