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George Kennedy, Partner, leads our corporate and commercial services. He leads our Investing in Ireland group as well as our Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. George takes a pro-active and innovative approach to progress of our corporate services. Since joining the firm in 2011 from A&L Goodbody, he has been instrumental in our growth and development as a leading contender in the transaction and advisory market.

Through years of experience he has developed an excellent commercial understanding of the risks and challenges facing clients and the sectors in which they operate. He takes a proactive approach to refining our services and spearheads many collaborations within the firm.

George has particular expertise in the following:

  • Corporate M&A and investments
  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate consulting services
  • Corporate governance and Companies Act compliance.

Corporate M&A and Investments

Providing specialist advice and representation on mergers & acquisitions and all types of corporate law, George’s key services include:

  • Funding strategic growth strategies
  • Corporate succession planning
  • Share sales and purchases
  • Sales and purchases of business and assets
  • Due diligence
  • Project management.

He advises clients from subsidiaries of international organisations to large private and public indigenous companies.

Commercial Contracts

George has extensive experience in commercial advices, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for public and private sector clients. George and his team provide services including shareholder agreements and constitutions, T&C’s of sale & purchase, joint venture (JV) agreements, Intra-group arrangements and service level agreements.

Corporate Consulting Services

By providing innovative, proactive and interactive corporate consulting services, George gets ahead of issues before they cause problems for clients. His services include claims management solutions, legal ‘healthcheck’, pre-sale/ investment workshop and board governance seminars.

Corporate Governance & Companies Act Compliance

George advises management teams, boards of directors and shareholders. Key services include corporate governance, Companies Act compliance, directors duties, governance standards, GDPR, cyber security and protected disclosures.

Recent Work Highlights

  • BGF’s multi-million euro investment in Croom Precision Medical
  • Ardmac Limited’s equity investment in Cental Engineering Limited
  • Ellab A/S, supported by EQT Partners (a private equity fund), on its acquisition of Instrument Technology Limited
  • ActionPoint’s acquisition of P2V Systems Limited in Northern Ireland
  • The sale of Vale Oil, a leading fuel distributor in the Munster and Leinster region to East Cork Oil, one of Ireland’s largest fuel distributors
  • H&MV Engineering’s management buyout (MBO) of MML Capital supported by strategic partners, Novus Technical Services Limited
  • Advising Sheils Motor Group in the acquisition of the business and assets of Higgins Motorpark, Galway
  • Advising the sellers in the sale of Barringtons Hospital
  • Advising the sellers in the sale of Dooley Car Rentals to the Irish subsidiary of US car rental group Enterprise.

Professional Activities

  • Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute
  • Member of Advisory Group at Innovate Limerick
  • Member of Sportstech Ireland Advisory Board
  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland.

Education

  • University College Dublin, BBLS
  • Law Society of Ireland, Diploma in Financial Services Law
  • Law Society of Ireland, Diploma in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
  • Ingenium Smart Choice Leadership Programme, Certificate in Leadership
  • Registered Tax Consultant, Irish Taxation Institute
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland.
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Up and Coming. George Kennedy regularly handles sales and acquisitions on behalf of clients hailing from a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, technology and aviation.

George Kennedy

Corporate/M&A | Chambers Global 2021

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Up and Coming. George Kennedy regularly handles sales and acquisitions on behalf of clients hailing from a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, technology and aviation.

George Kennedy

Corporate/M&A | Chambers Europe 2021

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Up and Coming: George Kennedy assists domestic and international businesses and private equity funds with investments, acquisitions and divestitures. He also has experience in MBOs. Clients say he “possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and has huge ex...

George Kennedy

Corporate/M&A | Chambers Europe 2020

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Next generation partner: George Kennedy. Practice head: George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2020

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Dublin-based practice head George Kennedy is praised for his ‘energy and enthusiasm’ and ‘always-on service’. In addition to corporate transactions, he regularly advises on risk awareness and mitigation. Practice head: George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2020

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‘George Kennedy and associates Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are professional, flexible and show a passion for the ultimate success of their client’s business’. Practice head: George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2020

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‘Excellent client service and a professional and experienced team’. Practice head: George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Awards, Membership and Recognition

Chambers & Partners
CTA - Tax institute
EMEA Next Generation Partners 2021
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Law Society Badge
Legal 500