Kelly Tubman Hardy

"[S]he is tireless and extremely talented; you can call her anytime about anything."

Chambers USA 2013

Kelly Hardy is skilled at recognizing and explaining differences between legal frameworks and helping clients manage their global legal needs. She has represented clients on matters throughout the world and in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, life sciences, education, government contracting, and energy. She also co-heads the firm's global Consumer industry sector group.

A fluent Spanish and English speaker, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions, Kelly regularly advises clients on expansion into new markets, as well as non-U.S. clients on foreign direct investments into the U.S. She also assists multinational clients with respect to corporate compliance and foreign subsidiary management.

Kelly has 20 years' experience advising U.S. and global clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, restructurings, post-merger integrations, corporate governance, and compliance in established and emerging markets throughout the world.

Kelly is extensively involved in civic and pro bono work, serving on the boards of Appleseed Mexico, the World Trade Center Institute, and SEED School of Maryland. She is a visiting lecturer at several law schools in Mexico City. She has received the "Leadership in Law" award by The Daily Record and been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Kelly has been honored as an "Acritas Star" (2018), a "Recognised Practitioner" by Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A, Maryland, 2017-2018) and Legal 500 Latin America (Region-wide, 2014-2015), and was named a 2011 Leading Advisor by Finance Monthly magazine in its Leading Advisor 100 list of leading transaction advisors across the globe.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Corporate/M&A (Maryland), Recognised Practitioner
Chambers USA


Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 Latin America


Leadership in Law
The Daily Record


Top 100 Leading Advisor
Finance Monthly


Corporate/M&A (Maryland)
Chambers USA

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Maryland, with honors, Order of the Coif, 1996

M.B.A., University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, 1996

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, 1990


Chairman of the Board of Trustees, SEED School of Maryland, Inc.

Board Member, Appleseed Mexico

Board Member, World Trade Center Institute, Inc.

Member, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Council

Harvard Leadership Program, 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications


District of Columbia

Representative experience

Represented GP Strategies Corporation in the acquisition of RWD Technologies, Inc., a global consulting business, in numerous domestic acquisitions.

Represented West Pharmaceuticals, Inc. with its US$173m tender offer to purchase Convertible Subordinated Debentures.

Led team representing S&P 500 company in management of global legal needs.

Represented UK-based manufacturing company in buyout of joint venture partner in Argentina.

Represented global chemical and plastics company in the structuring and negotiation of various joint venture and investment transactions.

Represented U.S. public company in multi-year post-merger integration project spanning the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.

Represented Remedi Seniorcare in negotiation of a US$300m equity commitment from Centerbridge Partners L.P.

Represent HRH Charles Prince of Wales' Prince's Rainforest Project in assessment of legal and regulatory frameworks in six Latin American countries.

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