PHILADELPHIA – Global law firm Reed Smith announced today that Daniel Connelly has joined the firm as a partner in its Global Corporate Group, based in Philadelphia. Connelly brings to the firm a thriving private equity and public and private mergers & acquisition practice, with a client roster that closely aligns to the firm’s existing clients. He joins Reed Smith from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

“Adding strong private equity talent continues to be a top strategic priority for our corporate practice in every market that we operate,” said Matthew Mohn, head of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group practice in the U.S. “Dan is an exceptional lawyer with a first-rate M&A and private equity deal sheet that will significantly bolster our capabilities. We are very excited to have him join our team.”

Connelly’s practice primarily centers around representing private fund sponsors and both public and private companies in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and other associated transactions. Dan has extensive experience across a wide range of industry sectors, such as consumer products, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), diversified industrials, and aerospace and defense.

“I am delighted to become a part of Reed Smith's dynamic team and look forward to working closely with the firm's clients and contributing to the continued growth and success of its private equity and M&A practice," Connelly said.

Connelly’s arrival is the latest in a series of several significant lateral joiners to Reed Smith’s global private equity and M&A practice in the over the past year, including partners Timothy Rupp and Chris Raidy in the firm’s Orange County office, partners Dr. Germar Enders and Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs and senior counsel Christian von Sydow in Munich; and Francois Feuillat in London. The firm also recently brought on Brian Murchie as senior client development advisor for its Private Equity Group.

Connelly’s arrival is also a reflection of Reed Smith’s focus on expanding its longstanding presence Philadelphia office, particularly its transactional capabilities.

“Bringing on a lawyer of Dan’s caliber delivers the message that Philadelphia has and always will be a key market for the firm,” said Joe Mahady, Reed Smith’s Philadelphia office managing partner.

Connelly earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude and a B.A. from St. John’s College.