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Meghan E. Kelly

Associate / Boston

Overview

Meghan E. Kelly is an associate in Nutter’s Corporate and Transactions Department and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies practice group. Clients rely on Meghan on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and angel financing transactions, and corporate governance. As a member of the Emerging Companies practice group, Meghan assists early stage clients from planning and formation, to realizing the business goals needed to secure third party investment, to achieving a successful exit. Meghan works with clients in a broad range of industries, including food and beverage, life sciences, consumer/retail, and biotechnology.

Notable Experience and Client Impact

Mergers and Acquisitions

Meghan advises buyers and sellers in a variety of transactions. Recent transactions include: 

  • Representation of Powerhouse Dynamics, Inc. in its acquisition by merger by Middleby Corporation.
  • Representation of Palisade Corporation in its recapitalization by Thompson Street Capital Partners (TSCP).
  • Representation of Veracross, LLC in its majority recapitalization by BV Investment Partners.
  • Representation of Shawmut Corporation in its joint venture with the automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC.
  • Representation of Lallemand USA, Inc. in its acquisition of the Hutchinson, MN yeast manufacturing operations of Ohly.
  • Representation of Madico, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive, solar, safety, and security films, in its acquisition of select assets of ClearPlex Corporation, an established supplier of protection films based in Draper, UT.
  • Representation of Collaborative Consulting, LLC in its acquisition by CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business processing services, through its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.
  • Representation of Deep River Snacks in its sale to Arca Continental.

Emerging Companies

Meghan works with emerging companies to secure investment and build their brands. Recent transactions include:

  • Representation of Cambridge Crops in connection with its $4 million Series Seed financing led by The Engine and Refactor Capital.
  • Representation of Cali’flour Foods, the developer and manufacturer of low-carb, gluten-free cauliflower products, in a Series A financing round led by Sunrise Strategic Partners, with participation from CircleUp Growth Partners.
  • Representation of The Living Apothecary, a probiotic water kefir maker based in Oakland, CA, in a $1.4 million financing round led by L.A. Libations and Venice Brands.
  • Representation of Demers Food Group Inc. in a round of financing led by Arbel Growth Partners LP, the private equity firm led by Carl Lee, the former president and CEO of Snyder’s Lance, Inc.
  • Representation of Wandering Bear Coffee, a cold brew coffee maker, in its $8 million Series A equity round of financing.

Meghan is active in the Boston community, serving on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s City Awake Leadership Council, as a mentor for Boston University School of Law students, on the planning committee for the annual Toast to St. Jude event, and as a member of the Women’s Bar Association.

She gained previous legal experience serving as an intern at the Office of the Attorney General in Augusta, ME and working as a pro bono intern at Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

During law school, Meghan was a note development editor for the Boston University Law Review and president of the Student Government Association. She was an advisor for the 1L Student Advising Program, a welcomer for the BU Law Orientation, a Legal Writing Fellow, and chair of the Alumni Committee of the Women’s Law Association. Upon graduating, Meghan received the Sylvia Beinecke Robinson Award for her significant contribution to the life of the School of Law.

Prior to law school, Meghan worked as a legal intern for the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Experience

Experience

  • Cali’flour Foods

    Nutter advised Cali’flour Foods, the developer and manufacturer of low-carb, gluten-free cauliflower products, in a Series A financing round led by Sunrise Strategic Partners, with participation from CircleUp Growth Partners.

  • Agilyx

    Nutter advised Agilyx, a leader and pioneer in chemically recycling difficult-to-recycle mixed waste plastic streams into high value low carbon circular feedstocks and fuels, on the formation of a joint venture with AmSty, a leading integrated producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer. The joint venture, Regenyx LLC, will be dedicated to fully recycling post-consumer polystyrene materials back to new polystyrene products.

  • Powerhouse Dynamics

    Nutter represented Powerhouse Dynamics, a software company based in Newton, MA, when it was acquired by merger by Middleby Corporation, a publicly traded commercial and residential cooking and industrial process equipment company based in Elgin, IL. Powerhouse Dynamics uses cloud-based controls and analytics to deliver enterprise-wide operational efficiency, food safety, and energy efficiency solutions to portfolios of small commercial facilities, including restaurants, convenience stores, retailers, and more.

  • Veracross LLC

    Represented Veracross LLC, a provider of software and services to independent primary and secondary schools, in its majority recapitalization by BV Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business services, software, and IT services sectors.

  • Lallemand USA, Inc.

    Nutter represented Lallemand USA, Inc. in its acquisition of the Hutchinson, MN yeast manufacturing operations of Ohly. 

  • Palisade Corporation

    Nutter represented Palisade Corporation, an Ithaca, New York-based provider of risk modeling and decision analysis software, in its recapitalization by Thompson Street Capital Partners (TSCP), a private equity firm based in St. Louis, MO.

  • The Living Apothecary

    Nutter advised The Living Apothecary, a probiotic water kefir maker based in Oakland, CA, in a $1.4 million financing round led by L.A. Libations and Venice Brands. 

  • Shawmut Corporation

    Nutter represented Shawmut Corporation, a developer of high-performance composites, in its joint venture with the automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC, a global provider of innovative technical fabric solutions.

  • Deep River Snacks

    Nutter advised Deep River Snacks, makers of premium better-for-you snacks based in Connecticut, in its sale to Arca Continental, the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America and parent company of Wise Snacks, Bokados, and Inalecsa. Nutter had been long time general counsel to Deep River Snacks, and had advised the company in its ongoing commercial dealings, intellectual property matters, and its venture capital transactions. 

  • Lallemand USA, Inc.

    Nutter advised Lallemand USA, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of the global yeast manufacturing company, in its asset acquisition of a yeast manufacturing plant and business based in North Dakota.

  • First Commons Bank, N.A.

    Nutter advised First Commons Bank, N.A., in its merger with Brookline Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKL). The total value of the transaction was approximately $55.958 million. 

  • OSRAM

    Nutter represented OSRAM, one of the world’s leading lighting manufacturers with headquarters in Munich, Germany, in its acquisition of Digital Lumens Inc., a Boston-based company that specializes in industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

  • Commerce Bancshares Corp.

    Nutter represented Commerce Bancshares Corp. and its subsidiary, Commerce Bank & Trust Company, in its merger with Berkshire Hills Bancorp. Inc. (NYSE: BHLB), in an all-stock transaction valued at $209 million.

  • Collaborative Consulting, LLC

    Nutter represented Collaborative Consulting, LLC in its acquisition by CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business processing services, through its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.

  • Madico, Inc.

    Nutter advised Madico, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive, solar, safety, and security films, in its acquisition of select assets of ClearPlex Corporation, an established supplier of protection films based in Draper, Utah.

  • Admune Therapeutics LLC

    Nutter advised Admune Therapeutics LLC in its sale to Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

  • CIRCOR International, Inc.

    Nutter represented CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR), a leading provider of valves and other highly engineered products for markets including oil and gas, power generation, and aerospace and defense, in its acquisition of Critical Flow Solutions (CFS) for $210 million.

News & Insights

Publications

Community

Community

Meghan is active in the Boston community, serving on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s City Awake Leadership Council, as a mentor for Boston University School of Law students, and as a member of the Women’s Bar Association.

Education & Admissions

Education

Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Colby College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Before Nutter

Meghan was a note development editor for the Boston University Law Review and president of the Student Government Association. She was an advisor for the 1L Student Advising Program, a welcomer for the BU Law Orientation, a Legal Writing Fellow, and chair of the Alumni Committee of the Women’s Law Association.

Noteworthy

Upon graduating law school, Meghan received the Sylvia Beinecke Robinson Award for her significant contribution to the life of the School of Law.

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