Ms Gillian Keating > Ronan Daly Jermyn > Cork, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Ronan Daly Jermyn
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Corporate and Commercial Department


Gillian Keating leads Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Corporate and Commercial Department and the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences Groups.

Her practice focuses on the representation of scaling and mature entities in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring matters. She also represents a variety of private equity and venture funds in connection with their investments. Gillian’s clients include multinational, large indigenous and financial services companies, along with regulated entities whom she advises on all areas of corporate and commercial law.

Gillian is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Law at University College Cork (UCC) and in 2017 received an Alumni Achievement Award from UCC. She also sits on the Governing Body of UCC and is a past president of Cork Chamber of Commerce. Gillian chairs the Audit Committee at UCC and is a member of the Audit Committee of Cork City Council.

Gillian is a co founder of the highly successful and award winning I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) social enterprise. I WISH is an initiative to inspire young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and in this way help address the skills gap in STEM. I Wish is a unique initiative in so far as it is a coalition of enterprise, local government and higher education all working together to deliver change. The scale of the events are also transformational. To date 17,000 female students have attended the I Wish showcase events in Cork and Dublin and I Wish campus weeks.

Through RDJ, Gillian is a mentor under the IMI Mentor program and is also a participant in 30% Club, a collaborative business-led effort to make real change in Ireland, aiming towards 30% female representation in senior management by 2020. Gillian encourages the corporate and commercial team to continuously seek out and implement new ways of doing business that help drive our clients’ businesses forward.


Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.


BA (University College Cork)
BCL (University College Cork)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Public sector

Ronan Daly Jermyn is experienced in advising public sector clients on a wide range of matters, including public procurement, data protection, healthcare and employment claims, state aid, and corporate matters. The team has particular strength in acting for local authorities and universities. The practice is led by procurement specialist Finola McCarthy, corporate-focused Gillian Keating in Cork and healthcare expert Padraic Brennan in Galway.

Ireland > Information technology

Ronan Daly Jermyn‘s technology practice handles work including M&A transactions and commercial contracts, both between businesses and with customers. The team is especially active in data protection work, including GDPR compliance and responses to data breaches. Gillian Keating leads the practice, in addition to heading up the firm’s corporate and commercial team. Diarmaid Gavin handles commercial transactions such as outsourcing as well as GDPR compliance.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences

Ronan Daly Jermyn provides ‘confident, pragmatic advice‘ on a range of matters in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, particularly medical negligence litigation and corporate transactions. Based across offices in Cork and Galway, the team is ideally positioned to advise multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies located in the south and west of Ireland. In Galway, Padraic Brennan, Imelda Tierney and Fergal Dennehy specialise in healthcare litigation, while Cork-based Gillian Keating and Diarmaid Gavin focus on M&A, fundraisings, IP, and technology transfers and research agreements.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.