Commercial, corporate and M&A in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP has impressed with its significant market share of high-profile public M&A engagements, along with a steady pipeline of high-value private company M&A transactions too. It advised UDG Healthcare, the Ireland-based UK-listed company on the recommended cash offer by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US-based private equity firm. In addition, it has a thriving mid-market M&A practice and continues to be at the forefront of key sectors such as financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals and medtech. In the technology segment, the firm has been especially active in private equity deals. It represents a wide variety of multinationals and large Irish corporates. Richard Grey leads the M&A team and David Widger heads the corporate group. Other leading names include Sheena DoggettMark Ward  and Ronan Lyons along with Alan Casey, who has strong US connections having headed the New York office, and  emerging talent Richard Marron, who is making an impression in inbound cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Widger; Richard Grey

Other key lawyers:

Sheena Doggett; Richard Grey; Alan Casey; Ronan Lyons; Richard Marron; Keavy Ryan; Eoghan Brown; Gina Keating

Testimonials

‘A leading full service M&A firm in Ireland, with the capabilities to deliver on the most complex projects.’ 

‘Mark Ward is a serious operator and is able to quickly identify (and resolve) the key issues.’

‘We retained the services of A&L Goodbody in an acquisition of an Irish company last year. We were very pleased by their expertise and responsiveness. I would highly recommend Sheena Doggett and her team to anyone looking for help in this area.’

‘Sheena Doggett led our M&A team at A&L Goodbody. She has fantastic experience and did a great job leading the entire transaction, from start to finish. Her team, mainly Eoghan Brown and Gina Keating, also did a wonderful job. Highly recommended.’

‘Technically very strong team with the ability to access other specialist expertise in their wider firm.’

‘Very accessible and provided good insight during process.’

Key clients

ICON plc

General Electric (GE)

UDG Healthcare Plc

NatWest

Aker Horizons AS

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Advarra, Inc.

CVC Capital Partners

Allied Irish Banks Plc

Prothena Corporation plc

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland and Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners

Eir

Akamai Technologies, Inc.

HPS Investment Partners, LLC, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and Ardonagh

TDS and its shareholders

Bidvest NOONAN

Marguerite Road Ireland Sarl

HWM Group and its majority shareholders

PHOENIX Pharmahandel GmbH

Prothena Corporation plc

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox‘s longstanding prestigious standing in the corporate and M&A field has not diminished. It continues to advise on many of the landmark and high-value deals involving Ireland. Whether it is public M&A, private M&A, private equity or venture capital, the firm remains at the forefront of the market. It is also noted for inversions and migrations to Ireland, along with other corporate reorganisations. Cian McCourt leads the team and has impressive deal experience, as does Maura McLaughlin, while Geoff Moore is the firm’s managing partner and still a key member of the team. Maeve Moran is amongst the next generation of leading partners, along with Michael Coyle and Conor McCarthy, who are making an impression in the market.

Practice head(s):

Cian McCourt

Other key lawyers:

Maura McLaughlin; Geoff Moore; John Matson; Connor Manning; Stephen Ranalow; Elizabeth Bothwell; Brian O’Gorman; Maeve Moran; Michael Coyle; Conor McCarthy; David Voz

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled legal expertise, combined with a commercially astute and pragmatic mindset make this team the best in the market.’

In-depth knowledge of our business sector. Pragmatic and commercial approach focused on problem solving.’

‘Maura McLaughlin provides pragmatic and commercially savvy advice and is an excellent sounding board for issues. She is clear and confident and poised. She also knows when to step in and when to leave things to her excellent associate.’

‘Stephen Ranalow – probably the finest M&A lawyer in the country – an extraordinary talent, with a client service mindset that is unrivalled.’

‘Maura McLaughlin – really deep subject matter expertise, with a hands on, can do approach that makes client engagement a pleasure.’

‘Conor McCarthy – really strong M&A lawyer, who makes it his business to really understand his clients’ business and key issues, really enhancing the value of the legal support he provides – one to watch.’

‘John Matson is extremely good at problem solving. He is a superb lawyer who comes up with excellent solutions to complex issues.’

‘The two stand outs for us are Elizabeth Bothwell and more recently David Voz who has the potential to succeed in the industry long term. Elizabeth is our trusted advisor on everything and we trust her to tap into the extensive Arthur Cox network of experts across all of the specialties we need support for.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Alkermes plc

Allergan plc

Aon plc

Applegreen plc

Aryzta AG

Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc

Bank of Ireland plc

Blackstone

CapVest

Cool Planet Group

CRH plc

daa plc

Flutter Entertainment plc

Frontline Ventures

Glanbia plc

Greencore Group plc

Johnson Controls International plc

Mallinckrodt plc

Mastercard

National Broadband Ireland

nVent Electric plc

Openet

Pentair plc

Ryanair

Seagate Technology plc

Strongbridge

Biopharma plc

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd

Trane Technologies plc

Total Produce plc

Truata

Vodafone

we.trade

Work highlights

  • Advised Dole plc on the combination of Total Produce plc with Dole Food Company Inc.
  • Advised Flutter Entertainment plc on its acquisition of the 37.2% minority interest in FanDuel Group Parent LLC.
  • Advised Further Global Capital Management on its acquisition of the AA Ireland Group.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has a substantial team with a sizeable market share of major transactions in Ireland. Technology, healthcare, life sciences, financial services, energy and charities are key sectors for the firm. The team is also active in both corporate M&A and private equity investments. David O’Donnell leads the team and is a senior name in the market, attracting engagements from a number of foreign multinationals and bulge-bracket financial institutions. Justin McKenna is rated for cross-border M&A and deals involving Irish takeover rules. Martin Kelleher is experienced in pharma and life sciences, technology and financial services deals, and Liam Brazil  is noted for his renewable energy expertise. Claire Lord  heads the corporate governance and compliance team. Ron Boucher  joined the team as a partner from Jones Day’s London office in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

David O’Donnell; Philip Nolan

Other key lawyers:

Justin McKenna; Liam Brazil; Martin Kelleher; Claire Lord; David Mangan; Conall Geraghty; Wendy Hederman

Testimonials

‘Top class experienced lawyers. Great breadth of advisory and sectoral experience.’

‘The members of the team are experts in their respective fields but what sets MHC apart from others is the way they collaborate with their colleagues in other practice areas (e.g. pensions, tax etc) to deliver advice and the project. Those coming in to provide ‘specialist’ advice were always fully briefed and ready to hit the ground running. This results in a transaction which progresses at speed and left us feeling reassured that the right advice has been received at the right time.’

‘Justin McKenna is an exceptional lawyer whose technical expertise and client care is head and shoulders above the competition. He is immensely responsive and laser-focussed on the deal, with a vast experience in cross border M&A. His knowledge and expertise in Irish public M&A transactions is unrivalled which, combined with a strong commercial understanding, makes him a must-have partner who is immensely reassuring and can lead a strong team on complex deals.’

‘I have worked primarily with Claire Lord on complex corporate restructuring matters involving a multinational biophamaceutical company. MHC has uniquely been able to provide corporate legal advice in an efficient, team oriented manner that replicates having an experienced, in-house corporate counsel. Claire has quickly become knowledgeable about our business, our corporate structure, inter-company relationships and transactions. As a result, we are able to obtain highly relevant, expert advice that we can rely on with confidence.’

‘Martin Kelleher – very commercially focused. Always available and will meet any commitments given. Reasonable and understanding about structure of fees and payment terms.’

‘Mr Conall Geraghty’s team is showing exceptional execution, availability and engagement during this project. We are also very satisfied with fee flexibility and transparency in billing. Mr Conall has a wealth of transactional knowledge and has helped us structure multiple transactions successfully during the last twelve months.’

‘David O’Donnell is an outstanding ambassador for the client and coordinates the deal and relationships extraordinarily well.’

‘Ron Boucher has been excellent in all of dealings. He’s a great balance between excellent legal advice and practical commercial understanding. He’s amongst the best lawyers we’ve dealt with for this reason.’

Key clients

Statkraft Ireland Limited

ACRE

intive GmbH

Addlife AB

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG

Nomura Securities plc

News Corp UK & Ireland Limited / Kip Limited

Dayspring Limited / FL Partners

DomusVI

Orpea Care Ireland Limited

Sackville Hotel Properties Limited

Bauer Media Audio Holding GmbH

Goldman Sachs International

CentralReach, LLC

Paulus Holdings Limited / ‘LetsGetChecked’

Surmodics, Inc.

Tango Telecom Limited

Everseen Limited

Bally’s Corporation

Matheson

Matheson has achieved high levels of activity in a buoyant deal market, particularly in the cross-border segment where it benefits from strong connections to law firms in the UK and the US. Its impressive client base includes a number of the biggest technology companies in the world, along with many of the largest global banks. Food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and energy are key sectors, and the firm is a recognised leader in private equity deals. It has an excellent record in takeovers of Irish listed businesses, along with corporate re-domiciliation and M&A inversion transactions. Brian McCloskey has made a particular impression in private equity investments, particularly those involving UK-based funds. Madeline McDonnell is another outstanding practitioner. Pat English leads the international business group and represents a range of foreign multinationals. Robert O’Shea heads the corporate team, which also includes prominent figures George Brady and Patrick Spicer. Associates Susan Carroll Chrysostomou, Robert Barrett and Enda Garvey also impress.

Practice head(s):

Robert O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Fergus Bolster; George Brady; David Fitzgibbon; Susanne McMenamin; Patrick Spicer; Pat English; Padraic Roche; Madeline McDonnell; Brian McCloskey; Enda Garvey; Susan Carroll Chrysostomou; Robert Barrett

Testimonials

‘We moved our business from a smaller local firm to Matheson because we wanted greater confidence in our external counsel’s willingness and ability to keep the transaction on our desired timeline. Matheson consistently delivered on their promises thereby compelling other parties to stick to their agreed schedules. Matheson instilled confidence not just in our internal stakeholders but in all parties to the transaction that everything was being managed professionally and expediently.’

‘High responsiveness and involvement on the matters, very good drafting skills, very good knowledge of the overall business / financial context of the matter, excellent negotiation skills and engagement with the other side to get the deal go through.’

‘Strong corporate practice with impressive bench-strength.’

‘George Brady: inspires high level of trust from the client and all parties involved, very good at engaging with the other side to find solutions acceptable to everyone, anticipates issues and tackles them in a smooth manner, generally good at getting the deal done in a way that everyone is satisfied.’

‘Patrick Spicer was a reassuring presence both at the negotiating table and behind the scenes to drive consensus and seek out practical solutions.’

‘Brian McCloskey’s team provided invaluable support on a challenging and time critical auction sale. Brian is responsive, a great communicator and a pleasure to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.’

‘Robert Barrett, associate – Managed the transaction calmly and composedly. He quickly garnered the respect and confidence of our management team. Whenever speed bumps were encountered, he was proactive and creative in finding solutions. He remained clear-headed and focussed regardless of how pressurised the situation.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie

Active Campaign

Adobe

Agilent Technologies

AIB

Airbnb

Amazon

Amneal

AMP Capital

AmTrust

Ancestry.com

An Post

Aramark

Arena Pharmaceuticals

Asana

Autodesk

Avature

Barclays Bank plc

Battery Ventures

Beam Suntory

Birds Eye Food Limited

Blackbee Investments

Blackrock

Bregal Milestone

Broadcom

Brown-Forman Corporation

BSO Group

Carbon Crowley

Cadence Design Systems

Carne Group

CGI Inc.

Chemocentryx

Citadel

Citi

Cimpress

Circle

Coinbase

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA

Dawn Capital

Dell

Disney

DMS Governance

Dropbox

Druggability

Eaton Corporation plc

eBay/PayPal

Emerson Electric Co

Equilend

Etsy

Extreme Networks

Facebook

F-Prime Capital

Fexco

GAM Investment Management

Gartner

General Secure Logistics Limited

Genesys

Gilead

Goode Partners LLP

Google

Horizon Therapeutics

HP Inc

HubSpot

IFG Group plc

Indeed

Independent News & Media

Informatica

Insight Venture Partners LLC

Irving Oil

Johnson & Johnson

JP Morgan

Kaseya

KBMax

Kohlberg & Company LLC

Lead Edge Capital

Liffey Meats Ltd

LinkedIn

Majesco

Marin Software

McKesson

Mcquarrie Wayward

Memjet group

Mercer

Mergon Group Limited

Micro Focus

Microsoft

Monaghan Mushrooms Ltd

Natus

Netgear

Netwatch

NortonLifeLock

Nomad Foods

Nuance Communications

One Peak Partners

Oracle

Paysafe

Payward

PepsiCo

Pinterest

PTC Therapeutics

Reddit

Red Hat

Riot Games

Riverside Partners

Rubrik

S&P Global

Salesforce

Secret Escapes

Singapore Biotech

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Spencer Stuart

Square

STAR Capital

State Street

STERIS plc

Stripe

Stryker

Tapestry Inc

Twitter

VMWare

Weatherford International plc

Western Union

Willis Towers Watson plc

Yelp

Work highlights

  • Advised Willis Towers Watson plc on all aspects of its aborted $80bn business combination with Aon plc, proposed to be effected by means of an Irish law scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Circle Internet Financial Limited on its announced transaction to go public through a business combination with Concord Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
  • Advised CK Hutchison Networks (Ireland) Limited in relation to the Irish aspects of the sale of the share capital of the companies which comprised of the owners and operators of CK Hutchinson Group Telcom’s European mobile network towers business.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a prolific record in public and private M&A, and has extensive experience in private equity transactions. The firm is noted for its expertise in technology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, healthcare, energy, financial services, real estate and infrastructure. It has advised on a series of headline M&A and private equity deals. David Byers and David Lydon are senior members of the profession, while Aidan Lawlor has made an impression in big-ticket deals, including in the financial services sector. Valerie Lawlor and Rory O’Malley are key individuals for energy and renewables transactions. Gary McSharry is noted for private equity deals. Stephen FitzSimons leads the department, while Gill Lohan and Brendan Murphy are emerging talents.

Practice head(s):

Stephen FitzSimons

Other key lawyers:

David Lydon; David Byers; Alan Fuller; Conor O’Dwyer; Garreth O’Brien; Rory O’Malley; Ben Gaffikin; Aidan Lawlor; Gill Lohan; Stephen Fuller; Gary McSharry; Niall Best; Brendan Murphy

Testimonials

‘The team provided exceptional support throughout what was a technically complex transaction. They went above and beyond to identify solutions to shared issues for both the buyer and seller to enable the transaction to complete.’

‘The partners in McCann Fitzgerald were extremely responsive and accessible. We found their individual technical expertise to be of the highest standard and they really cared about the outcome of the transaction for their client.

McCann FitzGerald has expertise across the spectrum of the law. The firm provides excellent support and is very responsive. In addition to legal counsel, the attorneys were able to fit their guidance within the context of, and explain, common business practice, which is important support for in-house counsel who represent a global company.

Rory O’Malley is an expert in matters related to M&A and private equity. We were delighted how he skilfully managed our complex financing rounds with multiple investors with finesse. He completed the complex legal documents at an unprecedented pace that closed the deal with high-level investors. Outstanding attorney.

‘Stephen FitzSimons was experienced with deep knowledge on public M&A transactions.’

‘I worked with Brendan Murphy. Brendan is hard-working, grasps issues quickly and is creative and pragmatic when it comes to problem-solving.’

‘David Lydon and Niall Best stand out as two of the most commercially aware external counsel I have worked with. They tailor their advice to work from a practical perspective which the business clients and I appreciate. In meetings with business clients they use clear language to educate them on the legal implications. Their knowledge and experience in our many M&A ventures have proved invaluable in finding appropriate solutions.’

Key clients

AerCap

Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited (Panda)

AIB

CarTrawler Group

Outsourcing Inc

Brookfield Renewables

Amdocs

IPL Plastics

Greencoat Renewables

Ballytherm

Cellnex Telecom S.A

Vista Equity Partners

EQT Infrastructure

Presidio

Merck

IMMAC AG

Coillte

Capitalflow

Touax Rail Limited

Endava PLC

Elementum Capital Limited

Banach Technology Limited

Ecocem

Irish Life

FMS Wertmanagement

C&C Group Plc

Luminate Capital Partners

Pfizer

Sam McCauley Chemists

EMI-MR

AerCap

Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited (Panda)

AIB

CarTrawler Group

Outsourcing Inc

Brookfield Renewables

Amdocs

IPL Plastics

Greencoat Renewables

Ballytherm

Cellnex Telecom S.A

Vista Equity Partners

EQT Infrastructure

Presidio

Merck

IMMAC AG

Coillte

Capitalflow

Touax Rail Limited

Endava PLC

Elementum Capital Limited

Banach Technology Limited

Ecocem

Irish Life

FMS Wertmanagement

C&C Group Plc

Luminate Capital Partners

Pfizer

Sam McCauley Chemists

EMI-MR

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish Banks on the purchase of Ulster Bank’s €4.2bn corporate and commercial loan book.
  • Advised Brookfield Renewable Ireland, a developer, owner, and operator of onshore wind farms, on the recent acquisition of it, subject to customary closing conditions, by Ørsted, the Danish multinational power company.
  • Advised Outsourcing Inc., a leading human resources provider headquartered in Japan, on its acquisition of Cpl Resources plc.

William Fry

William Fry has maintained its eminent presence in big-ticket M&A and private equity, notably in the insurance, technologies and life sciences sectors. The firm has been especially active in the over €100m deal range, including a number of deals in excess of €1bn. It is historically known for representing Irish clients, though it is building connections with law firms in other jurisdictions and with multinational businesses. Stephen Keogh and Myra Garrett are longstanding leaders in the market, while Andrew McIntyre is building his name, having advised on bulge-bracket deals such as the $1.4bn sale of Navitas. Máire O’Neill is a highly rated next generation partner, particularly in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Myra Garrett; Barbara Kenny; Andrew McIntyre; Mark Quealy; Mark Talbot; Máire O’Neill; Elaine Morrissey; Bryan Bourke; Ronan Shanahan; Fiachra Cork

Testimonials

Experience. Longevity of partners and relationship with us as a client. Have taken the time over the years to ask questions about our core business and business strategy to suggest and proactively advise rather than respond and paper instructions. Working to defined financial parameters and managing the client early on potential overruns or delays. In short we see the team at Frys as an extension of our team rather than external advisors.

‘Máire O’Neill works hard for her clients, giving practical legal solutions and she wasn’t afraid to tell us what we needed to hear. She has experience working with tech founders and knows what’s important to make the business succeed. She knows her stuff. She has been both our lawyer and trusted business advisor across several fintechs over many years.’

‘Barbara Kenny is unquestionably the most dependable part of the team. Barbara is always there, on time, within expected budget and yet understands our requirements to be able to negotiate without multiple recourse. Barbara also has the very special skill of being able to see the counterparty’s limits before they are revealed and can therefore advise us on the limits of commercial negotiations to achieve agreement without lengthy argument.’

‘Andrew McIntyre – extremely responsive and great to work with.’

‘Elaine Morrissey is a fantastic technical lawyer – she is always all over the detail of even the most complicated transactions, bringing the whole thing together, and is also very user-friendly and responsive.’

‘The two partners I have extensively dealt with are Bryan Bourke and Ronan Shanahan, respectively a very senior partner, and a newly made up partner. Bryan Bourke epitomises what my company requires from a very senior, trusted and mature adviser, ever calm and astute, with a unique ability to anticipate challenges and strategies posed by our counterparties. In any difficult corporate circumstance I’d be happy to have Bryan Bourke as my lead counsellor. Ronan Shanahan is a young partner displaying great maturity with a calm and unruffled style of operation, even under great pressure. He combines first-class technical skills with commercial realism and a relaxed and engaging manner.’

‘In the corporate team, Mark Quealy and Máire O’Neill consistently deliver and are very responsive to our needs both in terms of clarity of advice and timeliness of providing it. They are representative of our general experience in our broader engagement with the firm. Mark and Máire bring a wealth of relevant experience to our engagement. They are thoughtful in formulating their advice and always operate to the highest professional standards whilst also bringing important and valuable insights gained from their wider experience.’

‘Fiachra Cork is an exceptionally talented and professional individual. He works tirelessly and meticulously to serve the needs of his clients.’

Key clients

Amarenco Solar

Atlantic Bridge Ventures

Celtic Rugby DAC and Pro Rugby Championship DAC t/a GUINNESS PRO 14

Coca-Cola European Partners

DCC plc

Echelon DC Holdings Limited

Edwards Lifesciences

Elavon Financial Services DAC / US Bank Group

Fenergo Group Limited

Glanbia

Horse Racing Ireland

Irish Government

Irish Rugby Football Union

J&E Davy

LSP (Life Science Partners)

Management of Chill Insurance

MML Capital

National Treasury Management Agency (the manager of Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund)

OCP (Orange Capital Partners)

Phoenix Life plc

Pollen Street Capital

Pomo Search (Pointy)

Qorvo US, Inc

Quad Real

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Société Générale SA

Sublimity Therapeutics

Supply Finance Limited

Sweepr

The Irish Times

Tines Security Services Limited (Tines.io)

Uniphar plc

Vivo Capital

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Work highlights

  • Worked alongside Clifford Chance and Debevoise & Plimpton, to advise Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US-based private investment firm, on its £2.6bn recommended takeover offer for UDG Healthcare.
  • Advised IBM on the Irish aspects of its reorganisation and spinout whereby IBM will separate its Managed Infrastructure Services unit of its Global Technology Services division into a new public company.
  • Advised Davy on the entry into of agreements relating to the sale of Davy’s wealth management, capital markets and associated businesses to Bank of Ireland, Davy’s fund management business to IQ-EQ and Davy’s shareholding in Rize ETF to AssetCo.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market following its merger with Eugene F. Collins in 2022. The team has a solid record in technology and medical devices deals, among other sectors. The group advises a wide range of medical device businesses, from start-ups to publicly listed companies. Healthcare and construction deals have also been prevalent for the corporate team, along with retail sector restructurings. The firm typically operates in the middle market, notably in the €30m to €50m value range. Deborah Kelly leads the corporate team, and has a particular focus on life sciences, energy and hospitality. Leonora Malone is another experienced corporate and M&A specialist, while Nicola McGrath is highly rated for private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Leonora Malone; Nicola McGrath; John Olden; Gavin Doherty; Lorna Osborne

Testimonials

‘One gets the feeling that your matter is of prime importance – no piece of work is too big or small.’

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable, thoroughly professional. Always available.’

‘Deborah Kelly is excellent in every respect.’

‘John Olden – the wisest of counsel all the way – remaining impartial and assured in his legal advice.’

‘Attention to detail second to none. Not prepared to settle for anything less than what they feel is optimum for their client. Very clear guidance, their guidance is straight down the line allowing you to make suitable choices and beneficial decisions for your business. Leonora Malone – Unapologetic about the pursuit of result for her client. Steadfast in her advice, practical and ultimately very trustworthy.’

‘Our commercial, corporate and M&A lead partner is Leonora Malone and we continue to hold her and all in the team in the highest esteem. The understanding of our business, attention to detail and general focus of the team is very impressive and I would always work with Leonora and her team on any future commercial transaction’

‘They really care and understand our business and what we are trying to achieve, often in very challenging situations. We have dealt with a number of different companies who were far larger then us and come out of the negotiations very well. Leonora is our lead partner and we have also worked closely with Gavin Doherty and Lorna Osborne and we greatly value working with all of them and having them on our side.’

‘Nicola McGrath, partner corporate law department has brought me through a number of company acquisitions. She has a wonderful way of articulating the law in a way that is efficient and really easy to understand and amounts to you being very involved in the process. She has an astute ability to understand all the variables at play, the raw haggling at commercial level, the accounting, the tax and of course the legal. She has a great team supporting her which always helps.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

BMW Ireland

Maxol

Mercantile Group

Q-Park

New Look

Applegreen PLC

Clear Channel International

Inditex (included Zara, Massimo Dutti, Berhka and Pull & Bear)

Rosderra Irish Meats

Sky UK Limited

Seroba Life Sciences

Arkphire Ireland

Vodafone

Colas

Johnson & Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advised Murdock Builders Merchants on the acquisition of Brooks Group.
  • Advised PointsBet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker on its acquisition of Banach Technology Limited, a market leading Irish gambling software developer.
  • Advised the shareholders of Vetex Medical Limited on the sale of Vetex to Surmodics Inc,.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps LLP is traditionally sellers' counsel for owner-managed businesses, though it has landed a number of buy-side engagements in recent years. It typically operates in the mid-market space and has a strong focus on insurance brokerage, tech, real estate, hotels and leisure, FMCG, and renewables. Shaun O’Shea heads the department and benefits from an impressive Irish and multinational corporate client base. Máire Cunningham has a fine record in private equity and venture capital investments, notably in the fintech, blockchain, healthcare and medtech sectors. Damian Maloney is an increasingly pivotal member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Shaun O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Máire Cunningham; Damian Maloney; John White; Edward Evans; Emer Moriarty Crowley; Kyle Wimpress

Testimonials

‘A truly partner-led service with fantastic commitment given by all the Beauchamps team members to each transaction. Advice is practical and commercial with the desired end result always to the fore of advice provided.’

‘They are experts in their field and have made the effort to develop a good understanding of our business.’

‘Practical, commercial advice grounded in a deep understanding of the client’s world. Pleasure to deal with.’

‘Máire Cunningham is exceptional. Truly gets the big picture of a deal and works to ensure a timely, relevant outcome.’

‘Máire Cunningham is excellent. Very knowledgeable and has a real can-do attitude. Solutions are found to deal with road blocks.’

‘Emer Moriarty Crowley is a real pleasure to deal with. She has extensive corporate experience across various sectors and has exemplary commitment to her clients. Given her in-house experience her advice is always practical.’

‘Edward Evans – provides excellent legal advice while also understanding and advising on the tactical and commercial aspects of any given case.’

Key clients

Mapaex

Stoneweg S.A.

Grafton Group plc

Enterprise Ireland

RSK Group

Ensto OY

Glantus Holdings plc

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Hooper Dolan

Paragon Group

Western Development Commission

Meptagon Group

IDA Ireland

CIE

UDG plc

Ergo

CRS Cold Storage

Famalco (SsangYong Automotive Ireland)

Schutz Group

Cabot Financial

Lotus

Grosvenor Cleaning Services

Irish Australia Chamber of Commerce

Invert Robotics

Work highlights

  • Advised Hooper Dolan on its recent sale to Arachas Insurance (owned by the Ardonagh Group).
  • Advised Glantus Holdings plc on its listing on AIM.
  • Advised India based company Mapaex on its acquisition of the Procter and Gamble (P&G) operation in Newbridge, County Kildare.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP has a fast-growing practice focused on start-ups and emerging companies, right through to publicly-listed businesses; this includes a significant international client base. Moreover, the firm has a strong history in public sector transactions and counts private equity as another forte. Life sciences and technology are especially active sectors for the firm, along with healthcare and renewable energy. Over recent years, it has hired senior practitioners from several of Ireland’s tier one firms, including some with London experience. Gavin Blake is an energy transactions specialist and Darren Daly is prominent in technology deals. Colin Sainsbury and Catherine Dowling are key for life sciences deals. Former department head Neil Keenan  and Gerry Beausang have joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Colin Sainsbury; Catherine Dowling; Eamonn Carey; Darren Daly; Gavin Blake; Daniel Holohan

Testimonials

‘We have used the M&A team in BW over the years and they would be our go-to firm for transactions above a certain level. They have a high level of competence and terrific attention to detail. We found them strong on cross-border deals especially.’

‘Responsiveness and prioritisation of client needs. The firm takes the time to gain an understanding of the client’s business, opportunities and challenges. The senior members of the team remain consistent which allows strong and enduring client relationships to be built.’

Gavin Blake. Stand out service provided. ByrneWallace’s in depth understanding of the overall transaction, goals and knowledge of the business allowed them to play such a successful role for mainstream.’

‘Led by Colin Sainsbury, the Byrne Wallace team provided exceptional support to our recent M&A transaction. The transaction was managed in-house so the ByrneWallace support was more extensive than would be normal. The ByrneWallace team gave the transaction top priority and were integral to the transaction closing on schedule.’

‘Daniel Holohan – associate – detail focused and keen to progress matters quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power Limited

M&M Walshe Holdings Limited

MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland

PrecisionBiotics Limited

Inflazome Limited

PrioThera Limited

One Projects Design and Innovations Limited

StayCity Investment Holdings Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Corporate Access Limited

TechMet Limited

DNM Technologies Limited

Treo Technologies DAC

Juvanesence Limited

Ocuco Limited

Ubiqube (Ireland) Limited

The Western Development Commission

The Metacu group of credit unions

Fexco Unlimited Company

Integrity360

HSS Hire Group plc

Adaptive Mobile

XtremePush Limited

Majority Shareholder of Interactive Services (Holdings) Limited

Avectas Limited

Silent-Aire

Browserstack

Shareholders of Ammeon

SuperNode Limited

Mainstream Renewable Power Limited

M&M Walshe Holdings Limited

MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland

PrecisionBiotics Limited

Inflazome Limited

PrioThera Limited

One Projects Design and Innovations Limited

StayCity Investment Holdings Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Corporate Access Limited

TechMet Limited

DNM Technologies Limited

Treo Technologies DAC

Juvanesence Limited

Ocuco Limited

Ubiqube (Ireland) Limited

The Western Development Commission

The Metacu group of credit unions

Fexco Unlimited Company

Integrity360

HSS Hire Group plc

Adaptive Mobile

XtremePush Limited

Majority Shareholder of Interactive Services (Holdings) Limited

Avectas Limited

Silent-Aire

Browserstack

Shareholders of Ammeon

SuperNode Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as an Irish legal adviser for Mainstream Renewable Power on its agreement whereby Aker Horizons is to take a 75% equity stake in the business.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Silent-Aire in relation to Irish legal and tax aspects of its acquisition by Johnson Controls.
  • Provided legal and tax advice to the majority shareholder and the target in the cross-border acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Interactive Services (Holdings) Limited.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is a recognised leader in mid-market M&A and cross-border transactions. It has an impressive roster of Irish and foreign multinational clients. Key sectors for the Dublin office are technology, life sciences, healthcare, and food and retail. It has a successful record in representing fast-growth companies and has a solid standing in private equity and venture capital. Corporate restructurings is another forte. Department head Gerard Ryan is noted for cross-border deals in the technology space. Gavin O’Flaherty is recognised for insurance M&A and private equity deals. Tony McGovern is rated for life sciences deals

Practice head(s):

Gerard Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Gavin O’Flaherty; Enda Newton; Enda Cullivan; Sean Ryan; Tony McGovern; Lee Murphy

Testimonials

‘Two key components to the successful engagement with this team were, the ability to always have the clients’ interests core to any material decision and the capabilities to understand and advise on the commercial impacts of those decisions.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland is uniquely positioned in the Irish market to provide innovative and reliable local advice whilst having access to the expansive global Eversheds Sutherland network. The Corporate M&A team has an experienced team of individuals with expertise in varying markets and areas.’

‘Tony McGovern – an experienced and very commercial and pragmatic and highly trusted advisor’

‘Gavin O’Flaherty has become a vital and trusted advisor to our senior management team on the most important transactions which have taken place and he has ensured that the wider Eversheds Sutherland team supporting us are giving us timely and high quality advices which we expect and need.’

‘Gerard Ryan is commercially and technically ahead of the rest, a brilliant mind. One of the most honest and approachable partners in the Irish market.’

‘Our representative is Enda Newton and we have full confidence in his ability and service. When you need assistance and you know you have your back covered in terms of that advice or assistance that you know you are putting your trust in the right person.’

‘Enda Cullivan is really good on transactions and making sure everything is in order – he’s great on details and will work to deliver what we want on time and on budget.’

‘I have worked with Lee Murphy over a number of years and have found him extremely thoughtful and engaged. He makes himself available throughout the transaction and gives excellent advice which has been well thought through.’

Key clients

eShopWorld

Aston Lark

FEXCO Holdings UC

Cairn Homes plc

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Goodbody Stockbrokers

Circle K

CyrusOne

Kingspan

Euronet Worldwide

Development Capital

Planet Payment

Patreon

STAR Capital

Therapie

Portman Healthcare

Shell Petroleum Company

OpenText

Ronan Group Real Estate

Musgrave

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

Impax Asset Management

Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co Ltd

Norman Thompson Insurances Ltd and Norman Thompson Life & Pensions Ltd

AECOM

The Sanbra Group

The Hevac Group

Flair Showers

Work highlights

  • Advised Eidervale Limited on the sale of its entire shareholding (49.9%) in the capital of US Direct E-Commerce Holdings DAC to the majority shareholder, Asendia AG.
  • Acted for FEXCO Holdings UC and the trustees of the Goodbody Employee Benefit Trust in respect of their proposed sale of Ganmac Holdings (BVI) Limited to Allied Irish Banks.
  • Advised the Ronan Group Real Estate on its investment as part of a joint venture with Oaktree into the Irish Glass Bottle site in Dublin.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a sizeable and established team that continues to make its mark in healthcare, technology, financial services, and media and entertainment, among other sectors. It has especially strong connections to Irish businesses and genuine credibility in the international arena. The firm is also active in private equity and venture capital investments; it has advised on a series of headline international and Ireland private equity deals. Gerry Halpenny is chairman of the firm and head of the M&A practice, while Richard Curran leads the corporate and commercial department and has extensive international experience. Jennifer McGuire also impresses.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Gerry Halpenny; Jennifer McGuire; Emmet Scully; Philip Daly

Testimonials

‘Passionate about client service.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and experience which is explained in a very understandable way. You really feel like you have the best team in your corner. Also extremely nice, friendly people. Seems to be a great culture.’

‘The commercial team’s value to us as our lawyers is their truly commercial approach – they work to find solutions to our challenges that enable us to move forward with our business; they are responsive and useful. Although the relationship is very much partner led, and we have a very good relationship with our client partner, they seem to be efficient in who they allocate work to throughout the team and provide us with speedy, value for money advice. They seem to have adapted well to the pandemic conditions – the transition to working from home seems to have been pretty seamless, which I wouldn’t necessarily have expected from previous experience of law firms and how they tend to work.’

‘Very professional and thorough in their approach. Lay out clear step plans for every engagement before execution.’

‘Gerry Halpenny is just superb. Great experience, extremely personable.’

‘Quick response times and excellent work ethic. Responds very quickly to the needs of our company. Special mention to the partner we have dealt with from the start Philip Daly. Even when he is not directly involved in a piece of work, he will always follow up to make sure the client is satisfied and if not will seek to rectify.’

‘Jennifer McGuire is a standout for us – she knows our business well, is easy to work with and puts time into the relationship. She is very commercially aware and pragmatic in her approach and gets the job done.’

Key clients

Actavo

Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited

D’Amico Group

Digicel

Epic Private Equity

Fitch Ratings

Freudenberg Group

Gowan Group Limited

H&K Manufacturing

Infravia Capital Partners

Keurig Dr Pepper

Randridge International Limited

Shard Capital International Limited

Veolia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Communicorp Group on the sale to Bauer Media Group.
  • Acted for Enterprise Ireland in connection with its investment as joint lead investor alongside the European Investment Fund in University Bridge Fund II, LP.
  • Acted for Platinum Equity on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of Club Car from Ingersoll Rand.

Maples Group

Maples Group has an outstanding record in domestic and cross-border M&A, most notably in the healthcare and technology sectors. The firm is also a burgeoning force in private equity and venture capital investments. Colm Rafferty co-heads the Dublin corporate group, with a notably strong record in technology deals, including private equity and venture capital investments. Head of the equity capital markets team, Patrick Quinlan is another leading practitioner in the team, noted for both public and private M&A, and the practice’s senior ranks were strengthened in March 2022 with the promotions of Morgan Pierse to partner and William Darmody to of counsel. Former Dublin-based global head of the corporate group Edward Miller has retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):

Colm Rafferty

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Quinlan; Morgan Pierse; William Darmody

Testimonials

‘Specialised in fundraising and M&A activity. Deep knowledge and provide practical and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Access Control Real Estate

Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems

Air Transat

Airsynergy

Altify (previously called The Target Account Selling Group)

Altocloud

Anuland

Apollo

Arachas

Argos Soditic

Arista Networks

Asavie

Assa Abloy

Avolon

Beats Medical

BidX1

Bio-Medical Research (t/a Slendertone)

Bizimply

Boxever

Buymie Technologies

BGF

Brightflag

Cainthus

Cantor Fitzgerald

Carav Holdings

Cardinal Carlyle

Carroll’s Meats

Cashel Fund plc

Cimpress

CityJet

Cityswifter

Clavis Insight

Clean Communications Limited

Conrad Hotel

Core Computer Consultants Limited

CoreHR

Credit Suisse

CurrencyFair

Decawave

Digital Marketing Institute

DoTERRA

Draper Esprit

Emerald Airlines

Equity Zen

Euroforest

Fieldaware Group Limited

Firmwave

First Analysis

Firwave

FLYEfit

Fundrecs

Gael Form Limited

GC Aesthetics

Greenfield Global

Greyhound Waste + Recycling

GW Plastics

Gym Plus Coffee

Harkness Screens

Home Store + More

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

iHeed Health Training Limited

Innovative Interfaces

Integrity 360

Irish Relocation Services

J&E Davy

Jobbio

JustEat.com

Kaspersky

Linked P2P

Lioncourt Capital

Marathon Asset Management

MBK Partners

Meetingsbooker

MML Growth Capital Partners

Moneygram

Myntum Limited

National Treasury Management Agency/Ireland Strategic Fund

Nektr Technologies

Neogen

Nimbus Investments

Northwell health,inc.

Novaerus

Nuritas

Oaktree/Lioncor

Ogalas

Paradice Investment Management LLC

Pharmapod

PMD Solutions

PQ Bypass

Procorre

Prodigy Learning

ProTek Medical Limited

Quest Software

Quinn industrial holdings

RediResi

Revelate Capital

Rockall Technologies

Rubicoin

Safefood 360

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S

Scopely , inc.

Senvest

Shaw Academy

Shenzhen Wongtee International Enterprise Corporation

Sky Aviation Leasing

Smith and Williamson

Sony

Space Property Investment Holdings Limited

Starboard Value

ST Engineering

Strategic Capital Investment fund plc

Susquehanna Growth Equity

Synova Capital

Sysnet

Taoglas

Technopath

Techno-path Manufacturing Limited

The Websummit

Thinksmarter

Upland Software

Urban Volt

Vela Games

Version 1

Waterfall Asset Management

Webio

Welltel

Wia Technologies

Wychwood Capital Partners

Your Smile Direct

Spotlight Orla Care

Work highlights

  • Advised Taxamo on its acquisition by US company Vertex.
  • Advised Boxever on the Irish corporate legal aspects of its sale to Sitecore.
  • Advised Oaktree Capital on a transaction relating to the acquisition of 80% of NAMA’s interest in the Irish Glass Bottle Plant site in Poolbeg, Dublin 4 by way of a subscription for shares in the ultimate holding company of the site by an Oaktree vehicle.

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee has a highly developed corporate and M&A practice with a range of senior practitioners in the partnership. From headline M&A to AIM listings, the firm has built an impressive domestic and international client base. Renewables, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and technology are key sectors for the team. The firm has complementary expertise in data protection, blockchain, pharmaceuticals regulation and environmental planning, to support transactions in these areas. John Given has substantial business and legal experience, having previously been a senior corporate lawyer at A&L Goodbody LLP. Andreas McConnell and Bernard McEvoy are also  experienced figures in M&A and other corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andreas McConnell; John Given; Bernard McEvoy

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kelly; Ita O’Sullivan; Eoghan Doyle; Eoin Brereton; Inez Cullen; Anna Hickey

Testimonials

‘The people are extremely grounded and pleasant to work with. I feel confident that I am receiving the best counsel from people who understand the business and where it intends to move towards.’

‘The individuals provide excellent pragmatic advice and think creatively to support business challenges from a legal standpoint.’

‘The people are what sets Philip Lee apart from other legal firms, particularly the level of partner availability, engagement and input at all stages of a transaction.’

‘The Philip Lee firm appears to be an expanding firm with significant areas of expertise however it has retained its personal focus and reacts very well to our needs and requirements.’

‘Eoghan Doyle is hugely proactive in pursuing our interests, always delivers on time and is one of the most commercially minded lawyers that we have worked with.’

‘Our primary contact is Eoghan Doyle. He is very much the point person for us in the firm. The accessibility of Eoghan at all stages of our recent transactions was very important to our team. He understands us very well and is the voice of reason when matters are sometimes quite difficult.’

‘I have nothing but the highest respect for my main points of contact in Philip Lee. Eoin Brereton – advice, service and attention to detail on a wide range of areas has been very invaluable to me and my organisation.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

EQTEC plc, Petrel Resources plc, Arkle Resources plc

Finch Capital

Power Capital

Edgescan

Cantor Fitzgerald

SuperNode

EnBiotix Inc

Celleron Therapeutics

Alpha e-Learning

Maker & Son

JSM

Work highlights

  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power on the sale of a majority equity stake in the company to Norway-based renewable energy investment company, Aker Horizons, in a €1bn deal.
  • Advised Digital 9 Infrastructure plc on the Irish law aspects of the acquisition of all of the shares in Aqua Comms DAC and on the IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Novellus Therapeutics on its acquisition by Brooklyn ImmunoTherapeutics.

Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP

Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP continues to make its mark in cross-border transactions, notably a series of private equity deals. The firm’s multi-office strategy brings it deep connections to regional markets, including the pharmaceutical and cybersecurity sectors in Cork, the medtech segment in Galway, and business processing and fintech in Dublin. Venture capital financings are another forte for the firm. Cork’s Gillian Keating  heads the firm’s corporate M&A team and has a strong focus on the technology sector. Bryan McCarthy leads the Dublin office and also has an emphasis on technology deals, while Galway’s JP Gilmartin is an experienced figure in medtech and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Keating

Other key lawyers:

JP Gilmartin; Bryan McCarthy; Ashling Walsh; Diarmaid Gavin; Sean O’Reilly; Marie Gavin; Sarah Slevin

Testimonials

‘RDJ has become like an extension of our Group and is our go to choice for our M&A needs.’

‘Commercially minded, highly efficient and balanced.’

‘All of our experiences and interactions with Ronan Daly Jermyn have been positive ones for our business. The firm has smart street savvy lawyers who not only have a broad understanding of the sectors they advise on but also a really good commercial acumen and business sense. They understand how the legal issues and advice they give impact on our business and work really hard to fully understand the rationale behind our business decisions. The legal advice is never given in a vacuum and always takes account of the commercial perspective.’

‘Very approachable, very knowledgeable on the relevant topics, straight to the point – no time wasting, and have access to specialised experts where necessary. We found Gillian Keating really excellent and would certainly be going back to her whenever a relevant situation arises. We have also worked with Ashling Walsh and found her excellent also.’

‘Sean O’Reilly demonstrated incredible subject matter expertise in all aspects of the transaction. Sean got up to speed on all matters very quickly and provided us with a clear path. As with all deals, there were unexpected items throughout the transaction and Sean’s guidance was critical in navigating those. Sean’s dedication and constant positive attitude towards the work was most impressive. It was a project that took a number of months and his focus and determination kept the deal on track and ensured the positive outcome.’

‘Bryan McCarthy – strategic legal thinker and commercially astute. Diarmaid Gavin – deep knowledge in his field.’

‘Most of my dealings were with Bryan McCarthy and I could not speak highly enough about him. Took the time to clearly explain the complexities of the transaction that I needed to understand. Very available, flexible and responsive. Collaborated very well with the other firms on both sides of the transaction. Very solution orientated.’

‘JP Gilmartin, partner, is a excellent corporate lawyer with extensive experience. He is very practical, excellent technically, responsive, business minded, and solution focused.’

Key clients

GTT Communications, Inc

Bon Secours Health System

Lonsdale Capital LLP

Brightwater Recruitment

O’Leary Insurance Group

Solvotrin Therapeutics

Neurent Medical

Poppulo

FinRes Group

Kernel Capital

Compliance and Risks Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Poppulo on all Irish law aspects of its merger with Four Winds Interactive; the merger is backed by Vista Equity Partners.
  • Advised O’Leary Insurance on its acquisition by Brown & Brown.
  • Advised Compliance & Risks on its acquisition by Luminate Capital Partners.

Walkers

Walkers has an established name in cross-border and domestic Irish M&A, particularly in the financial services sector, including aviation leasing and investment funds. The Dublin office has also penetrated the domestic mid-market M&A segment, operating across a range of industries. Along with M&A, the Dublin team has also developed a track record in corporate restructurings, commercial contracts, and corporate redomiciliation and migration. Department head Brendan O’Brien is an experienced figure in financial services deals and leads most of the firm’s top corporate engagements. Of counsel Eoin Ryan is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Brendan O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Eoin Ryan

Testimonials

‘Their dedication to the cause at all hours of the night, but most importantly their expertise and insightful opinion when it most counts.’

‘In particular with respect to our client and our particular transaction, we felt that they provided standout advice with respect to protecting our name, image and his minority shareholding interest.’

‘We found them to be extremely responsive. It was very comforting for us to know that they had adapted to the working from home environment seamlessly, particularly with the adoption of technology to maintain regular contact with us throughout the entire investment process.’

‘Walkers have a great commercial team – with an all round strength in corporate and M&A matters. They combine great knowledge with a good commercial awareness. They are always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘To be creative, being solution minded is key. Having the ability to identify key points, find solutions and present options in a clear manner when challenges are faced.’

‘We have worked with number of individuals in various regions when it comes to M&A, Brendan O’Brian partner at Walkers is clearly one of the most professional legal advisor that we have worked with.’

‘Brendan O’Brien’s meticulous eye for detail combined with his pragmatic approach and personality means he’s a lawyer you want on your side. He knows how to get deals done and understand client’s needs. A good all round knowledge of the law and can-do attitude. Brendan knows how to deal with whatever is thrown at him – I cannot recommend him enough.’

‘Brendan O’Brien is very experienced and knowledgeable on Irish aspects of international corporate transactions.’

Key clients

Airborne Capital Limited

Allied Risk Holdings Limited

Antaria Pharmaceuticals Limited

Apex Group

Auxmoney GmbH

BeIkonic Limited

Benchwalk Advisors LLC

CUSOP

Donnelly Foods

Dunas Capital

ESS Modular

First Energy Bank

Global Student Accommodation

Goshawk Aviation

Halma Plc

Hertz

ICBC Leasing

Iceland Seafood Iceland hf

Insight Investment

KGAL

Kylin Prime Group

Lease Corporation International

Metamo

Oceanpath Seafood Limited

Oracle Contractors

Remote Management Technology

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to LCI on the negotiation and implementation of a $230m joint venture between LCI and Japanese investor, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Leasing.
  • Acted as lead counsel to ISI, a global seafood processor listed on Nasdaq Iceland, on its €6.5m acquisition of Carr & Sons Seafood Limited from Mondi Group AB, through ISI’s existing Irish business Oceanpath Limited.
  • Advised BeIkonic, a UK investment company controlled by Sir Paul Marshall (a leading hedge fund manager) and certain other individuals, on its equity investment in Gym Plus Coffee Limited. Also advised international singer and performer Niall Horan on a similar equity investment in Gym Plus Coffee Limited.

Dentons Ireland

Dentons Ireland has made a considerable splash in Ireland, by launching with a senior team of standout M&A and private equity specialists. The group also has extensive international experience with Eavan Saunders, having been a partner at Ashurst in London; she joined the firm from William Fry in September 2020 with Shane O’Donnell following suit in January 2021. With two senior corporate partners on board, the Dublin office has attracted a range of domestic and international corporate clients, and has real pedigree in private equity investments and venture capital financings.

Practice head(s):

Eavan Saunders; Shane O’Donnell

Testimonials

‘Great group of individuals that are there to support you through a journey.’

‘Exceptionally dedicated and hardworking team. Always available. Very committed to the work that they are doing. Supported our business through numerous challenging transactions as well as supporting us with our day to day legal requirements.’

‘Dentons Ireland has built one of the best corporate teams in the market, as evidenced by the marquee deals they have been mandated on since opening. In my experience, their team is highly motivated, professional, commercial and diligent. They bring a fresh attitude to any deal and concentrate on finding solutions rather than issues. They work very collaboratively with all others on a transaction, from client, to other advisors to those on the opposite side of the deal. Their sole focus is to deliver the best outcomes for their client, in the most frictionless way possible and they thoroughly understand the commercial aspect of the deal, which in my view is a key attribute in delivering the best outcomes. I have found them a pleasure to deal with both professionally and personally.’

‘They delivered exceptional support to us on two very difficult transactions with challenging counterparties. Without their support, we would have struggled to get these deals over the line.’

‘Eavan Saunders is an exceptional corporate and M&A partner. She is highly commercial, very pragmatic, firm, focused and gets things done.’

‘Eavan Saunders is a very dedicated partner that gives accurate and real advice, no matter the situation.’

‘I found that even if they are not subject matter experts in something or don’t have the answer to hand, they will take it away, research it and come back to you with a recommendation or proposal in a short space of time. Very reliable. We work closely with Eavan Saunders and Shane O’Donnell who have been fantastic to work with.’

‘Shane O’Donnell is the consummate professional in all aspects of our work together. Shane’s commercial acumen is one of his stand out features, which innumerable competitors are lacking, not only does Shane focus on the law but also on the real commercial substance of a transaction, which always makes the legal process not only shorter and easier but more effective in relation to a client’s goals. Shane is wholly dedicated to his clients, being constantly available to field calls and deal with the detail in relation to the transaction. Eavan Saunders is a fantastic addition to any deal team, despite being managing partner she is often in the detail of client transactions, bringing to bear her considerable PE experience, across a wide variety of industries. Eavan always lends a fresh perspective, both through her demeanour and in-depth knowledge, commercial and legal.’

Key clients

Ailmount Investments ULC

GH Research Ireland Limited

SilverCloud Health

Zetland Capital Partners LLP

Shareholders of iHeed Health Training Limited

Doran & Minehane Limited

GH Research Plc

Thoma Bravo

Harwood Private Capital

ACT Venture Capital

Amplifon

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Ailmount Investments ULC, the selling shareholder of the Davy Group, in relation to the disposal of the Davy group of companies.
  • Advised GH Research Ireland Limited, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for the management of psychiatric and neurological disorders, on its pre-IPO fundraising round.
  • Advised SilverCloud Health, an Irish technology company providing online mental health programmes, on the sale of its group to American Well Corporation as part of a deal to acquire both the client and Conversa Health, a leading automated virtual healthcare provider.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace has a fine record in financial services and other regulated industries (including media), healthcare and life sciences, property-related transactions, tax-driven deals, and private equity and venture capital investments. Department head Lorcan Tiernan is an experienced corporate specialist with deep knowledge of the private equity market. Adrian Benson and Philip Lea are also experienced corporate partners and regular dealmakers. Catherine Hicks impresses at senior associate level, particularly in the healthcare segment.

Practice head(s):

Lorcan Tiernan

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Benson; Philip Lea; Catherine Hicks

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘Very commercial and practical approach to deals reducing the execution risk.’

‘We have worked opposite Lorcan Tiernan on many occasions. He is very practical and solution-oriented. Lorcan is highly regarded within the Dublin legal market.’

‘Our partner Lorcan Tiernan and senior associate Catherine Hicks are exceptional.’

Key clients

Perrigo Company plc

Key Capital

Centric Health

BDO

FBD Holdings plc

Partners Group

Maiden Holdings Limited

Merrion Stockbrokers

Nordzucker AG/Nordic Sugar

European Investment Fund

Kuehne & Nagel

Travel Department

Verisk Analytics

NAMA

Open Text Corporation

Zhongze Group

Causeway Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising NNIT A/S a Danish listed company on its acquisition of Irish company SL Controls.
  • Advised the owners of the independent financial services consultancy firm, Acumen & Trust on its sale to the Irish Life Group.

DWF

DWF has extensive domestic and cross-border deal experience, including transactions involving US and European entities. It is noted for its expertise in energy and resources, healthcare and life sciences, and technology deals, though it has broad sectoral experience. Private equity is another area of strength. Ross Little is now an established name in the market and Edon Byrnes is gaining further recognition.

Practice head(s):

Ross Little

Other key lawyers:

Edon Byrnes

Testimonials

‘Great group of staff with a unique attention to detail.’

‘Personal contact focused on detail and delivery, giving measured advice.’

‘Edon Byrnes is exceptional at following through on work engagements’

‘Ross Little as relationship partner is always keen to explore our objectives and gives clear direction in engaging the team best suited to us as clients, and monitors progress of the tasks to achieve our ultimate goals with sound advice.’

Key clients

eEnergy Group plc

Pangaea/Cartesian Capital

The Brindley Manor Federation of Nursing Homes Limited

CentralNic Group PLC

Industrial Water Management Limited

Envirochemie / SKion

MHI Modern Homes DAC

Go1 Pty Ltd

Calor Teoranta

Neogen Corporation

Vilicom Group

Work highlights

  • Advised NASDAQ listed global food safety company, Neogen Corporation, on its acquisition of Megazyme.
  • Acted for Pangaea/Cartesian Capital on the $215m disposal of its shareholding in Aqua Comms DAC.
  • Advised the shareholders of Industrial Water Management on its sale to German PE backed EnviroChemie

Flynn O'Driscoll

Flynn O’Driscoll has a fine record in mid-market deals, venture capital investments, and private equity investments and exits. The firm has an impressive roster of start-up, SME, venture capital and private equity clients, notably in the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Alan O’Driscoll  is an established name and head of the start-up team. David Ryan is another prominent practitioner with strong domestic and cross-border experience. Gavin Lawlor is a key partner for venture capital and private equity transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Flynn; Alan O’Driscoll; David Ryan; Gavin Lawlor

Other key lawyers:

Cian O’Leary; Declan Cunningham; John Troute

Testimonials

‘The team at Flynn O’Driscoll approach every assignment I have worked with them on in a very practical, commercial and business-focused way. This has led to better outcomes for clients as the advice and guidance is centred on the end result and desired outcomes. This approach is underpinned by a highly technical and sector knowledgeable team of individuals that bring their input at the right time in a seamless manner.’

‘Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Appropriate billing. Went to great lengths to understand our business and nothing was ‘too much trouble’.’

The work that FOD undertakes for us and our clients is always partner-led, but the quality of the more junior team members at FOD is always really good.’

‘Alan O’Driscoll is a lawyer of exceptional skill. He navigates issues as if they do not exist and has an ability to being the room with him. His attention to detail and problem solving is equal to the very best.’

‘David Ryan – practical approach, great availability, assuredness – brings great confidence to clients when referred to them, commercial awareness. Cian O’Leary – technically proficient, unflappable, very personable, sector experience.’

‘Solution driven team, providing strong support and guidance to clients. David Ryan, Declan Cunningham both very client focused, with excellent skillsets and business acumen. Problem solvers, commercially focused and very reliable.’

‘Cian O’Leary, a new partner at FOD, is in our view a first-class commercial lawyer with good breadth of skill and experience and an amiable manner. We worked with Cian for many years prior to his promotion to partner. We have always found him attentive to our situation and needs and very responsive in communications and execution; his advice has always been well considered and sound. We have always found the trainee lawyers at FOD very good (we have dealt with a succession of them). FOD apparently does a very good job at attracting and steering talented junior lawyers.’

 

Key clients

Development Capital/Spotlight

Shareholders of Intellicom Ireland Limited

Shareholders of the MyVet Group

Affidea Diagnostics B.V.

Shareholders of MCM Insurance Brokers Limited

NFP Ireland

Alpha Ascent Strata LLC

Frontline Venture Fund

Auto Records

Sashington Limited/Towerview

Croom Precision Medical

Bio-sciences Limited

HBAN Medtech/Irrus Syndicates

Control and Information Management

Ward Solutions

Engage EHS

Longboat Clinical Limited

Digital Motorsport

Horseware Ireland

New Measured Power Limited t/a Pinergy

Shareholders of ClaimVantage Corporation Limited

Yield Lab Europe Fund

Work highlights

  • Represented Irish company SynergySuite Limited on its Series A investment round led by Chicago VC Fund First Analysis.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Longboat Clinical Limited in the acquisition of the Company by the US company Advarra Inc.
  • Advised the shareholders of Horseware Ireland on the acquisition by Lonsdale Capital Partners of a majority stake in Horseware Ireland.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP has a dynamic corporate and commercial practice with deep industry knowledge of a variety sectors, including technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, media and financial services. Much of its practice centres on transactions in the €25m to €50m range. Ken Casey is a prominent name in the market and has extensive big-ticket M&A experience. David Phelan leads the commercial division and has a strong background in manufacturing and retail.

Practice head(s):

David Phelan; Ken Casey

Other key lawyers:

Laura Fannin; Sabrina Burke

Testimonials

‘They have the experience to match the tasks that I needed from them in the corporate area and they completed those tasks in a thoroughly professional manner.’

‘The Hayes team have supported us in a number of areas including M&A and Commercial Contracts. They have always been extremely responsive and focused on our matters and delivered to extremely tight deadlines.’

‘Partner input at all times.’

‘Personal down to earth approach.’

‘Well regarded for M&A. Ken Casey came recommended to us by respected solicitors in other fields. Willing to explain legal fees to expect in the sale of our business. At a granular level, highlighting where savings may be available.’

‘Ken Casey was exceptional. Approachable and pragmatic in negotiations, avoiding prolonged debate with the other side on minutiae. Encouraging and always available when we needed him. Literally day and night, as were the team.’

‘Ken Casey – highly knowledgeable corporate lawyer with a strong commercial focus. Excellent guidance to clients on complex legal matters and transactions.’

‘David Phelan and Laura Fannin are supportive, practical and pragmatic, with deep roots in the local market.’

Key clients

Technopath Clinical Diagnostics

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc

Charter Medical Private Hospital Limited

MontLake Holdings Limited

LCM Partners Limited

Steelworks Investments Limited

Vigo Health Limited

Blackrock Insurance Solutions Limited

Imagine Marketing Promotions Limited t/a Honey & Buzz

Envetec Sustainable Technologies Limited

Tara Studios Limited

IIU

Aviate Credit Union

Cyclomedica Europe Limited

MBO Partners Limited

Primark

The Irish Times

Unilever

DHL

Bank of Ireland

Premier Parking

Principal Insurance

Busy Bees Childcare / Giraffe Childcare

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Technopath Clinical Diagnostics on the sale of the company to LGC Science Ireland Limited.
  • Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc on the Irish law elements of its acquisition of Nordeus Limited.
  • Acted for Steelworks Investments Group on its restructuring – advised on ancillary complex commercial agreements for this purpose, including loan agreements, security documents, shareholders agreements and share purchase agreements.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a highly developed corporate and M&A practice with wide industry expertise, most notably in energy and financial services (including insurance). Life sciences and healthcare, real estate and infrastructure are also key sectors. The Dublin team is also noted for private equity expertise, further leveraging the experience and expertise of colleagues in the UK and other offices. Dennis Agnew founded the Dublin office in 2017 and has advised on a number of headline M&A and private equity transactions since then. Naoise Harnett has been especially active in insurance M&A, advising on a series big-ticket deals. Oisín McLoughlin provides further energy M&A experience. Senior associate Dorian Rees is highly rated for healthcare deals. Renewable energy expert Neil Keenan and private equity specialist Gerry Beausang joined from ByrneWallace LLP at the end of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Agnew; Naoise Harnett; Garrett Monaghan

Other key lawyers:

Oisín McLoughlin; Dorian Rees

Testimonials

‘Smart and hard-working. Understand healthcare sector and cross-border issues between UK and Ireland.’

‘Pinsent Masons have an excellent blend of technical ability and commercial acumen, offering pragmatic advice as required by the complex situations we come across as a special situations investor.’

‘The team I work with in Pinsent Masons are excellent communicators, taking time to explain relevant points in great depth, yet taking the onus off the client to examine the minutia. Pinsent Masons represent their clients exceptionally well and do the hard work for the client. They represent excellent value-for-money.’

‘Dorian Rees was enjoyable to work with and got the job done.’

‘Dorian Rees in particular stands out as someone who is willing to go the extra mile and come up with creative solutions to protect our position as investors.’

Neil Keenan has been our go to man in relation to all things legal for our company for a number of years. Over those years we have built a huge bank of trust, in his ability as a lawyer, his ability to understand our business, and his ability to deliver on any issues we have. He is an honest and when required a forthright person of the highest standing in our eyes. He listens intently to our issues and his advice is invariably measured and informed and to the point.’

‘Gerry Beausang, I value his attention to detail, his skill in drafting and his commercial acumen to explain what is and is not important.’

‘Gerry Beausang – strong in the Private Equity space, very responsive and well connected.’

Key clients

Mohawk Industries Inc

Synova Capital

Livingbridge EP LLP

ENEA Software

M2i Group

Silver Square Wind 2 Limited

AMEY plc

Athora plc

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals

Enva UK Bidco Limited

Kyorin Pharmaceutical

Obton

Synbiotic SE

Nudge Digital

Outlier Games Limited

Nardo Capital Holding International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Livingbridge on the acquisition of and investment in the Dublin-headquartered Welltel group.
  • Advised Enea Software AB on the €45m acquisition of AdaptiveMobile Security Limited.
  • Advised on the sale of M2i Group.

Regan Wall

Cork firm Regan Wall has made considerable progress since its launch in 2018, with it building a prolific record in M&A. The two-partner team has extensive experience in technology and knowledge-based business deals, along with a range of other sectors. It is also noted for representing prominent Irish entrepreneurs. Adrian Wall is a senior name in the market, and is part of a team that includes Kieran Regan. Adam Griffiths left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Wall; Kieran Regan

Key clients

MSL Engineering

Mainline Utilities Group

Keelvar

Medray Group

Ambisense

Eblana Photonics

Accuvio

Enterasense

Continuum Commerce Solutions

Altada

Chris Mee Group

Eolas International

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore has an especially strong reputation in the natural resources sector, thanks in large part to the presence of Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford. Neither are confined to this segment with technology being another area of expertise for them and the wider team. SME M&A work is another forte with Cillian Balfe at the fore in this space.

Practice head(s):

Cillian Balfe

Other key lawyers:

Robert Carroll; Brendan Ringrose; Therese Rochford

Testimonials

‘They work very hard in the interest of the client and are clearly very professional experienced lawyers.’

‘Brendan Ringrose has a deep understanding of international equity capital markets and of the natural resources sector.’

‘Brendan Ringrose – exceptionally strong corporate lawyer with detailed knowledge of technical matters and a forensic approach to problem solving. Would recommend for complex, non-vanilla M&A transactions.’

‘Brendan Ringrose is highly skilled and dedicated to his clients. He is the only lawyer I have been dealing with – a very fine lawyer.’

‘Under the leadership of Therese Rochford, the firm has a very pragmatic, commercial and service focused approach.’

‘Therese Rochford is excellent. She manages the process very well and bills her time in a very appropriate manner only for value added measures.’

‘High praise for Robert Carroll also who has been nothing but diligent & highly responsive to our needs.’

Key clients

Glencore plc

San Leon Energy plc

Vega & Wallace Limited

Caleo Private Equity Pty Ltd

Independent Stave Company Limited

NEP Group Inc.

Lucky Beard Limited

Scania Finance Ireland Limited

O’Flaherty Group

Betapond Limited t/a StitcherAds

ID Pal Limited

Data Chemist Limited trading as Terminus DB

Adventus Zinc Ireland Limited

Altius Minerals Corp

Ratio Petroleum

Roche Bobois SA

Sonru Limited

Empathy Marketing Limited

Richmond Marketing Limited

E. Flahavan & Sons Limited

Ryhall Limited

Woodberry Capital

International Lithium Limited

Zinc of Ireland NL

Dalradian Resources Inc.

Dye & Durham UK Limited

Cannsun Medhel Group plc

Shabra Plastics Limited

Ballyna Hotel Limited

Modern Hire, Inc.

Independent Vetcare

Canali menswear

U.S. Oil and Gas plc

Mc Cambridge Limited

Primemount PT Limited

My Compliance Office

DLA Piper Ireland LLP

DLA Piper has made a real impact on the market, now with three partners and two legal directors covering public and private M&A, and equity capital markets. The team is especially suited to cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. It has made an initial impression in insurance, life sciences and medtech, food and beverages, energy and renewables, and the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) segment; it advised on the first de-SPAC transaction in the Irish market. Private equity is another forte with Matthew Cole, who joined from A&L Goodbody LLP in December 2020, and department head Éanna Mellett  having extensive experience in this area. Both have previously practised in London, as has Dublin managing partner David Carthy, who brings additional expertise in technology, life sciences, healthcare and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Éanna Mellett 

Other key lawyers:

Matthew ColeDavid Carthy

Testimonials

‘Exceptional team for transaction support – from letter of intent (LOI) to closing.’

Key clients

Navitas Semiconductor, Inc.

Valeo Foods

PIB Group Limited

Waterlogic Holdings Limited

Medica Group

University Pittsburgh Medical Centre Ireland (UPMC)

Applied Process Company Limited

Datamars S.A.

Greencastle Acquisitions Limited

NetNumber, Inc.

The Naked Collective Limited

Payzone

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Eurofins Biomnis Ireland Limited

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acting for Navitas Semiconductor, Inc. as the target on the first de-SPAC transaction in the Irish market
  • Advised the management of Valeo Foods on the private equity buy-out by Bain Capital of Valeo Foods.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher‘s fast-evolving corporate and M&A practice has achieved further traction in M&A, venture capital, and commercial contracts engagements for big-ticket corporates. Outsourcing is another forte for the Dublin office, which has developed tight links to both domestic corporates and foreign multinationals, along with public sector and regulatory clients. The firm has also made a particular impact in M&A and fundraising in the renewable energy sphere. Feilim O’Caoimh is a recognised specialist in commercial contracts, outsourcing, M&A and venture capital transactions. Elaine Traynor provides additional renewable energy sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Feilim O’Caoimh

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Traynor; Conor Folan

Key clients

Hibernia Services t/a Evros

BGF

Simply Blue Energy

Galetech Energy Developments Limited

Ohshima Ireland Limited

Expert Hardware Limited

Team Accessories

Sazerac Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the four shareholders of Evros on the €80m sale of the group to telecoms provider Eir.
  • Advised Simply Blue Energy on a joint venture agreement with utility giant Shell to identify options for development of Emerald, a 1GW floating wind farm off the south coast of Ireland in the Celtic Sea.
  • Acted for Simply Blue Energy on its deal with Subsea 7 to develop a 200MW floating wind project, off the north-east coast of Scotland.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O’Malley Sexton has a broad-based practice with a significant volume of M&A, corporate and commercial engagements. It has a significant client base across the construction and engineering, food and agriculture, technology, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and aviation and transport sectors. George Kennedy is an emerging name, operating between the Dublin and Limerick offices.

Practice head(s):

George Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Shane Costelloe

Testimonials

‘This is a most impressive team. They are young, very focused and dynamic. I have been very impressed by their commitment and their ‘can do’ approach.’

‘I have found their approach to be very flexible and innovative. They are very good at finding solutions to problems. I have been particularly impressed at the way they respond so positively to difficulties which may arise. Their technical work is excellent.’

‘We have worked closely with the corporate team led by George Kennedy along with the employment law team over the last number of years. The corporate team have helped us with our M&A activities and are always very responsive, agile and they take a practical approach when it comes to resolving legal issues.’

‘Both George Kennedy and Shane Costelloe are two individuals who stand out. Both are very responsive and practical in their approach, which is underpinned by a deep understanding of their fields of expertise and associated experience. Aside from the professional approach, both are extremely personal individuals who are good at putting the client at ease no matter what the situation, enabling the focus of the engagement to be on finding practical solutions.’

‘George Kennedy – very commercial when it comes to negotiations and brings solutions to the table. Understands the deal dynamic from both sides of the table – Delivers a great all round service.’

‘Shane Costelloe is great to work with. He knows his area of law, he is practical and great to deal with.’

Key clients

Roadbridge Limited

H&MV Engineering Limited

The Go-Ahead Group plc

DP DesignPro Limited

Novus Technical Services Limited

ActionPoint Innovation Limited

Electricity Exchange

BGF Investments Management Limited

Comline Holdings Limited

Yew Grove REIT PLC

TTM Healthcare Limited

Carezapp Limited

Pallas Foods/ Brakes/ Sysco

Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC

STATS Perform

Magellan Aviation Services Limited

Ingenium Training & Consulting Limited

National Flight Centre

Becloudsmart Ireland Limited

Polypico Technologies Limited

Oases Health Horizon Limited t/a Trasna

Biomass Heating Solutions Limited

Homeland Investments Limited

Samco Systems

STS Aviation Group

MacX3 Services Limited

Bolger Engineering Limited

Pinpoint Innovations Limited

Actavo Group Limited

Renatus Capital Partners

Urban Green Private Limited

Coillte

Ardmac Limited

McMahon Galvin Limited

Resilience Healthcare Limited

Glenstal Foods Limited

Mechanical Equipment Company (MECO) Ireland Limited

Swissport Ireland Limited

Finnebrogue Ireland Limited

University of Limerick

MacX3 Investments Limited

Limerick Institute of Technology

Goggin Insurance Limited

Westair Aviation

Lake Forest Pharma Investment LLC

Luzern Technology Solutions Limited

Amarenco Solar Limited

Infram Energy Limited

The Connacht Whiskey Company Limited

Newisco Limited

Eirchem Pharma Services Limited

McArdle Skeath Limited

Testreach Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Amarenco on the new capital increase of €150m.
  • Advised the owners of McMahon Galvin Limited, a Dublin based general and commercial insurance brokerage on the sale of 100% of the share capital to Aston Lark.
  • Advised BGF Investments Management Limited on an equity investment in Croom Medical Precision.

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners has an established record in start-up and venture capital work, leading to successful exit transactions; much of this is in the technology and healthcare sectors. The firm has advised on a series of nursing home deals and is also close to the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Department head Gríana O’Kelly has a lengthy background with the start-up community, advising on seed funding, later stage financings and eventual exits. Managing partner Michael Lavelle provides further senior level gravitas.

Practice head(s):

Gríana O’Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lavelle

Testimonials

‘Great breadth of expertise. If a particular partner doesn’t have the expertise then effective handover to the appropriate partner who does. Very much a can-do attitude.’

‘Lavelle Partners bring a very partner led and hands on approach to transactions which is why I like using them.’

‘Direct and prompt access to the “right” person in the practice was a major feature of the process, particularly as we did not have any internal experience of the process. Lavelle Partners provided us with the advice and comfort we needed to complete the same.’

‘Griana O’Kelly has great listening skills, really makes sure she understands the brief before launching into the work … also very open to client input at the drafting stage so that legals reflect the nuances of the commercial arrangements agreed.’

‘Griana O’Kelly is very good to deal with and she is very efficient in getting transactions closed.’

‘The process was lead by Griana O’Kelly who led her team at all times. It was also very comforting to see that Griana had full oversight of the complete process and her five colleagues who complemented each other in delivering a comprehensive and complete conclusion to the process.’

Key clients

Proline Hardware

Brentech Data Systems

Nano Diamond Products

Work highlights

  • Acted for Proline Hardware on its sale to Grafton Group Plc.
  • Acted for Brentech Data Systems and its shareholders on the sale of the company to Principal Logistics Technology.
  • Acted for Nano Diamond Products on its sale to Hyperion Materials and Technologies.

Leman Solicitors LLP

Leman Solicitors LLP has a well-established corporate and M&A practice, covering a range of industries, including technology, fintech and distribution. While having a robust M&A practice, the firm is also active in the start-up and early-stage company space, including seed and venture capital financings right through to exit transactions. Dominic Conlon leads the team and has achieved prominence in exit deals for growth companies, while Mark Roberts is also noted for cross-border M&A and venture capital financings.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Conlon; Mark Roberts

Testimonials

‘They provide a very good level of service and are frequently in touch with their clients.’

‘They really do care about doing a good job and it is not all about the fee income first.’

‘Overall our experience with the Leman team has been excellent. From our point of view, they worked well together at the Lemans side, and gelled well with myself and our team. We always felt that we were in safe hands and that negotiations and contractual structures were well thought out, justified, and explained to us clearly. Lemans were always accommodating with regard to early/late calls as needed to support timezones. Fixed fees were very helpful.’

‘Very easy to talk to and deal with. I have little experience in M&A and they helped me every step of the way. I worked with a senior and a junior. Both were on top of my project and knew when to act. Fees very straightforward and simple, no hidden surprises.’

‘Dominic Conlon is an excellent corporate lawyer, makes the seemingly boring task of drafting as painless as possible. He always has a clear understanding as to what points should be negotiated on in order to achieve a balanced result for all sides. He is clear in his explanations as to why a contract is structured in a particular way, which makes it easier for us to get on the same page quickly. He is very emotionally astute and charming – a genuinely funny guy who can inject humour to diffuse tense situations, but where needed, can hold a strong negotiation position, and stand over it convincingly, when needed.’

‘Mark Roberts was friendly, approachable and was willing to help me understand the process no matter how inexperienced I was. Mark was a warm character who seems to be very competent. He was available whenever I needed him and I felt he gave me his full attention. I would absolutely use Mark again and would recommend him to anyone for M&A.’

‘The person we worked with (Mark Roberts) was very professional over the course of our cooperation. The thing we really appreciated was his availability when we needed to consult something very quickly. He had good understanding of what business goals we wanted to achieve through specific clauses in agreements.’

Key clients

Thornton Waste Disposal Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited

Sia Partners

Titan HQ

Payslip Limited

John Bannon Holdings Limited

Pat O’Donnell Enterprises Unlimited Company

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited

BES Management DAC

WellAir Group Limited

NSF International

Thornton Waste Disposal Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited

Sia Partners

Titan HQ

Payslip Limited

John Bannon Holdings Limited

Pat O’Donnell Enterprises Unlimited Company

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited

BES Management DAC

WellAir Group Limited

NSF International

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cantor Fitzgerald on a €12m senior loan note investment into Amarenco Solar Limited.
  • Represented the shareholders of John Bannon Holdings Limited on the €8.75m sale of JBSL to Katena Holdings Inc.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Framework Computer Consultants Ltd (T/A Digitary Ireland) on its $22M sale to US acquirers Parchment/Brentwood capital.

O'Flynn Exhams

O’Flynn Exhams is a prominent firm in the Cork market, representing a number of big corporates along with a range of family-owned businesses. It has a solid record in early-stage growth company financings right through to headline M&A. Technology and healthcare are key sectors for the team. Richard Neville leads the team, which includes Conor Lupton.

Practice head(s):

Richard Neville

Other key lawyers:

Fiona O’Connell; Conor Lupton

Testimonials

‘We have worked with O’Flynn Exhams for over twenty years and found them to be extremely professional in their advice.’

‘We have worked with Fiona O’Connell and Aeibhin Cahalane [commercial property] and have found them both to be extremely professional to work with at all times.’

Key clients

Ingersoll Rand

PJ Hegarty

Tripoint Investments Limited

Dell EMC

Globe Technical Services

Marriott International (formerly Starwood)

PFH Technology Group

Carey Glass Group

Kilkenny Group

Tricel

Corrib Foods

Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited

CareChoice

Webio

OBH Partners

OBH Partners has a broad-based practice, but with a strong record in mining and exploration, brewing and distilling, and technology (including fintech and medtech). It is also well plugged into the start-up and growth company segment. It has continued to advise on a steady pipeline of M&A transactions, investments and joint ventures, among other engagements. Founding partner Orlaith O’Brien has a fully-rounded corporate practice, including public and private M&A. Susan Noone provides further senior-level corporate expertise, including private M&A and corporate reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Orlaith O’Brien; Susan Noone; Daragh Bohan; David Lynch

Testimonials

‘OBH’s team is highly experienced and capable at all levels. We particularly like the fact that the OBH partners provides active, hands-on support for all of our corporate and M&A activities.’

Very competent-prompt response – transparent and reasonable billing.

Excellent service – individual and personalised, strong collaborative approach underpinned by a deep commercial knowledge.

‘OBH partner Susan Noone has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish company law that she interprets and applies in the most constructive and appropriate ways to support our business.’

Orlaith O’Brien – extensive knowledge – good practical advice – prompt and detailed response to queries – supported by conscientious and very professional team.

‘Orlaith O’Brien is a main partner in the firm and is the guiding influence and decision maker. She has vast experience in our sector being also legal advisor to a number of similar listed companies. Orlaith is always contactable and available and makes our team feel comfortable at meetings and not embarrassed to ask the most simplistic of questions, the answers to which might seem obvious to her. She has a friendly and approachable manner.’

‘As lead partner Orlaith provides hands on advice and offers clear guidance to clients and staff to ensure a very favourable outcome.’

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Greystones Media Campus Limited

Kibo Energy Public Limited Company

Minco Exploration Plc

Hidramed Solutions Limited

Change Donations Limited

Ardilaun Energy Limited

Ovoca Bio Plc

Reddy Charlton LLP

Reddy Charlton LLP has a history of representing domestic family-owned businesses. Of late, it has been active in advising on transactions relating to ongoing consolidation in the veterinary market. The firm works with a number of UK counterparts on cross-border transactions and also represents a range of high-net-worth individuals in their investments. Moreover, it has solid links to intermediaries, including tax advisers and accountants. Real estate is another active market for the firm. Elaine McGrath leads the corporate team, which includes influential senior associate Niamh Gibney. Chairman Paul Keane provides additional senior gravitas.

Practice head(s):

Elaine McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Niamh Gibney; Paul Keane

Testimonials

‘Each member of the team has their own area/areas of expertise and the combined practice seems to cover the whole gambit of disciplines. From reception to advice, to billing, the whole practice works and gives you confidence that you have a great force on your side. They have achieved some great success for me over the last 25 years.’

‘I have used all of the senior members of the team and what is striking is that they listen to the problem and get under the skin of the problem. They always have the ability to reassure you that a solution or resolution to the problem will be achieved. When you leave a meeting you have confidence that they are on the job. Paul Keane has a commercial knowledge second to none.’

‘The commercial team in Reddy Charlton have been of significant support to mutual clients on engagements. The strength of the team is exhibited from its expertise in commercial matters and client focused approach to issues. The team is innovative in providing solutions to issues by collaborating with external advisers to ensure the most beneficial outcome for clients.’

Elaine McGrath leads her team with poise, calmness and integrity. She has an in-depth knowledge of her field and coolly led her team whilst others might be under pressure. She leads her team by example and was always available to ensure that the deal got done. This included whilst being on annual leave.

‘The advice and support provided by Elaine McGrath to clients has been remarkable. Elaine exhibits a genuine interest in assisting clients with understanding technical issues and reaching the most effective commercial results.’

‘The people who stand out are Niamh Gibney and Elaine McGrath. I have recommended both to other individuals. I have done a lot of work with Niamh who is extremely diligent and effective.’

‘Paul Keane – a hugely experience trusted adviser for high-profile clients

‘Niamh Gibney – knowledgeable in both company commercial matters and litigation, very bright and pleasant and an extremely effective lawyer.’

Key clients

Gaelic Athletic Association

Páirc An Chrócaigh Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta

Newbridge Silverware

The Fitzwilliam Group

Hanley Energy Limited

Institute of Eye Surgery Limited

Klass Oil Distributors Limited

Bright Motor Group

The Official Assignee in Bankruptcy

IDA Ireland

Dublin Airport Authority

GC Autos Limited trading as Kylemore Cars

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has made a genuine impact since launching a Dublin office in January 2020. David Brangam and his small team have advised on a series of headline deals, especially in the healthcare sector. The group has also made an impression in cross-border TMT transactions, and has strong credentials in the renewable energy segment.

Practice head(s):

David Brangam

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fullen

Testimonials

‘Simmons & Simmons’ corporate team are excellent. They are very knowledgeable and are problem solvers. Extremely efficient and turn things around very quickly.’

‘David Brangam is excellent.’

‘We had the opportunity to work with Simmons & Simmons on our first deal in Ireland. They have exceeded by far our expectations when it comes to supporting a company that does not know anything about a country and its market, enter with confidence and secured on the transaction and the flagged risks, they quickly became more than simple lawyers and really coach / partners in the transaction.’

‘The two individuals we have worked with (David Brangam and Andrew Fullen) did a very good job and have been very available and took the time to explain anything needed with simple and understandable words for foreigners. I now consider them as business friends (next step will be friends) and would not consider for a second not taking them for our next deal.’

Key clients

Alternus Energy Group PLC

Aedifica REIT

Vivalto Vie Group

The Firmament Group

The K Club

Engie Impact Group

IMMAC Group

Kappture

Monument Re Group

Indeed Group

Auxiga Group