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Leslie E. Kersey

Associate, Corporate Department
T 1(212) 318-6463
F 1(212) 319-4090

Leslie Kersey is a senior associate in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office.

Ms. Kersey’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. She has represented public and private companies, financial institutions and private equity funds, advising on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and securities filings. Ms. Kersey also advises on issues of corporate governance and other general corporate matters and has experience with transactions involving REITs, commercial contracts and Shar’iah law compliance.

She is fluent in French and speaks Spanish and Japanese proficiently.


  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management’s Public Securities Group in its pending acquisition of Center Coast Capital Holdings, an affiliate of energy infrastructure-focused investment advisor, Center Coast Capital Advisors, and certain assets of Liberty Street Advisors and its marketing and servicing agent affiliates, HRC Fund Associates, LLC and HRC Portfolio Solutions, LLC
  • Represented GE Aviation in a joint venture with Allegheny Technologies Incorporated for the development of meltless titanium alloy powder manufacturing technology for use in additive manufacturing applications
  • Represented Elanco US Inc., a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, in its acquisition of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica’s U.S. feline, canine and rabies vaccines portfolio and Fort Dodge manufacturing and R&D site for approximately $885 million
  • Represented GE Transportation in sale of its rail signaling business to France-based rail transport systems operator, Alstom, for approximately $800 million
  • Represented Taco Bell and Buffalo Wild Wings franchise operators in sale of majority stake to global private markets investment manager, Partners Group
  • Represented global investment firm, Starwood Capital Group in $735 million stock acquisition of REIT, InTown Hospitality Corp.
  • Represented international media company, Tribeca Enterprises, in joint venture with Madison Square Garden
  • Represented fast-food franchise operators, Tacala, LLC and Boom Foods, LLC, in disposition of equity securities and assets to Altamont Capital Partners 
  • Represented rendering company, Valley Proteins, Inc., in acquisition of real and personal property of Perdue Farms LLC and certain affiliates
  • Represented natural gas and electricity supplier, MXenergy, in merger with Constellation Energy, and pre-merger securities compliance and general corporate matters
  • Represented internet data service provider, Cequel Data Centers, and its affiliates in connection with multiple stock and asset purchases, including acquisitions of Baltimore Technology Park, TierPoint, LLC, and Perimeter Technology  
  • Represented a Dubai-based international investment company in disposition of equity interests in an operator of luxury hotels
  • Represented a major independent asset manager in multiple refinancings of Shari’ah- compliant entity in which client held significant debt and equity investments
  • Represented a structured capital markets group of major banking institution on internal restructuring and matters of general corporate governance
  • Represented a major Japanese client in secondary sales of membership interests in international real estate investment funds

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Named by Chambers USA as an “Associate to Watch” in its 2014 and 2015 rankings of leading Corporate/M&A attorneys
  • Named by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro “Rising Star” in Mergers & Acquisitions in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Selected by Legal Media Group as a “Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions” for the United States for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 LMG Expert Guides
  • Recipient of Paul Hastings’ New York Associate Development Committee “Excellence in Coaching” Award, 2014
  • Recipient of Sanctuary for Families “Above & Beyond” Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy, 2012

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Admitted to practice law in New York
  • Member of the American Bar Association


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 2009 (cum laude)
  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, M.A.L.D., 2009
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 2002 (summa cum laude)