Ms Valerie Lawlor > McCann FitzGerald LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Corporate, Energy & Natural Resources, M&A


Valerie is a partner in our Corporate Group and  Head of the firm’s  Energy, Climate Change and Natural Resources Group.

She advises on corporate and commercial matters, and has a particular expertise in renewables, energy and natural resources law. Valerie has been centrally involved in the Irish energy market since its liberalisation in the early 2000s. She has extensive experience advising on renewables, clean energy and sustainability projects for project acquirers, developers and offtakers as well as the sector regulators, such as the Commission for Regulation of Utilities and the Single Electricity Market Operator.


Qualified in 1997


Graduate of Trinity College Dublin in 1993 LL.B. and Cambridge University in 1994 LL.M.

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 > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

Valerie LawlorMcCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP acts for major players in the energy sector, advising project sponsors, lenders and state bodies on a variety of complex matters. The sizeable team is able to offer clients support across the full process of project development, including financing transactions, planning and environmental issues, and the drafting of construction contracts. The practice also stands out for the breadth of its energy expertise, spanning onshore and offshore wind, solar, natural gas and grid infrastructure matters, including advising on the proposed electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales. Practice head Valerie Lawlor focuses on M&A transactions in the oil, gas and renewables sectors, while Brendan Slattery leads on environmental and planning matters. Colm Fanning is the key contact in the project finance space, and is supported by Éamon Ó Cuív in the firm’s London office.