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Kelley D. Parker

Kelley D. Parker

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

New York, NY, USA


A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Media and Entertainment and Corporate Governance Groups, Kelley Parker has a broad transactional practice focusing on a range of corporate matters.

Her experience includes:

  • Advising Time Warner in its $17.6 billion acquisition of Adelphia Communications Corporation and the related split-up with Comcast Corporation;
  • Representing Time Warner in its restructuring of its $9 billion cable partnership with the Newhouse publishing family;
  • Representing Time Warner in the restructuring of a $9 billion regional cable partnership with AT&T and later Comcast;
  • Representing publisher Hollinger International in its cross-border battle for control of the sale of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Daily Telegraph after self-dealing allegations surfaced against Conrad Black, the former Chairman and CEO;
  • Representing the controlling shareholder and CEO of broadcaster Emmis Communications in his bid to take the company private;
  • Representing the Estate of Jack Kent Cooke in the sale of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise and stadium for $800 million;
  • Advising the CEO of Emmis Communications in a bid for the Washington Nationals MLB franchise;
  • Advising a private equity fund manager in his bid for the Chicago Cubs MLB franchise; and
  • Advising the MLB in connection with the announced sale of the Texas Rangers by Tom Hicks and affiliates to a group headed by Nolan Ryan for more than $500 million; and
  • Representing Emmis Communications in its sale of two large-market radio stations to a group led by the former CEO of Tribune with financial backing by GTCR.

Other recent experience includes:

  • Representation of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Schiff Nutrition followingBayer Healthcare’sbid for Schiff and an unsolicited competing tender offer by Reckitt Benckiser;
  • Representation of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. in its sale to an affiliate of Apollo in a transaction valued at $798 million, following a public bidding contest between affiliates of Apollo and KSL Capital Partners;
  • Representation of Fifth and Pacific in the sale of Juicy Couture, Liz Claiborne, Monet, Dana Buchman, Kensie and Mac & Jack brands;
  • Representation of Harbinger Group, Inc. in its sale of $400 million of preferred equity to an affiliate of Fortress;
  • Representation of the selling shareholders of privately held Marchon Eyewear in sale to Vision Services Plan for $735 million;
  • Representation of the special committee of the board of directors of The BISYS Group, Inc. in the sale of the financial services company to Citigroup for $1.45 billion;
  • Representation of Banque Populaire Group and Caisse d’Epargne Group in the restructuring of bond insurer CIFG Holding, Ltd.;
  • Representation of the publicly traded Interstate Hotel & Resorts, Inc. in its sale to a joint venture between Thayer Lodging and Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels in a transaction valued at approximately $307 million; and
  • Regularly advising fund clients, including Elliott Associates, Eton Park and Reservoir Capital, in private investments and portfolio company M&A.

She is a frequent speaker on M&A topics, including recent PLI Seminars M&A Trends & Developments and Doing Deals:  The Art of M&A Transactional Practice.

Kelley was a member of The Georgetown Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

EDUCATION
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1993
magna cum laude

B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1990
with honors

Recognition
“Restructuring Deal of the Year” by International Financial Law Review (2009)

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