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James Kelly


222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Jim Kelly advises a wide range of investment management firms and institutional investors, providing alternative investment managers and investors experienced counsel regarding innovative investment products.

Jim has broad industry expertise, including advising hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and venture capital funds. He also advises clients with respect to separate accounts and joint venture arrangements. 

Jim assists clients with the structure and organization of investment funds and accounts and with regulatory compliance, operational, and investment matters. He also provides counsel with respect to the formation and operation of sponsor and management entities and arrangements among firm principals.
Jim has helped investment managers and investors with complex business arrangements, including launching and seeding new investment programs and businesses, fund restructurings, management reorganizations, and spin-outs.

Previously, Jim was a partner in the hedge funds and private investment funds practices at Goodwin Procter LLP, in Boston.


Fund Formation
  • Fund structure and formation
  • Sponsor and management entity structure and formation
  • Joint ventures
  • Compliance and operations
  • Investment transactions
  • Investor representation
Business, Corporate, and Finance
  • Choice of entity and formation
  • Corporate counseling
  • Securities law compliance and governance
  • Equity and debt financings
  • Mergers and acquisitions 


Bar Admissions


  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2018

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association

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