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Sean Ryan, Partner

Sean Ryan


Head of EU & Competition

Practice areas

  • Commercial and IT
  • Competition, EU and Trade
  • Corporate
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Private equity
  • Telecoms

Practice notes

Sean is a Partner in our Corporate and Commercial departments.

Sean Ryan "is extremely knowledgeable in his specialist area. He also has the ability to view a transaction from a commercial perspective and make the documents reflect the commercial reality" - Chambers Europe

"A 'measured and knowledgeable' corporate lawyer who is 'good at pointing out the issues in negotiations. He helps to define the client's position, and explains the benefits and drawbacks of what to sacrifice and what to hold on to'." - Chambers Global

Sean Ryan is noted for his "solid competition know-how" - Legal 500

"an outstanding lawyer, incredibly responsive to clients' needs, and tremendous at anticipating issues and bringing them to our attention in a clear and concise way.” - Chambers Europe

 “He pays great attention to detail in contract negotiations” - Chambers Europe
Sean is an experienced corporate lawyer with over 20 years' experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and fundraisings. He also advises clients on compliance with EU and Irish Competition law. Sean has been widely published on topics including corporate governance, competition law compliance and the disclosure and due diligence process involved in the purchase and sale of private companies.

Sean's recent experience includes:
  • Advising Kenmare Resources plc,a mining company listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges, in relation to its US$270m equity fundraising.
  • Advising Payzone plc in relation to its disposal of subsidiaries in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland & The Netherlands. 
  • Advising Shared Access, a company involved in the deployment of wireless networks and the management of telecommunication sites in Ireland. 
  • Advising the shareholders of Wrightway Underwriting in its acquisition by Zurich Insurance Ireland Limited.
  • Advising BT Ireland on its outsourcing agreement with O2 Ireland and in respect of the sale of its customer and small business broadband and voice customer base to Vodafone. 
  • Advising the Irish Waste Management Association on its grounds of complaint under Irish and EU Competition law in respect of the contract for the proposed 600,000 (€350m) tonne incinerator at Poolbeg, Dublin, including the making of detailed submissions to both the Irish Competition Authority and the EU Commission. 
  • Advising the Irish Pension Board on its first ever Dawn Raid. The raid led to a successful prosecution. 
  • Advising Verizon Wireless on EU Competition law trends / legislation relevant to its business.
  • Appointed by the Irish Competition Authority to act as monitoring trustee in connection with the operations of FM104 in the four month period between signing and completion of the sale of that radio station by Communicorp to UTV.