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He is a rock; a calm, intelligent presence.

Chambers Europe, 2019

Jonathan Kelly



Jonathan has been a partner in Philip Lee since 2002.  He heads the firm’s finance practice and also works on a wide range of corporate transactions including joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings.


Clients regard Jonathan as “a wonderful asset” explaining “he is calm, resourceful, patient and knowledgeable. I relied on him heavily and he never failed me in terms of his advice.” Chambers Europe, 2018


Jonathan’s practice has particular sectoral focus on the areas of infrastructure projects, energy and media.  He has advised both public and private sector clients in relation to a number of the largest infrastructure projects in the State, including many public private partnerships.  He is also recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of film and television finance.


“Jonathan Kelly brings a wealth of experience from all sides of closing deals in film and television.” Legal 500, 2020


Recent transactions include advising:

  • Leading oil distributor and retailer Corrib Oil Group in relation to a corporate reorganisation as well as the 2018 refinancing of substantial term loan and working capital facilities, with new facilities provided by Bain Capital, LP and Close Brothers respectively.
  • The National Development Finance Agency in relation to the October 2018 restructuring of Schools PPP Bundle 5, resulting from the collapse of Carillion plc and its subsidiaries.
  • Specialist media lender Cofiloisirs in relation to the financing of numerous film and television projects.
  • O’Flynn Group in relation to numerous real estate financing transactions.
  • Port of Cork Company in relation to the financing of the redevelopment of Ringaskiddy Harbour, funded by AIB, the European Investment Bank and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.
  • DIF Infrastructure in relation to the internal reorganisation of several of its funds during 2018.
  • Dublin City Council on the December 2017 refinancing of the Dublin Waste to Energy PPP and various matters arising subsequent to that refinancing.
  • Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) on the financing of a major energy retrofit at Dublin’s Mater Hospital.
  • Electronic tolling solutions provider emovis in relation to the M50 barrier-free tolling project.
  • Wild Atlantic Pictures in relation to the financing and production of several major film and television projects, including “Quantico” for ABC Television and “Gretel and Hansel”, a feature film for MGM.
  • Element Pictures in relation to the financing of “The Nest”, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon.
  • Comerica Bank and Ingenious Media in connection with the financing of “The Rhythm Section” (starring Blake Lively).
  • Universal Cable Productions LLC in connection with the financing of “Nightflyers”, a new TV drama series based on the short story collection by George R.R. Martin (“Game of Thrones”).


quotes "What I like about Jonathan Kelly is his serious attention to detail," reports one impressed client, adding that "Kelly would have known every line of every page." Chambers Europe, 2019

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