IFLR 1000 Rankings 2018

PUBLISHED: 12th November 2018

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LK Shields have again been ranked across a variety of practice areas including M&A, Banking and Financial Services in the latest edition of IFLR 1000.

Practice area recommendations

The firm has been highly ranked in the following practice areas:

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets: Debt
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Investment Funds
  • Restructuring/Insolvency

Ranked Individuals

David Williams, Head of Financial Services
Recommended for Capital Markets and Financial Services Regulatory

Gerry Halpenny, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions
Recommended for Corporate/M&A​


LK Shields is active across all areas covered by the rankings. During the research period, the firm’s M&A department has been busiest, advising a mix of private equity and public companies on deals spread across a range of sectors. 

In the healthcare sector the firm acted on the acquisition of Knightsbridge Care Village and Carechoice representing the buyers on both transactions. Other highlights saw the firm advise the shareholders on the sale of Oasis Group in a secondary buyout by Montagu Private Equity.

Client feedback

"Excellent pragmatic advice which cuts to the commercial issues at play." – Banking, M&A, restructuring 

"I have found LK Shields to be an excellent firm. They are hugely attentive with an excellent ability to turn documents around quickly. In addition, they have a strong bias towards constructive problem solving which was essential in getting our deal over the line. I'd particularly mention the partner we dealt with, Jennifer McGuire, in this regard." – M&A

"Very strong in both the corporate and employment law areas." – Banking, M&A

"We have found LK Shields to be highly responsive and commercial in their approach. Their lawyers are approachable and client focused and generally a pleasure to deal with. We feel that they have a good understanding of our business and needs." – M&A, restructuring and insolvency

James Byrne

"He was an excellent support throughout the process."

Richard Curran

"Practical, informed and responsive. Good at feeling the temperature of the room so he knows when a quick answer is needed against an extremely detailed one."

Gerry Halpenny

"He is very hands-on and approachable; he gets to the key focus points quickly and is very solution-orientated."

"Excellent lawyer who is completely on top of his game."

Jennifer McGuire

"Very responsive and works well with Gerry Halpenny so that we feel that we have two partners on hand who know our business well."

"Very commercial and always instructive."

"Her advice through the process of our deal was hugely constructive and was a key part of the reason that the deal completed in a timely fashion. She provided practical solutions as issues arose, and she made sure that there was a rapid turnaround of documents. Her communication skills are excellent, and I would recommend her without hesitation.”

About IFLR

The IFLR1000 is a guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers. The first IFLR rankings were published in 1990 and they currently research over 120 jurisdictions worldwide.

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