We have comprehensive knowledge covering public and private deals, recommended or hostile takeovers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, spin-offs, tender offers, distressed sales, public to private transactions, management buy-outs, management buy-ins and transactions involving foreign purchasers.

Our Mergers and Acquisitions Unit brings added value because:

  • We understand that the client is the most important party in the transaction and that an acquisition or sale of a company can be a huge event in a client’s life.
  • We invest time to understand our client’s business and strategic objectives so that we can assist them in achieving those objectives.
  • Our partners are involved extensively throughout the entire process and clients have access at all times to the partner(s) involved.
  • We operate on a commercial basis, keep legal issues in perspective and are in tune with the objectives of the client.

We have been particularly prominent over recent years in the following areas:

  • Information technology, digital media and gaming
  • Broadcasting and media
  • Energy including oil, gas and waste management
  • Food and drink
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Retail
  • Financial services
  • Print paper and packaging
  • Professional services
  • Engineering services

Experience

  • We advised CareChoice Group, the largest care home owner-operator in Ireland, on its continued growth through the largest single acquisition in the Irish care home sector in recent years; the 124 bed Marlay Care Home in South Dublin.
  • We acted for UK investment group Smith & Williamson in relation to its merger with Dublin-based accountancy firm LHM Casey McGrath.
  • We acted for Recruitment Entrepreneur (a fund led by James Caan CBE) in its acquisition of specialist Dublin recruiter 360 Search.
  • We acted for the Reihill family in the sale of Top Oil to Irving Oil, a Canadian company.
  • We advised Ndevor Systems Limited (Phorest) on an investment from US Investment firm Susquehanna Growth Equity.
  • We acted for Kouchin Holdings in the purchase of Niall Harbison’s shareholding in Lovin Media Group.
  • We advised InfraVia Capital Partners on its signing of an agreement to acquire the Mater Private hospital group from a fund sponsored by HarbourVest Partners which is managed by CapVest.
  • We advised CareChoice Group, one of Ireland’s leading nursing home operators, on its acquisition of the Ardmore Lodge care home in Dublin.
  • We acted for Atlantic Bridge and the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund in relation to their investment in DecaWave Limited.
  • We acted for Harkglade Limited in the purchase of Millbrook Linen Limited.
  • We advised Origin Enterprises Plc on the sale of the industrial chemicals division of Goulding Chemicals to Chemifloc.
  • We advised CareChoice, one of Ireland’s leading nursing home operators, on its acquisition of the Knightsbridge Care Village in Trim, from Barchester UK.
  • We acted for the Vendors in the sale of Swan Plant Hire, the Irish construction equipment rental company, to the Loxam Group.
  • We acted for Dwellworks LLC, a business to business provider of services to the global corporate mobility/relocation industry, in the purchase of, Irish based, Irish Relocation (“IrishRelo”) group.
  • We acted for Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited on the establishment of a joint venture, Offscript Studios Limited, with Caltray Limited
  • We advised the shareholders of Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services Holdings Limited (OASIS) on the sale of OASIS in a secondary buy-out backed by Montagu Private Equity (Montagu).
  • We acted for Designer Group in the purchase of the business and assets of Missouri based engineering company, PPS Group LLC
  • We acted for The ReThink Group Limited (seller) in the sale of Berkley Recruitment (Group) Limited to Almondclose Limited
  • We advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the successful acquisition of Carechoice, the second largest private owner and operator of nursing homes in Ireland, by InfraVia European Fund III.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Medisource Ireland Limited in the sale to DCC.
  • We acted for Causeway Capital in the acquisition of Celtic Linen Limited (in Examinership).
  • We acted for the shareholders of PSG Communications Limited in the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Teneo Strategy.
  • We acted for Top Oil in their acquisition of the Sirio fuel retail business.
  • We advised HKSE-listed TravelSky on its acquisition of Irish-based OpenJaw Technologies from GuestLogix, Inc.
  • We acted for Bemis Company, Inc. in relation to their acquisition of the medical device packaging operations and related value-added services of SteriPack Group.
  • We advised Posterscope Ireland Limited in relation to their acquisition of the PML Group.
  • We advised long standing client OASIS Group, a leading records and information management firm on the acquisition of the former Wincanton Ireland business from UK plc Restore Group.
  • We acted for Topaz Investments Limited in the sale of Topaz Energy Group Limited, Resource Property Investment Fund plc and Esso Ireland Limited to Alimentation Couche-Tard. We also acted in the purchase by Topaz of Esso Ireland Limited.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Studentuniverse.com Inc. in the sale of the company to Flight Centre Group plc, the Australian publicly listed travel group.
  • We acted for Plusvital, the Irish equine nutrition company founded in 1975, in the acquisition of Equinome, the leading bloodstock genomic testing company.
  • We acted for longstanding client, Communicorp Group Limited, in the sale of AS Radio SWH Latvia to Cinamon Holding OU, an Estonian based entertainment company.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Mobile Travel Technologies Limited in the sale of the entire issued share capital to Travelport Group Investments Limited.
  • We acted for Amartus in the sale of its telecoms network management business to Huawei.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Ardmac Group Limited in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Ardmac Group Limited to members of the management team.
  • We acted for the shareholders of OpenJaw Technologies Limited in its sale to global retail technology provider, Guestlogix Inc, a Canadian company with a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • We acted for Blue Ocean Associates Limited in the sale of Harvest Energy Limited and Harvest Energy Aviation Limited to Prax Petroleum Limited, a member of the State Oil group.
  • We acted for Harvest Energy in the sale of Harvest Biofuels Limited to Greenergy.
  • We advised The Jelly Bean Factory in the sale of a majority stake of the company to Swedish confectionery firm Cloetta.
  • We acted for Kendrick Investments Limited in the acquisition by it of the Topaz Energy Group Limited loan book from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in special liquidation) and its subsequent equity investment in Topaz.
  • We advised Elvery’s management team on their successful buy-out of the Elverys business a leading sports equipment retail business.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Saongroup Limited in the sale of Saongroup Limited to StepStone.
  • We acted for Kelly and Jankie Glass in the sale of Karib Cable to Columbus International Inc.
  • We advised the shareholders of Done Deal Limited, owners of the DoneDeal.ie website, in the sale of a majority shareholding to Schibsted Classified Media AS.
  • We acted on behalf of Chevron Global Energy Inc. in connection with the sale of Chevron (Ireland) Limited.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Green Parrot Pictures in the sale of Greenparrot Pictures to Google.
Head of Practice
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Gerry Halpenny

Partner
Mergers and Acquisitions

ghalpenny@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1546


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Awards &
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Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Global 2017
Awards &
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They can handle transactions of any size and complexity, are pragmatic and commercial and try to understand the businesses they are advising”.

IFLR1000 2017
Awards &
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Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Europe 2016
Awards &
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LK Shields Solicitors is noted for its ‘very practical approach to complex issues’.

Legal 500 2016
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Gerry Halpenny

Partner

ghalpenny@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1546

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Emmet Scully

Managing Partner

escully@lkshields.ie
+353 1 637 1538

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Richard Curran

Partner

rcurran@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1514

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Jennifer McGuire

Partner

jmcguire@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5851

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Marco Hickey

Partner

mhickey@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1522

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Philip Daly

Partner

pdaly@lkshields.ie
+353 1 637 1582

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David Brangam

Partner

dbrangam@lkshields.ie
+353 1 638 5861

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Ruairí Mulrean

Partner

rmulrean@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5844

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