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A&L Goodbody LLP

Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for

Stellar practice advising high-end international and domestic clients on all elements of corporate and transactional law, including private equity deals and restructuring mandates. Advises both private and public companies on M&A matters. Expertise extends to equity capital raisings, including IPOs and dual listings. Also assists with corporate governance matters relating to listed entities. Frequently called upon for the establishment of high-value joint ventures. Leverages its London and three US offices to frequently assist with inbound investment transactions. Clients include leading names from the life sciences, healthcare and energy sectors, as well as asset managers and banks.

Notable practitioners

Charles Carroll advises clients on IPOs and share buyback programmes. He offers additional experience in corporate restructurings. Sources praise his deal-maker approach, saying: "He is great with clients and good at getting the deal done."

The "excellent" David Widger is praised by clients for "his commitment to exploring new transaction structures." He assists financial institutions and corporates with cross-border transactions in the real estate and technology sectors.

Mark Ward "is very commercial, personable, nice to work with and good with clients," according to a source. He has cultivated an excellent reputation for deftly handling corporate and M&A mandates, being regularly instructed on high-end transactions by international clients.

Paul White has an outstanding reputation as a leading practitioner in the ECM market, also showcasing significant experience in M&A mandates. He regularly advises clients on IPOs and share buyback programmes. A source lauds his collaborative approach and describes him as "technically very strong and pleasant to deal with."

Richard Grey handles a broad caseload including public M&A and joint venture mandates. Clients say: "He is a tough but fair negotiator. He is very responsive and anticipates the problems that may come up."

Sheena Doggett shares her time between the firm's London and Dublin offices and is a popular choice for clients from the UK. She routinely handles disposals and acquisitions for pharmaceutical, aviation and technology companies. One client notes that she is a "fine negotiator."

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Overview

A&L Goodbody is the leading Corporate practice in Ireland. In each of the last nine years we have advised on more M&A deals (ranked by Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Experian Corpfin) in Ireland than any other law firm as well as advising on the most significant share of the equity capital market transactions. Our Dublin and Belfast teams provide an integrated service across the island of Ireland. We advise domestic and global corporations, individual shareholders and entrepreneurs, sponsors and lenders, investment banks, private equity providers, state and semi state entities.

We are the market leaders on both domestic and international transactions:

Domestic
Our domestic M&A expertise spans all sectors in the Irish market, from the most complex, high profile to the everyday. We act on both large and small transactions for sellers, buyers and investors providing technical and strategic advice on issues relating to the life cycles of all types of transactions, from shareholder agreements, to option plans, to M&A transactions for private and publicly listed companies.

International
The team has a reputation for providing innovative solutions and pioneering deal structures to global clients. Our New York and San Francisco offices are led by Corporate partners who together with our other offices ideally position us to advise on complex, cross border deals that come to Ireland.

Members

Ward, Mark (Head of Department)

Widger, David (Head of Department)

Carroll, Charles

Casey, Alan

Hosty, Berni

Lyons, Ronan

Marron, Richard

Nangle, Darren

Ryan, Keavy

White, Paul

Corporate/M&A Department

A&L Goodbody LLP

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North Wall Quay

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County Dublin

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Ireland

Capital Markets: Equity


Charles Carroll
Band 2
Paul White
Band 1

Corporate/M&A


David Widger
Band 1
Mark Ward
Band 1
Paul White
Band 3
Richard Grey
Band 5