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 acted for agritech company MagGrow in its Series A Investment Round.
  • We acted for Reach Plc, the largest commercial national and regional news publisher in the UK, on the purchase from INM of the remaining 50% stake in Independent Star Limited, which publishes the Irish Daily Star.
  • We acted for long-standing client Tool & Plastic Industries Ltd in the sale of their business to Technimark.
  • We acted on the sale of its long-standing client O’Driscoll O’Neil insurance broker, to The Ardonagh Group, the principal diversified and independent broking and underwriting group in the UK.
  • We acted for Deloitte on its acquisition of leading Irish cloud consultancy and managed services provider DNM.
  • We acted for Brink’s ATM Services Limited, an Irish subsidiary of the Nasdaq listed The Brink’s Company in the acquisition from Allied Irish Banks plc (“AIB”) of AIB’s non-branch ATM network.
  • We acted as project lead and advised on the Irish aspects of the group reorganisation of the Fitch Ratings EU group of companies (including the United Kingdom), which included applications to the Irish High Court in respect of five cross-border mergers of Fitch Rating’s EU subsidiaries into Fitch Ratings Ireland Limited.
  • We advised the majority of the selling shareholders / Xcelerator Machine Translations Limited in relation to the disposal of over 99% of the issued share capital in Xcelerator Machine Translations Limited to Keywords International Limited.
  • We acted for Indigo Telecom Group Limited on its acquisition of Foursite Design Consultants Limited (t/a 4site), a global provider of telecom and data centre network support services.
  • We assisted on the Irish aspects of the purchase by Advanced of Irish health software company CareWorks.
  • We advised ECI on the Irish law aspects of their investment in KB Associates.
  • We advised the shareholders of Eastland Engineering Supply Co. Limited (EES) in relation to an investment into the business by MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland.
  • We acted for Polypipe Group plc, a leading provider of sustainable water and climate management solutions for the built environment, in the Irish aspects of the acquisition of the Alderburgh Group of companies.
  • We advised Halewood Wine & Spirits, the UK’s leading independent drinks manufacturer and distributor, on the sale of a significant stake it held in the capital of Skibbereen Distilleries Holdings Limited, to the original founders of Irish whiskey and gin producer, West Cork Distillers.
  • We advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the sale of Cignal to IBEX 35 listed Cellnex Telecom Group. We also advised Cignal Infrastructure on the significant expansion of its existing portfolio through the acquisition of Cellcom Ireland Limited.
  • We acted for Nebula Management Limited in the sale of its interest in the Silver Stream Health Care Group.
  • We acted in the sale of Merc Partners Limited to Spencer Stuart.
  • We acted for Gowan Group Limited in the Acquisition of Opel Automobile Ireland Limited.
  • We advised Dussmann Group on its acquisition of the STS Group.
  • We acted for Designer Group in relation to a joint venture with Sisk and the purchase of Lenmac Mechanical Services Limited.
  • We advised CareChoice on the acquisition of the Knightsbridge Care Village & Primary Care Centre, the Ardmore Lodge Care Centre and the Marlay Nursing Home.
  • We have acted for Communicorp Group Limited in various transactions over the years to include acquisitions and disposals in Ireland, the UK, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Czech Republic, Jordan, Latvia and Bulgaria.
  • We acted for UK investment group Smith & Williamson in relation to its merger with Dublin-based accountancy firm LHM Casey McGrath.
  • 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 advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the acquisition of Mater Private Group (the largest acute healthcare group in Ireland) and Carechoice (the second largest private owner and operator of nursing homes in Ireland).
  • We acted for Atlantic Bridge and the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund in relation to their investment in DecaWave Limited.
  • We acted for Oasis Group on acquisitions in various jurisdictions including Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK. In particular we acted on the acquisition from Restore plc of the Irish operations formerly acquired from Wincanton. We also acted for the shareholders of Oasis Group on the sale of OASIS in a secondary buy-out backed by private equity group Montagu.
  • We acted for Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited on the establishment of a joint venture, Offscript Studios Limited, with Caltray Limited
  • 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 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 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 Green Parrot Pictures in the sale of Greenparrot Pictures to Google.
  • 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 Axel Springer Group.
Head of Practice
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Gerry Halpenny

Chairman
Mergers and Acquisitions

ghalpenny@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1546


More from our Mergers and Acquisitions team

Awards &
Recommendations

'Ciara O’Kennedy and associate Muireann Granville were very knowledgeable and pleasant at all times. They provided excellent research and understanding at all stages of the process and were very supportive.' Recommended for Commercial, Corporate and M&A.

Legal 500 2020
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Corporate/M&A. Clients say "They provide very good client service and are particularly good at explaining the legal concepts."

Chambers Europe 2020
Awards &
Recommendations

Ranked among Ireland’s Top 10 Law Firms in the Mergermarket 2019 league table.

Mergermarket 2019
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Global 2019
Awards &
Recommendations

"We couldn't speak more highly of them. The quality of work is outstanding. They are reactive, work within deadlines, have outstanding professionalism and add true value to our business." Recommended for M&A

IFLR1000 2019
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Global 2018
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Global 2017
Awards &
Recommendations

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 &
Recommendations

Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Europe 2016
Awards &
Recommendations

LK Shields Solicitors is noted for its ‘very practical approach to complex issues’.

Legal 500 2016
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Gerry Halpenny

Chairman

ghalpenny@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1546

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Emmet Scully

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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Ruairí Mulrean

Partner

rmulrean@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5844

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Joanne Griffin

Partner

jgriffin@lkshields.ie
+353 1 6385826

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