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Mark Thompson

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Corporate and M&A




Mark Thompson is a Corporate and M&A partner in A&L Goodbody's Belfast office. Mark is widely experienced in company/commercial law, with particular sectoral experience in the areas of energy and natural resources, healthcare, media, intellectual property and technology law. Mark’s corporate practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and management buyouts and strategic advice.

Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Thompson - A&L Goodbody

Within: Corporate and M&A

A&L Goodbody ’s corporate group is highly regarded for its ability to provide ‘expert advice across the broadest range of corporate law’. 2017 saw the team handle inbound investments into Northern Ireland and high-value M&A work, predominantly in the manufacturing and renewables sectors. In an energy-related highlight, Mark Thompson, who attracts praise for his experience in energy-related corporate transactions, led advice to Viridian in its acquisition of renewable energy company Dargan Road as part of its expansion from wind and natural gas to the waste-to-energy sector. In a tech-related highlight, practice head Alastair Keith  represented the shareholders of ticketing software company Ingresso in a £17.5m disposal of the issued share capital in the company to Accesso Technology Group. In a prominent M&A deal, the team assisted JBS, a Brazilian meat processing company, with its $1bn sale of Northern Ireland-based poultry producer Moy Park to US-based poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride. The team also includes Peter Stafford, who is singled out for his ‘calm head and tremendous attention to detail’.

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Leading individuals

Mark Thompson - A&L Goodbody

Within: Energy

A&L Goodbody’s highly regarded energy practice has notable expertise in handling project financings, energy-related M&A, project management matters and contentious energy-related instructions. In a high-profile example of the practice’s contentious work, litigation partner Micaela Diver is leading advice to Action Renewables on the establishment of a special interest group, the Renewable Heat Association, to represent the owners of non-domestic biomass boilers who took part in the highly publicised RHI scheme in Northern Ireland; the group has represented the client in three judicial reviews relating to the scheme’s closure and the retrospective change to the published tariffs. On the non-contentious side, wind-related mandates have been particularly prominent in the team’s workload; in 2017, Mark Thompson led the team advising Brookfield Renewables on the acquisition of a 16MW wind farm, which was purchased pre-construction with the intention of completing the acquisition once the project was finished. Thompson is also assisting the same client with a similar transaction for a 23MW wind farm. Thompson jointly heads the team with banking partner Ciaran McAlinney, who has expertise in project finance matters relating to the energy sector. Associate Mark Stockdale, who has experience in electricity, gas and renewables-related regulatory issues, is a name to note.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

A&L Goodbody’s team handles funding rounds, investment matters and regulatory issues for a broad range of clients, including large technology companies. Biotechnology, including medical technology, continues to be a key area of instruction for the group; highlights included assisting BrainWaveBank with obtaining investment funding for the development of a neuroscience platform to monitor brainwave activity; the platform’s findings contribute to a data bank to aid medical research. In another matter, the team acted for Neurovalens on obtaining private equity funding worth €1.3m for developing a weight-loss technology device. Other clients include Axial 3D and George Best Belfast City Airport. Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox jointly lead the team, which also includes associates Mark Stockdale  and Jonathan Hacking.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

A&L Goodbody has a solid track record in assisting technology companies, corporate clients and research institutions with branding, patents and enforcement issues. In a high-profile mandate, the team has been advising med-tech company Neurovalens on entering into a brand ambassador agreement with a retired Irish rugby player, which included protecting its IP rights and crafting a licensing agreement to allow the product to be featured in the ambassador’s social media. Other key clients include the Irish Football Association, which the team has been advising on trade mark matters, and the Old Bushmills Distillery, which the team is assisting with commercialisation of its IP rights pertaining to its promotional campaigns on social media. Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox co-lead the team.

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