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Alan Connell, Managing Partner

Alan Connell

Managing Partner

Practice areas

  • Tax planning and consultancy

Practice notes

Alan is the Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland Ireland and Head of our Tax Group.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Partner, Alan was Head of our Commercial Department. Alan is a lawyer with extensive experience in corporate tax law and has advised on some of the largest inward investment and restructuring projects in Ireland. He primarily advises international corporations (including Fortune 100 companies) doing business in and from Ireland.

Alan is recognised and ranked as a leading practitioner by a number of leading legal directories and publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, World Tax and Who's Who Legal.

“Alan Connell assists a broad roster of clients with the tax aspects of corporate transactions and renewable energy sector investments. A client enthuses that he "brings a wealth of experience to matters." Chambers Europe

‘Alan Connell has an unerring sense of knowing our business model, the kind of crisp advice we need, and has the ability to help us strategise well. We have an excellent working relationship.’ - Legal 500

‘Alan Connell (managing partner and head of tax) has expertly led the team which has advised our business on all tax matters since we first became a client of the firm. Alan is an excellent partner, with in-depth experience, whose dedication to, and intimate knowledge of, our business through his involvement in our deals over the years means that he is a trusted advisor to our business.’ - Legal 500

‘The Eversheds Tax Legal Team, and in particular Alan Connell and Melissa Daly, have been an enormous help to our company. They’ve come up with innovative solutions for our VAT tax, entity expansion, and international development in the EU with regard to IP. I highly recommend them. They alert us to new legislation and also reach out routinely to make sure that everything is handled well.’ - Legal 500

‘Very approachable and willing to engage. Particularly Tim Kiely and Alan O’Connell.’ - Legal 500

‘Alan Connell is very clear in the advice he provides and can be trusted to have his client’s best interests at heart.’ - Legal 500

‘Alan Connell’s advice is always complete when we receive it and is always well thought out. We understand the tax ramifications from Alan’s work as well as the cost analysis.’ - Legal 500

Alan Connell is described by interviewees as ‘an excellent partner who makes complex issues clear. We appreciate him for his strategy and insights.‘ He is singled out by clients as ‘very knowledgeable, client-focused, and practical in his approach. It is a pleasure to work with him.‘ - Legal 500

‘Alan Connell and his team have a great focus and always come prepared to help solve the issues.‘ - Legal 500

'Excellent' practice head Alan Connell focuses on advising international clients, with particular expertise in inward investment and restructuring projects in Ireland. - Legal 500

‘The advice provided was comprehensive, practical and delivered in a manner that was easy to comprehend.‘ - Legal 500

Interviewees remark that "Connell is excellent. I find him very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with" - Chambers Europe

According to clients, Alan Connell "provides spot-on strategic guidance and gets to the heart of the question quickly." He assists a broad roster of clients with tax matters related to various transactions and investments. - Chambers Europe

"We were very fortunate to have him lead the project from a tax perspective as well as co-ordinate the entire transaction; he was direct, explained everything thoroughly and gave us options when needed." - Chambers Europe

Alan Connell is highly regarded for “advising international corporations on conducting business in Ireland. He has particular expertise in inward investment projects, cross-border tax planning and public and private M&A.” – Chambers Europe

Corporate tax specialist Alan Connell advises predominantly on tax issues relating to international M&A and works with many multinational companies with business interests in Ireland.” - Chambers Europe

Alan Connell provides solid advice on all corporate tax matters, including inward investment projects and restructurings. Clients praise Alan as being “extremely knowledgeable of how his work will impact our company. He is also friendly and cordial and always available”. - Chambers Global and Chambers Europe

Alan Connell is widely acclaimed as “an excellent corporate tax adviser” who “covers a range of issues, including inward investment projects and corporate restructurings”. - Chambers Global

Clients single Alan Connell out as being “very knowledgeable on tax” and who “poses different ideas to work with and understands multinational needs of US operations and various structures.” - World Tax

Alan Connell is known for his work in respect of “cross-border tax planning, M&A and stamp duty” and is highlighted for advising “Beam [Inc.] on the Irish tax aspects of its USD95 million acquisition of Cooley Distillery.” - Chambers Global and Chambers Europe

In addition to his broad corporate tax practice, Alan Connell advises on Irish stamp duty matters, especially in the context of worldwide reorganisations. His reputation continues to grow in the market and he is fast emerging as one of the foremost practitioners in the market.” - Chambers Global and Chambers Europe

Interviewees note that Alan Connell is “experienced in complex reorganisations” and is described as an “up-and-coming partner”. - Chambers Global and Chambers Europe

Alan Connell is “highly recommended for advising international corporations on business and investment in Ireland.” - Chambers Global and Chambers Europe

Alan practices all aspects of corporate tax with particular emphasis on, and expertise in, inward investment projects, cross border tax planning, corporate restructurings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, demergers, flotations, private equity, joint ventures, as well as transfer pricing. He also advises on Irish stamp duty matters, particularly in the context of global reorganisations. Alan is standing tax counsel to numerous international corporations in respect of their Irish operations. Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Alan was a partner in the tax department of a large Irish corporate law firm and prior to that, he was a tax associate with Mayer Brown LLP in their London office.

Across a range of industry sectors, Alan has in-depth experience in:

  • advising international and domestic companies on the structuring of tax effective (pre and post) corporate mergers, acquisitions, divisions, reorganisations and integration projects, particularly regarding existing supply chain and product flows, contractual infrastructure, aligning substance with contractual arrangements/transfer pricing
  • advising leading international corporations on establishing operations in Ireland and providing ongoing strategic tax advice (including in relation to Irish captive finance, principal IP and sales structures, as well as cash and dividend repatriation strategies) advising on the establishment of joint ventures on a multi-jurisdictional basis
  • advising on the structuring of management buy-outs and venture capital transactions
  • advising multinationals on Irish principal structures in international transfer pricing disputes and defending the Irish tax base, including negotiating advance pricing agreements and correlative relief adjustments
  • advising on the tax aspects of property transactions in Ireland, for sellers, purchasers (of property loan portfolios), developers, financial institutions, lenders and insolvency practitioners
  • advising international and domestic companies on share incentive schemes for Irish employees

In addition to being a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Law Society of England and Wales, Alan is an active member of a number of international tax bodies, including the International Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association. Alan is a frequent speaker on taxation law topics and has written on Irish tax issues for many professional publications including, the International Tax Review, the International Comparative Legal Guide and the Irish Tax Review.