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Lee Murphy, Partner

Lee Murphy


Practice areas

  • Capital market law
  • Commercial and IT
  • Corporate
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity

Practice notes

Lee is an experienced M&A and equity capital markets partner in the corporate & commercial department, and is the firm's head of equity capital markets.

Lee Murphy 'provides clear, concise advice in a timely manner' - Legal 500

He has worked on many domestic and international complex corporate M&A and structuring transactions for both private and public limited companies and also for state bodies. This has included transactions across many sectors including the telecoms, retail, property, insurance, technology and renewable energy, PPP & infrastructure sectors.

In equity capital markets work, Lee has advised on many keynote Irish plc equity capital market listings and fund-raisings. Many of these transactions have been on a dual market basis involving both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin.

Various recent IPOs and associated fundraisings Lee has acted on, include those of Yew Grove REIT plc, Cairn Homes plc, Hibernia REIT plc and Escher Group Holdings plc. Lee also advises on public company takeovers and on regulatory compliance generally.

Examples of Lee’s recent experience includes acting for:

  • The NTMA in respect of the establishment of recent joint ventures with Cork Co. Council (provision of infrastructure services in residential housing sector), and with Bartra Property (shared living development project)
  • AECOM on various acquisitions and disposals and generally in the provision of various corporate advices
  • SNC-Lavalin on the sale of its Irish captive insurance company, Equinox CA Europe DAC to Compre Holdings
  • Investec Bank plc in its roles as Bookrunner, ESM Advisor, NOMAD and Financial Adviser on the recent IPO of Yew Grove REIT plc and associated €75m fundraising
  • Dublin Port Company on its recent €300 million bond listing on Euronext Dublin
  • PIMCO Funds Ireland plc on the corporate disposal of the Citywest Hotel and associated assets, and various other substantial commercial property assets
  • Escher Group Holdings and its directors on its public company takeover by Hanover Active Equity Fund plc
  • Sojitz Corporation and its consortium partners on the acquisition of a 60% interest in an Invis Energy 230MW wind farm portfolio
  • Infravia Capital Partners on the acquisition of Coillte’s telecoms mast business
  • Clients such as Element Power, Impax Asset Management, China General Nuclear Power, Innogy Renewables, Glennmont, Hg Capital in respect of various windfarm assets acquisitions and disposals.
  • Various listed companies including Cairn Homes plc, Hibernia REIT plc, Dalata Hotel Group plc, Escher Group and Venn Life Sciences in respect of their compliance obligations and on IPO and other ECM transactions

Lee Murphy contributed the Irish chapter on Initial Public Offerings in the 2019 edition of Getting the Deal Through. Click here to read the chapter. (Accreditation: Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Public Procurement 2019 (Published: August 2019). For further information please visit