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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 Eye 500 2019

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

In terms of 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 takeover and on regulatory compliance generally. Recent mandates include acting for Escher Group Holdings plc and its directors on its recent recommended takeover by Hanover Active Equity Fund plc which completed in Q2, 2018.

Examples of Lee’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for 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
  • Acting for PIMCO Funds Ireland Plc on the corporate disposal of the Citywest Hotel and associated assets, and separately, on the disposal of a substantial commercial property portfolio
  • Acting for Escher Group Holdings and its directors on its public company takeover by Hanover Active Equity Fund plc
  • Acting for Sojitz Corporation and its consortium partners on the acquisition of a 60% interest in an Invis Energy 230MW wind farm portfolio
  • Acting for SNC-Lavalin on the sale of its Irish captive insurance company, Equinox CA Europe DAC to Compre Holdings
  • Acting for Anglian Water (Ireland) in relation to the acquisition of Celtic Anglian Water Limited
  • Acting for Infravia Capital Partners on the acquisition of Coillte’s telecoms mast business
  • Acting for AECOM on various acquisitions and disposals and generally in the provision of various corporate advices
  • Acting for various 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.

Lee Murphy contributed the Irish chapter on Initial Public Offerings in the 2018 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 2018 (Published: August 2018). For further information please visit