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Head of corporate at Tughans. He specialises in acting for corporate clients on corporate finance and M&A transactions, both in Northern Ireland and overseas. He also advises clients generally on day-to-day mergers and takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, restructuring and demergers. He has particular experience of M&A transactions in the technology, food and engineering sectors in Northern Ireland and has acted in recent years for a large number of US Corporations acquiring Northern Irish businesses in those sectors.


John-George Willis was admitted as a solicitor in 1984. Joined Tughans in 1987 and admitted to the Tughans partnership in 1992 became head of corporate in 1996.


Law Society of Northern Ireland, Institute of Directors, part-time lecturer in company law at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast.


The Royal School, Dungannon; Queen’s University, Belfast (LLB Hons 2.1) 1982; The Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast 1983.

Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

John-George Willis - Tughans

Within: Corporate and M&A

Tughans ’ corporate practice, which is singled out for its ‘excellent local knowledge of the market’, has been acting on large-scale transactions and investments across the real estate, technology, logistics, manufacturing and retail sectors; private equity work is another area of strength. Highlights included John McGuckian advising pharmaceutical contract research company Fusion Antibodies on its multimillion-pound listing on the Alternative Investment Market; the company was the only trading entity to list its shares on the stock exchange in 2017. John-George Willis heads the practice and is widely recognised for his corporate expertise. Investment fund expert and ‘excellent corporate lawyerCiara Lagan advised biometric authentication development company B-Secur on an investment of £3.5m by a syndicate comprising venture capital funds Accelerated Digital Ventures and Kernel Capital and four individuals.

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Tughans has a solid track record in handling renewable and non-renewable energy mandates, with notable expertise in advising clients on wind farm acquisitions. The group advises Granville Ecopark on supplying pressurised natural gas generated via its anaerobic digestion plant in Dungannon to landfill gas sites based around Northern Ireland. Other clients include Aircore and Northern Ireland Water. Corporate head John-George Willis leads the group.

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