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Richard is joint head of Carson McDowell’s corporate team. His main areas of practice are in corporate and finance work. He has more than 20 years experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance work. He has advised on numerous high value transactions in recent years both in Northern Ireland and Britain and has been recognised as a leading figure in corporate law in Northern Ireland.


Called to Northern Ireland Bar 1989; CMS Cameron McKenna (London) 1989-92; re-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and Northern Ireland 1992; L’Estrange & Brett, Belfast 1992-2009, partner 1996; partner McGrigor LLP following its merger with L’Estrange & Brett 2009-11; partner Pinsent Masons LLP 2011-13; partner Carson McDowell 2014 to date. Directorship: Council member of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.


French, Spanish.


Law Society of England and Wales; Law Society of Northern Ireland.


Methodist College, Belfast; Queen’s University, Belfast (1988 LLB (Hons)).

Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Gray - Carson McDowell

Within: Corporate and M&A

The corporate practice at Carson McDowell has been particularly busy with buy-side mandates for clients from the technology, energy, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, notably on private equity-related investment matters. In a key transaction, Neasa Quigley led advice to technology company Options regarding a $100m investment by New York-based private equity fund Bregal Sagemount. Gerard Armstrong assisted Davy UK with its acquisition of Danske Bank’s wealth management business, involving the transfer of over 1,000 customer investment portfolios. In another standout deal, the firm acted for Dalradian Resources in a C$78m private placement financing with Orion Mine Finance Fund II and Osisko Gold Royalties. Other clients include Helm Housing Association, the Aegion Corporation and Vinci Energies UK. Quigley jointly heads the team with Richard Gray.

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