Kevin M. O'Connell

Cameron LLP
818 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006

Phone: (410) 268-3880
Fax: (202) 293-1877


Of counsel, Cameron LLP; Partner, O'Connell and Co


Kevin M. O'Connell is of counsel to Cameron LLP and a partner in the law firm of O'Connell and Co and divides his time among the Firm's Annapolis, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. offices, engaging primarily in foreign direct investment and general business matters in the People's Republic of China, including the Hong Kong SAR.

He counsels clients involved in all forms of business transactions including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures by American and overseas companies, and has handled a variety of public and private placements of debt and equity in the US and abroad, including in all aspects of venture capital finance transactions. In addition, he has represented companies and individuals before the US Securities & Exchange Commission in connection with enforcement matters involving possible violations of US securities laws, and regularly counsels companies with regard to their obligations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

A principal focus of Mr. O'Connell's practice is assisting US companies with regard to their direct investment activities in China. He has performed China-related legal work for twenty years. In this regard, he has structured and obtained Chinese government approvals for a number of joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned enterprises ("WFOE's") on behalf of US companies, and has assisted in the acquisition of equity in and restructuring of existing Chinese companies. He is experienced in legal due diligence procedures in connection with such undertakings, and highly skilled in the Chinese negotiation process.

In addition to his China practice, Mr. O'Connell has represented U.S. companies in connection with out-bound corporate, infrastructure development and direct investment matters elsewhere in Australasia, as well as in a number of countries of the European Union (primarily, France and Ireland), the Middle East (most notably, Egypt) and the Caribbean. He maintains a domestic U.S. corporate, securities and M&A practice.

He served as one of several principal outside counsel to a US-based multi-national consumer products corporation during its global divestiture program, closing on transactions valued in excess of $US400 million and involving complex business and securities law issues in more than two dozen countries, and was counsel for the acquired institution in a recent US regional bank merger valued at $US948 million.

Mr. O'Connell earned his A.B., with a concentration in Chinese history and politics, from Providence College. He holds the J.D. from the Washington College of Law of The American University and an LL.M. in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University Law Centre. He is admitted to the bar in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition to his practice, Mr. O'Connell has served on the adjunct faculties of the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law, teaching in the areas of international law and business and securities regulation. He has served as special counsel to the State of Maryland in Asia.

He is a regular lecturer on legal topics at the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs at the University of Maryland, one of 4 centres outside of China approved by the PRC government for the business training of senior Chinese public and private sector management personnel. He also lectures on Chinese legal and business topics to MBA students at institutions such as the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. O'Connell is frequently quoted on China matters in periodicals as varied as the Times of London, The China Daily, The Legal Times of Washington, The Washington Times, The Arizona Republic, Business Journals in Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Philadelphia and Sacramento and numerous industry and trade publications.

In addition to being an Associate Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong, he is a member of LAWASIA, the Maryland State Bar Association, The District of Columbia Bar, and the Virginia State Bar. He is the Firm's representative to The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and serves or has recently served on the Board of Directors of the Asia Business Network of the Maryland World Trade Centre, the Board of Directors of the Maryland China-Business Council, and on the Advisory Board to the Centre of International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.




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