Kelly Knight

I am a Senior Associate in the Financial Industries Group at law firm Reed Smith.

I advise a range of market participants including issuers, trustees, agents, account banks, and investors on structured finance matters. My recent experience includes the debt restructuring of a major Dutch corporate, advising investors in relation to sales of NPL portfolios, advising Issuers in relation to cross-border receivables financings, and assisting with the development of an innovative financing solution for the continued production of a key component in a malaria vaccine.

I am what is commonly referred to as a ‘returner’. Following a ten year career break, I spent a number of years working in-house in financial institutions as senior counsel before joining Reed Smith as a temporary knowledge management lawyer via the Reignite Academy programme in 2020. In March 2021, I joined Reed Smith’s structured finance team as a senior associate. I decided to move into private practice transactional work because I enjoy working closely with a variety of clients in a fast-paced and intellectually demanding environment. Reed Smith’s structured finance team is relatively small in size but has a broad, high quality practice which means I am able to grow my practice in directions that interest me.

As a ‘mature’ returner (I am probably old enough to be the mother of at least half of the team!), I am passionate about the development and well-being of junior talent at the firm, acting as informal mentor for a number of trainees and NQs. I also am a keen participant in Reed Smith’s many pro bono and diversity & inclusion initiatives, including co-Champion of the firm’s Lawyers Without Borders team, assisting with KIND cases to protect children with unresolved immigration status, an active member of the firm’s Racial Justice Working Group, and volunteer reading tutor for year 1 pupils in disadvantaged areas of London.

I originally studied History at the University of Toronto and University of Cambridge and did my law conversion at Northumbria University in Newcastle. I have two teenage children and live in North London.