Kelly Funderburk is an associate in the Technology Transactions Practice, within the Firm's Global M&A Practice Group and Global IP Group. Kelly represents clients in technology and intellectual property matters and has experience with a variety of transactions, from start-ups and spin-offs to large corporate transactions, where she assists with the technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions. She has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including branded consumer goods, technology, energy, media, and life sciences, among others.
Recent matters include the representation of:
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), on the development of STRATOS, the world's largest Direct Air Capture (DAC) facility. Occidental has formed a joint venture with BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, in connection with the STRATOS project with BlackRock investing US$550 million into the joint venture.
Ross Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC founded by former Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., on its US$280 million combination with APRINOIA Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Green Cross Holdings Corporation (KOSPI: 005250), the holding company for GC Group in South Korea with major operating companies across healthcare sectors, in its US$73 million pending acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of BioCentriq, Inc., a pioneering US-based contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that designs and develops scalable cell and gene technologies.
QH Oil Investments LLC, an affiliate of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), on its investment in the US$289 million Series C fundraising of Tessera Therapeutics Inc., an early-stage life sciences company founded by Flagship Pioneering that is pioneering Gene Writing, which was co-led by Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Altitude Life Science Ventures, and SoftBank Vision Fund 2.
VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc. (NYSE: VPCC), a SPAC sponsored by Victory Park Capital, in its US$4 billion business combination with Dave Inc., a financial platform.
CM Life Sciences III (NASDAQ: CMLT), a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of Casdin Capital, LLC and Corvex Management LP, in its US$3.65 billion business combination with EQRx, Inc.
SES Holdings Pte. Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of high-performance hybrid lithium-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, in its US$3.6 billion business combination with Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: IVAN), a SPAC focused on electrification of society and industry.
CVC Capital Partners in a consortium of investors in the US$3.5 billion investment for a 22.55% stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC, a brand management company and owner of a portfolio of brand name companies.
Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNOG) and the Special Committee of its Board of Directors in the US$1.56 billion acquisition of GNOG by DraftKings Inc., a leading digital sports entertainment and gaming company.
ION Acquisition Corp 2 Ltd. (NYSE: IACB), a SPAC, in its US$1.3 billion business combination with Innovid, Inc., a global leader in connected TV ad delivery and measurement.
FS Development Corp. II (NASDAQ: FSII), a SPAC, in its US$276.2 million business combination with Pardes Biosciences, Inc., an early stage biopharmaceutical company developing a potential direct-acting, oral antiviral drug to treat and prevent SARS-CoV-2 infections.
CDIL Data Centre USA LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Ltd., a Guernsey investment fund, in its US$74 million acquisition of DataGryd Data Centers, LLC, a New York owner and operator of data centers.
BVCF Management Ltd., China's first US dollar fund that focuses on life sciences and healthcare, in its US$15 million investment in Cellenkos Inc., a US-based early stage clinical biotechnology company that focuses on umbilical cord blood derived T-regulatory cellular therapies for treating autoimmune diseases and inflammatory disorders.
JTC PLC in its acquisition of SALI Fund Services, a provider of fund services to the Insurance Dedicated Fund and Separately Managed Account market, with US$15.8 billion of assets under management.
Strike Holdco LLC, a full-service pipeline, facilities, and energy infrastructure solutions provider, and its subsidiaries, in the sale of substantially all of its assets pursuant to Sections 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, to American Industrial Partners.
Piovan S.p.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of automation systems for the storage, conveying and processing of polymers, bio-resins, recycled plastic, food fluids, food and non-food powders, in the acquisition of the entire share capital of Sewickley Capital, Inc., the owner of 100 percent of IPEG Industrial Group, which serves the global plastics-processing, waste recycling and industrial heat-transfer markets, from the selling shareholders of Sewickley Capital.
Vox Media Holdings, Inc., one of the nation's leading media production companies, in its stock-for-stock business combination with Group Nine Media, Inc., another prominent media production company.
Schneider Electric Ventures as lead investor in a Series A preferred stock equity investment in Energetic Insurance, Inc., an InsurTech startup with a novel, data-driven approach to developing new insurance products for the renewable energy industry.
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global investment group managing funds for public retirement and insurance plans, in its acquisition of a majority ownership in Wizeline, Inc., a global technology services provider.
NovaQuest Capital Management LLC in its acquisition of Spectra Medical Devices, Inc., a leading manufacturer of procedural needles and distributor of generic injectable drug products.
NTT DATA, Inc., a recognized leader in global information technology services, in its acquisition of Nexient, LLC, a US-based software services firm.
Azelis Americas, LLC, a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor in North America, in its acquisition of Vigon International, Inc., a leading US specialty distributor and manufacturer of ingredients for the flavors, fragrances and cosmetics market segments.