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Gavin O'Flaherty, Partner

Gavin O'Flaherty


Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Corporate
  • Financial services
  • Health and safety
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

Practice notes

‘Gavin O’Flaherty has become a vital and trusted advisor to our senior management team on the most important transactions which have taken place and he has ensured that the wider Eversheds Sutherland team supporting us are giving us timely and high quality advices which we expect and need.’ - Legal 500

Gavin O'Flaherty is "a real pleasure to deal with" - Chambers Global

An interviewee praises O'Flaherty's "practical, commercial, pragmatic approach to getting deals done and achieving clients' objectives" - Chambers Global

“Gavin O'Flaherty has experience assisting clients with FDI and the establishment of Irish entities. He has particular experience of representing clients from the healthcare, agri-food and tech industries. He advised Virtus Health on the AUD16 million acquisition of Aagaard Fertilitetsklinik.” - Chambers Global

Gavin O'Flaherty is "easy to get on with, pragmatic and commercially minded" - Chambers Global

Gavin O’Flaherty has "particular expertise in M&A and private equity deals" - Legal 500

Gavin is a Partner in the Corporate Department and has extensive transactional experience over 18 years. He has an extensive practice area in advising on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, venture capital and private equity investments. Within his general corporate and M&A practice Gavin has a particular sectoral focus on advising emerging, technology, agri-food and healthcare companies.Gavin also acts for large foreign corporates on their Irish legal needs such as Virtus Health, Pollen Street Capital and Avery Dennison and also to Irish corporates such as Arachas Corporate Brokers and Planet Payment.

As part of his technology practice, Gavin acts on behalf of a number of high potential emerging and start-up companies across all stages of their corporate development such as ChannelSight Limited, Pilot Photonics and Bio-Marine Ingredients.

Gavin extensively advises on foreign direct investment into Ireland and is currently advising a number of US companies and venture capital houses on their investments into the Irish market.

Gavin also works closely with our aviation finance practice who he supports along with his existing work with clients in the area such as Shannon Engine Support Limited and Delta Airlines.

Gavin has qualified from the Irish Taxation Institute as a Chartered Tax Adviser and uses his tax and legal expertise to work closely with our tax group in advising on corporate restructurings/reorganisations and also on the tax effects of corporate transactions and investments into Ireland.

Examples of Gavin’s recent experience include:

  • Acted for Sovereign Capital on its investment into Arachas Corporate Brokers which we then led on advising on a number of transactions including on their acquisition of Capital Cover Group Limited, Alan B. Kidd & Co. Limited together with its subsidiary Eugene P Corrigan Limited and Cover Centre Insurance Group. We then acted for the shareholders on the sale of the Arachas Group to the joint funds of Madison Dearborn Partners and HPS for a reported consideration in excess of EUR250m.
  • Acted for Busy Bees (a portfolio company of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund) in the acquisition of Giraffe Childcare Group, one of the largest childcare groups operating in the Irish market.
  • Acted for Carousel Logistics, a portfolio company of Livingbridge Capital, on its acquisition of BDA Acquisitions and its group of companies.
  • Acted for H2 Equity Partners, the Dutch private equity house, in relation to its acquisitions of Healthcare 21 and the Aquilant target group.
  • Acted for Aston Lark, formerly a portfolio company of Bowmark Capital and now a portfolio company of Goldman Sachs, on their separate investments in to the Robertson Lowe Insurance group and the Wright Insurance Group.
  • Acted for Pollen Street Capital, as the majority owner of Specialist Risk Investments Limited, on the double acquisition of The Underwriting Exchange, a dual located specialist insurance intermediary operating in the Irish and UK market.
  • Acted for MML Growth Capital, one of the largest providers of growth capital in the Irish market, on its investment into Eastland Engineering Supply Co Limited.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Greenogue Investments Limited in respect of its sale to Enva, a portfolio company of Exponent.
  • Advised on an investment in Enova Energy Limited by Mitsui, the Japanese trading and investment conglomerate. This transaction also involved advising on intra-shareholder arrangements and interaction with our tax team
  • Acted for Assa Abloy, a Swedish headquartered national group, on its acquisition of HKC, the leading manufacturer of alarms and cloud based monitoring solutions, based in Ireland.
  • Acted in relation to the investment by Gallant Capital, a US West Coast based private equity house, on its investment in the Reveal Data Group of companies.
  • Advised the shareholders in Adaptics Limited t/a Drop through various fundraising rounds, corporate transactions and the completion Series A Fundraising from the US West Coast based VC, Alsop Louie.
  • Acted for the shareholders in Blue Insurance Limited in respect of the sale of the majority of its share capital to Covermore Insurance, a member of the Zurich group of companies
  • Acted for Arachas Corporate Brokers on a number of transactions including on their acquisition of Capital Cover Group Limited, Alan B. Kidd & Co. Limited together with its subsidiary Eugene P Corrigan Limited and Cover Centre Insurance Group. Our tax team worked with us on these transactions
  • Acted for the shareholders of Greenogue Investments Limited on their successful MBO in early 2017, whereby the management team of the Rilta/Clearcircle Group bought a majority stake in the Rilta Group from One51 Group plc. We then acted for the Rilta Environmental and ClearCircle group in respect of its sale to Enva, a portfolio company of Exponent, the UK-based private equity house
  • Acted for Aston Lark, a portfolio company of Bowmark Capital, on its conditional investment in the Robertson Lowe Insurance group
  • Acts for Virtus Health, an Australian listed healthcare company, on a number of recent transactions to include the acquisition of the Sims and HARI fertility clinics in Ireland, the Aagard clinic in Denmark and the recent acquisition of Complete Fertility Limited which operates an NHS IVF Clinic in Southampton, England  
  • Acted for Sovereign Capital on its backing of the MBO of Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited
  • Acted for Avery Dennison Corporation in respect of its acquisition of Finesse Medical
  • Acted for Schweiter Corporation on its acquisition of Athlone Extrusions Limited
  • Advised Planet Payment (formerly Fintrax Group Holdings Limited) on the acquisition of e-Taxfree Oy, a Finnish fintech company and the integration of its recently acquired US Planet Payment business
  • Acted for the owners of Xtratherm Limited on its disposal to Unilin BV (a member of the Mohawk Group of companies)
  • Acted for Dave Whelan Centra Group on the sale of its business to the Musgrave Group 
  • Advised a number of high potential Irish companies such as ChannelSight Limited, Coolnagour t/a iCabbi,  Balls Media Limited, StitcherAds and Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland Limited
  • Advised a number of US foreign direct investment entrants into the Irish market such as WPEngine, Inc,  Trusource Labs and Telynx, Inc
  • Acted for the Tetrarch Group on several acquisitions to include the Dawson Hotel, Dublin  
  • Acted on the disposal of Tax Free Worldwide Holdings Limited to Exponent, the large English VC house
  • Advised the shareholders of Bitbuzz Limited on its disposal to UPC

Gavin is a member of the Business Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland.  He also lectures extensively to the Law Society of Ireland, the Institute of Taxation in Ireland and other professional bodies. He is also listed in the Who's Who Legal for the practice area of M&A and Corporate Governance.