Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Jim is a corporate communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in financial PR and politics.  Jim’s expertise lies in the area of financial transactions – M&A, equity capital markets, capital restructures – as well as major reputational issues confronting public companies.

 
Recent Projects
  • Eramet’s AU$345 million acquisition of Mineral Deposits
  • JCDecaux’s AU$1.12 billion proposed acquisition of APN Outdoor
  • Viva Energy’s AU$4.9 billion IPO
  • Unibail Rodamco’s AU$33 billion proposed takeover of Westfield
  • Woodside’s acquisition of 50% stake in Scarborough gas field and associated AU$2.5 billion equity raising
  • AU$1.2 billion takeover of Mantra Group by Accor Hotels
  • Tatts Group’s AU$11.5 billion merger with Tabcorp
  • CKI’s AU$7.4 billion acquisition of Duet Group
  • TPG Capital’s AU$4 billion sale of Alinta Energy to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises
  • Seven Group’s AU$540 million sale of Westrac China to Lei Shing Hong Machinery and AU$517 million acquisition of remaining stake in Coates Group
  • James Hardie’s £473 million acquisition of Femacell GmbH
  • Webjet’s £190 million acquisition of Jac Travel
  • Boral’s AU$3.5 million acquisition of Headwaters Incorporated
  • Federation Centre’s AU$11.5 billion merger with Novion Property Group
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Group’s AU$12 billion takeover offer for Asciano Limited
  • General communications support and media strategy for clients recently including Brookfield, James Hardie, J.P. Morgan, Santos, Seven Group, Tabcorp, TPG Capital and Woodside.

More than 14 years’ ago Jim was a founding partner of Third Person Communications, which was subsequently purchased by FTI Consulting.  Jim helped grow the agency into the largest specialist financial communication advisory firm in the country, and led a team of more than 80 people in Australia and Asia.

Between 1994 and 1997 Jim worked as a media advisor to several senior Coalition leaders, including the Health Minister in the Fahey Government and to the Leader of the Opposition, Peter Collins. These roles included the management of Ministerial profiles, the development of parliamentary strategies and the management of controversial issues.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Charles Sturt University and a Master of International Studies (M.Int.S) from University of Sydney.