Commercial, corporate and M&A in Ireland
A&L Goodbody LLP's 'responsive, proactive and practical' team has advised on some of the most high-profile recent corporate transactions in the Irish market and it also has an active practice in the mid-market M&A space. Clients include large domestic and international corporates, private equity funds and financial institutions. David Widger is the head of corporate, while Mark Ward leads the M&A practice, which is particularly skilled in cross-border transactions. Other notable team members include Sheena Doggett, who has expertise in corporate finance and private equity; Richard Grey, who is experienced in public and private M&A; and US market expert Alan Casey.
David Widger; Mark Ward
Other key lawyers:
Sheena Doggett; Richard Grey; Alan Casey; Ronan Lyons; Richard Marron; Keavy Ryan
‘Sheena Doggett and her team are always available and very practical and direct with their advice. Strong team, experienced and ones you would want on your side.’
‘Sheena Doggett always manages a transaction very well. Knows when and how to resolve log jams or difficulties arising on transactions. Extremely commercial and practical. Very respected and knowledgeable in her area of expertise.’
‘The team is pragmatic and explains things in terms that are meaningful to a non-lawyer. They understand the commercial interests to which their advice relates. They are responsive to their clients’ needs.’
‘The team have been nothing but professional, with a good sense of humour that allows for effective, enjoyable and informative meetings.’
‘A&L Goodbody are responsive, proactive, and practical for US-headquartered businesses with operations in Ireland.’
‘David Widger is a terrific lawyer.’
‘Richard Grey is highly efficient and technically excellent. Good to deal with.’
‘Richard Grey is worth a mention in terms of a focused and dedicated approach.’
Executive management team of ASL Aviation
HPS Investment Partners, LLC, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and Ardonagh
The Stars Group
Oak Hill Capital Partners
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
Allied Irish Banks plc
Ballycumber Windfarm Holdings Limited
- Advised Henderson Park on its successful bid, acquisition and financing of Green REIT plc, valued in excess of €1.3bn.
- Advised eir on the spin-off and sale, for €300m, of its masts business to Phoenix Tower International.
- Advised Canadian company The Stars Group on all Irish law aspects of its €11bn merger with Flutter Entertainment plc.
Arthur Cox's 'pre-eminent' corporate and M&A team has a strong track record in highly significant domestic and cross-border deals. The team has notable expertise in public M&A, where practice head Cian McCourt is particularly active, and counts a large number of Irish-listed companies among its clients. The team also handles private M&A, private equity transactions, migrations, reorganisations and spin-outs. Other key contacts include Maura McLaughlin, Geoff Moore, John Matson and Maeve Moran, who is experienced in advising overseas clients on inward investments and corporate governance.
Other key lawyers:
Maura McLaughlin; Geoff Moore; John Matson; Connor Manning; Stephen Ranalow; Brian O’Gorman; Maeve Moran; Michael Coyle; Conor McCarthy
‘The Arthur Cox M&A team is the standout leader in its field. The breadth and depth of the expertise and experience of big name partners supported by hugely talented associates is unrivalled. At Arthur Cox you get talent, drive, deep expertise, business acumen, strategic, pragmatic advice and a can-do attitude which is hard to match elsewhere.’
‘Stephen Ranalow is a class act. He’s probably the smartest lawyer of his generation, a superb strategist and has a deep understanding of what his clients need. I would want him by my side every time.’
‘Maura McLaughlin really knows her stuff and gives clear, pragmatic advice every time.’
‘Geoff Moore is outstanding.’
‘The team at Arthur Cox are truly exceptional advisers in the corporate and M&A space with a significant depth of knowledge of all matters pertinent to both public and private companies. The unique abilities of the Arthur Cox team to manage multiple competing interests, deadlines and jurisdictional considerations in the context of a merger at a truly challenging time for stakeholders and indeed the global economy were second to none.’
‘The team at Arthur Cox have the exceptional ability to merge their excellent technical skills with excellent collegial and interpersonal skills. The all-encompassing nature of the firm and the willingness of each member of the team to assist in any way that they can through each stage of the company life cycle sets them apart from their competitors. Special mention to Geoff Moore, Brian O’Gorman, Maura McLaughlin, Conor McCarthy and Maeve Moran for their invaluable expertise and insights.’
‘The commercial, corporate and M&A team at Arthur Cox is pre-eminent. The fact that it tends to command a leading role on virtually every major M&A transaction involving the Republic of Ireland speaks for itself, as does the fact that it has a very impressive roster of clients. The technical capabilities and responsiveness of the partners is undoubted.’
‘John Matson stands out for his can-do attitude, strong business sense and responsiveness.’
Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc
Bank of Ireland plc
Cool Planet Group
Flutter Entertainment plc
Greencore Group plc
Johnson Controls International plc
National Broadband Ireland
nVent Electric plc
Seagate Technology plc
Strongbridge Biopharma plc
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd
Trane Technologies plc
Total Produce plc
- Advising Aon plc on its all-share combination with Willis Towers Watson plc, which combines the world’s second and third largest insurance brokers with an implied combined equity value of $80bn.
- Advised Flutter Entertainment plc on its recommended all-share combination with The Stars Group Inc.
- Advised Green REIT plc on its takeover by Henderson Park following a multi-phase global public M&A auction process.
Maples Group's 'commercially practical' corporate team has extensive experience of advising technology companies and is also noted for its specialist expertise in the healthcare sector, acting on major domestic and cross-border M&A deals in these fields. The team also has significant strength in private equity transactions. The practice is jointly led by global head of corporate Edward Miller and Colm Rafferty, who is skilled in advising venture capital and private equity investors. Corporate finance specialist Patrick Quinlan and Deirdre MacCarthy, who regularly advises innovation-driven enterprises, are also recommended.
Edward Miller; Colm Rafferty
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Quinlan; Deirdre MacCarthy; William Darmody
‘The team I deal with strikes the right balance of being experienced but without being inflexible. They have a can-do attitude and a first-rate response time. They are also commercially practical and good value, without cutting corners or compromising on quality.’
‘Patrick Quinlan is helpful, plain speaking, very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Colm Rafferty acted on the other side of a transaction to me but he was results focused and just as dedicated and high quality as Patrick.’
‘Will Darmody is a clearly trusted associate. He is very reliable and productive. I can trust Will with speaking with clients directly.’
‘The Maples Dublin team have the inside track when it comes to advising tech companies in an M&A scenario.’
‘Colm Rafferty is excellent and provides high-quality, right on the button advice.’
‘The team is comprised of lawyers who, first and foremost, are commercial. They understand the need to balance risk with commercial objectives and advise accordingly and this has proved valuable to our successful relationship with the firm.’
‘Patrick Quinlan has worked with us for a number of years, understands our business and risk appetite and his advice is always well received. Transaction management, the ability to negotiate without causing friction in the relationship with the other side, and timeliness are key strengths of Patrick’s that we value immensely.’
Access Control Real Estate
Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems
Altify (previously called The Target Account Selling Group)
Bio-Medical Research (t/a Slendertone)
Cashel Fund plc
Clean Communications Limited
Core Computer Consultants Limited
Credit Bank of Moscow
Digital Marketing Institute
Fieldaware Group Limited
Gael Form Limited
Greyhound Waste + Recycling
Gym Plus Coffee
Home Store + More
Houghton Mifflin Harcour
- Advised the shareholders and management team of Sysnet on a growth equity investment by FTV Capital and True Wind Capital.
- Acted for Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems Limited on its acquisition of Recy Systems AG, a German recycling and waste management software specialist.
- Advised Great Point Partners on the recapitalisation of SteriPack Group.
The 'highly professional and competent' team at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has extensive experience of domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions and group reorganisations. It has particular expertise in the technology, energy, life sciences and charity sectors. In addition, the commercial practice advises on large outsourcings and distribution agreements. David O’Donnell heads up the corporate team, which includes Justin McKenna, who is particularly experienced in public M&A. Martin Kelleher has notable expertise in the life sciences sector, while new partner Conall Geraghty stands out for his advice to fast-growth businesses. Claire Lord leads the corporate governance and compliance team.
David O’Donnell; Philip Nolan
Other key lawyers:
Justin McKenna; Liam Brazil; Martin Kelleher; Claire Lord; David Mangan; Conall Geraghty; Wendy Hederman
‘Mason Hayes & Curran is a superb multidisciplinary firm. I have had great experiences over the years across a range of functions. In relation to corporate issues, Claire Lord is a fantastic, clear-sighted and articulate corporate law adviser. She is supported both from the bottom up, through diligent junior lawyers, and cross-functionally, with support from excellent peers/partners.’
‘Covering the full spectrum of commercial legal services. Highly professional and competent. Excellent balance of legal advice tempered with commercial awareness.’
‘I would especially single out Martin Kelleher, who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the project in hand and made himself available at all times of the day or night to meet deadlines, without compromising on the quality of service.’
‘MHC’s teams are known to be some of the strongest teams across business and industry in Ireland. Our commercial team from MHC was more than knowledgeable of all the latest developments in our area of business and were able to provide us with immediate advice and solutions on how to proceed in an ever-changing marketplace.’
Coratallon Limited (Fane Valley Co-op)
Kyne Communications Limited
The Root System Holding Company Limited t/a Strong Roots
JBM Solar Projects Limited
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
Paulus Holdings Limited t/a LetsGetChecked
Blue Face Limited
SCISYS Group plc
- Acting as sole legal advisers to the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) on all aspects of the implementation of the National Broadband Plan.
- Acted as Irish law adviser to SCISYS Group plc on the recommended takeover by way of an Irish High Court and Irish Takeover Rules-governed scheme of arrangement by a subsidiary of CGI, Inc.
- Acted for Kennedy Wilson on the sale of the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links to the Northland Properties Group.
Matheson's 'commercial and technically excellent' team has significant experience of high-profile domestic and cross-border M&A, drawing on the support of its digital services group for complex due diligence processes. It has notable expertise in private equity transactions and corporate redomiciliations and migrations, while the international business group led by Pat English focuses on foreign direct investment. The 'well-resourced' group includes George Brady, Patrick Spicer and David Fitzgibbon, who joined from William Fry in January 2020, bringing extensive experience in advising international clients. Madeline McDonnell, Brian McCloskey, and senior associates Enda Garvey and Susan Carroll Chrysostomou, are also recommended.
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
‘A fully rounded team with strength and depth. Commercial, technically excellent, well resourced, approachable and available. I have very much enjoyed the relationship with the team and am fully reassured by it.’
‘Padraic Roche has a knowledge of the business, the stakeholders, our aspirations and supports us in achieving our goals. A true partnership.’
‘David Fitzgibbon is one of Ireland’s top commercial lawyers who can engage in a pragmatic way in the client boardroom. He has a good understanding of people and that the differentiating factor is rarely the legal advice itself, rather it tends to be how the advice is communicated to diverse stakeholder groups.’
‘They know our business well and have excellent turnaround times and in-depth knowledge of the local corporate requirements. We are reliant on their proactive as well as reactive approach to ensure corporate compliance of our Irish profile.’
‘Pat English in particular is pragmatic and practical in his approach and is always available to explain and discuss anything. His knowledge of corporate legal matters is excellent and we can always rely on him and his team to give us both comprehensive and thoughtful advice but, importantly for us, in a clear and succinct way. This is not an easy balance for any lawyer to strike but he achieves this each time.’
‘Very approachable, provide great practical solutions, great knowledge of our businesses.’
‘The Matheson team we worked with were excellent. We had an ambitious deadline to meet and the team worked long hours to make sure the deal was done in the required time frame. They were professional, calm, courteous but also provided us with good advice and helped us in our negotiation.’
‘Brian McCloskey was excellent, available at all times to provide advice, strong in negotiation and very good at managing the process and his team.’
Barclays Bank plc
Birds Eye Food Limited
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA
Eaton Corporation plc
Emerson Electric Co.
General Secure Logistics Limited
Goode Partners LLP
IFG Group plc
Independent News & Media
Insight Venture Partners LLC
Kohlberg & Company, LLC
Liffey Meats Ltd
Mergon Group Limited
Monaghan Mushrooms Ltd
Smurfit Kappa Group plc
Weatherford International plc
- Advising Weatherford International plc on its cross-border corporate restructuring, involving a $7.4bn debt-for-equity swap and refinancing.
- Advising Aon plc on its migration from the UK to Ireland.
- Advising Willis Towers Watson plc on its combination with Aon plc, which is structured as an all-stock transaction with an implied combined equity value of approximately $80bn.
Skilled in public and private M&A, McCann FitzGerald's 'efficient, pragmatic and very experienced' team has been particularly active in high-profile transactions in the pharmaceutical, energy and insurance sectors, with notable expertise in advising private equity funds. The group also advises on joint ventures, reorganisations and takeovers, and privatisations. The energy and renewables space is a key area of expertise for practice head Valerie Lawlor, Alan Fuller and Rory O’Malley. Gill Lohan focuses on private M&A and restructurings. Senior associate Stephen Fuller is experienced in insurance M&A. The highly experienced David Byers and David Lydon are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
David Lydon; David Byers; Stephen FitzSimons; Alan Fuller; Conor O’Dwyer; Rory O’Malley; Ben Gaffikin; Aidan Lawlor; Gill Lohan; Stephen Fuller
‘Exceptional professionalism and expertise. They have always serviced my account with very experienced and capable partners and are good at limiting the number of other staff assigned to projects (which in my experience can greatly increase cost with little added value).’
‘Alan Fuller is technically excellent. His very broad experience brings critical insight into issues that arise.’
‘Fantastic service by David Byers, Stephen FitzSimons and the team under tremendous pressure during a high-profile matter. Top-tier lawyers for world-class transactions.’
‘Efficient, pragmatic and very experienced. Great with in-house teams’
‘Valerie Lawlor is a great lawyer, highly motivated for clients and extremely focused on delivery. Rory O’Malley is a great guy, very calm and pragmatic, and a dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer.’
‘Stephen Fuller is very capable.’
‘Gill Lohan is excellent.’
Irish Life (Great West Life Co)
Apollo Global Management
- Advised AbbVie on its acquisition of Allergan in a cash and stock transaction with a transaction equity value of approximately $63bn.
- Advised Irish Life on its acquisitions of Conexim Advisors Limited, Acumen and Trust, and APT Workplace Pensions and APT Wealth Management, as well as the disposal of its technology arm, Irish Progressive Services International (IPSI), to FNZ.
- Advised Brookfield on its sale of 100% of the equity in a portfolio of four operating wind projects to Capital Dynamics.
William Fry's team is 'experienced in the tech M&A space' and acts on some of the most high-profile deals seen in the Irish market. In addition, it has also been highly active in transactions in the life sciences sector. The team counts numerous multinational companies and international private equity funds among its clients. Stephen Keogh, who has particular expertise in private equity, leads the practice following Shane O’Donnell's departure for Dentons Ireland in February 2020. Other notable team members include Myra Garrett and new partner Máire O’Neill, who have significant experience of advising technology and fintech companies. Andrew McIntyre and Mark Quealy are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Myra Garrett; Barbara Kenny; Andrew McIntyre; Mark Quealy; Mark Talbot; Máire O’Neill
‘William Fry exhibited an intricate understanding of Ireland’s M&A complexities and cross-border attributes. The team leaves no stone unturned, prioritizing a pragmatic approach to legal advisory. I was impressed with the team’s ability to identify and negotiate effectively on a variety of legal issues of varying levels of magnitude, which positively impacted and assured our client. The team eliminated any potential issues from arising at the eleventh hour and were extremely proactive by identifying and resolving them early in the process.’
‘William Fry’s strengths in M&A are in their young, adaptable M&A team that works seamlessly with lead lawyers in international deals, and takes on board and supports the view of the in-house counsel. They are cost effective, available and always pleasant to work with.’
‘Stephen Keogh is a senior leader who presented to our board capably on corporate governance matters and is a trusted adviser going back many years. Mark Quealy is really impressive, walking away with the respect and admiration of the international deal team and more instructions from the UK lawyers.’
‘William Fry has provided tremendous support to our in-house legal department over the last few years.’
‘Andrew McIntyre stands out as an excellent lawyer who delivers for his clients.’
‘Experienced and knowledgeable in the tech M&A space, particularly for cross-border transactions. Skilfully interacts with the various stakeholders in a transaction to progress the transaction and optimise the position for its clients.’
‘Máire O’Neill’s temperament and business acumen is what makes her the perfect partner for our business. Her advice was flawless and put us in a perfect position to succeed but keep our investors happy. Her approach paid huge dividends – her predictions and legal advice from our earlier engagements had come to pass, and taking her advice saved us heartache and pain.’
‘Large team with professionals covering all disciplines of Irish corporate law. Engaged and knowledgeable partners.’
Atlantic Bridge Ventures
Celtic Rugby DAC and Pro Rugby Championship DAC t/a GUINNESS PRO 14
Coca-Cola European Partners
Echelon DC Holdings Limited
Elavon Financial Services DAC / US Bank Group
Fenergo Group Limited
Horse Racing Ireland
Irish Rugby Football Union
LSP (Life Science Partners)
Management of Chill Insurance
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
Smurfit Kappa Group plc
Société Générale SA
Supply Finance Limited
The Irish Times
Tines Security Services Limited (Tines.io)
- Advised Société Générale SA on its sale of Inora Life DAC to Monument Re Limited, a Bermuda-based reinsurer.
- Acted as exclusive Irish legal adviser to Vivo Capital in leading an equity investment round of $105m in ALX Oncology Limited.
- Advised Qorvo US, Inc on its acquisition of Decawave Limited.
Beauchamps' 'commercially focused' practice is noted for its strength in the mid-market space, with a particular emphasis in advising owner-managed and family businesses. It also advises Irish and international funds and companies on equity investments, particularly at the start-up stage; Máire Cunningham is a key contact in this space. The firm also advises on M&A, reorganisations and commercial matters in sectors such as technology, energy, hotels and leisure, and healthcare. Shaun O’Shea leads the team. Damian Maloney has notable expertise in commercial contracts and franchising agreements.
Other key lawyers:
Máire Cunningham; Damian Maloney; John White; Edward Evans; Emer Moriarty Crowley; Kyle Wimpress
‘Very strong SME credentials. They get our business as growth capital investors.’
‘Partner-led, very commercial, very good attention to detail, easy to do business with. Shaun O’Shea and Máire Cunningham stand out as partners.’
‘Beauchamps’ team really does give a highly personalised service. The partners take a strong interest in the overall strategic objectives of our business and help provide the right frameworks to achieve this from a legal point of view. They are highly responsive and prompt and always forward thinking on matters.’
‘John White takes an exceptionally strategic overview and provokes and prompts thinking that assists us with our long-term plans. His intellectual rigour yet personalised approach makes him our go-to confidante across a myriad of business issues.’
‘Beauchamps have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of our business, our values and our goals. This ensures that all services provided are to the highest standard and on point. Managing partner John White has been our point of contact for a number of years and John ensures that the the quality of service provided by Beauchamps remains at the highest standard.’
‘Emer Moriarty Crowley is extremely technical and provides round-the-clock assistance to assist us to implement projects. Damon Maloney also provides us with first-class support and is recognised for his commercial and hands-on approach to navigating through technical issues.’
‘We knew before hiring Beauchamps that it was a very commercially focused practice, and this was borne out in our experience of dealing with the firm. What we found unique was the team culture internally whereby multiple lawyers at all levels, from associate to partner, were available to collaborate and support our project, as required, proactively and without prompt. We liked this and it certainly distinguished Beauchamps from other firms in our experience.’
‘The individuals we met were approachable, deeply knowledgeable and highly professional. Kyle Wimpress is a standout professional with a meticulous attention to detail and procedure.’
South 32 plc
Sector Alarm Holdings
- Advised RSK Group on its acquisition of consulting engineering practice Nicholas O’Dwyer Limited.
- Advised Stoneweg on its establishment in Ireland and on all of its investment deals to date.
- Advised Enterprise Ireland on its strategic investments including seed investments and co-investments with venture capital funds.
The 'very strong' team at ByrneWallace LLP is particularly well known for its expertise in corporate transactions in the life sciences space. In addition, it is also highly active in the technology, renewable energy and public sectors. The team has a busy M&A practice and also regularly advises both funds and investees on private equity transactions. Its diverse client base also includes start-up companies, large corporates and public sector bodies. The 'standout' Neil Keenan leads the team, which also includes Gerry Beausang and life sciences specialists Colin Sainsbury and Catherine Dowling.
Other key lawyers:
Gerry Beausang; Colin Sainsbury; Catherine Dowling; Eamonn Carey
‘I have always found Byrne Wallace and their team to have such a wide range of knowledge to cover any aspect we have ever requested support with and the support has been exceptional. What I feel sets them apart from other firms is their generosity with time and support for clients for any queries at all, never feeling rushed and always feeling supported.’
‘Gerry Beausang is a top-quality lawyer who brings great experience to deals.’
‘There was a very strong team working with us. There were experts involved from all the relevant fields. The team were readily available and endeavoured at all times to close out issues as they arose.’
‘Neil Keenan is a standout practitioner in this team. His knowledge of company law is second to none and he goes the extra mile to ensure that the client’s needs are met.’
‘I have worked with many law firms over the years but Byrne Wallace are by far and away the most professional and reliable of all. They have a remarkable and admirable team, highly knowledgeable and experts in their areas of specialty. With Byrne Wallace there is no doubt you are treated as a priority. As a client you are never left waiting for their assistance and they will work tirelessly to ensure your legal requirements are met.’
‘I have been working with Neil Keenan for many years and he never fails to provide sound and comprehensive legal advice. Our company relies greatly on Neil’s advice and he is the first port of call for us when legal expertise is required. Not only is Neil a wealth of legal knowledge, he is a pleasure to deal with and will always make himself available to us regardless of how busy he is. Neil’s approach augments the fact that he values our company as a client and we appreciate him greatly.’
‘Colin Sainsbury is hugely knowledgeable, experienced, gracious and most importantly responsive.’
‘Catherine Dowling provides exceptional service. Always on top of the project.’
The shareholders of M&M Walshe group
The shareholders of the PrecisionBiotics group
Windmark Developments Limited
MML Growth Capital Partners
Mainstream Renewable Power
Children’s Health Ireland
One Projects Design and Innovations Limited
- Advised the owners of the M&M Walshe group in relation to its acquisition by Eight Fifty Food Group.
- Advised the shareholders of PrecisionBiotics Group Limited in relation to its acquisition by a listed Danish biotechnology group, Novozymes A/S.
- Advised a South African investment fund on the sale of Ireland’s largest building, the Tesco distribution centre in Co Dublin, to KTB Investments & Securities and KTB Asset Management.
Eugene F. Collins' 'well-established and highly regarded' team has recently been highly active in private equity transactions in the life sciences sector. In addition, it has also advised on M&A, restructurings, corporate governance and commercial matters. Clients include large domestic and international companies, particularly from the leisure and hospitality, retail, energy and insurance sectors. Among the key contacts are practice head Deborah Kelly, the highly experienced Leonora Malone and John Olden, who specialises in venture capital and private equity matters. Nicola McGrath has notable expertise in company restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
Leonora Malone; John Olden; Nicola McGrath; Eileen Grace
‘Eugene F Collins are very knowledgeable on the linking of legal documents to the best possible financial and commercial outcomes in a transaction, creating incremental value where possible. They have a personal touch and a structured approach to laying out the steps for the client to understand the process from end to end.’
‘Our experience with EFC is that they have deep knowledge in investment documents, but they have a deep knowledge in what possibilities exist and how to solve the differences between various investors. This knowledge helps move the process forward. They are also delightful to work with and responsive ’
‘Nicola McGrath uses her experience to cut through the fog that is created between multiple entities and get right to the central heart of the matter. She has vast knowledge of the problem, but brings it down to very simple principles that can be dealt with directly and efficiently.’
‘John Olden is excellent. He goes through matters in a very thorough and open way, he can explain complex legal points in a very understandable, pragmatic way, while also taking a full 360-degree view of different approaches. His advice is always spot-on and he is very easy to deal with.’
‘John Olden and his team are very attentive and give practical advice. They are always available and have never failed to meet a deadline.’
‘Deborah Kelly is an excellent adviser no matter what the issue. She is analytical and clear in her advice and she will bring in other specialisms when required and will ensure the best result is achieved consistently on her cases. She will go the extra mile and does so every time.’
‘High-quality advice in a friendly and practical manner.’
‘A well-established, highly regarded Dublin firm. Leonora Malone has many years experience of company/commercial and corporate finance law.’
Johnson & Johnson
Marks & Spencer
Clear Channel International Limited
Inditex (includes Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Pull & Bear)
Rosderra Irish Meats Group
Sky UK Limited
Seroba Life Sciences – the Irish life sciences VC fund
Whirlpool SSC Limited
- Advised Arkphire on its acquisition of the issued share capital of Trilogy Technologies Group Limited and its five trading subsidiaries.
- Advised Apollo Capital Management, the shareholders of the Tifco Hotel Group, in relation to the “sale and manage back” of the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin, to Covivio.
- Advised Atlantic Therapeutics on raising funding via a convertible loan note and warrant instrument from its existing investors LSP, Seroba Life Sciences, Earlybird Venture Capital, Atlantic Bridge and Andera Partners.
Eversheds Sutherland's 'well-rounded' team stands out for its strength in mid-market M&A work, particularly in the technology sector, acting for major domestic and international companies. Other areas of expertise include regulated sectors such as insurance and financial services. Enda Newton, who specialises in fintech and financial services M&A, joined from AMOSS Solicitors in May 2020. The team also has a strong private equity practice, where Gavin O’Flaherty is a key contact. Practice head Gerard Ryan, who is experienced in advising tech companies, is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Gavin O’Flaherty; Enda Newton; Enda Cullivan; Sean Ryan
‘Very good knowledge of local legal matters. Very approachable and commercial. Well-rounded team of excellent lawyers with local offices that work together, adding the local element to a global firm.’
‘Eversheds Sutherland is a firm that is extremely responsive and always available for urgent matters.’
‘The team at Eversheds approach issues with a solution focus. The team is extremely responsive and demonstrates commercial awareness which is sometimes lacking with advisers. What you don’t get with this firm is teams and teams of solicitors arriving unnecessarily.’
‘Enda Cullivan is exceptional! He is calm in the heat of a battle, certainly one to have in your corner. An adviser to trust, technically brilliant and approachable.’
‘Gerard Ryan is very supportive and can provide practical commercial guidance. He runs our account extremely well.’
‘Gerard Ryan is a key business adviser for us. His excellent legal expertise and commercial experience allows him consider a situation and plot a legal and commercial strategy to achieve our goals. He has built a team around him that put client service at the top of everything they do. Gerard continues to see around corners for us and sets us up for future success. Over the last year, his previous advice has saved us time and money.’
‘Enda Cullivan continues to impress with his legal knowledge and ability to devise solutions for our legal issues.’
‘Enda Newton provides excellent customer service combined with deep insight on executing transactions in the fintech and financial services space.’
Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited
Cairn Homes plc
The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
Independent News and Media Plc
MML Growth Capital
Trustees of the Goodbody Stockbrokers EBT
Designer Group Engineering Limited
- Acted for the trustees of the Goodbody Employee Benefit Trust in relation to the sale of its 49% shareholding in GANMAC Holdings (BVI), the parent company of Goodbody Stockbrokers, to Bank of China (UK) Limited.
- Acting for Profitero Limited in relation to the investment and acquisition by Scaleworks Associates and Conviction Capital.
- Advised the sellers of Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited on its sale to a joint venture entity ultimately owned by Madison Dearborn Partners and HP.
The team at LK Shields Solicitors LLP is highlighted for its 'focused, commercially practical and useful' advice. It has particular strengths in M&A and private equity transactions in the telecoms, healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. The firm counts international private equity funds, as well as large Irish and multinational companies, as key clients. Newly appointed firm chair Gerry Halpenny heads up the M&A practice, while Richard Curran leads the corporate and commercial department. The 'remarkable' Jennifer McGuire is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Gerry Halpenny; Jennifer McGuire; Emmet Scully
‘The approachability of the team is second to none and they are incredibly easy to work with. We have instructed LK Shields across many disciplines and have found their advice to be focused, commercially practical and useful. They have worked to get to know us well as a client and to understand what we need from them and consistently deliver us a high-quality service (without the top-tier firm fees).’
‘Jennifer McGuire is a remarkable lawyer – her depth of knowledge, coupled with her commercial approach, is very much valued by the team. She has also facilitated our working closely with various subject matter experts across the firm in a seamless fashion and we value her as a standout resource to the in-house team.’
Advanced Computer Software Group Limited
Halewood International Beverages (Ireland) Limited
Indigo Telecom Group Limited
Infravia Capital Partners
Keurig Dr Pepper
- Advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the sale of Cignal to IBEX 35-listed Cellnex Telecom Group.
- Advising Keurig Dr Pepper on all Irish legal matters relating to the establishment of a manufacturing plant in Ireland.
- Advised on the Irish aspects of the group reorganisation of the Fitch Ratings EU group of companies.
Philip Lee has expanded its team, with former Sigmoid Pharma chairman John Given joining the firm in December 2019. In 2020, Bernard McEvoy and his team joined following the firm's merger with McEvoy Corporate Law. The newly-amalgamated group has been particularly active in the technology, pharmaceutical, medtech and renewable energy sectors, where it advises on strategic M&A and private equity investments. Andreas McConnell has expertise in M&A, restructurings and foreign direct investment transactions.
Andreas McConnell; John Given; Bernard McEvoy
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Kelly; Ita O’Sullivan; Eoghan Doyle; Eoin Brereton; Inez Cullen; Anna Hickey
‘Bernard McEvoy is astute, has a common-sense approach, and is straight talking and commercial. Inez Cullen is diligent, with a professional and practical approach, and is quick to respond.’
‘Philip Lee occupies a unique space in the Irish legal marketplace. It more than matches the intellectual heft of the biggest firms while retaining an approachability and can-do attitude that really does set it apart.’
‘Andreas McConnell exemplifies everything you could hope for in a legal adviser in corporate matters. He cuts through bureaucratic obfuscation and technical detail to focus on what really matters – the business outcome to the client. His unwavering practicality and clear-minded focus simplifies and engenders calm when dealing with complex matters. We value highly his ability to provide balance, perspective and inject both wisdom and humour into proceedings.’
‘innovative and well-rounded in their thinking and approach to challenges.’
‘Andreas McConnell is a great guy and always available. He feels like an in-house legal adviser as he is deeply knowledgeable in our space and seems to be able to instantly place himself in the middle of our challenge, bringing other considerations of our business to mind that many others would need to be reminded about. Personable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Anna Hickey is responsive, delivers the promised work quickly to a very high standard, is concise in her feedback and questions, and a pleasure to work with.’
‘The informal but professional attitude and cadence is refreshing. Eoghan Doyle and his team make corporate legal fun!’
‘The team demonstrated excellent commercial knowledge and were able to bring options and solutions to the table on any issues, as they arose. They were also very willing to listen to, and then keep in mind, particular concerns we had around the transaction.’
Williams Grand Prix Engineering
William Marshall PLC
Trilogy International Education Services Limited
Inbhear Fund Services
Maker & Son
Wealth Option Trustees Limited
Petrel Resources plc
Great Northern Distillery Limited
Botswana Diamonds plc
Arkle Resources plc
UHPC International Limited
Arvum Group Limited
Belfast Distillery Company Limited
IJM Timber Engineering Limited
International Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)
- Advised on the share sale of Inbhear Fund Services Ltd and Inbhear Management Services Ltd to Sanne Group Plc.
- Advised on the acquisition by DCC plc of Tesco Ireland’s fuel retail network, including 22 filling stations around Ireland.
- Advised Edgescan on a €10.5m investment by state-backed investor BGF.
Ronan Daly Jermyn has a strong multinational client base, particularly in the financial services, healthcare and technology sectors. The team is experienced in M&A and advises venture capital firms and private equity funds on investments. It also provides an online resource, RDJ Start-ups, designed to assist entrepreneur clients. In Cork, practice head Gillian Keating has particular expertise in M&A in the technology sector. Diarmaid Gavin is skilled in advising spin-out companies. Dublin-based practitioner Bryan McCarthy has particular expertise in the financial sector.
Other key lawyers:
Diarmaid Gavin; Bryan McCarthy; Sean O’Reilly; JP Gilmartin
Carbery Food Ingredients Limited
Strategic Capital Investment Fund
GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT)
Bon Secours Health System
- Advised BDA Logistics Innovation on its acquisition by Carousel Logistics.
- Advised Oxymem Limited on its acquisition by the DuPont Group.
- Advised FNZ (UK) Limited on the acquisition of Irish Progressive Services International Limited.
At Walkers, the 'technically strong' team has notable expertise in matters connected with the financial services sector. It regularly advises international investment funds, private equity firms and aviation sector clients on M&A, equity investments and complex group restructurings. With the support of the firm's overseas offices, the team is well placed to handle cross-border transactions, but has also built up a strong domestic M&A practice, as well as offering a client portal, Walkers360, to assist with management reporting and corporate governance. Brendan O’Brien leads the team, which includes senior associate Eoin Ryan.
Other key lawyers:
‘This practice is uniquely commercial, sensible and smart. The key players are comfortable with dealing with tight deadlines and large transactions. The key point of distinction with other firms is the availability, agility and affability of the key players.’
‘Excellent service and very approachable. Good experience and market knowledge for corporate restructurings and, in particular, in the financial services industry.’
‘Brendan O’Brien is very experienced and pragmatic in all dealings. He knows the Irish market very well and has excellent contacts.’
‘They spent time getting to know our business and our people before we had any matters that required their input so that when we did need them they were able to hit the ground running.’
‘Brendan O’Brien’s knowledge and insight allowed us to ensure we structured the right legal deal in the time we needed. He was always available and incredibly professional in his dealings for us.’
‘Walkers are collaborative and competent legal advisers who take a pragmatic approach to complex multi-jurisdictional matters while being mindful of containing legal costs.’
‘Brendan O’Brien is a true professional. He not only puts the client relationship at the heart of the matter, he ensures that his team deliver the best advice on time and within budget based on the agreed brief. Eoin Ryan is a very diligent lawyer, leaving nothing to chance and ensuring that legal aspects not within his discipline are covered off and assessed in the context of the overall corporate restructuring.’
‘The team is very technically strong. We have worked with them on several complex transactions and it has always been clear to me that they have immediately understood what we are trying to achieve with the transaction. They are also very hardworking and have been able to deliver under tremendous time pressure. We have found the team to be helpful, friendly and very capable. The team has always met even the most challenging of timelines. I would highly recommend the team as corporate counsel given their strong abilities and general good demeanour.’
Benchwalk Advisors LLC
China Minsheng Investment Group
First Energy Bank
Global Student Accommodation
Lease Corporation International
Opus Fund Administration
Allied Risk Holdings Limited
Antaria Pharmaceuticals Limited
Convenient Foods Limited
Iceland Seafood International hf
Kylin Prime Group
Oceanpath Seafood Limited
Perfect Property Limited
Remote Management Technology
- Advised KTB on the acquisition of Ireland’s largest building, the Tesco distribution centre in Donabate, Co Dublin.
- Advised Lease Corporation International on the negotiation and implementation of an equity investment from Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and LeasingCompany, Limited.
- Acted for Global Student Accommodation (GSA) on the buyout by GSA-affiliated entities of its joint venture partner Harrison Street’s interest in an Irish vehicle.
Dillon Eustace's 'pragmatic and diligent' team has notable expertise in corporate transactions in the financial services and healthcare sectors, as well as in advising private equity funds, drawing on the firm's strong funds practice. Adrian Benson and 'excellent' practice head Lorcan Tiernan have extensive experience of cross-border M&A, investments, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Senior associate Catherine Hicks focuses on the healthcare side of the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Adrian Benson; Philip Lea; Catherine Hicks
‘A very pragmatic and diligent team.’
‘Lorcan Tiernan is an excellent lawyer. As well as being responsive and practical, he is creative and a problem-solver. He wants to get the deal done. I would highly recommend him.’
‘Consistent points of contact enabling the development of a good working relationship. Diverse and specialised teams capable of meeting our needs depending on the nature of our query. Easily contactable and promptly respond to queries. The team have worked with us for a long time and have historic knowledge, which is valuable particularly where there may be a change in staff in our office.’
‘Catherine Hicks has an excellent working knowledge of her field and attention to detail. She has a good appreciation of the client relationship.’
‘Dillon Eustace are extremely responsive and commercial in all their dealings. They are able to innovate on the complex matters and execute efficiently on the routine.’
‘Responsiveness, innovation, resilience, focus, loyalty.’
Perrigo Company plc
FBD Holdings plc
Maiden Holdings Limited
Nordzucker AG/Nordic Sugar
European Investment Fund
Kuehne & Nagel
Open Text Corporation
- Advised the owners of Acumen & Trust on its sale to the Irish Life Group.
- Advised Bridge Brothers LLC on the sale of its equity interest in SMI to Xhail in return for shares in Xhail and the restructuring of its debt interest in SMI.
- Advised the management of Irish Homecare Ltd on its acquisition through a management buyout backed by MML Capital of Irish Homecare.
DWF launched its corporate practice in Dublin with the arrival of the experienced Ross Little in 2016 and expanded the team at senior level with the promotion of Edon Byrnes to partner in December 2019. The 'dedicated' team is experienced in M&A and private equity transactions, acting on domestic and cross-border matters with a particular emphasis on the energy, healthcare and life sciences sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘We find the firm’s very professional approach, combined with the personal attention to detail, time and cost control, excellent and comforting when they are acting on our behalf.’
‘Ross Little is our main contact and makes sure we are happy in all aspects of the firm’s service even it is outside his particular discipline, ensuring that there is a consistency of excellent service.’
‘A dedicated team that provides a very personal approach.’
‘They stand out for their ability to find legally challenging solutions and explain them in a simple manner.’
eEnergy Group PLC
Eurofins Scientific Ireland Limited
The Brindley Manor Federation of Nursing Homes Limited
CentralNic Group PLC
Castlehaven Investment Finance DAC
Keywords Studios Limited
Irish Studio Media Publishing Limited
- Advised eEnergy Group plc on the reverse takeover of Irish incorporated eLight Group Holdings Ltd, the raising of £2m of new equity, the disposal of MetaLeach Limited and the re-admission to AIM.
- Advised Castlehaven Investment Finance DAC on the €250m investment by Avenue Capital.
- Advised Keywords Studios Limited on the €7m acquisition of KantanMT t/a Xcelerator Machine Translations Limited.
Hayes Solicitors LLP' 'very reachable and hands-on' team has taken on a growing volume of transactional work; recent mandates included M&A and private equity investments in the financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and technology sectors. The 'highly recommended' Ken Casey leads the corporate team, while managing partner David Phelan heads up the commercial practice, which is particularly strong in the media and sports sectors.
David Phelan; Ken Casey
Other key lawyers:
Laura Fannin; Sabrina Burke
‘A one-stop shop for foreign companies with a presence in Ireland. Very reachable and hands-on approach.’
‘Ken Casey is highly recommended.’
‘They understand our business. They will go that extra mile to ensure they deliver what we require. They respond quickly, sometimes at very short notice, and follow up afterwards.’
‘Throughout my dealings with Hayes, I have found that the timeliness of responses and the information provided has been to a high standard at all levels.’
‘Ken Casey and his team were very helpful. Sabrina Burke was especially attentive and supportive to the process. Ken deserves many accolades for his support in negotiations, keeping the project focused, tempering emotions and managing expectations throughout the process.’
NCPS | Nationwide Controlled Parking Systems Ireland
Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company
The Irish Fairy Door Company
International Society for Quality in Healthcare (“ISQua”)
The Irish Times
DHL Global Forwarding (Ireland), DHL Express, DHL Supply Chain
Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
Bank of Ireland
Society of the Irish Motor Industry
St Joseph’s Irish Airports and Aviation Credit Union
Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI)
Nursing Homes Ireland
- Advising Primark on an ongoing basis in relation to corporate and commercial work.
- Advised the shareholders of NCPS and its Northern Irish subsidiary, Parking and Enforcement Agency Limited, on the sale of both companies to APCOA Parking Ireland Limited.
- Advised IIU (International Investment and Underwriting) on its equity investment in Datalex.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Dennis Agnew leads Pinsent Masons LLP's 'efficient and communicative' general corporate team, which is highly active in M&A, including handling cross-border matters with the support of the firm's international offices. It has particular expertise in energy and financial services (notably insurance) M&A, thanks to the arrivals in 2019 of Garrett Monaghan from DWF and Naoise Harnett from William Fry, as well as in healthcare and private equity matters.
Dennis Agnew; Naoise Harnett; Garrett Monaghan
Other key lawyers:
‘Dorian Rees has been my main point of contact in Pinsent Masons. He has been the stimulant to energise our company and give us the enthusiasm to engage in our M&A programme with true self-confidence and belief. He also has extended the full range of required legal services to us when needed, which are all available through the Pinsent Masons Dublin office. His availability and quick response time sets him apart from others and certainly puts Pinsent Masons clearly above other firms we have dealt with.’
‘The team is efficient, communicative and ultimately well equipped to get the job done. The individuals are well equipped to make decisions which result in a timely decision-making process and allow progress to be made quickly. Their direct approach enables well-informed decisions up front, and they are strong in negotiating with the counterparty.’
‘Dorian Rees is an efficient operator who is quick to get to the point as well as being a strong problem-solver and negotiator. His perseverance and hard work have been helpful to get a couple of deals over the finishing line. He has sound corporate knowledge and is well equipped to unpick arguments and explain concepts.’
NH Hotel Group S.A.
Axel Johnson International AB
Euro Car Parts
Dundalk Football Club
- Advised NH Hotel Group S.A. on its acquisition, alongside German investment fund Deka, of the Marker Hotel in Dublin from a group of private investors.
- Advised MDO Financial Services on the sale of 100% of Theta Sarl (the holding company of the client group) to DMS, supported by private equity firm MML.
- Advised CH&CO Catering Group on its £85m acquisition of the Irish and UK catering and hospitality business of Mitie Group plc.
Founded in 2018, Cork-based Regan Wall has quickly developed a strong reputation for advising on M&A and venture capital and private equity investments, frequently acting for clients in the technology sector and assisting Irish entrepreneurs with investments by and disposals to overseas companies. The 'personable and attentive' team is jointly led by Adrian Wall, Kieran Regan and Adam Griffiths, who are experienced in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.
Adrian Wall; Kieran Regan; Adam Griffiths
‘I found the team very personable and attentive. They always made the time to deal with specific questions until the query was resolved fully.’
‘Adam Griffiths worked into the evening and over weekends to deliver what we asked of him in the tight timeline allotted.’
‘Adrian Wall and Kieran Regan are excellent to deal with and highly responsive in my experience.’
‘We found Regan Wall excellent to deal with and how they delivered clarity on the various aspects of the deal ensured we were very confident throughout the engagement.’
‘Kieran Regan dealt primarily with our engagement and his availability and professionalism throughout was exemplary and also his ability to explain complex elements in layman’s terms.’
Zenith Technologies / Zentek Engineering Unlimited Company
Medray Imaging Systems
Iconic Translation Machines
Statistical Solutions Limited (Statsols)
Mainline Utilities Group
EY (Ernst & Young)
- Advised the founding shareholders on the sale of Iconic Translation Machines to AIM-listed RWS Holdings.
Whitney Moore's 'superb' team stands out for its experience of advising predominantly Irish and North American companies in the natural resources and technology sectors on M&A and fundraisings; this is a key area of expertise for experienced partners Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford. Practice head Cillian Balfe focuses on handling private equity and venture capital investments and M&A for SME clients.
Other key lawyers:
Brendan Ringrose; Therese Rochford
‘The corporate team I have dealt on a recent transaction was led by Therese Rochford and I found my interactions with them on all levels superb. It was a complex transaction but the team brought us through it with assuredness, efficiency and professionalism, finding solutions where it seemed there were none. Most importantly, as well as having really good negotiating skills, Therese and her team were highly commercial, listened to our instructions and gave us great confidence in our decision making.’
‘The team are very responsive and bring their full expertise and knowledge to each engagement.’
‘The individuals are committed to meeting my deadlines and ensuring comprehensive documentation is provided as required. Brendan Ringrose in particular is very happy to provide answers to high-level questions at the initial phase of a project to enable my clients to decide which path to take on a transaction.’
‘The team are great to work with – efficient, knowledgeable and fair. They are very knowledgeable in their fields and very professional in how they dealt with us and the other parties involved. They were transparent around the work involved and also managed expectations very well. They worked hard to deliver to our timeline.’
‘Brendan Ringrose and Therese Rochford are experts in their areas, gave direct advice and recommendations, and were easy to communicate with. They did a great job of breaking down the legal language to plain English for the layman to better understand. At the same time, they tried to keep things sensible, which can sometimes be hard to do when you have multiple parties involved.’
Vega & Wallace Limited
Caleo Private Equity Pty Ltd
Independent Stave Company Limited
NEP Group Inc.
Lucky Beard Limited
Scania Finance Ireland Limited
Betapond Limited t/a StitcherAds
ID Pal Limited
Data Chemist Limited trading as Terminus DB
Adventus Zinc Ireland Limited
Altius Minerals Corp
Roche Bobois SA
Empathy Marketing Limited
Richmond Marketing Limited
E. Flahavan & Sons Limited
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.
- Advised AIM-listed San Leon Energy plc on the buyback of shares and a share capital reduction of €400m in the High Court.
- Advised the shareholders in Sonru Limited on its sale to Modern Hire, Inc.
- Acted for Adventus Mining Corporation on the reorganisation of the Irish incorporated group companies and the sale of an Irish subsidiary to BMEX Limited.
Fieldfisher's team advises clients on M&A, private equity investments, corporate governance and restructurings, as well as commercial matters including contracts and outsourcing agreements. The team has particular expertise in the renewable energy and public sectors. Practice head Feilim O’Caoimh also acts for well-known domestic clients in the FMCG, IT and media spaces.
Other key lawyers:
Elaine Traynor; Conor Folan
Galetech Energy Developments Limited
Simply Blue Energy
Hibernia Services t/a Evros
Ohshima Ireland Limited
Expert Hardware Limited
- Advised private equity investor BGF on its investment and minority stake taken in Irish security group Action Alarms.
- Advised Simply Blue Energy on its joint venture agreement with French utility company Total to develop floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea.
- Advised Galetech Energy Developments on the refinancing and restructuring of its group, including the sale of 50% of the Carrickallen Wind Farm to Greencoat Renewables.
Patrick Flynn, Alan O’Driscoll, David Ryan and Gavin Lawlor lead Flynn O'Driscoll's 'hands-on' team, which operates from offices in Dublin and Galway. The firm, which is noted for its 'excellent local market knowledge', handles a significant volume of M&A transactions, particularly in the SME sector, and also advises on private equity and venture capital investments.
Patrick Flynn; Alan O’Driscoll; David Ryan; Gavin Lawlor
Other key lawyers:
‘Commercial approach combined with a quick, responsive service with competitive fees. Access to partner advice rather than associates.’
‘Strong commercial approach. David Ryan is a very high-quality lawyer.’
‘Outstanding legal advice with a hefty dose of commercial nous.’
‘Gavin Lawlor is an exceptional professional. He answers not only the question asked, but the question we had not realised we needed to ask.’
‘Excellent local market knowledge, proactive nature of communications, and a feeling that they implicitly understand the more successful we are (as their client) in the short term, the more successful they will be in the medium to long term. It never feels like their focus is on the immediate billable opportunity, but instead on how they can provide value to us as their client. This trust is the reason we expect them to handle more and more business for us as we go, and the reason I don’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone who asks me for a legal recommendation in Ireland.’
‘We deal almost exclusively with Gavin Lawlor and his team. His attention to detail, speed, accuracy and over-delivery are some of the many qualities that stand out for me. He has saved us time and money, helped us win business, identified pitfalls in contracts and generally provided exceptional advice and guidance.’
‘David Ryan, Pat Flynn and Alan O’Driscoll are all top class.’
‘Preparation and attention to detail are excellent. Prompt response times and very competitive fees. John Troute is a top-class operator, very clued in on the details and rarely gets things wrong.’
Intellicom Ireland Limited
Auto Records Limited
Chill Insurance Limited
- Advised the shareholders of Output Sports Limited on the company’s €1.3m funding round by Atlantic Bridge, Elkstone and other investors for shares in the capital of the company.
- Acted for Intellicom Ireland Limited and its shareholders on the investment in and acquisition of the company by Welltel (Ireland) Limited.
- Acted for Chill Insurance and its shareholders on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Chill Insurance Limited by UK private equity firm Livingbridge.
Holmes O'Malley Sexton
Holmes O'Malley Sexton's 'very capable' team, which is spread between the Limerick and Dublin offices, is particularly strong at advising growing Irish companies on inbound M&A and private equity investments. It also provides a "legal health check" risk identification and mitigation service. George Kennedy leads the practice, which was bolstered in July 2020 by the arrival of experienced consultant Stephen Walker from Moran & Ryan.
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Walker; Neil O’Gorman; Shane Costelloe
‘Holmes O’Malley Sexton are a very capable firm with progressive people on board. They have a very dynamic and forward-looking view on business. Their approach is clear and the work they do is detailed but translated so that clients can understand the pertinent issues. They have a learning culture that is unique and I experienced trainees sitting in on meetings as observers (with prior clearance) purely for the purposes of honing their skills. I haven’t experienced this overall focus from other firms in the region.’
‘I feel the partners and associates always demonstrate empathy, vision and are solution driven where possible. George Kennedy is a huge driver of innovation and always wants to help. He has a fantastic business mind and drives HOMS forward in many areas. Neil O’Gorman is a really calm head on young shoulders. Neil is methodical in his work but never allows panic to take over. He works through an issue and won’t take any short-cuts unless he can demonstrate they are warranted. The firm as a whole has a stamp of professionalism running through it and this comes from the people at the very top.’
‘The team are always available and go above and beyond whenever asked, often fielding calls well outside of business hours. In a recent transaction, they assisted us in a negotiation which concluded with a successful deal at 2.30am. This sort of commitment is very much welcome.’
‘Availability, accessibility, responsiveness, knowledge, practicality, honesty. George Kennedy runs a very good show and elicits the above values in his team.’
‘A very personal touch, which was great. A lot of access to the partner leading the transaction, which greatly helped in moving things forward. Always contactable and very responsive. Definitely felt like they were helping to get the transaction over the line.’
‘George Kennedy, Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are extremely approachable. We have developed a working relationship that is built on trust. We value their expertise and knowledge. We know that they are always thinking two steps ahead which provides us with great comfort. Holmes O’Malley Sexton show that they care by the way that their team takes a personal interest in own business and our people. They exude a caring and nurturing culture in their own organisation. They respect each other and they always display a united front.’
‘At Holmes O’Malley Sexton you can be assured of a response to your call from Shane Costelloe, Neil O’Gorman or George Kennedy day or night. We often need support during out of hours and we have comfort in the knowledge that our team at Holmes O’Malley Sexton are at hand. They have become friends over the years.’
‘A desire to work towards a satisfactory outcome with clients and to work within a budget specific to the task at hand. Conscious of the cost impact and always upfront and transparent prior to committing to the cost.’
H&MV Engineering Limited
The Go-Ahead Group plc
DP DesignPro Limited
Novus Technical Services Limited
ActionPoint Innovation Limited
BGF Investments Management Limited
Comline Holdings Limited
Yew Grove REIT PLC
TTM Healthcare Limited
Pallas Foods/ Brakes/ Sysco
Limerick 2030 Strategic Development DAC
Magellan Aviation Services Limited
Ingenium Training & Consulting Limited
National Flight Centre
Becloudsmart Ireland Limited
Polypico Technologies Limited
Oases Health Horizon Limited t/a Trasna
Homeland Investments Limited
STS Aviation Group
MacX3 Services Limited
Bolger Engineering Limited
Pinpoint Innovations Limited
Actavo Group Limited
Renatus Capital Partners
Urban Green Private Limited
Acton Technologies Limited
Resilience Healthcare Limited
Glenstal Foods Limited
Mechanical Equipment Company (MECO) Ireland Li
- Advised EllabA/S on its acquisition of Instrument Technology Limited.
- Advised Ellab A/S on its subsequent acquisition of Argideen Science Limited, trading as Qualus.
- Advised Ardmac on the purchase of a 25% stake in Cental Engineering Limited.
Lavelle Partners' team has notable expertise in the technology industry, which sees it undertake a significant amount of work for start-up businesses. It is also active in the healthcare sector, where it has acted on a number of pharmacy and nursing home M&A transactions. Led by the 'outstanding' Gríana O’Kelly, the team also has experience of foreign direct investment deals and advises overseas clients on the establishment of businesses in Ireland.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Lavelle Partners are always available to assist in all matters with a collaborative approach between the respective disciplines.’
‘Gríana O’Kelly is an excellent commercial lawyer with experience in a range of different sectors.
‘The team is accessible and quick to respond and complete work to deadlines.’
‘We have worked with Gríana O’Kelly for a number of years and found her to be a good business partner, offering practical advice on any matters.’
‘Gríana O’Kelly was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about pharmacy transactions.’
‘The team are very approachable and provide a personal service from the managing partner and all the staff we met.’
‘Michael Lavelle and Gríana O’Kelly are the two partners we mainly deal with and both are very committed to providing a professional and relevant service to match our needs.’
Leman Solicitors' 'dedicated and focused' team has extensive experience of M&A, including cross-border transactions, as well as private equity and venture capital investments and corporate structuring. Clients include debt providers, funds and early-stage corporates. Practice heads Dominic Conlon and Mark Roberts have expertise in the payments space, and the life sciences and technology sectors, respectively.
Dominic Conlon; Mark Roberts
‘Practical advice and efficient.’
‘Whilst the team is small it is very dedicated and focused and very much partner-led, which frequently is not the case in other firms.’
AIBMS Merchant Services DAC
BES Management DAC (BES)
Padraig Thornton Waste Disposal Limited
Squirrel Global Media
Glendalough Irish Whiskey Limited
Sequoia Investment Management Company Limited
Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited
Press Up Entertainment Group Limited
West Cork Distillers Limited
Workz Group Technologies Limited
Enterprise Equity Venture Capital Fund
MM Capital Fund
Olympic Council of Ireland
Waterland Private Equity Group
- Acted for Sequoia Investment Management Company Limited on the provision by Sequoia IDF Asset Holdings S.A. of a €40m senior secured acquisition term loan facility to BC8 S.P.R.L. to partially fund the acquisition by BC8 of the Talbot Care Group in Ireland.
- Advised Spanish media group Squirrel on the Irish law aspects of the cross-border merger of its Irish subsidiary Squirrel Global Media Limited with Spanish subsidiary Squirrel Global Media SLU.
- Advised BES on its €2.5m investment in Nephin Irish Whiskey, which operates a whiskey distillery in the West of Ireland.
Richard Neville leads the team at Cork-based O'Flynn Exhams, which is experienced in acting for a wide range of well-known domestic companies, with a particular strength in advising family businesses. The varied workload covers acquisitions and disposals, fundraising, corporate finance and restructuring, and the negotiation of shareholders' and partnership agreements and other commercial contracts.
Other key lawyers:
Fiona O’Connell; Conor Lupton; Jerome Maume
‘This firm offers all the services of a very large practice at very reasonable rates.’
‘Conor Lupton makes complex transactions appear simple, and makes life straightforward for his client.’
Tripoint Investments Limited
Globe Technical Services
Marriott International (formerly Starwood)
PFH Technology Group
Carey Glass Group
Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited
West Cork Distillers
Killarney Brewing and Distilling
Atlas Travel Services Limited
- Advised Heaney Meats Catering Co. Limited on the disposal of the business via share sale to BWG Group (Eurospar).
- Advised Atlas Travel Services Limited on the disposal of the business via share sale to Club Travel Limited.
- Acted on very significant fundraising round for Killarney Brewing and Distilling Holdings Limited.
OBH Partners has notable strengths in acting for international companies in the mining and exploration space, as well as start-up businesses. The group includes the 'very experienced' Orlaith O’Brien, who handles public and private corporate transactions and capital markets matters. Susan Noone advises on M&A and corporate reorganisations.
Orlaith O’Brien; Susan Noone; Daragh Bohan; David Lynch
‘The team is very attentive and always available when we look to meet with them. They act in a very timely manner and are very thorough.’
‘They know and care about us on a personal level.’
‘Thorough and great attention to detail with exceptional focus on understanding and meeting the client’s needs and requirements.’
‘Friendliness and availability at all hours and always put the client first under all circumstances.’
‘Very experienced on corporate matters, specifically for public companies of a medium to smaller scale, listing on AIM, and placement financing.’
‘Orlaith O’Brien is very experienced and gives sound practical advice. She identifies the solution and delivers results, not issues and problems.’
‘Susan Noone has a good command of corporate reporting and compliance.’
Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH
Greystones Media Campus Limited
Kibo Energy Public Limited Company
Minco Exploration Plc
Hidramed Solutions Limited
Ovoca Bio Plc
- Acted as Irish adviser to Minco Exploration plc in respect of the Buchans Resources scheme of arrangement in Canada.
- Advised Deka Immobilien GmbH on the corporate elements of the acquisition of the Marker Hotel, the Charlemont Hotel and the Reflector building in Dublin.
- Advising Greystones Media Campus Limited on the inception, joint venture partnerships and initial financing of a new film and media campus in Co Wicklow.
Reddy Charlton Solicitors is highlighted for its 'professional, client-focused service'. It has a strong domestic client base in the sports and entertainment, retail and hospitality, and real estate sectors, in particular. The team, which is led by Elaine McGrath, is experienced in M&A, commercial agreements and niche areas such as partnership law. Chairman Paul Keane is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team were very easy to work with and were able to help us come up with practical solutions to address the issues that we had.’
‘All members of the team were extremely easy to deal with and were able to put across their views in a manner which was easily understood (without all the legal jargon). They have a very practical mindset.’
‘When we have a requirement for legal advice in a new area we like that the referral internally is personally handled by our existing contacts. The size of the practice is ideal for our needs without being too big whilst still offering the full service level of a mid-tier law firm.’
‘We note a strong sense of commitment to our best interests from the staff we engage with – notably from Niamh Gibney who is persistent in negotiations to get what’s required. If and when required we have immediate access to Elaine McGrath and Paul Keane.’
‘Professional, client-focused service.’
‘Attention to detail, personalised approach, understanding of their brief, efficiency.’
‘Very helpful team and very professional’
‘Elaine McGrath was great to work with, very professional and stuck to the price she originally quoted even though the work took longer than expected.’
Gaelic Athletic Association
Páirc An Chrócaigh Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta
The Fitzwilliam Group
Hanley Energy Limited
Institute of Eye Surgery Limited
Klass Oil Distributors Limited
Bright Motor Group
The Official Assignee in Bankruptcy
Dublin Airport Authority