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Holmes advise domestic corporations, individual shareholders and entrepreneurs, sponsors and lenders, investment banks, private equity providers, State and semi-State entities

Our corporate solicitors advise public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&As), migrations, reorganisations and spinouts, joint ventures and corporate governance.

We have advise on many complex corporate investments (private equity and venture capital fundraisings), acting for Irish and international equity sponsors, lenders, companies raising capital and management teams.

We guide our clients through every stage of a deal, from due diligence and structuring, to negotiation and preparation of deal documents, to post-transaction transition and post-merger integration.

Our Blueprint as Mergers and Acquisitions Solicitors

A key part of our success is understanding our clients’ business and needs. Our mergers and acquisitions solicitors are aligned to industry sectors. We understand the internal and external pressures that our clients face throughout a transaction and the industry-specific issues critical to a deals success. We are proud that our M&A lawyers support our clients’ strategic growth strategies, their corporate succession planning and financial growth.

We have developed a service offering for corporate transactions, involving a collaborative exercise of risk-identification and mitigation at the outset, drawing on the expertise and knowledge of our firm, the organisation and other advisors. This facilitates companies taking a focused and pragmatic approach to negotiations.

An Irish acquisition often marks the commencement of operations in Ireland for purchasers with no prior presence in Ireland and we have significant experience advising on and implementing the acquisition of an Irish business by multinational groups. Our advice spans across different stages of an acquirer’s business life cycle, starting with the acquisition and typically moving on to the putting in place of proper building blocks for a newly established tax presence in Ireland, along with navigating tax issues that arise in running the Irish operations and / or potential post-acquisition restructuring issues.

Our dedicated M&A lawyers are supported by industry-leading specialists in tax, employment, environment, competition, intellectual property, information technology, regulation, insurance, commercial property, banking and capital markets. This multi-disciplinary collaborative approach allows us to provide a holistic service and to advise on many of the most challenging, high-profile and significant M&A transactions that take place in Ireland.

We help our clients with:-

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate reorganisations and restructuring
  • Corporate advisory
  • Cross border transactions
  • Share sales and purchases
  • Business and assets sales and purchases
  • Private equity and venture capital fundraising
  • Privatisation and State transactions
  • Various joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Meet the Team

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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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According to market sources, Stephen Walker "is a pleasure to deal with." He has experience in corporate and capital markets transactions.

Stephen Walker

Corporate/M&A | Chambers Global 2021

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I feel the partners and associates always demonstrate empathy, vision and are solution driven where possible. The firm as a whole has a stamp of professionalism running through it and this comes from the people at the very top.

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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They have a learning culture that is unique and I experienced trainees sitting in on meetings as observers (with prior clearance) purely for the purposes of honing their skills. I haven’t experienced this overall focus from other firms in the region.

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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A very capable firm with progressive people on board. They have a very dynamic and forward-looking view on business. Their approach is clear and the work they do is detailed but translated so that clients can understand the pertinent issues.

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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Very capable team strong at advising growing Irish companies on inbound M&A and private equity investments. Provides a ‘legal health check’ risk identification and mitigation service. George Kennedy leads the practice, which was bolstered by the arrival Stephen Walker.

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2021