Professional Biography
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Kelly C. Payne Counsel

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2318

    F +1.303.291.2400


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255




Kelly Payne represents corporate and private equity clients in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset sales and purchases, leveraged buyouts and corporate reorganizations. She has counseled both public and private company clients, including in the healthcare industry, on a range of general corporate governance matters, general lending and other financial transactions.

Kelly has also worked on financing transactions in which she has represented the target companies of private equity sponsors in financings of leveraged buyouts, platform acquisitions and other debt transactions.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2022

Related Employment

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY, Associate, 2013 - 2016; Summer Associate, 2012



Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • New York


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2013, Executive Marketing Editor, Emory Bankruptcy Development Journal
  • University of Virginia, B.A., English, Psychology, 2008