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Shannon Kelly represents private equity funds and public and private companies in private equity and M&A transactions. In addition, she has experience advising companies on corporate governance matters. She counsels clients in a range of industries, including consumer products, manufacturing, banking, and technology.


  • Austin Powder sells controlling stake to AIPJones Day is representing Austin Powder, a global leader in blasting services and commercial explosives, in connection with the sale of a controlling stake to American Industrial Partners.
  • Spark Networks obtains chapter 15 recognition of first-ever cross-border restructuring under German StaRUGJones Day represented Spark Networks SE in the first-ever cross-border restructuring under the recently enacted German restructuring law ("StaRUG") and chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code involving over $100 million of funded debt issued by a U.S.-based credit fund and guaranteed by other German and U.S. entities.
  • Wabtec obtains $225 million term loan facilityJones Day represented Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (“Wabtec”), a global provider of value-added, technology-based locomotives, equipment, systems and services for the freight rail and passenger transit industries, as well as the mining, marine, and industrial industries, in connection with its $225 million investment-grade term loan facility.
  • Shiseido Americas acquires Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare for $450 millionJones Day advised Shiseido Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Shiseido Co., Ltd., in the acquisition of DDG Skincare Holdings LLC, the owner of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, for $450 million in cash.
  • Spark Networks obtains $110 million senior secured credit facility upon emergence from first-ever cross-border restructuring proceeding under German StaRUG, and recognized by U.S. chapter 15Jones Day represented Spark Networks SE (“Spark”), a Germany-based leading social dating platform, operating worldwide, together with Spark Networks, Inc. and Zoosk Inc., as co-borrowers, in connection with an amended $110 million secured credit facility provided by a U.S.-based private credit fund as part of Spark's emergence from a long-term forbearance and the first-ever cross-border restructuring proceeding under German StaRUG, where such proceeding was recognized under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.