Mr Colin Kavanagh > Arthur Cox > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Arthur Cox
D02 T380

Work Department

Corporate and M&A / Life Sciences


Colin is a Partner in the Corporate and M&A Group. He is head of the firm’s Life Sciences Group, Media, Entertainment and Sports Group, and Communications Group.


Colin provides corporate, commercial, regulatory and intellectual property advice across a range of industries but in particular the life sciences, food, beverage, agri-business, media, telecoms, sports, entertainment and technology sectors. Colin advises those and other industries on mergers, acquisitions and investments, cross-border tax and intellectual property re-organisations, post-acquisition integrations and corporate treasury activities. Colin advises on the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and arrangements a across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on IP based industries. Colin also advises on the regulation of the life sciences and media industries in Ireland.


Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, affiliate; Medtech Ireland; IBEC’s Audio Visual Federation Council; The Irish Film & Television Academy; Law Society of Ireland.


BCL, 1995 UCD; LLM Corp. and Comm. UCD, 1999; Admitted as a solicitor, 1999

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Colin KavanaghArthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a fully-rounded healthcare and life sciences practice, noted for its history in corporate transactions and its well-established regulatory team. The firm has been active in relation to access to private hospitals by Covid-19 patients during the pandemic, regulatory investigations in the life sciences sector, and has seen additional growth in IP litigation. The firm frequently works alongside global law firm leaders in the healthcare and life sciences segments, advising some of the biggest names in the industry. In particular, it advises a range of US-based pharmaceutical and biotech businesses on regulatory matters in Ireland. It is also at the forefront of healthcare sector regulation, particularly for private hospitals. Colin Kavanagh leads the team on corporate and regulatory matters in the life sciences sector, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is a leader in dispute resolution and investigations in healthcare.

Ireland > Media and entertainment

(Hall of Fame)

Colin KavanaghArthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a varied practice in the media and entertainment sphere, with matters ranging from defamation proceedings to commercial licensing agreements. In the defamation space, the practice handles High Court litigation, including acting for internet companies such as Facebook in cases relating to alleged defamatory content on their platforms. The sports sector is another area of focus for the team, which provides comprehensive advice to clients on distribution and broadcast agreements, advertising and other commercial issues. The team is jointly headed by Colin Kavanagh, who focuses on corporate, commercial and regulatory work, and Gavin Woods, who leads the defamation practice.