Mr Stephen FitzSimons > McCann FitzGerald LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Corporate, M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources, Corporate Governance.


Stephen is Head of our Corporate Group and specialises in mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), IPOs and equity raisings by public companies, restructurings and joint ventures. He also advises on Irish securities law, corporate governance and general commercial matters and has worked on a number of significant cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the United States. Stephen trained and qualified with McCann FitzGerald LLP  before spending a number of years working in the Sydney office of a leading Asia-Pacific law firm. He re-joined McCann FitzGerald in 2008.


Qualified in 2001


Graduate of University College Dublin, BCL (1997), King’s College London, LLM (1998)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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

Ireland > Capital markets

(Leading individuals: Capital markets: Equity)

Stephen FitzSimonsMcCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a prolific record in DCM, derivatives and structured finance instruments, including debt issuances by Irish corporates and financial institutions, and international debt raisings through Irish special purpose issuing entities. The firm has achieved further prominence in sustainability-linked bond and green bond offerings. While the equity markets have been quiet, the firm has continued to advise on rights issues, share placings and secondary listings. Fergus Gillen has an outstanding reputation having advised on a range of landmark transactions and Judith Lawless is a leading figure in OTC and exchange traded derivatives. Adrian Farrell and Hugh Beattie are also key names in DCM. David Byers, Aidan Lawlor, Stephen FitzSimons are notable names on the ECM side, while Gill Lohan is an emerging talent.