John K. Kelley helps investment managers navigate all aspects of their business and operations, with a particular emphasis on forming private investment funds and structuring and executing secondary transactions.

Mr. Kelley draws on strategic know-how and keen business acumen to represent sponsors in private fund formation across a wide range of sectors and geographies. He also regularly advises on:

  • Complex strategic minority and preferred equity investments
  • Structuring firm ownership and operations
  • Succession planning
  • Spin-outs and executive transitions
  • Incentive arrangements

Mr. Kelley has extensive experience representing buyers, sellers and market intermediaries in the full spectrum of secondary transactions, including portfolio sales, direct secondaries, preferred equity financings, multi- and single-asset restructurings, tender offers, and synthetic transactions.

He also advises institutional investors on reviewing and negotiating portfolio investments and financings, including investments in private equity, credit, energy, natural resources, real estate, venture capital, and hedge funds as well as co-investments, funds of one, and separately managed accounts.

Bar Qualification

  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • JD, Suffolk University Law School, 2004
    summa cum laude
  • BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000
    cum laude