Kay Chandler


Our life sciences clients inspire me – I’m driven to work tirelessly and creatively with them to achieve their goals of developing and commercializing innovative healthcare products.

+1 858 550 6014

Kay specializes in representing public and private life sciences companies in a wide range of securities, corporate and commercial matters that are critical to their businesses. She advises biotechnology, diagnostic and device companies on complex commercial transactions, including technology licenses and acquisitions, research and development collaborations, supply, distribution and manufacturing agreements and profit-sharing and co-promotion arrangements, based on her extensive experience in assisting clients to establish and maintain relationships with pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical device, energy, chemical and agricultural companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. She also counsels clients on securities and corporate matters, including private financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance and disclosure issues. She works closely with her clients to understand each client's business and strategic objectives and to structure and negotiate transactions to meet those objectives.

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  • Neurocrine Partners With Takeda to Address Psychiatric Disorders 

  • Horizon Pharma Buys River Vision for $145 Million and Unspecified Earn-Out 

  • Horizon Pharma Acquisition of Crealta Holdings for $510 Million 

  • Auspex Pharma $3.5 billion sale to Teva Pharma 

  • Horizon Pharma Completes $400 Million Exchangeable Senior Notes Offering 

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  • University of Michigan Law School
    JD, 1988

  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    BA, Economics
    with distinction, 1985

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • San Diego County Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    The Best Lawyers in America: Biotechnology Law (2006-2013, 2016)

    Southern California Super Lawyers: Securities and Corporate Finance (2007-2009, 2011-2019)

    Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Life Sciences: Commercial (National and California) (2009-2016, 2018 – 2020)

    The Best Lawyers in America: San Diego Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year (2011)

    Lawdragon: One of 500 dealmakers in America (2007)


+1 858 550 6014 office
+1 858 550 6420 fax

4401 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121-1909