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Carson McDowell

Corporate/M&A

6 ranked lawyersBand 1Northern IrelandUK 2022 View ranking table
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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

One source comments: "I am most impressed with Carson McDowell. They understand the sense of urgency and their meticulous attention to detail continues to impress me."

An impressed client notes: "They have a good mix of specialities in the firm and are good at giving clear advice."

Work highlights

Advised Fibrus on its successful bid for Project Stratum, the project to deliver full fibre broadband across regional and rural communities in Northern Ireland and which will involve a total investment of £350 million over the project.

Notable practitioners

Gerard Armstrong demonstrates an excellent track record advising local, national and international clients on complex transactional matters. He advises on deals arising in the agrifood and construction sectors, among others.

Hilary Griffith acts for significant clients from a wide range of sectors on all manner of corporate transactions. She heads the firm's corporate department.
"She explains technical matters of law well, has a great commercial sense and presents practical solutions. She is sensitive to our commercial realities as a client and has good risk management."

Kathryn Laverty advises clients on a range of traditional corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions.
"She is very organised and meticulous, and had everything sorted that needed to be done. She is very good at problem solving."


Michael Johnston advises clients on both a domestic and cross-border basis in relation to a wide range of corporate transactions.

Neasa Quigley maintains an excellent reputation for her market-leading transactional capabilities. She is frequently called upon to act on private equity and M&A deals on behalf of clients in the energy industry.
"She is very good to work with. She does things thoroughly and properly, her fees are reasonable and she provides a good service."

Richard Gray is a foremost transactional practitioner, having advised on a number of high-value deals. He assists clients with M&A and other corporate finance concerns.
"He is simply outstanding." "He is an excellent lawyer - a very experienced guy and an obvious go-to for corporate matters."

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Overview

Carson McDowell has the largest corporate/M&A team in Northern Ireland. The firm acts for the majority of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies, as well as for many international clients looking to do business here. We are also the trusted local partner for leading international law firms requiring Northern Irish advice. We pride ourselves on the long term relationships of trust formed with our clients. As a result of these relationships we also follow our clients to the export markets in which they operate.

Our advice covers a full spectrum of corporate and transactional matters, including acquisitions and disposals, corporate finance, joint ventures, group reorganisations and corporate governance.

Our 6 partner team has a depth and range of experience that marks it out from others in the market. We also have available a range of complimentary specialisms not found in other firms, such as competition, health and safety and environmental.

We have particularly strong experience in energy, technology, food/agri, manufacturing, financial services and  construction/infrastructure sectors and have been at the forefront of the most significant transactions in these sectors in recent times.

Carson McDowell was the Legal 500 Law Firm of the year in 2014 and 2017.

Industries

Construction

Energy

Financial Services

Food / Agri

Infrastructure

Manufacturing

Technology

Corporate/M&A

Carson McDowell

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Location

Murray House

Murray Street

Belfast

County Antrim

UK

BT1 6DN

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 2 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Press Release

Carson McDowell Announces Five New Partners

Authors: Peter Guzhar, Mary-Kim Doherty, Kerry Teahan, Olivia O'Kane, Grant McBurney

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Northern Ireland

Corporate/M&A


Gerard Armstrong
Band 2
Hilary Griffith
Band 2
Kathryn Laverty
Associates to watch
Michael Johnston
Senior Statespeople
Neasa Quigley
Band 1
Richard Gray
Band 1