Patrick J. Kelly, Esq.Attorney
Pat has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial lawyer representing clients both domestically and internationally.
Pat is chair of the Latin America Practice Group. While he works with clients doing business all over the world, he has particular expertise in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama and Latin America generally. Pat has experience representing clients on a broad range of international business matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, private equity, finance, securing debt, foreign investment, entity selection and tax structuring, foreign manufacturing, Mexico shelter, maquila/IMMEX applications, agreements and permits, joint ventures, partnerships, distribution and sales representative agreements, supply agreements, international labor law, international real estate acquisition, development and concessions, and energy and mining.
Pat has represented clients on both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions ranging in size from several million dollars to $3.2 billion dollars. He also works with corporate clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 businesses, assisting them with general corporate matters, business strategies, funding and negotiating financing, and raising capital, manufacturing, domestic distribution and sales representative relationships, complex contract negotiations and technology transfer and related transactions.
Pat acts as outside general counsel for many of his clients and structures attorney teams for them to ensure each client receives the best possible service for individual matters.
Pat oversees Fredrikson & Byron’s office in Monterrey, Mexico. He practices out of both the Minneapolis and Monterrey offices, traveling between the two offices as needed. Pat frequently accompanies the Minnesota and Iowa international trade offices and the governors from each state on international trade missions to countries in Latin America and elsewhere around the world, and frequently speaks at events during the trade missions on doing business internationally.
Pat is also one of the firm’s representatives with World Services Group (“WSG”), a global membership network whose members are among the top providers of legal, accounting, insurance and financial services. As a result of his representation of clients throughout Latin America, and his participation in WSG, Pat has worked with and has strong relationships with attorneys from all around the world.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Law
- Latin America Practice
- Life Sciences
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Start Up & Rapid Growth Enterprises (SURGE)
Frequent lecturer at:
University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, on topics relating to International Commercial Law.
William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Annual International Business Law Institute.
Minnesota Trade Office.