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Kathryn Walls

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Mills Selig

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Corporate; commercial; intellectual property and technology; private equity and venture capital.


Kathryn is a director in the corporate team and has substantial experience in and advises on all aspects of corporate matters to include sales and purchases of companies, mergers, joint ventures, investments, restructuring and corporate governance. She advises in relation to all forms of commercial contracts, including distribution and agency arrangements, and agreements with customers and suppliers. Her clients include plcs and major local firms operating in a variety of sectors and she has acted in transactions across Northern Ireland, Ireland, UK, North America and the Middle East. Kathryn also specialises in the areas of technology and intellectual property, including the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights. Recently she has advised clients in relation to the development, ownership and worldwide exploitation of intellectual property via licensing, outsourcing, software as a service, OEM, VAR and managed services arrangements. She has also been responsible for the preparation of service level agreements, support and maintenance agreements and escrow arrangement. Kathryn lectures at The Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University on company law.


Mills Selig 2004; qualified 2006; current chair Company and Commercial Lawyers Group Northern Ireland (CCLG).

Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A

Within: Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Walls - Mills Selig

Within: Corporate and M&A

Mills Selig’s sector coverage spans finance, insurance, real estate and renewables and its corporate team advises on a range of investments, acquisitions and mergers. Kathryn Walls is particularly well known for her expertise in IT transactions; recent highlights include advising Northern Ireland-based IT service management company First Derivatives on six acquisitions with an aggregate value of £28m; the target companies were based in Canada, the US, Ireland and the UK and involved substantial IT and IP assets. Walls also advised the same client on its £15m dual placement on AIM and on the Enterprise Securities Marker of the Irish Stock Exchange. In another key mandate, practice head Chris Guy led the advice to Hughes Insurance on the sale of its business and assets to Liberty Insurance. Other clients include Retlan Manufacturing and Natural World Products.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Mills Selig’s IP team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of corporates, including manufacturers and app and software development firms. In a highlight, the team acted for Glistrr Limited, a Belfast-based technology company, on the licensing of its software. Other clients include Newry-based technology firm, First Derivatives. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Walls heads the team and is well-versed in dealing with technology and IT companies.

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