Commercial, corporate and M&A in Ireland

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody's 'vastly experienced' team has advised on several recent high-profile transactions in the Irish market, and has also handled a number of multi-jurisdictional matters, drawing on the firm's network of offices in the UK and the US. The team has been active advising mid-market businesses on M&A matters, as well as mid-market private equity funds, and has also handled large public company transactions. Areas of strength include the energy, technology, pharmaceutical, financial services and gaming sectors. Mark Ward heads the M&A side of the practice, while David Widger focuses on corporate matters such as finance, governance and restructuring. Sheena Doggett counts domestic and international corporates, funds and financial institutions among her clients; John Coman has particular expertise in inward investments; Richard Grey advises on shareholder arrangements, corporate restructurings and corporate governance; and Berni Hosty is 'terrific'.

Practice head(s):

David Widger; Mark Ward

Testimonials

Extremely practical and commercial – the team has seen it all. Vast experience. Tough negotiators who you would always want on your side.

Sheena Doggett is excellent to have by your side on any transaction. She is direct talking, and an excellent transaction manager who allocates appropriate resources and always has her client’s best interests at heart.

Key clients

KN Networks

Goldman Sachs

Avantcard DAC

Greencoat Renewables PLC

Battery Ventures

Cushman & Wakefield

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

A consortium led by NJJ Telecom Europe

Ethoca Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium led by NJJ Telecom Europe on the acquisition of a majority of eir, the Irish telecoms and broadband business.
  • Advised Greencoat Renewables PLC on the acquisition of equity interests in a portfolio of operating wind generation assets.
  • Acted for Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation and its subsidiary Matheson Tri-Gas on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of Praxair’s European industrial gas business.

Arthur Cox

'Responsive and commercially savvy', Arthur Cox counts many of Ireland's largest listed companies among its clients, and has advised on significant domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. With the support of the firm's Belfast office, the team has been active assisting corporate clients with Brexit issues, while other areas of expertise include joint ventures and partnerships, complex private equity matters, and inversions and migrations of group holding companies to Ireland. The team is jointly led by Geoff Moore, who focuses on corporate finance, M&A and private equity matters; Maura McLaughlin, who has notable expertise in takeovers, schemes of arrangement and mergers; and John Matson, whose areas of specialism include the technology, insurance and financial services sectors. Christopher McLaughlin specialises in corporate finance and Connor Manning advises on domestic and cross-border M&A. 'Rising star' Maeve Moran is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Maura McLaughlin; Geoff Moore; John Matson

Testimonials

Very responsive. Commercially savvy.’

Strong team that have a good commercial perspective as well as legal. The team work well together and operate as one unit.

Associate Christopher O’Reilly is a very hard worker, always accessible and responds in a very timely manner. His advice is always measured and he keeps a calm approach even through challenging circumstances. He is a great asset to Arthur Cox.

Maeve Moran is a rising star. She has an exceptional grasp of all the SPA mechanics and value levers in getting the deal done, and has a unique corporate financier brain wrapped up with what you would expect from an experienced corporate lawyer.

The team is expert in supporting US-listed companies registered in Ireland.

Stephen Ranalow is extraordinary – his counsel is thoughtful, balanced and always with an eye to the needs of the business. He is also extremely responsive.

At every level, the team is responsive, practical and technically expert.

Conor McCarthy, Maura McLaughlin and Pádraig Ó Ríordáin are our most trusted advisers. We feel their passion for our ambitions and they consistently demonstrate their commitment to supporting us and adding value to our internal offering. Technically expert but also practical and innovative.

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Alkermes plc

Allergan plc

Applegreen plc

Ares Capital

Aryzta AG

Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc

Bank of Ireland plc

Blackstone

CapVest

CRH plc

DAA plc

Flutter Entertainment plc

Fyffes Limited

Frontline Ventures

Glanbia plc

Greencore Group plc

Ingersoll-Rand plc

John Menzies plc

Johnson Controls International plc

Mallinckrodt plc

nVent Electric plc

Paddy Power Betfair plc

Pentair plc

Seagate Technology plc

Shire plc

Strongbridge Biopharma plc

Total Produce plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp through its UK subsidiary, Cognizant Worldwide Limited, on all Irish law aspects of its acquisition of the entire share capital of Zenith Technologies Limited.
  • Advising Allergan plc on all Irish law aspects of its pending acquisition by AbbVie Inc.
  • Advised Brewin Dolphin Wealth Management Limited on all Irish law aspects of its acquisition of Investec’s Irish wealth management business.

Maples Group

Maples Group's 'responsive and commercial' team is noted for its strength in the technology and healthcare sectors, where it has advised on some of the most significant domestic M&A transactions. The team also specialises in private equity matters, assisting with acquisitions, investments and recapitalisations, and has advised on major Irish trade deals. With new offices in Shanghai, Luxembourg and Jersey added to its global network, the firm is also well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. Global head of corporate Edward Miller advises on public and private M&A and corporate restructurings; Colm Rafferty has particular expertise in acting for technology companies and venture capital and private equity investors; the 'excellentPatrick Quinlan specialises in corporate finance law; and the 'accessible, responsive and hardworking' Deirdre MacCarthy is particularly active in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Edward Miller; Colm Rafferty; Patrick Quinlan; Deirdre MacCarthy

Testimonials

The team is responsive and commercial and works extremely hard to ensure that the best results are achieved for their clients. They are also pleasant to deal with and capable of building relationships both with clients and counterparts.’

Patrick Quinlan and Deirdre MacCarthy are very accessible, responsive and hardworking, with a really good knowledge of how to construct and negotiate transactions. Both are very trusted advisers.

Attention to detail, commercial approach, and quick delivery’

The team is a proper corporate team, and not an outpost of an offshore firm. They have handled anything we have asked them to assist with and they do it with great capability. They understand client needs, speak plainly and draft effectively.

Patrick Quinlan is my go-to Irish lawyer for M&A and corporate advice. He is very responsive, works seamlessly with clients and other advisers, and provides practical advice. He has won the trust and confidence of referred clients and that is proof positive of his approach.

Maples is a responsive, commercially minded law firm. These qualities are invaluable when we need timely, sensible advice we can trust.

Patrick Quinlan is an excellent lawyer. He understands our business, delivers in times of urgency and is proactive about his management of our transactions. We trust his advice and the quality he and his team produce is always of the highest standard.

Strong focus on the domestic market

Very approachable, flexible and pragmatic

Expert. Approachable. International experience. Depth of knowledge catered for across the team

Personable. Vested in client relationships that stand over time.

Key clients

Access Control Real Estate

Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems

Air Transat

Airsynergy

Altify (previously called The Target Account Selling Group)

Altocloud

Anuland

Apollo

Argos Soditic

Arista Networks

Asavie

Assa Abloy

Avolon

Beats Medical

BidX1

Bio-Medical Research (t/a Slendertone)

Bizimply

Boxever

Buymie Technologies

Cainthus

Cantor Fitzgerald

Carav Holdings

Cardinal Carlyle

Carroll’s Meats

Cashel Fund plc

Cimpress

CityJet

Cityswifter

Clavis Insight

Clean Communications Limited

Core Computer Consultants Limited

CoreHR

Credit Bank of Moscow

Credit Suisse

CurrencyFair

Decawave

Digital Marketing Institute

DoTERRA

Draper Esprit

Equity Zen

Euroforest

Fieldaware Group Limited

Firmwave

First Analysis

FLYEfit

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

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

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

Strategic Capital Investment fund plc

Susquehanna Growth Equity

Synova Capital

Taoglas

Technopath

The Websummit

Thinksmarter

Upland Software

Urban Volt

Vela Games

Version 1

Waterfall Asset Management

Webio

Welltel

Wia Technologies

Wychwood Capital Partners

Your Smile Direct

Work highlights

  • Acted for AMCS on its acquisition of a US-based SaaS software solutions provider for the waste industry, DesertMicro.
  • Advised Currencyfair on its acquisition of Convoy Payments.
  • Acted for Bakhchysarai (Ireland) Ltd on the management-led buy-out of Brightwater.

Mason Hayes & Curran

Noted for its 'knowledge and responsiveness', Mason Hayes & Curran has acted on some of the most significant M&A deals in the Irish market, and has been increasingly active in advising on group reorganisations (particularly involving multiple jurisdictions). The team has particular expertise in the technology sector, with other areas of focus including the energy, travel and leisure, built environment, healthcare and life sciences, and insurance sectors. It also has an 'excellent' corporate charities practice. Team head David O’Donnell counts major corporates and Irish financial institutions among his clients, as well as a number of fast-growth companies; the 'exceptional' Justin McKenna has a strong reputation for significant public company M&A; Liam Brazil specialises in matters involving the renewable energy sector, and Martin Kelleher in pharmaceuticals and life sciences; Claire Lord heads the corporate governance and compliance practice; Robert Dickson is active in cross-border transactions; and senior associate Conall Geraghty has experience advising on transactions in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

David O’Donnell; Philip Nolan; Claire Lord

Testimonials

Knowledge and responsiveness

Robert Dickson and associate John McDonagh stand out for their understanding of the relevant issues and ability to be commercial in most situations.

The team is extremely client focused.

Robert Dickson has an excellent client focus. Rather than leveraging us to more junior colleagues he absolutely led delivery of his firm’s services.

There was not a single individual I came across who was not friendly and approachable.

Mason Hayes & Curran are exceptionally professional, responsive and knowledgeable.

Justin McKenna is an exceptional partner, always at the end of a phone and always very thorough in his detailed advice. A sensible, logical and rational approach is always at hand when dealing with Justin.

They work as a team with you to find solutions.

The charities team is excellent.

Niamh Callaghan ensures key deliverables and milestones are met. She brings both legal expertise and a practical approach to the issues raised.

Clear expertise in the M&A world and the issues that constantly arise on both buyer and seller side.

Responsive and personable. Calm under pressure with a good understanding of the issues that matter to clients.

Excellent communication, deep expertise in specific areas, good response time and good negotiators. My go-to legal counsel firm.

Martin Kelleher is a trusted adviser to our firm. He has deep commercial expertise in all areas, and is an excellent partner to conduct a negotiation with and a great communicator.

Knowledgeable, commercially minded, efficient law firm who were a pleasure to work with.

Frank O’Flynn is commercially minded and pragmatic but also fun to work with.’

Key clients

Boparan Limited

Paulus Holdings Limited t/a LetsGetChecked

NTR plc

Global Shares PLC

Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc

National Maternity Hospital, Holles St.

Allied Irish Banks plc

Greencoat Renewables PLC

Element Power Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Shares plc on a private equity investment and acquisition by Motive Partners, a US private equity fintech fund backed by the Irish Strategic Investment Fund.
  • Advised Blackhawk Networks, the multinational gift card and fintech organisation, on its acquisition of Gift Voucher Shop.
  • Acted for Scisys plc on its corporate inversion under a newly incorporated Irish public company, Scisys Group plc.

Matheson

Matheson has been active in high-profile domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, and also has expertise in corporate redomiciliation migrations, inward investments and group restructurings. The team counts a number of multinationals (including leading global technology companies) among its clients, and is strong in the tech, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy, private equity and financial services sectors. The team's International Business Group - which is led by the 'standout' Pat English - has also been involved in many major foreign direct investment projects in Ireland. Fergus Bolster focuses on large-scale M&A and corporate reorganisations; George Brady has acted on a number of high-profile recent acquisitions and private equity transactions; Tim Scanlon's client base includes numerous leading financial institutions; and Patrick Spicer specialises in advising international clients. Madeline McDonnell has extensive experience in public and private M&A; Brian McCloskey is particularly active in the food and beverage, consumer product and technology sectors; and senior associate Enda Garvey has notable private equity experience. The team was further strengthened by the additions of David Fitzgibbon and Susanne McMenamin, who joined from William Fry.

Practice head(s):

Robert O’Shea

Testimonials

The main item that stands out is the cross-departmental co-operation within Matheson. It feels like one practice where each team member has its own expertise, similar to an in-house role, and they all work together. Each interaction is like connecting with a close partner to help along the way.

Solicitor Tomás Bailey and senior associate Naomi Barker stand out. No question is too small for their attention and we always get a swift and full reponse. Their expertise in their respective fields is of very high quality. They take the time to get to know their clients and learn about the client’s business. Overall, an absolute pleasure to work with and talk to.

The team at Matheson have always provided us with clear, business-friendly and targeted advice, and have shown great flexibility and expertise each time they are called upon.

Kieran Trant is a pleasure to work with. He’s responsive, flexible in terms of arriving at tailored legal solutions, and has a strong commercial understanding.

Kieran Trant, Pat English and the team provide us with comprehensive but succinct and pragmatic advice, which always reflects an in-depth knowledge of our business and company structure.

Kieran Trant, Pat English and the team are reliably responsive and never fail to provide deliverables within the (sometimes pressurised) timelines we set them. Kieran in particular goes above and beyond, often taking calls and responding to emails out of hours, where necessary.

Very accessible, solutions-focused firm. Excellent service all-round. Great execution for transaction-focused business.

Speed of turnaround, smart people in their specific areas of competence.

Pat English is a standout partner – he delivers and is a very smart individual.

Key clients

AIB

AMP Capital

An Post

Barclays Bank plc

Battery Ventures

Blackbee Investments

Blackrock

BSO Group

Citadel

Citi

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA

Dawn Capital

Dell

Disney

DMS Governance

Dropbox

Druggability

Eaton Corporation plc

Emerson Electric Co.

Equilend

Fexco

Genesys

HP Inc

IFG Group plc

Independent News & Media

Insight Venture Partners LLC

Irving Oil

JP Morgan

Kohlberg & Company, LLC

Liffey Meats Ltd

LinkedIn

Majesco

Memjet group

Mercer

Monaghan Mushrooms Ltd

Netwatch

Nomad Foods

Paysafe

Riverside Partners

Singapore Biotech

Spencer Stuart

STAR Capital

State Street

STERIS plc

Twitter

Weatherford International plc

Western Union

Work highlights

  • Advising Weatherford International plc, the NYSE-listed oilfield services company, on its innovative debt-for-equity restructuring, refinancing and re-listing.
  • Advised NYSE-listed STERIS plc on its corporate and tax redomiciliation from the UK to Ireland and the associated re-listing of the shares of the new Irish holding company on the NYSE.
  • Acted for Irving Oil on its acquisition of Top Oil.

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald's 'first-class' team has acted on M&A transactions involving some of Ireland's leading businesses, as well as advising on joint ventures, restructurings, investments and corporate migrations. Areas of expertise include the energy, real estate, agri-food and drink, life sciences and healthcare, and financial services sectors. Practice head Valerie Lawlor is noted for her 'fantastic industry-specific knowledge', particularly in the energy sector. The team also includes David Lydon, who regularly advises US clients on complex cross-border matters; David Byers, whose areas of strength include M&A, public company takeovers, demergers and restructuring; private equity group head Ben Gaffikin, who specialises in the pharmaceutical, technology and retail sectors; Alan Fuller, who is active in M&A, private equity, management buyouts and corporate reorganisations; Rory O’Malley, who has particular expertise in M&A in the renewable energy sector; 'very strong up-and-coming partner' Gill Lohan; and 'standout' senior associate Stephen Fuller.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Lawlor

Testimonials

The team’s knowledge of and expertise in our business makes them stand out in the service they deliver.

Senior associate Stephen Fuller is a standout member of the team. His knowledge of our business, expertise and way of working makes him our first port of call.

Professional, friendly team that is always willing to prioritise for the client

Ben Gaffikin is very competent and finds constructive solutions to issues.

McCann FitzGerald are a first-class legal service. They excel in terms of technical capabilities and are hugely experienced in large, complex deals which they will navigate with ease. They have a depth of experience across the team. McCanns also manage their relationships with their clients with care so you always feel valued.

Aidan Lawlor’s relationship management is valued.

Gill Lohan is excellent and very detailed.

Provides expert advice, highly experienced, very responsive

David Byers is very strong

Aidan Lawlor is innovative and pragmatic

Conor O’Dwyer is a highly experienced professional

Very deep knowledge, professionalism and responsiveness

Mark White and Conor O’Dwyer both demonstrate outstanding subject matter expertise and commercial acumen.

Brendan Murphy is exceptional – I would go into any legal battle with him!

Excellent advice and a strategic value-add approach

Valerie Lawlor is highly capable, client focused and deal focused. She is highly efficient and responsive, and a savvy lawyer with fantastic industry-specific knowledge.

Senior associate Sara Lynn is a fast, efficient lawyer who is very capable in all aspects of a deal.’

This team have given us excellent legal advice while remaining commercial throughout.

Brendan Murphy is a valued adviser to our company. He understands our business and what we want to achieve in transactions.’

Senior associate Stephen Fuller is very strong. He is a commercially tough enough individual to lead negotiations.

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Enva Group

Lakeland Dairies

Coillte

Sherry FitzGerald

Pollen Street Capital

Adapt Pharma

Pallas Foods – Sysco Corporation

An Post

Apollo Global Management

Vetranio Limited

Novo Nordisk

Hostelworld Group plc

Urbeo Residential

IPL Plastics

Monument Re

Greencoat Renewables

Gore Street Capital

Statkraft

IMMAC

Work highlights

  • Advising AbbVie on its acquisition of Allergan plc in a cash and stock transaction.
  • Advised Enva Group (which is backed by Exponent Private Equity) on its cross-border acquisition of Rilta Environmental and Clearcircle.
  • Advising Lakeland Dairies on its merger with LacPatrick to create the second largest dairy processor on the island of Ireland.

William Fry

The team at William Fry is noted for its 'pragmatic approach'. It has been active in a range of high-profile domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, particularly public M&A, private equity deals, and venture capital matters (especially in the fintech sector). The team also has expertise in the financial services, technology, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and hospitality sectors. New practice head Stephen Keogh has a particular focus on private equity transactions; the 'very strong' Shane O’Donnell specialises in corporate finance and counts numerous investment and private equity firms among his clients; the 'excellent' Myra Garrett has extensive expertise in M&A and public takeovers; and newly promoted partner Carol Eager has experience in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. The team saw the departures of David Carthy to DLA Piper, David Fitzgibbon to Matheson, and Eavan Saunders to Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Keogh

Testimonials

Excellent turnaround times and very good at explaining issues in layman’s terms. Very pragmatic approach which worked well.

Shane O’Donnell is very strong and senior associate Lucy McCurry was very proficient at turning around documents. Solicitor Caitríona McNiff was persistently good at working the detail.

Carol Eager “partners” with my in-house legal team and really understands trying to get negotiations over the line in a commercial and risk-sensible way. Always reliable and always sensible.

Key clients

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Tesco

DCC plc

IIU/Dermot Desmond

J&E Davy

Premier Lotteries / Camelot

Linde AG

The Irish Times

York Capital Management

Uniphar Group plc

Coca-Cola European Partners

Phoenix Life plc

Irish Government

Amaris Hospital/Lonestar

Glanbia

Edward Lifesciences plc

Mayfair Equity Partners

Circet Groupe

Goshawk Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advised Linde AG on its merger with US industrial group Praxair Inc in a deal that has created the world’s largest supplier of industrial gas.
  • Advised Phoenix Group on the Irish aspects of its acquisition of Standard Life Aberdeen’s UK and European insurance business.
  • Acted for the seller and the target in private equity firm Cinven’s acquisition of Axa Life Europe DAC.

Beauchamps

Beauchamps' 'very strong team' is particularly active in private mid-market transactions, with clients including leading Irish and international companies, as well as large family and owner-managed businesses. The team is noted for its niche expertise in equity financing, and also advises on M&A, private equity deals, management buyouts, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance. Another area of strength is seed and venture capital funding, where Máire Cunningham is highly active. 'Extremely commercial' practice head Shaun O’Shea has extensive experience in M&A and corporate restructurings, particularly in the technology, healthcare and life sciences, retail and hospitality sectors. The team, which also includes the 'highly technical, commercial and practical' Emer Moriarty Crowley, was bolstered by the arrival of three new partners in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Shaun O’Shea

Testimonials

The firm enjoys a wide range of professionals in a variety of fields. It was extremely useful and fruitful to use the team’s expertise in a cross-border transaction.

Máire Cunningham represented our company in a very skilful, devoted and professional manner. She controlled all the different aspects of the transaction, knew all the small details, and brought the transaction to a successful closing.

They have a very diverse team and are very professional.

Personal attention from the lead partners, speed of response, quality of service.

Shaun O’Shea is very thorough.

Very strong team with access to numerous specialists within the wider firm.

Shaun O’Shea is extremely commercial and understands how to distill the issues so one can fully understand the significance of each decision. He takes time to really understand the business and the issues that matter. He is always accessible and delivers a quality service in a timely manner.

Beauchamps are a standout Irish legal firm and have vast experience working on implementing complex tax and commercial-driven structures. They provide cost-efficient, practical advice which is easy to navigate. Their lawyers are technical but all have grounded, approachable personas.

Emer Moriarty Crowley is highly technical but balances this with a commercial and practical approach.’

Very professional, with a level of agility which works for us. They have depth in all the right areas.’

Shaun O’Shea is our go-to partner. He is exceptional, available, committed, and understands our business. The team around him are very committed professionals.

Key clients

AIB Development Capital

Aviva Stadium

BGF (Business Growth Fund)

Building Envelope Technology

Cartamundi Group

Colony Capital

CRS Cold Storage

Development Capital

Ecofins

EcoOnline AS

Enterprise Ireland

Emerald Investments

Ergo Group

Equinome Limited

Equinor (previously known as Statoil)

Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)

Gen2 LLC

Grosvenor

House & Gardens

IDA Ireland

Innogy Renewables Ireland

Inventum

iNua Hospitality Group plc

Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)

Joule Group

Leinster Rugby

Meptagon Limited

Midland Tyres

Paragon ID

PREM Group

Polecat Intelligence

Signature Capital

SoftCo

Stoneheg

UDG Healthcare plc

Western Development Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised Meptagon on the acquisition of a majority stake in B.M.D. & Company Limited and related bank financing.
  • Advised Buildings Envelope Technologies Limited on its sale to the Phenna Group.
  • Advised Prem Group on the sale of Trinity Purchasing to Aramark.

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace's 'approachable and responsive' team stands out for its strength in the life sciences and healthcare, energy and technology sectors. The team is highly active in private equity investments and venture capital deals, and also advises on M&A, corporate reorganisations, shareholder and joint venture agreements, and corporate governance. In addition to its strong domestic client base, which includes a number of public sector bodies, the team acts for a growing number of international companies. Neil Keenan, who is described as 'an excellent lawyer all round', leads the practice. The 'extremely experienced' Gerry Beausang specialises in the energy sector, and Colin Sainsbury in life sciences. Sharon McCaffrey departed for DAC Beachcroft Dublin.

Practice head(s):

Neil Keenan

Testimonials

A great one-stop shop.

Colin Sainsbury did an excellent job managing the project.

Knowledge of business and legal frameworks, approachability, responsiveness.

Depth of bench and significant investment in systems and documents means the quality of the product is consistently excellent.

Gerry Beausang is extremely experienced, easy to deal with and takes a very pragmatic approach to deals. He does not engage in point scoring which can often get in the way of getting the job done and is a very straight shooter. You know where you stand at all times and there are no surprises.

Neil Keenan is an excellent lawyer all round, with little ego and a very calm approach to work. He has vast and deep experience across a number of sectors. This makes him a “go-to guy” in my book.

The firm is not so big that they don’t take it personally, but big enough to have the resources to deal with time-critical, multidisciplinary engagements.

Gerry Beausang is very experienced and provides plenty of direct partner involvement.

The team at Byrne Wallace have a complete offering and so can offer a wide range of support and advice.

Neil Keenan has always been very supportive of our business needs and I couldn’t recommend him enough.

They provide very clear and concise advice in an efficient manner without any fuss.

Gerry Beausang is a trusted adviser to my company. He has a great knowledge of all matters he has worked on for us and can be relied on for clear, concise and timeous advice.

Key clients

Iberdrola (ScottishPower)

Nuvo Pharmaceuticals (Ireland) DAC

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Aminex Plc

Mainstream Renewable Power

Amryt Pharmaceuticals Plc

Q3 Medical Devices

Brindley Healthcare

Fexco ULC

Staycity Limited

HealthBeacon Limited

Ocuco Limited

Inflazome Limited

UBiqube (Ireland) Limited

Jensen Hughes

Fastway Couriers

Travel Department

Irish Multiplex Cinemas

Callan Bacon Company

SIAC Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Iberdrola, one of the world’s largest utilities companies, on the launch of its retail energy supply business in Ireland.
  • Acted for Nuvo Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of Aralez Pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised Trilogy Technologies on its acquisition of Zinopy Security to form a new group with annual revenue of over €20m.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins' 'very practical team' has developed a niche expertise in the hotels and leisure sector, where it has advised on several high-profile recent transactions, and is also strong in retail, energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services. The team's client base includes multinational and major domestic companies, as well as start-ups, which it advises on the full range of corporate matters, including M&A, management buyouts, reorganisations, private equity and foreign direct investment, and shareholders' agreements. 'Problem-solving' and 'positive' team head Deborah Kelly has particular expertise in the life sciences and energy sectors; Leonora Malone has extensive experience in M&A, restructuring and cross-border transactions; Gerard Coll handles domestic and cross-border M&A; and Nicola McGrath specialises in private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Kelly

Testimonials

Eugene F. Collins understand and concentrate their focus on the key aspects of the deal that are important to us as clients.

I find the team very approachable and understanding, and very practical in guiding us through the process. I always felt very comfortable picking up the phone to any of the team and walking through complex legal documents in layman’s terms.

All my experiences with Eugene F. Collins, and particularly with Deborah Kelly and solicitor Niall Marren, have been superb. They are not only extremely responsive but they bring a problem-solving, value-adding approach to every assignment, no matter the size. In addition they have great resilience to see a project through to completion.

Deborah Kelly’s positive, can-do attitude, attention to detail and commercial approach to matters has been the driving force in getting the deal over the line. She gives excellent and clear advice which is value adding and she is always available to clients and advisers alike. There are no issues which can’t be resolved when Deborah is on the team – she is problem solving and thinks outside the box.

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

RTÉ

Marks & Spencer

BMW Ireland

Maxol

Mercantile Group

Q-Park

New Look

Applegreen PLC

BOC Gases

Inditex (includes Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Pull & Bear)

Rosderra Irish Meat Group

Arkphire Ireland

Seroba Life Sciences

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Invesco on the sale of a strategic shareholding to Irish Life Group.
  • Advised Arkphire Group on the disposal by a number of its shareholders of their shares, and on a strategic minority investment by a London-based private equity firm.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Tifco Hotel Group on the sale of their shares to Apollo Global Management.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is highly active in domestic mid-market M&A, and also draws upon the firm's global network to act on multi-jurisdictional transactions led out of Ireland. Clients include leading Irish and multinational companies. The team is noted for its strength in private equity transactions, and has extensive experience in the technology and software, renewable energy, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. 'Seasoned and plugged-in' practice head Gerard Ryan is noted for his experience in advising technology clients on cross-border M&A transactions; Sean Ryan's client base includes listed companies and international businesses; and Gavin O’Flaherty has particular expertise in M&A and private equity deals. The 'knowledgeable' Enda Cullivan was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Ryan

Testimonials

We’ve worked with this team on a number of multi-jurisdictional transactions driven out of Ireland. They do an effective job of marshalling the firm’s resources to deliver a complete work product.

Gerard Ryan is a seasoned and plugged-in M&A and corporate lawyer.

Enda Cullivan is a service-oriented and highly responsive young partner.

Key clients

Aerogen Group

Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited

Avery Dennison

Blue Insurance Holdings Limited

BusyBees

Cairn Homes

Cerberus Capital

Circle K

Clanwilliam Group

Constellation Software Inc

CyrusOne

Development Capital

Element Power

Eli Global

Escher Group

Fintrax

Fiserv

Global University Systems

Impax Asset Management

Independent News and Media Plc

Kingspan

LKQ Corporation

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

MML Capital Partners

Motley Fool

Newbury Capital

Open Orphan

Parker Hannifin

Patreon

Phenna Group

STAR Capital

TE Connectivity

Venn Life Sciences plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Genepharm on its sale to Jordan-based MS Pharma.
  • Acted for Star Capital on the acquisition of global aviation group ASL Aviation Holdings from Compagnie Maritime Belge and 3P Air Freighters.
  • Advised Shamrock Wind Limited on its acquisition of a 60% stake in Plum Windfarm Holdings Limited.

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors has advised on high-profile recent acquisitions in the Irish market, and has been particularly active in the telecoms, oil and gas, and healthcare sectors. The team has a growing venture capital and private equity practice. Clients include leading domestic businesses, as well as a number of international corporates, private equity funds and investors coming into Ireland. The practice is led by Richard Curran, who handles M&A, private equity transactions and shareholder arrangements. Gerry Halpenny has a 'wealth of experience' across a variety of industry sectors, and Jennifer McGuire often advises on cross-border matters. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Joanne Griffin, who joined in December 2018 following the firm's merger with Kilroys.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Testimonials

The team had a broad range of skills that allowed us to fulfil our particular needs in a one-stop shop environment.’

Client-focused team who make time to understand the client’s business and business needs.

Flexibility with a strong client focus and desire to understand our business.

Solution-oriented, open to direction and feedback, knowledgeable and take the time to understand the client’s brief.

The firm has dedicated teams, which allows all elements of a transaction to be dealt with efficiently. Each assignment is partner led.

LK Shields never fail to deliver advice that is timely, relevant, informed and, most of all, commercial. They know what it takes to get the deal done while protecting the client at all times.

Jennifer McGuire is competitive, always looking to gain every advantage for the client while leaving a well-structured deal with something in it for all parties.’

Gerry Halpenny is very practical, with a wealth of experience. He can get straight to what matters commercially and where risks lie, and is always available.’

Associate James Byrne is great to deal with – patient and always happy to explain in layman’s terms the meaning and impact of the documents in a practical manner, ensuring an informed decision every time.’

Work hard to understand the objectives and issues, responsive and open.

Commitment and professionalism.

Key clients

InfraVia Capital Partners

CareChoice Group

Top Oil

Dussman Group

Ndevor Systems

Designer Group

Smith & Williamson

Dwellworks LLC

Reach plc (Trinity Mirror)

Sure Valley Ventures

Kernel Capital

Renatus Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Top Oil on its sale to Canadian multinational Irving Oil.
  • Advised German conglomerate Dussman Group on the purchase of STG Group, its first acquisition in Ireland.
  • Acted for the Gowan Group on the acquisition of Opel Automobile Ireland.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee has recently advised on a number of high-profile acquisitions, private equity investments and reorganisations taking place in Ireland, and is highly active in the pharmaceuticals, energy and technology sectors. The team's clients range from major listed companies to early stage and start-up businesses, and it also advises international clients on foreign direct investment. 'Standout' practice head Andreas McConnell advises on corporate transactions as well as FDI and Brexit-related issues; Jonathan Kelly specialises in the media sector; and newly promoted partner Eoin Brereton leads the commercial contracts practice. The team is supported by the firm's London office and was further strengthened by the arrival of the highly experienced John Given from an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kelly; Andreas McConnell

Testimonials

Philip Lee provide exceptional service and punch well above their weight. Central to this are their superb relationship management skills and understanding of their client’s needs and business.

Andreas McConnell and his team provide expert advice with a clear understanding of the client’s business needs and couple this with exceptional relationship management skills.

Very focused on delivering a high-quality service to clients. Very approachable and solution-focused. Response times and availability are first class.’

Andreas McConnell is extremely knowledgeable, very thorough and brings a great deal of confidence to the client in his dealings with them. The breadth of knowledge he demonstrates and extent of his experience and contact base enables him to devise solutions for almost all scenarios with a sense of experience and authority.

Ita O’Sullivan is commercial, customer focused, responsive and delivers quality work.

A combination of partner-led, deep domain expertise together with a highly responsive, pragmatic, can-do approach.

The firm has many top-drawer lawyers, who provide clear, pragmatic advice in real time.

Andy McConnell is a standout operator and as good as I’ve seen anywhere.

Experienced team with very relevant knowledge of the market. Strong communication skills and worked in a seamless manner with other advisers, maintaining focus on the client throughout.

Personable and approachable individuals, focused on providing solutions.

The team at Philip Lee provide prompt and clear advice across all matters. Regardless of the type of matter, care, attention and advice of the highest level is dedicated to the project.’

I’ve not worked with another lawyer who has shown the same desire as Andrew Tzialli to understand what is important to our company, who is always prompt to address all issues and is always available at such short notice to assist with our legal matters.

Really commercial, agile and pragmatic. Credible advisers in the eyes of commercial colleagues and counterparties.’

Eoin Brereton is always available, speedy and provides good, solid, commercially savvy advice. He is knowledgeable about the Irish market and the individual players in it, and has a good balance in delivery between being likeable and knowing when to push back and stand his ground. He takes the time to learn our business. Highly recommended!

Highly skilled, competent, efficient, proactive and timely in meeting requirements on briefs. However, what makes Philip Lee stand out from the crowd is courage and integrity.

Eoin Brereton is proactive in pursuing his client’s interests and always delivers on time. He has a deep knowledge of the law and is practical and concise in its application. His analysis of legal issues is accurate and insightful, and Eoin is very commercial and articulate in providing advice. He has earned my complete trust and respect, and he has ensured that he will be the lawyer I want to represent me on any future brief.

Philip Lee is a highly professional law firm in all areas and very supportive in all matters. We need a law firm which is agile and is a business partner – that is why we love working with Philip Lee.

Andy McConnell acts with the highest integrity and professionalism in everything he does. He brings vast competence and knowledge to the table, and there is a human and business aspect to law where Andy has a unique gift.

Key clients

William Marshall PLC

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

Sublimity Therapeutics Limited

Attention Seekers Productions Limited (UK)

ADVNCR Productions Pte Ltd (Australia, UK and US)

Veeqo Limited (UK)

Coras9 Technology Limited (Ireland)

NearSt Limited (UK)

Studio Nicholson

JSM Group Holdings Limited

Finboot Limited

Ryanair

Health Services Executive (Irish equivalent of the NHS)

Microsoft Corporation

AIB

WiseTech Global

Camile Thai

Factor BioScience

Work highlights

  • Advising on the Irish law aspects of the sale of Trilogy Educations Services, Inc to 2u Inc.
  • Advising Exertis (part of the DCC plc group) on a distribution agreement for the supply of mobile phones and tablets.
  • Advising NeoMed Inc on Irish law matters pertaining to its sale to Avanoc Medical, Inc.

Ronan Daly Jermyn

The 'outstanding' team at Ronan Daly Jermyn has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the technology sector, and acts for a number of multinationals and large domestic clients in this space. Based across the firm's offices in Cork, Dublin and Galway, the team is particularly well placed to advise on pharmaceutical, cybersecurity, medtech and fintech matters. It also handles venture capital and private equity deals. In Cork, the 'detail-oriented' Gillian Keating advises technology clients on corporate finance, M&A and restructuring; Diarmaid Gavin is noted for his expertise in life sciences; and Sean O’Reilly has extensive M&A experience. Dublin-based Bryan McCarthy handles M&A and equity investments, particularly with a cross-border element, and Galway-based JP Gilmartin is strong in the life sciences and medtech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Keating

Testimonials

Highly reactive, great depth in capability, commercially sensible, fantastic turnarounds. These guys rank as outstanding in my book.

Gillian Keating and her team handled our recent transaction with aplomb, and had a proactive, commercial approach.

Gillian Keating is very detail-oriented and took the time at the start of the transaction to get an in-depth understanding of the commercial side of our business. Gillian is very thorough and always had our best interests at the forefront of her mind when working through complex technical matters.

Innovative, practical, hardworking and responsive to our needs.’

JP Gilmartin is an excellent lawyer who provides practical, innovative and efficient advice covering a wide range of complex corporate and commercial areas. He is very responsive and delivers an efficient, excellent service.

Ronan Daly Jermyn are an exceptional firm offering a first-class service. Incredibly knowledgeable and responsive, they guided us expertly through the sale of our company. They couldn’t have done enough to ensure that our objectives were met and generally surpassed at every turn.

Diarmaid Gavin’s attention to detail and meticulous manner made for a smooth journey through the transaction, despite repeated challenges cropping up throughout.

They put the client first – their focus is to provide you with the support required.

Excellent manner when dealing with clients, great communication and domain expertise.

Key clients

SensL Technologies

iNua Hospitality

Healthcare21

Landmark Media

Carbery Food Ingredients Limited

Strategic Capital Investment Fund

GTT Communications, Inc.

Brightwater Recruitment

Bon Secours Health System

Waratek

Cross Group

Poppulo

TradeIX

WhiteSwell

Neurent Medical

Cambus Medical

Neuravi

National University of Ireland, Galway

Work highlights

  • Advised the iNua Hospitality group on a significant debt financing and move to a single hotel group structure.
  • Advised Healthcare 21 on a significant investment by private equity firm H2 Equity Partners and the subsequent acquisition of the Aquilant group.
  • Acted for Landmark Media Investment on the sale of its various media interests to the Irish Times.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace's 'capable, pragmatic' team is particularly active in the financial services sector, but also regularly acts on matters in the media, healthcare and property sectors. The team has advised on a number of group restructurings, as well as M&A, private equity and venture capital investments, and joint ventures. It is particularly experienced in cross-border matters, tax-based corporate transactions and property-backed transactions, and in advising  regulated entities and public companies. 'Very skilled' practice head Lorcan Tiernan has expertise in corporate restructurings and cross-border mergers; Adrian Benson's strengths include private equity and corporate finance; and 'technically strong' senior associate Catherine Hicks has experience advising on M&A, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Lorcan Tiernan

Testimonials

A very friendly and welcoming team, knowledgeable in their given areas and always gave whatever time was needed to get the job done.

Lorcan Tiernan explained every detail in plain English. His experience in getting a deal completed showed on numerous occasions. Lorcan’s key quality for us was his communication. We really felt like he wanted the best for us.’

The team is very capable, pragmatic and easy to deal with.

Lorcan Tiernan is a very skilled operator. He knows the key issues on which to focus and guides his clients well in this regard.’

They have the ability to get deals done by being realistic and creative to find solutions.

Lorcan Tiernan is an excellent lead partner with the ability to get things completed on time. He is dedicated and will do all that is needed to close deals out.

Catherine Hicks is very technically strong. Relevant advice is quickly available along with possible options to find ways forward.

Very strong and knowledgable team.

Senior associate Philip Lea has shown his legal knowledge to be exemplary and will eventually make a great partner and asset to the firm.

Lorcan Tiernan is without doubt a superb lawyer with an ability to negotiate with the other side’s legal team without being aggressive or oppressive, leading to a better outcome overall.’

Very experienced. Factual and realistic advice. Detailed in all briefs. Comprehensive in all work carried out.’

Key clients

Perrigo Company plc

Key Capital

Apple Inc

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

  • Advised private equity investor Causeway Capital a private equity investor on its backing of a management buyout of Turmec Teoranta, a specialist manufacturer and installer of recycling equipment.
  • Advised listed Irish insurer FBD on its recent issuance of subordinated notes and its purchase and cancellation of convertible notes due 2025.
  • Advised Key Capital on its disposal of Post Publications Limited, the publishing company of the Sunday Business Post, the specialist Irish business newspaper.

Hayes Solicitors

'Efficient, responsive, thorough and trustworthy', the team at Hayes Solicitors has been involved in a number of significant recent acquisitions and disposals in the Irish market. The team also advises on group restructurings, joint ventures and private equity investments, with a roster of longstanding clients including multinationals and major domestic companies. Areas of expertise include retail and manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, media and sport. Corporate head Ken Casey 'brings an abundance of experience' to his advice for private and quoted companies. Managing partner David Phelan heads the commercial side of the practice and is noted for his strength in the media and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Phelan; Ken Casey

Testimonials

They go beyond just answering the questions you have to really understand the context of the situation to ensure they give the best advice and service.

Partner led and available, with a strong team behind the partner.

Very commercial in application while guiding the client through the key issues.

The team at Hayes always make themselves available at the shortest of notice.

Ken Casey’s professionalism, experience, ability to take a holistic and balanced view of any situation, and clarity stand out.

Hayes give clear, pragmatic, partner-led advice to clients.’

Ken Casey is a very experienced corporate lawyer across M&A and capital markets who gives clear, frank advice.

Efficient, responsive, thorough and trustworthy. They punch way above their weight.

Joe O Malley and solicitor Ruth Prendeville in the commercial department showed great attention to detail.

The team is responsible, practical and commercial in their approach. The friendly, down-to-earth approach is refreshing and encouraging.

Ken Casey and his team exemplify the commercially sensible approach of the firm as a whole.

The team was very approachable and easy to work with. They took a very commercial and practical approach to the project, and we were able to get access to big firm knowledge and expertise in a smaller, more personal environment. As Hayes is a full-service law firm, the team were able to bring in experts in other areas as needed.

The approach of Ken Casey and his team was very personal and client centred.’

Ken Casey brings an abundance of experience in corporate and commercial law and transactions to Hayes. He is very down to earth and easy to work with. He is client focused and will always try to find a practical solution. He is also very commercially minded and has a great way of explaining the issues and the options to the lay person. It’s great to have access to such talent and expertise outside the larger law firms.

Ruth Prendeville is recommended. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the area of commercial law. She was also very easy to work with and took a very pragmatic approach.

Key clients

IIU

NCPS | Nationwide Controlled Parking Systems Ireland

Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company

Fulfil

Way2Pay

The Irish Fairy Door Company

International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)

Primark

The Irish Times

Premier Parking

Hyundai

Unilever

DHL Global Forwarding (Ireland), DHL Express, DHL Supply Chain

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Bank of Ireland

Society of the Irish Motor Industry

Ladbrokes

St Joseph’s Irish Airports and Aviation Credit Union

TJX Europe

Mitsubishi

Work highlights

  • Advised international private equity company IIU on its equity investment by way of a shareholder placing and a debt investment in software developer Datalex.
  • Advised The Irish Times DAC on the acquisition of the publishing and media interests of Landmark Media Group.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Way2Pay Limited on the negotiation and sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Briconi Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Evo Payments International LLC.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Based across the firm's offices in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, the 'strong' team at Holmes O'Malley Sexton is especially active in M&A transactions, although it also advises on corporate investments, group restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance. The team counts major domestic companies among its clients, particularly in the engineering and construction, healthcare, aviation, and food and agribusiness sectors. Dublin-based practice head George Kennedy is praised for his 'energy and enthusiasm' and 'always-on service'. In addition to corporate transactions, he regularly advises on risk awareness and mitigation.

Practice head(s):

George Kennedy

Testimonials

Excellent client service and a professional and experienced team.

George Kennedy and associates Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are professional, flexible and show a passion for the ultimate success of their client’s business.

Managing partner Harry Fehily has an innate talent for client service.’

George Kennedy stands out for his energy and enthusiasm. Nothing is too much trouble for him in terms of service delivery.’

The things which make HOMS unique are the speed of response and access to partners; commerciality; diligence; and value for money.’

George Kennedy will understand the transaction as a whole as a starting point and then can provide legal advice with this at the forefront of his mind. He is confident to tell you what you can and can’t live with from a legal perspective.

The team responded exceptionally quickly to ensure that a deal was closed out on a very aggressive timeline.

George Kennedy provides us with an always-on service to ensure that our business gets the support it needs, when it needs it.

They have a strong M&A team, and the ability to assign resources at short notice, meet strict deadlines and take a practical approach to reviewing and suggesting solutions.’

Knowledgeable in their respective fields, solution driven and personable.’

‘I have great confidence in utilising the services of Holmes O’Malley Sexton. Professionalism, customer service and attention to detail is evident in all our dealings with them. We have benefited from their expertise and knowledge.

George Kennedy is available at short notice and often out of hours. George is the key link for me at Holmes O’Malley Sexton. He has displayed his expertise and I have massive confidence in him.

Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are fully up to speed and readily available.

Always contactable. Extremely easy to deal with. Down to earth, no airs and graces.

Friendly and individual treatment. Available on mobile phones and always return calls if not available.

Key clients

Roadbridge Limited

H&MV Engineering Limited

Go-Ahead Group plc

DP DesignPro Limited

Novus Technical Services

ActionPoint Innovation Limited

Sheils Motor Group

Shannon Group plc

Comline Holdings Limited

Yew Grove REIT PLC

TTM Healthcare Limited

Carezapp Limited

Vale Oil

Pallas Foods/ Brakes/Sysco

Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC

STATS

Magellan Aviation

Biomass Heating Solutions Limited

Ingenium Training & Consulting

Albert Kerbl GmbH

Shadowman Sports

Lee Strand Co-Operative

National Flight Centre

Becloudsmart Ireland Limited

Polypico Technologies Limited

Bucas Limited

Oases Health Horizon Limited t/a Trasna

Altratech Limited

Homeland Investments Limited

Arvum Group

Hain Lifesciences GmbH

Bioatlantis Limited

Samco Systems

Westair Aviation

STS Aviation Group

MacX3 Services Limited

Bolger Engineering Limited

Pinpoint Innovations Limited

Mr. Price

Actavo Group Limited

Renatus Capital Partners

Urban Green Private Limited

Coillte

NDC Polipak Limited

Ardmac Limited

Acton Technologies Limited

Lundbeck (Ireland) Limited

Nursing Homes Ireland Limited

Tekelek

Resilience Healthcare Limited

Glenstal Foods Limited

Ashgrove Wholesale Limited t/a Ashgrove Meats

Mechanical Equipment Company (MECO) Ireland Limited

Clinical Support Information Systems Limited

Swissport Ireland Limited

Lynas Foodservices Limited

Finnebrogue Ireland Limited

University of Limerick

Work highlights

  • Advised H&MV Engineering on the acquisition by management, supported by Novus Technical Services, of MML’s shareholding in the client company.
  • Acted for the owners of Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home in County Tipperary on the sale of their shares in the nursing home to Brindley Healthcare.
  • Advised Vale Oil on the sale of the company to East Cork Oil

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'excellent' Dublin team was established in October 2017 and is noted for its 'focus and delivery'. The team has advised on a number of transactions with a multi-jurisdictional element, thanks to the firm's international network, and has been active in M&A, particularly in the firm's focus areas of energy, real estate, infrastructure, technology and financial services. It also regularly advises on private equity investments. Clients include leading Irish businesses and international companies. Practice head Dennis Agnew specialises in advising international companies on establishing operations in Ireland, with expertise in M&A, private equity and foreign direct investment.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Agnew

Key clients

Axel Johnson International AB

Huntsworth plc

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals

Ardenton Private Equity

Sovereign Capital Private Equity

Equistone Private Equity

Scottish Equity Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Partner One Software Inc.

Enva

Northgate Public Services

BUPA

Decotek Automotive Limited

Oyster Capital

Cargill Inc.

Peak6

GSLS

Electricity Exchange

Falcon Oil and Gas

Socotec

Work highlights

  • Advised Axel Johnson International on the acquisition of Irish-headquartered industrial valve supply group Induchem.
  • Advised Huntsworth on the acquisition of 85% of Kyne Communications, LLC and Kyne Communications Limited.
  • Advised Canadian private equity firm Ardenton Capital Investments Limited with its strategic investment in Budget Greeting Cards.

Walkers

Walkers' 'knowledgeable, practical and responsive' team has extensive experience acting as Irish counsel on large-scale, international M&A transactions, with support from the firm's global network of offices. Drawing on the firm's expertise in financial services, the team has been particularly active in the aviation and funds sectors. The practice also advises international clients on group restructurings and is assisting financial institutions with moving their businesses to Ireland. In the domestic market, the team is active in M&A, particularly in the technology, manufacturing, food processing, leisure and commercial property sectors. 'Real rising star' Brendan O’Brien leads the practice and has experience in M&A and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Brendan O’Brien

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable, practical and responsive.

Brendan O’Brien is a real rising star. His all-round knowledge and commercial acumen are truly impressive.’

Key clients

Airborne Capital Limited

Allied Risk Holdings Limited

Apex Group Limited

Benchwalk Capital Advisors LLC

China Minsheng Investment Group

Convenient Foods Limited

Extraspace Solutions Limited

First Energy Bank

Goshawk Aviation

Iceland Seafood International

Lease Corporation International

Stobart Air

Work highlights

  • Advised Airborne Capital on the exit of two existing shareholders, Fexco and Natixis, and on a significant equity investment by InterGlobe Aviation.
  • Acted as Irish counsel to Stobart Aviation on its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Cyrus Capital Partners and the acquisition of FlyBe.
  • Advised Apex Group on the Irish law aspects of the acquisition of hedge fund administrator Custom House.

Whitney Moore

The 'thorough and responsive' Whitney Moore has expertise in the technology, renewable energy, medical devices, waste and manufacturing sectors. The team advises on M&A, venture capital and private equity investments, and corporate structuring and governance. Clients include SMEs, large family businesses, and early-stage and emerging companies (particularly in the technology sector), and the practice also advises a number of public companies in the natural resources space, where Brendan Ringrose is particularly active. Practice head Cillian Balfe advises on M&A and venture capital transactions; Therese Rochford acts for a number of angel investors, as well as food, biotechnology and energy companies; and Stephen Walker is noted for his corporate finance experience.

Practice head(s):

Cillian Balfe

Testimonials

Strong technical team.

Cillian Balfe gave great advice on how to get the most out of the deal. He also explained all the legal options in a very clear and simple way. He was crucial to getting the deal done.

Cillian Balfe and associate Fiona Brennan were very open, honest and quick to respond to events as they happened – a truly great team.

Professionalism and dedication.

The Whitney Moore team are very thorough and responsive. Their key strength is that they look at all aspects of a query or transaction thereby providing confidence that all legal aspects have been addressed.

They are solutions focused, particularly Brendan Ringrose and associate Colin Hayes. They work seamlessly with us to provide a full service to our clients.

Highly professional, reputable and experienced with a strong understanding of the needs of privately owned businesses.

Strong personal engagement of senior people, great attention to detail, strong, experienced team of specialists.

Key clients

San Leon Energy plc

Glen Dimplex

Dalradian Resources Inc

Surmodics Inc

Amarenco Solar Limited

Sonru Limited

Americk Packaging

Flahavans

Glencore plc

Altius Minerals Corp

Faroe Petroleum plc

Zinc of Ireland NL

Adventus Mining Corporation

International Lithium Inc

LGDL Holding Company Limited

Oscar Wilde Spirits Limited

Pugilist

Bartoni Limited

Capricorn Ventis Limited

Richmond Marketing

TOYO Corporation

Storm Technology Limited

Vetranio Limited

US Oil & Gas

McCambridges

Tandem HR Solutions Limited

McArdle Transport Limited

Ballynagran Landfill Limited

The Agora

Ryhall Limited

Openminded Networks

Trilogy Technologies Limited

Fonthill Lodge Daycare

Ciconias plc

My Compliance Office (TerraNua Ltd)

NEP Group, Inc

Ratio Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advised San Leon Energy on a tender offer to shareholders in relation to the buyback of shares.
  • Advised the shareholders of Softcom on the sale of the company to ADP.
  • Advised waste management and recycling company Sabrina Integrated Service on a joint venture with Bord na Móna AES.

Having entered the Irish market through a merger with local firm McDowell Purcell, Fieldfisher is particularly strong in M&A in the energy sector. The team also advises on corporate restructuring, private equity and venture capital investments, outsourcing,  joint ventures and shareholders' agreements, and corporate governance. Other areas of expertise include technology, retail, healthcare, and food and beverages. Practice head Feilim O’Caoimh has significant experience in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Feilim O’Caoimh

Key clients

Galetech Energy Developments Limited

Hibernia Services Limited t/a Evros

Tullynamoyle Wind

Ohshima Ireland Limited

Expert Hardware Limited

Coillte Teoranta

Kedington Limited

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Insomnia Limited

KBS Software

IDA Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Kedington Holdings on its sale to Excel Redstone.
  • Acted for Evros on the acquisition of Sabeo Technologies.
  • Acted for the shareholders in North West Wind on the sale of Loughderryduff wind farm in County Donegal to LDDF.

Flynn O'Driscoll

Flynn O'Driscoll is particularly active in the technology sector, where it advises venture capital firms on investments, as well as investee companies. The team also handles M&A, fundraising and restructurings, and has advised on the Irish law aspects of cross-border transactions. It regularly acts for SMEs, including owner-managed and family businesses. The 'outstanding' four-partner team includes the 'fantastic' Alan O’Driscoll, who is particularly active in venture capital transactions.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

An outstanding team. They combine exceptional legal expertise with sharp commercial judgement.

Gavin Lawlor is an unflappable practitioner, taking everything in his stride. His strategic advice is first class as he applies his deep knowledge of the law with a sound understanding of our business. He is the most commercially astute lawyer I have ever met.

Flynn O’Driscoll have a unique setup to allow them to work with both small and large clients.

Alan O’Driscoll has always been a fantastic help and offers great advice.’

The practice creates an atmosphere of complete trust and a sense that their sole focus is on you and your needs.’

The individuals, while working in their own specialist area, never lost the sense of their place among their fellow team members, working to drive our deal to completion. Solicitor Tara Keane, trainee Philip Gray and senior associate Cian O’Leary were standout members.

Flynn O’Driscoll is a client-focused and solutions-based firm which offers a wide range of legal services across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The partners and associates are always responsive to requests for advice and proactively provide guidance and solutions to problems in a practical and cost-efficient manner. I would have no hesitation recommending the firm.

Alan O’Driscoll has extensive experience across a multitude of disciplines. Despite his heavy workload he is always responsive to requests for assistance and provides practical and common-sense advice and solutions to problems.

Senior associate John Troute’s hard work, late nights and dogged determination were a major contributor to the success of a very significant transaction.

Senior associate Cian O’Leary’s patience and drafting skills were instrumental to our deal.’

The level of access and responsiveness by the partners and associates is top class. Flynn O’Driscoll bring a pragmatic approach to the way they provide solutions.

Really good client care and attention to detail – they know what the client needs and remember the details of discussions.

Lavelle Partners

Lavelle Partners is particularly strong in the healthcare and technology sectors. It has been active advising start-up IT companies on early-seed funding from institutional and international investors, and has also been involved in a number of M&A transactions involving nursing homes and pharmacies. The team also advises international clients on foreign direct investment. Practice head Gríana O’Kelly divides her time between Dublin and Galway, where the firm has a number of clients, and advises on M&A, corporate restructurings, investment and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Gríana O’Kelly

Leman Solicitors

The 'business-savvy and efficient' Leman Solicitors has particular expertise in advising on private equity and venture capital investments, counting funds and debt providers among its clients. The team also advises early-stage high-potential corporates throughout their lifecycles, and acts for a number of technology companies. Other areas of strength include M&A transactions with a cross-border element and corporate reorganisations. Practice head Dominic Conlon has extensive experience advising clients in the payments space.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Conlon

Testimonials

The speed with which Leman get back to you is second to none. Their professionalism was exceptional. The experience and advice that Leman was able to supply to us helped move along the legal agreements.’

The process of dealing with the staff at Leman was fluid and efficient. We experienced great honesty from the team and it felt more akin to working with in-house colleagues.

Senior associate Gavin Bluett was always on top of everything that needed to be taken care of in a timely manner.

Dominic Conlon was always available to discuss matters when necessary.

Very professional, well organised and well resourced.’

Good listeners and good at scoping out and agreeing requirements. Flexible. Good expertise and knowledge.

Business savvy and efficient in their advice and strategy.

Key clients

Gamestop

Alliance Data

Viztip Limited/Quinby Holdings Limited

PwC

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited

Padraig Thorton Waste Disposal Limited

Press Up Entertainment Group

BES Management Designated Activity Company

Stephen Vernon

Sebela Pharmaceuticals

Waterland

Work highlights

  • Advised Oraleye Limited t/a Toothpic on an equity fundraising round.
  • Advising BES Management on its investment into Nephin Irish Whiskey.
  • Advising Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland on its investment in Healthbeacon.

McEvoy Corporate Law

The 'dynamic' team at McEvoy Corporate Law counts several listed companies among its clients, and is also acting for an increasing number of start-ups. The team has extensive experience in transactions in the healthcare sector, particularly involving nursing homes and primary care centres, and also has niche expertise in the whisky industry. 'Expert negotiator' and 'excellent communicator' Bernard McEvoy leads the practice, which advises on M&A, fundraising, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Bernard McEvoy

Testimonials

Bernard McEvoy and his team were great to deal with. They were available whenever required (both during and outside normal business hours). They ensured that we obtained the best advice possible and that all issues were explained thoroughly to allow for the correct path to be taken.

They go the extra mile and clients have the ability to speak with one of the partners or associates whenever the need arises. Bernard McEvoy, associates Rebecca McEvoy and Inez Cullen, and solicitor Barry Mahon were all available when required and gave us a great service and advice.

The small team provides a very personal service while at the same time being resourced enough to provide a complete corporate solution for our business.

Bernard McEvoy takes a very pragmatic approach to issues and when required makes himself available at any time.’

The team, in particular Bernard and associate Jennifer Darcy, are always prompt to respond with their advice.

McEvoy Corporate Law are fantastic to deal with. They have a small, dynamic team who have a great spread of experience in all areas. They have an extremely positive, responsive demeanour and give great confidence to clients that they are in good hands.’

Bernard McEvoy has a great attention to detail and is excellent with people, keeping us fully informed of all the intricacies with a great customer-friendly approach.

Inez Cullen is very diligent and gives you a great sense of comfort that everything is under control.

They deliver a personal touch along with excellent attention to detail.

McEvoy Corporate Law adopts a flexible approach and focuses on the major issues.’

The individuals listen to requirements and value the client’s input. They put legal structures to our requirements rather than trying to structure the commercial deal to fit their legal preconceptions.

The boutique nature of the firm means that you receive specialist advice. The team’s strength is its far-ranging experience coupled with a common-sense approach.

Bernard McEvoy has a wealth of experience and has been around long enough to know the issues that will arise. He is extremely capable and unashamedly client focused.’

Inez Cullen is very adaptable, highly responsive and understands what is important from the outset.

It is a smaller firm with more direct access to who we needed, which was very positive.’

McEvoy Corporate Law is the most impressive firm we have worked with to date.

The firm’s extensive experience and commercial knowledge adds value far beyond a legal review.

Communication from associates is outstanding. There is a genuine feeling that partners and associates are working in the best interest of the client and not towards a greater increase of pricing.

A well-organised, compact team, who work well together to provide solutions.

Bernard and Rebecca McEvoy are fully engaged with their clients and are excellent at providing sound legal advice with solutions to problems as they arise.

Technically exceptional, commercially focused and practical, very proactive and responsive, broad, extensive experience across a range of industries.

Bernard McEvoy is an expert negotiator, lateral thinker, excellent communicator, and hugely personable. He has extensive experience across all areas.’

Rebecca McEvoy excels in all commercial and corporate matters, and has first-rate interpersonal skills and the ability to explain complex matters in a clear and understandable manner. Very experienced in mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, joint ventures and transaction structuring.’

Key clients

IJM Timber Engineering

Hong Kong Delsk Business

Eqtec PLC

Wealth Options Trustees

Costern Unlimited

Petrel Resources PLC

Great Northern Distillery

Trabion Limited

Retail Properties Limited

Connemara Mining PLC

Arvum Group Limited

Linesight

Clontarf Energy PLC

JW Accountants

Alanis Capital

Baker Tilly

Killiney Hotels Limited

Livewire Business Management

Walsh Brothers Limited

Teamport Limited

Salta Tyres and Autoservices

KSH Holdings Limited

Arrotek

Bid Recruit Limited

Ramius Limited

HouseMyDog Limited

Dekton Holdings Limited

Monteco Holdings Limited/Plato Capital

Eirtrade Aviation Ireland

UHPC International

AmerAvia Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Arrotek Medical Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Galt Medical.
  • Acted for Costern Unlimited Company in its acquisition of Castlemanor Nursing Home.
  • Advising Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Limited on the acquisition of a minority interest from a US aviation company and its subsequent investment by Quadview Limited by way of equity investment into the client company.

O'Flynn Exhams

Longstanding Cork-based firm O'Flynn Exhams has particular expertise in advising SMEs and family businesses, although its client base includes national and global companies from the manufacturing, technology and hospitality sectors, among others. The corporate team is also able to draw on the firm's strength in the energy sector. Managing partner Richard Neville heads the four-partner team and also has experience in commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Neville

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the Kilkenny Group’s Clydaville Investments on its acquisitions of retailers based in Kilkenny and County Kerry
  • Acted for the shareholders of Galway-based food supplier Corrib Food Products on the sale of shares to BWG Group
  • Advised Tricel Group’s Finol Oils on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Montrose Oils, a supplier and distributor of lubricants

OBH Partners

OBH Partners has niche expertise in the mining and exploration sector, and has also been active in transactions in the property, hotels and healthcare sectors. The team advises on M&A and private equity and venture capital investments (where Susan Noone is particularly experienced). As well as a growing number of start-ups, the team acts for founder and family-owned Irish businesses and several international companies. 'Sharp operator' Orlaith O’Brien heads the practice and specialises in M&A, corporate finance and capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

OBH Partners offers hands-on partner engagement. The team provides outstanding service, always working for the best business outcome and always considerate of keeping our total legal costs in line with budgets.

Susan Noone has a remarkable understanding of Irish and UK corporate law and has always proven to be very effective at getting deals done. She is always very present throughout our transactions and, while associates are involved in the background, Susan is always front and centre with us.

Key clients

BMEx Limited

Deka Immobiliten Investment

Pu Yuan Group

Campus Oil Limited

Ardilaun Energy Limited

Kibo Energy Plc

Cambrist Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised BMEx Limited on the acquisition of key zinc licences from Adventus Zinc Ireland.
  • Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment in the bidding process for the acquisition of Green REIT. (The bid was ultimately unsuccessful.)
  • Advised the Pu Yuan Group on the acquisition of the Clonakilty Hotel in Clonakilty, County Cork, by way of a share sale.

Reddy Charlton Solicitors

Reddy Charlton Solicitors acts for a number of major domestic clients, with a particular emphasis on the sports and entertainment, retail and hospitality, and real estate sectors. It has also advised on cross-border transactions and assisted international companies with setting up operations in Ireland. Other areas of strength include M&A, group restructurings, corporate governance and commercial contracts, and the team has a niche expertise in partnership law. The 'extremely efficient' Elaine McGrath took over as head of the practice in July 2019, while managing partner Paul Keane is a 'very good commercial lawyer'.

Practice head(s):

Elaine McGrath

Testimonials

Elaine McGrath and her team were absolutely superb. They were professional, proactive in getting the deal done, courteous, attentive and worked in an extremely efficient manner. They dealt with issues as they arose in a practical manner and ensured the sale was completed in a timely fashion.

The whole team was wonderful. They are different to the crowd in the level of service provided, their efficiency, pleasant personalities and practicality.

They take the time to understand our needs and when providing advice do so in a clear and unambiguous manner. You are given the feeling that there is genuine personal commitment by the partners and associates to meeting your needs. We have nothing but praise for the quantity of advice and the timely nature of responses.

There is a reassuring feeling when dealing with the team that they are genuinely concerned about meeting your corporate needs. You know when speaking with them that they have fully informed themselves of your specific case issues.

Our dealings with Elaine McGrath and Paul Keane have given us the confidence that our legal issues are being handled by diligent and knowledgeable partners with a personal commitment that is difficult to find.

Senior staff with great experience. Very accessible and responsive team.

They are very competent and listen to your issues before offering any advice.

Elaine McGrath was very good at keeping us up to date with progress and we never had to look for information. She was extremely efficient in all aspects of our interaction and we would highly recommend her.

Key clients

Gaelic Athletic Association

Páirc An Chrócaigh Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta

Newbridge Silverware

Fitzwilliam Business Centre

Hanley Energy

Institute of Eye Surgery Limited

Klass Oil Distributors Limited

Brightsone Trading Limited

IDA