Carson McDowell

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Prominent Northern Ireland firm which advises on matters ranging from acquisitions and disposals to corporate governance. Noted for its specialist knowledge of the manufacturing and construction sectors and its strength in complementary disciplines such as competition, environmental and planning law. Well equipped to oversee deals spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Strengths Clients cite the group's ability to "provide excellent service and advice in multiple areas of corporate law in a very prompt and effective way" as a key strength.

Sources add: "They always give you the attention and advice you need when you need it and can converse at all levels both locally and internationally."

Commentators report: "They offer excellent service, advice and grasp of commercial realities."

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of Lagan Group on the GBP400 million sale of its entire interest in its building materials division to Breedon Group.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe
Gerard Armstrong
as "a superb corporate lawyer" who is "very client-focused and extremely diligent." He is particularly well versed in handling transactions in the energy, construction and agrifood sectors.

Michael Johnston
comes highly recommended as a "standout" expert in transactional matters, with clients benefiting from his depth of experience in complex corporate deals and wider commercial issues. He currently serves as the firm's managing partner.

Neasa Quigley
has considerable presence in the energy space and demonstrates strong capabilities in private equity work and broader M&A deals for corporate clients. Clients report that she is a "superbly calm partner."

Richard Gray
takes a leading role in significant corporate transactions, with strengths in structuring and executing high-value deals across a range of industry sectors. Clients describe him as "excellent in all respects," adding that he "exudes the quiet confidence of a lawyer who really knows his stuff."