Professional Biography
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Kelly C. Payne M&A Innovation and Portfolio Company Counsel

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2318

    F +1.303.291.2400


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255




Kelly Payne advises private equity firms, portfolio companies, and senior management in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate reorganizations, and equity financings. She also focuses on day-to-day general corporate matters, including board and governance issues and employment and executive compensation matters. Kelly has experience counseling clients in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and other debt transactions in a broad range of industries, including healthcare and technology.

In addition, as M&A innovation counsel, Kelly leads knowledge management and thought leadership initiatives on behalf of the firm’s M&A practice to optimize effective and efficient client service. In this role, Kelly supervises the development and organization of internal and external resources that facilitate the sharing of market knowledge, legal developments, and deal terms across the M&A practice.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2022-2024

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