Gerry is regarded as a leading M & A practitioner in the Irish market and features prominently in the various independent legal directories.

Gerry advises a broad range of clients operating in various industry sectors, and his practice involves a wide geographical spread, reflecting the increasingly international nature of his and the firm's practice.

Gerry is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department. He also leads the firm's thriving Mergers and Acquisitions practice, in addition to advising on various other commercial agreements and arrangements on behalf of clients operating within and outside Ireland.

In recent years, in addition to transactions in Ireland and the UK, he and his team have advised clients on numerous deals in central and eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean region/Central America, China and the Pacific Rim region.

He has acted extensively for both buyers and sellers of businesses as well as venture capital/private equity investors, joint venture partners and companies raising funds through debt or equity on either public or private markets.

Gerry qualified as a Solicitor in 1981 and joined LK Shields Solicitors as a Partner in 1998 from another leading Dublin firm, where he had been a Partner for nine years. He was President of the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce 2011-2013.

Experience

  • Acted for the seller, Topaz Investments Limited in the sale of Topaz Energy Group Limited, Resource Property Investment Fund plc and Esso Ireland Limited to Alimentation Couche-Tard. 
  • Acted for Harvest Energy in the sale of Harvest Biofuels Limited to Greenergy.
  • Advised Kendrick Investments, a vehicle wholly owned by Denis O’Brien, on the acquisition and refinancing of the IBRC debt facilities of the Topaz Group.
  • Advised the Elverys management team on their successful buy-out of the business through the examinership process.
  • Advised The Jelly Bean Factory in the sale of a majority stake of the company to Swedish confectionery firm Cloetta.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Saongroup Limited in the sale of Saongroup Limited to StepStone.
  • Acted for Chevron in the disposal by it of its Texaco retail fuel network to Valero Energy.
  • Acted for Veolia Environmental Services in relation to acquisition of hazardous waste company AVR Safeway and the sale by it of its Irish (all island) commercial and industrial waste business to Greenstar, one of the largest transactions in the sector in the last five years.
  • Acted for Dalkia Group across a broad range of matters including numerous acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and commercial contractual arrangements.
  • Acted for Communicorp Group, Ireland’s largest independent radio broadcasting group, in relation to numerous acquisitions in Ireland and abroad, including the largest acquisition ever in the sector in Ireland.

Contact Gerry

+ 353 1 637 1546
ghalpenny@lkshields.ie

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Awards &
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"Excellent lawyer who is completely on top of his game." Ranked as 'Highly Regarded' lawyer for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000 2018
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Recommended by Best Lawyers in Ireland for Corporate Law.

Best Lawyers 2018
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Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Europe 2018
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Sources regard him as a "seasoned operator" and praise his "very strong corporate and commercial experience."

Chambers Global 2018
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Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Europe 2017
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Recommended by Best Lawyers in Ireland for Corporate Law.

Best Lawyers 2017
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"Extremely commercial, an excellent communicator, very client-focused and pragmatic".

Chambers Global 2017
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Recommended for M&A and Private Equity.

IFLR1000 2017
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Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Europe 2016
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Garry Halpenny provides ‘sound and practical advice on complex issues’.

Legal 500 2016
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"A problem solver who finds solutions rather than sitting back like an academic. He is realistic and has a great sense of how to get a deal done and advise on strategy".

Chambers Global 2016
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Recommended by Best Lawyers in Ireland for Corporate Law.

Best Lawyers 2016
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Recommended for M&A.

IFLR1000 2016
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Recommended for Corporate/M&A.

Chambers Europe 2015
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Gerry Halpenny ‘distils complex issues into practical solutions’.

Legal 500 2015
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Gerry Halpenny has a solid reputation amongst peers and is viewed as a very straightforward practitioner.

Chambers Global 2015
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Recommended for Corporate M&A.

Chambers Europe 2014
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Gerry Halpenny is excellent commercially and delivers consistently solid, practical and appropriate advice.

Legal 500 2014
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An experienced practitioner.

Chambers Global 2014
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Listed for Corporate Law.

Best Lawyers in Ireland 2014
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Gerry Halpenny is a very strong individual.

Legal 500 2013
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Recommended for Corporate M&A.

Chambers Global 2013
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  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (Non-Practising)
    Law Society of England & Wales
    1992
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland
    Law Society of Ireland
    1981
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Hons)
    University College Dublin
    1978

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