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William Fry LLP

Singled out by one client as a ‘dynamic firm with top class talent across a broad range of functions’,William Fry LLP‘s London team is headed up by senior partner Ivor Banim, who leverages over 20 years experience in Irish and international M&A and private equity transactions. Paul White and Brian Butterwick, the latter of whom also specialises in IPOs and other capital markets transactions, are the other corporate partners to note. Lorena Dunne oversees the asset management and investment funds group, while senior associate Aisling O’Gorman takes on real estate instructions, particularly those involving renewable energy projects. Matthew Cahill left for Dentons in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ivor Banim

Other key lawyers:

Paul White; Brian Butterwick; Lorena Dunne; Aisling O’Gorman


‘Really dynamic firm with top class talent across a broad range of functions. Able to pull experts in keys areas of law across any range of issues required.’

‘The team I work with always have their client’s back. This should not be unique in professional services but it is. We feel very lucky to have a team who support the senior executives in the manner in which they do with deep understanding of our business and industry which allows them to provide timely and accurate advice in a practical way.’

‘Deeply knowledgeable and give excellent and balanced advice. Always available.’

‘The William Fry team are available, dependable, practical and relatable. Working with this firm is a pleasure, and, as a client, you feel in good hands.’

‘Brian Butterwick is a talented, calm and incredibly pragmatic lawyer.’

‘Seamless across departments and time zones.’

‘The efficiency of the entire team I have worked with is off the charts, they operate in such a professional manner.’

Key clients

Smurfit Kappa



DCC plc

Edwards Lifesciences plc


York Capital Management

Lazard Asset Management

Mayfair Equity Partners

Value Retail

Phoenix Group

Barclays Bank plc

Uniphar plc

U and I Group PLC (formerly Development Securities plc)

Sands Capital

Davy Group


RBC Capital Markets

Yew Grove REIT

Pollen Street Capital

Towerbrook Capital

August Equity Partners

Gresham House Asset Management

Medivet Group

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

New Mountain Capital

Aceto Group

Wealth at Work Group

Kyndryl Group

Nordic Aviation


Amarenco Solar

Amgen Inc

Pomo Search (Pointy)

OCP (Orange Capital Partners)

Qorvo US, Inc

Qual Real

Tines Security Services Limited (Tines.io)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Partners Group Holding on the acquisition of Version 1 Holdings/Version 1 Group for €800m.
  • Advised IBM on the Irish aspects of the sale of the IBM Watson Health business to Francisco Partners Management, a US-based private equity firm.
  • Advised Davy, RBC and BNP, as joint bookrunners, and Davy and RBC, as global co-ordinators, on the €281.5m oversubscribed equity placing by Greencoat Renewables under its €400m share issuance programme.