Deborah is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Corporate Law Department. She specialises in corporate law and commercial law with particular regard to mergers and acquisitions. Deborah has advised on numerous corporate restructuring and refinancing transactions as well as private equity investments, strategic investments and joint venture arrangements. She also advises on all matters relating to general commercial contracts and corporate governance and compliance.
Admitted as a solicitor in 1999
LL.B (Hons) (1992), Trinity College Dublin
Masters in European Competition Law (1994) Karls Recht Universität, Germany
Member of Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) and the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce in Dublin. Deborah is a proficient German speaker.
Deborah worked as a legal assistant in the Commercial department of Norton Rose Vieregge (formerly Gaedertz Vieregge Quack & Kreile) in Cologne, Germany.
Achievements and Endorsements
“Deborah Kelly is excellent in every respect…..we had complete trust in her advice at all stages and we felt she represented us extremely well. At times she was needed to bring back discussions to a common-sense approach and did so very well.’
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022
“Deborah Kelly is an excellent adviser no matter what the issue. She is analytical and clear in her advice and she will bring in other specialisms when required and will ensure the best result is achieved consistently on her cases. She will go the extra mile and does so every time.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
“Deborah is a very calm and experienced lawyer.”
Chambers Europe, 2021
“Deborah’s positive, can-do attitude, attention to detail and commercial approach to matters has been the driving force in getting the deal over the line. She gives excellent and clear advice which is value adding and she is always available to clients and advisers alike. There are no issues which can’t be resolved when Deborah is on the team – she is problem solving and thinks outside the box.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020
“Deborah is particularly knowledgeable in matters pertaining to pre-sale reorganisations, share capital reductions and business transfer agreements.”
Chambers Europe, 2020
Clients describe her as “approachable and commercially astute”
Chambers Europe, 2019
“Deborah Kelly has a strong track record working with clients on M&A, joint ventures and private equity. She routinely represents clients from the life sciences, energy and technology spheres.”
Chambers Europe, 2018
Clients say that her “attention to detail and flexibility were very good.”
Chambers Europe, 2017
Deborah Kelly is a widely experienced corporate law and commercial adviser, clients say: “She was very enlightening as to the process and dealt well with different jurisdictions. Very engaged and involved.“
Chambers Europe, 2016
Deborah Kelly has a ‘tremendous work ethic’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2016
“Clued in to what the client wants,” Deborah Kelly “is very good at working with all of the moving parts and well able to put it all together,”
Chambers Global, 2015