Kevin M. O’Connell
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Kevin M. O’Connell is senior counsel at Cameron LLP
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 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 US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Relatively early in China’s “opening to the world” Mr. O’Connell was one of the first American lawyers to develop a China-related business and corporate law practice, focused on assisting overseas companies, primarily from the U.S. and Europe, with foreign direct investments in a wide range of China business sectors, most significantly the automotive industry. As both China and the practice matured, he has increasingly concentrated on working with smaller, middle market companies in pursuing Chinese FDI opportunities.
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.
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 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 has been 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 periodically on Chinese and international 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 having been an Associate Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong, he is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, The District of Columbia Bar, and the Virginia State Bar. He has served as the Firm’s representative to The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong He has also been a member of 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.
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- District of Columbia
- A.B., with a concentration in Chinese history and politics, Providence College
- J.D., Washington College of Law
- L.L.M. in Securities Regulation, Georgetown University