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Gerard Ryan, Partner

Gerard Ryan


Practice areas

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity

Practice notes

Gerard Ryan "is intelligent, efficient, diligent, expert and seemingly all-knowing in all areas of corporate law" - Chambers Europe 2019

"a different class of solicitor, a down-to-earth genius" - Legal 500 2019

He is valued by clients for his "intelligent, efficient, diligent and expert" advice. - Chambers Europe 2018

"is strong commercially, articulate, gives clear direction and is very client focussed"  - Chambers Global 2017

"A cool, calm, collected guy who knows what he is talking about" - Chambers Global 2016

Gerard Ryan has "excellent technical legal knowledge and practicality" - Legal 500 2016

"Gerard Ryan brings a great deal of experience to the team. Clients appreciate his hands-on approach, with one describing him as "very accessible and very pragmatic" - Chambers Global 2014

"Gerard advises on a wide range of corporate matters including joint ventures, corporate governance and management buyouts.  According to sources he is practical, articulate and has a great legal mind”. Chambers Europe 2011

Gerard is a Partner in and Head of the Corporate Department and has extensive transactional experience with an expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, venture capital and private equity.  He also advises on the corporate structuring of foreign direct investment into Ireland and matters of corporate governance. Gerard lectures in the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland in relation to corporate acquisitions and disposals, shareholders agreements and corporate governance. He also speaks regularly to other professional bodies on corporate law issues.

Gerard graduated from Trinity College Dublin (LLB) in 1996.  He is also Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Dublin Chapter of the Worldwide Ireland Funds Young Leaders and a board member of the Ireland Funds board in Ireland. The Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network that supports worthy causes in Ireland and around the world.

Recent transactions that Gerard has worked on include:

  • Advising Callidus Cloud on its acquisition of Datahug 
  • Advising Kohler’s UK subsidiary Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited on the acquisition of Pure Power Systems
  • Advising Lifes2Good on the sale of its Viviscal business to Church & Dwight
  • Advising Sofregen on its acquisition of an Allergan business division
  • Advising Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc on its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Limited and Esso Ireland Limited
  • Advising management on the MBO of Walls Construction Limited
  • Advising BDO Development Capital Fund on its investment into Netwatch
  • Advising BDO Development Capital Fund on its investment into Perigord Premedia
  • Advising Huawei on the acquisition of the software business and technology of Amartus
  • Advising Tetrarch Capital on a number of acquisitions
  • Advising on the sale of Sonic Ladder/Riffstation to Fender
  • Advising Friends First Holdings Limited on the sale of Liberty Asset Management Limited to Jardine Lloyd Thompson
  • Advising Lifes2Good Holdings Limited in relation to an investment and reorganisation

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