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Lee Kelley is of counsel in the Tax Practice Group. Her practice focuses on structuring domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, post-acquisition integration transactions, and internal group restructurings for both domestic and foreign- parented multinational corporations. Ms. Kelley also frequently advises companies with respect to the tax consequences of debt restructurings, the classification of financial instruments as debt or equity, and the applicability of section 382 to loss corporations.

  • Advised biopharmaceutical startup IFM Therapeutics in $1.575 billion sale to Novartis.
  • Advised Allergan on $2.1 billion KYTHERA acquisition.
  • Advised Timken on its tax-free separation of Timken’s steel business from its other businesses.
  • Advised Bacardi on its post-acquisition integration of Swiss-based Patrón.
  • Advised Weyerhaeuser on the tax-free separation and merger of Weyerhaeuser's home building business with Tri Pointe Group.
  • Advised Norfolk Southern on various transactions involving subsidiaries and partnership holdings.
  • Advised Weyerhaeuser on its multi-billion dollar merger and integration of Plum Creek Timber Company.
  • Advised Norfolk Southern on various transactions involving subsidiaries and partnership holdings.

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel
  • Internal Revenue Service, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for Corporate Taxation
  • Legal 500 US, Tax - Domestic Tax - Contentious (2016-2017)
  • Legal 500 US, Tax - Domestic Tax (2015)