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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 specialists 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. 

View profile: Gerard Ryan, Head of Corporate & Commercial 

Mergers & Acquisitions

'Eversheds Sutherland combines a strong client focus with top legal expertise and an ability to execute deals efficiently' - Chambers Europe 2019

The members of Eversheds Sutherland's team 'make it their business to understand their clients and the industry in which they work' - Legal 500 2019

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

Equity Capital Markets

The 'highly experienced'  Equity Capital Markets (EQM) Team at Eversheds Sutherland 'understands and delivers what is required' - Legal 500 2019

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 specialist 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 McGovernGerard 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