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Corporate law, Ireland

Our corporate law practice advises a broad range of clients, from some of the world’s largest corporations to growing and start-up businesses.

With sector professionals within our team advising clients in a range of sectors (including TMT, financial services, life sciences, energy and agri-food and drink), we advise on a full spectrum of corporate law matters including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, takeovers, private equity, venture capital, debt and equity issues, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance and company secretarial.

As a team we pride ourselves in delivering clear and concise legal advice in a commercial context.

We look for solutions, not problems, and deliver consistent high quality advice and support to our clients.

‘Two key components to the successful engagement with this team were, the ability to always have the clients’ interests core to any material decision and the capabilities to understand and advise on the commercial impacts of those decisions. ’ - Legal 500

‘Very good knowledge of local legal matters. Very approachable and commercial. Well-rounded team of excellent lawyers with local offices that work together, adding the local element to a global firm.’ - Legal 500

‘Eversheds Sutherland is a firm that is extremely responsive and always available for urgent matters.’ - Legal 500

‘The team at Eversheds approach issues with a solution focus. The team is extremely responsive and demonstrates commercial awareness which is sometimes lacking with advisers. What you don’t get with this firm is teams and teams of solicitors arriving unnecessarily.’ - Legal 500

View profile: Gerard Ryan , Head of Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

‘I have worked with Lee Murphy over a number of years and have found him extremely thoughtful and engaged. He makes himself available throughout the transaction and gives excellent advice which has been well thought through.’ - Legal 500, 2022

Eversheds Sutherland is uniquely positioned in the Irish market to provide innovative and reliable local advice whilst having access to the expansive global Eversheds Sutherland network. The Corporate M&A team has an experienced team of individuals with expertise in varying markets and areas.’ - Legal 500

'Eversheds Sutherland combines a strong client focus with top legal expertise and an ability to execute deals efficiently' - Chambers Europe

"They are experienced, efficient and give good advice." - Chambers Europe

The members of Eversheds Sutherland's team ' make it their business to understand their clients and the industry in which they work' - Legal 500

At the heart of our business is innovative complex M&A.

Our M&A team forms part of the wider team of Eversheds Sutherland international M&A lawyers, comprising more than 350 lawyers in offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Through our international network of offices we have a reputation for providing our clients with the benefits of global reach combined with local knowledge and delivery.

In addition to our international offering we have also advised our local clients, whether as purchasers, sellers or funders, in some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in Ireland.

Wherever the M&A transaction is focused, be it specific to Ireland or spanning multiple jurisdictions, our M&A team provides a seamless and integrated relationship-led service, liaising closely with our clients ensuring that they remain informed and involved at every stage of the transaction. As an international law firm we are very used to delivering this on a daily basis, ensuring clear and short lines of communication, removing duplication and streamlining the whole M&A process.

View profile: Gerard Ryan; David O'Beirne ; Sean Ryan ; Tony McGovern ; Gavin O'Flaherty ; Lee Murphy , Peter O'Neill

Equity Capital Markets

‘Responsive, technically strong and commercial.’ - Legal 500

‘Eversheds Sutherland in Dublin provides a seamless service across capital markets, property and corporate advice in our experience. The partners are highly visible and skilled and they are able to deliver excellent outcomes for their clients. I rate and trust them highly.’ - Legal 500

‘We would consider its global presence as a key differentiator versus indigenous only firms. Whilst international firms have established offices in Ireland in recent years, what is different with Eversheds is that an existing established firm became part of an international firm. As such they typically have greater depth and breadth of offering in the Irish market than other international firm offices.’ - Legal 500

‘In general their team and people are personable, with strong soft skills as well as legal know-how. They are collegial with other advisers and their clients and bring a will-do attitude to the deal. They don’t grandstand and look to make the deal about them.' - Legal 500

The 'highly experienced' Equity Capital Markets (EQM) Team at Eversheds Sutherland 'understands and delivers what is required' - Legal 500

Our equity capital markets ("ECM") group works with colleagues across the world, including London, Munich, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Singapore and Shanghai.

We provide the full range of services and strategic advice on the IPO and admission process as well as in relation to secondary fund raisings, takeovers and other equity capital transactions. Our approach is to work alongside our clients and their other advisers, operating in an efficient, cost effective manner. We do everything we can to ensure that transactions run as smoothly as possible.

Our experience covers the full range of equity fundraisings both on AIM and the Main Markets and public company takeovers.

We act for:

  • Irish and international issuers
  • Financial advisers, investment banks and brokers
  • Bidders and targets

on a range of ECM transactions.

View profile: Lee Murphy ; David O'Beirne ; Sean Ryan

Private Equity

Our private equity team advises on all areas of private equity transactions. We also regularly advise management teams, corporate and individual vendors and providers of debt finance on private equity transactions.

Our experience and client base ensures that we remain at the forefront of issues affecting the private equity industry, allowing us to bring direct, hands-on experience to transactions.  Our style is very much pragmatic, no nonsense, solution driven commercial advice.

Main services:

  • Start-up capital raising
  • Development capital
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Venture capital
  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • Public to private transactions

View profile: Tony McGovern ; Gerard Ryan ; Gavin O'Flaherty

Corporate Governance and Regulatory

The issue of corporate governance is one that all companies should be aware of but it is particularly relevant to publicly traded companies where it is a key factor in the relationship between a company’s directors and its shareholders.

Corporate governance should have a strategic value for every company in determining the role of the directors, establishing a system of risk management, providing a system for performance evaluation and ensuring the board is accountable to its shareholders.

Where we can help:

  • Advising on best practice corporate governance
  • Reviewing terms and conditions of employment or service for directors
  • Advising on best practice at AGMs and other communications with shareholders
  • Providing training for boards
  • Drafting committee terms of reference and board handbooks
  • Reviewing corporate governance statements
  • Carrying out corporate governance audits

View profile: Sean Ryan ; Lee Murphy