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Kelly Gregory

Kelly Gregory

Partner, Co-Head of the Industrials, Transport & Mobility Sector

Partner, Co-Head of the Industrials, Transport & Mobility Sector
Kelly Gregory

With nearly 20 years of on the ground experience in Clifford Chance's Shanghai office, Kelly Gregory specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, disposals, reorganisations and general corporate advisory matters. Her clients include both multinational and Chinese corporations. Kelly has extensive experience advising international and Chinese clients across a broad range of industries, including consumer goods & retail, energy, technology and industrials (in particular aerospace, automotive and chemicals).

  • Volkswagen Group on its technical collaboration and strategic minority investment in XPENG, a Hong Kong and New York-listed electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Guangzhou, China (acting as the international legal counsel)
  • Tencent on majority acquisitions and minority investments in the games, technology and fintech sectors in UK, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia
  • Electricite de France (EDF) and EDF Renewables on several joint ventures and acquisitions in China, including in the wind and solar energy sectors (acting as the international legal counsel)
  • Arla, a global dairy company headquartered in Denmark, on its strategic alliances with China's leading dairy and food companies, Mengniu Dairy and China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), including its acquisition of an indirect stake of approximately 6% in Hong Kong-listed Mengniu Dairy, together with brand licensing, supply and technical assistance arrangements with Mengniu Dairy (acting as the international legal counsel)
  • Airbus on its aircraft final assembly line joint venture with a consortium of state-owned enterprises in Tianjin, China and related commercial arrangements (acting as the international legal counsel)

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Western Australia (LLB and BA) 1999
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Western Australia 2000
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales 2004
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2004
  • Partner since 2011

Awards and citations

  • Hall of Fame
    Legal 500 – China Corporate and M&A: foreign firms – 2024
  • Band 2: Corporate/M&A: Mainland China-based (International Firms) – China
    Chambers Greater China Region Guide 2024
  • Kelly Gregory possesses considerable corporate expertise, and regularly assists clients with inbound transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. She is also well regarded for her strength in outbound acquisitions, especially in South America. She is actively sought after by clients from the energy, retail and TMT industries. According to a satisfied client, "She takes real responsibility for delivering each milestone and listens very closely to every need we have. She also regularly communicates with us and can easily draw on the particular expertise that we need."
    Chambers Greater China Region Guide 2024
  • Hall of Fame: Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms – China
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024