Expertise

Deborah is Head of the Corporate team in Ireland. She has over 20 years experience advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, M&As to PPPs, commercial agreements and corporate governance matters. 

Deborah specialises in mergers and acquisitions and has advised on many corporate restructurings, private equity investments and joint venture arrangements. 

She also advises boards of directors on Directors Compliance Policies and provides guidance on the appropriate corporate governance approach and culture on boards of directors.

Testimonials

“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

Education
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1999
  • LL.B (Hons) (1992), Trinity College Dublin
  • Masters in European Competition Law (1994) Karls Recht Universität, Germany
Professional memberships
  • 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.
Publications