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John has extensive experience in the Corporate legal sector, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, company/shareholder matters and private equity/venture capital investments. He regularly acts for both purchasers and vendors of companies and investors and investee companies.


Partner, Tughans, Corporate March 2007 – Present;In-House Legal Advisor, Invest Northern Ireland (February 2013 – September 2013);Corporate Paralegal, Gilbert + Tobin (2006 – 2007) Sydney, Australia;Trainee Solicitor, Nabarro LLP (2004 – 2006)


College of Law; LPC, Law, Chester (2002 – 2003);University of Manchester (1999 – 2002) LLB, Law;St Louis Grammar Ballymena (1992 – 1999)

Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A

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John McGuckian - 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: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Tughans assists investment funds with technology-related investments and also handles transactional matters for technology companies. Highlights included acting for software company AuditComply - which provides enterprise risk management software across the engineering, manufacturing, food and logistics industries - on an inward investment made by Business Growth Fund, First Derivatives and Invest Northern Ireland. Global search engines are included in the firm’s client base. Adrian O'Connell leads the team and is known for handling non-contentious mandates; corporate partners Ciara Lagan, John McGuckian and James Donnelly often act on transactions in this area.

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