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He is a rock; a calm, intelligent presence.

Chambers Europe, 2019


He is a rock; a calm, intelligent presence.

Chambers Europe, 2019

Jonathan Kelly



Jonathan has been a partner in Philip Lee since 2002 and the firm’s managing partner since September 2020.


He works on a wide range of corporate and financing transactions, with particular focus on the infrastructure, energy, media and real estate sectors.  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 (PPP).  He is also recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of film and television finance.


Clients regard Jonathan as “a wonderful asset” explaining “he is calm, resourceful, patient and knowledgeable.” Chambers Europe, 2018


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


Jonathan’s recent transactions include advising:

  • A leading Irish property developer on the refinancing of a circa €200 million real estate portfolio.
  • Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund ISIF on debt financing transactions with borrowers in the renewable fuels and office accommodation sectors.
  • DCC plc on the acquisition of Tesco Ireland’s fuel retail network.
  • Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) on the financing of an energy efficiency retrofit of St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.
  • The Equitix/Kajima-led consortium recently appointed by the Irish government to undertake Social Housing PPP Bundle 2.
  • Several major US studios, including MGM, Disney and Amazon Studios, on the financing of large film/television productions.
  • Media lender Cofiloisirs in relation to the financing of numerous film and television productions.
  • The producers of the forthcoming film adaptation of “Riverdance”.
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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