Michael O’Brien Kelly is an associate in Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds practice, based in the firm’s London office. Mr. O'Brien Kelly's practice primarily focuses on the establishment of private funds (including equity, debt and infrastructure funds). He also advises on management structuring and executive incentivisation programmes. Mr. O'Brien Kelly has particular experience advising leading mid-market European clients.

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Mr. O’Brien Kelly’s experience includes:

  • Acting for long-standing client Abingworth on the following:
    • The structuring, formation and fundraising their latest life sciences fund, Abingworth Bioventures Fund 8, raising $465 million.
    • The structuring, formation and fundraising of Abingworth Clinical Co-Development Fund 2, a life sciences fund focussed on clinical co-development.
  • Acting for leading infrastructure manager Circuitus Capital on general fund structuring matters.
  • Acting for a leading European infrastructure manager on its €850 million infrastructure fund.
  • Acting for a UK manager on its €100 million venture fund.
  • Ongoing regulatory and legal advices to several UK-based managers.
  • Negotiating investments into a number of private funds for institutional investors, multi-family offices and listed PLCs.
  • Acting for a Dutch sponsor on fund structuring for a leveraged acquisition of a significant Irish property portfolio*.
  • Advising an Irish venture firm on the structuring and establishment of a cross-border technology fund*.
  • Advising an Irish property fund on extension of its term and refinancing*.
  • Advising a cross border life assurance company on several acquisitions and disposals of unit-linked assets, including shares, bonds, and limited partner interests*.

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. O’Brien Kelly was a solicitor in the Corporate Department of William Fry in Dublin. He also spent a significant period of time on secondment with SEB Life International, advising on all aspects of insurance and asset management law.

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Bachelor of Civil Law, 2013
University College Dublin
Diplôme universitaire, 2012
Aix-Marseille Université



Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Solicitor of Ireland (non-practising)
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